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Song Case Studies

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New Release: Snowcone Remix

Snowcone Remix with Vocals

I am so nervous to share my Snowcone remix with you, but I want to show you the process! I recently took the Deadmau5 MasterClass (you can see the first post here with a list of all further steps). Our assignment was to create our own remix of Snowcone, so I'm going to share it with you here! At the bottom, I'll post some links in case you want to take the MasterClass yourself. Thes[...]

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The Making of an Album – Martin Jourdan “Prayers and Dreams”

Martin Jourdan's new album "Prayers and Dreams"

It's been a while since I've written about one of my projects! I've been busy over at Tunedly and helping clients finish their songs. I want to take some time to tell you about Martin and his project, "Prayers and Dreams." The Making of Martin Jourdan's "Prayers and Dreams" Martin worked with us at Tunedly and in the beginning, we were a team of four. I was the Project Manager and oc[...]

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New Single – “We Look Good” with Steve Vito

A new vintage pop single by Steve Vito and Mella Barnes

So, pretty much the entire month of February has been rough for me, health-wise. I'm normally a pretty healthy person, but this month I got slammed with some kind of sinus/throat/head virus or infection and it got me good. Obviously, being sick is not conducive to being a full-time session singer. I had to suck it up (literally, ew) and sing many nights this month. One song took a while[...]

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New Holiday Song with Her Excellency, The Governor

Happy Holidays! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might have seen some of the projects I've done with Dan before. He contacted me last week and asked if I could do a rush order for a Christmas song. Most Christmas songs (by major artists, anyway) are written and recorded in June or July. This is so the label has time to work on everything for the release for the holiday s[...]

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Nominated for APRA Country Music Awards

Country music award nomination

I am so excited to share this news with you! Last year, I worked with New Zealand-based country artist Ginny Peters for her album. I was hired to arrange and perform background harmonies on her songs. One of these songs, "Reasons to Stay," has been nominated for an APRA Award for Best Country Music Song this year! How I arrange harmonies: First, I listen to the song several time[...]

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New Release: The Hymn to the Lost and Wicked Souls

New song release for author Jeremy Dwyer

We had the pleasure of creating and performing the music for author Jeremy Dwyer for his latest book release. The song can be heard by clicking on this link. Here is the information from the website about the book and song: The Hymn to the Lost and Wicked Souls is a song of spiritual redemption, that calls the souls of the dead to repentance for their wicked deeds in life. It urges them[...]

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New Project: Electric Fits Opposable Thumbs by Tarbeach Music

Electric Fits by Tarbeach Music featuring Mella

Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs Earlier this year, I was hired as a session singer for an album. We started with just one and I ended up doing five or six, and it was such a fun experience. Walt has an incredible gift for lyrics and matching them with melody. The Songs Our first song was Cracked Compass, which is a theatrical and moody piece about lost love. I was so excited when Wal[...]