Music Industry News Network [01-07-2016]
Grammy Award Winning Producer Joins Forces With Indie Radio Favorite Singer/Songwriter
Artists that 2 time Grammy award winner Don McCollister has worked with have collectivley sold over 15 million albums, been nominated for 85 major music awards, of which they have won 47, had 34 #1 billboard hits and charted singles. Often dubbed "the artist's" producer because he himself is a multi-instrumentalist who continues to perform live on the festival circuit. His band the Smokin' Novas (Andrew Hyra, Brian Bristow) will be playing the prestigious 30A Songwriters Festival (http://www.30asongwritersfestival.com) alongside artists McCollister has previously produced (Kristian Bush & Shawn Mullins to name a few).
Claire Pearson (previously performed as Pearson Perry but dropped the Perry moniker after divorce) is an Atlanta based singer-songwriter whose song "Love is a Mountain" (co-written with Heidi Higgins) charted #37 on on the top 100 list of most played singles on independent radio in 2014. She was also one of the top 5 most played pop artists on independent radio in 2014 according to Roots Music Report. She founded Atlanta Intown Songwriters in 2011 to build the Atlanta artist network for aspiring songwriters.
McCollister joined forces with Pearson last summer when he moved down the street from her in Ormewood Park, Atlanta, GA. The two quickly found that their voices blended easily and Claire's songwriting and Don's production skills were a good match. They spent a week holed up in Pearson's bedroom recording their upcoming album The Bedroom Sessions which is currently in production and will be released in early 2016. The two describe their music as "sexy, folk, pop, country" which relies heavily on acoustic instruments, loop building, and tight vocal harmonies. The song #heybabe will be the first single and can be heard for free on their website www.theormewoods.com.
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