Recording Studio for Young Pals Music Productions

Monday, December 28, 2015

"Let's Spend This New Year's Eve At Home"

Pop The Cork! 

Welcome 2016 With Original Single 

from Burgeoning Country Act 

Launch single from upcoming album “Pop” is commandeered by NYC-based label Young Pals Music’s founder & executive producer Ayhan Sahin. 

Just add champagne. The New Year’s spirit is in full swing with an originally composed new single from New York City-based Young Pals Music. “Let’s Spend This New Year’s Eve At Home” celebrates the joys of cozying up with loved ones via full-on country flavor, courtesy of vocalist Christi Bauerlee.
The joyous uptempo radio-ready single proclaims: “Five private parties, four invitations
three club choices, too many options/Got a revelation… one night only, private celebration, Let’s have this one night alone/Spend this New Year’s Eve at home.”

Vocalist Bauerlee is renowned as a singer, actress and model, with appearances in such TV shows and films as “Something about Mary,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Lawless,” “Jake 2.0,” “Family Law,” “Striptease” and “Gilmore Girls.” She has performed on “Jay Leno,” “The Late Night Show” and the Grand Ole Opry; and notably, is also known to much of America—without seeing her face—as the vocalist behind the theme song for CBS-TV’s hit series “Family Law,” where she sings a cover of the Edwin Starr classic “War.” 

As a contestant on the beloved “Star Search,” Bauerlee was seen and heard on 250 syndicated TV stations around the country. In addition to being invited to record background vocals for Neil Young, solo achievements include the 2010 single and accompanying music video for the country-flavored “Show Me Who You Are.” 

“New Years Eve At Home” was produced and written by Ayhan Sahin—the founder & executive producer of Young Pals Music—and industry veteran Bernadette O’Reilly, with additional lyrics from award-winning Billboard writer & editor Chuck Taylor. Musicians comprise: Mike Sorrentino on drums, bassist Carras Paton, guitarist Boo Refiners, Rob Preuss on keyboards, Tom Gallaher on piano, and saxist Carras Paton. Jerri Bocchino and Keith Fluitt provide backing vocals.

Bauerlee and Sahin’s initial meeting defines the essence of serendipity. Both were vacationing in Costa
Rico, when she overheard him talking about his 15 years of songwriting and production over dinner at the next table. When he rose, she asked if he was Turkish—because she had previously hosted a TV show in Istanbul. They remained closely in touch, and finally this year in 2015, their bond was etched… through the magic of music collaboration.

“New Year’s” is the launch single from “Pop,” the debut solo album from Sahin. The 10-track collective brings together 12+ diverse vocalists and musicians, blending organic instrumentation amid a myriad of styles, including R&B; soul, dance, rock, latin, country and of course… pop. All songs are written and co-produced with O’Reilly, who has also worked for three decades in artist relations, management and hit song placement.

The “Pop” album is due for release in first-quarter 2016.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Joi's Album

Joi visited a Young Pals Music today for a strategy meeting regarding her upcoming album with the label.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy 70th, Frida!!

You are the muse to every song I write.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The One and Only Lina Koutrakos

Lina Koutrakos visited Young Pals Music today to lay down additional vocals for some of the tracks included in Sahin's upcoming album "Pop."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Joi Back In The Studio

The recording sessions started with full speed with Joi stepping in the studio today, singing another composition from Young Pals Music catalog -- "Another + Another."

Joi had a busy summer with opera performances in and around New York City. It was good to have her back at Young Pals.

We are entering a new phase with her album project. Songs are recorded, next step is choosing the tracks that will make the album. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Boy Crazy"

Today, we recorded more vocals for Nicole Gullo's upcoming single "Boy Crazy."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Boy Crazy"

Finishing up recordings for Nicole Gullo's upcoming single "Boy Crazy" - a composition by Pat Maiorino and Andrew  Sarnoff which is soon to be released by Young Pals Music/Breaking Records.

Today, we did the background vocals for the "girl power" pop tune with Jerri Bocchino.

Next, comes the post production.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mixing Continues for "Pop"

Another productive day while working on the mixes of tracks included in our upcoming album "Pop" - a collection of songs written by Bernadette O'Reilly and Ayhan Sahin to be released soon by Young Pals Music.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rafael Cintron Recording

Renowned guitarist Rafael Cintron was in the studio today, recording classical and flamenco guitars on "The Right Line" which will appear in our upcoming production album "Pop." 

Cintron added guitar parts to the Reggeaton beats of "The Right Line" sung by Latin artist Luis Cooper.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Emre Yilmaz recording

Emre Yilmaz was in the studio today recording classical guitars for the power balls "The Only One" scheduled to be included in Joi Joy Jones debut album on Young Pals Music.

Friday, August 28, 2015

"The Only One"

Joi was in the studio today recording the ballad "The Only One." 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Boy Crazy"

Excited to start production with Bernadette O'Reilly for Nicole Gullo's single "Boy Crazy" - a composition by Pat Maiorino and Andrew Sarnoff. I was honored to work with this brilliant duo in the past for Melba Moore's "Book of Dreams" on Breaking Records.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"The Only One"

Tom Gallaher in the house recording piano parts for a ballad "The Only One" that is scheduled for Joi Joy Jones' album. The power ballad, written by Chuck Taylor and Ayhan Sahin, will be recorded by the songstress later this week.

Friday, August 7, 2015

"A Matter of Nostalgia"

Joi keeps working on her debut album with Young Pals Music in the hottest days of the summer in NYC. Today, she recorded a composition called "A Matter of Nostalgia" from the early years of Young Pals Music catalog, showcasing  Joi's Latin Jazz approach.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Nicole Gullo

Nicole Gullo, a beautiful voice coming from an  all-talented family, was in the studio today recording new material from Ayhan Sahin- Bernadette O'Reilly catalog.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Joi Playing With "Fire"

Recording continues with Joi. Today, we did another pop rock number "Ates" - its title meaning "Fire" in Turkish. 

The song originally written by Sahin, Dennis DelGaudio and Demir Demirkan was featured in DNA's 2010 album "Calling Card."

In this version, Joi is bringing in her operatic nuances to the song.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"Pop" Music

Today, Bernadette O'Reilly and I did back ground vocals on some of the songs for our upcoming production album "Pop."

And mixing continued

Friday, July 17, 2015

"A Mother's Love"

Joi Joy Jones continues recording tracks to be considered for her upcoming debut album on Young Pals Music.

Today was another experimental take on a genre that's totally different from any of the other songs she recorded so far. Her diversity is one of Joi's main power on her talent.

She sang "A Mother's Love" from the musical "The Conqueror" written by David Keeley and Ayhan Sahin. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

David Keeley Back In NYC

Renowned actor/singer David Keeley is recording "Since You've Been Gone"- a composition by Bernadette O'Reilly and Ayhan Sahin for the upcoming album "Pop" to be released in the Autumn of 2015 on Young Pals Music.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Joi Joy Jones Recording Punk Rock This Week

We keep recording different styles with Joi Joy Jones to find the hidden strengths in her voice while we decide on the direction we want to go with her upcoming album project with Young Pals Music. 

This week, we recorded a punk rock track "Lying Eyes" written by Christian Imboden and Ayhan Sahin, and she delivered an astounding performance with her vocals.

It was great to see Joi back in the studio after two weeks of a break from recording, where she was busy with her opera performances around New York City.

Emre Back At Young Pals Music

Emre Yilmaz stopped by the studio today to lay down some tracks for Sahin's upcoming album "Pop."

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Post Production Begins For the Album "Pop"

We are almost done with recording phase of our upcoming production album "Pop" which is composed of 12 songs written by Bernadette O'Reilly and Ayhan Sahin among other co-writers. The talent that are involved in this massive, detailed work is tremendous ranging from Broadway musicians/acts like David Keeley, Thomas Gallaher, Rob Preuss, Mike Sorrentino to renowned vocalists like Christi Bauerlee, Jerri BoKeno, Keith Fluitt, Denny Blake, P.J. Griffith; from new rising artists like Luis Cooper, Joi Joy Jones, Dan DelVecchio to Young Pals Music regulars Emre Yilmaz, Dennis DelGaudio, Carras Paton.

Everything is laid on the table. The hard part now is to connect pieces together and bring the production to the level of the talent. That's what the summer of 2015 is here for.

Stay tuned and look for our Autumn release from Young Pals Music! Exciting!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Keith Fluitt on "Pop"

Renowned vocalist Keith Fluitt revisited Young Pals Music studios in TriBeCa today, to lay down harmonies and back vocals to four of the tracks that are scheduled to appear on our production album "Pop."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jerri BoKeno

Singer/songwriter and Young Pals Music artist Jerri BoKeno visited the studio today to lay down harmonies for "New Year's Eve At Home" which will be included on our production album "Pop." 

The song written by Bernadette O'Reilly, ChuckTaylor  and Ayhan Sahin was recorded recently for the album, by Nashville artist Christi Bauerlee.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lybert Ramade

Lybert Ramade visited Young Pals Music today from Paris, during his three week stay in NYC.

Ramade released his fourth recording album "Une Autre Chance" with Young Pals Music in 2010.

Carras Paton/Sax

Carras Paton, recording long distance from L.A. saxophone parts for "Where is Your Heart," "L.A. Nights" and "New Year's Eve At Home."

Stay tuned for our production album "Pop."

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Alt-soul project, produced by NYC’s Young Pals Music Founder Ayhan Sahin, combines vintage female singer/songwriter acoustics with Turkish influences

What happens when you mesh such American musical heroines as Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Cat Power with an artist who was born and raised in Turkey? In a word… Melis.

Stage performer, actress, singer and songwriter Melis Aker—now based in New York City—is preparing to share with the world a unique melodic mélange, with the release of her debut album “Dirt,” via NYC’s Young Pals Music. The project comprises acoustically driven original songs, performed with guitars, piano and violin, and lyrical themes based on Melis’ observations of human nature, relationships, and life in the big city. 

Contributing instrumentalists include Turkish guitarist Emre Yilmaz, Broadway pianist Tom Gallaher, percussionist Mike Sorrentino, double-bassist Evan Gregor, and Broadway musician Marshall Coid on violin. Melis wrote the majority of the collection’s titles, with one track composed with Young Pals’ Founder Ayhan Sahin (also Turkish). He arranged and produced “Dirt.”

Among highlights of the album is the tender “Dirt,” which offers an ode to hard-learned life lessons. Melis notes: “This is about coming to terms with those things I can’t change and accepting my own limitations—in a positive way.” Equally plaintive ballads “Take” and “These Days” are gentle acoustic strummers that hearken her many cultural influences. 

The moody, ethereal “Height” offers an emotive call for personal harmony, as she sings: “I’m living in my head but I’m high up in the mountain/I’m trying to get back to the ground, you know it ain’t easy.” The song is actually a metaphor about a relationship that’s not quite on equal footing. She says: “You have a connection with a person, but you realize you’re not on the same level, and there’s pressure to come to terms with the differences. There are never any certainties, so you have to be content with where each of you stands.”

When composing her music, Melis begins with a melody, either on piano or guitar. From there, “the music tells me what the story will become. It’s almost like a soundtrack, where the lyrics come from the mood of the notes.”

And there’s so much more to Melis’ inspiration as a performer—beginning with childhood. As a young girl, she had a habit of hiding underneath her grandparent’s dining room table and observing shadows that moved with the afternoon sun. As these “shadow puppets” came to life, she created live characters. Meanwhile, her grandfather played piano for two hours every day after work, and readily taught her chords and melody.

By high school, Melis was active in theater, all the while teaching herself to play guitar, conjuring heroines Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone. But this was more than a pastime: She studied drama at the International Baccalaureate in Turkey, and then began to discover the world, earning a certificate in Classical Acting from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Next came the U.S., with studies in Drama & Philosophy at Boston’s Tufts University. 

She says, “Growing up in Turkey, it’s hard not to be political. Performance and theater bring diverse groups of people together. It’s an art, but it’s also part of an overall movement. As I traveled more and learned more, I realized it was time to just let life guide me.”

Melis then had her breakthrough role, originating the lead of Roya in Charles Randolph-Wright's play “Love in Afghanistan” at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage. She has also performed throughout the States, at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, PEN World Voices Festival, Boston’s Arts Emerson and the Players Club.

“These experiences were a reminder of my roots and how privileged I was to be in the States as an artist,” Melis notes. “It also drove me to realize that I wanted to share my music. A lot of what I want to say is rooted in my own culture—and elements of nature and nostalgia.”

“Dirt” is the ultimate result of those life influences, blended into a beautifully textured musical entity that tells her story—while relating tales that are at once universal to those who have the courage to take forward strides and escape our innate comfort zone. 

“I guess I’m very sensitive. I’m affected by everything I see and hear and experience,” she adds. “Sometimes, it’s a personal and intimate connection, but you can just as often be impacted through interaction with a stranger. I want people to listen to this album and feel the intimacy of connecting with others.”

For more information, contact 
Ayhan Sahin

Friday, June 5, 2015

"Behind Every Great Man"

Joi Joy Jones in the studio today, recording a David Keeley/Ayhan Sahin composition "Behind Every Great Man." 

The song was originally written for the Keeley/Sahin musical "The Conqueror" narrating a family torn apart in the Middle East because of war. 

Jones' version will be part of her upcoming album with Young Pals Music, accompanied by Rob Preuss on piano, Dennis DeGaudio on guitars, Mike Sorrentino on drums and Carras Paton on saxophone.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Luis Cooper Singing "The Right Line"

Luis Cooper (courtesy of Peter Drake Music) returned to Young Pals Music studios in TriBeCa today, to continue recording "The Right Line" for Ayhan Sahin's upcoming artist album "Pop."

"Freudian Slip" by Joi Joy Jones

Joi was at the studio today, recording a Christian Imboden/Ayhan Sahin composition, "Freudian Slip" for her upcoming album.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CHRISTI BAUERLEE Recording "New Year's Eve At Home"

Proud to have the extraordinary Christi Bauerlee on board for our upcoming production album "Pop." Today, Nashville - based Bauerlee is recording "New Year's Eve At Home"- a composition by Sahin, O'Reilly and Chuck Taylor.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"The Right Line" recorded for our upcoming album "Pop"

It was a great pleasure to record with Luis Cooper (courtesy of Peter Drake Music) today, a song to be included in our upcoming production "Pop" with Young Pals Music.

Recording "Unresolved"

Joi was in the studio today recording a ballad "Unresolved" for her upcoming album project with Young Pals Music.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

"Remember My Song"

Joi was in the studio on Friday, recording "Remember My Song" for her upcoming album. She also laid initial vocals for the next number-- a ballad "Unresolved."

The album project is evolving full speed with our weekly recordings. Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Piano Parts Recorded for our new album "Pop"

Today, we visited Shelter Island Studios in Flatiron District to record piano parts for 5 of our compositions that are included in the production album "Pop" which will be released on Young Pals Music this year.

Tom Gallaher played piano for "Where Is Your Heart," "L.A. Nights," "The Right Line," "Drink" and "New Year's Eve At Home" co-written by Ayhan Sahin and Bernadette O'Reilly.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sahin- O'Reilly Production Album "Pop"

Dan DelVecchio visited Young Pals Music today to record more electric guitar parts for tracks included in Sahin-O'Reilly production album "Pop."

Friday, May 1, 2015

Joi Joy Jones

Joi was in the studio recording a Sahin composition "Remember My Song" for her upcoming album project with Young Pals Music.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dan DelVecchio

Dan was back at Young Pals Music yesterday to record acoustic guitars for four of the tracks that are scheduled for the production album "Pop" of Ayhan Sahin and Bernadette O'Reilly. He laid guitars on "Where is your Heart," "L.A. Nights," "The Right Line" and "Drink."

Joi at the studio

Joi Joy Jones getting ready in the studio to record "Higher Higher" as well as putting final touches on her vocals on "Redundant." Both of these songs will be included in her upcoming debut album with Young Pals Music.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dan DelVecchio on Guitars

Dan DelVecchio was at 2C Recording Studios today to record electric guitar parts for "Drink" and "Where is Your Heart" -- two strong entries for Sahin-O'Reilly's upcoming production album "Pop."