I've been a bad admin for my own site; so much has happened since my last post! Most of 2014 was spent tracking and finishing 17 songs with Gary Allan. It will be our 10th album working together, and our 2nd as co-producers. The first single, "Hangover Tonight" is out now and making its way up the charts.
In addition, I starting engineering the next Lionel Richie album. We cut 5 tracks, then Lionel went on tour. We should be back to it later this month (April 2015). Lionel is such an amazing singer and great guy to work with; I'm really looking forward to getting back in the studio with him.
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" - the first single from Gary's new album "Set You Free", went to #1 on the Country charts. Then the album debuted at #1 on both Billboard's Country albums chart and its all-genre Top 200 Albums chart. I produced/engineered/mixed 4 tracks on the album, including "Every Storm", with Gary. What a great way to begin 2013!
Can A Song Save Your Life?
I just got back from a very exciting 17 days in NYC, working at Electric Lady Studios (Jimi Hendrix's studio) on a movie called "Can A Song Save Your Life?". The movie stars Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green. I was there mixing songs sung by Keira and Adam for both the movie and the soundtrack album. I think Keira has a really unique, sweet quality to her voice - her singing in this movie will surprise a lot of people!
Look for the movie in 2013. It was written and directed by John Carney, who wrote and directed the great indy music film "Once".
I finished co-producing/engineering/mixing 5 songs with Gary, and mixing 4 others. And just found out that one of the songs I produced with him, "Every Storm Cloud", will be the first single! I think this is a great album for Gary and it was a blast working with him - on our 9th album together!
Reto Burrell/Swiss projects
Producer/artist Reto Burrell from Switzerland was in Nashville the past couple of weeks working on his own project and the project of another Swiss artist, Marco Gottardi. We had a fantastic time working together and became close friends in the process! I helped him organize a tracking session, a string section, and an acoustic folk session, all with top players. I definitely see us working together more in the future...
Feedback from a Brazilian client:
What can I say? Brilliant! You're brilliant! I love how it's sounding! The effects and balance are simply perfect! Congratulations on your great job! I'm very honored being able to work with you!
Thanks and many blessings,
Guitarist / Producer