Friday, February 16, 2018

Story Behind "Right Where You Want Me" EP

My new 5-song EP, Right Where You Want Me, has been over four years in the making, and is finally here!

The EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Bandcamp. Click any of the links below to listen.

The songs for the EP were written in early 2014 and the majority of the instruments were recorded in Nashville, TN between February and April 2015. Vocals for the project were recorded at my home studio throughout 2017. The project was finally mixed in the winter of 2017 and mastered in February 2018. The project began as an 11-song record and was eventually scaled back to five songs due to time and budget restraints.

It feels like this EP has been the most challenging project to date, although the memories of struggles and setbacks of every project seem to fade over time. I can definitely say that these five songs were worth every minute and every penny. Not only was I stretched creatively like never before, I was pushed to trust God on a new level. He is the one who helped me every step of the way and carried me through to the finish line. I also wouldn't have arrived if it wasn't for my wife, who has been my number one fan and teammate.

I had a lot more time and money on my hands when I released Snapshots of the Shattered Soul back in 2011. It's a whole new ballgame juggling the responsibilities of husband, provider and now father of two busy young children. It seems like these songs should have been completed years ago, but they wouldn't be what they are now if it wasn't for the mountains I had to scale along this creative journey. Ironically, Right Where You Want Me has been a lesson in waiting and believing that through God, all things are possible.

Lyrics & music written by Marc Andre
Produced by Marc Andre for 10x12 Productions
Recorded by Todd Robbins at Sound Emporium Studio B, Nashville, TN
Vocals, keyboards and percussion recorded at 10x12 Productions, Columbus, OH
Strings for Until You Meet Her recorded by Baeho ”Bobby” Shin at Little Big Sound, Nashville, TN
B3 for Until You Meet Her recorded at New Life Church, Gahanna, OH
Recording assistant: Eric Rice

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 mixed by Jeff Juliano
Track 3 mixed by J. Hall
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonics Mastering, Memphis, TN

Drums: Miles McPherson
Bass: Joeie Canaday
Electric and acoustic guitar: Mike Payne
Electric guitar: Jerry McPherson
B3: Rich Barrett
Keyboards & drum programming: Marc Andre
Violin: David Davidson, David Angell
Viola: Monisa Angell
Cello: Carol Rabinowitz

String arrangement for Until You Meet Her by Rich Barrett

Artwork by Jenny Alberti at Amelia St. Studio

Watch the promo video here.

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