I just had to share with you all that Scott Raines & I had an amazing studio recording session with Grammy & Dove award winning producer & former bassist for DC Talk, Otto Price. In the studio we also worked with drummer Tate Cunningham of “SafetySuit” who just got off tour with “Daughtry,” and incredible guitarist and sweetheart, Greg Hagan who plays with “LeAnn Rimes”, and “Little Big Town,” among countless others for numerous televised performances. Also we had my life long friend and agent, Ed Reynolds who joined us in the studio while we created our master piece. We started off the session going over the song and with Greg’s help tweaked some parts of the song that needed a bit of a lift. The song we recorded is a song that I wrote the melody and lyrics to called “You and Me,” that I popped over to my writing partner Scott Raines to create his music masterpiece and bring our song to life. Before even arriving in the studio the song was without a lifting chorus and just kind of chugged along. Otto felt the song needed to have a chorus written in and asked me to do that within a couple of weeks. I probably wrote at least 6 different versions while also changing some key lyrics in the verses and bridge of the original song. After sending them over to Otto and weeding out the lackluster versions of the newly written Chorus’s, we settled on the final version of the chorus that I had come up with in that short time. I met up with Scott, and we recorded the song with his music on our cell phones while sitting at a picnic table in a park. The studio session was only in a few days so we had to get it mostly done, while leaving some creative space for the crew to have input. This proved to be challenging, although extremely exciting and a good experience for us. So as we are all sitting there finally in the studio together going over the song, Greg hears some changes he wants to make to the arrangement to give us more of a genre, maybe “Colbie Caillat,” meets “Sheryl Crow,” meets “Taylor Swift.” Basically it is our own unique sound with probably every artist I’ve ever been influenced by, which is a lot. But to narrow it down, it’s a pop/country vibe that can only be described by the listener, you. So after we make some changes to arrangement and about 2 tweaks to the melody line where I went down with the note, and Greg & Scott heard it go up…we were ready for Greg and Tate to lay down their parts. Everything was happening so fast, before I knew it the guys were done and heading out and Scott was laying down his acoustic guitar parts in lightening speed and I was up next! I didn’t know how it was going to go. I was so impressed with these guys and how professional they were that I was a little intimidated. I didn’t even know if I was going to remember how the newly written song was going to go and was I going to remember the order. I was so afraid I at first asked Scott to stay back there with me in the booth as he laughed and said, “you’ve got this.” I couldn’t even remember what key the song was in, when asked because I was so flustered. Here again we were moving at lightening speed and before I knew it I had maybe sang through the song 2 to 3 times with Otto happy with the product. I couldn’t even hear myself through the headphones but we moved so quick I just went for it and didn’t say anything. After mentioning it to Otto, he said he didn’t want to change anything because it was making me sing out which really added to the song and didn’t want to mess with that. I concurred with Otto and we continued on with background vocals. After we creatively laid down BV parts with myself and Scott Raines, then it probably took Otto mere minutes to produce something that sounded ready for radio. I can sit here and say that I was blown away but what I was hearing. Funny thing was we didn’t even have the bass recorded yet or any of the other extra instruments and sounds we wanted to add. So as Otto informed me the song was only 20% done I can only imagine how it will turn out. With this song under our belt we plan on seeking more investors for our endeavor of recording a radio ready EP for promoting our music and getting signed with a record label. I tell you what, I can officially say, It is very hard work, but well worth it! I can’t wait to share the tune with you guys, and just wanted to share with you how the session in Nashville turned out. Special thanks to our investors who I will not name as to respect their privacy! THANK YOU FANS! New music coming to you real soon!
Do What You Love & LOVE BIG,
OK, OK! So we aren’t exactly called Music Therapy, and we can’t exactly call it music therapy, but essentially that’s what we provide!! Scott Raines and I will be bringing all of the music therapy you could possibly need tonight at Pack’s Tavern in Asheville, NC starting at 9pm! Bring your empty belly and an appetite for music and you shall both get your belly & soul filled with wondrous goodies! Best of all there’s no charge for the music! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces there! After all it is FRIDAY! Be safe folks and we’ll see you at the session!
Do What You Love & LOVE BIG!
I say we start Spring early with some hot music and fresh food at Bear Creek Marina this Saturday night March 9th at 7:30pm! If you’re with me say “I love daffodils!” Scott Raines and I will be playing our uplifting tunes for the folks in Nebo, NC on Lake James. Our start time is set for around 7:30pm and we will play a few hours as we warm up for the real headliner of this show, SPRING! I can’t wait to see you all there, and Lord knows I’m ready to kick this season off with some soulful music, good friends, and scrumptious food! Who could ask for anything more? Spring on out to Bear Creek Marina this Saturday and let yourselves bloom to the music and bring your sunshine! See you beautiful flowers there!
Do What You Love & LOVE BIG! <3
Hi there, my devout friends & fans! I thought you would like to know that I’m working on writing several new songs at the moment with my musical partner in crime Scott Raines. The new musical direction is a cool breeze vibe, lifting your soul in flight through the cloudless skies. There’s lots of growing, falling, and sweet loving. In my opinion it’s a hot recipe of home cooked music ready for you to indulge. So throw your napkin in your laps, and lift your plates in the air. Or better yet, be the first one in the kitchen waiting for the timer to chime and the fresh music to be served. While your there check out a new song we’re stirring in the pot called “You & Me,” and another called “Waking up.” You can find these in my YouTube kitchen at the right of this page, or click on these links.
"You and Me(video)"
"Waking Up (video)"
Also check out our upcoming show dates! We would love to see you!
Do What You Love & LOVE BIG <3
Hello fans & friends alike! I just wanted to let you know that I don’t always get a chance to write a full blog, but I do update VIA twitter and though all of my other sites..So if you just look to the right of my website here you will see where my twitter feed is and can see regular updates there. Otherwise I will do my best to write a blog and encourage you to check out my other social sites which you can access by the icons on this page! I appreciate your steadfast support & love always and forever. Scott Raines’ and I have added some new band members and our shows have been amazing!! We have added Jesse Gentry as our bass player, and Christopher Chappell Pyle as our drummer and these guys are seriously talented. I recently came back from Maui and had the opportunity to sing with the Hawaiian band “Paradise” at the Grand Wailea Resort on the second night of the Maui Film Festival. Everyone there was so amazing, I can’t even begin to explain! I also became inspired and came back with some fresh tunes to share with all of you! One of those songs is a live recording featured on a video which is located on reverbnation (the red star icon on this page.) We have enough material for a second album and I’m confident we will be recording soon! Please keep on believing in yourself and your passions because every day will be rewarding and without regrets. One day you will know why God had you climb that steep mountain in the first place! Believe and LOVE!
Had another AMAZING show at Pack’s Tavern, Asheville NC w/Scott Raines last night!! We had at at least 30 of our own friends & fans who came out in the rain to support us and what a blast it was! Everyone put up with my rusty surprise tap dancing for the holidays! It just keeps getting better & better, & mostly thanks to your support, love & appreciation of the music! Had friends & other artists surprise us by showing up & just made our night! Thanks “Calico Moon” & “Common Saints!” Now get our there & “Do what you love, & love BIG!”
Hi my lovely fans! This whole getting used to a website thing in the midst of all the social networking sites has been a little difficult for me! Forgive me, I will eventually make it to where one post here post’s everywhere! Thank you for being so kind, loving, and patient! Scott and I have worked up a very fun show for everyone Friday night and we can’t WAIT to see you all! Every show is so exciting for us and we always have the BEST audience members! Thank you! Scott and I will be at Pack’s Tavern from 9pm-12am Dec.16th and hopefully so will you! We will be recording and photographing this show and will have CD’s, YES CD’s for sale!! My album “Words of Wisdom,” (I should say OUR album as I had a lot of help) has released and we are ready to share it with you!! Do what you Love, and Love Big!
- Artist: Laura Michaels & Scott Raines
- Date: Friday, December 16th 2011
- City: Laura Michaels & Scott Raines in Asheville
- Venue: Pack’s Tavern
- Address: 20 South Spruce Street Asheville, NC 28801-3745
- Venue phone: (828) 225-6944
- Country: United States
- Admission: $0
- Age restrictions: All Ages
- Box office: N/A
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What’s up fans & friends! Thanks to you all, we reached our kickstarter goal and in 14 days I can transfer the funds and get to printing those “Words of Wisdom” CD’s for you! Finally, right?! Seriously though, I am just thankful for you and your support, because without you this wouldn’t be possible and certainly wouldn’t be as much fun! Love to you!
Also, I forgot to mention to you earlier that Scott Raines & I finally met up at the studio and recorded you guys some YouTube videos! Honestly, it took me some time to warm up to the idea, because I am not used to having a camera in my face! It is harder than it looks, right? After a nice break & visit & pep talk from Artemus Pyle, I realized, “this aint so bad.” I finally loosened up and hopefully Scott Raines does some serious editing and makes me look even better..Haha ;-) Well, we will let you know when those suckers get posted on YouTube! In the mean time, pat yourselves on the back for a job well done in raising the funds for the album release, and get ready for what is to come! <3
Do what you Love, & Love BIG!
Hi friends! Wow, I had a fantastic show with Nikki Calloway at Packs Tavern last Saturday during Bele Chere & looking forward to my show this Thursday Aug.4, 2011 from 8pm-11pm w/Scott Raines!
Thanks to Tez Sherard, Scott Raines and I had a great time meeting and listening to some really great players at Hole n’ Da Wall in Asheville, NC. Tez is the sweetest ever! I’ve never seen someone who can play the heck out of some drums while texting flawlessly at the same time. Hehe. You can catch Tez touring around this fall with Edwin McCain promoting his newest album, “Mercy Bound.”
Also my cousin Caitlin got me involved in knitting scarves for the 2012 Special Olympics, and I just love it! I admire her for volunteering her time and it is contagious! She and I had a great knitting session today and will keep on going until the Feb deadline. There are specific requirements and you can check it out at the link below. If you want to get involved and you like to knit, this is YOUR chance to make the participants of this wonderful event feel extra loved & warm!
Do what you Love, & Love Big!
Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by to check out my new website that is still under construction! Big “Thank You,” to Mick Radford who is designing it, and who has been oh so kind to me along the way! I hope to be delivering nothing but good news from here on out on this new lovely site and will keep you updated as things develope! Thank you for being a fan of my music, for showing your love and support through my many projects. You can click on the Kickstarter link on this page to check out the status of the printing of my album “Words of Wisdom” or to become a backer. Time is running out! Thanks everyone, & love to all!
Do what you Love, & Love Big,