ST. CHARLES – Batavia High School student Grace Krohse has wanted to write her own songs since she was a little kid.
Those who buy the album “Artist Spotlight Vol. 1” will have the chance to hear songs written by Krohse and other students at the St. Charles-based Andrew Bordoni Music. The album is a collection of 10 songs written and recorded by Bordoni's students.
Krohse, who will be a junior in the fall, has two songs on the album, "Moonlight" and "Any Other Way." The album is expected to be released in July.
"Since I was little, I've been excited about making my own songs someday, so it's cool that Mr. Bordoni is giving us the opportunity to do that," Krohse said. "He's so encouraging."
"Artist Spotlight Vol. 1" will be released on vinyl, which Bordoni noted "has made a huge comeback."
"And I believe in the format in the sense that it's bringing back the experience of listening to an album, which was lost with MP3s and streaming," Bordoni said. "It's kind of like the same idea that the Kindle did not destroy libraries. People still like books."
A Kickstarter campaign raised the funds needed to make the album, which is currently in production. The album was mastered both for digital format and vinyl format by producer Bill Skibbe, known for his work with Jack White, The Raconteurs, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, The Black Keys and other acts.
"My idea there was like, listen kids, your songs are going to be heard by Bill Skibbe, a top notch producer," Bordoni said. "And that happened, so that was really cool."
In addition to being released on vinyl, the album will also be distributed digitally through streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. A record release party that will feature live performances is in the works.
Krohse has been playing the guitar since she was about 8 years old and started writing songs last summer.
"It's definitely been because of Mr. Bordoni," Krohse said. "He really works on inspiring us to write our own songs."
She recorded the songs at Bordoni's home studio, which was also a learning experience.
"I actually recorded these songs in his living room, and he also has a studio in the basement that we're all allowed to use," Krohse said. "Going into the whole thing, I didn't know anything about how to record a song. I definitely learned a lot about the recording process."
Several of Bordoni's students have gone on to achieve success, including Brian Macdonald, a member of the popular Nashville band Judah and the Lion. Their success stories are proving to be an inspiration to Krohse.
"It's been cool to go see them perform and see where they are now," she said. "They started in the same place where we're all at right now. And now they are just amazing musicians."
During the summer, she plans to write and record even more songs. And she plans to perform as much as possible.
"I want to branch out and play as many shows as I can to get as much experience as I can," Krohse said. "It's a really good experience to just go out and play in front of people."
That includes playing at the Batavia Farmers Market at 9 a.m. July 20 and at the Geneva French Market at 9 a.m. Aug. 18.
More information about "Artist Spotlight Vol. 1" is available at facebook.com/artistspotlightvol1