Wrapping up the Process

We concluded the week of recording on Friday and I was able to make it home on Friday night.  We finished up vocals on every song except one.  We decided to sit on it for a while.  The music portion of the song turned out really well and the lyrics that I had once written for this song just did not really fit anymore.  And I was completely fine with that.  So, more than likely I’ll head back down in a few weeks to record vocals on that song, and also do any overdubs that need to be done.

I’ve been asked if there is a favorite song on this album.  I cant really answer that right now.  I mean all of these songs turned out better than I could’ve ever imagined and the musicians who played on this album brought it everyday, Im still really just in awe of the entire process and how amazing that was.  Im sure that as I begin just thinking through the songs and when I begin listening to the mixes when they come in, I’ll be able to think of a song that resonates with me more than the others.  But as of now, Im crazy excited about every song and cant wait for you guys to hear them.

If you’re looking to do an album, I would say look no further than Bright City Studios and Joel Khouri and Joel Willis.  Amazing.  I cannot say enough good things about those guys and the entire Bright City crew.

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Studio Update – Winding Down

The week is winding down.  Its kind of a bummer.  I’ve really really enjoyed my time here in Charlotte and at Gat3 Studios.  The people have just been so incredible to work with and hang out with.  Im really just trying to take it all in.  We’ve finished up electric guitars and they sound so good.  Joel Willis really brought it.  I mean he was really just dialed in.  He’s also a really cool guy and its been great working with him.  Joel Khouri is the best producer out there man.  He picked incredible musicians to play on this record and his vision for this album continues to amaze me.

The next two days consists of tidying up a few parts, and a heavy load of vocals.  So be in prayer for us.  Pray that the Lord would give us strength as we end the week.  That we’d have more energy these last two days than we had the first two days of the process a week or so ago.

Check out the video below.

Studio Update – Week 2

We began a new week today at the studio.  Today we tracked in the B Room at Gat3 Studios.  I really like this room.  We started tracking electric guitars.  Its really cool how these songs are beginning to come more and more alive with every piece we add.  Joel Willis is playing electric on this album.  He’s a really cool guy and really talented musician.  The dude knows his stuff.  He plays at Elevation Church and also works at Bright City Studios with Joel Khouri.  He used a few different guitars.  He had a tele and a Gibson which seemed to be his main guitars.  We used a Vox AC30 and a Matchless amp.  The tone was pretty rad.  The Matchless Amp is sick.

After electrics we did vocals for a couple songs.  Again, add another reason to the many that I love working with Joel.  He really pushed me and brought the best out of me.

Today we worked on two of the cover songs Im doing.  Your Cross Has Saved Us by Elevation Worship and Awakening by Mark Mathis.

Oh yea, I woke up this morning and had an email from Ed Cash (Producer) just encouraging me in this recording process and reminding me to get lost in His presence as we sing and play on this record.  It was pretty cool of him to take the time to write me.  Thanks Jeff and Sara!!!


Day 4 and 5 at the Studio!

On Thursday and Friday of this week we tracked acoustic guitars at a studio called The Bishop Stove Studios.  This place was really cool and some great vibe.  We were able to get some great sounds from the acoustic.  Im still using the Larrivee I bought several years ago and it continues to provide a great sound/tone.  Leo was the guy who ran this studio and he was a super cool guy.  I got a chance to hang out with him at The Common Market on Thursday night and got to know him a little better.  This all took place while Joel (producer) was DJ’ing at the Common Market.  I had a great time on Thursday meeting new people.  There is definitely a community here of musicians and friends.

So we’ve got the drums, bass, and most of the acoustic tracked.  Starting Monday, we’ll be doing Electric Guitars and Vocals.  Cant wait.  My time here is flying by but it really is a dream come true to be able to do something like this.  Im very thankful for the opportunity.