Second of all, by having control of what lyrics are written and how they are phrased, I can cater the song to my strengths vocally. I won't be in a situation where I might end up in a challenging vocal range and can't give my absolute best vocal.
Lastly, and most importantly, being part of the creative process gives me royalty rights on every album that is sold. Can't beat that! Generally, if all you're doing is singing on a track, you're only going to get paid for your time doing just that and nothing else. That's why it's so crucial to be part of the creative process of building the actual song if you can. Then you're making money even after the actual work is completed. So I'll make money even when I'm sleeping!
Getting back to the story, my colleague gives me a little insight on what he envisions the song to be about but gives me complete control over where to go with the lyrics. He sends me the music he's already created via a .wav file so I can easily drag it into my music recording/production software in my studio at home back here in Colorado. From there, I can record my vocal tracks separately or with his music tracks included. I can add effects or leave my vocals "dry" so he can mix and master them how he wants to fit the song the way he envisions the final mix to be. All of this can be done electronically, with him in NYC and me here in CO. We don't have to live in the same town to work together! When I complete my vocal tracks, I simply email him the completed versions in .wav form and he can do what he needs to do from there. Technology is great huh? As a matter of fact, I can work with anyone, anywhere in the world, from my house! And that's exactly what I'm doing every single day. It's as simple as it sounds.
The only challenging part is building a list of collaborators. But even that is beginning to get easier with all the music collaboration websites that are popping up on the internet. With sites like indaba and studio traxx, just to name a few, it's as simple as opening a free account and you can be collaborating in minutes!
So if you haven't been moving forward with your music career because you can't find anyone in your area to work with, broaden your vision. Look beyond your physical location and you'll find unlimited possibilities.
** Johnny Ryan is a professional Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist and Session Musician from Denver, CO. For more information or to join Johnny Ryan's exclusive V.I.P. Backstage Area where you can have access to free downloads of Johnny's Music and much, much more!