You know who loves recording in churches? Everybody! Is it the airy acoustics, magnanimous atmosphere, slight heresy of bringing the devil's music into God's crib, or the built-in story when journalists call? ("So you made this album in a church! What was that like!?")
John Mellencamp recorded 2010's "No Better Than This" partially in Savannah, Georgia's First African Baptist Church. Arcade Fire famously made 2007's "Neon Bible" in a Montreal church they converted into a studio. Coldplay excitedly told fans they were "Recording in Barcelona, moving from church to church, setting up where we can: in front of the altar, under the pulpit," while working on 2008's "Viva la Vida." Two years later, the U.K.'s Sun reported the band was back in church in a story titled Coldpray (insert slow clap here). Tulsa's Church Studios was indeed once a church -- after its conversion, Tom Petty's Mudcrutch, J.J. Cale, and Phoebe Snow laid down tracks there. Even Swedish metal outfit Opeth found their way to a house of worship to record organ part for "Watershed."
Here's a great way to get psyched for PJ's church LP -- watch her perform "The Devil" live in 2008:
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