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Featured Artist: Kaylee Keller

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

 

kayleekeller2I always enjoy the process of working with young singer-songwriters because I always can see how much they learn throughout the production from start to finish and the promise in their futures is so bright. This month’s featured artist, Kaylee Keller is one of the most mature teenage girls I have ever met.

Born and raised in Western Kansas (Garden City), Kaylee is just 16 years old and an upcoming junior in high school.  She has already gotten 10 college credits and is currently studying at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in New York during her summer school break. Planning to be graduated from high school by Christmas, Keller is going on to start her college studies full time in January. I jokingly reminded her this morning to enjoy being a kid while she still can:)

We chose to produce 3 songs together to showcase her versatility as she develops as an artist. We produced 2 original songs by Kaylee. “Stand Up” and “Puzzle Piece”  shed light on her pop/country sensibilities with a full band instrumentation of live drums, bass, guitars, keys and additional drum programming. We also picked out a cover song to present Kaylee’s softer side. We chose the popular song “Hallelujah” and approached it with a more stripped back instrumentation of acoustic and electric guitars, cello, upright bass and piano in an acoustic ballad style. For all 3 songs we utilized our talented session vocalist Shelby to add supportive backing vocals to build up the chorus’s and add vocal interest in the productions.

Check out samples of Kaylee’s songs produced by StudioPros:

Hallelujah (cover)

Puzzle Piece (original)

Stand Up (original)

I could hear the promise and excitement in Kaylee’s voice throughout each step of the production when she would call me after receiving a new instrument preview. I know that this is just the start of the journey for Kaylee and can’t wait to hear more as she continues to grow and develop as a songwriter, artist and individual. I also couldn’t complete this article without mentioning Kaylee’s wonderful and supportive mother Pam who was also encouraging and supporting Kaylee every step of the way.

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Featured Artist: Ronnie Roseman

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Ronnie Roseman is one of the most interesting and unique songwriting clients I have ever worked with. He originally contacted me back in June of 2013 and since then we have been collaborating on transforming his song ideas into a fully produced, radio ready production.

I was impressed with Roseman’s melodies and lyrics of his song “My Baby Don’t Care”. We started the process by him just singing the melody of the song and providing the lyrics. From there, I sent his project to our guitarist to write a custom chord progression to add the harmonic elements to support the catchy melody that he’d been singing for years and years.  

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Throughout the process, we overcame some hurdles as far as communicating his needs to the session musicians working on the project. Ronnie lives hundreds of miles from a recording studio in the woods of Washington, so working together over the internet was a must. What has developed in the final master of “My Baby Don’t Care” is something to truly be proud of. 

We chose a combination of authentic country musicians from the StudioPros team to develop an acoustic based instrumentation with: acoustic guitar, live drums, upright bass, and a lead fiddle performance. The vocals are what really sell the recording for me, however, by our talented session vocalist Kelsey. This is online collaboration at it’s finest, and proof that you can use our services from ANYWHERE.

Checkout StudioPros production of “My Baby Don’t Care”

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Featured Artist: Amy Scarlata

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Where would we be without our mothers? They have shaped who we are. This latest featured artist is Amy Scarlata. A young singer/songwriter and freshman in high school, Scarlata’s songwriting and life experience definitely exceed her 15 years of age. The chorus clearly speaks about her mother Christiana Scarlata, who has recently passed away. She has also recently written a new song for her mom, which will be the next in que for production.

As a tribute to mothers for this upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, we wanted to showcase the project “Guitar” which was recently recorded with StudioPros production team. Scarlata has taken her influences of pop/country songwriters and helped guide our production team to get the professional final product of her song and help her tell her story.

My mother was a great person all around. She cared for me a lot and made sure I was happy all the time. This song “Guitar” says it all. I am my mothers daughter and that is the best thing I could be.”

Check out StudioPros production of Guitar

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Featured Artist: Gary Quinn

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

garyquinnUpdate: 12/4/2013:
We are so proud of your recent win for UK Song of the Year at the British Country Music Awards in London!  For the song the Studio Pros team produced a while back: “He Don’t Show Her Anymore”. Congrats Gary! Keep on writing those beautiful country ballads!

The story behind the songwriter.

Gary Quinn is a songwriter that knows how to pull on the heartstrings of his audience.  Creating beautifully crafted lyrics, he draws you in with his picturesque storytelling through his swooning country melodies.  Quinn grew up in Ireland where he listened to his father’s Kris Kristofferson tapes, but he ended up falling in love with American country music after hearing the Garth Brooks album No Fences in the early ’90s. “There’s a big country and Irish scene with an undercurrent of American country, which is what I’m into,” Quinn says of Ireland. “It started picking up again with the likes of the Internet. It’s a bit more accessible.” (more…)

Featured Artist: Conor Matthews

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

We have just had the pleasure of completing an EP for a talented young songwriter with a lot of promise in his future. Still a high school student, Conor Matthews writes with a maturity way beyond his age. You can hear his influences of Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Rascal Flatts in his carefree style and sincere lyrics. It’s no wonder since he’s been writing, singing, playing piano and guitar from the young age of 9 years old.

Recording Your Productions Step By Step

Being an active high school student, Conor didn’t have the time to spend long hours in the studio. After searching online and speaking with our head producer, Kati O’Toole, Conor found that Studio Pros had everything he needed. Working online was simple for Conor. “I loved the step-by-step approach to recording so that I could determine if each instrument matched both the notes and the feel I had in mind. Working online made the whole thing really easy for me”, he says. “It allowed me to give my input and reactions at a time that was good for me.” (more…)


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