Whether you are an experienced pro or you are new to the studio, you will need some team members for your project. Depending on your budget and the size and type of your project, your recording team may include some or all of the following: an executive producer who takes care of financial and logistical aspects, a main producer, a vocal producer, recording engineer(s), musicians and background vocalists. Sometimes a team member wears multiple hats.
I offer the following services: Vocal producer, track producer, background vocals and arrangements. I also offer original songs and co-writing for projects on a limited basis.
Vocal production is a specialty field of expertise. If you are a producer, you may wish to consider including a vocal producer in your budget who can greatly increase the quality of your client’s final vocals, resulting in greater client satisfaction and possibilities for commercial success. I'd be happy to speak with you about my services for your production team. I do love being a part of a great team.
Why hiring a vocal producer is important:
- Too often, most of the time, money and creative energy available is put into the instrumental tracks of a recording project. Then, almost as an afterthought, the vocal is quickly recorded. Let’s face it: in this competitive marketplace it takes a great vocal to sell an artist and/or a song.
- Sometimes a veteran performing artist needs help getting vocals in the studio like they do in live performance.
- It’s easy to hit the talkback button in the control room and tell a singer "give it more passion on this pass", "you’re out of tune", "your voice is sounding thin and weak", "I don’t believe you yet", etc. The poor singer can be left emotionally, physically and vocally exhausted and experience a loss of confidence. It takes a vocal producer to tell you how to fix problems and get a singer's best on tape.
- A vocal producer can help even a modestly talented singer get amazingly effective vocals in the studio... and can help a great vocalist maximize studio vocals for commercial hit potential.
- Simply put, you need a vocal producer when you need to have your best vocal performance recorded. Even pro recording artists need trustable feedback from the control room. The only time you don’t need one is when another recording team member is also a vocal producer/coach as well...and this is rare.
I have never walked out of a studio happier than the day that Judy was there to produce! I never knew I had the emotions in me that she brought out. My voice had a maturity and confidence level like never before. One thing I advise everyone to never do: Go in the studio without Judy Rodman!
–Jordyn Mallory, country artist
Judy Rodman’s Vocal Production Experience
I have been producing solo and group studio vocals for decades on commercials and background vocals, demos and masters- including huge radio hits. I produced some of the finest session singers in Nashville on karaoke projects of many genres, including rock, r&b, classic pop, classic and contemporary country, southern and contemporary Christian. I produced vocals on hundreds of songs in my various catalogs at RCA, Warner Chappell, Chrysalis and MCA. My production clients have included new artists in genres including celtic/Christian, alternative rock, pop and country. I am often hired to produce vocals by other producers, managers & engineers.
“I have been a producer in Nashville for over 22 years. Many years ago I was getting frustrated about how the vocals would end up on the artists I was producing. After the project was finished, the artists would tell me that they could have done a better job on their vocals. They would all tell me that they could sing better than what we had recorded and were disappointed in their vocals. That’s when I called my friend, Judy Rodman. I now have Judy produce the vocals on every artist that I take into the studio. She knows how to bring out and get the best in every artist. I have seen her work, and it’s amazing what she does. Every artist I’ve produced has told me that they will never do another project without her there in the studio.
Besides being the top vocal producer in town, she is the sweetest person that you’ll ever meet. She is well respected and loved by many in this town for her talent and generosity. If you want to compete on a major scale and end up with the best vocals you’ve ever had, then I would hire Judy Rodman on your next project.
- Tom Paden www.padenplacemusic.com
I produce full recording projects in many different musical genres, striving for sonic excellence, honest emotional impact and individuality in every production. I specialize in mentoring creative singer/songwriters toward the recording projects they want to complete. I serve as vocal instructor for all my production clients, and often co-write with them.
"I have had the pleasure of working with award winning producers and I have to tell you that your production is by far and away the best I have experienced."
- Bobby Maes, manager of Emil Bishaw
Types of projects I produce include:
- Piano or guitar vocals and worktapes
- Full track song and artist demos
- Finished mastered projects ready for sale
Background Vocals & Arrangements
If you need vocals on your project, I will bring the voice, experience, creativity and professionalism needed to take your project to a whole new level. I've been singing in recording studios for over 3 decades, hired as vocal arranger, contractor and producer on literally thousands of projects including jingles, master albums, demos, and Karaoke catalogs. I specialize in innovative vocal arrangements that lift the production out of the ordinary. I can sing any style or genre, and have sung in French, Norwegian, Hispanic, and Japanese languages with specific dialects.
A partial listing of Judy Rodman’s recording clients:
- Vocal Producer:
Tom Paden production clients, Ilya TToshinsky production clients, Rogers Masson production clients, Mike Borschetta production clients, PCG Nashville Clients, artists such as pop teen phenom Chaz McKinney, Canadian artists Mersaidee Soules and Leah Durelle, Laura Dodd, Corinne Chapman, Hunter Nance, Lynn Bryant, Shelly Ruffin, Deanna Freeman, Chelsea Field, Maria Sarah, Pam Tillis, Molly Porter. She was also hired as vocal producer for major Karaoke projects of all genres, booking and producing some of the best session singers in the world.
- Instrumental Track & Vocal Producer:
Full productions for duo 'Flyte Three', singer/songwriter Jenny Tolman. Full production and cowriting with teen singer/songwriter Sophie Hanneken. Teen pop singer Emil Bishaw won "New AC Artist" 2011 at NewMusicWeekly.com with Judy's full production and had his single "Since You Left" at #1 for 9 weeks. Michael Hodges got almost 5 million hits on his MySpace page with Judy's production. She was music producer and songwriter for "Runaway Home- the Musical" (also serving as music director for the play), "We The People" musical. Her multiple genres of production have also included teChristian contemporary artists Christa DeJarnett and Andrea Penzel, Christian Celtic-classical artist Julia Loewen, alternative rocker Chylde, singer/songwriter Buddy Smith, novelty songwriter writer Dr. Dwaine Allison, actress/singer/songwriter Maria Standing Rock, novelist/singer/songwriter Jenni Schaefer, Christian singer/songwriter Dawn Nichols, award-winning singer/songwriter Jordyn Mallory, Alabama singer/songwriter Cecilia Halsey , country rock Colorado performer Kasie Smith, Arkansas Christian/country artist Kate Starnes.
- Background Vocalist and Arranger, Voice-over Talent:
I have sung for all kinds of artists in a multitude of genres including pop, R&B, bluegrass, progressive country, western swing, contemporary Christian, southern gospel, jazz, alternative rock, southern rock, Celtic and classical. Her lead & background vocals and voice-overs have been used on literally thousands of TV and radio commercials. I was staff jingle singer for 6 years at the world's largest jingle company William B. Tanner. My session vocals and arrangements can still be heard on decades of radio hits cut in Memphis and Nashville studios. I sang with such legendary groups as the Leah Jane Singers, The Nashville Edition, and added female vocals to the Jordinaires. I have studio vocal credits with blues greats Carla Thomas (BJ’s daughter), Ann Peebles & O.V. Wright, pop artists such as Don McClain, country legends George Jones, Ed Bruce, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Crystal Gayle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles, Tammy Wynette, Lee Greenwood, Ray Stevens, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Paycheck, The Gatlins, Dolly Parton, Reba, Wynonna. I am frequently hired to arrange, lead groups and sing bgvs in the West Frankfort, Illinois studios of 3ABN. and I continue my session work on masters and demos in studios all over Nashville.
Whether you are looking for a vocal producer, project producer or session singer & arranger, I have the ability and the experience you need. Schedule my services for your next project!