BAMBERG -- A new recording studio, Inspiring Musician Productions Inc., has opened at 3105 Main Highway in Bamberg.
Bernard Holman Jr. and his wife Monica and daughter Londyn were on hand for the ribbon-cutting at the new business, along with Bamberg Mayor Nancy Foster, on March 10.
“I want to see business come back to downtown Bamberg. Someone had to start, so why not me?" said Holman, the company's CEO.
Holman said IMP Inc. offers professional recording, mixing, mastering and production services.
The grand opening gave the community a chance to see how his team operates in the studio, he said.
“We let people get on the mic and get a feel of what happens in the studio. This is a day for the public to see what services we provide, the actual equipment used, what the engineer has to work with and what we’re working on,” Holman said.
IMP Inc. welcomes artists of all genres of music -- rock, blues, country, rap, R&B, gospel, jazz, bluegrass and more, he said.
“We are here to inspire the artists to do their best, create their own vision and release their creation to everybody else,” Holman said.
Monica Holman, his wife, oversees the accounting and marketing side of the business. Travis Palmer is the lead engineer. He is also a producer and musician who plays drums, keyboard and organ.
Palmer said he believes that in the years to come, the business will evolve into a record label.
“We are just excited and will remain patient until the time comes. Our focus right now is to give our clients something they can be proud of," Palmer said.
Holman, 36, is a Bamberg native who graduated from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School and then joined the Army National Guard. From there, he completed training at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. He served as a police officer in Denmark for 11 years, holding the position of assistant chief from 2014-2015.
Holman earned a degree in production from Full Sail University and a music education degree from Alcorn State University.
Music has always been his passion, he said.
“This has always been a dream for me,” Holman said.
He chose to locate his new business in his hometown because he wanted business to come back to downtown Bamberg.
“Real estate in the area has been declining and people are letting it die and buildings are falling down," Holman said. “It is a blessing and it feels good to be able to do this in a small town."
Holman said he and his team also want to educate sound engineers.
“This coming summer, we will provide internship opportunities for students to learn how to become a production engineer,” he said.