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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.


Songwriter’s Challenge: Write a Piano Pop Ballad

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


As the Memorial Day weekend draws near, I wanted to send out a songwriter’s challenge for the long weekend. I challenge you to write a pop ballad.  Take that extra day you’re given this weekend and give yourself an hour or two to sit down and write a new song! A lot of pop artists are taking a step back on their productions and releasing material that is more stripped down minimal instrumentation of piano, some light orchestration with either synth strings or live strings and the perfect vocal production. Why not use it as a challenge to put out some similar demos in this style for publishing opportunities and pitching material?

Often times, tracks get overproduced and the most important element in the recording gets lost- the vocals and the story of the song. Sometimes, a piano/vocal production is the way to go. If you have a full band production of a song already complete, don’t forget to do a simple acoustic stripped back alternate mix of that song so you have options.

The StudioPros production team has recently finished the production of “For Amber” by French songwriter living in Switzerland, Ariane Mateesco. Ariane had originally wrote the song as a gift for her 15 year old sister Amber, taking a poem Amber had written in French and putting lyrics and music to the poetry. After speaking with her about the process and helping her develop the song, we did a piano based production with Kelsey on vocals and added a nice melodic cello playing supportive lead counter melodies. We also developed the song as a full band production adding drums and bass as an alternative version. Having both the full band production and the simpler piano/vocal version has expanded the options for sending the material out to A&R representatives and publishing companies.

 Check out StudioPros production of Mateesco’s song, “For Amber”:

Full Band Production:

Piano/Vocal/Cello Production:


Featured Artist: Jose Kongo

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

me-in-hat-qW78Jose Kongo is a Portugal based artist who has collaborated with the StudioPros production team on a combination of 13 songs over the past 2 years. The worldly rhythms in his song “Nova Dia” always make me want to move when I’m listening to his track.

Kongo says his song was inspired by the hope of change of his native homeland Africa and the rise of a new day with some developments that have taken place on his last visit home. I can hear the hope and positive energy that has translated through the music of Nova Dia which means “New Day” in English. It always amazes me how music can transform a message universally. Even if you cannot understand the language. Music is a language we all speak.

The combination of the world percussion by our authentic percussionist with the live drums set the foundation for the production. The acoustic guitar drives the song, along with a steady bass line and island inspired keyboard tracks. The live horn section really give the song the additional punch. I really enjoy the feel good vibe of the production and the way the full band instrumentation perfectly supports the mellow and smooth quality of his vocals paired with the perfect combination of supporting backing vocals.

Check out StudioPros production of Nova Dia:


Featured Artist: Paul Kew

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

PaulKew2Paul Kew is a great example of the StudioPros concept that you can collaborate with our team of professional session musicians from anywhere in the world. Living in Perth, Australia, Kew has collaborated with our production team on a total of 7 full band productions. He has the knack for writing catchy pop/alternative melodies that are fit for the radio airwaves.

Always having a clear idea of the direction he’d like to take his productions, Kew co-produces the tracks with our team giving input each step of the way and making sure that the session musicians follow his original vision with the production. He’s a hands on songwriter with the musical knowledge to communicate his needs. For his latest single “Fallen For You”, he gave specific reference artists such as the pop group One Republic to guide our team in the right direction. The final recording is a combination of live drums, a driving pop electric bass line, acoustic and electric guitars, catchy piano hooks with supporting subtle soaring organ and commercial alternative vocals by the talented MG from our team of session vocalists.

Check out StudioPros final production:

Fallen For You:


Featured Artist: Chase Force

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Chase Force is an eclectic Norwegian based singer/songwriter with a wide range of  influences from pop, rock, hip hop, indie, to folk. You can hear his influences shining through in his latest production with the Studio Pros team, “United in Scream”. The song is the perfect combination of live instrumentation of saxophone and flute establishing the hook, acoustic guitars, live electric bass and backing vocals with drum programming to give it the dance feel that moves the listener.

“Blow The Beat Down” is Force’s second song that tends to have more of a rock pop edge that features a combination of live instrumentation with rock electric guitar lead and hooks, electric bass, live drums, live trumpet, saxophone, drum programming and synthesizers.

Check out the video of “United in Scream” produced by StudioPros

Check out StudioPros final production:

Blow The Beat Down:


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