Testimonials

What people are saying

“Working with RAD, and Phil Carroll has been a dream come true. Never have I worked with a producer who so thoroughly understood me as an artist, and who had the talent to produce my music the way I hear it in my own head. Phil Carroll is a world class talent. He truly can play and produce any style of music ranging from Rock to Pop to Dance to Jazz to Broadway to Gospel and back again. I have never seen anything like it! His musicianship, timing and creativity is impeccable!

 

RAD is an emotionally supportive, encouraging organization. RAD provides recording services at such a reasonable price that I suggest any recording artist of any age or genre to check them out.”

Rev. Yolanda , Brooklyn, New York

“Two years ago, I moved to New York without depending on family members already established in the industry, and without a blueprint for creating an album from scratch. Fast forward to tonight, I had my first listening showcase party! Thank you Phil, Luanne, the entire RAD team for your wisdom, compassion, encouragement, and unselfish collaboration!”

Brittaney Delsarte Chatman , Brooklyn, New York

“As someone who’s never set foot in a recording studio of any kind, I was blown away by how much the RAD community and Phil made me feel confident, seen, and taken care of. My fellow artists in the Fresh Tracks workshop were incredible and so supportive. Phil not only believed in my project (5 original cabaret style parodies), but encouraged me and helped me to go even further than I had imagined I could go with the material and the music. I walked away from the workshop with 5 high quality tracks to use as I book venues for my new cabaret show, as well as connections with other emerging and established artists. It was a truly wonderful and enjoyable learning experience.”

Taylor Beyer , New York City

“I have had an amazing experience working with RAD. I recorded 4 songs with Phil over 2 sessions and have been ecstatic with the outcome. These songs have helped me create a full demo which has booked me professional work over the past few months. The support and feedback I got from Phil, Luanne and the rest of the workshop crew throughout the whole process was wonderful and I can’t wait to come back to complete my album with RAD. I thoroughly recommend RAD to any aspiring or established singer who wants to create a professional quality recording either for the industry or just for fun. RAD will help you achieve your goals, no matter what they are.”

Hannah Harding , New York City

“If someone asked me to name two of my very favorite things to do, I would definitely say they are singing and songwriting. That’s because performing my original songs enables me to express my inner feelings and emotions. However, due to the fact that I don’t play an instrument, I was unable to give life to my music. That is until the day I met Phillip Carroll and began recording my music at RAD. To say that the encounter was transformative is not an overstatement, because it finally allowed me to collaborate with someone who intuitively understood my sentiments, and had the talent to make my musical aspirations a reality. Working with Phil was quite unique, because he instinctively discovered the full potential in each of my songs. While his outstanding musical orchestrations and expert piano accompaniment gave new meaning to my work, his valuable advice regarding vocal technique assisted in making me a better singer.

 

There is one other person I would like to acknowledge and that’s Luanne Surace, an integral part of the RAD experience. From assisting artists with helpful feedback, to her tireless efforts behind the scenes locating music venues where we may perform, Luanne has always been an unflagging advocate for all members of the RAD family. And that’s because she not only represents RAD, but also is herself a talented artist who has recorded her own CD’s with the organization.

 

I am very grateful to Phil and Luanne, as well as all the participants of RAD, whose expertise and excellence have enriched the lives of aspiring artists such as myself. And I can most sincerely state that recording with them was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.”

Maria Martir , New York City

“Thank you RAD for such a wonderful experience this past summer (2016). My final songs are a representation of a spiritual awakening. Phil Carroll is a gifted producer/composer/arranger & musician – but most of all he is a visionary with the ability to listen with his heart and appreciate your perspective.

The entire RAD process is a success. Beginning with the affordable price and Luanne Surace direction and management to the pricing process. The pre-production, group sessions and follow-up meetings are held regularly throughout the session. RAD participants are talented and nurturing – providing comments that are strong and direct. If you miss something, they let you know. All the while, encouraging you to use your voice in your music to tell your best story.
Industry guest speaker provided us with guidance on making our songs stronger and unique.

I highly recommend RAD to anyone seriously committed to having a high quality production of their work. I’m looking forward to continuing in the upcoming fall session.”

Katherine Dickson , New York City

“I feel so thankful for the opportunity to work with Recording Artists Development. RAD provides an incredible platform for recording artists at all levels along with mentorship, opportunity and a superb process. Phil Carroll’s expert and talented musicianship helps to bring out the best in each artist, always setting a new stage for their continued growth, while honoring their vision. I highly recommend RAD!”

Carmen Carreño , New York City

“RAD has been very instrumental in the development of my song writing skills. Both Luanne and Phil helped me understand the process from the first chords of a song to a finished album. I can’t thank them enough for their wisdom and unselfish approach. Thank you both!”

Darren Glick , New York City

“Working with RAD has been a truly wonderful experience. I have recorded about three times before, but working with Phil was one of the most organized recording experiences I have ever had. I really appreciated the fact that he gave us deadlines and set times in order to get the work done. I also loved the collaborative process and idea exchange between Phil and myself. I am really impressed with Phil Carroll’s creativity, musicianship, and overall professionalism. I also appreciated the group meetings that we attended as part of the RAD workshop. It was great to hear other musicians and their work- Listening to singers and musicians from all different genres really inspired and motivated me! I also really enjoyed giving and receiving feedback, especially from such an esteemed group. I truly felt as if each person in the RAD workshop had a constructive opinion and vision that helped me better develop as an artist, singer, and musician. Overall, I am really pleased with my RAD experience and plan to participate in the future!”

Charley Young , New York City

“Working with Recording Artist Development was one of the greatest creative experiences I’ve ever had. I don’t play an instrument but I’ve always written melodies and lyrics. Naturally I was nervous to actually record, but after speaking to Luanne and feeling the passion she brought to RAD, I was ready to move forward. When I had my phone consultation with Phil, I felt completely at ease and started to get excited. I knew I was talking to a producer who could help me create the song I was dreaming about. Our first session was magic. Phil understood what I needed and figured out the corresponding chords with ease. The night he played my song at the first group meeting, the other artists were positive and kind. It was amazing to hear feedback from other creative people and give them feedback, too. To work with individuals who are making music was incredibly rewarding, exciting and inspiring. I also made a whole new group of friends. If you have a song in your heart, RAD can help you bring it to life.”

Lawrence Daly , New York City
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