I've started the process to complete a lifelong dream. I know it will be a long time before it's finished, as well as challenging and expensive. I am recording an album. I have dozens of my songs recorded on my Mac with me playing the part of every instrument on my midi keyboard, but I know that if I want this album to be a true success, it must be the highest level of professional.
Because the average cost of recording a full length album at the industry standard is on average about $30,000, my first step is obviously to raise funds. Thankfully, I was introduced to a website (http://www.sellaband.com/) where people from all over the world can search artists who they believe have true potential and can support them financially. I have no romantic ideas about how this will work. I know years may pass before I reach my financial goal and even after it is reached, I know that a CD release is a gamble. But I’m optimistic. So many doors have been opened to lead me to this point and I truly believe this is a path I can and should walk.
I have begun to record my first single on my first album, “Sick and Tired.” It seems to be a favorite among those who have heard my music. Because my first time in a real recording studio was several months ago when I recorded a jingle for Nickelodean (which they never even used), I was a little unsure of the process when I walked into the state of the art studio in downtown New York City. Consoles, screens, buttons, plexi-glass, and microphones. I was overwhelmed to say the least.
LeeAnn, who is producing most of this track (and probably the future tracks as well), coached me through the ins and outs of the recording process. I was slightly bashful at the thought of singing such a personal and emotional song with her listening intently for any microscopic flaws in my voice, but I was soon became comfortable in the booth.
She kept demanding more and more power in my voice and I kept telling I don’t have anymore! My voice has been described as sweet, soft, lovely, but NEVER powerful. However, she continued to push and I decided we were never going to get through this session if I didn’t just cowboy up and do it.
I mustered up every ounce of power I could squeeze out of my abdomen, took a deep breath, and let ‘er rip. Out came a completely different voice. I didn’t even sound like me. I remember using my belt voice as a child, singing when no one was around to hear me, but I figured it was long lost because I never honed the skill. I used it last year in a production of the musical, “The Full Monty” for my two line solo. But I have never been able to sing that high or loud than when I did that night in the studio with LeeAnn. We looked at each other, amazed.
Now that I know I have all the tools to make this song sound incredible, (the belt voice, the producer, the equipment), I am feeling more inspired than ever about this project. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and finish the song. I feel so blessed to be able to work on this. I am doing what I love and learning by the truckload how this business works. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!
"Sick and Tired" words and music by Elizabeth Grimes Copyright 2009