Multi-platinum recording artist David Gray has announced the sale of The Church Studios in Crouch Hill, London to influential British producer Paul Epworth. The studios, a converted church, was bought by Gray in 2004 from Eurthymics musician Dave Stewart, with Gray subsequently recording his three studio albums - Life In Slow Motion, Draw The Line and Foundling - there.
David Gray said, "I'm delighted to be handing on this wonderful building in the knowledge that it will remain a vital part of London's ongoing music heritage. I am just putting the finishing touches to what will be the fourth studio album I have recorded at The Church and it remains a very inspiring place. I bought the studios as my own personal recording space and at one stage - with the problems in the wider music business - it looked like the chance of selling it on as a working studio were close to zero. I know Paul has lots of ideas and I wish him and the studio the very best.”
Paul Epworth commented, "David approached me as a last call to see if he could keep the building as a studio rather than let it go to residential. I was equally as keen to keep a piece of London recording history running and we finally completed the exchange at the start of October. It's a fantastic place and I intend to refurbish the studio to make it a viable commercial business. I hope we can keep it as a recording studio for the next 10-20 years with a bit of luck.”
The Church Studios first became a recording space in the 1980's when purchased by Dave Stewart. Since then it has attracted a vast array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine.
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