It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over! We wanted to offer you an end of summer mixing and mastering special to help you put the finishing touches on your projects before the fall kicks in.
This is a great opportunity to get some MAJOR discounts on mixing/mastering your album or individual songs.
Sandy Frazier is a talented New York City based singer-songwriter. I have had the pleasure of helping Sandy produce 3 songs to date and we are in the works of putting together a full album of material so she can release a 10 song project. Not only is Sandy a talented songwriter, she also is a professional artist/painter, author with published works, as well as being a very well known publicist specializing in talk radio. She is one busy creative woman.
For the featured song, “A Very Private Person”, Sandy and I talked about her concerns of taking this traditional blues song with her scratch demo of guitar and vocals and having it be dated in production. She didn’t want just a basic blues production that would be reminiscent of the 70′s or days gone by. Together, we chose some recent reference artists including “The Black Keys” and some of Sandy’s favorites, “The Sounds” to help our music production team understand the vision we were going for. By adding the perfect combination of live drums, electric bass, some more edgy organ tracks, keyboard riffs, acoustic rhythm guitars, distorted electric guitars, a solo section to really let the guitarist shine and the perfect combination of soulful backing vocal support by LaTisha – her track came to life.
I could hear the excitement and revival in Sandy’s voice after speaking about each step of the production process and hearing the instrumentation unfold. We’ve also helped add her own personal touch by also including her friend James Hirsen on the harmonica and saxophone in the recording.
Check out Sandy’s track, “A Very Private Person” produced by StudioPros
How did you first get involved with StudioPros.com?
I was searching online for a good studio in which to record my original songs.
How was the StudioPros process for you? Was it difficult to work online?
A total pleasure! No stress, no pressure… just pure enjoyment. StudioPros and their producers are so professional. You can’t go wrong!
How did we help to get your songs sounding professional?
By listening to my ideas and respecting my original vision.
How many songs have you produced with StudioPros?
3, so far… many more to come!
What are you doing with your music? What’s next for you?
I’m working on my second album. I’m very excited about all the new technology and ways musicians can get their music heard via the Internet.
Who are some of your favorite songwriters and musical influences?
Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Kate Bush, The Sounds
When did you begin songwriting?What instruments do you write with?
I’ve been writing music all my life – since I was a little girl. I usually write with an acoustic guitar, but sometimes piano.
A Very Private Person packs a lot of emotion; what was the inspiration and writing process like for that song?
I was trying to express how people can be disingenuous and insincere; how relationships always seem to come with baggage and some kind of an agenda that usually is not in my best interest.
Besides music, what else do you enjoy?
I’m a professional artist/painter and have exhibited in Soho, Chelsea, Charleston, SC and more… I’ve got over 200 pieces displayed online. I am also a writer and have published several books. I sell “The Mystic Artist” on my Web site and Amazon.
Do you draw inspiration from your everyday life?
I am inspired by all the mystic artists throughout time – painters, musicians, writers, poets… the creative mind is an endless source of material and inspiration for my art and music.
I am very grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity to re-record some of my best songs and to be proud of the professional results I’m getting. I’m honored to be able to have access to some very talented session players! It’s an incredible experience. I just want to do them justice with my voice and make them proud to have worked on my songs.
What do you do for a living?
I am a very well known publicist specializing in talk radio.
What is your plan for your final recordings?
I am working on a record that I hope to be able to sell on iTunes, Amazon, etc. But ultimately, I’d like to find young talented musicians and singers who will perform and record my music in the future.
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!
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”
I’ve just had the pleasure of completing a project with the talented Crystal Hinds. Crystal is a young singer/songwriter based out of rural Lytle, Texas that has been frustrated by a similar problem that a lot of us singer-songwriters encounter. We have the material, we have the vocal chops, we’re missing the band and local resources to get a quality recording.
After having a few conversations with Crystal, she decided to give Studio Pros’ production team a shot on her first single to be produced with us: So Do You. Throughout the process, Studio Pros production team helped transform Crystal’s vision of recording her song step by step with live band instrumentation. She had very distinct references and knew exactly the sound she was going for. She was even able to provide instructions for each musician so we were sure to capture the final recording that she had been waiting for, for so long! (more…)