Whilst over a NAMM 2015 earlier this year, James Ivey took a detour over to Las Vegas to have a chat with Zoe Thrall who has be in charge of the iconic Studio At The Palms since it opened in 2005. Listen to this Podcast Extra Interview as Zoe shares some insights from her time at Palms.
Zoe Thrall has always had an unyielding passion for music even as a youth and she has never looked back. Before the Studio at the Palms opened, big-name recording artists rarely came to Las Vegas to work. Then owner of the Palms, George Maloof, persuaded Zoe Thrall, who once managed big New York studios like The Power Station and The Hit Factory, to come to Vegas and oversee the studio to ensure that it would be a successful business rather than a pet project and the rest as they say is history.
The studio has hosted some of the most influential recording artists of all time, including Rihanna, Celine Dion, Will.i.am, The Killers, Katy Perry, Eminem, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, LMFAO, Mariah Carey, and Maroon 5. Lady Gaga recorded her number-one hit “Born This Way” there, and Usher recorded songs from Raymond v. Raymond, which won the 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. And last but not least: Michael Jackson’s final single, “Hold My Hand,” featuring Akon.