CALLING ALL VOCALISTS
I'M NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS.
Big thanks to everyone who sent their voices.
While I figure out how to mix 70+ vocalists and somehow feature everyone in a music video without my computer crashing, make sure you're subscribed to this YouTube channel so you can be the first to see / hear the results.
Hello. Rob Madin here.
I'm attempting a cover version of O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps. The plan is to release it digitally, and donate all proceeds to Mind - a charity offering help and support to those experiencing mental health problems in the UK.
I want to feature as many vocalists on the track as possible, so if you can sing and want to get involved here's how you can do so...
CLICK THE BIG BUTTON BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE INSTRUMENTAL TRACK.
You'll also find a PDF lyric sheet + a version with some (terrible) guide vocals for reference.
PUT ON SOME HEADPHONES + RECORD YOURSELF SINGING ALONG.
It doesn't have to be studio quality - you can just record it on your smartphone. If you want to record the audio using Garageband, Logic, ProTools, etc - that's great too.
MAKE SURE YOU FILM IT!
I'll be putting together a music video when the track is finished, so make sure you submit a video of yourself singing. If you're using a smartphone to record audio, you can just submit a single video file with video + audio.
CLEARLY LABEL YOUR FILE/S.
Include your name + where you're from in the file name. If you're submitting separate audio / video files, make sure you label them accordingly. Eg:
CLICK THE BIG BUTTON BELOW TO UPLOAD YOUR FILE/S.
Click on the 'UPLOAD HERE' folder then click on the blue '+ File' button to select your file/s.
Once I've downloaded your files, I'll delete them (to help me keep track of things) so the upload folder will probably be empty most of the time.
GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
Once you've submitted your vocals, get on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram + drop me a note to let me know. You can find all the links at the bottom of this page.
Please also share on social media + pass on to anyone else you think might be interested.
IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR THIS?
****YES. The deadline is officially MONDAY 20th JULY - 23:59 BST.***
WILL MY VOCALS DEFINITELY BE USED?
I'll try my best to use everyone's - however, I can't guarantee it, unfortunately.
There's also a chance that I won't get enough submissions to go ahead with it at all. In which case, I'll just delete all of the files, remove this web page and pretend it never happened.
WILL MY VOICE BE SOLO OR AS PART OF A GROUP?
I'm hoping to feature some of the strongest vocals individually (particularly for the first section), but there will also be sections where I'll create a sort of virtual choir - with lots of people singing at once.
CAN I IMPROVISE / ADD HARMONIES?
If you feel compelled to add some vocal improvs (particularly in the final section), then please go for it - as long as you don't go too nuts. If you fancy having a stab at some harmonies, that would be great too. Maybe have a listen to the original song for reference.
I'M MORE OF A METAL / SCREAMO / FOLK / K-POP / HIP-HOP VOCALIST - IS THAT OK?
Absolutely. If you've listened to the backing track you'll have noticed it's a bit more guitar-driven than the original, so it would be good to stick with the general vibe of the track... But do whatever you feel inspired to do. The only thing you can't do (sadly) is change the lyrics / write new ones / freestyle over the beat, etc - as I'm not sure about the legal ramifications of releasing a cover version that features original material.
IS THIS A BRETT DOMINO THING?
No, this isn't a Brett Domino project - I'll be releasing the song under my own name. I'll be promoting it via all the BD channels though.
I CAN'T SING - CAN I CONTRIBUTE SOME KAZOO / UKULELE / TRIANGLE?
Just looking for singers for this I'm afraid.
I CAN'T UPLOAD MY FILE...!!
If the file share page isn't working for some reason, please upload to WeTransfer and send the download link to:
contact @ robjmadin.com.
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