Student Run Record Label Debuts First CD
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students at Pearl Cohn High School held a concert to debute their album, "A Firebird Christmas." It's the first CD off their student-run record label.
The concert was held Thursday night.
"If you've ever been to a real studio everything is dim," label President Vincent Pitts said. "It just kind of sets the mood."
The mood has been set for the holidays at Pearl Cohn since the beginning of the school year in August.
"We were singing Christmas songs and it (was) 98 degrees outside," Pitts said.
It was all in preparation for the school's first album from the Relentless Entertainment Group, an entirely student-run record label.
"What we did was take traditional Christmas songs, America's favorites, and just modernized them, made them our own," Pitts explained.
"They've taught me enough to where I can do a full tracking session in here," said audio engineer Tanner Lenox.
The record label is run through Warner Music Nashville.
"It's amazing how we get to be using all of this amazing gear, especially the API board at this level," Lenox said. "It's just amazing at a high school."
From the state-of-the art equipment to the talent, everything is legit.
"We learn everybody's job," vocalist Jamaika Humphrey said. "We don't learn just being an artist. We learn how to produce. We learn everything so if we actually really want to do this in life we know how everything works."
It's still school after all where students must learn the necessary skills to take them beyond graduation. The music is a tool that helps get them there.
"Growing up in North Nashville you know, you hear nothing but a lot of negative things about Pearl Cohn," vocalist Jasmine Fisher explained. "Now it's like students are like hyped and ready to come to school. Like me personally, I get up in the morning (and) I got so much joy in my heart to come to school, especially on A days."
Students poured that renewed enthusiasm into the music they share with others.