What people are saying

“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

“I feel so fortunate to have found RAD. In an industry and a city where you’re constantly being told to compromise who you are for success, compete with everyone around you, and generally be strung along by everyone who “knows” so-and-so, it was refreshing to come across a group where growth and development are actually valued and in which an environment to foster those values are instituted. I am beyond grateful for the support I have received from RAD these past two years as I have grown and continue to grow as a songwriter and artist and as I have begun moving into a career of engineering and producing. Being a part of RAD always reminds of why I went into this field and moved to NYC in the first place. It’s about creation, connection, and the music.”

Katie Louchheim , New York City

“I LOVE singing onstage! In the recording studio, not so much. It’s a different animal: A beast, that for me was hard to tame. Then I took the RAD recording workshop and that beast turned from a lion to a lamb! Working with Phil and the supportive environment he, Luanne, Keter and the workshop participants created allowed me to have as much fun in the studio as I do onstage. Now I’m recording my original songs with ease and comfort and thoroughly enjoying myself one take at a time! I highly recommend the RAD workshops!!”

Derek Hood , New York City

“As a singer-songwriter, poet, actor and piano player, I have been performing in the NY Metropolitan area for the past 25 years. I am very happy to have been a part of Recording Artists Development under the very able hands of Philip Carroll as producer, musician AND engineer. I have benefited immensely from the bi-weekly group feedback meetings, and from the different industry professionals who sat in and gave excellent advice. I am pleased and give big thanks to Luanne Surace and Keter Braun for their direction and dedication to this excellent and affordable process. I am happy to be self-producing a CD of five songs produced by RAD and Phil Carroll, and with added previous material. I am also showcasing original songs in a solo act, as well as with Michael Aiello, another RAD songwriter recording artist. And I am happy to have signed with two licensing companies to be able to place myself and my songs in the commercial arena.”

Braxton Hicks , New York City

“I really enjoyed the development process of working with RAD. My song got the attention it needed and working within a community of songwriters was educational and fun. I always looked forward to my studio time with producer Phil Carroll and we incorporated a lot of input from our industry guests into the song. As a result, we expanded and gave full expression to my song, Balloon. And it was selected as a regional finalist in the 2014 NewSong Contest, so I know we did something right.”

Erel Pilo , New York City

“RAD has been an opportunity for me to record the original music I want to do and has been one of the greatest learning experiences in my life. I’ve grown so much from this group. The support and love has been a blessing. Thank you!”

Matthew Parker , New York City

“I really have enjoyed and have grown from the process of RAD. It’s amazing to take the basic structure of music and lyrics and bring it to so many new places. Phil is very supportive and continues to challenge you to find your voice and sound as an artist. Building the song from the ground up, you are able to create something very original and to present the song in it’s most appropriate style. I am always thrilled with the end result and am building my sound with each song. Many thanks to everyone at RAD.”

Leslie Diamond , New York City

“Through working with RAD, I have been given an opportunity to fulfill my lifelong goal of being a professional songwriter. After completing a song with RAD, a Sony VP loved it, and wants to shop me to publishers. I recommend RAD to any songwriter who is serious about making it in the business.”

Cristina Calderaro , New York City

“Working with RAD has been a great experience for myself and my musical partner, Curtis Becraft. Not only were we able to record my song “Fallin’” on a reasonable budget, but thanks to RAD’s connections we may also have the song placed with another recording artist. Thanks, RAD!”

Carla Lynne Hall and Curtis Becraft , New York City

“Thank you so much for welcoming me into the RAD group! It was truly a wonderful experience. It was great to have been part of the process of seeing how even the simplest ideas can be developed into a fully executed and marketable, finished product. And for me it was extra rewarding since I’ve been wanting to produce my bilingual illustrated songbook for over 10 years, and I finally got the courage to go for it. Thank you for encouraging me along the process, to dare to explore and try new things, and for making the process of creating such a fun experience. Phil is an absolutely brilliant composer/arranger/musician and I would definitely recommend for any songwriter to have the RAD experience. The featured industry guests were also great and brought a lot of value to the critique and development of the work, and being in a safe environment with the other RAD members made it easy to be vulnerable and open. I look forward to keep working with RAD in up-coming Sessions. By the way, I’m loving my recording! I can’t listen to it without getting goose bumps. Again, thank you for this experience and for helping me grow as a songwriter along the way.”

Jean-Marc Berne , New York City