About Michael

Founded Thread Audio with producer David McConnell in 2011 in Raleigh, NC after we relocated from Los Angeles, CA.

The Shredder Sessions



thread recently recorded David Colagiovanni’s “The Shredder Sessions” at Lump Gallery.

The Shredder Sessions is a project that artist David Colagiovanni presented at LUMP with support from SiteWorkNC and Hopscotch Music Festival. During the annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC he had musicians from the Hopscotch Festival line-up participate in improvisational recordings session on an orchestral kinetic sound sculpture. Audio/video recording was done on site by Thread Audio and photos were taken by Soleil Konkel. An art review by Kellie Bornhoft in Burnaway is available at: The Sound of Shredders: David Colagiovanni in Raleigh

“All Things New” CD Release


thread is pleased to announce the release of Crossroads Fellowship’s CD “All Things New”

We had the honor to master the 11-song CD by Raleigh’s own Crossroads Fellowship Worship. The CD features over 10 of Crossroads’ musicians with a collection of original, yet familiar, worship songs.

“It is our desire to see people connect to God through music, and we hope that this project will help all of us do that. May our experiences with God continue to shape us so that together we can impact and change the world around us.” – Crossroads Fellowship

The CD is available for purchase at Crossroads for $10.

For more information, go to http://www.crossroads.org/worship-cd or call Crossroads @ 919-981-0222

2771 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27604

Local Band Local Beer @ Tír na nÓg



thread audio is a proud sponsor of musicSPARK and SPARKcon 2014. To support our local music community, one lucky local band will receive a 5-Hour Recording Session.

When Thu, August 21, 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Where Tír na nÓg Irish Pub, 218 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC, United States (map)
Description Raffling off studio recording time while drinking local beer and listening to local bands

Get The Feeds

Let’s hear it for catchy love songs kicked in the butt by loud amps. Enter: The Feeds.

The Feeds have recorded some killer tracks at thread and are playing live shows to support their new music. Their 5 song EP “GET THE FEEDS” includes the songs:

Breathe Valentine
For a Little While
Stepping Out

“The Feeds are a North Carolina trio delivering terrific melodies and chunky riffs that tip their collective hat to the full lineage of power-pop, from the Raspberries to Cheap Trick to Bob Mould’s Sugar.

Will Marley plays guitar and sings, Greg Clayton plays drums and Paul Walz plays bass.

Marley and Clayton previously played in Lustre, which was fortunate enough to release a woefully underappreciated album on A&M Records (well, at least Playboy magazine got it…) before succumbing to the great music industry implosion at the end of the last century. For The Feeds, the duo has hooked up with bassist Walz, and pick up directly where Lustre left off, dialing back the distortion a tad but still piling on the hum-inducing hooks and muscular Marshall tones that made them such a winner in the first place.”  — Kathleen Johnson

To check out all of what The Feeds are up to, go to their website:

Matty Begs Release Their Latest CD Recorded @ Thread

thread is pleased to announce the completion of Matty Begs’ latest EP “Come Along”, recorded, mixed and mastered by David McConnell. It features the title track Come Along, as well as the songs The Bones Are There, Superstar, and Heartbreaker. The band played to a packed house at Pup’s in Wilson, NC Saturday May 17th for their record release party.

Matty Begs’ is

  • Matty Russo – Vocals
  • Bo Faulkner – Electric Guitar
  • Matthew Bergenn – Bass
  • David Hathaway – Keyboard
  • Ellis Ramey – Drums

This is the band’s second EP produced in our studio.

To listen to all 8 songs recorded at Thread Audio, go to:

To check out where to purchase their CD, as well as upcoming shows go to www.mattybegs.com

Jenni Grout Amazes the Arab Music World!

On December 3, 2013 the New York Times published an article on the front page of the Arts section titled “Surprising New Face in Arab Music”. The article had a large image of a young American woman smiling and below the article started off like this- “The Arab world has an unlikely new star: an American who sings — but barely speaks — Arabic. Not only that, her genre is traditional Arab music.”

Just a few months earlier that same young woman was recording her first studio single with us here at Thread. Her name is Jenni Grout and little did we know that she would soon fly half way across the world to become one of the biggest stars in Arab music. The cool thing is that she did it by playing authentic Arab music without the influence of western pop music production. That fact was also very ironic because the stage on which she became famous was filled with native Arabic musicians who were emulating western pop music.

Jenni Grout who is classically trained found her true voice in Arabic music after travelling through Europe and Northern Africa. She returned to America with her oud (an Arabic version of the Lute) and completed two tracks with David McConnell before she flew to Beirut to perform on “Arab’s Got Talent” (the biggest “American Idol” type show in all of the Arabic speaking world). Not only did she make it to the first round but Jenni also went on to win the second and third rounds before finishing as a finalist in grand fashion in that shows season finale.

Critics were hard on her at first because she doesn’t speak Arabic (only sings it) but soon everyone was won over by her passion and beautiful voice. Soon they were referring to her as the best ambassador America could have sent.

There are many articles online about Jenni Grout but here is a link to the New York Times article which was the first to cover her story-



The Style and Sound of Emma Livingston

Emma Livingston is the youngest recording artist to work at Thread to date but she is an inspiring and very talented 13-year-old singer songwriter who also happens to be the best beat boxer we have ever heard!

We will be working with Emma over the next couple of years to produce her first album, which promises to be as vibrant and dynamic as she is. Although she could be the next pop sensation, her album will have the depth and diversity of a timeless songsmith in an age of young one hit wonders.

As a veteran of Girls Rock NC Emma has performed in bands on multiple instruments. As a solo artist she has played to large crowds in venues that most adults can’t get a gig at. And although her music isn’t even out yet she has already been featured on NPR! (listen here to get a glimpse of a future star! http://wunc.org/post/breaking-rock-musics-boys-club )