Little Room Recordings was founded during the spring of 1993. The company was first based in Earlham Street, Covent Garden London WC2, a street filled with musical history. The office and first recording studio was in a little flat just around the corner from where Pink Floyd founder member and guitarist Syd Barrett used to live, and down the street from Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. The Donmar Warehouse theatre was just across the cobbled road, and Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Frith Street, and The Marquee in Wardour Street a few minutes walk away across Cambridge Circus on the Charing Cross Road. Holly Coward, an American singer working in London, assisted with administration and worked from a small office in her flat off the Portobello Road, Notting Hill. She also sang backing vocals on the first release.
Little Room Recordings is an independent record label, and was initially established to release the first album by Andy Piercy and David Clifton. This recording was a ground-breaking project of its time, especially in the realms of sacred and spiritual music. The album was also unique in its presentation, artwork and vision, with specific hand-made papers being required for the booklet. Each booklet was individually finger-printed to make every CD package unique. It was thus more suited to independent manufacture, and after much deliberation, the name ‘little room’ was chosen to reflect the nature of the little studio recording location and the company’s tiny office under the stairs. As this initial release grew in popularity, licensing and distribution deals were negotiated to meet demand. This first release (Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow) eventually went on to sell over 7,500 copies. (This recording and the second album release are both available on iTunes, as well as being available here from the little room site)
The second little room release was ‘Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs’ in 1996, another sacred and spiritual album by Andy Piercy and David Clifton, which matched the first release in popularity and sales. Julia Fordham makes a guest appearance on the track ‘My Beloved One’, and Hammond B3/songwriter/guitarist Phil Madeira (who plays for Emmy Lou Harris & Buddy Miller) plays organ on ‘We Worship And Adore You’. These and subsequent projects put little room on the map as an independent label known for releasing high quality and thoughtfully produced recordings; the distinctive artwork soon became a feature of the label’s releases. It soon became necessary to form a music publishing division of the company, and this was founded in 1994.
The vision for the label was expanded at the turn of the century with the release of the Celtic double CD compilation ‘I Am the Great Sun’ with further licensing agreements, productions and commissions increasing the scope of the label. This was followed by a project for a Dutch music group, and then the release of the IKOS Christmas Carols and Songs album, featuring Peterborough Cathedral choir and guest vocals from Canadian artist Jane Siberry. David Clifton’s Seeds Of Hope And Love album was the next release, and subsequent projects followed with the development of the download site and music library.
Biographical information for each Little Room Recordings artist, their contact details and links can be found by clicking on the artist’s name or making a selection from the ‘Artists’ or ‘Genre’ tabs, where you will find all their currently available downloads and CD’s.
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Proper Music Distribution Ltd
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