Written by Emma Whitehead
With the van bursting at the seams with all the recording equipment, our production team with the know-how (Jason, Ben, Tom, Toby and Emma), and most importantly the infamous sofa, we were off t’Leeds! We are lucky enough to be able to record our northern sessions at the Prime Studios in Leeds for a couple of days once a month. These studios give us the space and acoustics to host our great artists and make music happen.
Jonty Brown kicked off our November session with his great original song ‘Black Cloud’. Jamie Lee Harrison followed covering two songs, ‘Too Close’ and ‘Break Even’- His fantastic voice blew us away. A delicious lunch was delivered right to the studio by Lahore Deli Bar, to fuel the troops ready for a jam packed afternoon. Jake Quickenden entered the studio with a smile and jump in his step, and instantly stunned us with ‘Humpty Dumpty’, a beautiful song written in memory of his late little brother- this one brought a tear to all of our eyes. His original songs ‘Board Games’ and ‘Mile High’, and cover of ‘What’s My Name?’ soon brought us high as a kite, and ready for the next artists of the day. Strangers In Paradise played Ont’ Sofa next, these three guys brought their own unique brand of melodic rock to the sofa. Then finally the Rupert Stroud band amazed us with their vocals, keyboard, bass and drums, covering ‘Cry Me A River’ and Rupert’s own song ‘No Peace Of Mind’.
What a first day!
Still reeling from a fantastic first day we returned to the Studio raring and ready to go on the Tuesday afternoon. Todd Dorigo started off our second day with two of his own songs; ‘Shy Boy’ and ‘Bit On The Side’, his talent and confidence hailed him a one take wonder. Brilliant! Stolen Haven were our final band to perform Ont’ Sofa. After a few wardrobe changes (no make-up artist, to their disappointment!) the boys dove straight into their song ‘Decent Shoes’, and then brought a second song out of the hat called ‘Clouds’.
What a finish to the November northern sessions!
A great big thank you and well done to all the artists who performed Ont’ Sofa these last couple of days in the studio, you have given us some great new material that we are very excited to upload to the website in the next few weeks. Keep your eye sockets and ear holes open for what is to come!
Love from the Ont’ Sofa team :)
|Strangers In Paradise|
Jonty Brown (f: facebook.com/jonty.brown)
Jamie Lee Harrison (t: @JamieLHarrison , f: facebook.com/JamieLHarrison1)
Jake Quickenden (t: JakeQuickenden)
Strangers In Paradise (t: @S_I_P_MUSIC)
Rupert Stroud (t: @RupertStroud)
Todd Dorigo (t: @todddorigo)
Stolen Haven (t: @StolenHaven)