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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!

 

 

Songwriter’s Challenge: Write a Piano Pop Ballad

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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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:

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Featured Artist: Philip Jenkins

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Philip Jenkins is a UK based songwriter with a knack for writing catchy pop lyrics and hooky melodies. Teaming up with StudioPros production team, we collaborated on his recent song “In Pieces”. Jenkins communicated the ideas he had for his production with a well developed demo showcasing his production ideas.

With the help of our talented drum programmer, keyboardist, guitarist, session vocalists and engineer, we re-produced his song from scratch bringing it up to radio ready Broadcast Quality. Since the final production, Jenkins has had success landing a publishing deal for this single. Just what we like to hear!

Check out Studio Pros final production:

In Pieces:

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Featured Artist: Silver Saddih

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Making Music Across Continents With Studio Pros.

Collaborating with Studio Pros mixing and mastering engineer all the way from Nigeria, Silver Saddih proves you don’t have to be in the same country, even continent to make music together.  I was blown away the  first time I heard Silver’s vocals when listening to the mix preview of “I Be Boss”.   I shared it immediately with my Studio Pros co-producer Keeley Bumford.  We both were dancing in our seats listening to this track.

Silver hails from Kaduna state, Nigeria (West Africa) and currently lives in Lagos and Abuja.  His crystal clear R&B vocal tone has undertones of his native African roots which really makes his sound unique.  You can hear his world influences coming through in his vocal performances, combined with contemporary pop and R&B/hip hop influences.  It amazes me how we can collaborate with talent like this instantly between Los Angeles and Nigeria – thanks to the internet. (more…)

Featured Artist: Stephen McElligott

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

How to avoid the pitfalls of your previous studio experiences—and vastly improve your chances to get your song published with major A&R representatives.

Stephen McElligott reminisces about a recording he made of one of his songs in a local studio. “I wasn’t happy with that production, really,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Oh gosh, how am I gonna save this?’ I basically turned around and found Studio Pros and thought, ‘Brilliant, they’re my savior.’” (more…)


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