what a year! 2011 in a nutshell

Posted on 22 Dec 2011

At a time when lists are a plenty, it's only fitting that we took the opportunity to reflect on 2011 and note our highlights from the year. There are no winners or losers, only great moments for our songwriters, artists and staff. 

In no particular order, here’s a snippet to only a few of the highlights of 2011......

Our new LOGO & WEBSITE were launched.  The Alberts logo, inspired by the 1950’s ‘The House of the Hits’ logo, was chosen and we officially started to call ourselves ‘Alberts’. By mid-year our revamped logo found its home on the front wall at HQ Neutral Bay.


We welcomed new songwriters. Local songwriters Roscoe James Irwin, Harmony James (first female country songwriter), Paulini Curuenavuli, John Brewster, Lee Groves, Dave Butterworth, Chloe Tully and 4 piece San Cisco with internationals Cosmo Jarvis, Gemma Ray, David Guetta and Fred Reisterer joined Alberts ever growing collective of marvellous talent.


Our Creative Department expanded with international and local consultants. Joining Philip Mortlock and Michael Szumowski in 2011, were international consultants, LA based Molly Kaye (US - ex Dreamworks Music Publishing) and London based Angus Blair (UK/Europe - ex Chrysalis and Island Records UK) and Sydney based David Rowley (ex Air Chrysalis in Stockholm). In addition, Troy Barrott came onboard as a local consultant lending his skills and expertise, to what is already a proactive department. 

Gemma Ray recorded her forthcoming album at Alberts. It’s great seeing our international songwriters are using our studios when they visit Australia. UK Songwriter Gemma Ray recorded her entire album in Studio 1 with our Head of Artist Development, Michael Szumowski when she was held up in Sydney in 2010 due to the Icelandic volcanic eruption. Gemma returned to Berlin but continued to work with Michael (based in Sydney) through the use of Skype video calls and they completed  mixing “Island Fire” album this year. Her album will be released Feb 2012.


AC/DC Live at River Plate DVD debuted  #1 on the ARIA DVD Chart where it remained for countless weeks. The DVD went on to win ARIA Best Music DVD of 2011. Congrats again AC/DC!!!


Rooftop Gatherings – From Knievel launching our first ever rooftop performance, to Seabellies who played in the rain, to Roscoe James Irwin who performed to the best ever sunset backdrop, to our first international songwriter Cosmo Jarvis thrilling the crowd, our monthly Rooftop performances are fast becoming a great place to be for some of the best live music and well cooked snags.


It was a great year for Megan Washington with US TV show. Holy Moses was chosen for a Greys Anatomy episode (still to air in Australia), she recorded a version of The Doors ‘Riders on the Storm’ for  Boardwalk Empire Season 2 finale (still to air in Australia) and ‘Beautiful Trash’ LANU feat. Washington was licensed to Chase Sapphire for their commercial. 


Flash And The Pan (Vanda & Young) made a comeback with their original “Walking In the Rain” licensed to Peugeot 308 world-wide for a very cool, slick and sexy commercial.  Thanks to our very good friends and sub-publishers French Fried Music, this one is tre bien!


The rain came but it didn’t stop us hosting the Sounds Of The Street Xmas party at Alberts studio instead of the usual spot Bronte beach. Each year staff at Alberts work closely with one of our charities, Mission Australia and their Creative Youth Initiatives programme. In particular we help students record and produce their SOTS Annual album (out Feb 2012) and celebrate the years achievement with an end of year BBQ with the staff and youth from CYI. 

The Alberts studio was at full capacity in 2011 with songwriters writing in the Writing Studio’s and bands recording in the Live Studio. Our “was here” wall is fast filling up with likes of Knievel, Dappled Cities, Hungry Kids of Hungry, Woe & Flutter, Gemma Ray, The Cairos, Old Man River and The Angels (to name only but a few) who spent days in the studio.


NOW THIS WAS A HIGHLIGHT AND LOADS OF FUN!  Alberts re-recording one of Australia’s Rock classics with Alberts group The Angels…Whilst recording their forthcoming album at Alberts we were given the greatest opportunity of re-recording “Am I Ever Gonna See your Face Again” with the band.  John (Brewster) gave us the green light to sing the chorus the ‘unconventional way’, and there was no stopping us belting out this classic! I’ll let you decide if we sang in tune or not. … Thanks again Angels, we’ll never forget it!


We heart FBi Social.  FBi Social was launched this year and we were right there with them. This brilliant venue got a reno, and has now become one of Sydney’s best spots for local artists to perform. Thumbs up to FBi for the new initiative FBi’s Lunchbreak Sessions presented by Alberts which kicked off this month and will continue throughout 2012.


As a major sponsor of Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition a highlight of the year was the amount raised for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia through this wonderful bi-annual songwriting competition. Kudos goes to songwriter Kimbra Johnson who was chosen as the Winner for 2011 for her song Cameo Lover.  Voted by the 18 member panel was Catherine Brit for Sweet Emmylou (2nd place) and Wally DeBacker  for Somebody That I Use to Know (3rd place)


A highlight for Alberts songwriter Paulini Curuenavuli, was meeting Susan Sarandon in Shanghai where she performed at a Table Tennis competition in China. Who would have thought that Susan and Paulini would strike up a friendship over their common interest of Ping Pong.  Paulini’s performance was such a success that Susan has since invited Paulini to perform at her club, Susan’s SPIN Club in NYC next year. 


We got behind Alberts songwriter Old Man River (aka Ohad Rein) 1000 Cranes for Japan initiative to deliver origami cranes to a country torn by the devasting Tsunami which hit earlier in the year. Congratulations Ohad and your fans for achieving this incredible goal!


We couldn’t leave out our day out at Jambaroo where we hit the racing track. I’m still not sure if this was about team building, as the competition was fierce on the track, but it was definitely a great day where we all put the pedal to the metal … some faster than others. 



                                                                        So that's 2011 in a nutshell.

            From everyone here at Alberts we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a fabulous 2012!!!

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