Last weekend I travelled about 2 hours south west from Brisbane QLD to a little town called Boonah where I had booked Studio 446 to record Carole King's Natural Woman, the second cover of my 2016 Patreon Project.
The studio belongs to Cameron Mitchell and it was actually recommended to me by a new facebook friend in America can you believe it! Thank you Kath.
I'm really enjoying finding quirky little out of the way studios for these recordings. The only criteria is they must have a gorgeous piano.
Cameron's studio houses a vintage Australian Upright Grand Beale which was a thrill to discover and play. It was a little funky and perfect for Natural Woman.
I was really nervous going into this recording. My first cover, Fix You by Coldplay, is easier for me to sing as it sits comfortably in my range, but Natural Woman is more vocally challenging for me. As well as this, it was one of the first songs I ever taught myself to play and sing as a teenager, so it meant a lot to me to do a good job of it.
I took my niece Bruyere Williams to sing backing vocals for me because not only does she have a beautiful voice, I knew she would do the job perfectly and without any fuss. There is no need for rehearsals with Bruyere, she just listens to the song a couple of times and then steps up with her natural ability. She also sings backing vocals with me for Bob Malone when he tours in Australia. We are his "Aussie Malonettes".
I’ve put together a Behind The Scenes Video for your enjoyment (see below) and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section as well.
You can join the support team and enjoy the rest of the project with us at PATREON and just a reminder that these covers are only available through the project at this point in time. I will, however, be releasing all the tracks at the end of the year as a full album.
Thank you for joining me today.
Having recorded my most recent album in Los Angeles, and having had the thrilling opportunity to work with some musicians whom I would never have dreamed of ever meeting let alone sharing a studio session with, I am now in love with the place.
Today I want to introduce to you one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. He's a world renowned musician, worked with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Glen Campbell, Jewel and the list goes on.
His name is Marty Rifkin and he played pedal steel on track 12 of my Feel So Pretty album, Under My Skin (Intimate Version).
One thing that I noticed about ALL of the musicians who played on this album, was their humility and genuine niceness. These people are at the top of their game, they've worked with some of the most famous artists in the world, and therefore you would be forgiven for thinking that they might be a little, let's say, unapproachable. But no. Exactly the opposite. In fact, it seems to me that the more successful they are, the more humble and grounded they are as well. They are just doing what they do best, and getting on with the job that they live, breath and eat for breakfast. What an honour for me to have had this experience.
Below is a video of Marty playing pedal steel on my song in his own studio. I just came across this footage yesterday and I'm so glad that I captured this moment to be able to share it with you now.
Enjoy, and please leave a comment below as I love to hear your thoughts.
p.s. The finished product also features a gorgeous backing vocal by my good friend Karen Nash. You can purchase it HERE.