Owner Cove City Sound Studios
Musician / Producershow/hide BIO
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Richie Cannata studied classical piano and clarinet. He also plays flute and keyboards in addition to tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone sax, with tenor sax being his forte. Richie has recorded and toured with Billy Joel's band since 1975 and still can be seen with him today. For over a decade, Richie has also been a member of The Beach Boys, playing on their recordings as well as all of the world concert tours. Richie's talent as a performing artist doesn't even outshine his accomplishments behind the scenes. Offstage, Richie is an established writer and director, currently working as the musical director for the Bernie Williams Band. He also wrote the theme music for the Barcelona Olympics. He is the musical director of the "Monday Night Jam Band", New York's best open mic jam for over twenty years. The jam is now located at the Bitter End where it's found its home in the village in NYC. He is the founder and co-owner of the world class recording studio Cove City Sound Studios, and is currently in the process of recording and producing his own album, soon to be released.
Productions Coordinatorshow/hide BIO
Andrew Reyna began interning at Cove City Sound Studios after graduating from SAE (School for Audio Engineering) in Manhattan. A true creative spirit, his outlets have always been in music and entertainment. As the lead singer for his own band he quickly learned that to be successful in the music industry he had to do more than write great songs, he had to market the band using every available outlet. He now brings that hands-on knowledge to Cove City’s recording label, Brown Dog Records. As their Productions Coordinator his responsibilities include social networking, graphic arts for marketing materials, merchandising, photography and videography. New artists utilizing Cove City have access to a peer performer who can help them navigate the often confusing world of internet branding. Additionally, Andrew continues to invest time in the role that brought him to Cove City and has been fortunate enough to assist on multiple sessions, honing the craft he went to school for. Through creativeness, resourcefulness and determination Andrew prides himself on being the “go to guy” at Cove City Sound Studios and Brown Dog Records.
Writer / Producer / Engineershow/hide BIO
Chris McDonald joins the Cove City team with a bachelor of science in economics from The College of the Holy Cross and independent advanced study in music production. After paying his dues as a dedicated and extremely swift learning intern at Cove, he has gone on to work sessions as an official engineer and song producer for the studio. Chris has been writing songs - independently, and with Eren - for Cove City clients and other artists and companies. His work runs the gamut, ranging from soulful pop songs such as Sophie Lynn's "I Don't Want to Wait" to powerful, up tempo instrumentals used for CBS basketball and football. Merging his vast knowledge of pop culture aspects of the industry, his technical skills with the best equipment - old school and new - and his drive as a balanced individual when it comes to business and creative expression, Chris brings an invaluable combination of assets to the table. Er... Console.
Engineer / Musician / Producershow/hide BIO
As an engineer, Steve is as comfortable on a RadioShack cassette recorder as he is on a Neve, API, or SSL. He can make the most out of a 2" Tape Machine, or 200 Pro Tools tracks. Utilizing the right combination of technical mastery, knowledge of acoustics, and “I really am on your side!” personality to allows the artists he works with to stay comfortable, focused, creative, and well… happy. You are going to sound good, check that off the list, now let’s make music.
Fortunate enough to have apprenticed with, and now collaborate with one of his favorite engineers, John Siket (Sonic Youth, Phish, Dave Matthews Band), Steve has been able to hone his love of music into a craft that regularly satisfies artists beyond their own expectations. They sum it up and go on to say “Steve has huge ears and a big heart…” and, “Unlike a lot of engineers/producers you’ll work with, Steve is actually a great musical talent…”
Select engineering and/or production credits include: Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, CHAPPO, Peter Murphy, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mark Guiliana, Tim Lefebvre, Jason Lindner, Chris Morissee, Mother Feather, Josh Dion. As well as upcoming releases by: Jeff Taylor, Fancy Colors, Lucius, Evan Marien, Dana Hawkins, Luke Gyure.
As a musician, apart from handling Keyboard, Guitar, and Background Vocal duties in Jeff Taylor’s band (Rockwood Music Hall/Atlantic), he has been teaching and scoring drums and percussion, as well as band arrangements for all genres, since 2000. He’s also had the great privilege of being a featured drummer in 2 Carnegie Hall performances and thinks Folktronica is totally rad. You can also catch him playing rugby with local NY and NJ clubs. Fully versed in musical theory, and an accomplished drummer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, Steve frequents NY & NJ based studios, and the indie music scene in Brooklyn & the LES.
James Meslin Studio Engineer/Producer.
Co-Owner of Cove City Sound Studios
Producer / Singer / Songwriter / Musician / Artistshow/hide BIO
Eren Cannata, established producer/singer/songwriter/musician/artist, is also the co-owner of Cove City Sound Studios. The first to be accepted in to New York University's Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, Eren holds a Bachelor of arts in Music Production and Music Business. Eren brings a wealth of firsthand experience in the industry as he continues to embrace his many opportunities to perform on stage and work in the studio, all of which started at the early age of 2. With his natural talent and genuine artistry, he successfully released his first solo album "Blame It On The City" on Brown Dog Records and Icon Music Entertainment Services, distributed through Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Distribution and also in the Pacific Rim by StarSearch Media Group with distribution throughout Korea and China. Eren is currently touring with the Bernie Williams Band as lead singer/guitarist/percussionist and producing up and coming artists using Cove City as their door into a world of opportunity. These talents entrust in Eren to write and produce quality and meaningful songs showcasing their talent and style of music.
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Some of Eren's accomplishments include working with Timbaland protoges Amar and Jim Beanz (both featured on Timbaland's album "Shock Value"), singing the National Anthem at Citi Field for the Mets alongside his musical veteran father Richie Cannata (saxaphone, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys & Bernie Williams Band), singing lead male vocal of Elton John's "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" in the movie Ella Enchanted featuring Anne Hathaway, performing at Broadway's Bye Bye Birdie wrap party featuring John Stamos, recording P Diddy's "Making The Band 4" star Donnie Klang, selling out Sullivan Hall in NYC with musical artist Ryan Cabrera and singing background vocals for Clay Aiken's 'A Thousand Different Ways' album. Eren also landed song placements on hit TV show Dawson's Creek, Brie Larson's album (released on Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records) and highlight reels for NCAA Basketball on CBS Sports. While Eren continues to move forward in his career, he believes in giving back and has performed for and supports such charities as E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), BAAL DAN and Liga MAC. Eren has also been invited to perform on TV shows including NBC's The 10! Show in Philadelphia and the CW-11 Morning Show New York.
Eren occasionally expands outside of the music industry with opportunities in acting. He has acted in the movie "Under the Cover of Darkness" with Richard Bradford, on the award winning TV show "As the World Turns" and landed a role on a recent AT&T web commercial. These experiences prompt him to learn all components of the business, from the technical to the artistic. Through each endeavor, Eren has been able to establish himself as a powerful force in the music industry, reflecting life experiences both on stage and in his studio. Eren Cannata's successes all further cultivate his interest and drive to do what he loves best, music.
Arranger / Guitar player / Producershow/hide BIO
Cuban guitarist, Julio Fernandez, was raised in Hoboken, NJ and has been part of the New York area music scene for the past three decades. He has worked with many different artists including Bernie Williams, Richie Cannata, Dave Samuels, Chuck Loeb, Jay Beckenstein, Eren Cannata, Jeremy Wall, Marion Meadows, Emanuel, Destiny’s Child, Phoebe Snow, The Sugar Hill Gang, Tommy James, Eric Marienthal, and David Broza, both live and in the studio and has also played on various jingles and film scores. For the past 26 years he has been a member of the contemporary jazz group, Spyro Gyra. In addition to touring the world and recording on 20 of the band’s 28 albums, he’s also contributed over 25 compositions to the group’s effort and has been involved as assistant producer on the band’s last few CD’s. He just completed working on Richie Cannata’s soon to be released debut album and is about to embark on his first solo project in the spring 2011.
In his youth Costenbader trained with Cecilia Brauer, who has performed the piano with The Metropolitan Opera for decades. An advanced player at an early age, he was a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in New York for four years prior to attending the UA and has performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
His father performed at the Madison Square Garden and his grandfather played once alongside Louis Armstrong.