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in the studio By Andrew Greer
Album Title: What If We Were Real
release date: April 2011
recording Studio: Chris stevens’ Fab
Music, Nashville, Tenn.
Producer: Chris stevens, dan Muckala
and Chance scoggins
number of Songs: 11
Studio PreP 101: I do a 20 minute vocal warm-up right
before I sing and drink lots of water!
HoneSty rockS: “What If We Were Real” is the first song
I wrote for the album and is probably the most honest song
I’ve ever written. Plus, I like to rock out every now and then!
Mountain HigH, Valley low: I have learned that people
appreciate knowing that they are not the only ones that go
through highs and lows and that I need to be transparent in
my triumphs and struggles.
BgV delegation: I perform some of the background
vocals, but I also like the textures that accompany a couple
of different voices on a track.
PreP tecH: As a songwriter and a busy touring artist,
Mandisa needs portable resources for creating away from
home. Here’s a quick rundown of her favorite way to write
while on the road:
• I write using Garage Band on my Apple MacBook.
• Pros: An accurate accounting of how the song came
• Cons: An accurate accounting of how my voice sounds
for a prevIew of oTher aLBuMs reLeasIng soon,
for More InforMaTIon on ManDIsa,
in-Studio MicroPHoneS: Sony c800, Manley Reference
otHer gear: Shadow Hills Mic Pres, Retro Sta-Level,
Empirical Labs Distressors