Iva Dawn – Studio Update!

L-R: Whitney Mower, Matt Chamberlain, Tom Biller, Lucas Gorham

L-R: Whitney Mower, Matt Chamberlain, Tom Biller, Lucas Gorham

WHITNEY MOWER along with her guitarist LUCAS GORHAM left Houston and flew out to Los Angeles to record her debut batch of songs last week.  She is recording with producer TOM BILLER (Warpaint, 30 Seconds to Mars) at his studio in the Silverlake area.

In just the first week, they’ve already started laying down the bones for the six (6) song debut EP, which will be released under the alias IVA DAWN.

The tracks are sounding AMAZING — some song titles include “Officer,” “Laugh Until I Cry” and “The Only One.”

The group was joined by drummer MATT CHAMBERLAIN, who was able to add his exceptional percussion work on five of the songs.  Nicknamed “the human loop” by Tori Amos, Matt was the drummer for Edie Brickell and New Bohemians and has performed drums-percussion work on hundreds of studio albums for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Nickel Creek, Brandi Carlile, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, Dido, David Bowie and The Wallflowers.  He’s currently on tour with Soundgarden – check out Matt’s website and credits.

Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves — Billboard Magazine

Katy-Kacey-BillboardBILLBOARD MAGAZINE article announcing the Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Crossroads concert TV special on June 13th on CMT Television, which will feature the ladies in duets singing each others songs.

Kacey will also be opening for Katy Perry on her Prismatic concert tour in August.

Producer Tom Biller in the Studio with Iva Dawn

Audio ConsoleAs long as you believe in yourself, you can go as far as your dream.” – Miss Kathy in the movie Goodbye Mr. Chips

Exceptionally talented producer-mixer-musician TOM BILLER has come aboard to produce the IVA DAWN album with Whitney Mower. Recording starts this month, May, in Los Angeles.

Tom received a GRAMMY Award for engineering Kanye West’s album, Late Registration, with producer JON BRION with whom he works with frequently.

Tom has mixed-engineered-performed on albums with Fiona Apple, Sean Lennon, Gomez, Karen O, Kate Nash, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Sea Wolf, Silversun Pickups, Elliot Smith and Evan Dando.  Check out his credits on Allmusic.

Tom also produced the critically acclaimed album, The Fool (2010, Rough Trade) by the band WARPAINT.

Whitney Mower (Iva Dawn) working on new album in 2014

Whitney guitarWHITNEY MOWER (aka Seed-at-Zero) is busy developing new songs for her second album project under the monikor “Iva Dawn.

The titles of original songs she has already recorded demos for include “The Only One,” “Another Man” and “Laugh Until I Cry.”

In the past few years, Whitney has been busy working on master’s degree and her second album project is going to be in a new direction.

Influenced by new artists such as Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Beaches and Lana Del Rey, and classic artists such as Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Whitney describes it as “arty dream pop/rock sound with a retro vibe.”

More news soon once we choose a producer and get her in the studio – with goal to release by fall 2014.  Whitney was the first musician who recorded for Triple Pop back in 2007.

Seed-at-Zero‘s six-track debut album is available on iTunes from Triple Pop.

Kacey Musgraves’ “Apologize” lands on Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart at #23

Hot 100 SinglesKACEY MUSGRAVES’ acoustic version of “Apologize” from Triple Pop has charted in BILLBOARD at #23 on the Hot Singles Sales chart for week of February 15, 2014.

The song charted next to Adele’s “Skyfall” and ChvrchesRecover” – one of my favorite songs.

Apologize” is available on Triple Pop’s exclusive two (2) song digital digital EP “Apologize / See You Again” on the iTunes Store, Amazon MP3 and dozens of other digital music stores.

This is our label’s FIRST Billboard chart entry.  It’s wonderful news for an indie.

Kacey Musgraves wins Two GRAMMY Awards (Congratulations!!)

KMGrammyCongratulations to Triple Pop alumni artist KACEY MUSGRAVES for winning two GRAMMYS at the 56th Grammy Awards: Country Album of Year and Country Song of Year.  

Kacey was nominated for four awards.  She was the surprise winner that beat out superstar TAYLOR SWIFT for the Best Country Album of Year Award.

Kacey has won acclaim for her album Same Trailer Different Park, which has been cited as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, Time, Spin, Paste and Entertainment Weekly.

Kacey performed her wonderful song “Follow Your Arrow” live on the GRAMMY Awards telecast on January 26, 2014, to widespread acclaim.  Read all about it on Billboard, Huffington Post, CMT an E! Television.

Kacey Musgraves is CMA’s Best New Artist of 2013

Congratulations to KACEY MUSGRAVES for winning the NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD from the COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS!

Kacey won acclaim for her album Same Trailer Different Park.  It’s an impressive achievement, especially for a newcomer.

ROLLING STONE said Kacey’s award was a “victory for country music” and it sets new marks in progressive values in the genre.

Same Trailer Different Park has been cited as of the Top Albums of the Year by Rolling Stone, Spin and Entertainment Weekly.

But we’ve known about Kacey for a long time.  In 2008, Kacey lived in Austin for awhile, which is where we discovered her.  I immediately knew she had the talent; she was a diamond in the rough.

I remember hearing her voice and being mesmerized.  It was wonderful.  She had great talent but needed better songs to sing, I remember thinking.

I pitched her my idea to record a couple cover songs together to see how we worked together.  If it all worked out, I told her it was my intention to develop and produce her original songs afterwards.  That was my plan, at least.

Recording with new talent is always risky – there are personality and timing issues and it takes money to rent good recording studios.  You never know what’s going to happen.  As a producer, I was Kacey’s first “super fan” willing to invest not knowing where she would end up next.

I pitched her several song ideas.  She chose “See You Again” (Miley Cyrus) and “Apologize” (One Republic).  We recorded on March 27, 2008, at Brain Machine Recording Studios with engineer Randy Avenell.

Kacey Musgraves (Brain Machine Studio, Austin. 2008)During the recording session, Kacey was professional and focused.  She wanted the songs to be ‘just right’ and we spent a full evening working on the recordings.

I remember Kacey instructing the engineer, Randy, exactly how to mix her voice and adjust the levels, with acute precision. Kacey gave both songs an unique personality and she made them her own.

A few days later, she invited me out to see her perform at Momos above Katz’s Deli.  I remember it was just her grandma and me in the audience, she was a great live performer, but nobody knew this girl.  Heck, she had just gotten out of high school a couple years earlier.

Kacey invited me out to lunch a few weeks later – she likes Ethiopan food!  For only being 21, Kacey struck me as being very wise beyond her years.  We talked about recording original songs together in the future.  As I recall, I suggested she move to Nashville and work with other songwriters to develop her craft.

I remember her telling me she was going to hit the road for awhile, play with some different musicians, and take it from there.

We promised to keep in touch.  Kacey was restless.  She wasn’t going to be stopped.  We lost touch over the years.

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Kacey ended up in Nashville, wrote some hit songs, got a record deal with a major label and there you have it.

The rest is history – it’s one in a million.

You can download both songs “See You Again” and “Apologize” from Kacey Musgraves on iTunes exclusively from my record label, Triple Pop.

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves top nominees for CMA 2013 Awards

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Along with Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves is the top nominee for the Country Music Association Awards in 2013.

The 25-year-old Texas-born singer-songwriter takes on divisive topics on her critically acclaimed album “Same Trailer Different Park” not often heard on country radio, yet she still managed to generate hits because of her smart songwriting.

Kacey is nominated for six awards including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and as a songwriter on her own hit “Merry Go `Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Kacey will be performing live at the CMA Awards on November 6th.

Austin City Limits also just announced Kacey will be performing a live TV episode taping on November 25th.

Triple Pop’s exclusive two (2) song digital digital EP from Kacey Musgraves is available online at the iTunes Store.