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SMV and GAROU go double platinum again!

Only a year after releasing their double platinum album “Rhythm And Blues” , SMV and Garou have recorded and released the follow up album “Au Milieu De Ma Vie” (recorded and mixed at the Sanctuary Studio), which promptly received another double platinum accolade in France.

The latest single “Du Vent Des Mots” (a duet with upcoming Canadien vocalist Charlotte Cardin) was just released in Mainland Europe.

See the video here.

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GAROU – Au Millieu De Ma Vie OUT 18TH NOVEMBER

After the double platinum success of Garou’s previous album “Rhythm and blues” ( which was also recorded and produced at the Sanctuary by SMV), the team have just finished working on a whole new collection of tracks for his 8th Studio album. Released on November the 18th, The album will feature all original material.

The first single video “Avancer” is avaliable to stream here.

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Anoushka Shankar / Circle Of Sound

Whilst recording a track for their new album, Circle of Sound (Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger) brought in very special guest, Anoushka Shankar to feature on the recording.

As one of the worlds most accomplished and well known Sitar players, her playing with Circle of Sound sounded quite something. Another very enjoyable session at the Sanctuary.


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Garou 2013 Album

After the double platinum success of Garou’s previous album “Rhythm and blues” ( which was also recorded and produced at the Sanctuary by SMV), the team are back together working on a whole new collection of tracks for his 8th Studio album.



Today huge new talent John Newman came into the sanctuary to write with SMV on some fresh material. Newly signed to Island records, John is a Yorkshire lad with a big soul voice.

He is currently best known as being a featured artist for Rudimental’s number one single “Feel the Love” and top 20 single “Not Giving In”.

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Straight in at NUMBER TWO

Garou - Straight in at Number Two

We are very pleased to announce that our most recent album project ( ” Rhythm and Blues” by Garou), was released in France last week and has gone straight to Number 2 in its opening week.

The record has already earned its  “Gold” status and is continuing to do really well .

Produced and recorded at the Sanctuary Studio by SMV ( Eric Appapoulay , David McEwan and Cassell The Beatmaker).

The video on the first single is available to stream HERE .

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French-Canadian singer Garou is currently in the studio recording his 7th Studio album with the SMV team.

The rhythm & blues album features covers and reinterpretations from both English and French speaking artists from the past and is coming on to be an exciting album with a very big sound.

Garou has just finished his role in May as one of the 4 judges on “The Voice” in France and premiered one track from the album, live on the final show.


Recording strings and brass for the album at RAK and organ at the Sanctuary.




The SMV team have been working with the great ELLIS HALL in The Sanctuary  on material for a new album.

He is considered by many to be the protégé of Ray Charles.

As well as being one of the best singers in the business , he is also a complete multi-instrumentalist capable of blowing anyone away, on or off stage.


Plan B wins 3 Ivors


Another 3 gongs to the collection for Ben Drew (Plan B) and also this time one for our very own Eric Appapoulay.
Plan B performed a Hat trick and took home 3 Ivors for…

– Most Performed Work / She Said – Awarded to Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell ,Tom Wright-Goss, Ben Drew
– Best Album / The Defamation of Strickland Banks
– Songwriter of the Year – Ben Drew (Plan B)

The Ivors are internationally respected for honouring excellence in British music writing.They are judged
and presented by the writing community and for over 50 years have been given annually to outstanding
composers and song writers.

MPG 2011 Single of the Year

The Music Producers Guild of UK awarded Ben Drew (Plan B),Eric Appapoulay and David McEwan the UK Single of the Year for Plan Bs “She Said”.

The single from the album “The Defamation of Strickland Banks “was recorded and mixed here at the Sanctuary recording studio and Produced by Ben Drew,Eric Appapoulay and David McEwan.

The Sanctuary Recording studio would like to thank the Music Producers Guild for the award and also the sponsor PMC monitors.

“She Said”: Written, Produced and Recorded by Ben Drew and SMV at The Sanctuary.

Plan B goes Platinum

Great News, Plan B goes triple platinum. David McEwan and Eric Appapoulay of SMV hold their very own Platinum Discs for their work on Plan Bs “The Defamation Of Strickland Banks” .

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SOUND ON SOUND visit the Sanctuary


Our favourite magazine Sound on Sound came to visit us here at The Sanctuary recording Studio to do a story on the production of Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks.To see the whole article click HERE

Thank you to Sam Inglis and Richard Ecclestone from SOS.