The Aaron Hendra Project performs 'Walk With Angels' for BalconyTV LA
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THE AARON HENDRA PROJECT - WALK WITH ANGELS
PRESENTED BY JACK GLAZER
Aaron Hendra believes in second chances. And third. And fourth. He should. The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist has been given enough of them over the last ten years. Back when he was young aspiring songwriter, he left a demo with a receptionist at Aussie superstar John Farnham's label, which was initially ignored. Hendra received a call six weeks later from Farnham himself saying he wanted to record Hendra's song "Don't Let It End". Years later, when a development deal with Warner Bros. Records collapsed and a unfinished album for Hollywood Records was shelved, a chance meeting with entrepreneur Rick St. George led to the financial means for Hendra to give up his construction job, build a state-of-the-art studio in Beverly Hills, launch the independent label Give Records, and record the Aaron Hendra Project's upcoming debut album Octobersong.
Octobersong is Hendra's ticket to what he has always known was his destiny. The title track was inspired by the second chance he was given through meeting financier Rick St. George. "Not only was I able to finally finish this album, I got to make it in a space so unique and extraordinary it would have made the likes of Sting and Led Zeppelin proud", says Hendra. St George scoured LA and eventually found the secluded compound located in Beverly Hills just off the Sunset Strip. A mansion built in the '70s by the late Richard Colburn (founder of L.A.'s Colburn School of Music) to entertain local socialites, the house featured a huge ballroom designed for chamber orchestras (Classical violinists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Isaac Stern were regular guests of Colburn back the day). Hendra, St. George, Gonaway, and sound engineer Dave Ahlert transformed the library into a control room, installed a vintage Neve8068 console and production on Octobersong began. Hendra produced the album with aid from Rob Hill (Korn, Cypress Hill), then traveled to Miami to have the songs mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Coldplay). "Tom took what we'd done to a whole new level," Hendra says. "He put his heart into it and made it sound like a finished record."
Hendra is now gearing up for the July 10th release of "Alive", followed by the release of Octobersong later this year. Hendra says, "It took me longer than most to find my voice, but I always knew it was in there somewhere and that when I finally found it, it would be worth hearing. I spent the last decade trying to write songs that make people cry. I'm going to spend the next decade trying to make them move."
BalconyTV Los Angeles //
Cindi Avnet: Producer / Talent Booker
Brandon Wade: Cinematographer
Recorded By: Karla Barrera
Mixed By: Karla Barrera
Atara Gottschalk: Co-Producer / Talent Booker
Leah Hobbs: Associate Producer
Special Thanks to Rick St George!
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