As my time in the States draws to a close in the next few weeks, I'm feeling blessed to have been able to spend this precious time with my friend Theresa and help her through this difficult time with her chemotherapy treatment, and I'm also feeling very grateful to have been able to continue my recording project at the same time.
Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" was chosen by one of my Patrons, Ann Rinaldi for me to record as my July cover. I want to thank Ann for this wonderful choice and I want to dedicate this track to Theresa Beebe. "You are beautiful, in every single way" and I love you my sweet friend.
When I knew I was coming to visit Theresa, I put a call out on facebook to find a studio in L.A. with a piano so that Ann Rinaldi could attend the session. I found Fernando Perdomo's Reseda Ranch Studios, and it felt like such a great fit for this recording.
On the day, I asked Fernando if he'd add some guitars to the track which he did with so much love and respect for the song, and I also surprised Ann by asking her to add the whisper line at the opening of the song. She was thrilled and stepped up to the microphone like a pro!
Below is a little look into our recording session. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did on the day.
'I'd Rather Go Blind' is an Etta James classic that was chosen for me to record as my June cover song by one of my Patrons. Thank you to Troyce Walls for this wonderful suggestion.
When I first listened to this song, I wondered how I could make it my own as I don't really consider myself a blues singer and let's face it, Etta James is quite an act to follow.
I decided however, to take it in a whole other direction while respecting the original and making sure I didn't accidentally re-write the song making it unrecognizable.
As I'm in the States at the moment, I was lucky enough to be able to record this track back at the studios where I recorded my Feel So Pretty album. Steve McDonald engineered once again, and my good friend Bob Malone (Fogerty band) offered to play some Rhodes and Hammond Organ for me. What a treat!
Below is a sneak peek into the recording session as we listened back before mixing the track down. It was such a fun day and I hope you enjoy what we created together.
p.s. this track will be available for purchase when it's released later in the year along with all the other covers that I'm recording in 2016.