Apple Music Sessions bring exclusive live performances recorded in Apple’s studios

Apple Music Sessions launches today on Apple Music, bringing you exclusive releases of live performances recorded in spatial audio in Apple’s own studios.

Recording an Apple Music Sessions with Tenille Townes
Apple Music Sessions with Tenille Townes | Image: Apple
  • Apple Music Sessions is a new section on Apple Music bringing you exclusive live releases from famous artists.
  • Live sessions from Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes are available now, with more to be added over time, all in spatial audio.
  • All performances were recorded in sophisticated studios run by Apple Music.

Introducing Apple Music Sessions

Live sessions include both “creative covers” of classics and songs that artists have recreated for live sessions from their own catalog. On top of that, all performances released through this section are provided in spatial audio as the rest of the Apple Music catalog. And it’s not just about music—Apple Music Sessions includes music videos specially recorded for the occasion.

A press release in the Apple Newsroom sells us Apple Music Sessions:

Recorded out of Apple Music’s studios around the world, Apple Music Sessions gives artists the opportunity to reimagine and recreate hits from their catalog and creative covers of beloved classics. These unique performances are also filmed, resulting in a special, bespoke live collection comprised of brand-new spatial audio tracks and companion live performance music videos that will all be available exclusively to Apple Music fans worldwide.

The new section launches on Friday, July 15, 2022, with releases from Carrie Underwood and country singer Tenille Townes. Many others will be showcased in the coming days, including Ronnie Dunn and Ingrid Andress. These performances were recorded live in a studio in order to bring you the feeling of having a band play these songs live. Read: How to get details on Apple Music songs on macOS

Country music releases at launch

Underwood’s release “Carrie Underwood: Apple Music Sessions – EP” includes her hit song “Ghost Story,” a stripped-back version of “Blown Away” and a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mama, I’m Coming Home.”  Townes performed her own hit songs “Same Road Home” and “Somebody’s Daughter,” as well as a soulful cover of Etta James’s “At Last.” Read: How to manage your Apple Music subscription

She praised Apple Music’s recording studio in Nashville, saying it feels like it’s going to become “an anchor for our music community in Nashville.”

What about other genres?

This new feature from Apple Music may be focused on country music at launch, but that doesn’t mean it’s strictly about country music. In fact, Apple stated that it could expand these exclusive live performances into other genres of music in the future.