The long and winding road to The Church continues and 2019 was a true testament to that. While construction on The Church Studio moves forward, our team spent 2019 working on our online presence and working closely with the community by paying tribute to our city’s rich music history while preparing a business strategy for today’s progressive music industry.
“Studio Row” is open for business and an official neighborhood of the Pearl District and thanks to you, business is kicking! We even opened our own pop-up shop (the Shelter House at 316 S. Trenton) and hosted our first music festival in the neighborhood! Because of YOU, our neighborhood is growing, and we are so much closer to making The Church Studio dream a reality. We are eternally grateful for your support and can’t wait to share The Church Studio with you!
See you in 2020!
The Church Studio Team
Over a century ago, before Leon, there was Grace M.E. Church. We hope to give their original mission justice by being as welcoming when we open our doors.
THE CHURCH STUDIO
The construction at The Church Studio continues! We are back on track for our Fall 2020 opening. The concrete has been poured, finishes selected, and vintage brass porthole windows were found on an auction that are almost identical to what Leon installed in the main entrance doors. Thank you to Shelter artist Dwight Twilley, for showing us the exact look. Each day, more progress can be seen and our excitement continues to build. Did we mention the Studio will have two sub-terrain echo chambers, multiple mixing rooms, original fir wood floors, and one of the best analog gear collections including a NEVE 8068 Recording Mixing Console? We can’t wait to show you! Stay tuned on social media for exclusive updates.
It’s been a productive year for the Church Studio Archive. Our team has been working diligently to archive over 4,500 items in our collection, with 4,000 now in our database. The collection is heavy on Leon Russell memorabilia but includes a lot of unique items pertaining to other Shelter artists and The Church’s historical significance.
Due to popular demand, The Church Studio designated one of the properties in our real estate portfolio as a retail pop-up store! Following Leon Russell’s use of the houses in the neighborhood in 1972, the store is a nod to that history and has had a complete renovation. Known internally as the “Shelter House” the store will be open for special events and occasions and will eventually be additional office space for The Church Studio operation. If you are in the neighborhood, come to say hi and take care of all of your #churchmerch needs. 316 S. Trenton Ave., South of the Church OR shop online here.
Our neighborhood is growing! Studio Row now features 8 new businesses for all your shopping and dining needs.
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
HUMMINGBIRD FINE CRAFT
MANGO'S CUBAN CAFE
Read below about some of our memorable collaborations!
A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON SPECIAL SCREENING
Hosted by Rodeo Cinema, The Church Studio team was invited to participate in the “The Church Studio: Shelter of Space and Time” panel. The discussion featured our president Teresa Knox, co-owner Ivan Acosta and Amber Acosta our Archivist/Researcher. Items from the Church Studio Archive were also featured at the screening.
A first for the books! In partnership with Mary and Jamie Oldaker, The Church Studio co-hosted and produced its very first festival at Studio Row. Benefiting The Church Studio Music Foundation and Tulsa Day Center, the festival featured a plethora of musical talent with Ann Bell and The Gospel Hour headlining.
LEON RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS BOOK SINGING EXPERIENCE
Presented by The Church Studio Music Foundation and hosted at the historic Harwelden Mansion, this unique book signing experience featured the team behind "Leon Russell, In His Own Words;" Steve Todoroff and John Wooley. Beautiful piano music provided by Spencer Sutton.
For the 4th year in a row, The Church Studio has been part of this incredible event put on by local non-profit record label, Horton Records. Together, 120 coats were collected for Youth Services of Tulsa and 380 food items or 258 lbs of food for Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. We love engaging with our music community! Oh, and the team met Tommy Tutone too!
Education is at the heart of our 501c3 nonprofit, the Church Studio Music Foundation. This year we hosted three interns. Haley from Oral Roberts University, Sadie from Oklahoma State University and Bailey from the University of Arkansas. All were a delight and added much value to our programming. We also collaborated with various educational groups, industry leaders, media, and visitors through our tour program.