In a multi-million-dollar deal, San Antonio, Texas-based WestonEntertainment has acquired a major portion of ownership in recordingstudio The Sound Kitchen. Located in the booming Cool Springs area ofFranklin, Tenn., The Sound Kitchen is the largest recording facility inthe Nashville market and the second-largest recording facility in theSoutheast. In recent years, The Sound Kitchen has become the venue ofchoice for recordings by such artists as Lee Ann Womack, Brooks &Dunn, Faith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Jewel, Amy Grant, Vince Gill,Jonny Lang, Elton John, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith andmany others.
Pictured, from left, are Elliott Cunningham, vice manager of WestonEntertainment; Janet Leese, studio manager of The Sound Kitchen; DinoElefante and John Elefante, co-founders of The Sound Kitchen and 3.1Productions; Gregg Weston, chief manager of Weston Entertainment; andDavid Del Sesto, general manager and business affairs manager of TheSound Kitchen.
As part of the new agreement, Weston Entertainment has also acquireda major stake in 3.1 Productions, the production company owned andoperated by Grammy- and Dove Award-winning songwriters/producers Johnand Dino Elefante. "Weston Entertainment is excited about partneringwith John and Dino Elefante and acquiring a major stake in what we feelis one of the finest recording complexes in the world," said GreggWeston, chief manager of Weston Entertainment. "We believe that thesynergy between The Sound Kitchen and our other interests, along withthe fusion of our new relationship with 3.1 Productions, will bring asignificant contribution to the industry."
Longtime business affairs manager David Del Sesto has added generalmanager responsibilities to his credits at The Sound Kitchen, and heemphasized that "clients can expect the same high level of service thatthey have always experienced at The Kitchen. The entire staff isstaying onboard and the meals won't stop at The Sound Kitchen."
Janet Leese, who joined The Sound Kitchen from Quantegy, is thestudio manager of the facility. Leese had previously served asproduction coordinator for producer/songwriter David Malloy (RebaMcEntire, Billy Gilman, Andy Griggs, Kenny Rogers). "Janet has manygreat relationships within the entertainment scene and will benetworking with her vast list of national contacts to take The SoundKitchen to the next level," added Del Sesto.
"While we will still be very involved in the day-to-day at The SoundKitchen, this new agreement will give Dino and myself more time tofocus on our production work," said John, the former lead singer of therock band Kansas, who founded 3.1 Productions with his brother Dino.The Elefante brothers have written and produced hit songs for labelssuch as Atlantic, A&M, Benson, Curb, EMI, Word, Epic, WarnerBrothers, Reunion, StarSong and many others. As producers, they haveworked on over 150 pop, rock and Christian albums, and have publishedover 400 songs, with multiple Gold and Platinum credits. "John and Ihave been honored through the years to work with many friends andcolleagues at The Sound Kitchen, and we will continue to do all of ourproduction work there," said Dino. "We at 3.1 Productions, along withWeston Entertainment and Gregg Weston, feel that the opportunity todevelop quality artists for pop release is now and needs to beaggressively pursued. We're very excited about our future as an A&Routsource and artist-development resource.
A virtual tour of the facilities and descriptions along with a gearlisting can be found at www.soundkitchen.com.