THE MAGNIFICENT STUDIO OF LEON RUSSELL Built in 1915, Came to Life in 1972 Coming To You Fall of 2020

HELLO FRIENDS, WELCOME TO THE CHURCH STUDIO

Where homegrown talent rocked the music world.

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THE CHURCH STUDIO

And how it started

The historic church was turned into a recording studio and home office to Shelter Records in 1972.  Under Leon Russell's leadership, the stone structure served as a creative workshop for songwriters, musicians, engineers, and singers to collaborate, learn, and inspire.

THE TULSA SOUND

Rockabilly, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, and Blues

Although they had different musical gifts, Leon Russell and fellow Oklahoman JJ Cale, are credited for developing the “Tulsa Sound".  This genre is described by many to be a laid-back style of blues, country, and rock that helped shaped Southern-style rock-and-roll.  The most notable, non-Okie— example of the Tulsa Sound is Eric Clapton. Others believe the "Tulsa Sound" is more of a brotherhood or collaboration of creatives that honor those musical pioneers that came before them.

RESTORATION PROJECT

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Restoration scheduled to be complete Summer of 2020

PARTNER WITH THE CHURCH STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION

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