June 26th, 2014
I 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:
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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June 9th, 2014
Father’s Day is approaching this upcoming Sunday. We wanted to offer a special production package to show our thanks for all of those dads out here.
Order a Studio Pros Production and get a credit of $150 towards any future service. This credit will be added to your account once the order is confirmed. It can be applied to towards additional instrumentation for the production you order, or any additional service of your choice.
- This offer expires 06/16/2014
- Valid for Basic Productions and Go Pro Productions only, starting at $1099.00
- The credit will be added to your account once we see the order come through
- You can order now and use later
- There is no limit to the number of productions you can order with this offer
To read more about our productions, or to order online:
Contact one of our available producers if you’d like help setting up a project: 1-310-928-7776.
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.
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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May 28th, 2014
We are offering $99 live guitar tracks for the remainder of the month of May! Add any combination of guitars to your project for additional rhythm or lead electric counter melodies to spice up your tracks.
For A Limited Time Only: Order live guitar for just $99.
Additional layers of guitar for the same song are just $25/layer. For example 3 guitars for the same song = $99 + $25 + $25
Click here to listen to samples or to order online.
-This offer expires 05/31/2014
-To get the discount use coupon code: guitar99
-You can order now and use later.
-There is no limit to the number of tracks you can order.
Contact one of our available if you’d like help setting up a project: 1-310-928-7776.
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:
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