This December, BBC One will be taking viewers inside The Recording Studio (w/t), for a new two-part series that captures the laughter, tears and nervous anticipation as ordinary people step into a world-class studio and record a song with great meaning for them.
Each episode will explore singers’ personal reasons for wanting to record their particular song and demonstrate the truly transformative power of music. Artist and producer Naughty Boy, Sister Bliss from Faithless and acclaimed producer Andrew Hunt, make up the highly skilled team of music producers who, together with a team of voice coaches, will mentor the contributors to create their special recording.
David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, says: “We’re really excited to be bringing this heartfelt, emotional and entertaining new series to BBC One. It’s such a treat to hear the stories of those who pass through the recording studio and impossible not to feel uplifted after watching their once-in-a-lifetime performances.”
Catherine Catton, Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, says: “Boundless delivered a great pilot and I’m delighted to now be working with them on a two-part series for BBC One. Across the episodes we meet a host of people from up and down the UK and share the joyful and emotional impact music has in their lives. This is a heart-felt series that celebrates musical performance without judgement.”
Ben Mitchell, Director of Programmes, Boundless added: “It’s exciting to be making a music programme that isn’t about being discovered or finding fame. The Recording Studio gives ordinary people the opportunity to harness the power of music for a very special reason; whether a celebration, a message to a loved one or to help them overcome an obstacle. The results are emotional, uplifting and inspirational.”
Stepping into the booth are 23-year-old Jordan and his grandad Ronnie, 72. They want to record a duet to cement their close bond. These two Yorkshire crooners love nothing more than to sing together, anywhere and everywhere and want to lay down a track that they can both treasure for now and for the years to come.
We also meet Charles, 23, who sets out to sing for the very first time since having a double lung transplant, and three sisters from the West Midlands, who want to record a surprise song – a house track – to bring some fun and joy to their dad’s 60th birthday celebrations.
For Matt, 26, who has struggled with a stammer since a boy, singing is his freedom and a way of expressing himself – he plays guitar in a band, but he has never had the confidence to take the nerve-wracking step towards the front of the stage and sing there. In the Studio, he wants to take this on – and sing lead with his band, surrounded by the people who have supported him to get where he is today.
And we hear from the remaining members of Earl Preston and the TTs, one of Liverpool’s original Mersey Beat bands who rubbed shoulders with The Beatles in the 1960’s – and even beat them in local popularity contests at that time. Surviving members Joey, Cy and Wally come together for the first time in more than 50 years to make a reunion record to celebrate this very special time in their lives.