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Featured Songwriter: Irben Jeter

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

HU(1)This month’s featured songwriter, Irben Jeter, spends the majority of his time on the road as a coach operator. Along with that comes a lot of time to reflect and write melodies and songs.

Jeter first started collaborating with the StudioPros team in 2013 and since then we have produced 8 full songs together.

His strength is writing infectious melodies and lyrics. He records his melodic ideas into his phone and sends them over to me via email. From there, our production team transforms his songs info full band productions.

For Hurricane, we chose to focus on a commercial country/rock sound. We paired Donnie’s country vocals with live drums, country guitars, bass, keyboards and classic country instruments including banjo and fiddle. The final result is ready for radio airplay and pitching to publishing companies. This is proof that you don’t have to play an instrument to write and produce great songs!

BEFORE clip/acapella version of Hurricane:

AFTER StudioPros Production of Hurricane:

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Featured Artist: Bonnie Lorenzen

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

FeatureBonnieColorThis month’s featured artist, Bonnie Lorenzon, approached me with a bunch of tunes that she wanted to get produced. She was prepared with a vocal and guitar demo that we transformed into a full band country production.  She’s one of the most enthusiastic writers I have ever worked with! 

We decided to go with our Basic Production Package which included live drums, bass, country guitars, keys and use our country vocalist Donnie.  The end result is a fantastic blend of professional musicians playing and singing a well written good old country song.  I’m looking forward to producing many more songs with Bonnie in the writers seat.

Check out “Country Boy”:

How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

I found StudioPros by searching with the Google search engine. I spoke with Robb a couple of months ago and he returned my email and he gave me a call.  For years I have been wanting to have my songs professionally recorded, but no time to go into a studio.  StudioPros is great for a person with a busy schedule.

How was the StudioPros process for you?

I feel that the process was flawless.

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional? 

I love the stage process that you offer, and the communication from the beginning to the end.

How many songs have you produced with StudioPros?

Just one song for now, and currently mid production on my second.  I have more songs that I want to have recorded by StudioPros in the future.

What are you doing with your music?  

I am currently listing it on iTunes and have built a website for my songs recorded by StudioPros. I am hoping to get a recording contract.

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences? 

My greatest influence in music is Marty Stuart. I first met him in Urbana Maryland at a Carnival I love his style of music.  I became a member of his No Hats club and saw him a lot in concert. I like to write with my 2 guitars, an electric and a Martin.

When did you begin songwriting?

I started writing songs at the age of 8 years old. My very first song was called New York City. In 1980 I wrote about 20 songs. What instruments do you write with? I have written all of my songs with no instruments just my mind and sing how I want the song to go.

“Country Boy” packs a lot of energy; what was the inspiration and writing process like for that song? 

When I wrote I’m A Country Boy I was dating a guy that was totally in love with me and I was not in love with him.  He had blonde hair, overweight, smoked camel cigarettes and drank Budwiser beer.

Besides music, what else do you enjoy? 

Love horseback riding on mountain trails, fishing, cooking, taking trips to Berkley Springs, West VA. Love watching movies, love fashion, makeup, and modeling.

Do you draw inspiration from your everyday life? 

Yes God and Music

What do you do for a living? 

Horse trainer, Horse Breeder, Design Websites, Ross Clothing 13.

Get Your Songs Produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

Featured Artist: Steve Jiske

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Steve1This month’s Featured Artist, Steve Jiske, has a knack for writing catchy modern country melodies and lyrics. His latest production, Carolina Girls is an upbeat country track with an ode to his local ladies. I find myself singing along to the chorus everytime I play the final version of this song. I’ve had the pleasure of producing 2 songs with Steve over the course of the last 4 months and am really proud of the way his songs have turned out!

Since we were going for a modern country sound, selecting the right vocalist to deliver the vocals was important. We used our new vocalist Donnie on these vocals and he really made this song sound radio ready. Using a combination of country guitars (both electric and acoustic), live drums, percussion and bass, we came up with a final product that is professional and ready to be pitched to artists.

Check out Carolina Girls

How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?

At some point in 2012 I searched online for demo production and StudioPros was among the results. I contacted Kati via email and we had a few conversations about the process and what I wanted to accomplish. I left it at that for over a year. Then Robin Williams died and within two weeks there was no more talk about depression. It had gone to the back page when the problem of depression needed to be a front page discussion because it was so prevalant and damaging within our society.

From there, I started a foundation and wanted to have a song available about depression and hope for folks to download free as a thank you for any donation to help bring awareness to the disease. So right thenI came to StudioPros to make my first song “Pain” happen. I was pleased with the process and quality so I am a proud returning customer with this song “Carolina Girls”.

How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online?

At no point was it uncomfortable because each step was explained in a ‘what to expect’ kinda way taking out a huge chunk of the learning curve. At each step you could tweak and change before moving on. As long as you express yourself well to be true to your vision StudioPros has the talent and experience to add dimension to your work of art.

How did we help to get your songs sounding professional?

In the end StudioPros has great musicians that understand what you mean and it translates well and the vocals…wow! What a great job. I’m giddy like a child.

Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?

I grew up in the mid eighties so a catchy melody is what I get off on. I love all music from Marvin Gaye to AC/DC, Simon and Garfunkel to DangerousToys. Production wise Pink Floyd pretty much rules. I found Kip Wingers solo album Songs fromt he Ocean Floor very inspirational and would love to pick his brain some day. I was a DJ at a country station in Michigan so I have a place in me for that art of storytelling as well.

What was the inspiration and writing process like for “Carolina Girls”?

The song is about a girl I met in the Carolina’s in a town hundreds of miles from either of our respective towns. At the time it was written it took about a half hour to complete the music and about a week to tweek the lyrics to tell the story a bit incognito.

Get Your Songs Produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

 

Featured Artist: Patricia Charlton

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Producer’s Note: I usually present the Featured Artist blogs in interview format, but our most recent artist Patricia Charlton has such a gift of writing and storytelling that she has written first hand about working with our production team. With that said, read what the talented songstress has to say about her experience with StudioPros.

The StudioPros experience from Patricia Charlton:

I first got involved with StudioPros when I was online looking for studios in my area to record my songs.

I have written music for years. I wrote my first instrumental when I was around 10. The lyrical aspect of writing came as a teen, when of course we are angry and misunderstood. Standard songwriting scenario.

I am not involved with a band so I had no one familiar with my songs. I was a little intimidated at the thought of hiring studio musicians, taking time for them to learn the music and praying that personalities, creative juices and work ethic didn’t eat up studio time. This was all new to me. I had no contacts and no experience in production.

I found StudioPros online, made the call, mulled it over for about a day and signed on. It was a relief to know that I could do so much in one place.

Check out “Wash Me in Your Grace” produced by StudioPros:

My StudioPros producer really guided me through the process. My producer was patient, helped me in realizing what I really wanted; the flow, the sound, the instrumentation. She also had a lot of great ideas, so were bouncing things back and forth. It was a bit of a learning experience due to my lack of production experience, but it was awesome and exciting.

Once I got the process and my artistic desires down, working online with my producer and the studio musicians went smoothly. I have completed and released seven songs thus far with StudioPros, and I am presently working on three more.

 

Finding the right team of musicians to record your songs.

I’ve been very impressed with the musicians that have worked on my projects and with how professional the completed works are. This is the first time that I’ve I really heard my music come to life!

As I have said, I have written for a very long time. Starting out with the piano as a child, but most of my music has been written on guitar. I now, as an adult, have the desire to go back to the piano and see what kind of creative juices flow. My tastes, music and lyric ability have matured.  I hope that it opens up a new door to my music.

What are your songwriting inspirations?

I love all types of music;  Jazz to hard rock, classical to country, and everything in between. I’ve really been into the folk genre for most of my life and recently country. Both are reflected in the music I write. The most influential artists and songwriters have been Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Civil Wars( Joy Williams & John Paul White) and Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe & Angaleena Presley). Story tellers…

Life in general is what inspires me.  Heartache, passion, sheer humor and God’s blessings in life. I write country/folk music or you could consider them Americana maybe.  I also write contemporary Christian music. Whether it is from my standpoint on life or putting myself in other’s shoes; If I find something I’m passionate about, the writing just kind of spills out. I’m blessed.

Just getting my songs out there is my ultimate goal. I love to sing but truly would love to have someone cover them. My favorite thing is to sit down and write a story with my music. The songwriting, that’s my favorite. I enjoy performing but I’d rather play in church, a backyard cookout or drinking wine on my back porch!! My other enjoyments in life are my family, friends, art, outdoors in of itself. I like to camp, fish and play on the lake.  I also really like good food and wine!

To check out more about Patricia, visit her website: http://www.patriciacharlton.com/

Get your songs produced by StudioPros

If you are interested in getting your songs produced professionally, don’t hesitate to contact producers Kati O’Toole or Robb Hutzal.

Read more about StudioPros Music Production here: http://studiopros.com/music-production.php

If you’d like to discuss getting a project started, call: 1-310-928-7776. We look forward to working with you soon!

 

 

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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