Thursday, August 2, 2007
YA MOMZ HOUSE RECEIVES 2007 MID-ATLANTIC EMMY NOMINATION
Emmai Alaquiva from Ya Momz House, a full-service recording studio located in Pittsburgh ’s East Liberty section, received a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nomination. The nomination is for music composition and arrangement for the production of several soundtracks including “In Country: A Vietnam Story”, “Jim Crow Pennsylvania”, and “From Pennsylvania’s Dutch Kitchens”.
The nomination comes as great recognition for a long road of hard work and commitment. Alaquiva, Owner and Director of Creative Services, opened the doors to Ya Momz House, then a 300 sq. ft. studio, in 2001 after being homeless for two years while working as a doorman at the Shadow Lounge and as a board operator at the now closed WURP 1550am.
The original thought for the studio was that it would be a safe and comfortable place for local music artists to come work on their music at an affordable price. The business has since expanded to a 1200 sq ft studio consisting of a Lounge Area, Control Room, and Live Room that performs a wide variety of services for clients both locally and nationally.
"My heart is filled with the deepest appreciation from every corner of my soul to be recognized amongst other talent in the country. I could not even think of accomplishing anything of this level without the people of Pittsburgh supporting me to keep my dreams alive while I try to inspire the people around me to keep theirs alive as well,” Alaquiva said.
Most recently, Ya Momz House has launched the Hip Hop on Lock Project as a way to give back to the community that has supported Ya Momz House. The project is designed to teach inner city youth tangible, life- long skills such as leadership, teamwork, and cooperative economics through the creation of a CD under a mock record label. The students learn how to write, record, and produce several songs in addition to learning how to copyright their work. At the end of the program, each student has a completed CD that they had a hand in creating.
Ya Momz House has also received two Telly Awards for soundtrack work that was completed for some other of WQED’s past documentaries.
Ya Momz House, LLC is located in East Liberty at 124 S. Highland Ave., Suite 206 , Pittsburgh , PA 15206 . Some of Ya Momz House current clients include PBS, WQED, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Dr. Goddess, GetGO, Giant Eagle, Malik Yoba, Michael Blackson, Raheem Devaugn, Slum Village, HutchSimon Project, Nathan James, Vanessa German and more.
Some of the services provided at Ya Momz House are audio/live recording; mixing; mastering; music production; mix tape production; Radio and TV commercials; VoiceOvers/Aircheck demos; Sound design for theater; performance soundtracks; step-show contracts; retail store mix CD's; Film Scoring; Artist development; visual design (CD covers, posters, business cards); CD Duplication; ASCAP/ BMI registration; and listening sessions/release parties.