We then encountered JaE at the Mainline Mother’s Day event hosted by Ellen Smith (Will Smith’s sister), founder of Dining With Divas. JaE was the featured performer at the Black Tie Awards Gala and Forge Recording provided live sound and video for the event.
JaE recorded a new single “Faded Windows” with Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro, and has been back to Forge Recording several times for rehearsals.
This past December, Forge Recording’s Brendan McGeehan premiered a film project entitled “We Are Music” which celebrates the city of Philadelphia and its musicians. The project is dedicated to the late Dante Bucci, a highly talented Philly musician who passed away in August 2014. Thanks to a spontaneous filming of Dante playing the “hang drum” during the original studio recording (photo below), Brendan was able to include Dante in the final project.
For the project, Brendan took Dante’s original hang drum tracks and enlisted the talents of Philadelphia area musicians to perform their parts at remote locations around the city. In total, the project includes 20 musicians performing in 12 iconic locations around Philadelphia.
The premiere included a screening of the finished video and live performances from various Philadelphia musicians. “We Are Music” was originally written for Brendan’s band AlyCat by members Allison Hilley and John Glabitz. The song drives home the message of unity with its grooving melody and easy flowing beat. The original studio recording of “We Are Music” was done at Forge Recording.
You can check out an article about the project and Dante Bucci at Rock On Philly. Congratulations to Brendan and all of the collaborating artists and contributors on this inspiring look at what the Philadelphia music community is all about.
American Aquarium, a Raleigh based rootsy rock and roll band, spent some time at Forge to film a live session of two of their most recent songs. “Wichita Falls” and “Family Problems” are part of the group’s 7th album titled “Wolves”.
Josh Nussbaum, a Philadelphia based guitarist and producer, brought American Aquarium to Forge for the newest installment of his FeedLab series. FeedLab was created by Nussbaum and produces quality videos featuring artists performing live in studios.
During their session in Studio A, BJ Barham, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, spoke about going back home to Raleigh, NC. He said there is a level of respect, a sort of “tip of the hat” to the band when they play shows at home. He goes on to talk about the songs he writes. “The Beatles wrote all the happy songs. For me, I write a bunch of really depressing, sad songs.”He believes the sad songs are the one’s people can relate to the most and “Wolves” is certainly filled with soulful, real-life songs.
Along with Barhan, the band is made up of lead guitarist Ryan Johnson, Colin Dimeo also playing lead guitar, Whit Wright on pedal steel and keys, Bill Corbin on bass, and Kevin McClain on drums. The band is on tour at the moment. To check out where they’ll be playing and book tickets, click here.
Forge Recording offers many services, including live sessions at our studio such as the one held for American Aquarium. For more information on live events, click here.
M’Balia Singley’s new album, “Halfway There,” is released today. You can learn more by visiting her website here.
Singley recorded half of the album during a snowstorm this past March. We were able to plow the parking lot and get setup just in time for the musicians. Produced by jazz pianist and composer Orrin Evans, the album also features Gene Jackson, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Madison Rast, and Tim Motzer. The album features original compositions and a few of Singley’s favorite jazz standards. Singley recorded half of the album in Studio A, and utilized the Academy Studio for editing and overdubs.
Found Wandering reached national audiences on August 29th when they appeared on the “After the Show Show” segment on FOX News. See the performance below.
Viewers seemed to like what they heard as the band quickly rose in rankings, becoming the #1 album on Amazon in the “folk,” “gospel,” and “country” categories!
Building on their self-titled album recorded at Forge Recording with Ron DiSilvestro, Found Wandering has returned to the studio to record a Christmas album. They’ve been working with Ron for the last couple of weeks to finalize the tracking stage of the project. We even cranked up the AC a little to get everyone in the holiday spirit during the dog days of summer.
Here are some photos from their recent sessions recording an upcoming Christmas album.
Jennifer Logue brought her sultry side to the studio while tracking vocals with producer/lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. Known locally as the founder of RockOnPhilly.com and the on-air host of RockOnPhilly TV, Jenn is also recognized internationally as an accomplished singer/songwriter. Check out the finished track here.
RECphilly, a music collective based out of Philadelphia, recently stopped by to record an live EP. The in-studio concert gave their members and fans a chance to experience an intimate musical performance. The goal of this collective is to collaborate with all facets of the Philadelphia music community to bring back the “Philadelphia Sound” that was once a household name. We are glad that they chose Forge to capture that “Philly sound”.
Join jazz vocalist Michelle Lordi for our next in-studio concert. She’ll be backed by some of Philly’s finest jazz musicians, including Sonny Troy, Larry McKenna, Mike Frank, Matthew Parrish, and other special guests. The concert/live recording takes place on Saturday, May 16th, with sets at 7pm & 9pm. Ticket includes food, open bar and a digital recording of the session. Tickets available here.
Here’s a video that explains how our in-studio concerts work:
Composer, producer, and pianist Orrin Evans recently came to Forge to work on a project with vocalist M’Balia Singley, bassist Madison Rast, drummer Byron Landham, and keyboardist Luke Carlos O’Reilly. The snow didn’t stop everyone from making great music!