I started a secret project over a year ago, and thought I would finally share about it tonight. I've been producing a solo album for my good friend Stacy Dupree with her husband Darren King. It's a collaboration that started last year after I wrote some string parts for an Eisley song. Stacy is one of the singers in the band and had written the song I was writing the arrangement for. We seemed to work really well together, so she sent me a bunch of demos that she had been working on. It was one of the most beautiful songs I had heard in a long time, and she gave me free reign to do anything I wanted with it. The track she sent was just vocals, and my job was to fill in the music behind it. So I started with some simple guitar parts, then added keys, and finally the orchestra behind it. When it was finished, I felt more proud than I had for any music I had done up to that point. I sent it to Stacy and Darren, and we made the decision that we wanted this to be an official project. Stacy would write the songs, and Darren and I would co-produce it (arrange the music and record it). We wanted to make something very bold and innovative, attack the songs the way that Bjork would attack a song- with a mindset that we would try anything and everything that would make the songs beautiful.
Since then we've been working back and forth through email. Last week, for the first time, Stacy and Darren came up to Springfield to work on the album. We put in a lot of long hours, and completed several songs. I won't go too much into detail at this point about what's done, and what's left to do; I don't want to create any unrealistic expectations about when Stacy's album will be finished. I will say that it was a dream come true. I must apologize if this sounds overly confident, but there seems to be something really magical in this collaboration. I can't wait for you to hear it. Here are some instant photos we took this week:
It was cold in the studio, and Stacy had her electric blanket with her at all times...
Darren making good use of my most recent flea market find
I will be sure to keep you all posted about this project as we move forward. I know this goes without saying, but I feel I need to say it anyway. Everyone in this project has full time bands that they are in, and this project has no effect on our commitments to those bands. Hopefully that's enough to keep the rumors at bay. The three of us are SO excited, and we hope that you will have patience with us while we keep working on finishing this. I realize that it's a little bit of a tease to announce this without showing you any actual music, but I just couldn't wait any longer. Thanks for reading!