As Josh's debut album, Across 110th Street ships this week, the "making of" process was an amazing and stretching experience.
Over the past 9 months Josh has been working on this record, and he has accomplished what many would consider impossible: as writer, arranger, recording engineer, producer as well as playing all the instruments on the album and mixing the entire record himself...."I decided that if I was ever going to release music, I was going to have to do it myself. Having taken an audio production program in Montreal and with a lot of dedication, hard work and the grace of God, I was able to accomplish this feat and push myself to my limits."
From the writing perspective, each song ties into the next creating a loose concept of someone living in a tough situation, and finding God in the midst of it. From straight up ballads and Hard Funk to 70's Rock and Motown Soul, Josh delivers a debut album that will make heads turn and ears listen.
"Making this record started out as something I wanted to do for me, because I love music. But as I got further and further into production it began taking on a life of its own. The songs were no longer just for me, but for everyone. My hope for this record is that people would connect with the songs, that they could be a soundtracks to people's lives and if one person connects to it and feels the music, then it's worth it!"
released June 28, 2013
Written, Performed, Recorded, Arranged, Mixed
and Produced by Josh Lake
(*except where noted)
Recorded at Lakehouse Studios
Mastered by Shaun Morris at Headroom Mastering
New Jersey, USA
Very special thank you’s go out to:
Jesus Christ, I wouldn't have been able to do this without Him. Thanks for entrusting me with the music | My amazing and supportive wife Stacey for putting up with all the noise and who encouraged me that I could make this happen. I love you! | Mum, Dad, Beth and Tim for being the best family I could ask for!
Friends, Players and Countrymen:
Josh Lake - Guitar, Arranger, Vocals, Bass, Drums, Mixing, Soloist, Recording Engineer, Congas, Producer, Claps, Dobro, Engineer, Tambourine, Album Art Concept and Design, Cowbell, Composer, Stomps | Jeff Alexander - Bass | Peter Darrow - Clavinet C, Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes | Stephen Lewis - Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes | Glen Robinson - Fender Rhodes, Clavinet C
*Troy Keats at TK Studios - Recorded, Engineered: Do You Want It - Drums, Tambourine | The Love You Save - Drums, Bass, Guitar, | Across 110th Street - End Vocals, Wah Guitar, End Lead Guitar Break, Glen's Fender Rhodes | God’s Gonna Cut You Down - Stomp/Claps, Tambourine
*Matt Stride - Give Me Love - Instrumental line | Elijah Rock - Break down
Rick Burdon for the generous loan of your Apple equipment | Matt Weber - Photography (Cover, inner gate-fold) | Jonathan Hiltz - Photography (inner gate-fold) | Jim Midgitt - Album Art Layout and resident Photoshop Guru |Matt Riendeau @ L&M | Joe Tex, Baby Huey, Bobby Womack, James Brown, Johnny Cash, and Marvin Gaye and the countless artists who showed me what music really is. | Stax Records and Motown Records for endless inspiration.
Josh Lake is a musician, producer and recording engineer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where in 2013 he started his own
studio, "Lakehouse Records" where performs, produces and distributes his own records.
"Funk and Soul the way it's supposed to be done: true, gritty and raw!"...more