Recording Studio for Young Pals Music Productions

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Michael Anthony signs a recording deal with Young Pals Music

Michael Anthony is one of the two newly signed artists to Young Pals Music this month. He will be working with producer Ayhan Sahin to make his debut album within the next 6 months. We welcome him to our family of talents within the label. Michael visited 2C Studios today to record "Redundant."

Friday, December 13, 2013

Kelsey Denae on Piano

Kelsey Denae was at the studio today recording piano parts for Jade Zabric's upcoming album from Young Pals Music.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jacob Horstmeier back at 2C Studios

Jacob Horstmeier was at the studio today recording bass guitar for Jade Zabric's upcoming album with Young Pals Music.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bianca Marroquin recording "Gone"

Another Friday recording session with beautiful Bianca for her upcoming album. Today, we recorded "Gone" and started laying tracks for "Salvame."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bianca Marroquin recording

At today's Friday session, Bianca recorded "Something More Than Sideways" -- a DelGaudio-Sahin composition for her upcoming album with Young Pals Records International.

The session was held at 2C Studios with Marroquin, Sahin, DelGaudio and Tom Gallaher.

Stay tuned for her album!

Happy Birthday FRIDA!!

After so many songs, even a musical written for you, you're still the biggest inspiration!
Happy Birthday!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Award-Winning Mexican Musical Theater & TV Actress Bianca Marroquin To Release Her First-Ever Solo Album

Collection of 10 Spanish-language & English songs to be released in 
first-quarter 2014, via Young Pals Records International

New York City-based Young Pals Records International has signed an exclusive deal to produce, record and release the debut solo album from award-winning Mexican musical theater and TV actress Bianca Marroquin.

“This album is very significant to me, because I'm finally recording my own creation,” she says. “I have written these songs throughout my life and am just dying for them to catch light. There is a time and place for everything, and this is the perfect moment for me to release my music… no earlier, no later… now!”

Marroquin’s debut album will comprise 10 Spanish- and English-language songs, including her own original compositions, as well as co-writes with Young Pals International proprietors & producers Ayhan Sahin and Dennis DelGaudio (DNA). A second version of the album will be released exclusively on iTunes, with reverse translations of all 10 songs. Due for release in first-quarter 2014, the project is being coordinated by renowned pianist Tom Gallaher and recorded at New York’s 2C Studios.

The flavor of the album, according to Young Pals’ Sahin, is “contemporary pop meets Latin pop, a la Enrique Iglesias, with guitars, piano, chamber strings, percussion and horns. When you add the sweet, velvet-lined textures of Bianca’s voice, the results are pure magic. She is such a sincere woman, and that authenticity rings true in her music.” 

Marroquin adds, “The sound is organic because of the acoustic guitars and strings, feisty because of the tempo of the drums, sensitive and honest because of the lyrics that come from my heart, and diverse because it is sung in both Spanish and English. I think it offers something for everyone.”

The beloved superstar is the first Mexican actress ever to be cast in a leading Broadway role, and one of the youngest to play Roxie Hart in the original production of “Chicago” in New York City. Marroquin also commandeered the role of Hart in the Spanish-language version of “Chicago” in Mexico, which won her the esteemed Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, as well as five awards from the Mexican Critics Association, including Best Actress and New Revelation. 

Her stage career in Mexico also includes “Beauty and the Beast,” “Rent,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Phantom of the Opera”; while she has also appeared on Broadway in “In the Heights” and “The Pajama Game.”

In addition, Marroquin has served as one of three judges during all four seasons (2010-2013) of the highly rated Univision reality dance competition series “Mira Quien Baila,” the Spanish-language franchise of “Dancing With the Stars.” She also judged reality series “Pequeños Gigantes.” Televisa cast her as the main protagonist in telenovela “Esperanza del Corazón,” while she also sang the show’s theme song. In 2007, she performed at “The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts.”

Independent music company Young Pals International is a burgeoning force among post-millennial record labels, with a full-service focus on the artist. It offers developing and established artist development, songwriting and collaboration, vocal and instrumental recording, mixing, merchandising and consultancy services.

For information, contact: 
Ayhan Sahin (Young Pals Records International)

Friday, November 1, 2013

TGIF: Bianca Marroquin is back in the Studio

Bianca Marroquin was at 2c Studios today, recording a DelGaudio & Sahin composition -- "One Lie" with DelGaudio, Sahin and Tom Gallaher for her upcoming album with Young Pals Records International.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jade Zabric Recording

Jade Zabric was at 2C today with her guitar recording material for her upcoming album with Young Pals Music

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Celine Dion in NYC

Celine Dion performed new songs from her new album at "Pandora Presents Celine Dion" at the Edison Ballroom. We were lucky enough to say hi to her after her dazzling performance.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Karine Hannah

Karine Hannah visited Young Pals Music today to catch up and give all exciting news about her upcoming major album under Universal.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bianca Marroquin back at 2C Studios

Mexican superstar Bianca Marroquin was back at 2C Studios for a strategy meeting regarding her upcoming recording album project with her team; production duo DNA (Dennis DelGaudio & Ayhan Sahin) and her album coordinator Tom Gallaher.

Young Pals will be releasing the album that features songs written by Marroquin, Sahin & DelGaudio. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Erica singing Chaka

Erica Jacob returned to 2C Studios today to record a cover of Chaka Khan's 1985 hit "Through The Fire."

She recently performed the song live to a bewildered audience at Hourglass Tavern in Midtown/Manhattan.

The song will be released as a single under Young Pals Music with Ayhan Sahin's new production. Tom Gallaher joined the team with his piano recording.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bianca Marroquin recording a new album with Young Pals Music

Mexican singer/songwriter Bianca Marroquin was at 2C Studios today recording her composition "El Mundo Era Mio" for her upcoming album with Young Pals Music. 

The next couple of months will be a marathon of recording sessions coordinated with pianist Tom Gallaher during her stay in New York City while she is starring at "Chicago" on Broadway. She will be recording many of her original material as well as songs from Ayhan Sahin-Dennis DelGaudio catalog.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Young Pals Music Receives 2013 Best of Manhattan Award

Manhattan Award Program Honors the Achievement

MANHATTAN October 4, 2013 -- Young Pals Music has been selected for the 2013 Best of Manhattan Award in the Music Licensing and Royalties category by the Manhattan Award Program.
Each year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Manhattan Award Program
The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Manhattan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Manhattan Award Program

Manhattan Award Program



Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Run" Dance Remixes

Erica Jacob stopped by 2C Studios today to lay down some ad-libs for the upcoming dance remixes of "Run."

Jade Zabric is Recording a New Album with Young Pals Music

Jade Zabric, a singer/songwriter based in New York, was at 2C Studios today. Young Pals Music signed a deal with her to record her album over the next couple of months. Welcome to the family, Jade!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Video for Erica Jacob's Single Release “Run”  On Young Pals Music Is Launched On YouTube

Music video directed by Christopher Holmes/Holmeswood Features Entertainment lensed at Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz

Following the successful August 2013 launch of Erica Jacob's debut album “Extraordinary Woman” on Young Pals Music, the New York-based singer/songwriter's music video for first single "Run" is now featured on YouTube.

The uptempo kiss-off song “Run,” produced by Ayhan Sahin (Olivia Newton-John, Sandra Bernhard, Chaka Khan) was shot on location in Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz, the world’s premiere outdoor “graffiti Mecca.” The site has become an immense canvas for sanctioned street artists from around the world, who have painted vivid works across the walls of a marquis 200,000-square-foot factory building and dozens of surrounding warehouses.

Making Jacob’s colorful videoclip all the more timely, 5 Pointz owner David Wolkoff announced that the beloved destination will be demolished at year-end 2013.

The artist was raised in Houston, singing in church and cherishing the gospel & blues of Ella Fitzgerald, along with the diverse talents of Judy Garland, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley. Eight years ago, she relocated to New York City, performing at Town Hall’s “Broadway's Rising Stars”; in “Emma the Red” at the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre; and in numerous musicals, including “Scarlet Takes A Tumble,” “Confessions of a Reality TV Star,” “Angels” and “Dear Mr. Rosan.”

Since the release of "Extraordinary Woman," Jacob has performed at numerous club spaces throughout Manhattan, as part of an ongoing promotional campaign for the album.
"Extraordinary Woman" is digitally available on iTunes, physically available on Young Pals Music
For information contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. -- (212) 543-9998 --

Friday, September 20, 2013

"I Just Wanna Dance"

Johnny Di Sciascio was at the studio today, working on his song "I Just Wanna Dance" with Sahin.

Monday, September 16, 2013

“Extraordinary Woman” Erica Jacob Shows Another Side Of Her Prowess With Acoustic Set At Manhattan’s Hourglass Tavern

Erica Jacob ably demonstrated that every Extraordinary Woman has multiple layers, via her performance at Manhattan’s Hourglass Tavern on Sunday evening, September 15, 2013. On this second stop of her promotional tour—following the August release of debut full-length album “Extraordinary Woman” on Young Pals Music—the singer/songwriter delivered a powerful acoustic set that showcased a stripped-down version of the album’s full-on pop, R&B and dance production.

At Jacob’s album release party in August at the East Village’s Penny Farthing, she captivated a standing-room-only crowd of 150+ followers. On this night, the vibe was a creative change of pace at intimate Midtown performance space Hourglass Tavern—which has been a beloved showcase space for burgeoning talent and Broadway actors & singers for more than 30 years. And once again, she packed the comfy setting to capacity—with an approving roar that was as enthused as the previous venue.

The beauty of Jacob’s set at Hourglass was an opportunity for the singer to demonstrate her god-given vocal prowess unvarnished with the (appreciable) mainstream-driven production on her album. She sang alongside an organic four-piece ensemble— Tom Gallaher on piano, Jade Zabric on guitar, Daniel Jamieson on sax and flute and Nezih Antakli on percussion. How many of today’s commercially successful pop stars would dare to put themselves in such a position, right?

The acoustic set included a spirited new take on first single “Run,” and wondrously emotive re-rubs of ballads “Too Many Reasons” and “Falling”—proving Jacob’s stance as a diva with all the savvy of Jennifer Hudson—along with scintillating new arrangements of album cuts “Lost and Found,” “Kryptonite” and “Look What You’ve Done.” She also delivered a velvet-lined, sirenic version of Chaka Khan’s “Through The Fire” and a lush, easy-flowing reading of Eva Cassidy’s “I Can Only Be Me,” written by Steve Wonder. Two words: Damn, girl!

With each step forward, Erica Jacob proves that she is a talent as immeasurable as the fervor that pervades New York City—with a passionate and demonstrative voice that is as capable of reaching the high heavens as the Empire State Building.

"Extraordinary Woman" is available on iTunes. Physical album can be purchased through

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Johnny Di Sciascio at the Studio

Started working with a brilliant singer/songwriter, Johnny Di Sciascio. The first song we are recording is a composition called "I Just Wanna Dance." The title says it all, he will make every one wanna get up and dance, when the track is ready. 

Welcome to Young Pals Johnny!

Erica Jacob Performing on Sunday, September 15 at the Hourglass Tavern

Accompanied by Tom Gallaher on piano, Jade Zabric on guitar. Daniel Jamieson on sax and flute and Nezih Antakli on percussion, the acoustic set affirms Jacob’s god-given talent as a vocalist, sans the appreciable abundance of pop, R&B and dance production that pervades the recorded version of “Extraordinary Woman,” which music journalist Chuck Taylor deemed “a joyous pageant of sing-along anthems, offering musical mastery akin to the 100-watt persona of Jennifer Hudson, and the vocal chops of Alicia Keys.”

 The acoustic set will include her single "Run," the album title "Extraordinary Woman," the ballads
"Too Many Reasons" and "Falling" as well as album cuts "Lost and Found," "Kryptonite" and "Look What You've Done" with their newly acoustic arrangements. Jacob will also sing Chaka Khan's 1984hit "Through The Fire" and "I Can Only Be Me" written by Steve Wonder and recorded by Eva Cassidy.

The event will take place at Hourglass Tavern in midtown Manhattan (373 W 46th floor 2  New York, NY 10036 - (212) 265-2060) on Sunday, September 15 at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Erica Jacob To Showcase Songs From Triumphant Debut Album “Extraordinary Woman” At New York’s Hourglass Tavern

Acoustic set scheduled for Sunday, September 15 @ 8 p.m.

 Following the mid-August release of album “Extraordinary Woman,” Erica Jacob will showcase songs from her debut collection in a live performance at New York City’s Hourglass Tavern, on Sunday September 15 at 8 p.m.

Accompanied by piano, guitar and percussion, the acoustic set affirms Jacob’s god-given talent as a vocalist, sans the appreciable abundance of pop, R&B and dance production that pervades the recorded version of “Extraordinary Woman,” which music journalist Chuck Taylor deemed “a joyous pageant of sing-along anthems, offering musical mastery akin to the 100-watt persona of Jennifer Hudson, and the vocal chops of Alicia Keys.”

Released on New York-based indie label Young Pals Music—and available on all download websites and as a physical CD—“Extraordinary Woman” was launched at a standing room only celebration August 13 at Manhattan’s Penny Farthing in the East Village, where Jacob performed five songs from the album to the roaring approval of a fervent crowd of 150+.

This second stop during Jacob’s promotional campaign is set in an intimate venue that draws a consistent crowd of Broadway actors, singers and musicians, vying for the opportunity to perform their own wares in a venue that is consummate New York City. Hourglass Tavern is located at 374 West 46th Street, right by Ninth Avenue.

Erica Jacob’s “Extraordinary Woman” was produced by Ayhan Sahin, who has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Sandra Bernhard, Chaka Khan, numerous “American Idol” alumni and countless burgeoning acts—while his Young Pals Music has released more than 18 full-length albums since its founding in 2008. Sahin wrote all songs on the album, with collaborators Jerri Bokeno, Tara Bahna James, Dennis DelGaudio, Bernadette O’Reilly, and with Jacob contributing lyrics for three tracks.
First single, the uptempo sing-along anthem “Run,” offers an accompanying music video directed by Christopher Holmes, shot on location in Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz, the world’s premiere outdoor “graffiti Mecca.” Other highlights include album opener “Kryptonite,” which features Phil Collins’ familiar percussive hook from Frida’s 1983 hit “I Know There’s Something Going On,” nimble frolic “Look What You’ve Done To Me” and beautiful brooding ballad “Falling.” The set’s title track offers the ultimate acclamation of an “Extraordinary Woman” as a dancefloor paean to strength and inner beauty, with Jacob proclaiming, “There’s more to me than meets the eye/Don’t stop at the what, babe, go for the why.”

The singer/songwriter was raised in Houston, singing in church, and cherishing the gospel & blues of Ella Fitzgerald, along with the diverse talents of Judy Garland, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley. Eight years ago, she relocated to New York City, and was immediately cast in a number of Off-Broadway musicals. As a member of Actors’ Equity, she also serves as Executive Producer for theater company/artist collective Purple Threads Ensemble.

For more information:
Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Erica Jacob will perform "Raise Your Glass" as well as 6 other songs from her album "Extraordinary Woman" at the Underground Lounge (955 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10025) on Monday, September 2nd at 7:30pm.

The Underground Lounge
New York, NY

     After a sold out performance at Don't Tell Mama, Artistic Pride Productions announces and extension of its cabaret performance, The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not me), at The Underground Mondays in September. The Piano Has Been Drinking explores the association between artists and their vices.

Amy Winehouse, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Cobain, Billie Holiday, Tennessee Williams, Tom Waitts, Natalie Cole, Rufus Wainright... the list of artists and creative people who have had alcohol or substance abuse problems is a very long list. The Piano Has Been Drinking is a review that takes a look at artists who are inspired by their vices, celebrates the triumph of artists who have overcome them, pays tribute to those who were consumed by them and gives encouragement to those who may be struggling with vices.

It is Artistic Pride Productions' mission to promote and cultivate their work as an extension of the work of their peers.  APP creates an environment in which artists who are marginalized in the commercial art world such as minorities, women and non-traditional artists have a place to not only create but thrive.  Towards that end, APP's monthly Cabaret Series provides artists across all genres a safe space to create art and showcase their talents.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Erica Jacob Interviewed by Chuck Taylor

Erica Jacob talks about her success for her album "Extraordinary Woman" with the renowned journalist Chuck Taylor.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Erica Jacob: An ‘Extraordinary’ Talent WOWS With A Live Performance At Her Album Release Party In New York City

Erica Jacob performing "Kryptonite" at her album release party

By Lawrence Newton
It’s not as if the superlative isn’t already built in: The name of singer/songwriter Erica Jacob’s debut album is “Extraordinary Woman.” Based on her live performance at New York’s Penny Farthing Tuesday, August 13, 2013—where she celebrated the release of her new 10-track disc—there are a few more descriptors we could add. How about: fierce, gifted, a natural performer and commanding?

Erica Jacob with her producer Ayhan Sahin

New York-based Erica, who moved here eight years ago from Houston (with her visiting mom in the audience), filled the cool downstairs private room at the East Village locale with more than 150 followers and fans, as she ripped through five songs from the album, which is available on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby. It was produced by Ayhan Sahin and released on his independent label Young Pals Music.

Journalist Chuck Taylor introduced Erica to the crowd, and told us, “She’s young, she’s beautiful, she’s theatrical, she’s ambitious and best of all, this girl can sing. This album is a labor of love between Erica and Ayhan. They met eight years ago and devoted three years to finding the perfect 10 songs to suit this ‘extraordinary woman’s’ voice and message to the world.”

That said, her message is obviously one of liberation, being a free spirit and unity. With a background in theater, Erica was as comfortable before the crowd as if she were having Sunday brunch with her favorite sistas.
Jacob with journalist Chuck Taylor

She opened the show with a song that she wrote the lyric for, “Kryptonite,” which made clear from the first note that this talent can deliver the goods in a live setting. With a fun rapid-fire lyric that’s like a melodic rap—and a super-cool opening that samples the Phil Collins’ drum solo from Frida’s 1983 solo hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”—Erica nailed every word of the shuffling song, while the crowd roared in approval. “Lost and Found” is another buoyant up-tempo song that Erica delivered like a true diva, with whirling production that feels like a Coney Island roller coaster ride that highlights both the crisp, clear highs of her vocal range and the satisfying husky lows.

The ballad “Falling” was equally captivating, as Erica sang: “You’re so cold, cold as ice… It’s getting hard to be around you.” Delivering this beautiful sad, slow song showed yet another side to the young lady’s expertise, which again had every eye of the crowd intently focused on her.
"Falling" songwriters Jerri BoKeno and Sahin

The first single from “Extraordinary Woman” is “Run,” which is absolutely a highlight of the album. It has fun clapping throughout, with a jaunty beat and layers & layers of harmonies. This was probably the best song of the night—and a deserving hit that radio needs to search out.

Erica performed the title track acoustically with guitar player Jade Zebric. On the album, the song is a fast-driving patchwork of dance instruments, but in her performance, she really drove home the lyric, which offers a commitment to her ultimate message as an “Extraordinary Woman”: “There’s much more to me than meets the eye, don’t stop at the what, babe, go for the why.”

After this song, the enthusiastic crowd demanded more, so Erica sang a capella a version of the perfect finale: Stevie Wonder’s “I Can Only Be Me.” The song says, “Butterflies begin from having been another, As a child is born from being in a mother’s womb/But how many times have you
Jacob with "Extraordinary Woman" writers Tara Bahna-James and Sahin
wished you were someone than who you are/You can only be you, As I can only be me.”

The night was made complete with a drink special called “Kryptonite,” named after Erica’s song, as well as a “red carpet” entrance, where every guest was able to have their picture taken with the artist. We also all got a copy of the disc to take home. Erica Jacob is already living in the greatest city in the world—New York—but with the release of her album “Extraordinary Woman,” it’s obvious this amazing talent is going places!

Producer Tyrone Smith with Jacob and Sahin

Redwood Entertainment
Jacob performing "Lost and Found"

Jacob with friends

Penny Farthing during the launch