Austin Jazz Pianist Rich Harney

by Gary Powell, Austin Vocal Producer

richRich Harney is a small man by physical stature, but you’ll think again when when hearing him play piano.

RICH HARNEY PLAYS DEEP!

I have known Rich for a couple of decades just from both of us being in the Austin music scene. He knows I specialize in working with studio singers and studio choral recordings are a mainstay of my production business. I am honored that Rich sought me out for the recording of “Jesus, Lamb of God”, which is Rich’s new choral composition. The piece is haunting and healing largely from the beautiful colors drawn from Rich’s harmonic personal library.

Larry Seyer Offers “Merry Larry Christmas”

For Free Download

by Gary Powell
Austin Guitarist Larry Seyer
I met the guitar-playing audio engineer Larry Seyer in my first professional recording session in 1978. No need to shop around for another Larry. There isn’t one. Over one hundred albums later and we’re still doing it. As Larry’s gift to his family and fans, Larry has made his “Merry Larry Christmas” album available as a free download from his site.

(Christmas is over, now, but maybe Larry will offer this again next year!!!)
Click Here or Photo to Visit Larry Seyer’s Site and
Download “Merry Larry Christmas”

by Gary Powell
Austin Guitarist Larry Seyer
I met the guitar-playing audio engineer Larry Seyer in my first professional recording session in 1978. No need to shop around for another Larry. There isn’t one. Over one hundred albums later and we’re still doing it. As Larry’s gift to his family and fans, Larry has made his “Merry Larry Christmas” album available as a free download from his site.

(Christmas is over, now, but maybe Larry will offer this again next year!!!)
Click Here or Photo to Visit Larry Seyer’s Site and
Download “Merry Larry Christmas”

Singer Helen Darling Records

for Songwriter David Barrett

by Gary Powell, Vocal Producer
David Barrett Album
Songwriter David Barrett lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you watch college basketball on television then you have probably heard David’s work. From David’s site: “The song is “One Shining Moment”—the paean to endeavor that now crowns the NCAA Basketball Finals.” I have only met David once while he visited Austin, but found him to be soft spoken with a kindly and considerate demeanor living a clearly examined life. He’s the guy you wish could have a larger voice in the world of music. I hope you will visit David’s site to learn more about this talented man.

by Gary Powell, Vocal Producer
David Barrett Album
Songwriter David Barrett lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you watch college basketball on television then you have probably heard David’s work. From David’s site: “The song is “One Shining Moment”—the paean to endeavor that now crowns the NCAA Basketball Finals.” I have only met David once while he visited Austin, but found him to be soft spoken with a kindly and considerate demeanor living a clearly examined life. He’s the guy you wish could have a larger voice in the world of music. I hope you will visit David’s site to learn more about this talented man.

Author John Lee Records Poetry

“Sleeping in Public”

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John Lee is the author of the bestselling “Flying Boy” series, as well as “Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately” and “Writing from the Body”. He lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with his wife, Susan, and conducts workshops around the country. BUT, he used to live in Austin just around the corner from me. We met in the studio today to continue an audio project we had actually begun on November 25, 1995. The date is important only in our recognition of where we have both “arrived” in one small decade.

by Gary PowellGrowing Yourself Back Up Book Cover

John Lee is the author of the bestselling “Flying Boy” series, as well as “Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately” and “Writing from the Body”. He lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with his wife, Susan, and conducts workshops around the country. BUT, he used to live in Austin just around the corner from me. We met in the studio today to continue an audio project we had actually begun on November 25, 1995. The date is important only in our recognition of where we have both “arrived” in one small decade.

The Austin “Lollipop” Studio Singers

by Gary Powell

Austin Session PhotoWalt Disney’s new animated feature movie “Chicken Little” is due in theatres on November 4, 2005. Chances are pretty good that there you might hear the 1958 song “Lollipop”, written by Ross and Dixon, originally performed by the Chordettes.

Ted Kryczko, Vice President of Product Development for Walt Disney Records, calls saying we’re going to cover the song on an upcoming release in support of the movie. When I get the call, immediately my head starts spinning in search of the perfect singers. In this case, it was simple. Which three Austin studio singers could best replicate possibly the most white-bread, bubble-gum infectious tune ever perpetrated on the Amercian musical scene? So who best to deliver the “cheese” factor but Jerome Schoolar, Rebecca Schoolar (Jerome’s sister) and Meredith McCall. Beyond their cheesiness, all three singers have many credits in my studio and active careers themselves in theatre and TV.

by Gary Powell

Austin Session PhotoWalt Disney’s new animated feature movie “Chicken Little” is due in theatres on November 4, 2005. Chances are pretty good that there you might hear the 1958 song “Lollipop”, written by Ross and Dixon, originally performed by the Chordettes.

Ted Kryczko, Vice President of Product Development for Walt Disney Records, calls saying we’re going to cover the song on an upcoming release in support of the movie. When I get the call, immediately my head starts spinning in search of the perfect singers. In this case, it was simple. Which three Austin studio singers could best replicate possibly the most white-bread, bubble-gum infectious tune ever perpetrated on the Amercian musical scene? So who best to deliver the “cheese” factor but Jerome Schoolar, Rebecca Schoolar (Jerome’s sister) and Meredith McCall. Beyond their cheesiness, all three singers have many credits in my studio and active careers themselves in theatre and TV.

Craig Johnson Sings for Walt Disney Records

by Gary Powell

Craig Johnson PhotoOne of the best aspects of working as a producer for Walt Disney Records is the variety of song styles and orchestration they ask for. Sometimes this calls for discovering talent such as a new Pink, or Julie Andrews, or Jiminy Cricket or, in this case, Johnny Mathis. Believe me that it is much easier to identify a current-day pop singer than a fabulous crooner like Andy Williams or Johnny Mathis. In this case, the song was the 1963 Christmas tune, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Eddie Pola and George Wyle. They also wrote “I Said My Pajamas (And Put On My Pray’rs)”. George Wyle also penned the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island”!

by Gary Powell

Craig Johnson PhotoOne of the best aspects of working as a producer for Walt Disney Records is the variety of song styles and orchestration they ask for. Sometimes this calls for discovering talent such as a new Pink, or Julie Andrews, or Jiminy Cricket or, in this case, Johnny Mathis. Believe me that it is much easier to identify a current-day pop singer than a fabulous crooner like Andy Williams or Johnny Mathis. In this case, the song was the 1963 Christmas tune, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Eddie Pola and George Wyle. They also wrote “I Said My Pajamas (And Put On My Pray’rs)”. George Wyle also penned the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island”!