Here is some information concerning our last recording .....
The group has been listening and listening to songs and we think we've selected a really inspirational list of musical selections for CD #6! Along with some fun and quick songs, we're including some classic hymns like "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art". On May 18, Wayne and Jim got up really early so we could be at Gaither Studios by 8:00AM (9:00 their time). We were greeted by our Producer and friend Woody Wright and moments later by Chad Evans, Gaither's talented recording engineer. The coffee pot was started and, in minutes, the BAND arrived to record all the musical backgrounds for the new CD. The band for this project includes GARY PRIM on pianos and keyboards, DUNCAN MULLINS on bass guitar, JOHN HAMMOND on drums and percussion, and KELLY BACK on acoustic and electric guitars. Kelly is new to us this year. The three other musicians played on our Christmas CD and all live in the Nashville, TN area. What tremendous talent these guys have! They recorded all day, with a quick break for a Mexican lunch. The music is beautiful and we really know you will enjoy this CD.
We will now concentrate on the vocal parts and record those soon. Then, the whole thing gets sent off to add string and orchestra parts. Again this time, we will include some Gaither Vocal Band songs plus the wonderful hymn arrangements, one acapella tune, and a fun song that Woody wrote. We can't wait!
UPDATE ! We will be in the studio September 11 and 12 to record the vocals for the new project.
UPDATE 2! We were in the studio in September and all the vocals have been recorded for the new CD. Now the engineers will be tuning and refining the vocal parts and getting them ready for the "mixing" with the instrumental tracks. Next step is getting sent off to Milton Smith so he can arrange and add additional string and orchestral parts. We're hoping to have CDs ready for distribution by December!
Update 3! Chad Evans, Gaither's engineer extraordinaire, will be doing the final mix of our new CD. We're SO excited to have Chad making those final decisions on mix levels, etc. Also, we've heard the first song that Milton Smith has arranged and added the strings and orchestra on - and wow! That man is talented! Hopefully, the finalized project will get sent to the production company within the next two weeks. We're so happy with the sound and hope and pray that you will like the selection of songs and our arrangements.
UPDATE 4! Monday, Nov. 17th - An addition to the "credits" - Jeff Gudenrath of Audio Integrity in Austin, Texas will be doing the "mastering" of the CD. Jeff worked in Nashville, TN for 20 years as an audio engineer and now works in Austin doing mixing and mastering. Mastering is the last step in a recording that levels out all the songs and adds that "sparkle" to the project. Today his work is completed, all the artwork has been completed by Brushfire Creative, and everything is on its way to the folks who will be duplicating the CDs for us. They say 14 working days and they should ship our way. This has been a long process and we're so happy to be in the final stretch. We really think you're going to like what you hear on "Hymns & More".
Update 5! We just confirmed that the CDs have shipped! Everything is on track for "Hymns & More" to be delivered and ready by Dec. 10th. We can't wait for you to hear it!
UPDATE 6! "Hymns & More" is now available in Mt. Carmel, Illinois at The Corner, First National Bank and The Daily Republican Register. Also available at First National Bank in Allendale. In addition, you can order CDs here on this website.