December 24, 2014

Johnna Jeong’s “Solo Me” CD

Atlanta based guitar player, Johnna Jeong has been working as a performer and instructor for a number of years. With an eclectic background in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Latin, and popular music, she maintains a busy schedule as a musician. Performing as a soloist for Weddings, Private Events, Country Clubs, and  also in various ensembles throughout the Southeast. In addition to being a solo artist and working in other music collaborations, she is also a committed music educator.

Johnna Jeong websiteHer 2014 solo guitar CD release “SoloMe” has inched it’s way to US and Canada’s radio play.  “SoloMe” is a collection of Latin, contemporary, and original guitar compositions and is now available at CD BabyAmazon, CD Universe, and  I-tunes.  Her CD was recorded at Real 2 Reel .  The project was engineered & mixed by James Cobb and mastered by Steve Rawls.

A recent review from Minor 7th Music: “In her debut CD, Johnna Jeong opens a window to her soul by giving us a glimpse at the music she holds most closely to her heart. “Solo Me” is a collection of Spanish/South-American compositions, as well as several works composed by Jeong, all of which gracefully bridge the gap between classical guitar, jazz, and popular styles. The album as a whole has an immediate and broad appeal, all the while exploring immense musical and emotive depth. All of the selections feature distinctive rhythms, bold compositional gestures, and haunting extended harmonies. Jeong displays an effortless command of the instrument as she navigates the complex interpretive language that this style of music demands, bringing to life the spirit of this powerful and unique genre. “Solo Me” is a perfect introduction to Jeong, showcasing not only her outstanding playing, but also the music she holds most dear. © Timothy Smith”

November 21, 2014

Real 2 Reel Studios Masters Collective Soul’s 20th Anniversary Release

Collective Soul's 20th Anniversary Release

Nov. 2014 – There’s a long history between Real 2 Reel Studios and Collective Soul, a history of family, friendship and work.  We are proud and excited to be involved in the post-production of their newest release,  “See What You Started By Continuing”.  The CD was mixed by Shawn Grove and sent to Real 2 Reel Studios for mastering. Steve Rawls mastered for three different release formats: CD, iTunes and vinyl.

The CD marks the multi-platinum artist’s 20th anniversary.  The band released “Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid” in 1994 as their first studio album that included the rock anthem “Shine” that shot to international recognition and double-platinum status.  20 years later the band has released seven #1 radio hits and sold more than 10 million albums across the world.

The long awaited 9th studio album “See What You Started By Continuing” fully embodies the journey that Collective Soul has taken musically and personally throughout the last two decades.  “As a band we have experienced and developed so much as musicians and people in the last twenty years,” commented Collective Soul frontman, Ed Roland.  “This album represents a full circle, coming back to the roots of Collective Soul, and continuing to build on the music that we started making from the beginning.”

November 20, 2014

Blackberry Smoke “Leave A Scar” Charts on Billboard


Blackberry Smoke “Leave A Scar” Charts on Billboard

This is a great live concert recording from Blackberry Smoke.  The DVD is outstanding!  The double audioCD and 2-disc vinyl releases sound great!  Real 2 Reel Studios did the surround mix and mastering for the DVD release, and mastered the stereo mixes from Shawn Grove for the double audioCD, iTunes and the limited edition U.S. 2-disc vinyl.

The release charted last week at 17 on Billboards Top Country Albums.

The release charted at 128 on Billboards Top 200

Check it out!!!


October 5, 2014

Micah Stampley at Real 2 Reel

Micah Stampley at Real 2 Reel

We had a great time today at Real 2 Reel with Micah Stampley and several of his singers for an in-studio photo and video shoot.

As discussed in a previous post, Micah’s new CD, “Love Never Fails“, has been nominated for two Dove Awards this year.

Photos by Caleb Varnadeaux


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September 30, 2014

Micah Stampley Dove Award Nominations

Micah Stampley has been nominated for several Dove Awards.

Micah Stampley Dove AwardMuch of his newest release, Love Never Fails was recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios. Will McPhaul shared engineering duties with Asaph Ward during the sessions.

Click here for several videos taken at our studio during the sessions.
It is always a pleasure to work with such fine people and talented artists.

Congratulations Micah!

October 9, 2012

Will Turpin’s “Will and The Way” begin work on new album

Collective Soul co-founder Will Turpin gets his Way with new band, CD and tour.

Hot on the heels of a national tour with Collective Soul and a year after his debut solo EP, musician Will Turpin is headed into the studio with a new band for his first full-length CD, Serengeti Drivers. Beginning Oct. 8, Will Turpin and The Way have begun their first studio effort.

The CD is being co-produced by Real 2 Reel’s Jonathan Beckner and will include almost a dozen new tunes. “You’ll hear elements of a lot of different musical influences,” Turpin said. “Some Beatle-esque songs, some rockin’ numbers, and some real laid back stuff. The vocal mix of the three singers will be smooth enough to savor with a glass of wine or kick up your heels with a beer.” In addition to Turpin (keyboards and vocals) the band lineup includes Jason Fowler (guitar and vocals), Mark Wilson (bass and vocals) and Scott Davidson (drums).

Turpin said seven of the songs were co-written by Fowler, an Atlanta-based musician and friend. “A lot of times I have an idea for a song that is not finished or is halfway complete and Jason is able to help me out with a riff or a vocal melody or theme,” Turpin said. “Then there are times when we can create something right on the spot. We’re a good team.”

This holiday season, Turpin’s version of “What Child Is This?” will appear on A Rock By The Sea Christmas : Volume Three, a charity CD series set for release on Oct. 16. Net proceeds from the 13-song Christmas compilation will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program in Orlando, Fla.

Turpin’s other group, Collective Soul, is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Collective Soul has attained seven No. 1 songs and 19 Top 40 singles, making them one of the most successful bands of the 1990s. They are planning a 20th anniversary tour and boxed set CD package in 2014.

Will and The Way Press Release

View the photo album on our Facebook page


July 19, 2012

Real 2 Reel Studios Featured in Clayton Magazine

Real 2 Reel was very proud to see an article featuring our studio in the June-July 2012 issue of Clayton Magazine. Real 2 Reel, as you know, donated studio time to Ryan Burton & CURE Childhood Cancer for the song “Sometimes You Gotta Fight” which raised money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Check out the article below. I have pasted the story here on our site to make it easy for you to read. But of course, it was written by Michael Booth. Check it out!

Music that Matters, Real 2 Reel Helps In the Fight to Cure Childhood Cancer

by Michael Booth
photo by Michie Turpin

Clayton Magazine Article on Real 2 Reel Studios and Sometimes You Gotta Fight

IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE HUMAN SPIRIT CAN CURE DISEASES, THEN YOU CAN BELIEVE IN “SONGS CURE CANCER,” an initiative started in february 2012 by Ryan Burton after his stepdaughter Callie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Burton and Canadian songwriter VANN wrote a song called Sometimes You Gotta Fight, which was then recorded during a full week at Real 2 Reel Studios in Jonesboro.

Studio owners Steve Rawls and Bill Turpin donated the studio and their time and efforts in recording the song, bringing in local artists’ David Buice on drums, Sloan Hayes on keyboards, and Wendy Sheffield on vocals. A promotional music video for Sometimes You Gotta Fight was shot at Real 2 Reel during the production process.

“It’s our preference to work on material that is positive, powerful and pure,” said Turpin. “And this song certainly qualifies on all counts.”

Burton and VANN had once played in a band called I.C. Red, but Burton had left the music business and moved to Smyrna, GA, from his native Canada. Last September, when Callie was first diagnosed, the Burton family had practically moved into Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston as she underwent chemotherapy. It gave Burton time to reflect on life, and by the time Callie was released from the hospital, with her cancer in remission, he and his former band mate had written a song about fighting cancer.

Sometimes You Gotta Fight is the first of what Burton hopes will be a number of songs featured on the website Songs Cure Cancer ( Burton started the website asking artists from around the globe to record one song and donate all proceeds to a cancer charity of their choice.

“It took us six days, a total of 65 hours, to record Sometimes You Gotta Fight. It is a process. It is not unusual for a song to take that long to record” Rawls said.
Real 2 Reel certainly has the expertise to record almost anything. On this rainy May afternoon Turpin and Rawls were getting ready to host a twenty four person choir. This session was not long after completing work with local hip-hop group “Da Famous Boyzz”. “We enjoyed working with them. They are really nice guys,” said Rawls.

The digital revolution in audio recording was decades in the future when Turpin started Real 2 Reel in the Stockbridge basement of what he laughingly calls “the Turpin Estate.” “It was 1976, we had eight Tracks and it was as time when audio engineers still had pocket protectors and slide rules,” added Turpin.

Over the years as the studio’s reputation grew beyond the basement. Real 2 Reel began offering video production services in 1990. While still in the basement studio Steve Rawls, a longtime friend, was starting an audio-for-video company. “It was 1993 and Bill had a PC computer and 2” 24 track machine,” said Rawls. “I had been in the telecommunications business focusing on technological development in the fast growing computer world and after 14 years just wanted to get out of the corporate world and back into music.” Rawls said he was the second person in Atlanta to buy ProTools, a computer-based audio recording system. Bill Turpin setup a room for Rawls’ new venture in an unused room at Real 2 Reel. AudioMation provided the audio-for-video work for Real 2 Reel.

In 2000, the two companies merged. Now, the studio had outgrown it’s basement location and a new studio was constructed. Located in a nondescript row of offices, Real 2 Reel brought in Atlanta’s premier architect and consultant, Les Duncan, to help design the all-important recording and control rooms. Today the studio is a Class A facility due to the meticulous care given to it’s design and construction. Turpin and Rawls delight in showing off their studio and the all important “vibe”.

Over the years Real 2 Reel has worked with some well-known Grammy-winning artists such as Kansas, Collective Soul and Toby Keith at it’s studios. “We have done surround sound work for DVD titles for many clients including Martina McBride, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Rick James and Tony Bennett. Those artists were not at our studio. We provided restoration, surround sound mixing and processing for DVD releases”, Rawls said.

Real 2 Reel diversified it’s business beginning in the 90’s. Today they provide complete production services for their corporate and music industry clients. “Because we offer audio, video, electronic, print and manufacturing, we are a one-stop shop for our corporate and music clients. Clients appreciate the “turn-key” service we can offer,” said Rawls.