Recently, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra staged a two-night gala to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organization. The performances included an array of guest artists from the Atlanta music scene, ranging from jazz trumpeters Cecil Welch and Joe Gransden to singer-songwriters Levi Lowrey and Michele Malone, to hip-hop heavyweights Arrested Development. The force of musical sound was huge and made for a memorable experience. The Atlanta Pops Orchestra also recorded a Christmas album entitled “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays” with John Driskell Hopkins, the first full-album release for the Atlanta Pops in over 30 years. The album was recorded at 800 East in Atlanta this past summer and features guest appearances by Balsam Range, Indigo Girls, and Laura Bell Bundy. John and I served as Executive Producers of the project, and we are planning to release it on November 13th.
Other recording projects released this year include The Sundogs’ “Cut & Run,” which we recorded at Southern Tracks earlier this spring.