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Recording Vocals With Vocalist Susan Marshall (Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz)


SusanMarshall1The trick about recording vocals is that it has nothing to do with the gear and everything to do with the performance.

So who better to ask about the performance part of the vocal recording session than a seasoned recording artist?

This week we finish up our series of interviews from the Potluck Audio Conference with a great interview about vocal production with singer and recording artist Susan Marshall.

If you missed the past interviews you can check them out right here:

Susan Marshall has worked with many critically acclaimed musicians throughout the years. She began wholesale football shape hand fan her career Off-Broadway as a leading soprano.  In the mid ’90s, she co-founded rock-soul band The football sock sleeves Mother Station (east/west Atlantic Records).  Since then, she’s released three critically praised solo albums — “Susan Marshall Is Honey Mouth”, “Firefly” and “Little Red.”

She’s known for her studio and/or stage work with a wide range of artists; Lucinda Williams, Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Afghan Whigs, Cat Power & The Memphis Rhythm Band, Hi-Rhythm Section, The Bo-Keys, William Bell, Ann Peebles, North Mississippi Allstars, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Solomon Burke, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Earle, and Kirk Whalum to name a few.

She’s also had the good fortune to work alongside legendary producers Tom Dowd, Chips Moman, Willie Mitchell, Jim Dickinson, John Hampton, Dusty Wakeman, Eric Liljestrand, and husband Jeff Powell.  Susan served as President of the Memphis Chapter  of the Recording Academy and currently serves as Memphis Chapter Trustee.

During the interview we discuss a number of topics related to vocal recording:

  • How to approach the vocalist to get a better performance
  • The importance of relationships
  • Tricks on getting great backing vocals by using only one mic
  • Horror stories on how NOT to treat the artist in the studio


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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