Something to Sing About
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, supported by the Music Makes Us initiative, is the nation's only high school to have a student-run record label with distribution in conjunction with Warner Music Nashville. Its recording studio rivals commercial studios on Music Row. Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will hold a grand opening celebration of its state-of-the-art recording studio and student-run record label at a red carpet event on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.
A special appearance by a Nashville performer will include a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of music makers to the next. The studio and record label launch is an achievement highlighted by generous donors and vital partnerships. John Espisito, president & CEO of Warner Music, The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, and award-winning recording studio designer, Steve Durr, a Nashville resident and owner of Steve Durr Designs, have guided the project.
"The students at Pearl-Cohn are engaged in a highly creative endeavor that will bring tremendous value to their post-secondary choices," Lauria Schell, director of Music Makes Us, states. "They are the fortunate beneficiaries of the expertise and generosity of our professional music community in Nashville."
The recording studio features a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room. It has two editing suites and audio equipment from industry leaders, including Harman Professional, which includes JBL/KKG/ and Lexicon brands; API; Audio-Technica: Fredenstein Professional Audio; Shure, Inc.; and Solid State Logic. What's more, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School students will run a record label modeled after a corporate music label. Every year, one students will be named head of the record label. Students will sign, record, and promote student artists from the school district. Revenue generated from the school's record label through the sale of songs will go to advancing music education through Music Makes Us.
Be sure to watch a video of the students work in the recording student and record label as well as take a virtual tour of the recording studio.