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Refreshingly Different Debut Album Brings Gifted Artist and Great Songs to a Forgotten Audience
"Vocalessence by Amy" poised to continue the tradition of great music albums set by Norah Jones, Carole King, Céline Dion and Karen Carpenter.
Legendary record industry icons Clive Davis and Arif Mardin have both stated in books and interviews that the most important factor in making records is having great songs. Regardless of how talented the artist, how cutting-edge the recording studio, how great the producer, without great songs there's little chance of success. Producer Randall Michael Tobin notes, "In listening to today's radio across several genres, great songs are far and few between (except for oldies and classic radio stations). I grew up listening to great songs by artists like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carpenters, and there are millions of others like myself who wonder where all the great music has gone. Records today are not made for those of us who remember what great songs are all about. We're a 'forgotten audience' as far as major record releases are concerned. So it's even more refreshing in this day and age to hear a new album where every song stands on its own and connects with each member of that audience."
One of the songs Randall wrote specifically for Amy took First Place in the Great American Song Contest 2012 (winners were officially announced in March 2013) in the Adult Contemporary category. "'Kinda Cool' is a very special song that was inspired by a casual remark Amy made while we were working together in the studio," said Randall. "That's the kind of magic that can happen when two artists interact. I'm sure there are many similar stories behind the making of great records by artists like Norah Jones, Carole King, Céline Dion and Karen Carpenter (Carpenters)
Randall continued, "Besides writing songs specifically for Amy as well as co-writing songs with her, we also selected two classic songs and arranged them in fresh, new ways. The first one was 'That's Amore' (originally made famous by Dean Martin in the 50s) and the other choice was The Beatles' 'In My Life.' Initial responses to Amy's versions of these songs have been overwhelmingly positive."
To get these great songs directly to the people who still appreciate and value great music, Randall created a web site, complete with behind-the-scenes stories about each song, and a music player that lets every listener hear a section of each. The songs and stories, presented in the order in which they were recorded, allow website visitors the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the record-making process, and to hear the results as well.
Randall pointed out, "Amy and I didn't set out to make a record like this; it just happened... magic happens every once in a great while. But the ultimate goal of our mission, is getting this music into the hands and hearts of all of the listeners in the world who would absolutely love to have another 'Tapestry' or 'Come Away with Me' to cherish and become part of the soundtrack of their lives. That would be the ultimate magic."
Visit the "Vocalessence by Amy" web site here: http://VocalessenceByAmy.com