Nashville Trax Produced Song Takes First Place At 2017 Christian Film Festival

“Only Prayer By The People”  won several awards at the Christian Film Festival (August 2017) including best song, best video and best artwork.

Songwriter: Michael Rourke

Lead Vocals: Nashville Trax Producer, Bill Watson

Background Vocals: Angela Derrington

Acoustic guitar: Bill Watson

Keyboards: Sammi Watson

Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Produced, Engineered, Arranged, Mixed and Mastered by Bill Watson

 

Only Prayer Award Poster Aug 17 CFF (1)


Christian Group, Dads and Daughters, Adds Sponsors, Website And Records 1st Single

The Nashville based Christian group, Dads and Daughters, has added Nashville Trax and Play It Again Demos to their growing list of sponsors.

Nashville Trax is providing free studio time and free space for the band’s web page:

DadsAndDaughters.net

Play It Again Demos is providing free management for the group.

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Look for their first single to be released in September of 2017.

While they do receive free studio time to record this Dads and Daughters original song, they are donating 100% of all profits from the single to Christian charity. Yet they must pay for the studio musician fees and CD manufacturing costs. Therefore donations at their website noted above are welcome.


Now Tracking: Better Than A Hallelujah

I hope to help make YOUR project sound GREAT soon!

I hope to help make YOUR project sound GREAT soon!

Working on a limited release demo CD project mixing original songs with cover tunes. First up? A cover of Amy Grant’s Better Than A Hallelujah.

The songwriting craft evident in Hallelujah blows me away. The lyric is simple yet powerful. The melody just soars. Love it!

There’s no sense in copying Amy’s version, that’s pretty much a definitive performance so rather than attempt to emulate greatness, I want to do something different with it.

One thought was to make it much bigger sounding, over the top alt pop rock with distorted guitars, a full choir, big rock drums, etc.

But I decided while interesting to produce, going huge would lose the best quality this tune has going for it: simple understated beauty. So it will remain at about the same dynamic just a little more dense with a slightly bluesy lead vocal, some Hall & Oates style bgv’s (background vocals) and some unusual instrumentation. Exactly what, I’ll leave as a surprise for now and post an mp3 when the CD is finished.

In my research before charting I found an Amy Grant interview about the song I think you’d find interesting for a lot of reasons.

I also found the The Official Amy Grant Video of Better Than A Hallelujah Not too great of a discovery, Columbus’ place in history remains secure, it comes up 1st in Google, lol.


Beautiful the mess we are.

Wow!

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  • Can be done over the Internet
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Jesus On My Lips

This simple, sweet Christian ballad didn’t require much instrumentation to make it work.

Hot off the press, so to speak, here’s Michael Rourke’s “Jesus On My Lips”

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Piano: Steve King

Strings: Steve King
Gut String Guitar: Bill Watson,
Percussion: Bill Watson
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson

Vocals: A.J. Thacker

Arranged, engineered, produced and mixed by Bill Watson

Jesus On My Lips is ©  2016 Michael Rourke, posted by permission. If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher.

If you have a song you’d like to have a similar sound, please reference this URL in your inquiry to piademos@bellsouth.net


Uptempo Christian Sample Just Posted: Threshold of Love

This uptempo Christian song, part of a multi-song project for this client, has Country, Southern Gospel and R & B influences.

Hot off the press, so to speak, here’s Michael O’ Rourke’s Threshold of Love:

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Drums and Percussion: Jim Riley
Fiddle: Jenee Fleenor
Guitars: Shawn Conley, Bill Watson,
Bass Guitar: Bill Watson
Keyboards: Bill Watson
Hand claps: Angela Derrington, Shawn Conley
Singers: A. J. Thacker and Angela Derrington
Tracking engineering: Shawn Conley, Bill Watson
Arranged produced and mixed by Bill Watson

Threshold of Love is ©  2016 Michael D. Rourke, posted by permission. If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher.

If you have a song you’d like to have a similar sound, please reference this URL in your inquiry to piademos@bellsouth.net


Finished Tracking/Slammin’ Rock Mix of Alive!

Robert Cornacchio and his two writing partners had this to say about our production of Alive:

“Dear Bill, You weren’t kidding when you said this track is slammin’! Ellis rocks, Brittany is GREAT…Jenee…man. we simply LOVE IT !!!! Love the chord changes you wrote in on the solo. You really did some job, man! You and everyone are great! Really love the end chorus!! When can we start the next song? We’d be honored if you’d work with us on song 2!!” ROB C AND EVERY ONE FROM WINSTON HAROLD, THANKS!

Yes, we call did call it a slammin’ track… Give a listen and see if you agree:

Alive is © 2014-2015 Winston Harold, posted by permission. Producer: Bill Watson.

If you’re interested in recording this song; using it in a commercial application such as in a movie or on a website; or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and song publisher.

How about that drummer? That’s William Ellis of Montgommery Gentry. If you need a fantastic right-in-the-pocket rhythm section on YOUR tune, we’ll get him. Or you can request one of the other two fantastic drummers we’ve settled in on after trying dozens of so-called session quality drummers over the years here in Nashville. 

The fiddle (and pulsing fiddle & viola on the bridge)? That’s Jenee Fleenor who plays for Blake Shelton as well as for Martina McBride when her schedule permits. Yes, we can put her incredible skills to work on YOUR song too!

Send your rough mp3 in for a quote: nashtrax@bellsouth.net

If you would like a quote from Play It Again Demos on making a professional version of your song simply drop an e-mail with your rough mp3 or mp4 attached to producer Bill Watson at: nashtrax@bellsouth.net with the details of what you want. Your song can be completed over the Internet or you can be present for the entire process.

Write in another style? There are more samples of work to your right in Categories > Samples of Our Work.


Play It Again Music Publishing Opens Doors!

Play It Again Music Publishing has launched in Nashville!

With Dallas Davidson at the helm and a team of top notch songwriters, this venture is expected to be a huge success. Davidson’s cuts include hits by the likes of Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum. Dabidson has written 30 top ten records and 20 Billboard #1 hits.

Song promotion and publishing is currently available only to songwriters who have an ongoing relationship or staff position with the company.

Runnin’ Out of Moonlight (Billboard Country #1)

Songwriters: Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley & Kelley Lovelac


“Miles And Miles” video released. Your song, our production= You Tube success!

Dan Thompson’s just-released video of the song he wrote for his long haul trucker son who tragically died when he fell asleep and crashed his rig about two months after Dan wrote it. Dan and his band are “lip syncing” and “air guitaring” to the track the Nashville Trax A team played on.

This video was made after Dan’s first trip here to record his vocals on three Dan Thompson penned tunes that producer, Bill Watson, arranged and produced prior.

A simple-to-shoot-and-edit video like this can be posted on You Tube as Dan has done. It’s extremely useful for promotion of your live shows and adding fans to your database, or if you don’t perform, you can monetize the video itself and get paid for the short ads that run each time someone clicks on it. One of our clients has made several of these videos, hiring actors to perform in fairly elaborate videos to the tracks we produce of songs he writes. He has hundreds of thousands of You Tube clicks on several of them and has quite a successful business going.

2-23-16 Bill Watson (center) and Shawn Conley (center) producing/engineering Dan Thompson’s  vocals on 5 additional tunes Dan (pictured left, in booth) wrote to complete the album. Dan has one more meeting to hopefully seal a distribution deal through Sony.

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Above: Dan Thompson performing at The George Jones Entertainment Complex in downtown Nashville on 2-21-16.

Musicians who played on the music track used in the above video:
Drums and percussion: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)
Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Tom Wild, (B.J. Thomas, Mindy McCready, Brenda Lee)
Bass guitar: Bill Watson (producer, Nashville Trax)
Vocals: Dan Thompson
Piano: Ronald Fairchild, (Oak Ridge Boys)
Fiddle: Jenee Fleenor (Blake Shelton, The Voice. Reigning winner of the CMA Touring Musician of th Year Award, Dec. 2015)
Engineers: Bill Watson, Shawn Conley
Produced & Arranged by Bill Watson.

 

The song and video of “Miles and Miles” is © 2016 Dan Thompson. It’s posted here for demonstration of production values only. Any other use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright laws.

Christian Country Song, “Fight The Good Fight” Mix Completed!

Bill Watson, Nashville Trax music producer Nashville Trax, Play It Again Demos

Play It Again Demos Producer/Arranger, Bill Watson

The Christian country song titled Fight The Good Fight, is mixed and out to the songwriting team of Jeff Rutledge and Jerry Ryan, the second we’ve done for them:

A clip of the Rutledge/Ryan “before” version”

Our Play It Again Demos arrangement, picking up where the rough leaves off:

“Hey Bill, I just want to say what an excellent job you did on our song “Fight the Good Fight”. I love all the guitar work and the harmonies that you added. Thank you very much and please pass on my appreciation to the musicians you used”- Jeff Routledge

“Bill, We all love it! Great job! You guys out did yourselves this time! God bless.” Jerry

The song is hot off the press with publishing open and right of first release intact. If you’d like to publish or record it we’d be glad to forward your interest to the songwriters.

Fight the Good Fight is © 2014 Rutledge/Ryan. All rights reserved, presented here as a demonstration of production values, all other use prohibited under U.S. and International copyright law.


Investors Interested in Investing in Your Indie Recording or CD project

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As you’ve probably already found out, it’s not easy to find someone willing to sink their cash into your project. But if you have aspirations of being an artist on a major label, it’s time to figure out how to secure funding and turn a profit on a smaller scale. Why? Because almost all artists on major labels are signed now, not only because they have talent, but because they bring two million dollars or more to the table, along with a proven track record. Very little talent? Enough money gets you signed anyway.

For your first album it’s going to be difficult to interest an outside investor because they’re going to look at your offer purely from a financial payback standpoint. But you can’t guarantee them you’ll sell one download of a single!

Therefore the second best investment sources are: family, friends and fans. One of them may be in a financial position to risk a substantial sum to help you get started. If you make good choices on the where and the how, you can do an entire eight song, independent, high quality album for under $10,000, certainly no more than $50,000 including some advertising/marketing funds, so it’s possible that one close-to-you investor, or multiple close-to-you investors will fund you.

If that fails you’ll need to address the very best source of funding: yourself. Whether you invest savings, income or borrow from a bank or credit card, if you aren’t willing to “show the money” and prove you believe in yourself, why would anyone else? Better, you won’t be beholden, feeling pressure to return a profit quickly. In fact. the profits? All yours!

So why would you invest in your career? Exactly what is your business plan for recouping the initial investment? Have you mapped it out on paper?

Will you sell an average of 15 CDs at every gig? How many gigs do you perform at in a typical year? How much profit does that work out to over two years? If you only average 50 people per show and 40 of them are the same faces attending repeatedly, it’s unlikely you can sell 15 CDs per performance after that first CD release show. One or two CDs poer gig? maybe. You need realistic projections not fantasy. Do you need to start gaining new-face exposure by playing one offs in a concert setting rather than working the same bar or two over and over?

Why do a CD at all? Because it’s tangible. Selling downloads directly at gigs is difficult if not impossible. If you want to capture a long term fan while they are still excited over the performance you just delivered, get a CD in their hands!

Here’s a Christian vocal group who has recorded two albums with a third is in progress, that is seeing amazing success with sales and performances, partly due to the high quality of the song tracks we produced in collaboration with a mix studio in Maine :

The Greatest Gift CD

Working from their roughs, we cut the music tracks here which we then uploaded to a studio in Maine where the group cut their vocals and the project was mixed (by Bob Catalano).

They sell physical CDs at performances and sell both physical CDs and downloads at CD Baby:

Buy The Greatest Gift CD

Here’s another way to approach making a CD:

The Dan Thompson Band

Dan is already offering the first three songs we recorded/produced at Nashville Trax on his CD as downloads:

Dan Thompson Band singles

Market your music online? Where? When? how often?

This Nashville Trax client has also experienced success, but not through live performance or a website, rather by making videos incorporating projects we produced for him and posting them on youtube,com:

Gary’s youtube business

Whatever your plan, it’s critical that you keep good records, including, accounting books, photos, videos, receipts, etc. If you do decide to pursue a bigger deal or even attempt to secure an angel investor for your second project, they’ll want proof that your first project turned a profit.


“Help Me Jesus One More Time” Mix Finished!

Here’s a clip of songwriter David Greer’s first demo with us, finished today.

Based on David’s guitar/vocal rough, we produced two versions, one with  Ray, a baritone, singing lead and harmony and a Bob Dylan style harmonica played by Mike Douchette. as the main lead instrument that I thought turned out great, well enough that David’s father thought it was the best song recording he’d ever heard.

But David wanted to hear it with a higher pitched vocal and fiddle instead of harp so this posted version features our singer, Jason. We’ll pick it up coming into the pre-chorus section:

Blake Sheton’s fiddle player, Jenee Fleenor plays both fiddle and mandolin. Other musicians include William Ellis of Montgommery Gentry on drums, Nashville Trax producer Bill Watson on bass guitar, Ron Fairchild of The Oaks on piano and Tom Wellenbacher on guitar who’s played with everyone from B.J. Thomas to Mindy McCreedy, .

“Jesus Help Me One More Time” is © 2015 David Greer. Bill Watson, producer.