So, I thought I'd take a moment to tell everyone a little bit about what makes me debut album, "An Old Soul", so special, beyond that I think it's pretty incredible musically. ;)
First off, it pays homage to some amazing music greats. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Mahalia Jackson and others' great works are all on here, not to mention the writing of people like Billy Straihorn, Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach and John Lennon, among others!
Secondly, this album was recorded in analog. "What's analog?", you ask? Well, analog was the precursor to ProTools. Back when computers were nothing but sci-fi fantasy, music was recorded on REAL TAPE. My album was recorded on a 24-track recorded. One real weighs about thirty pounds. First it was recorded using REAL MUSICIANS with REAL CREATIVE IDEAS (not digital samples or loops) in a live room along with myself, as if we were putting on a live concert. Without the ability to do 500 takes of each song (because we're working with real tape, and each is only about 30min long), I had to work with tremendously talented musicians who could make it beautiful, make it unique, and get it right. This type of recording focuses on stellar musicians and inspiration over complete perfection and homogynization. All of this was done to keep it more authentically old school, similar to the classic songs to which I'm honoring. One more fun fact about the studio: It was the same studio in which Wu-Tang Clan recorded at one point! ;)
Third, I mentioned it before but it deserves special attention: this album features AMAZING musicians. The musicians I worked with are ALL doing amazing things on their own as well. To find them, you can check out the artists that I like. Although I LOVE plenty of today's artists and think there's DEFINITELY plenty of real music still out there, I'm saving my "like" section for those that worked with me on the album, that I've performed with, and for places/events that have provided me to perform. I strongly urge you to check all of them out as they're ridiculously talented in their own right.
And fourth and last, this album was recorded independently. That means yours truly worked with these people, booked this studio time, raised these funds, found these graphic designers, got these pictures taken, etc. This is the beauty of independent music. You have complete control and freedom, but it also means a lot of work. I wouldn't change how I did this project for one minute, because I had nothing but amazing respect for the independent music industry before this and I'm in TOTAL AWE now. AND, the way in which it was recorded means you're really getting to know ME, Kat Webb, as an artist and as a person, because everything about this album and project was EXTREMELY person, even if the songs aren't original.
So thank you in advance for your support! I've thanked everyone who worked on this project abundantly but thank YOU all again as well, for making my dream and my first project come true. There's a long road ahead of me but this first step is a sure, firm one, thanks to everyone involved. :)
released May 17, 2011
"An Old Soul"
Produced & Arranged By:
Chris Rob: Keys, Strings, Auxiliary Instruments
Solomon Dorsey: Bass
Joe Blaxx: Drums
eZra Brown: Tenor Sax (except "I'm Still in Love With You", "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", & "Until You Come Back to Me")
Maurice Brown: Trumpet
Chelsea Baratz: Tenor Sax ("I'm Still in Love With You", "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", & "Until You Come Back to Me")
Saunders Sermons II: Trombone
Daniel Sadownick: Auxiliary Percussion
Brandee Younger: Harp
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Royal Blue Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Mixed & Mastered By:
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