Avatar Studios Celebrates Grammy Noms

Feb 21, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Avatar Studios announced that 21 2003 Grammy nominees' albums were recorded either entirely or partly at the facility.

Said Kirk Imamura, president at Avatar, “We strive to do everything we can to make the highest-quality recordings possible. When the outcome of our labor gets recognized in this manner, especially in these difficult business conditions, it is very rewarding. We are very honored to have contributed in some way to the success of the great artists who record at Avatar.”

Among the Grammy-nominated artists who worked at Avatar are: Sheryl Crow (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Album), Natalie Cole and Diana Krall (Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals), Elvis Costello (Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album), Foxy Brown (Best Female Rap Solo Performance), the John Scofield Band (Best Contemporary Jazz Album) and Herbie Hancock (Best Jazz Instrumental Solo). For a complete list of Avatar-related nominees, go to www.avatarstudios.net/news/45thGrammys.htm.

Aaron Neville (Verve Records) recently recorded in Avatar’s Neve 8068-equipped Studio A with Rob Mounsey producing, Dave O’Donnell engineering the sessions to Pro Tools and Aya Takemura assisting. Artist Pat McGee (Warner Bros.) also employed Studio A for his new record, produced by Gregg Wattenberg, engineered by John Agnelio and assisted by Ross Petersen. A two-record project for Nagel-Heyer Records, using Avatar’s Steinway B piano, was engineered by Jim Anderson, produced by Frank Nagel-Heyer and assisted by Peter Doris. Studio A also hosted K Fox (Def Jam Records), who recorded strings and horns for a forthcoming release that was engineered by Niko Bolas and assisted by Brian Montgomery.

Producer Andrew Lippa, himself a Grammy Award winner, recently worked at the studio's SSL 9000 J-equipped Studio B, producing music for the upcoming Legally Blond II release (MGM Studios), with engineer Vince Caro and assistant Aya Takemura. Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band member Patty Scialfi also used Studio B to put the finishing touches on her album, working with Grammy-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker and Ross Petersen assisting on the strings sessions.

For more recent projects, visit Avatar online at www.Avatarstudios.net.

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