In a multi-million-dollar deal, San Antonio, Texas-based Weston Entertainment has acquired a major portion of ownership in recording studio The Sound Kitchen. Located in the booming Cool Springs area of Franklin, Tenn., The Sound Kitchen is the largest recording facility in the Nashville market and the second-largest recording facility in the Southeast. In recent years, The Sound Kitchen has become the venue of choice 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 and many others.
(Pictured, from left, are Elliott Cunningham, vice manager of Weston Entertainment; Janet Leese, studio manager of The Sound Kitchen; Dino Elefante and John Elefante, co-founders of The Sound Kitchen and 3.1 Productions; Gregg Weston, chief manager of Weston Entertainment; and David Del Sesto, general manager and business affairs manager of The Sound Kitchen.)
As part of the new agreement, Weston Entertainment has also acquired a major stake in 3.1 Productions, the production company owned and operated by Grammy- and Dove Award-winning songwriters/producers John and Dino Elefante. "Weston Entertainment is excited about partnering with John and Dino Elefante and acquiring a major stake in what we feel is one of the finest recording complexes in the world," said Gregg Weston, chief manager of Weston Entertainment. "We believe that the synergy between The Sound Kitchen and our other interests, along with the fusion of our new relationship with 3.1 Productions, will bring a significant contribution to the industry."
Longtime business affairs manager David Del Sesto has added general manager responsibilities to his credits at The Sound Kitchen, and he emphasized that "clients can expect the same high level of service that they have always experienced at The Kitchen. The entire staff is staying onboard and the meals won't stop at The Sound Kitchen."
Janet Leese, who joined The Sound Kitchen from Quantegy, is the studio manager of the facility. Leese had previously served as production coordinator for producer/songwriter David Malloy (Reba McEntire, Billy Gilman, Andy Griggs, Kenny Rogers). "Janet has many great relationships within the entertainment scene and will be networking 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 Sound Kitchen, this new agreement will give Dino and myself more time to focus on our production work," said John, the former lead singer of the rock band Kansas, who founded 3.1 Productions with his brother Dino.
The Elefante brothers have written and produced hit songs for labels such as Atlantic, A&M, Benson, Curb, EMI, Word, Epic, WarnerBrothers, Reunion, StarSong and many others. As producers, they have worked on over 150 pop, rock and Christian albums, and have published over 400 songs, with multiple Gold and Platinum credits.
"John and I have been honored through the years to work with many friends and colleagues at The Sound Kitchen, and we will continue to do all of our production work there," said Dino. "We at 3.1 Productions, along withWeston Entertainment and Gregg Weston, feel that the opportunity to develop quality artists for pop release is now and needs to be aggressively pursued. We're very excited about our future as an A&R outsource and artist-development resource.
A virtual tour of the facilities and descriptions along with a gear listing can be found at www.soundkitchen.com.