Session singer Mella Barnes shares her vocal talents with extraordinary songwriter/producer SHRAi.
I’m excited to show you this! This is a new music video for a song called “Earth” that I did with SHRAi. He wrote the whole thing, I just sang on it. He did an amazing job and I think/hope you’ll like it! Here is the video:
How I recorded my part:
SHRAi sent me the instrumental, lyrics and the vocal guide to me. My studio was undergoing construction, so I had to sing this one in my Nashville kitchen loft. The room sound was not ideal, but I made it work by arranging pillows around my microphone. It gave me the “dead” sound that I prefer when sending clients raw files. I really do not like sending anything with reverb or room noise, because that limits what clients can do.
Trials and Issues
We always want our projects to go 100% smoothly, but that sadly wasn’t the case here. The higher octave on the pre-chorus was a huge struggle for me. While I *can* hit those notes, they are notes I have to work up to and even then there are some issues. If high notes are too wordy or too fast, there’s little chance I will be able to make them audible. I’m an alto, what can I say. However, SHRAi was wonderful and worked with me so that I was able to do the lower octave and we blended the two of them together. You can still hear the higher part, but it’s (mercifully) blended way into the back of the lower octave.
I was supposed to be in the video but our schedules didn’t link up sadly. We were supposed to film the video separately (since we live in different countries) and edit it together. I was unable to get my part done. He did a great job without me though!
SHRAi is an awesome artist, great to work with and I loved singing on this track! The music video is here and came out great! Check out his other work as well if you get a chance, he really is talented. You can find the rest of his YouTube channel here!