Hollywood, CA, July 2020 - United Recording has named Grammy-nominated recording industry veteran Bill Smith as Chief Archiving Engineer for its United Archiving division. With 35 years in the industry, Smith offers a broad and extensive background few audio archiving facilities can provide. Smith's proficiency in caring for, reviving, reconditioning, and restoring audio assets, as well as computer-based data tape systems, is a highly sought-after and valuable skill.

His experience archiving individual tape catalogs for such artists as Natalie Cole, preserving and organizing extensive record label libraries, as well as his depth of knowledge and hands-on approach are key to United Archiving being considered one of the top facilities in the world for audio archiving, restoration and asset management.

Smith began his career as a highly successful and sought-after recording engineer in New York City in 1985, working at renowned studios The Hit Factory, Quad Recording, and Todd Rundgren's Secret Sound Studios. Moving to Los Angeles in 1990 he secured a staff engineer position at Capitol Studios where he remained for several years before transitioning into freelance work. During these years he worked on both Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated albums for Barbra Streisand, John Fogerty, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Trevor Horn, The Manhattan Transfer, Diana Krall, Toto, Queen Latifah, Arturo Sandoval, Chris Botti, Al Jarreau as well as many other top-selling artists.

Mr. Smith also spent eleven years working as the personal recording assistant, co-engineer, and ProTools operator alongside 23-time Grammy-winning recording engineer, producer, and music industry legend Al Schmitt. Their long-standing professional relationship has lasted well beyond that as they continued to collaborate on many projects throughout the years.

Mr. Schmitt commented, "Bill is one of my dearest friends, we have worked together for twenty-eight years and United is truly lucky to have a man of his integrity, competency, technical skill and background heading their Archiving department. His attention to detail is incredible and he has such extensive experience with all recording formats that I would trust him completely with every aspect of any archiving project."

With his decades-long experience in both analog and digital audio technology, it is easy to see why Bill Smith was the natural choice for the position of Chief Archiving Engineer at United Archiving.

United Archiving's facilities are the most comprehensive and complete world-class purpose-built archival rooms in existence today. In addition to the studio's extensive collection of vintage analog and digital equipment, they also feature high-level security, climate-controlled tape storage, analog tape baking via state-of-the-art lab-grade convection ovens, cutting edge hardware and software, dedicated electrical power, custom-designed anti-static flooring and in-house technicians who maintain all equipment to the highest possible operational standards.

The painstaking process of recovering and preserving a client's valuable assets is United Archiving's forte. From rescuing deteriorating analog tape to preserving outdated digital media, United renders them viable and available for future use and repurposing. From transfers done at the highest digital resolution and quality available, to cataloging with current metadata tags, this affords the clients the confidence and reassurance that their assets are secure and readily accessible.

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Hollywood, CA, June, 2020 – Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor recorded two tracks for his 19th studio album “American Standard” at United Recording earlier this year. Produced, recorded and mixed by Dave O'Donnell, the album features timeless and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.

“We had great sessions at United Recording,” said O’Donnell. “The wide selection of vintage microphones, mic pre-amps and compressors help enhance voices of our background singers, allowing us to work much faster. I always look forward to sessions at United Recording.”

“American Standard” is Taylor’s first release since scoring his first-ever No. 1 album, “Before This World” in 2015. Alongside O’Donnell, Taylor and master guitarist John Pizzarelli served as co-producers. The album features 14 interpretations of musical classics such as, “My Blue Heaven,” “Almost Like Being In Love,” and “The Nearness of You,” as well as legendary background singers Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, and Dorian Holley.

“I’ve always had songs I grew up with that I remember really well, that were part of the family record collection and that I had a sense of how to approach, so it was a natural to put American Standard together,” Taylor said in a statement. “I know most of these songs from the original cast recordings of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Carousel, Showboat and others.”

Taylor and O’Donnell working out vocal parts in preparation for the recording.

The album follows Taylor’s audio-only memoir, “Break Shot”, a deeply personal storytelling experience and his first Audible Original for Produced by MTV/VH1 veteran Bill Flanagan, it takes listeners through the triumphs and traumas of his life and illustrates Taylor’s deep connection with the songs on “American Standard.”

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Pictured L-R in United Recording’s Studio A are engineer/mixer Dave O’Donnell, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, Dorian Holley, and James Taylor.
Photo by David Goggin.


Returning to her musical roots after more than a decade, singer/songwriter Mandy Moore recorded her new album, "Silver Landings," at United Recording.

The album, produced by Mike Viola, features her husband Taylor Goldsmith (guitar), Davey Faraghar (bass), Griff Goldsmith (drums), and Sean Douglas, (producer/songwriter). According to Moore, the first single, "Save A Little For Yourself," is the other half of a love song that "we don't always talk about or acknowledge."

She added, "No one's playing to a click track. It's all happening live on the floor, which gives everything a magic and spontaneity that's so different from what I've done on any other record. I wanted to make a very California-sounding record that you could listen to driving up and down the Pacific Coast Highway on a beautiful weekend day."

An Emmy-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, singer and songwriter, Moore rose to fame in 1999 after her platinum-selling debut album, "So Real." In 2002, she starred in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "A Walk to Remember," earning an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance.

Over the next decade, Moore appeared in a dozen films and released several albums. Since 2016, she's starred on the critically-acclaimed NBC series, "This Is Us," earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as matriarch Rebecca Pearson.

"Silver Landings" was released on March 6 via Verve Forecast Records, with a North American tour starting on March 20.

To view the music video for "Save A Little For Yourself," which was filmed at United Recording, please visit:

Pictured L-R in United Recording's Studio B are Davey Faraghar, Griff Goldsmith, Mike Viola, Sean Douglas, Mandy Moore, and Taylor Goldsmith.
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Hollywood, CA, December 2019 - Charismatic singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright tracked new songs for his tenth album at United Recording. The album's first single, "Trouble in Paradise," which explores the fashion industry with applicable themes about the world at large, was released in October.

Wainwright collaborated with versatile producer Mitchell Froom, violinist/string arranger Rob Moose, and recording engineer David Boucher. A mixture of smart pop and heartbreaking lyricism, he proclaims on his website that the first single is "a nod to solid pop rock production of previous classic L.A. eras."

"We chose United to record strings and horns for Rufus' album, largely because of the exceptional equipment and the superb acoustics," said Froom. "I've worked on projects over the course of many years at the studio and have always had great results."

Praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Wainwright has established himself as one of the foremost male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. With ten albums and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks, he has collaborated with musical heavyweights such as Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson, among others.

"Trouble in Paradise" is currently available to stream on leading digital music services. To learn more about Wainwright, please visit:

Pictured L-R in United Recording's Studio B are Rufus Wainwright, Mitchell Froom, violinist/arranger Rob Moose, and recording engineer David Boucher. Photo by David Goggin.


Hollywood, CA, November 2019 - Universal Music France recording artist Jeanne Cherhal recently recorded her new album, "L'an 40" (Year 40) at United Recording. For her sixth album, the Parisian singer/songwriter and pianist worked alongside fellow countryman and renowned executive producer Philippe Rault.

"Jeanne chose United Recording's Studio A, not only because it is one of the best studios in the country, but also because it included a coveted Steinway D concert piano," said Rault. "She was excited to bring her album to life in this state-of-the-art space with an experienced and dedicated team."

Cherhal also collaborated with legendary drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist/producer Sébastien Hoog, four-time Grammy award-winning engineer Ryan Freeland and United Recording staffers Victor Janacua and Monique Evelyn.

Hailing from Nantes near the Loire River, Cherhal studied philosophy before moving to Paris. She began her singing career in small nightclubs and concert venues accompanied by a piano or guitar. Following a six-song EP, she released her self-titled first album in 2002. Her second album, "Douze fois par an," released in 2004, was a success and helped garner a loyal fan base. In 2005, she performed in the French version of "The Vagina Monologues," and later starred in two short films, "La Consultation" and "La copie de Coralie," which was nominated at the Cannes Film Festival.

To learn more about Cheral and listen to the title track from her latest album, "L'an 40," please visit:

Pictured in United Recording's Studio A are (L-R) Sébastien Hoog, producer, guitarist; Jeanne Cherhal, recording artist; Jim Keltner, drummer; Monique Evelyn, United staff engineer; Philippe Rault, executive producer; and Ryan Freeland, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin.

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Hollywood, CA, July 2019 - Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist Anne Bisson recorded her new album "Keys To My Heart" at United Recording. In her sixth album, the charismatic former television personality explored engaging stories with expressive performances.

Bisson collaborated with recording engineer Michael C. Ross, assistant engineer Wesley M. Seidman and mastering and lacquer cutting professional, Bernie Grundman. Bisson and Ross previously worked on her successful direct-to-disc, "Four Seasons in Jazz" album.

At Ross' suggestion, Bisson returned to Los Angeles to record "Keys To My Heart" at United Recording, where she was joined by drummer Joe LaBarbera and acoustic bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz.

"United Recording's Studio B is my favorite room in the world," said Ross. "The studio's microphone selection is second to none, and includes Neumann M-50s, AKG C-12s, AKG C-12As, Telefunken 251s, Neumann U-67s and U-47s. The console is one of the few of its kind, a custom-built Neve 8068 with API 550a EQs on every channel."
"Keys to My Heart" is comprised of 11 songs, including two cover classics: perennial standard "Killing Me Softly" and "For Me, Formidable," a beloved song from legendary French composer/singer Charles Aznavour, which Bisson sings in both English and French. In addition, frequent collaborator and friend, Pierre Lenoir, helped to co-write nine songs on the album.

"Keys to My Heart" will be released at the Hong Kong HiFi Show in August on the UHQCD format, and in September in the U.S. on CD and 45 RPM One Step Double LP, distributed exclusively by Elusive Disc. The album will also be available on iTunes and other streaming music services. For additional information, please visit:

Pictured in United Recording's Studio B are (L-R) Wesley Seidman, Michael C. Ross, Anne Bisson, Joe LaBarbera, and Darek Oleszkiewicz.
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Hollywood, CA, May 2019 - Nearly two years after their acclaimed debut and triumphant U.S. tour, English punk band COUNTERFEIT. recently recorded new material for their soon-to-be-released sophomore album at United Recording.

Hailing from London, England, the band is comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Jamie Campbell Bower, guitarists Tristan Marmont and Sam Bower, bassist Roland Johnson and drummer James Craig. In addition to his work as a musician, Jamie Campbell Bower is an actor who has starred in several motion pictures and television shows.

"This band has phenomenal talent and powerful stage presence," said Rob Cavallo, a three-time, Grammy award-winning producer for artists such as Green Day, Kid Rock and Phil Collins. "They have an extremely loyal fan base and Jamie's acting career certainly adds a level of excitement to their live shows."

For their latest project, COUNTERFEIT. went into seclusion at an English country house for an immersive songwriting experience. Upon completion, they enlisted Cavallo, engineer Doug McKean and United Recording's staff engineer Wesley Seidman to record several songs in Studio B.

"I've been so fortunate to have a lot of best-selling records come out of these studios, and through the years the vibe has remained consistently top notch, thanks to the incomparable sound and gear among other factors," said Cavallo. "This is by far my favorite studio."

This August, COUNTERFEIT. will open the main stage at the Reading & Leeds festivals in England. In addition, Bower recently announced that he will star in HBO's "Game of Thrones" prequel. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer.

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Pictured in United Recording's renowned Studio B are (L-R) Wesley Seidman, Tristan Marmont, Rob Cavallo, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sam Bower, Jimmy Craig, and Doug McKean. Photo by David Goggin


Hollywood, CA, April 2019 - Violeta Bozanic, a 14 year-old Australian singer/songwriter and junior vocalist winner of the 2018 World Championships of Performing Arts tracked songs with Grammy-winning producer Jeffrey Weber and multi-award winning recording and mixing engineer Clark Germain at United Recording.

"When I first witnessed a performance by Violeta, the maturity of her voice and her songwriting skills made an indelible impression on me," says Weber. "It's very gratifying to be working at United Recording with such an incredible talent. We're excited to develop her many skills as a performer and recording artist."

With aspirations to become a professional singer, Bozanic earned five gold medals and three silver medals at the prestigious competition, in addition to a $20,000 recording contract. At the age of 11, she also made it to the semi-finals of Australia's Got Talent. In the last two years, her original songs, titled "Baby, I Am Sorry" and "Save This World," made it to 15 of the largest international songwriting competitions.

"As a vocalist, she has been winning talent contests for many years. I met her at a contest, where I was a judge, about a year ago," explained Weber. "Following her win, she and her parents decided it was time to get her career started and requested that I produce her first record. I asked Dapo Torimiro and Troy Laureta to co-write with her."

Tormiro has worked with artists such as John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and Justin Bieber. Laureta is the former musical director for Ariana Grande and current music director for David Foster and JJ Lin.

Bozanic recorded in United Recording's renowned Studio A with Torimiro (keyboards, arrangements, programming), Laureta (keyboards, arrangements, programming), Tariqh Akoni (guitar), Michael Clark (associate producer, score supervisor, librarian), Germain (recording/mixing engineer), David Leach (percussion), Rhonda Smith (bass), Teddy Campbell (drums), and Emily Rath, (background vocals).

Bozanic's newest single, "It's You," is scheduled to be released by Weberworks Entertainment Group in May 2019. To view her winning performance at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, please visit:

Pictured (L-R) in United Recording's Studio A are Dapo Torimiro, Jeffrey Weber, Troy Laureta, Tariqh Akoni, Violeta Bozanic, Michael Clark, Clark Germain, and David Leach. Article and Photo by David Goggin


Hollywood, CA, February 2019 -- Acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui recorded her new album "Echo" at United Recording. The album, released in February, marks Matsui's 28th recording as band leader, which she co-produced with Grammy-nominated producer Bud Harner. A master storyteller, Matsui crafts exquisite compositions replete with lush harmonies and global rhythms to create timeless musical anthems.

"I would like my music to be a conduit for peace, kindness, love and light. This album is my attempt to capture all of these elements within the vibration of sound," shared Matsui. "My sole desire is to write songs that create a feeling of oneness. This music is a reflection of my thoughts and life and right now, I am drawing my road towards happiness and truly learning about what it means to be happy."

Co-producer Harner added, "I love working at United Recording. We've done Keiko's last two albums here. It's a pleasure to have the advantage of classic gear, vintage mics, accommodating staff and a vibrant recording environment."

The album showcases an all-star line-up of artists including: bassists Marcus Miller, Jimmy Jonhson and Kyle Eastwood; saxophonist Kirk Whalum; vocalist Gretchen Parlato; guitarists Robben Ford and Paul Jackson, Jr.; drummer Vinnie Colaiuta; percussionist Luis Conte; and Matsui's accomplished touring band, Jimmy Branly, JP Mourão and Rico Belled.

Matsui took her first piano lesson at the age of five and made her U.S. recording debut in 1987 with the recording "A Drop of Water." The album "Under Northern Lights" followed in 1989, and subsequent albums include "No Borders" (1990), "Night Waltz" (1991), "Cherry Blossom" (1992), "Doll" (1994), "Sapphire" (1995) and "Dream Walk" (1996), which remained on the Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart for over 15 months, further establishing her reputation as a leading composer and pianist.

"Echo" was released on February 22, 2019 on Shanchie Records.

To view Matsui at United Recording, please visit:

Pictured in United Recording's renowned Studio A are (L-R) Keiko Matsui, recording artist, pianist, producer; Randy Waldman, arranger; Jimmy Johnson, bass; Steve Sykes, recording engineer; Bud Harner, producer, Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Scott Moore, United Recording engineer; Paul Jackson Jr., guitar; and Luis Conte, percussion. Article / Photo by David Goggin


Hollywood, CA, January 2019 -- Prolific eight-time Grammy award-winning producer and drummer Gregg Field tracked two projects at United Recording that earned two 2019 Grammy nominations, including, "Standards" by Seal for Best Traditional Pop Album and "All About That Basie" by the Count Basie Orchestra for Best Large Ensemble Album.

Working alongside producer Nick Patrick and recording engineer Don Murray, Field served as drummer on Seal's groundbreaking album, which tracked songs in United Recording's Studio B and recorded vocals in Studio A. The album, marking Seal's return to the music scene, combined his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz cuts and swing classics ever written. "Standards" is currently available on Republic Records.

For the critically-acclaimed album, "All About That Basie," a gathering of legendary artists came together to join the Count Basie Orchestra to celebrate iconic musical influences through the years. Field once again worked with Murray at United Recording as producer and drummer on the album.

As a former Basie drummer, Field noted that the Basie sound is prevalent within the album. "Basie's band throughout the years was able to successfully cover hits of the era with their sound, and as part of the new album we have continued that tradition including hits from legends like Stevie Wonder and Leonard Cohen, as well artists as contemporary as Adele," said Field. "All About That Basie" is available on Concord Jazz.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Pictured in United Recording's renowned Studio B are (L-R) Kevin Axt, bass; Dean Parks, guitar; Randy Walden, piano; Seal; Chris Walden, arranger; Nick Patrick, producer; Gregg Field, drums; Don Murray, recording engineer. Photo by David Goggin