- Created: Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:08
- Written by Shauna
February Release - "Baby, Now That I've Found You"
We’ve done something different with this release. While both the male and female range are based on the same song title, they are inspired by two very different versions. The male key is patterned after the original by The Foundations, and the female was inspired by the 1995 cover by Allison Krause.
“Baby, Now That I’ve Found You,” written by Tony Macauley and John MacLeod, was originally released in 1967 as the debut single for The Foundations. It wasn’t long before it took off, and quickly rose to number one on the British charts, climbing the Billboard Hot 100 to number 11 as well.
The song received new life in 1995 with a country makeover by Allison Krause, climbing the charts for a second time with a completely different sound. When Hunter Keller brought this version to my attention, I fell in love with it immediately, and plans to produce the singing call began. Rough tracks for both the male and female vocal ranges were prepared using this rendition as our inspiration.
As we were nearing completion of the female range track, I started hearing the original song on my oldies station. Likely a coincidence, but it was as if it was there, begging me to not be forgotten. The more I heard it, and I heard it often, the more I was convinced that it also needed to be a singing call. With the female track already in the can, the male track was the only choice for the makeover back to the original sound (sorry Hunter). Although we always produce the male and female tracks separately, sometimes with a slightly different guitar voice, this is the first time we’ve used the two keys to produce completely different arrangements of the same song.
When it came time to record the vocal, Scott Smith had embraced the song, and the new arrangement. A new grandchild for Scott, and recording deadlines for us, meant that Scott couldn’t get down to the studio to record his vocal. We packed up the equipment and met him at the California/Nevada state line (the halfway point) and recorded in a room at Whiskey Pete’s casino. As always, Scott was completely prepared, and did a fantastic job with his vocal before heading back north to Logan to meet his newest grandbaby.
Allison Krause is blessed with one of the most angelic voices on the planet. Recording a cover of anything she sings is an intimidating challenge. The average female voice does not have the range that Allison does, so this key has been adjusted (lowered) to match more of the female calling population. Although a challenge, I truly enjoyed recording the vocal for this beautiful song and arrangement.
CHIC 1051 in the male vocal range features the awesome vocal by Scott Smith with background vocals by Jimmy Mac and Shauna Kaaria.
CHIC 2051 in the female vocal range features the vocal by Shauna Kaaria.
To purchase, just head on over to the Chic Boutique for fast and easy mp3 downloads.
Introductory price is $7.50 and includes the music with and without melody, and the vocal cut.
Both are being sold separately since they were produced separately.
Click on the youtube links (to the left) for previews!