Record Backing Track for Children's Song
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $150
- Entries Received: 3
- Winner: geluionescu
I have written a song for children titled Take the Train.
I sent it to a publisher in Sydney.
He said it was good and he could put it straight into children's TV if I had a better demo.
He also said - don't sing it yourself.
OK - point taken.
So I hired some musicians and recorded it in my home studio.
Problem was, a classical singer was the wrong choice.
Lately I've been thinking I should submit to this Taxi listing:
A Wide Range of CHILDREN'S SONGS with Male or Female Vocals are needed for a proactive TAXI COMPILATION going directly to a long list of Music Publishers, Music Licensing Companies, Music Supervisors, Ad Agencies, and of course, Children's Record Labels.
We're searching for Songs in All Tempos in the general wheelhouse of (but not limited to) the following references:
"Let's Go!" by The Laurie Berkner Band
"Hokey Pokey" by The Wiggles (from 1:18 - 4:57)
"Baby Shark" by Pinkfong
"Wiggle" by Lisa Loeb
"Wheels on the Bus" by Cocomelon
Please send well-produced Children's Songs with sing-along melodies, simple, well-crafted lyrics, inviting rhythms, and plenty of upbeat energy. Your arrangements and instrumentation can vary from the organic, acoustic side to more filled-out production ideas – just be sure they still stylistically align with the references and other top Children's music songs. Your Songs should have engaging, well-performed vocals (adult and/or children) and polished production. If you plan on using any virtual instruments or samples, please be sure they are high-quality and not dated. Please don't submit demos for this. We need finished Songs.
Our A&R team will have a simple mandate: Is it GREAT? Does it sound ready to go as it is? Would it work well for placements in Film, TV, and Advertising? Is this pitch-able to Publishers and/or Labels? Would TAXI's clients be happy to hear this on the playlist we send them? The bar will be very high for this request.
Note: TAXI has been quite successful in helping our members sign deals via the playlists on previous compilations. Our industry clients like the proactive approach ? This playlist will be sent to dozens of TAXI's best clients, as well as some companies we'd like to have as new clients!
Your Lyrics should be geared toward children and younger audiences, so simpler lyrics are probably the best way to go, and please, NO PROFANITY. Avoiding specific names, places, dates, times, and brands is recommended as it could increase the chances of your Songs getting signed and ultimately landing sync placements, but that's not absolutely required. Do NOT copy the referenced examples in any way, shape, or form. Use them only as a general guide for tempo, tone, and overall vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.
Although it's too late for the above listing, the song and genre are evergreens, but I lack the resources to make it sound modern.
I'm looking for someone who can make the backing for this song sound more like the references cited above.
Here are a few bits and pieces that you might be able to use.
There's a lead sheet with the lyrics and chords and a MIDI file with bass and drums.
Do what you like with the drums, but I prefer to retain the bass line, although you can pick a different instrument if you think it sounds better.
I intend to advertise separately for a vocalist, who may or may not be able to perform in the key of G.
That contest is here:
Please let me know in your entry if there would be a problem if we need to change keys to suit the vocalist.
I can provide the flute solo, or I'm open to your suggestion as to something that you think is more appropriate.
If you can record a verse of this backing I will be able to hear what you can do with the whole song.
“Fantastic. Gelu revitlalised one of my songs to make it sound more commercial and he did an excellent job, providing a complete arrangement production and guitar solo. When the need arises I will offer him further jobs. He started with this: https://andrewscottmusic.com/downloads/temp/Take-the-Train-Vocal.mp3 and turned it into this: https://andrewscottmusic.com/downloads/temp/Take-the-train-instrumental-straight.mp3 ”