Ellie Holcomb's album, As Sure As The Sun releases today. I was so blessed to be a part of it. Here are a few things I learned working on this record:
-The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
-An great artist with a vision that's bigger than herself is a REALLY great artist! At our first meeting, Ellie clearly articulated a vision for bringing the light of the scripture into the darkness of her own heart and the hearts of her listeners. So while we made this music, we never had to ask which way was north. We knew which star was ours.
-Fearless singers give great performances. March if necessary.
-Sweet 16 bakery in East Nashville makes a wonderful cheddar bacon scone and if you ask Ellie, "Who makes that scone again?" she'll buy you one and bring it to the studio.
-When you realize you didn't get the right drum sounds on a song you can use Massey DTM to capture the performance (which was great) as MIDI and use the MIDI to trigger Native Instruments' 80s Drummer for pretty darned good results. Split the mics out from 80s Drummer so your mix guy still has control. And layer in additional sounds using Trigger like you would've done naturally. Won't say which song that was, but I bet you couldn't guess either!
-Watching a dad (Brown B., my co-producer) make a record for his daughter is something you definitely want to be a part of.
Congratulations, Ellie, on your big day! Thanks for letting me literally make music with Ellie Holcomb.