Welcome to Kelesha's Place,
Welcome to my homepage! (Updated 8-13-18).
After writing over thirty songs it is almost time to get out of my studio and share some LIVE music when I get a chance! I am planning a new release no later than September. I will start with some singles that represent the album. I have a gig in Sacramento but I am open to gigging or collaboration opportunities where-ever they are.
I would like to thank the following people:
Cori Jacobs, B.Z. Lewis of Studio 132, Lindsey from Studio Pros, Matt Young from Press Recording, Kevin Julien, Kellie Rivers, Shad Harris, Kevin Steele,Gustavo Porras from Red Lion Studio,Cynthia Gibson, Jacob Wilson, Sheila Sherman and my sister Ronita Johnson.
My name is Kelesha Martin and I am a songwriter, Substitute Arts Teacher, background vocalist and home recording artist.
I have taken classes in Propellerhead Reason, Cubase, Mixing, Songwriting and most recently Melodyne Editor.
Starnow is where I met two talented artist: Kellie Rivers, vocalists and graphic artists, and most recently, Kevin Sharpe. Details of their contributions will be included in the credits of my new CD to be released in August. Some of the artist, musicians, and others went beyond the call of duty spending countless hours to get this album as close to perfect as possible.
Kati O'Toole at Studio Pros and Matt Young of Press Recording are two such people!
I would also like to thank Music Gateway, who gave me a chance to work with Cori Jacobs who wrote string and drum parts to contribute in a major way to this album. He has contributed to eight out of ten songs. He also is responsible for flute and vocal revoicing. His talent over the course of the project was greatly appreciated and inspirational!
I have many people to thank but working with Kellie Rivers has given me a chance to work with some new talent that was not on "Earth Day" recorded at Studio 132 featuring B.Z. Lewis. Gustavo Porras, of Red Lion Studio in Florida arranged and recorded Kellie's vocal, "Show Your Love". He performed LIVE drums on another song and soulful strings on yet another track.
After most instruments were recorded, I worked with Matt Young, of Press Recording Studio. Matt did the Editing for this album and some Mixing too. I thank him for his dedication. He performs electric guitar and bass.
Cynthia Gibson, is a vocalist who spent months on her lead vocal "Yes Today". I am so glad her voice matched the voice of the background vocalist Lindsey who is heard on most of the vocal tracks. One thing is true, this was the most time consuming vocal to put together taking over two years! Parts of this song were recorded at three different studios. This song was remixed by Kevin Julien, also of Music Gateway.
Finally, I would like to thank my sister. She and I sing a song called "Eyes on You" that has special meaning for me. The person I speak of inspiring me in the lyrics is my sister Ronita singing lead vocal. I especially love the LIVE drums by Kevin Sharpe, Shad Harris and Gustavo Porras. Yes, getting LIVE drums to you on this song was a major process! It started with LIVE loops from Kevin Sharpe. Then, Shad Harris performed drum programming which is a time consuming process. Finally, Gustavo Porras took that and performed it LIVE! (I wanted some LIVE drums on this album after my years of trying to understand drum programs like EZ Drummer and Superior Drummer).
You will notice that the new album has something for everyone but basically it's either Vocals or Instrumental. It is the instrumental music I would share at my gig in Sacramento, since I am a flautist.
Thanks for taking the time to check out this website.
Finally, I would like to thank my husband Wayne, whose financial
contribution helped make my first two CD's possible. Also, I would be remiss if I did not
thank my brother, Robert J. Thomas aka Jazzy Jerome, who took the album "Sunrise Serenade" all over
the world to share and distribute. It is because of Robert's commitment to helping the global community
that the goal of giving book scholarships to SUSD High Schools was met. Robert who is on the EP
also ministered to the needs of servicemen with this music.
Earth Day by Kelesha Martin -vocals by Kellie Rivers- www.Youtube.com/watch?V=Gt5XyWNMTAE