Stephen Antonelli doesn’t know if it was the spirit of God that first drew him to music, but he remembers the moment it happened in a Southern black church.
Antonelli walked into the church one morning as a 6- or 7-year-old and was enveloped by the raucous praise music.
“I remember the cymbals flopping … the only thing I could do was laugh,” said Antonelli, now a music producer and engineer in Catonsville. “Something hit me. I thought, ‘I want to do this.’”
Since then, Antonelli has lived in Nashville and New York City, working in the music industry and, he said, gaining the experience necessary to open and run SongBuilder Studios at 709 Frederick Road.