Last week, we recorded the choir portion of my new soon to be released patriotic song. The vibe of the session was awesome!
Music master producer/recording engineer, Frank Starchak, displayed his typical brilliance. I auditioned singers for the project…selecting seven singers to sound like 700.
Before the session, singers emailed me asking, “How can I hear the song to rehearse?” I laughed. Frank does not work like that. As a matter of fact, the singers did not hear the full song until the end of the session.
Frank is an extremely kind, gentle and patient slave driver in the recording studio. I felt a little sorry for the singers because I knew what was coming. Frank pushed each singers ability to hear notes correctly; maximized and stretched their vocal talents. My Magnificent Seven Singers met the challenge, each singing a ga-zillionth extremely difficult parts including various harmonies, octaves and keys changes. Yes, Frank worked them extremely hard and they loved every minute of it.
At the end of the session, Frank did a rough mix of the full song to allow the singers to hear what they had accomplished. The result was breathtakingly beautiful, moving Kelly Manke to tears. Though exhausted, each singer said they had a ball! For a few of them, it was their first time working in a recording studio like that. It was challenging and fun.
Special thanks to my Magnificent Seven Singers: Steve and Anita McPherson, James, Tim and Kelly Manke, Audrey Rumsey and Linly Bennett – seven singers recorded to sound like a seven hundred voice mass choir. Wow!
We ended the session holding hands as Steve McPherson led us in a prayer of thanks for a very special wonderful record session.
I can hardly wait for the release date for the world to hear my new patriotic song titled, “We Are Americans”.
Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American