SPARS member Sugar Hill Studios news | January 2012

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January 2012

The new year is off to a great start at SugarHill. The staff is still sticking to their new year’s resolutions (yoga, diet, and,… oh yeah!..recording and mixing the best music in this part of the country!) Since 1/1/12, we have recorded Alicia Gianni with special guests Nick Gaitan (Umbrella Man), Hank Shyma (Southern Backtones), Jo Bird (Two Star Symphony), Craig Kinsey, Mike Whitebread, and Joseph Li. Chris Longwood begin pre-production with Beaumont band We Were Wolves in February. They caught our good side in their road blog. Andy has been putting the finishing touches on an amazing record with Texas guitar legend Kenny Cordray.  

A makeover is in progress as we begin renovating for a new studio space. We’ll be updating our Twitter page (@Sugarhillstudio) with photos of the transformation. There are a lot of exciting projects awaiting SugarHill in 2012 and we can’t wait to share them with you!


The SugarHill Crew

We’ll Miss You Gina!!!
 Gina Miller Biography Picture
As 2011 came to close, so did one of the longest and sweetest chapters of SugarHill’s recent history.  Our intrepid and beloved studio manager, kitchen designer, event co-ordinator, bookkeeper, yogini, and best friend, Gina Miller, left SugarHill to pursue new horizons with Culture Pilot.  Gina called SugarHill home for over 5 years, and she made her mark in many wonderful ways.  While we are super sad to see her go, she remains a permanent member of our family.  And there is good news!  Gina will continue in her role of producer and co-host of our web show, Live From SugarHill!  The only thing that begins to offset the loss is that before Gina left, she found an extraordinary young lady to join our team… (keep reading to find out who).

    The Recording Academy®  

 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award

Honors George Jones

george jones 

photo courtesy of popnihil.c

With the Grammy Awards quickly approaching everyone at SugarHill has turned in their ballots and are excited to see who the 2012 winners will be. This year George Jones will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. The award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording and are determined by vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.

As one of the most prolific country artists in history, George Jones has had more than 150 hits over his half-century career. He was on the Gold Star record label and was recognized for the success brought by his first hit “Why Baby Why” in 1955. Six more George Jones hit singles ensued such as, “What Am I Worth”, “You Gotta Be My Baby”, “Just One More”, “Yearning”, “Too Much Water” and “Don’t Stop the Music” during 1956. Jones is a two-time GRAMMY winner, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. At 80 years old, he continues to tour, playing more than 60 shows each year. 

 Best of Luck to our friend George Jones from his friends at SugarHill!

Live from SugarHill has begun filming it’s fourth season. Austin band Leatherbag rocked out in Studio A while the band and our Audience of One, Tim deSliva from Culture Pilot, enjoyed beer and root beer provided by our longtime sponsor, St. Arnolds. Leatherbag is an American power trio from Austin, Texas who are a new wave band for the 2010’s. They have performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the SXSW. Special thanks to ZenFilm, Culture Pilot, and everyone who worked the show!

American Music Abroad  


Recently SugarHill helped Houston rap/hip hop artist Baby Jay apply for a grant from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Hundreds of bands have applied to represent the United States on a month-long, multi-country cultural exchange program including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances.The tours will focus on younger and under served audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances.  American Music Abroad ensembles are currently expected to travel in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.

Baby Jay is a national artist who raps a message of unity, hope, and encouragement in his music. He is involved in Operation Respect, a non-profit organization working to assure each child a respectful and safe learning environment where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying. Baby Jay also distinguishes himself from the typical associations of today’s popular rap artists. While popular rap music often contains a message of praise to material things, Baby Jay’s message is one that is rooted in reality–simply doing the right thing. He recently performed at the City of Houston’s official New Year’s Eve event at Discovery Green.
              2nd Annual Main Street Block Party

The Main Street Block Party is back for a second go around Saturday the 28th and it’s a great way to check out local and regional musicians. While you are there, watch out for friends of SugarHill that will be performing: What Made Milwaukee Famous, Runaway Sun, Bang Bangz, Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man, Featherface, and Frank Freeman.  Pre-sale tickets are available at a discount so grab yours today.  
 block party
SugarHill’s Newest Addition


SugarHill would like to warmly welcome Sofia Straus as the newest member of the SugarHill Family. If you have come by the studios lately you have seen her smiling face and large black framed glasses in the office. Sofia is a senior at the University of Houston and operations director for the UH’s first and only student-run radio station, COOG Radio.  I think that she has a great fashion sense… (this confluence of wardrobe was TOTAL COINCIDENCE).


Gina is curating the music portion of the event C2xSW ‘Where all of the Wild Things are Interaction-Packed Houston’ @ SXSW. She is seeking submissions of mp3’s for listening stations and music videos for viewing stations. Specifically, Houston music, any genres.
Please send her samples of music (up to 3 songs in mp3 format), videos, or just spread the word and send bands her way.

Contact: [email protected]

SugarHill T-Shirt Update  

If you’re still wanting to purchase a limited edition SugarHill T-shirt, we’re down to only small and medium sizes and for only $10  plus  goodies, we know why. We’ll be happy to mail the shirts anywhere in the country so order one today.

  Calendar of Events:

2/12 – Grammy Awards
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