Fun and affordable gift idea from Mary C. O'Keefe

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Jones sisters have been singing for years.  But now they are taking their talent a step further. Combined with their brother's piano skills, they are making a Christmas CD, with their own version of "Holly Jolly Christmas," for their mother.

"My family are all pretty musical, and I thought it would be a nice surprise for my wife for Christmas," said their father, Stephen Jones.

10-year-old Sara Jones especially enjoyed recording the track.

"Well it's gonna be like really cool 'cuz we're gonna be like in the car, and we're gonna be like there's nothing good on FM radio. And we'll [turn on our CD]," Sara said.

The session cost 25 dollars at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center's new recording studio. It's giving local artists a chance to show off their talent and helping amatures learn something new.

"You have the ability now to record. You can bring your whole band in," said Chris Calvit, the studio technician. "Or if you just want to sing to a couple of tracks, you can do that. You can come on in, and we'll set you up."

Calvit thinks the new state of the art facility will not only be a fun and educational addition to the center, but it will also help local musicians promote their work.

"This is going to be great," Calvit said.  "Because there's going to be so much music being able to now be heard from the Gulf Coast."

It's a quick way to get a professional quality music track, which is important for any new musician trying to hit it big.

"You can come in here in a couple hours and have a full production CD," said Calvit.  "You know in your hand and walk out with a CD."

For families like the Joneses, the keepsakes they create at the studio will last a lifetime.

"Obviously they're going to grow up, and they can go back and listen to themselves singing when they were younger," Jones said about his children.  "And I'm sure that my wife's going to be very happy."

The studio will begin holding classes after the holidays. Anyone interested in scheduling a recording session should hurry.

"Get in here quick and get booked because we're gonna be booked up," Calvit said.

Call the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center at 228-818-2878 for more details.