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Avatar Studios Celebrates Grammy Noms

Avatar Studios announced that 21 2003 Grammy nominees' albums were recorded either entirely or partly at the facility. Said Kirk Imamura, president at

Avatar Studios announced that 21 2003 Grammy nominees’ albums wererecorded either entirely or partly at the facility.

Said Kirk Imamura, president at Avatar, “We strive to doeverything we can to make the highest-quality recordingspossible. When the outcome of our labor gets recognized in thismanner, especially in these difficult business conditions, it is veryrewarding. We are very honored to have contributed in some way tothe success of the great artists who record at Avatar.”

Among the Grammy-nominated artists who worked at Avatar are: SherylCrow (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female Rock VocalPerformance, Best Rock Album), Natalie Cole and Diana Krall (Best PopCollaboration With Vocals), Elvis Costello (Best Male Rock VocalPerformance and Best Rock Album), Foxy Brown (Best Female Rap SoloPerformance), the John Scofield Band (Best Contemporary Jazz Album) andHerbie Hancock (Best Jazz Instrumental Solo). For a complete listof Avatar-related nominees, go to

Aaron Neville (Verve Records) recently recorded in Avatar’sNeve 8068-equipped Studio A with Rob Mounsey producing, DaveO’Donnell engineering the sessions to Pro Tools and Aya Takemuraassisting. Artist Pat McGee (Warner Bros.) also employed Studio Afor his new record, produced by Gregg Wattenberg, engineered by JohnAgnelio and assisted by Ross Petersen. A two-record project forNagel-Heyer Records, using Avatar’s Steinway B piano, wasengineered by Jim Anderson, produced by Frank Nagel-Heyer and assistedby Peter Doris. Studio A also hosted K Fox (Def Jam Records), whorecorded strings and horns for a forthcoming release that wasengineered by Niko Bolas and assisted by Brian Montgomery.

Producer Andrew Lippa, himself a Grammy Award winner, recentlyworked at the studio’s SSL 9000 J-equipped Studio B, producing musicfor the upcoming Legally Blond II release (MGM Studios), withengineer Vince Caro and assistant Aya Takemura. BruceSpringsteen’s E Street Band member Patty Scialfi also used StudioB to put the finishing touches on her album, working withGrammy-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker and Ross Petersen assisting onthe strings sessions.

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