According to Bill Zabit, president and founder of Zabit Records and Sonoma Mountain Entertainment, "We're seeking other corporations to step up to the plate in order to increase the pledge per record sold."
And the way she
aggressively attacks her
guitarâ€¦she-plays-like-a-guy", says Bill Zabit
, "and, for sure, she
has a very aggressive, competitive nature."
Melanie states, "A man named Bill Zabit
, from Zabit Records
, heard me sing at a show in New York, way out in the Hamptons at this classic little club, The Stephen Talkhouse, where every single person I ever dreamed of meeting was pictured on the wall.Bill
pulled me aside after my set and said, â€˜I have a studio out in Sonoma County, California, and I'd like to record you.' I was a little sassy, and replied, â€˜Well, who in California doesn't have a studio, Bill?'" Bill Zabit
, a very successful businessman, who had sold his
business for a staggering amount of money in late 1998, spent almost six years building a state-of-the-art recording studio and his
recording label/entertainment production company in Northern California.Bill founded Zabit Records and Sonoma Mountain Entertainment with his business partner Scott Church on the principals of a bygone era of the record industry, where labels would discover and develop talent before the release of the first record, as well as through their entire recording career, including recording the artist in the label's own recording studio.
...Melanie began to record songs on just her acoustic guitar, working with producer/engineer, Scott Church, along with Bill Zabit.
I was right, I'm sure, in that there are many studios, all over the world, that are very beautiful, but it was the relationship that I almost instantly formed between these two men, Bill Zabit
and Scott Church, that had me enchanted by Sonoma Mountain Studio Estate and the ability to create and record there."
As the recording of Melanie's songs was proceeding, through professional connections, Zabit
, by chance, met the legendary David Kershenbaum, who has produced such notable artists as Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson, Duran Duran, The Jacksons and Tori Amos .