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Thank you for the tip!

I run a music school in Southlake, we teach piano, guitar, voice, drums and more!

Should anyone in your family like to try out lessons some time, the first month is on me!

David Hall

Jesse Chandler

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Originally from Woodstock, NY, Jesse has lived in Texas for 7 years. He earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the New School in N.Y. Since 2006 when he joined the internationally acclaimed band Midlake, Jesse has toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He has played on stage with such acts as Pearl Jam and Norah Jones. He currently lives in Denton with his wife, two sons and their Yorkie.

Teaching Philosophy: Tailor the lesson to the student’s needs.

Instruments Taught: piano

Interesting Fact: Jesse and his bandmates were the subject of the documentary Midlake: Live in Denton, which was produced and directed by actor Jason Lee and director Eric Noren. The feature-length film premiered at the 2015 Thin Line Film Festival and in Glastonbury, England.

Mike Urness

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Originally from Minnesota, where he also played professionally, Mike has been in Texas for the last 20 years studying, teaching, and playing music professionally. He received a B.A. in Jazz Studies with a concentration in guitar performance from U.N.T. Currently, Mike plays guitar for two popular but varied groups, Dallas cover band High Definition and Celtic rock band The Killdares, which performs regularly in DFW and around the U.S., including a cruise gig alongside Celtic Thunder!

Mike and his wife currently live in Denton.

Interesting fact: Mike has several chickens!

Instruments Taught: guitar, bass, beginning drums and piano

Teaching Philosophy: Teach the language of music through theory; include both the styles of music that interest the student as well as new styles; every student is different

Ashleigh Smith

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Sultry, soulful, and sincere are what audiences have said of up and coming vocalist Ashleigh Smith. From the small town of LaGrange, this Georgia Peach is new to Texas soil; however, she is no stranger to the stage.

A recent graduate from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor’s of Jazz Studies, under the instruction of Rosana Eckert, Dr. Timothy Brent, and Jennifer Barnes, music has always been Ashleigh’s passion and first love. She has performed for thousands of people across the state of Georgia and has begun to do the same in Texas, singing at private parties and other venues around North Texas, including the large Denton Jazz and Arts Festival for the past three years. She is making her mark on the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) area as the lead female vocalist with many of Dallas’s top bands such as the TOP Band, Professor D, Domino Effect, Downtown Fever, & The Knice 2 Know Band (K2K), The Krewe of Swing.

She has been awarded the prestigious Downbeat Student Award for Best Undergraduate Jazz Vocal Performance in 2011 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Vocal Jazz Soloist in 2012. She is a member of the world renown Jazz Singers 1 with whom she has also won a 2012 Downbeat Award. Her vocal talent has also provided her the opportunity to travel and perform as a soloist and chorister in Washington D.C, Northern Ireland, Orlando, Florida, and New York City, and most recently she has shared the stage with the world renown vocal jazz group The Manhattan Transfer and the phenomenal Jon Hendricks during the Kennedy Center’s “Swing, Swing, Swing” concert series. She was awarded the opportunity to do background studio work for Grammy award winning artist Chrisette Michele and is a featured vocalist on the University of North Texas’s Two O’clock Lab Bands newest release entitled “Two Twos”. Most recently she was chosen, out of 900 applicants, as a Top 5 finalist in the 1st annual “Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition” where she performed in front of jazz greats such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Hendricks, as well as Larry Rosen, Michael Bourne, and Melissa Walker. She was 1st runner-up in the competition.

Ashleigh’s style is able to fit almost any genre with ease and finesse and while she takes perfecting her craft seriously she fills every performance with the same fun she fills her life with. With the ability, style and grace to move from jazz, r&b, neo-soul, and funk, Ashleigh’s, charisma, sincerity, & energy make her a starlet worth watching.

Fort Worth Star Telegram

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The students of Hall Music Productions

By Preston Jones
Posted 6:14pm on Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013
Local musicians can sometimes elude easy definition. In Southlake, students (!) at a recording studio have put their studies to the test with a new compilation. Elsewhere, a veteran Fort Worth act continues to be predictably unpredictable. Here are four new North Texas releases worth a spin.

Various artists, ‘Home Grown, Vol. 3’

Southlake’s Hall Music Productions offers music lessons to students of all ages (“from 3 to 79,” says studio owner David Hall). With the help of a few local musicians ( Andrew O’Hearn, Jessie Frye and Kaela Bratcher among them) who double as instructors at HMP, the budding artists put their sonic studies to use on a 25-track compilation featuring work from a slew of HMP scholars. Everything from breezy, kid-friendly pop ( Soleil Singh’s The Chase Chain) to bluesy instrumentals ( Dylan James Bishop’s sizzling Jam 37) is on display, marking these civilians as nothing if not quick studies. (The compilation is available for download via iTunes, or for purchase at the studio, 630 E. Southlake Blvd.)

Southlake Style – July 2013

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Southlake Style

Home Grown Musicians Release Album

02 Jul 09:44 , Published by Tina, Categories:   Life+Leisure

Home Grown Vol. 3 delivers an eclectic mix of music written and recorded by the students of Hall Music Productions.

Hall Music Productions Announces Latest Studio Album – Home Grown Volume 3

Submitted by David Hall

Hall Music Productions continues to cultivate the creativity in our students. Ranging in age from 3 to 79, they have recently written and recorded pop, folk, country, rock, blues, heavy metal, classical, Christian and even children’s songs.

Why write songs no one’s heard before instead of singing the same tunes everyone already knows? To express the imagination, explore the unknown and tell stories that haven’t been told before, of course! That’s just what you can expect with Home Grown Vol. 3.

Hall Music Productions

The instructors at Hall Music Productions, who have made their own mark in the music industry, are proud to have produced this album. They include Andrew O’Hearn with the prog-rock band Shaolin Death Squad; the New York Times-acclaimed ‘pop princess’ of SXSW, Jessie Frye; UNT Jazz singer and Midlake Cohort, Kaela Bratcher; and studio owner David Hall with the country-funk band Earthyvibes.

With the help of such noteworthy instructors, it’s no surprise that the music is outstanding.  This compilation of 25 songs from local student-songwriters is available on iTunes as well as on Hall Music Productions. Have a listen to what students from our community are writing.  For a preview of the album, check out Emma Hinkley’s I Guess Not Though, Tyler Miller’s Dancing to Yesterday, or Soleil Singh’s The Chase Chain.  You’ll be glad you did!