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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!

Creative artists play and record their own music at local studio

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The Southlake Journal
Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Kids from 6 to 17 recorded two CDs of original music professionally recorded and mixed by two local musicians.

by Nicholas Sakelaris

SOUTHLAKE – Rather than simply covering Taylor Swift songs, Emma Hinkley says she finds that same artist’s inspiration and writes material based on her own life experiences.

The 14-year-old plays guitar, piano and sings on ‘You Are’ & ‘Summer Rose’ with a voice that echoes the honesty and innocence of Swift. But she said sh needed more elements to make her songs complete.

That’s where Hall Music Productions in Southlake comes in.   (more…)

Southlake Style – October 2012

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Homegrown Music Gets Second Helping

Following up last year’s successful release of its first ever student-produced CD Hall Music Productions of Southlake unveiled their second student-produced CD, Homegrown Volume 2. Having sold over 1,000 copies of their first volume both locally and on iTunes studio owner David Hall once again showcases his many talented students who range in age from six to adult.

With the release of Homegrown Volume 2 the students are back with even more variety on 18 tracks of inspired entertainment. As the CD plays, listeners will hear songs from many genres of music, ranging from pop to country, solos to bands, movie soundtracks to dubstep, female and-male vocals. The creativity behind each track is the work of the students, nurtured and enhanced by their instructors for an added touch.

With countless hours of practice and lessons under their belt, paired with the creative outlet of Hall Music Productions, they are thrilled to be a part of this exciting new CD release. Homegrown Volume 2 is available for $15 at, local Southlake businesses and on iTunes. All of the proceeds from the sales of this CD will be used to produce future student recordings.