To me, better illustrates the role of a record producer better than this scene from the movie, Begin Again, which stars Keira Knightly as a struggling artist and Mark Ruffalo as a washed up producer. I use the term, "record producer" quite intentionally because, though vinyl records are making a comeback, they have been replaced over the years by 8-tracks, then cassettes and now, digital formats, but a "record producer" is still creating a record of what should be the very best possible performance of a piece of music. Anyway, you can start with a great song and the finest musicians, but without a good producer, you might not experience the real magic that can happen in the studio.
I feel blessed to have discovered Scott Leader, who produced three of my albums and is co-producing the fourth one, and Mark DeCozio who I worked with on my original single releases. Scott had the patience to work with a novice, the musical talent to complement my material, the connections to some terrific session musicians, the technical prowess to produce, engineer and mix, and the flexibility to allow my developing creativity to come to life. Mark, another truly gifted producer, engineer and accomplished musician in his own right, helped me set up my home studio for preparing demos and has been highly instrumental (pun intended) in the production of my new material. Both Scott and Mark are principals in Brick Road Studio, the world class, state-of-the-art professional recording studio where I have had the pleasure to record almost all of my original music.
I've been very fortunate to have surrounded myself with a group of musicians that are able to take my compositions to a level I never imagined. Drummers, Joe Costello, Dan Tomlinson and Todd Chuba, Guitarist, Adam Armijo, Bassist, John Hayden and, of course, Scott Leader and Mark DeCozio on keyboards, guitars and a host of other instruments all combine to provide the outstanding performances of the music I create. Scott Leader also contributed many of the backing harmonies on my first three albums, as did my daughter, Ali Welbourn, who I am always ever so proud to sing with, and whose angelic voice is also prominently featured on my single, "Time Of Our Lives," released in 2021. On two of my 2020 single releases, ("One Day at a Time" & "Times Are Changing") I was honored to feature Charity Lockhart on backing vocals . She added an entirely new dimension to my projects and was a pleasure to work with.