Keith Everette Smith

Producer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Music Director

Hillary Scott "Thy Will"

Hillary Scott's "Thy Will" is hope for hurting people.  Everyone experiences disappointment and hurt in this life.  "Thy Will" is an invitation to embrace surrender and HEAL.  I've been ministered to by this song.  I hope you're touched by it too!  

Special thanks to Hillary and Bernie Herms for having me on this amazing song!!  

Tasha and Keith Interviewed by WorshipLinks.us

Merry Christmas everyone!  Tasha and I were recently interviewed by WorshipLinks, a great website full of articles, interviews, and training resources for worship leaders.  

Tasha and I each approach worship planning similarly, but from different perspectives.  Tasha sees planning through the lens of the leader leading a congregation.  I see planning through the lens of music director.  We hope you gain some knowledge from our experiences, stories, and processes!  Many thanks to Brad and WorshipLinks! 


Cross Church Worship

CROSS CHURCH WORSHIP

One of the highlights of my year has been working with Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas on a live worship record.  Their pastor Ronnie Floyd is the pastor of the Southern Baptist Convention and so there was a great opportunity to create an album that could positively affect churches across the world by giving them new songs and new arrangements to worship with.  

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There was a challenge to overcome.  The album had to be recorded on May 3 rd because of other church events, and the Southern Baptist Convention started on June 15.  If you know anything about recording albums, you know that recording, pressing, and releasing a record typically takes more than 6 weeks!  We put our thinking caps on and I called some producer friends who have made a lot of live albums for some advice, and we came up with a plan. 

Our plan consisted of two months of serious pre-production and rehearsals, so that the night of worship to be recorded on May 3 would be as tight as possible with little need for additional post-production and overdubs.  Most work had to be done ahead of time in order to get this all done.  So, we went in the studio and recorded demos of all 10 songs.   We worked together to perfect our to-do list and timeline for tasks that would allow us to finish on time.

The Cross Church Worship Team did an amazing job!  I’ve never experienced a team so excited and passionate about a project, and willing to do whatever it took to accomplish a goal, and care for the details the way this team did.  What was even more impressive was how much these people led, pastored, and cared for one another and their congregation.  I’ve met few worship teams like it.  Worship pastor, Julio Ariolla, is a rare leader who empowers his team and led with confident humility and without the insecurities that many leaders carry with them.   I was so grateful that he trusted me and Tasha with coming in and working with their team.

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The end result was a special night in the presence of God.  We had an encounter with His glory and we were changed.  All of the planning and preparation didn’t box us in, it made a way… and when the Holy Spirit led us to move in directions different than our plan, we had practiced flexibility so that we were able to adjust.  After all, we are only worship leaders for those in the congregation.  In the presence of Jesus, we are all followers and responders. 

I hope you’ll check out this special project.  I think the evening was well captured and a great representation of what happened that evening! 

Listen on iTunes: Come Alive

Be Blessed,

Keith

 

LETS RESTART THE BLOG, SHALL WE?

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a blog.  Perhaps I’ve not blogged because I’ve had other outlets for teaching, enjoying time with the artists I’ve mentored or teaching at the National Praise and Worship Institute and doing weekend workshops at churches.  Perhaps I’ve not blogged because I’ve been in more of a season of learning.  After all, I did get married recently and marriage will teach you a ton about yourself and about how little you know about healthy relationships!  Maybe its because I’ve been trying to be less mouthy and or to have the opinion that I even know enough about a subject to teach it.  It might also be that I’m enjoying a little privacy, a little personal growth, and a little time away from social media, the addictive narcissistic place I went far too often to numb my life’s problems and join the masses in portraying myself as having it all together and at the top of my game. 

Well, I don’t know all things, but I do know some things.  I am in a season of learning, but teaching can be a great way to learn and solidify what you know.  My experience isn’t something to be bragged about, but it does give me insight and maybe you can learn from my experiences and opportunities.

So, I’m gonna get back to it… As much as possible anyway.  We will likely talk about making albums, worship, theology, relationships, and probably some nerdy stuff about trumpets and recording plugins.  I’ll also use this blog to tell you about some cool projects I’ve been a part of, and to introduce you to some great music by people I work with.  I’ll be a giant ball of fun! 

Here’s to a blog that you enjoy reading!  I’ll do my very best!  Promise!

Keith

Vocal Health Products

Vocalists should check out these products by Superior Vocal Health.  When preparing for the studio, learn how to properly warm up on a DAILY basis, maintain a healthy diet, and know your limits.  When recording, STOP when you know you are running out of steam and pushing too hard.  Another 10 minutes in the studio is not worth potentially damaging your voice.  

Switching waveform viewing modes

When Avid released Pro Tools 8, they did a total redesign of Pro Tools’ graphic interface.  At that time I noticed that waveforms were being presented differently than previous versions.  Last week I was at a friend’s studio and noticed that his waveforms looked different than mine.  He didn’t know why.  Well, this video explains it.  Pro Tools will now allow you to change the way waveforms are viewed.  There are several different view options, each with benefits for different applications.  Check it out.  

http://winksound.com/video/Pro-Tools-Peak-Power-Views