The ‘top secret’ September project that had 15 vocalists gathering to record the Fleetwood Mac song at Grand Haven’s Third Coast Recording was one of Local Spins’ most-read stories of 2019. Revisit the video.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When 15 of West Michigan’s top female artists and a super-group of musicians gathered in September at Grand Haven’s Third Coast Recording, they created a video and fetching single covering Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain.’ The story and video became onf of Local Spins’ most-read stories of 2019, and word is that more such projects are in the offing for 2020. Scroll down for video.
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The unusual musical endeavor was initially billed as a “top secret project.”
Well, it’s a secret no more.
Grand Haven’s Third Coast Recording Co. on Sept. 20 released a single and video starring 15 female singers from across West Michigan – a who’s who lineup of stars unleashing a choral rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”
The group, featuring the likes of Hannah Rose Graves, Hannah Laine, Lady Ace Boogie, Patty PerShayla, Emilee Petersmark of The Crane Wives, Loren Johnson, Sandra Effert and others, had gathered earlier in the week at the Grand Haven studio to record the track, with the video created by Sarah Ford.
“It was amazing,” said Elle Lively, a tour manager and artist development professional who works closely with Third Coast Recording and who directed the “super cool” undertaking that was arranged by Geoff Hansen of Hark Up Music.
The project was inspired by the recent “Redesigning Women” video by the Highwomen (the supergroup of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby), who brought in Tanya Tucker, Lauren Alaina, Wynonna Judd, Catie Offerman, Cassadee Pope, Erin Rae, RaeLynn and others for appearances.
Lively said West Michigan fans can expect yet another super-group video at some point. (A follow-up wouldn’t be surprising, considering the initial story about “The Chain” video generated plenty of buzz on social media with the video racking up 13,500-plus views on Facebook and 4,600 more on YouTube.)
“The goal was to provide a space for collaboration,” Lively said of “The Chain” project featuring female artists from across the region.
Other vocalists performing the song were Zuzu Nyson, Sarena Chandler, Alicia Scott (Fast Hands Band), Danielle Cosby (Blue Water Kings), Lauren Onica (A Brighter Bloom), Jennifer Bartlett (Lokella), Jenna Olson (Political Lizard) and Audrey Nusbaum (The Soul Syndicate).
Musicians backing the singers included guitarist Joe Sturgill, drummer Scott Pellegrom, organist Dutcher Snedeker, bassist Justin Avdek, guitarist Kevin Kozel, violinist Ruth Vanden Bos and violist Connor Meston.
VIDEO: “The Chain” (YouTube)
LISTEN: Third Coast Recording Studio Band, “The Chain”
VIDEO: “The Chain” (Facebook)
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