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 dejurephil@gmail.com.

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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

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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.

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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”

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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

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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!

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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 www.studiojams.com.

 

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Dee Lee Show Airs From Forge Recording

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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.

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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

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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.
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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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Live Sound for Network TV

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Forge Recording’s live sound team traveled to Fox 29 studios in Philadelphia for a taping of The Q Show. The sound team, headed by audio engineer Robbie Simmons and assisted by Sem Pierre, was tasked with providing the sound system for artist BriaMarie and her band, and a mix for both the network TV broadcast and the live studio audience. BriaMarie performing with her band

It was a nearly live broadcast. The half-hour variety show, hosted by Quincy Harris, began taping at 11am and aired at noon. For the show BriaMarie premiered her single Love The Way We Argue. She was accompanied by dancers, backup singers, drummer, bass player, and DJ.

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BriaMarie is signed to Ethical Music Entertainment, the record label of multi-platinum-selling, award-winning producer Carvin Haggins. Known as the “Fresh Princess,” BriaMarie’s music has been featured on VH1, MTV, TV One, Fox and radio stations across the country. Check out her music video for Love The Way We Argue below.

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