Bristol Studios Engineering Course Spotlight

•August 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Jon Henshaw, audio engineering assistant and aspiring music producer at Bristol Recording Studios, sat down to chat about his experience training in the Bristol Engineering & Production Courses; his background in music as well as what he’s learned while on the The Bristol Internship. Here’s what he had to say:

Bristol Studios: Tell us a little bit about your background in music.

Jon: Since I was 12, I’ve been a classically trained singer and I sang with the chorus at my high school. I went to The University of Vermont where I studied English and Philosophy. And while I was studying there, I sang with the UVM Top Cats, the all-male a cappella group. I spearheaded the group’s first recording project in over five years! Recording that album and watching the progression from the rough tracking to the finished product was really inspiring for me.

Bristol Studios: How did you hear about Bristol Studios?

Jon: I was interested in taking a position at a recording studio, so I did some research online about all the studios in the Boston area. Bristol’s courses and internship seemed like the most accessible and straightforward path to the career that I wanted.

Bristol Studios: What were the courses at Bristol Studios like?

Jon: I took the 5-week accelerated program, and  it was great to be able to finally get a solid foundation. I was finally able to piece together all the small bits of knowledge I already had. There’s a real architecture in the way Chris Billias (Senior Producer) and Dan Steinbrink (Engineer) introduce you to the different concepts and procedures common in the audio engineering world.

Jon Henshaw working the boards in Studio C

Read the rest of the article here!

Summer Singer Showcase 8/7/12

•August 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The second installment of Bristol Entertainment’s, A SUMMER SINGER SHOWCASE; Series at Downtown Crossing was another triumph for Boston’s rising stars! The outdoor audience was dancing out of their seats in the warm weather as the performers brought their own heat to the stage. Featured artist Niki Cremmen represented Bristol Entertainment along with Jaelin Rippe, Sasha Yatchenko, Molly Reinold, and Jalen Rance on August 7th with unsurpassed energy and spirit that made this event a magical one for all in attendance!

Yatchenko set the bar high as the first act. She belted out an impressive original song on piano and followed the number with a creative rendition of Britney Spears’ sultry song, “Toxic.” Reinold packed her own kind of punch, bringing her unique vocal sound to the forefront with “Use Somebody,” by the Kings of Leon. Make room for future R&B star Jalen Rance! Rance captivated the audience with his charmingly smooth renditions of Justin Bieber’s, “As Long as You Love Me,” and Frank Ocean’s, “We All Try.”

Rippe returned for her second showcase, lending her vocals to an upbeat Maroon 5 tune before concluding her set with a moving guitar version of the classic ballad “Vienna” by the piano man himself, Billy Joel. Our featured artist this week, Niki Cremmen, really brought the star power to the stage! Cremmen sang pop hits Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and a heartfelt finish on the delicate ballad, “Almost Lover.” Some unbelievable talent was displayed by these young stars that evening and the audience at Downtown Crossing was so excited to be a part of this really wonderful event!

The final and third installment of our Summer Singer Showcase will take place this Tuesday, August 14th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at 1 Summer Street in Downtown Crossing. This event will shine the spotlight on featured artist 15 year old country/pop singer Jessie Chris, headlining an all-new line-up of talented performers!

 

Check out blog posts and photo galleries for the previous Singer Showcases at: www.bristolstudios.com/summersingershowcasegallery1!

Summer Singer Showcase 7/31/12

•August 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment
The First Series of Bristol Entertainment’s, A SUMMER SINGER SHOWCASE: Series At Downtown Crossing was a huge success! Five incredibly talented young performers were determined to command the stage come rain or shine and their energy proved unstoppable! The billed performers, Sasha Dhameja, Jaelin Rippie, Sonika Vaid, Bridgette Guerette, and featured artist Emmarie captured the attention of the outdoor audience at 1 Summer Street in the heart of Boston’s Downtown Crossing with finesse way beyond their young years.

Dhameja kicked off the concert with her bubbly rendition of, “Pricetag” by Jessie J. Her sassy spirit filled the air, and Rippie then kept the ball rolling with crooning, soulful vocals while accompanying herself on guitar. Vaid evoked a young Mariah Carey when she opened with, “Hero,” and finished strong with an upbeat, “The One That Got Away,” by Pop Queen Katy Perry. Guerette, hailing all the way from New York came to conquer, performing an acoustic set on piano and finishing with a stunning original song. The featured artist for the evening, Emmarie had personality for days when she took the stage! The budding starlet performed popular hits like Lady Gaga’s, “Born This Way,” as well as unveiling her new original song, “Fighting Dragons.” At only age ten, the world better watch out for Emmarie because there’s no doubt about it, she is a force to be reckoned with!

The next Series in A Summer Singer Showcase will be taking place this Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at 1 Summer Street in Downtown Crossing. This event will shine the spotlight on a new featured artist, Niki Cremmen as well as an all-new line-up of talented performers! If you are interested in performing on one of the dates in this series, please submit a video of you singing and register at: www.bristolstudios.com/summersingershowcase!Image

Benefit Society of Boston’s Saint Agrippina Feast Smash Success! Bristol Entertainment artists featured in Sunday showcase.

•August 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Boston’s North End, home of the annual Saint Agrippina Feast, was jam-packed last weekend as residents from every part of the city and tourists alike crowded Hanover Street in celebration. The 97th Anniversary Festival honoring Saint Agrippina Di Mineo took place on August 3-5. Bristol Entertainment’s talented artists took the stage Sunday afternoon to serve as the entertainment!
The festival is notorious for its delicious Italian food and drinks, exciting arcade games, as well as its incredible (and totally free) performances. This year was no exception, entertainment for the feast Saturday night featured 90’s R&B group, Color Me Badd, who played a great set of their most popular hits. Other notable acts included Soul Fuzion, Midnight Crew, and one of Bristol Entertainment’s very own, Melissa Jane! Jane performed an incredible set of original music as well as a couple classics accompanied by her fabulous dancers. Sunday afternoon, thirteen amazing artists representing Bristol Voice & Recording Studios wowed festival-goers with their presence and polish, a combination that made this event a special one for the family, friends, and the audience that crowded the stage.

The event consisted of an inspired fifteen minute set from each artist, and the performers in attendance included: Chantal Ambroise, Jessie Chris, Niki Cremmen, Sasha Dhameja, Emmarie, April Forrest, Bo Kim, Kristy Landry, Patrice Peris, Philip Ransley-Szuszkiewicz, Frank Stewart, Jess Thompson, and Sonika Vaid.

For photos from the event, take a look at the Gallery posted on BristolStudios.com!

Check back HERE every day this week for videos and clips of performances from the festival. The artists really strut their stuff, you don’t want to miss this!

The Newest Additions to the Bristol Voice Studios Family!

•July 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Bristol Voice Studios is buzzing with talent, but it’s not just our amazing clients that shine in the spotlight. Guiding our students every step of the way are the highly talented, uber fabulous staff of vocal coaches here at Bristol Voice Studios. Meet the newest members of the Voice Department, find out how each coach got involved in the music world, why they love what they do and some fun facts!

Kelly Riley is thrilled to be a vocal coach here at Bristol Voice Studios! Riley studied Composition, Arranging, Recording, Production and Voice at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, she began the steady process of gaining more knowledge and experience as a singer and songwriter and performed with bands across the genres of Pop, Rock, Jazz and Dance. She is an experienced singer/songwriter who has performed in a multitude of settings including clubs, cabarets, theaters, weddings and cafes. Kelly has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Patty Griffin. Songs from her first CD, “Live and You Learn” have been featured nationally and internationally on TV programs such as “The Young and the Restless” and “One Life To Live”. Riley has performed throughout the US and abroad and just released her second CD, “County Line” to a sold-out audience at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Connecticut. In her work as an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, guitar, bass and piano player, Kelly Riley has become a polished and recognized musical tour de force and Riley’s career continues to blossom.

Chantal Ambroise is one of our newest vocal coaches here at Bristol Voice Studios. Chantal was formally trained by program director Ric Poulin under Bristol’s Pop/Gospel method after she auditioned for The Voice through Bristol this past spring. She says training at Bristol has helped take her vocal abilities to the next level! She has a wide range of musical influences, but is really drawn to soul/R&B/jazz singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Sharon Jones, Jill Scott and Mariah Carey to name a few. When she’s not teaching, Chantal is a full-time frontwoman for multiple bands that perform around the New England area. In addition to performing and writing her own original music, Chantal loves being a voice coach because she’s inspired by sharing her knowledge to help other artists and she gets to constantly fine tune her own abilities by working with others. “Since becoming a voice teacher, my ear training has gotten so much better because I have to pick out melodies to teach my students. Sometimes I have to learn ten new songs a week, so that really helps me to absorb the melodies quickly.” When Chantal isn’t wrapped up in music, she’s busy being a fabulous makeup artist, or you can find her at the beach exclaiming her famous catchphrase, “Shazam!”

Myles Bennett, our incredible Voice Coordinator is responsible for mapping out all our clients’ performance schedules, voice and artist development and dance lessons, and ultimately their careers! As an aspiring artist herself, she has enjoyed singing her whole life but only recently began pursuing it as a career. Bennett began taking voice lessons with April Forrest at Bristol two years ago, and then she had the opportunity for an internship at the studio. A few months ago, she was offered the job of Voice Coordinator. Bennett is buzzing around the studio all day long, but on her off hours, she works as a cosmetology educator and she’s a fantastic hair stylist! Bennett cites Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys as her musical idols and influences. When she isn’t at the studio, you can find her spending time with her cat Pip, whom she absolutely adores!

Dan Steinbrink, another new member of Bristol’s voice department, began his career in music when he was only eight studying classical voice and piano. From there he moved on to guitar, the drums, ukulele and any other instrument he could get his hands on! Steinbrink started his tenure at Bristol Studios as a student in the Audio Engineering Program. After graduating the program, he was offered an audio internship at the studio, which he completed in record time and was immediately offered a position as a freelance engineer. He studied the Bristol Voice Method with Senior Vocal Coach Brent Barlow to further himself as a performer and to gain more insight when recording singers as an engineer/producer. This year Steinbrink began a new kind of training with director Ric Poulin; how to teach Bristol Studios’ pop/gospel vocal method! Steinbrink is excited to be teaching voice, as it’s always been one of his passions. An interesting fact you may not know about Steinbrink is his military background. He spent four years at military school, and one of his responsibilities playing with the military band was to perform at the docks of brand new cruise ships. He is proud to have “christened” many Carnival cruise ships. Steinbrink is also very proud to be a longtime and loyal Red Sox fan.

Krista Tietjen, our lovely promotions director, got involved with Bristol Voice Studios two years ago when she recorded an album here with her co-ed college a cappella group, The Boston College Dynamics. Shortly after The Dynamics participated in the first annual A Cappella Armageddon last fall, Tietjen began taking voice lessons at Bristol Studios and formally trained under the Bristol Pop/Gospel method. She recently graduated from Boston College, joined the staff at Bristol and the rest is history! Tietjen started taking piano lessons when she was five and has been playing for most of her life. While in high school, she had some classical voice training, participated in chorus and joined the all-female a cappella group The Hilltrebles where she realized her true passion for singing. She knew that she wanted to share what she had learned under the Bristol voice program with others. She is thrilled to be a vocal coach here and loves working with Bristol’s many talented artists. When Krista isn’t at the studio, she loves to sing and record with friends and she’s currently (re)learning how to ride a bike. Some things you may not know about Ms. Tietjen: She has three goats and two dogs, she loves to cook and is fluent in French, and she went to middle school with Taylor Swift (look for her in T. Swift’s E! True Hollywood Story Segment).

Welcome to the Bristol Family! Come on down to Bristol Voice Studios and say hi to our talented new team members! A free introductory voice lesson or artist career consultation is waiting for you!

Free Tools to Launching a Career in Audio Given at Bristol

•July 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment
Audio enthusiasts and aspiring engineers flocked to Bristol Studios’ free Intro to Audio Workshop on Tuesday, July 10th. Fifteen future sound superstars learned all about microphones, acoustics, EQ and compression. The seminar was presented by Bristol Studios’ Senior Producer, Chris Billias (clients include: Jada, Yo Yo Ma, Meatloaf, New Kids on the Block, Prince Caspian/Chronicles of Narnia, HBO, Steve Corwin, David “Big Papi” Ortiz and many others) and was a great success.

Billias began the workshop by giving the attendees a tour of state-of-the-art Studio C. After pointing out and discussing a variety of microphones available, Billias brought everyone into the control room where they could see the entire process on a projector screen. The seminar featured Bristol Entertainment artist Jessie Chris (FB) who lent her vocals for the seminar. Jessie and Billias demonstrated the sound of the different microphones and how to work with each. The group discussed all of the steps necessary to make this recording session a successful one, covering topics such as the Equalization levels and reverb as well.

For many, this seminar could be the spark that sets a career in motion. Billias was extremely helpful when answering all questions and those in attendance left feeling inspired and informed. To get in on the action and jump start YOUR career in audio engineering, call Jason at 617-247-8689 today to schedule a free tour.

“Having taken some music technology courses at school as well . Previously worked in a recording studio, I thought I knew all there was to know about recording and production. I was happy to discover how dead-wrong I was! The courses here at Bristol have opened an entire world of music production unlike anything I have seen before. There is really no substitute for wokring on professional equipment with top of the line software – Being taught by the pros actively working in the field, you get all the tips and tricks you might expect, but its the invaluable real-world experience that separates these courses for the ones I’ve taken previously. Thanks again!”
- S.C.

“Overall the engineering courses were very helpful, and informative. I would recommend them to anyone looking to step their game up. The course has provided me with more of a creatie outlook, and I am looking forward to practicing what I have learned.”
-R.L.

“I thought the class size left a lot of room for questions which was great. The class was exactly to the point which was excellent. It wasn’t long and drawn out like other classes I have taken which made it easy for me to stay focused and take in more information. All in all, a very educational and direct course.”
-M.L.

Our very own Patrice Peris was chosen to be one of 12 to watch in 2012 on Pulse Magazine!

•January 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Patrice Peris

Voice and Artist Development Coach
at Bristol Recording Studios

is one of the
“12 to Watch in 2012
The Faces of Worcester County’s Future”

It’s that time of year again ~ resolutions, fresh starts, and Pulse’s “People to Watch” issue. This year, we’re featuring 12 exemplary local individuals who are making a name for themselves and for Worcester County itself ~ they are artists, volunteers, entrepreneurs, visionaries and more, all working towards making our community a stronger, more united, more vibrant one. *

Our very own Patrice Peris was chosen to be one of the 12 to watch in 2012!

Patrice Peris

Vocal and Artist Development Coach at
Bristol Recording and Voice Studios

Patrice Peris is a ball of fire and talent that refuses to be stopped. At 30, she’s a fabulous singer and performer who has hit the stage at venues including Gillette Stadium, TD Banknorth, and the Hard Rock Café. Her songs have been blasted across Europe and here in the states. But not only does she continuously hone her own skills, she is also a phenomenal vocal and artist development coach at Bristol Recording and Voice Studios.
She started off as a student at Bristol Studios in Boston and then trained as a coach. Most recently, she opened up a branch of Bristol Studios in Worcester and has a bevy of talented students who are already out performing at events.
“We’ve been getting a great response,” Peris says. “In the past year, we’ve done the Peace Festival, we performed at Strides Against Breast Cancer in Worcester and the Festival of (Giving) Trees.”
In addition to both being a star and a coach to the stars, Peris does a lot of work with DrugFreeWorld.org. “I’m drug-free and I feel it’s important to express that artists don’t need to be on anything to be creative. I love giving back.”

Peris has a lot to be excited about in 2012, but one of the coolest things is the release of her new single and with that, a single release party that is certain to be extraordinary.

Peris’s New Year’s Resolution: To continue to grow and develop herself as an artist and continue to expand Bristol Studios

©2012 Pulse Magazine

If you’d like to schedule a free introductory voice lesson or artist development consultation with Patrice in Bristol’s Boston or Worcester studios, contact Melissa at 617-247-8689

To read the full article in Pulse Magazine visit: http://www.thepulsemag.com/wordpress/2012/01/01-12-12-to-watch-in-2012

For more info on Patrice visit her Facebook page at:
http://www.facebook.com/patriceperismusic 

 
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