1556 Fourth Street
Suite C
San Rafael, California


So What is This About? about the studio

icehouseIcehouse Recording is a comfortable, professionally designed recording and rehearsal studio located in San Rafael, CA, just 20 minutes from San Francisco and Oakland. It is owned and operated by producer/songwriter Bonnie Hayes with her two partners, CCR guitarist Tal Morris and his wife Amber, a popular Marin County vocalist and voice coach.

The cutting room, known as the Redroom, features 16 foot ceilings and beautiful bordello-red walls, with velvet curtains to control sound. The control room has been tuned and includes a vocal booth.

The studio was designed by Dr. Richie Moore, renowned creator of Abbey Road and Electric Ladyland studios. The resulting space is one that engineers love and musicians can't leave. Producer/engineers who have worked here include Rick Rubin, Don Was, Mutt Lange, Val Garay, Walter Afanasieff, and Bill Botrell, to name just a few.

We have a Digi 003 rack, genelec and tannoy monitor systems, Mac Pro quad core with 6Gig of RAM. Mics include: AKG C12VR, Soundeluxe E47, KM184, AKG414, Cascade Fathead, and more. Mic preamps including Avalon, Langevin, and Focusrite, lots of vintage and boutique amps and guitars, and a Nord 3 and Korg Triton extreme.

We are just one block from music store Bananas at Large and surrounded by great restaurants, pubs, and other amenities.


Participationbonnie hayes

We offer demo and production and recording services to songwriters and bands. In the low-key, comfy studio, Bonnie can do anything from a quick snapshot recording of a number of songs in a day to a songwriter pitch demo to a mixed and mastered record with a live band. The studio puts Bon's extensive experience into creative play for you:

  • extensive Pro Tools engineer
  • professional studio and touring chops as a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist and arranger (deals with Slash/Warner, Universal, Sony, Chrysalis, IRS records, sideman with Billy Idol, Belinda Carlisle, Bruce Springsteen)
  • mad songwriting skills and platinum to back it up (songs covered by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, cher, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis)
  • compassionate and supportive feedback for revision of songs and performance coaching in the studio
  • access to an enormous pool of talented musicians
  • strong organizational and communication skills

All these combine to make sure you get the best results possible for your recording bucks. If you are interested in recording, get in touch and we'll get something on the books; in October, the base rate for all recording and consulting will go to $80 an hour (though we do offer discounts for large projects, prepayment, sliding scale, etc.)
We also offer rehearsal services in the Redroom for $25 an hour, which includes a drum kit and bass rig as well as a serviceable PA. We can add live recording (onto your external Firewire drive, without overdubs or headphone mixes) for an additional $30 an hour. For all studio services contact us at info@bonniehayes.com or Contact Bonnie

BenefitsIcehouse Partners

amber morris is a voice coaching and performance vocal coach, who works with all levels from professionals to beginners (ages 13 to adult). Amber has taught more than 3,500 lessons and helped hundreds of students reach their goals of developing expressive, authentic singing and performing styles with the emphasis on modern american popular genres.

Amber's Website

Amber's myspace page

tal morris is a guitarist who currently tours with Creedence Clearwater Revisited and subs in Huey Lewis & the News. He teaches guitar at Blue Bear as well as privately, and participates in a myriad of local projects.

Tal's myspace page