Recording Studio for Young Pals Music Productions

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Besos Lentos"

Bianca Marroquin visited the new location of 2C Studios today in Tribeca/Manhattan to lay down vocals for "Besos Lentos" for her upcoming album in May, 2014. 

The session with her Young Pals team Dennis DelGaudio, Tom Gallaher and Ayhan Sahin was the first gathering in the new year. The quartet worked on the arrangement of "Besos Lentos" as well as holding a strategy meeting for her upcoming events in spring regarding the album.

"Como estas? Pensarás en mi?
Porque yo te extraño cada día más
Donde estas? Qué será de ti?
Volverás? No hoy nadie en tu lugar"

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony at the studio today recording "I Can't Stand No More" -- a dance composition by Jerri Bocchino and Ayhan Sahin, for his upcoming album.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Angel's Anthem" with Jerri Bocchino

Jerri Bocchino stopped by 2C Studios today to record a demo for the musical "The Guardian." Bocchino and Ayhan Sahin have teamed up with playwright Michael Merritt to work on the songs of the said musical. Young Pals Music will be releasing a cast recording soundtrack of the show in the days to come.

Dre Arc Amp

R&B artist Dre Arc Amp is recording at 2C Studios today.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


New York City-based full-service music label continues versatile musical palette with R&B, rock, pop, dance, musical theater & jazz projects over past year

Best year ever? It certainly sounds like it, judging the accomplishments that Young Pals Music/Young Pals Records International logged in 2013, its sixth year as a New York City-based full-service independent record label. Since its launch, the company—helmed by accomplished composer, producer and arranger Ayhan Sahin—has released more than two dozen albums and singles for its proprietary acts.

Leading the charge in 2013 was the August launch of Erica Jacob’s 10-track debut album “Extraordinary Woman,” with a standing room only live performance in Manhattan’s East Village. First single “Run,” shot by Christopher Holmes/Holmeswood Features on location in Long Island City’s famed 5 Pointz (the world’s premiere outdoor “graffiti Mecca”), fostered nearly 40,000 views on YouTube in its first month of release, while Jacob performed songs from the album at renowned venues in New York and Los Angeles.

In fact, Jacob’s “Extraordinary Woman” has become Young Pals Music’s bestselling project to date. With its abundance of pop, R&B and dance tracks, music journalist Chuck Taylor deemed the album “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 disc also garnered praise from nearly a dozen media outlets in Sahin’s native Turkey, including the lofty phrase, “Ayhan Sahin is following in Arif Mardin’s steps.” 

Young Pals Owner Sahin, who produced the album, notes, “This process felt so right from the first note. Erica is among the most talented, natural singers I’ve worked with. We spent three years recording dozens of songs before choosing the magic 10 to include on the album. Yes, I’m proud of the album’s success—but I also have so much pride in working with an artist I’m certain is going to be a name brand in the coming years.”

The label opened the year with a revised & refashioned double-CD soundtrack recording of “Swedish Style: The Musical,” a dramatized retelling of the break-up of Swedish super-group ABBA, originally written by Sahin and Selcen Pamuk in the 1990s. The new version comprises 14 songs from the show, mastered for licensed productions by theatrical groups and schools. It features a new NYC-based cast with a 13-piece live band & orchestra.

In July, Young Pals issued singer/songwriter Dacada Summer’s 10-song “Fourth And First,” chronicling the artist’s coming of age in the big city versus his Midwestern upbringing. 

A month before, singer/songwriter Michael Gastaldi released five-song debut solo EP “I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You,” a true-to-life snapshot about love, faith, fate and life in the moment. The two acts frequently showcase their album tracks with live performances in various NYC venues, building up their fan base.

Another highlight of 2013—demonstrating Young Pals’ ongoing versatility—was the September release of “Casino Music” by The Swing Set with Alex Cook, featuring a nine-piece jazz big band, alongside the Rat Pack-inspired musings of its lead singer. Included with a regimen of standards are reimagings of modern pop songs, including Duran Duran’s synth-pop “Rio” as a bluesy piano-tinkling refrain befitting New York’s Rainbow Room, George Michael’s “Faith” originating from a 1920s speakeasy, and a Bacharach-inspired reworking of “More than Words” from rock band Extreme. The album has been doing very well on You Tube -- over 200.000 hits since its release.

In the fall of 2013, Young Pals was notified that it was winner of a Best Of Manhattan Award in the Independent Label category for Music Licensing & Royalties. The annual contest is sponsored by the Manhattan Award Program, which showcases companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in the local community, while enhancing the positive image of small businesses. 

Another highlight of the year gone by is the signing of an exclusive deal for Young Pals to produce, record and release the debut solo album from award-winning Mexican musical theater and TV actress Bianca Marroquin. The beloved superstar is the first Mexican actress ever cast in a leading Broadway role, as Roxie Hart in “Chicago.” Marroquin also serves as a judge for the Univision reality dance competition series “Mira Quien Baila” (the Spanish-language franchise of “Dancing With the Stars”).

Marroquin’s debut album on Young Pals, set for release in 2Q 2014, will offer 10 Spanish- and English-language songs, including her own original compositions, as well as co-writes with Young Pals 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. The project is being coordinated by Tom Gallaher.

And finally, in December 2013, Young Pals launched a new location for its 2C Recording Studios, relocating from Manhattan’s East Village to Tribeca.

As 2014 spreads it wings, the label will also helm the Musical Cast Album for “The Guardian,” which Sahin is producing and composing with collaborators Michael Merritt (playwright) and Jerri Bocchino (lyricist). In addition, the label is working with singer/songwriter Jade Zabric on her first full-length project., as well as dance artist Michael Anthony and R&B singer Dre Arc Amp.

Since its 2008 launch, Young Pals Music has released 100+ albums, singles and theatrical soundtracks, and four full-length original stage musicals. With its accompanying 2C Recording Studios in Manhattan, the label was born out of a theatrical troupe in Sahin’s native Turkey, evolving into a bona fide record label when Sahin relocated to New York at the dawn of the millennium. 

Today, the full-service independent record label offers artist development, songwriting and collaboration, vocal and instrumental recording, mixing, graphic design, merchandising and consultancy services.

Over the past decade, Sahin has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Melba Moore, Phoebe Snow, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Sertab Erener, Sandra Bernhard, Jill Gioia from “Rockstar Supernova,” and five “American Idol” finalists, including Vonzell Solomon, Norman Gentle, Jon Peter Lewis and Anthony Fedorov.

For information contact:  Janet Castiel, Redwood Entertainment, Inc. -- (212) 543-9998 --

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bianca Marroquin Recording "Marquee"

Today, while the temperatures hit below 10 degrees on a cold winter New York day, Bianca Marroquin recorded "Marquee" for her upcoming album. 

The theatrical composition written by Ayhan Sahin, Dennis DelGaudio and Chuck Taylor, about reinventing oneself after hitting rock bottom will relate to so many people in the real world, when one wants to shake things up and have a new start.

It was also a perfect platform for Bianca to showcase her unbelievably rich register with so many low and high notes with passion an dramatical edge.

"Been so long since I've been back on
Top of the world I belong
Pull it together
Nothing's forever 
Pick up the broken pieces
Put my name on starlight

Today, the song is recorded live with Tom Gallaher on grand piano and Bianca on microphone at Uptime Studios in midtown Manhattan, which will be accompanied by a strings chamber orchestra with parts arranged by Gallaher.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jerri Bocchino - The First Artist Recording at New Location of 2C Studios

Jerri Bocchino stopped by the new 2C Studios located in TriBeCa to lay vocals for a demo that is part of a new musical project "Guardian" written by Michael Merritt. Bocchino  was the first artist recording in the new location of the studio.

Bocchino  and Ayhan Sahin have been working on writing the songs for this new musical over the last 6 months. 

Young Pals Music will release a concept album showcasing the songs from the musical in 2014.