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February 2013
February is the shortest month of the year, but that hasn't stopped us from being busy here at SugarHill. Lots of cool sessions and special events happening in the studio. Currently we're undergoing some renovations and we'll soon be happy to announce some new SugarHill residents! But we're getting ahead of ourselves... 

This month we've featured more of what Andy's been up to in the studios as well as some partnerships with some pretty cool organizations like Just About Kids, Love Street Light Circus, NBC's The Voice, and Texas Folk Life.

Andy's Rockin and Bach'N
Andy's been busy in the studios recording all kinds of music. One project he's been working on this month is a CD of original compositions by Rice University music professor, Richard Lavenda. While the tracking is being done at Rice's Stude Concert Hall- all of the editing and mixing has been done here at SugarHill in the cozy Studio B with Andy and Richard himself. 
Also this month, Andy had the opportunity to work on some real rock n roll music with the band Trio Grande, from Kingsville, Texas. This album is the band's first studio album in over 20 years. It was produced by Carl Becker (featured in House of Hits), who's no stranger to SugarHill having his own record label J-Beck Records in the 1960's. Becker's produced the likes of Tony Joe White, Zachary Thaks, and Bad Seeds.


Andy and Richard Lavenda in Studio B

 Trio Grande 
Andy and Trio Grande in Studio B
Carl Becker 
Carl Becker and Andy in Studio B  

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of hosting an event thanking the volunteers for Love Street Light Circus. Guests were invited to bring their instruments for an impromptu jam session in Studio A. Everyone enjoyed refreshments and door prizes as they celebrated their work for the community. 

Love Street - The Alliance for Children and Music is a Houston charity dedicated to improving children's lives through the healing and enriching power of music. Love Street brings Houston's musicians to where they are most needed - area children's hospitals and other facilities without the resources to meet their needs for live music.
Special Thanks to 
Patrick Waites and Lisa Watts 
for putting this together!
Dan, Alicia, and Mike
Back in the Studio

Dan Workman, Alicia Gianni, and Mike Whitebread get fired up in Studio B. 

Alicia is working on new material for her debut CD and Dan and Mike have been tapped to be co-producers once again.  Dan reports: "This song continues our explorations of minimalistic arrangements.  Nowhere to hide!   Good thing we have Alicia's amazing voice and lyrics to lean on.  Now where's that SK-1....?"

For the Love of Music

Kingwood High School's non profit organization, Just About Kids hosted their second annual singing competition this month. Over 120 singers from all over Humble I.S.D. auditioned for a chance to compete for talent contracts, college scholarships, and a chance to record a demo song here at SugarHill. The competition, "For the Love of Music" is named in honor of Kingwood High School's Favorite substitute teacher, Mr. Love who recently turned 92 years old. 

the voice
SugarHill was the location for for NBC's The Voice call-back casting auditions!
We had all hands on deck around the clock to make sure everyone got a chance to shine.
In 2 days over 200 artists came through our doors to show judges that they had what it takes to be on the 5th season of the popular primetime TV show.  In past seasons, some of the audition tapes filmed here made it to the episodes. Tune in to see if you can spot us as the backdrop!
      CALLING ALL YOUNG            ACCORDIONISTS!       
2013 Big Squeeze
The fine folk at Texas Folk Life are scouting for their annual "Big Squeeze" accordion competition. 
Be sure to check out their website for entry forms and complete contest rules.  While many people underestimate the amazing-ness of the sometimes maligned accordion, we are here to tell you that the unrelenting awesomeness of the world-class accordionists that make to the finals in this contest are not to be missed!  If you are eligible, you know who you are!  Be sure and sign up to compete.  The rest of us are going to stock the cooler with German, Polish, Czech and Mexican refreshments in anticipation of the finals later this year.    


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