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The Production, Arrangement, and Orchestration of Jim Gray
Posted by: Austin Baggett
January 14, 2014
We had a great 2013 here at Cubby’s Music, and we’d love to tell you all about it!
We kicked 2013 off with a phone call from the one and only Amy Grant. She asked us to prepare three string arrangements for her latest album, “How Mercy Looks From Here,” produced by Marshall Altman. The arrangements were split between Ronn Huff, Jim’s mentor, arranging two of the three, and Jim, arranging the other. The string arrangements were recorded with the Nashville Session Players in Amy’s foyer. In addition to the studio arrangements, Jim also arranged several more full symphony pieces for Amy’s symphony shows.
With the help of a thirty-piece configuration of the Nashville Session Players, we arranged and recorded a track for the legendary Marvin Winans. The tune was recorded at Ocean Way Nashville for a pre-Super Bowl event.
Along with working with Amy Grant and Marvin Winans, Jim also orchestrated and conducted the strings for the upcoming Casting Crowns album, “Thrive,” which will be released on January 24th.
2013 also brought us a pretty packed touring schedule. Accompanied by the Nashville Session Players, we performed forty-one live dates including touring shows with Casting Crowns and The Story Tour, as well as local Nashville shows with Imagine Dragons, and the K-Love Fan Awards show.
In addition to the touring, Jim also wrote for the Nashville and San Diego Symphonies, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic, and the Panama City POPS for a vast array of artists, including Melinda Doolittle, Karyn Williams, Alison Brown, Mandy Barnett, and Brad Paisley. He also conducted shows with the Nashville and Kansas City Symphonies.
Jim and Brent created and produced a showed featuring Melinda Doolittle and a sixteen-piece Big Band for the Oconee Performing Arts Society in Greensboro, Georgia. Along with the Nashville Symphony, the Cubby’s Music team also co-produced Music with a Mission, a show benefiting the Nashville Rescue Mission which raised over two hundred thousand dollars to help the city’s homeless.
Over the past year, we have done a lot of work with The License Lab. Our work includes over sixty new cues. Check out some of these new cues on the home page’s music player. We’re excited that one of our cues was used in one of IBM’s fall advertisements.
The year is kicking off with a bang! We have projects with Steven Curtis Chapman and his upcoming Carnegie Hall performance, the eclectic rock band I’m Not a Pilot along with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, Julian Lennon, Barbara Streisand, as well as many new cues for The License Lab including complete packages of wedding and Appalachian music.
It’s going to be a great 2014, and we look forward to sharing our story with you every step of the way!
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