Bad Boy/Atlantic Records R&B act B5 expects their debut release this June stocked with a plethora of production by Damon Sharpe (Corbin Bleu, Kimberly Locke) and Gregg Pagani (3LW, Babyface) among many others. DJ Khalil (The Game, Jay-Z) has recently been in the studio with Dr Dre and 50 Cent. Chicago production team The Insomniax lent their ears/skills to now signed I-15 (Zone 4/Interscope Records) and the latest from Bobby Valentino (Def Jam) and Jojo (Universal). Their newest development is Atlanta R&B duo Myxx consisting of sisters Evonne and Elizabeth Hunnicutt, ages 17 and 19. Still unsigned to a major, they have collaborated with Bobby Valentino, B5 and singer Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) resulting in a retro 80s style relatively unknown to today’s standards.
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Record Producer News: Ed Buller, Nick DiDia, Jeff Saltzman, Matt Wallace, John Cornfield, Louis Read, Ali Staton, Ian Broudie, Chris Sheldon, Mike Crossey, Dave BascombeIn Noteworthy on May 10, 2007 at 6:28 pm
Over in Ireland, The Departure is completing their second record for Parlophone/EMI with producer/writer Ed Buller. Atlanta based Nick DiDia is still engineer crazy lending his talents to forthcoming Bruce Springsteen material, Velvet Revolver, The Bravery and The Nightwatchmen. Jeff Saltzman produced Australian band The Vasco Era. UK band Fightstar has retained Matt Wallace to produce their upcoming album due summer 2007 on Trustkill Records (U.S.) and Gut Records (UK). John Cornfield is/was in with Island Records UK band Clocks (some mixing done by Cenzo Townshend who’s also responsible for forthcoming Editors, Last Gang, Take That material). Kula Shaker has been using Louis Read for mixing/engineering and Sam Williams as producer. Ali Staton will get engineering credits on the upcoming Seal and Isobel Campbell records. Ian Broudie is working on a new solo album. Producer Chris Sheldon is set to hit Monnow Valley Recording Studios with Oceansize next month. Mike Crossey is coming off co-producing Arctic Monkeys and mixing Regal/Parlophone Icelandic group Jakobinarina. Kish Mauve (Sony/ATV Publishing) and Blaqk Audio will be mixed by Dave Bascombe . Blaqk Audio (Interscope Records) is a band spawned from AFI.
Record Producer News: Pete Matthews, Sam Watters & Louis Biancaniello, Blake English, Ethan Mates, Nellee HooperIn Noteworthy on May 10, 2007 at 6:28 pm
Producer Pete Matthews (Dust for Life, Evanescence) is holed up with Tacoma, Washington indie band Top Heavy Crush. Write/production team Sam Watters & Louis Biancaniello (Anastacia, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia Barrino) have been terribly busy playing a role in several projects including Hungarian singer Linda Kiraly (Universal Republic), newly re-signed 21 year old Amy Studt (19 Records/Sony-BMG), Jamaican pop duo Brick Lace (Geffen), dropped Geffen act Tori Kelly, Sony R&B girl Soshy, and Warner R&B kid Jeremy Gregory (being produced by Harold Lily and Neal Pogue). Writer/producer Blake English produced material for Raven and The Cheetah Girls. Blake also guided the very unlucky Kiley Dean on her third album to be promoted via Music World/Sony-BMG. Why is she unlucky? Because this former Britney Spears back-up singer had her first two Interscope-Universal records canned. Engineer Ethan Mates did the forthcoming Linkin Park record. Producer Nellee Hooper did Andrea Corr’s solo album following his work with Gwen Stefani. All these folks and more are part of the Lippman Entertainment crew.
The Calling singer Alex Band is set to release a 2007 solo album on Geffen Records/Universal. You know him best for singing the 2001 RCA Records hit “If I could, then I would, I’ll go wherever you will go..” which led to 3 million+ album sales. Band has been in the studio for several months using producers Matt Serletic, Chuck Reed, John Field, engineer Tal Herzberg, and mixer Jack Joseph Puig. Musician Aaron Kamin, also of The Calling, is making strides as writer/producer for developing acts such as Joanna Pacitti (A&M/Universal).