Gina Zo “Free Your Soul”

Gina Zo with Forge sign

Gina Zo is releasing her second album with Raw Life Records. Free Your Soul was recorded and produced at Forge Recording by Seth “Digital Crates” Barmash and executive produced by Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins and Christopher Wood.
Gina was selected by Blake Shelton on The Voice in 2016. When not performing she spends time collaborating in the studio with producer Digital Crates.


Working with Digital Crates has always been incredible for me. He understands how I record and it is easy to play off him as he plays off me in a session. He is that person I can finish his sentence to as he can do the same for me.– Gina Zo

Gina held her CD release party in Studio A at Forge Recording and is performing on Tuesday, August 1st at Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia.
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I really enjoyed getting to utilize Forge to allow my visions come true. The grand piano that is here holds a lot of my secrets so to speak because I have gotten to write a few of my songs using it. This album holds a lot of truth to it. It is very much a fun and loving album but shows the side of me I do not think people always get to see because I am so driven and focused. It shows my passion for life and the arts and how love plays into all of these things. — Gina Zo
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Bad Boy’s Gizzle Records at Forge

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Songwriter and rapper Gizzle worked on new material for three days at Forge Recording. Gizzle is signed to Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and has written for Teddy Riley, Puff Daddy, Pharrell, Timbaland, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Trey Songs, Ty$, YG, Iggy Azalea, Hit-Boy, Kid Ink and others.

While at Forge Gizzle recorded vocals in The Academy Studio and live instruments in Studio A. She also took advantage of Forge Recording’s quick turn CD duplication services for her album 7 Days in Atlanta.

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“Do Better” at Forge Recording

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The title track from Dejure Hest’s album Do Better has been released as both a single and a video. The song I Can Do Better was recorded and mixed at Forge Recording by Dejure Hest and Mike Harmon, and is performed by Philadelphia artist Troi Lauren.

The Album Do Better is a collection of songs that inspire us to live a purposeful life with determination to succeed. The single I Can Do Better reflects one person’s journey to overcome adversity.

Dejure Hest is a resident producer at Forge Recording. He can be reached at

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Ryan Leach Records Movie Score at Forge

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Award winning TV and Film composer, Ryan Leach, chose Forge Recording to track the music for an upcoming movie. Ryan holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and has scored a dozen feature films. His music has been heard on every major TV network.

Ryan conducted a string quartet which was recorded by Forge Recording Lead Engineer, Ron DiSilvestro. The film, entitled Candy Jar, stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, and Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba.

I really enjoyed working at Forge. The atmosphere was very professional. Ron is on top of things and really knows what he is doing. It was great working with him.–Ryan Leach

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Music Publishing Goes Live


Forge Recording’s Live Events Team hit the road to record four classical pieces performed by The Bucks County Wind Ensemble. Our client, Northeastern Music Publications, is a publisher of sheet music for bands and orchestras. Forge Recording provides a multi-track recording and mixing of the musical arrangements.

On the Steppes of Central Asia

Northeastern’s most recent offerings include On the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin, Fantasie on the traditional Chinese folk song A Beaded Purse, Golden Age by Yu Jianfang, and Swarm Theory by Gary Fagan. The works were arranged by Dr. Randy Navarre who will be traveling to China to perform some of the pieces with local middle school students.

Audio Engineer Brendan McGeehan recorded the ensemble on location, while Forge Recording Lead Engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the recordings in Studio A.

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Pretty Digital Releases “The More You Scratch”

Pretty Digital In Studio

The More You Scratch The Longer It Takes To Heal is the debut album of Irish electronic artist Pretty Digital. The album includes 11 tracks produced, engineered and mixed by Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan.

Influenced by the late eighties and early nineties Manchester music scene, Pretty Digital’s Bobby Byrne played in bands in his home town of Dublin, Ireland, before moving to Philadelphia.

The video for Pretty Digital’s single Get Used To It (below) was filmed, edited and directed by Jay Yachetta, and produced by Brendan McGeehan. The video features some famous Philly landmarks in a hip, retro style.


Another track from the album is Take The Loss.  You can listen to it on YouTube.


Visit Pretty Digital’s website to download the entire album or individual tracks.

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Von Roz Records EP at Forge

Brendan McGeehan and Von Roz

Soulful Blues Band Von Roz utilized both Studio A and The Academy Studio to record their latest EP. Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan produced and engineered the project which was written by music and life partners John von Glaubitz and Meg Rozinski.

Von Roz consists of John on guitar and vocals, Meg on keyboards and vocals, Jeff Leonard on drums and John Roberts on bass. Fans can listen to the EP on Reverb Nation here.

Check out the video “Shadow Puppets” from the EP which was filmed at Forge Recording.

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Josh Nussbaum Saves The Day!

Josh Nussbaum

Studio Jams was in a jam. Producer Tom Emmi was ready to film Episode #73 in Studio A at Forge Recording. In place were saxophonist Andrew Neu, bassist Jonathan Smith, pianist Jason Long, drummer Dave Hanlon, and the film crew. But with no guitar player the session was about to be scrapped. Fortunately, guitarist Josh Nussbaum was teaching a songwriting lesson in The Academy at Forge Recording and jumped in to save the day!

Charlie Puth and Josh Nussbaum rehearsing in the Gold Room

Charlie Puth and Josh Nussbaum rehearsing in the Gold Room


Josh is an outstanding guitar player who accompanied Grammy-nominated singer Charlie Puth when he was here rehearsing for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Josh has played on numerous sessions at Forge, including one for The Voice’s Matthew Schuler.

Below are two videos from Studio Jams Episode #73 featuring Josh Nussbaum. For more on Studio Jams visit


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Dee Lee Show Airs From Forge Recording


While in town comedian Dee Lee taped his weekly radio show at Forge Recording. Described as “Christian Reality Radio,” The Dee Lee Show plays the top hits of today and yesterday and includes celebrity interviews, local artists, and relevant current events.


Shelly Shell Williams and Dee Lee discuss current events in Studio A


For years, Dee Lee has been sharing his gift of comedy, appropriately labeled “The Ministry of Laughter,” with people across the country. A successful comedy club owner and host of HBO ZONE, Dee Lee has made numerous appearances on TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Apollo Comedy Hour.

Asia Sparks in Forge Recording's lobby

Asia Sparks in Forge Recording’s lobby


Dee Lee’s guests for this episode were rapper and singer Asia Sparks, producer and founder of Ethical Music Entertainment Carvin Haggins, author Richard D. Sutton (Fear of Becoming a Man), and television producer Shelly Shell Williams. The show was recorded by producer Dejure Hest of Ethical Music Entertainment.

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Jillian Shea Spaeder Rising Star


Jillian Shea Spaeder is an actress, singer and dancer perhaps best known for her role as Bailey on Disney XD’s TV show Walk the Prank. When she’s not busy with her acting career, the 13 year old rising star loves making music.


Joined on keyboards by her father, Bill Spaeder, and our own Ron DiSilvestro and Brendan McGeehan (collectively known as the Forge Recording Rhythm Section) on drums and bass, Jillian came to Forge Recording to track some of her favorite songs. Here is her rendition of The Beatles’ Come Together.

Here is Jillian in a music video with Ky Baldwin.

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