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Music industry in Shoals thriving once again

Rodney Hall said the area's music industry is better than ever. (Source: WAFF) Rodney Hall said the area's music industry is better than ever. (Source: WAFF)
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

Restoring the Muscle Shoals Sound. The music industry in the Shoals is thriving once again, and they're laying the groundwork for an even brighter future.

Director of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation Rodney Hall said the area's music industry is better than ever and they're still getting a lot of attention since the release of the Muscle Shoals Documentary.

In summer 2013, the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation purchased the historic recording studio known as 3614 Jackson Highway. They've since opened its doors for locals and visitors to look inside. Since then, Beats Electronics has invested in the site and plan on restoring the studio to help preserve its legacy. Hall said they expect work on the building to begin later this year.

“They're keeping us and the Swampers very involved in the process, and they don't want to change the vibe or the feel or the sound of the room,” said Hall. “it's a 70-year-old building, so they're really propping it up in a major way. They're going to add on some, but it's not going to be to the front or to the side, it'll be on the back.”

The iconic FAME studios in Muscle Shoals is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring artists to prove they have what it takes to be the next big star.

"We are hoping to find the next Aretha Franklin or the next Carrie Underwood,” said Rodney Hall.

They named it "the call," FAME Studios is opening their doors to aspiring artists looking to break in to the music business.

"It is an open audition for up and coming talent who wants to get some feedback from some music veterans that know what they’re talking about,” said Hall.

For $200, artists will perform in front of a panel taking with them a video and audio recording of their performance as well as advice from some of the best in the industry.

"Just give them a critique and you know somewhat of a roadmap as to where to go. We're not going to be the Simon Cowells of world, we're not here to downgrade anybody, it’s really about positive reinforcement,” continued Hall.

This isn't the first time FAME has held sessions similar to this. During their last go round artists like Gary Nichols and Jason Isbell were discovered.

"We found that if people don't have the opportunity to be heard than a lot of people just want to bother,” said Hall.

After expenses the money will then go support the muscle shoals music foundation. Click here for more information on how you can audition. The first session is Saturday and there are still spots available.

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