In 1972 Leon Russell purchased and remodeled the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church at 3rd & Trenton in Tulsa, built in 1915, as a home for his label Shelter Records. The stone structure served as a creative workshop for songwriters, musicians, engineers and singers to collaborate, learn and inspire. Artists that recorded or spent time there with Leon include The Gap Band, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Kansas, Stevie Wonder, Freddie King, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and so many more.
Teresa Knox purchased the long empty building and In first quarter 2021, after a three-year restoration and rehabilitation, The Church Studio will once again become a recording studio, and contain a community space, audio engineering school, museum, entertainment network and be home to The Church Studio Archive, a 5,000-piece memorabilia collection. The Church Studio is on the National Register of Historic Places and a 501(c)(3).