ARTinSTEREO


So yeah… I sang with the Oak Ridge Boys.
January 28, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: Music

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Yesterday was kind of bizarre.  Kat Davis, our manager hit me up earlier this week and asked if I could spare some time Wednesday night to pull away from the studio for a couple of hours to lend my voice and represent FE for a recording that many Nashville artists were coming together to record to benefit relief efforts in Haiti.  She had been asked by “Smitty” to bring her roster of artists and we happen to be in town finishing up our new EP.  Ocean Way Studio, musicians, engineers, producers, and now singers were donating their time to come put together a sort of “We-Are-the-World-gone-Nashville” track titled Come Together Now. The song was written by gospel music veterans Michael W. Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan.  It was a really wild collection of Nashville folks.  If you know Nashville music at all, then you know that means lots of country and gospel artists.  In this case, up-and-coming artists, veterans, and even legends all checked their status at the door and all jumped right in.  The room was full of energy.  Everyone was excited to be a part of the project and stand with other talented musicians and sing their hearts out for Haiti.  It was a really funny experience, one I’m glad to have had the privilege of participate in.  Surely with the names and “star power” represented in the room, this track will sell hundreds of thousands of downloads and raise a ton of money for the relief efforts in Haiti.  You’re certainly invited to do your part.  Be on the lookout for the release of the track in the coming weeks on iTunes and buy it: Come Together Now by Michael W. Smith.  Drop .99 for Haiti and see if you can pick out my voice in the choir.

To be honest, I didn’t recognize half the people in the room, but among the artists I got to meet (and/or appearing on the recording):

Country artists: Wynonna Judd, the Oak Ridge Boys and Vince Gill.

Gospel artists: Michael W. Smith, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Matt Maher, members of dc Talk, Casting Crowns and the Newsboys, Selah, Margaret Becker, the Katinas, Point of Grace, John Schlitt and Nicole C. Mullin (Nicole and I stood together in the choir and had a really fun time goofing around when we were supposed to be learning the song.  She’s awesome.).

American Idol notables: Mandisa, Phil Stacey and Chris Sligh.

Some other big-time producers, composers and such were there as well.

Lots of local and national media were there as well.  Check out some additional coverage of the event by following the media links on this story on my band’s website HERE.

I’ll keep you posted on the release of the song.



COOL STUFF
January 23, 2010, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Music

OK, OK, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Please forgive me, I’ve been slammed with a ton of projects.  Lots of good stuff tho, and if I’m not blogging because I’m bust making music and art, well then I’m sorry.  I’ll blog the stuff I’ve been up to when I can catch my breath and it’ll all even out.

In the meantime, check out this performance by Jamie Lidell, an incredibly creative mind and great musician.  I highly recommend buying his music after you’re done watching this:

Live performance of A Little Bit More by Jamie Lidell.



Hola Cards
January 13, 2010, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Art

OK, I’ve not blogged much… but it’s because I’ve been WORKING.  Lots of designing going on these days, which is great.  And learning a ton, too.  Cool how even though I’ve been doing this for years, each time I flip open my computer I learn a new trick.  It’s fun stuff.

Anyway, one of my upcoming projects will be a series of really quirky, not-so-normal greeting cards, called “hola” cards.  Ya know, cards you send out when you just wanna say, “hola.”  I’m pretty happy with the design ideas I have so far, and will keep you posted as the product actually comes together.  It’s gonna be fun, fresh and unique.  At least, that’s my hope.  In the meantime, I’ll try to keep you posted on some more creative stuff as I get a few minutes here and there!



ART In Stereo Featured on Fresh Art site
January 8, 2010, 2:23 pm
Filed under: Art, Promotional stuff

Hey guys, I’m proud to announce that ARTinSTEREO is being featured on Fresh Art Photography’s “Artist Spotlight” this week.  Click here to read the full feature & interview on their blog!

I am partnering with Fresh Art to offer Valentine’s Day cards as well.  They are doing mini-photo sessions this month and will be using cards designed by yours truly.  Visit their site for more info on Valentine’s Day mini-photo sessions.  If you’re a photographer and are interested in purchasing the ARTinSTEREO Valentine Card template package, the charge is only $25 for the bundle, which includes 5 two-sided designs.  Contact me at russ@fundamentalelements.net to purchase your templates. Here’s a look at what we’re offering (click on each image for a larger view)...

[photos by Fresh Art Photography]