After just over a year in operation, Green Light Sound Studio has put Augusta on the map for musicians as a destination for quality production. Working seven days a week with artists from all over the Southeast, the team is audio engineer and booking manager Carlin Thompson, rap producer Akeem Wells and photographer/videographer Terrence Hutcherson, along with owner and audio engineer Morgan Parham.
The Reynolds Street facility offers full-service production, from recording and mastering to photography and music videos in one building.
“We’re the only facility of our kind in the area,” says Thompson, “We’re not just a recording studio, but also a production company. A huge portion of our clients are rap artists, and they’re doing photography and filming videos, too. When bands perform here, I’ll record their set and film it, so we get live footage.”
Green Light’s comprehensive approach has built them a long and growing list of clients, including local acts like the Radar Cinema, Gilded Youth, Sibling String, the Ramblin’ Fevers and more. Artists including She N She, Lost Boy, Dead End Sons and Shaudy P. are currently recording albums at the studio. They’ve worked with Sharon Jones, J.A.M.P. (the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils), did voiceover work for CBS Sports’ Masters coverage, and produce the annual album for local nonprofit The 12 Bands of Christmas.
They’re also a practice space and a venue for live performances, becoming the only all-ages scene in downtown after Sector 7G closed its doors in February of this year.
“The shows are doing really well,” Thompson says. “We’re pretty much the only place that’s doing all-ages shows now. It’s a change of scenery. When Sector closed down, some people were hesitant about us having shows again, because the farewell event was a very emotional day for tons of people. They grew up there; they’d been going there for years. The next month when we announced our first show, it was to mixed reviews. People were either excited about it or they were like, just let it die out, don’t try to bring it back. But it’s important to have a place to play even if it’s not the same. Like many things in Augusta, if you don’t pass the torch down, it’s not going to come back.”
It seems Green Light has lit a torch of its own, working towards becoming a hub for local talent to collaborate and for musicians of any genre to affordably take their craft to the next level, reaching more listeners and opening up a path to real opportunities.
Keep up with Green Light Sound Studio’s happenings at greenlightsoundstudio.com, or on Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube.