Nestled in open, upscale residential area of Gallatin, north of Nashville, just a skip and a hop from Old Hickory Lake, Karian Studios
is the love child of Karen
and Ian D'Souza.
Karen, who serves as Karian's general manager, says their goal was "to give back a little bit to the musicians of the world."
After traveling to studios all over the world, the couple had a clear vision of a facility that merged technology and comfort, as Karen
says, to "give them a taste of the resort studio.
says that they looked into building in more commercial areas, "but you just didn't have the resort feel, you stepped out on to the sidewalk and saw cars passing you by and people there."
The Gallatin airport supports private aircraft, including the D'Souza's, who remind that you can get from New York City to Gallatin in a time comparable to a New York commute (or even a cross-Nashville rush-hour trek).
"People can fly in," she
While Jones was inquiring about the studio, Karen
says, "Once he found out that Chris, who had worked for him for so many years and had great set of ears, had designed the room, that just helped close the deal."
"First out of the box" is singer Ella, whose first project, Karen
says, in its first four weeks, reached #1 as the most downloaded pop album.