Doubt Your Doubts
This Friday I'm excited to announce the release of my first rock/alternative single called "BELIEVE". It will be the first song released off of John Ebdon's debut album "DAWN HUNTER". BELIEVE is our most explosive song sonically, blending classic rock elements with a lyric which points to alternative "contemporary Christian music." The message and vision of this piece collide in the address of a doubting Thomas in each of us met with the bending of a God that pursues us for relationship.
This is the first major production release under my new Production Label/Studio The ToneCrafters.
John Ebdon - voice & acoustic guitar, Frank Hart - electric guitar, Jonas Vasquez - bass, johnny Simmons-drums, written by John ebdon, produced & engineered by Calvin Venus, recorded at Tonecrafters Studio, Publishing by Mattaniah Studios. Atomic Opera fans may note that 80% of the popular Christian band features heavily on this record.
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Ive neglected you, Its been almost a month since I posted a blog, my bad! Allow me to make up for it...
I have been a little overwhelmed recently. It's no excuse, but, i have been caught up setting up a new label, building a new studio, and mixing and mastering for over 30 clients all with deadlines inside the same month. Oh and Hurricane Harvey hit our city which impacted every area of my personal and professional life. Thankfully, both our home and studio is dry, but so many of our friends, family and clients weren't as fortunate.
This Friday I'm excited to announce the release of my first rock/alternative single called "BELIEVE". It will be the first song released off of John Ebdon's debut album "DAWN HUNTER". BELIEVE is our most explosive song sonically, blending classic rock elements with a lyric which points to alternative "contemporary Christian music."
Caribbean Gospel-RnB rising star Sade Sealey releases a thought-provoking song called "Love Over Hate". Now before you think that this is one of those good over evil, feel good Gospel songs...its not. This is a progressive RnB song that boasts of melodic arrangements that compliment the dark yet hopeful introspective lyrics. In the chorus Sade asks the same question we are all ask at certain times in our lives. "What am I living for?"...Lets think about that for a sec.
Yes, the title of this blog relates to its content, and that can be fully realized if your watch the attention grabbing intro to the video "Sinful World" released today by I'm Doin Jesus label.
He did it...#4 on Billboard's Gospel Album Chart!
Humble, blessed and stuck for a few words Sherwin recants his rough journey to the top. "Its only because of God's grace Im alive and steadfast" is the understatement of the year so far. Sherwin grew up in a tiny village in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and when not touring round the world spreading bible-centric messages of the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
Palace gives allows for no rest as he rolls out another mixtape.
I love this dude, as his engineer, Palace has so much music planned you really have to watch this guy! When he handed his projects on a hard-drive packed and ready for me to dive into some "gloss" as he calls it, I know he was serious.
When I receive music to be mixed and mastered, I often try to imagine how the music video would be. I think all engineers do, right?
This definitely happens when I'm told that the song I'm working on is going to be the single. This song is different because I had no idea GS was creating a video for "More & More" from his 2016 monster album "Committed", let alone a short-film...
I've learnt a few interesting things about this brilliant city in the 5 years of living here; #1 job creation, #1 space exploration, #1 ethnic diversity, #1 the most fortune 500 companies and much more...
...Houston is a #1 for both international and domestic sex trafficking. International human trafficking is prevalent in Houston because this city is located near the border, has a port, an international airport, and is ethnically diverse. International women and girls are being trafficked in Houston’s massage parlors and cantinas.
When the Caribbean gospel powerhouse, Sherwin Gardner came to me, he was looking for a dynamic live album that retained each song's unique energy from each live performance and yet the energy must translate well in a album worthy format for his global audience. I found out very quickly why he is one of the hardest working international gospel artist, I can literally feel the passion for worship on every song. As a fan, I seriously couldn't say no...and dived straight in. I soon realized that these live recordings varied greatly, however, i'm grateful for the challenge because his audience loves the result.