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A highlight for me was arranging the musical tribute to Michelle Wright, who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. I arranged a medley of “Take It Like A Man,”Safe In The Arms of Love,” and “Nobody’s Girl.” Featured vocalists were Terri Clark, Katie Love Hess and Victoria Banks, respectively and wow, did they knock it out of the park! Thanks to Kevin Fox and string players for sweetening the band so much. And thanks to my core band, Jeff [Mackie] MacPherson, John Dymond, Darren Savard, Tony Lind, Burke Carroll, Linsey Beckett and Dallas James for stellar performances.
It was great fun to play B3 with Jimmy Rankin and his band and arrange strings for his song, “Here In My Heart.” Our friend, Patricia Conroy, [who co-wrote this song with Jimmy] was a featured performer that night too.
Summer 2011 has been full of great projects and interesting travel. Below are a few of the projects that have kept the hive buzzing:
Nick Perreault – Foreign Affairs
It has been pure joy to work with Nick Perreault on his CD. Bedtracks were recorded in Toronto at Fire Escape with Gary Craig on drums and Pat Kilbride on bass, Nick on acoustic and me playing an assortment of pre-80s keyboard instruments [CP70, Farfisa, Wurlitzer, Mellotron, etc]. Electric guitars, mandos, steel and vocals were cut at Playground Recording Studios in Nashville while final mixes ended up back in Toronto. Back to Nashville for mastering with Hank Williams at Mastermix.
For those who know Nick’s writing through his debut CD and EP, I trust this collection will feel like a logical extension and “upward expansion” [insert geek term here] as well as a colourful portrayal of his savvy musical writing and wry wit.
Cheryl Thibideau – Paper Fire
5 months to write, record and mix this debut CD. It was a whirlwind, a Paper Fire, if you will, of lyric tidbits, charts, Masterwriter documents, and Dropbox edits. Using some of Nashville’s newest, oldest and best country musicians, we blazed through sessions with passion and purpose. What a fun record to create, and Cheryl’s mature, country croon is the crown jewel.
Mrs. Johnston – Handshakes When We Win
Recorded and mixed by Adam Gabourie and me at Fire Escape. Mastered by Adrian Carr at AC Mastering, Montreal. Niagara’s reigning Kings of Funk/Rock have been jumping from one success to another, taking several awards at the Niagara Music Awards, releasing a debut CD and now set to launch a national tour and campaign with this upcoming release. Think Beatles meet Red Hot Chili Peppers. We expect to see singles service radio before Christmas.
CRWRC – Sing Hallelu
It has been a true honour to write the 50th anniversary theme song for Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, a non-profit agency serving the poor around the world. CRWRC envisioned a recording that had a global, world-music sound to it, which eventually led me teaming up with the Erub Children’s Choir in Cape Town, South Africa. What a joy to be walking towards the studio and hearing the sound of African children singing Sing Hallelu as it floated into the concourse. I knew we had a hit before I entered the studio. Pure joy!
January 20, 2011
Happy January to you! Hope the holiday was relaxing for you and you’ve jumped straight into great things for 2011! I’ve stepped out of a nice, quiet holiday with family, good weather [for Toronto] and great food. Time to climb into new projects and inspiring possibilities …
In rehearsals for upcoming recording sessions. Great, high-energy rock/funk songs, grooving on some inspiration from RHCP.
Watch for my article in Songwriters Magazine, a publication of
We’re excited to introduce a new record and the all-new Michelle Owen band, and I’m looking forward to dragging a bunch of my favourite keyboards out to shows. Will post performance dates/links here soon…
Candelora’s self-titled debut CD will be soon be released. We’re very proud of the depth and sheer sonic size of this record. Can’t wait for radio and the world to get a chance to get to know these guys!