Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mercy’s Well Is In The Studio Recording Convention Style

Talented and innovative vocal trio, Mercy’s Well, is back in the studio working on a brand new recording. This will be the third installment in their tremendously successful Hymns Series. This time around they are recording an album full of classic Convention Style music while adding a fresh twist to the great sound of the Convention era.

Brad Strider, along with producer Donna Beauvais, was recently in the studio with two of the best piano players in the country laying the foundation for the new album, aptly titled Songbook: Where Hymns and Harmony Live. Gordon Mote and David Huntsinger played their hearts out on songs like “God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud,” “Life Will Be Sweeter Someday,” and “When They Ring The Bells Of Heaven,” just to name a few. There will be a total of 12 songs in all.

There are some special surprises coming on the recording, including incredible bass singing appearances by the legendary Gene McDonald and one of the lowest bass singers in Gospel music, Paul Harkey, of the Anchormen Quartet.

Strider, owner and tenor singer for Mercy’s Well, shared his excitement about this new recording; "Convention style music has always been a part of my family, dating back to my grandfather's quartet and their local radio show back in the 1940's and 50's. Even though I wasn't around back then, I have a deep love and appreciation for this particular ‘brand’ of Gospel music and the history it represents. Nothing compares to the tight vocal harmonies and slick piano accompaniment that came from of that amazing era."

Vocals for Songbook: Where Hymns and Harmony Live begin next week at the Hoppers studio in North Carolina called The Farm. The recording is slated for release during the National Quartet Convention in September in Louisville, KY.

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