This week country singer songwriter Angie Grenadier teamed up with Charleston Sound to record her original song, Southern Strong, which was written about the recent tragedy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She came to Charleston Sound with just a melody in her head, some ideas and lyrics, and then worked with local top-flight session players, a full gospel choir, and the producers and engineers at the studio to bring her vision to life. Her lyrics speak of healing, and praise the Charleston community for it’s continued unity during the aftermath of the recent tragic events.
The song has a modern & standard country feel, and features session musicians Tommy Maddox on drums, bassist and arranger Wayne Mitchum, guitarist Kevin Campbell, and Chris Williams on piano and Hammond organ, and Annie Fike on backing vocals. Angie sang the main vocals and was accompanied by her three cousins who sang on some choruses. Engineer Jeff Hodges was at the API console for tracking and mixing.
The highlight of the evening was the choir. Angie wanted the song to represent the Holy City sound, so she reached out to Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, a local seven-piece Praise House Choir group, to add their voices to the track. The collaboration between The Magnolia Singers, Angie Grenadier, and the great session musicians made for an inspiring session. Angie says that she hopes the song will reach the community and keep spirits lifted. #southernstrong
Local new Channel 2 came out to cover the recording, and interviewed Angie at the studio. The news piece aired on July 13th.