A dream for any artist in the music industry, whether you are an independent artist or signed by a major label, is to be able to write, produce, and record your own original work. That dream has always been mine.
As a child growing up, I always loved putting on performances and acting out original material I brought to life with my own imagination. Little did I know but that imagination would one day be the key to a successful ministry and career. Today I am preparing to release my much-anticipated new project A New New Story, which has original material on it written by both my producer Jerroll Lehman of Gather Music Company and me.
When you ask me what it’s like to produce original material all I can do is simply smile. “I never imagined how many steps I would have to go through in the process of writing just one song. Some of the steps included were studying scripture, understanding the message behind the song, making sure there wasn’t a song already like this, and much more.”
After spending several months collaborating on enough material that was worth working with, the next step was one that gave me much more appreciation for the music behind the song. In this step I learned about what goes into “laying down tracks” for my music. This requires a top of the line professional band. And within the band that tracked my music was music phenomena and pianist Gordon Mote.
This was a very new experience for me being able to work with the best in the industry and it went very well. After having the band bring all the songs to life the next step was to go into a studio to record vocals. Through the connections of my producer, Jerroll Lehman, I recorded all the vocals to A New New Story at the one and only Gaither Studios, located in Alexandria, Indiana.
Even though this was not my first time recording vocals in a studio, this was one of the most special times to me personally: being able to stand and sing where other legends in the industry had gone on before and done the same, in the exact same room.
At the end of the day I am very pleased with this new project and all the countless hours spent in making it such a good product. Scripture reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, and the new is here.” And with that as the foundation of this project I am happy to release to you A New New Story!