sept I oct 2013
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null Laura Mvula  New Album: Sing To The Moon

This Fall We're in the NY state of mind as AES takes off and Fasion Week wraps up. We check into the late night with Jimmy Fallon to hear an exciting new collaboration. While Central Park is raising awareness for poverty, you can be California Dreamin' at Beachwood Park Studio in Hollywood. Taste Italy at Salt Studios, where ATCs take center stage.  Two living legends: One performs at the Emmy's with studetns and the other gets honored by USPS!  Hear what a top music exec has to say about artists today and congrats to all Latin Grammy Nominees and more...
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In This Issue
Brent Fischer Receives Latin Grammy Nomination, appears on Jimmy Fallon
ATC Speakers at Robert Miles' Studio
New CD: Music For Strings, Percussion And The Rest The Clare Fischer Orchestra
Watch stduioexpresso Interviews
studioexpresso in Pasadena
California Dreamin' & Recording at Beachwood Park Studio
Meet The Vocal Coach To The Stars
Elton John's Diving Board


Brent Fischer (right corner) appears with Elvis Costello and The Roots on Jimmy Fallon, September 19, 2013


Elvis Costello & The Roots Celebrate Release of New Album,
Wise Up Ghost On Jimmy Fallon

Featuring Mirasoul and Brent Fischer Orchestra

Named "the most enjoyable late-night show" by the New York Times in 2011, NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" has become the go-to destination for comedy, music and A-list talent. Musical guests have included: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Justin Timberlake.  


Elvis Costello and The Roots performed on Jimmy Fallon on September 19th to promote the release of their new album, "Wise Up Ghost."  Costello and Roots performance was enhanced by Roots' beefy brass section and lush strings directed by Brent Fischer, who is credited for arranging and orchestrating six  songs on the new album.  Costello and vocal sensation La Mirasoul a.k.a. Josefa Flores Gonz�lez(right) performed the duet: "

Cinco Minutos Con Vos." 


"Wise Up Ghost" is getting rave reviews. NY Daily says the songs: "... employ strings in ways as innovative as Curtis Mayfield or Isaac Hayes found on their forward-thinking soul recordings."  Randall Roberts of LA Times says "...Washes of strings and horns dot songs with Stax-like urgency.  A heavy work both thematically and musically, it shows one of the great songwriters of the last three-plus decades at yet another artistic peak. If you've ever fallen in love with a Costello record, be prepared for a new obsession." 


Longtime Roots collaborator Steven Mandel co-produced 'Wise Up Ghost' with Questlove and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Elvis Costello.
11-time Grammy-winner  Rafa Sardina (Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y Gabriela ) engineered the orchestra sessions for Fischer at
Conway Studios.  
This fall,  Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is everywhere to promote his new album. He's on your TV, he's on your Twitter feed, he's teaching at NYU and doing fund-raising events - and, of course, he's the one anchoring the relentless groove of the world's funkiest band, the Roots, whose ballyhooed album Wise Up Ghost, a spiky soul-funk collaboration with Elvis Costello, is officially released this month on Blue Note Records. The collector vinyl version is available at Amazon. 
What's in Questlove's stylin' wardrobe? Try the Questlove x Nike 1World Air Force 1 shoe. The shoe's color is a blend of burgundy leather and red canvas with neon green elephant print. It has red shoelaces,
a lasered silhouette of Questlove on the back of the shoe which is also featured on the left tongue, and a gold colored Nike swoosh logo. Questlove states that these shoes are "an extension of his personality."  Let your feet feel the love.


Fallon's choice of house band, The Roots, has been universally praised.

Fallon was honored with a 2012 People's Choice Award and is celebrated with three 2011 Emmy nominations. 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is produced by Universal Television and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell is the supervising producer.

California Dreamin' & Recording at Beachwood Park Studio 


  Meet owner, singer, songwriter, and producer  (lead singer of the Los Angeles alternative pop band Rooney) Robert Schwartzman who recently scored the soundtrack for Palo Alto. He designed Beachwood Park with special needs of recording artists in mind.

Located in the trendy Hancock Park neighborhood of Hollywood with easy access to downtown LA and Beverly Hills. The studio is a great destination recording for visitors who want to do a little R&R and music making in the land of the angels. 



The control room features a 24-channel Quad Eight Pacifica console, a pair of Aurora Audio GTP8, and a ProTools HD3 system with a 32 i/o Apogee configuration. Here you'll find Neve 1073s built by Geoff Tanner (2 -- 16 channels total), DBX 160s, 1176s and more... The live room is equipped with an excellent assortment of guitars, amps, and keyboards as well as a vintage Ludwig drum kit and Yamaha C7 Grand Piano. The vibe is warm, inviting, and cozy. Ask about the all-inclusive residental/studio package that includes all gear and amenities -- yes, an assistant engineer, and weekly maid service. Read more here 


Get Your FREE AES Exhibit Plus Badge 

Courtesy of Trans Audio Group

October 17-20
Jacob Javitz Convention Center  
A four-day set of  technical tours will take visitors into a wide range of significant facilities. This year's technical tours were developed by noted ngineer/ mixer David Merrill (son of the late Robert Merrill, baritone for the New York Metropolitan Opera and the vocalist for "The Star Spangled Banner" before New York Yankees season-opening home games since 1969).  Tickets will be available on-site at the Javits Center at the convention's Tech Tours desk (space is limited).  
Slated itineraries include   
  • Thursday Oct. 17,  Definition 6, a leading audio and video post-production facility.
  • Friday Oct. 18 options: 1. A visit to Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS), followed by a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image; 2. A look inside WNYC Radio's station operation and their sound stages; 3. A trip to restoration specialist Battery Studios; 4. Or a jaunt to the Tony Award-winning Broadway show The Book of Mormon.
  •  Saturday Oct. 19,  tour of the famed Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic, where they'll tour the hall, the stage and the audio recording facilities.
  • Sunday Oct. 20, stop by the NBC-TV studios of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon  
TransAudio Group has arranged for you to receive a free Exhibits Plus Badge to AES 

Join Brad Lunde, aka "Q" at  Booth 3132 in the main exhibit hall.
Check out what is new from our entire lineup and meet the engineers and designers behind the gear.
This badge is good for the Exhibition PLUS all Special Events, the Knowledge Center, the Systems Sound Symposium, and the Project Studio Expo
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ATCs Take Center Stage at Italian DJ Robert Miles' Studio

Italian eclectic producer DJ Robert Miles put together one of the biggest hits of the nineties with his monster single "Children," and was rewarded with a Brit Award in 1997. Several albums and identities later, he is now permanently residing in London, and has put the finishing touches on a new private recording studio, where he is starting work on his new solo album.

From its penthouse location, the studio has spectacular views over the city. Alongside the signature wood panel finishes from designers, Recording Architecture, the room is dominated by stand-mounted ATC SCM100 three-way studio monitors, continuing a theme from Miles' previous studio in west London, which featured the larger ATC SCM300s.
Robert was introduced initially to ATC monitors by Roger D'Arcy of Recording Architecture, who also created the design for the earlier studio. "So many systems sound good when you play the music loud, but not as good when you work at low volume. ATC monitors maintain the quality sound at low levels. That was mainly what I looked for because, spending 16 hours a day in here, I like to mix my music at a low volume. In this respect, ATC really works for me. Many well-known brands of monitors will alter the sound. An ATC speaker doesn't have any coloration. What you hear is the truth."
Although his priority is his solo project, Robert Miles welcomes many collaborators to his studio, including Bill Laswell, Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu, Jon Thorne and Robert Fripp, with whom he is planning an album, and producing new material for up and coming artists. Describing himself as a '360-degree composer/producer,' Miles is also DJ-ing regularly, producing for his own label S:alt Records, and composing music for advertising and film projects.
ATC's drivers are manufactured in-house to exacting tolerances and are legendary for their many design innovations, such as the innovative SL magnet system and the company's renowned Soft Dome midrange driver, which achieves exceptionally broad and even dispersion to produce a flat response anywhere in the room. Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman.



What's In Your Lunchbox?

Daking 500RS at AES 2013   


Seriously convenient and ready to plug in, the Daking 500RS "comes right out of the shipping carton, cards installed, ready to use, no wiring, jumper cutting or moving, just attach the included d-sub connecting cable on the rear panel, plug it in and start enjoying an incredible 2 channel mic-pre, compressor, equalizer recording solution," says Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group who will be at booth  3132 along with Mr Daking himself! 

By now most of the old consoles have been parted out and their mic-pre's and eq's sold off in pairs. These "vintage" devices often have switches and capacitors that are worn out and require extensive repair and restoration. The costs and lost time frequently take the charm away from dabbling in these antique audio devices. Mic Pre 500 uses Class A, fully-discrete transistor circuitry. The Mic Pre 500 uses a tri-color LED metering setup and accepts both line and hi-Z inputs via the 1/4" jack, in addition to the XLR microphone equipped with +48V phantom power. With a -20dB pad for added versatility, the Mic Pre 500 microphone preamplifier is ready for anything. 

"Daking uses modern production techniques along with time proven designs and components to create products that give you the performance of the classics without the headaches," says Lunde. 

Plus all Daking products are built in the U.S.A., and are lead free!   



Watch Geoff Daking go over the 500 series -- Two Mic Pre 500, two Compressor 500 (MSRP $795) and two EQ 500 pre - all can be installed in an API 500-6B lunchbox. 
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Advise From The Top  
What Don Was Calls Generous Music 
null Don Was in Studio A at Blackbird, Nashville, TN
With multiple Grammy Awards (including Producer of the Year), and hits,
Don Was (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer and the Rolling Stones) is now tasked with taking Blue Note Records forward into the 21st century.   In fact, what Blue Note artists -- trumpeter Terence Blanchard (jazz), vocalist Gregory Porter, (hip-hop tinged pianist) Robert Glasper and folk/soul singer/songwriter Amos Lee and newly signed Elvis Costello & The Roots -- have in common is  what Was calls "generous music."  
Was keeps label founder Alfred Lion's mission statement as mantra: Create authentic music.  "Music is built int our DNA - it's neurological," says Don Was who understands and appreciates successful musician's ability to express themselves effectively and connecting to generations.
Was also believes in good songwriting. His advise. Be different.   


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TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA), ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Crane Song, Daking Audio (USA) Dave Hill, Drawmer, Pete's Place Audio, Tube-Techand Sonodyne Nearfield Monitors 



studioexpresso at HotZone NAMM 2014
Friday Jan 24

2:30 - 3:45 - Studio Engineering & Mixing Panel

4:00 - 5:30 - Music for TV and Film - MD's Panel


Ah, the sound of music! Where does it come from? Well, largely, these guys, who brilliantly capture the rarest of nuance, as well as the physicality, of sonic art. Studio tips, tricks and techniques will be discussed, as well as gossip about the scene.


Claris Sayadian-Dodge of studioexpresso l C Artist Management  


Panelist soon will be announced! 


The 29th Annual TEC Awards will be held the same evening

The Nominating Panel has received entries in three categories:


For more information contact Jane Byer at (510) 528-2014 or [email protected] 



Find Hammond organs  SK1-73, SK1-88, SK2, and XK3 with the Leslie 3300   

Hammond Leffler  

Find it at  

2295 E Foothill Blvd Pasadena CA 911107


The Clare Fischer Big Band 

Directed by Brent Fischer 

November 28

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group, Directed by Brent Fischer

 Fischer Riviera
 Featuring Luis Conte, Alex Budman and friends


Latin Grammy Noms Are In 

Official Art, Best New Artists, Producers and more...

Painter and visual artist Maria Rivas (left) has been named the official artist for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards�.
Rivas' art will become the official image that will grace this year's invitations, show tickets, poster, program book, etc. The commissioned piece was unveiled last week in Los Angeles at a press conference announcing this year's Latin GRAMMY� nominees.

Producer Of The Year nominations go to Rafael Arcaute, Sergio George, Javier Lim�n, Julio Reyes Copello, and Dan Warner. Winners will be announced on Nov. 21 when the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards� air live on the Univision Network from the Mandalay Bay events center in Las Vegas. Best Urban performance has been added in the Urban Field, bringing the total number of categories to 48 in 18 Fields. This year's Latin GRAMMY Awards process registered a record-breaking 9,400-plus submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Jul. 1, 2012 - Jun. 30, 2013). View full list of nominees here

studioexpresso is spotlighting the Best New Artist category. Our favorite, Clarice Falcao is from Brazil.  She sings beautifully and plays the Ukulele with just the right doze of charm and humor  Watch Monomania with over 4,700,000 views. Which girl wouldn't relate to this scene? There's a critter in your bathroom and no one wants to handle it!  It's sure to tickle your funny bone - over five million views! Goes to show you that like in a good song, language is never a barrier!    




is homespun in Thousand Oaks, California in the backyard of New West Symphony.  Members Lisa  Dondlinger (strings) and Giovanna Clayton (Cello) began playing Latin music together and the rest is history.


Grammy noms also go to:  

A Band Of Bitches 

Leslie Cartaya 


Clarice Falcao 

Jesus Hidalgo


Mojito Lite 

Gaby Moreno  

Milton Salcedo   


Congrats to Benny Faccone (Vida by Draco Rosa ), Rafa Sardina (La M�sica No Se Toca by Alejandro Sanz) and Brent Fischer (�Ritmo! Best Latin Jazz Album).    

Want tix to the Latin Grammy's? Music merchandising and brand licensing company, Cinder Block, will provide a lucky consumer the opportunity to win two tickets to this year's telecast and official Latin GRAMMY After Party in Las Vegas. How to win? Shop on Grammy online! Choose from fashionable apparel items, eclectic novelty pieces and some commemorative items featuring the beautiful official artwork from past Latin GRAMMY shows.
The sweepstakes will begin on Sept. 25, 2013, and run through Nov. 1, 2013. Every purchase made via the new Latin GRAMMY store website will be automatically entered to win the music experience. 



LA Opera Serves
Einstein On The Beach


Philip Glass composed the music for Einstein On The Beach, Robert Wilson directed the production and original cast member Lucinda Childs contributed choreography for an unforgettable collaboration.
Not only is LA Opera's production the last stop on its wildly successful North American tour, it will also be the last time the three original creative greats will collaborate together on this historic and unforgettable piece.    


Twerking A New Album
Video Promoting Wrecking Ball Breaks Streaming Records

Miley Cyrus' music video for "Wrecking Ball" helped her accumulate enough Vevo views to propell her new ballad to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 
The 20-year-old Cyrus got her first chart-topper less than a month before "Bangerz," her fourth studio album (RCA Records debut), arrives on Oct. 8.
"The video is obviously high-quality, and the song is beautiful and wonderful," says RCA president/COO Tom Corson. Directed by Terry Richardson, the clip depicts Cyrus straddling a swinging wrecking ball and licking a sledgehammer in slow motion. Y'all remember her memorable MTV's Video Music Awards appearance with Justin.  Sex still sells when you've got the body and can even boost your Twitter followers - 13 million, in this case!  "Wrecking Ball" is produced by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" and Gottwald and Cirkut. Cyrus is set to host/perform on "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 5.  

What has yellow pvd case with 55 diamonds (1.37 carats),  white rubber strap with engraved Grammy's logo and yellow pvd deployment buckle and is swiss made?
The Gucci Grammy time pieces starting at $499-7,900. purchase here!


Lady Gaga Goes ArtPop  
 Applause  please. on November 11, Lady Gaga will be releasing a new album, Art Pop. First single is a study in eye-popping imagery.  "She'll do anything to make her audience happy and inspired," says Inez van Lamsweerde of directing duo Inez & Vinoodh who created the vid inspired by silent movies,  early horror films and Botticelli's painting (one scene Gaga appears in a clam shell bikini, her curls cascading around her shoulders). And for a song like "Applause," the directors knew they needed a way to get hands in there and that's why you see the lady in "The glove-kini! Gaga is credited for her idea to do a fashion show, where she would be flying instead of walking. And, if you look at Ms Lamsweerde's portfolio, her clients include: Dior, Valentino and Miu Miu, among others. Meet style with capitol S.
What's actually cool about Lady G now, she has been seen with little or no make up). And she's quite beautiful.
null Most Lady Gaga facebook likes exceed 200,000. Welcome to definition of reigning queen of ArtPop. 
You think you can follow her act? This means revamping your image constantly. Having a vision and being driven by art. Also it means finding people who share your vision, like her art director, Marla (right).





"I'm probably the only D.J. that has it written into his contract in history - that I will charge you a penalty if you don't let me play at least three hours. It takes me so long to tell a story. "

--  Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots   


Top Five Music Picks On The Runways

If you're a fashionista, you're already looking at the Spring 2014 collection by top designers. Not everything is black or white. Fall's runways were rife with the in-between - from charcoal to slate - consider it the new neutral

Here's a glance at the music dominating the recent Fall Runways in New York. Some new names in design but lot of old songs! It goes to show you, classics are always in style.


1. "Lose Yourself to Dance"   at Diane von  Furstenberg

2. "Simon Says" by Pharoahe Monch at Alexander Wang

3. "Waves" by J Dilla at Rodarte

4. It's So Quiet at Thom Browne

5. "The Inner Light" by The Beatles at Anna Sui





Hearing Souls and Sounds Of Syria
l-r: Refugees of Rap, Tanjaret Daghet, George Wassouf

Syrian artists are expressing their desire and courage for freedom through peaceful artistic mediums. Building on Syria's deep historical art and cultural traditions, Syrian artists have been exploring a wide range of mediums to convey their experiences and emotions. Take a listen to Omar Souleyman, George Wassouf, Tanjaret daghet (Pressure Cooker), and Refugees of Rap.
R2P (responsibility to protect) is a new international security and human rights norm to address the international community's failure to prevent and stop genocides. Sounds like the responsibility falls on the world not just US. Perhaps UN? Just listen.

Until next month, Choose Peace  

Music Lives & Moves! 


 Claris Sayadian-Dodge, Founder I Editor studioexpresso


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Music For Strings, Percusssion And The Rest  
The Clare Fischer Orchestra 
Conducted by Dr. Clare Fischer, Gary Foster and
Brent Fischer 
The music of Dr. Clare Fischer is a synthesis of influences across an unusually broad spectrum. From an early age, Fischer was absorbing the works of Bach, Bartok, Ellington, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Strayhorn, Berg, Villa-Lobos and later Jobim and Dutilleaux.  He considered himself an orchestral composer first and

In grand Fischer tradition, the new album on Clavo Records epitomizes the concept of complex simplicity: Continuing to amalgamate centuries of orchestral developments into accessible sonic artistry.

Enjoy performances by veterans of both the classical and jazz genres, Bryan Pezzone, Gary Foster, Brent Fischer, Cecilia Tsan and Roland Kato among others. 


"There's no experience quite like hearing the the amazing range of aural colors to be found in orchestral instruments," says Brent Fischer  (Elvis Costello & The Roots, Usher, D'Angelo) who is continuing his late father, Clare Fischer's legacy 
arranging for pop and R&B artists while playing and directing the Clare Fischer Orchestra(s).   


Grammy-winning album Ritmo! by The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band, Directed by Brent Fischer, is now nominated for a Latin Grammy!   The Latin Grammy awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas, November 21 on Univision. Congrats to all nominees.

Music For Strings, Percusssion And The Rest
available at   

MP3 (highest bitrate with full digital booklet)  

Also on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby





















Laura Mvula
Sing To The Moon

Last time a singer/songwriter demanded my attention was Adele. Now it's the classically trained British import, 26-year-old Laura Mvula (n�e Douglas).  
You may have caught her at the El Rey in Los Angeles on Spetember 17. Her new album "Sing to the Moon" on RCA is delightful.  Her music has been described as "gospeldelia".  
I heard it as my favorite DJ Ann Litt (KCRW) played the title song one Saturday afternoon as I was driving from my favorite bakery.  Suddenly tears welled up and I had to stop to write down the artist's name or the song title!
The melody and lyrics made me feel loss of a dear friend and her magnificence. 
Soon gratitude replaced sadness.  Certain artists grab you like this. You want to listen to the song over and over and share. And that's exactly what I did.  Laura is raw, sincere, the real deal - good songwriting meets great performance.
Fans must have agreed. One visit to her website and you'll find the limited edition double 12" Vinyl, signed by Laura at $31.99  is SOLD OUT!
The choral and orchestral arrangements by her are exquisite!
Her debut album "Sing to the Moon", was released on March 4, 2013.
Mvula grew up in the Birmingham suburbs of Selly Park and Kings Heath with two younger siblings. She sang with Black Voices, an a capella group set up by her aunt. She graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition. While she was working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school, she started writing songs on her laptop. She was working as a receptionist when she sent out two demos to several people in the music industry. She is married to singer Themba Mvula. Signed to Sony subsidiary RCA, Mvula released her debut extended play, "She", on 16 November 2012.  
The album preceeds her single "Green Garden". The song is an elegy to her home in Kings Heath.  



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keyboard Showroom 

 2295 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107 

New Address
Roland l Rodgers I Hammond 
keyboard Showroom 

 2295 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107 

DJ / studio owner Robert Mills
Robert Miles' fifth album entitled Th1rt3en was released worldwide on S:alt Records in February 2011, and featured guests such as Robert Fripp, Dave Okumu, Jon Thorne, Mike Patto and Davide Giovannini. For this album, Miles produced a blend of alternative and progressive rock with ambient and electronic soundscapes.

Miles has just finished to work on the soundtrack for the forthcoming movie documentary The Turn of This Century, directed by Peter Beyak and featuring the photography of Life Magazine and he is setting up a new alternative multimedia centre in Ibiza

A 'digital domain' user for eight years, his minimalist studio is designed around a MAC G5 double processor, Digidesign HD192kHz audio interface + Pro Logic Pro 7 system, with copious quantities of plug-ins, "all to simulate the analogue sound. I love the digital domain for its limitless options, and try to get what I want through a combination of digital mixing and processing/mastering with analogue machines to warm up the sound. Today all you need to mix is a powerful computer, an audio/midi interface like Pro Tools/Logic and as many plug-ins as you can get."





































Vocal Coach To The Stars  


Renee Grant-Williams' career stature rivals that of her star clientele which include:  "American Idol" judge, Keith Urban and "Idol" favorites Kree Harrison, Bo Bice and winner Carrie Underwood.


Her other celebrity clients range from country artists: Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Martina McBride to pop/rock legends Huey Lewis, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Linda Rondstadt as well as Miley Cyrus and  "The Voice" judge, Christina Aguilera.


Grant-Williams' iconoclastic regimen as a vocal coach is focused on the "Consonants" rather than the vowels.  She explains, "One day I had an epiphany and realized that consonants were actually more expressive than the vowels.  I consider myself the last champion of consonants." Her brick & mortar method as a vocal coach is reflected in her landmark Nashville brick building (at 2nd and Broadway) that has been home to Grant-Williams' historic music studio for over 20 years.


Her exceptional education is distinguished by 3 years at Carnegie Mellon University (undergraduate) and an additional 4 years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music. She also attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Grant-Williams is also an accomplished soprano soloist.


For more info about Renee or voice lessons you can contact her at


Elton John
The Diving Board       


As part of USC school of music Visions and Voices series, students and fans filled into Bovard Auditorium to hear a performance by Elton John  on September 16th 

The show of EJ hits was conducted by his former keyboardist, film composer James Newton Howard (The Sixth Sense, The Hunger Games), now  serving on the advisory board of USC music department.     
Smart PR to support the new album, The Diving Board, his first studio album in seven years produced by T Bone Burnett. The album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.  Burnett encouraged EJ to go back to basics to a piano-bass-drums set-up, like Elton's touring band of 1970-71, which featured Nigel Olsson on drums and Dee Murray on bass. Burnett attended one of Elton's historic Troubadour concerts in Los Angeles the week of August 25, 1970, the series of shows which made EJ a star, as they say, overnight.


Reminds me of my experience of an Elton John concert. At age 16, I discovered how enjoying a rock concert can cure the common cold at the Greek Theater! That  experience inspired me to find a studio job which paved the way for the work I do today. Thank you EJ!  On the next album, I'd love to hear more Dream sequences like the featured 1,2,3 on The Diving Board. 


By the way, courtesy of John, USC Thornton vocalists and brass players joined him onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22.  John's performance was enhanced by backup from 14 vocalists from the USC Thornton Chamber Singers and four brass students playing tuba, trombones, and trumpet. The Trojans were directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of USC Thornton's Choral Music program.   

Catch EJ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV Oct 2 and 9 at 7:30pm tix here 

FREE Central Park Concert
Benefits Gloval Poverty

The Global Poverty Project, in proud partnership with the Cotton On Foundation, announced the 2013 Global Citizen Festival - a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn of New York's iconic Central Park - will take place on September 28, 2013 with Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer.
The Global Poverty Project aims to achieve a combined total of one million actions by this September. To do so, one of the first "actions" fans can complete is the signing of A World at School Initiative's Stand with Malala Petition, which demands emergency action to help the 57 million children without access to primary education. Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist from Pakistan who has inspired a worldwide movement to keep girls in school, will hand the petition over to the leadership of the United Nations on July 12, 2013.  "It's not about cutting cheques, it's about raising awareness, empowering people with truth so they can engender positive change that's tangible. It's a simple as that," says Tim Diamond, general manager of Cotton On Foundation. "We are honored to work with this year's line up, in a united effort to end extreme poverty," said Ryan Gall, co-Founder and executive producer of the Global Citizen Festival.

New Charles Stamp & CD

from USPS

The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a CD with a collection of remastered classics of some of Ray Charles' most stellar performances, and previously unreleased material.
It features 13 tracks, including the USPS exclusive bonus track, "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." The CD album cover features art from the Ray Charles stamp.
It's available for $9.99 in nearly 5,000 Post Offices nationwide and online in the Postal Store 


 Composer/producer Scott E. Moore and guitarist/engineer/journalist Rich
Tozzoli recently collaborated on two hours of original music for a Deepak Chopra/Oprah Winfrey 21-Day Mediation Challenge.
Among the helpful technical tools engaged in this project was the Sonnox 
SuprEsser plug-in which played a pivotal role in fine-tuning Chopra's sibilance

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