CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In spectacular fashion for a debut album from an otherwise unknown vocalist, Laura Rabell of Charlotte, North Carolina, will be collaborating with two of Nashville’s most talented musicians: Charlie McCoy, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Greg Foresman, guitar virtuoso of The Greg Foresman Band and current touring axe man for Martina McBride. Rabell will travel the well-worn musical path to Nashville, Tenn., to record at Blackbird Studio on Friday, May 25, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from album sales will be donated to the National MS Society.
McCoy, a renowned and internationally touring Harpoon Man, well-known as a former cast member on the television show Hee Haw, has performed with many icons, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ringo Starr, and Kris Kristofferson.
Adding mechanical wings to the adventure, Blackbird Studio, a world-class recording studio owned by John and Martina McBride, boasts a client list ranging from recent superstars Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber to greats of many genres and eras such as Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Ritchie, and the Kings of Leon. The opportunity to record at Blackbird Studio is the fruition of a dream come true for Rabell — who aims to sign with one of Nashville’s major record label groups.
“Singing has been my passion and true joy in life as long as I can remember,” she reminisces, “ever since I was old enough to sing along to a Disney movie, I was singing nonstop. To record an album and start taking my music seriously, beyond karaoke nights and local contests, has always been my dream.”
That dream started to take shape on Christmas Day when her husband, E.J. Rabell, Jr., handed her a plain white envelope. On the inside was a handwritten message, “Go record a CD.” The note also intimated a priceless gift, his support and encouragement.
The couple, who will celebrate their seven year wedding anniversary this July, is navigating a self-proclaimed “Year of Adventure” which includes an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Miami this October, an event they will also utilize to raise funds and awareness for the National MS Society. E.J. was diagnosed with MS at 18 years old and told he may never walk again. Ten years later, he is blessed with a full recovery, but the cause is still close to the family’s hearts. E.J. serves on the Board of Trustees for the local chapter of the MS Society.
For more photos and additional information, call (704) 774-5307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information, please visit www.laurarabell.com, www.charliemccoy.com, www.gregforesman.com, or www.blackbirdstudio.com, respectively.
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