JAE CHRISTIAN INTERVIEW
James Dean Fisher
MUSIC CITY, NASHVILLE
THIS MONTH JAMES DEAN INTERVIEWS ONE OF THE PREMIER CEO/RECORD LABEL OWNER AND
PRODUCERS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY! THIS MAN HAS DONE IT ALL, FROM A YOUNG MUSICIAN FROM
THE GREAT STATE OF KENTUCKY TO THE ENTERTAINMENT RECORDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
NASHVILLE, MUSIC CITY, TENNESSEE!!
MEET MY FRIEND, THE ONE AND ONLY T.JAE CHRISTIAN
CEO, OWNER, A&R, PRODUCER, TALENT SCOUT, MANAGER, RECORDING ARTIST!
UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
It is rare to find one person with the brains, talent, energy and foresight all wrapped up in one package!
T.JAE CHRISTIAN IS ALL THAT AND MUCH MORE.... He is my friend! T. Jae is a bundle of talent that consists of entertainer, recording artist and writer, producer, A&R, talent manager and business man. He owns and operates UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS. This man wears hats of many shapes and colors and forms. As an artist, T.Jae tours on a regular basis here in the USA as well as Europe. He performs many dates here and several weeks in Europe each year, doing what he does best....COUNTRY MUSIC! T.JAE IS PURE COUNTRY and is proud of what he is and what he, as an artist/writer, and business man has accomplished. T. Jae Christian is a UNIVERSAL ARTIST, with "Hit" records here in the USA and in Europe. As a writer, T. Jae Christian has had songs recorded by The great Roy Orbison, T. Graham Brown, Roy August, Jeanie Pruitt as well as himself, T.Jae Christian and many others.
T.Jae was born in rural Kentucky, lived in the country, grew up there then moved to Ohio. While living in Ohio, T.Jae started doing what he had wanted to do all his young life.....play music! T. Jae worked making a living all the while honing his skills as an entertainer. T. Jae would sing for anybody anytime and anywhere, sometimes no one had to ask.....he would just sing, and sing he does so well, to this very day!
In 1973 T. JAE CHRISTIAN opened the doors to one of the first " Indie" record labels in the United States. UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS was born. Mr. Christian decided it was time to do what he wanted to do, so while working a full-time paint and body business, T. Jae started learning the science and art of the recording business. The great Owen Bradley became Mr. Christians mentor and under this great mentor’s watchful eye and skill, the young T. Jae Christian became a dedicated producer, writer and engineer. Aside from running his paint and body business, T.Jae started singing country music of which he had done all his life and performing anywhere he could find a venue that would let him perform his music. And, with a lot of hard work, "Wood shedding" as well as dedication to what he loved, T. Jae Christian became an entertainer, writer, owner and CEO of one of the first " Indie" record labels in the world.
Among the recording artist currently on UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS, my writing partner and friend, the" Hit man" himself, writer and artist, Mr. Roy August and Lacey J. Skyler, the latest addition to the record label, and of course, T. Jae Christian. There are other recording artists on the label also. As a producer, T. Jae Christian produces T. Graham Brown, Lacey J. Skyler, Roy August and several more artists signed to the UNIVERSAL SOUND record label.
JAMES DEAN'S INTERVIEW with OWNER-PRODUCER and CEO of UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS.
T. JAE CHRISTIAN
James Dean: Here in my studio today, I am visiting with T. JAE CHRISTIAN, owner and CEO of UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS, Nashville Tennessee, along with my friend and writer, the" Hitman" Mr. Roy August and a brand-new UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS artist, Ms. Lacey J. Skyler.
I would like to welcome you to my studio and my" Digs." Thanks for coming over to my place and taking the time to sit down and talk with us at Damngoodtunes. com, the web music magazine.
T. Jae Christian: Thanks James and thanks for having us over here, we're always happy to talk with you and with damngoodtunes.com the music magazine.
J.D: T. Jae, how about telling us a little bit about yourself and where you came from.
T. Jae: I was born in Kentucky, I come from a small town where artist like Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall. Patty Lovelace that came from the area and I've been singing and pickin’ music all my life. I moved here from Ohio in 1970 and cut my first record here.
J.D.: You were in the car business, paint and body for a while as well as a simi-pro bowler, tell us a little about that.
T.J.: Yea, I was in the car business, I bought cars and fixed them up, sold’um just like ole Gene Watson did down in Texas. I nearly killed myself smellin’all the paint and dust. You know Gene Watson did paint and body work before he became a "Star." I bowled a lot and loved it. I was simi-pro and had a shot at going "Pro" but the sponsor did not come through. I had a room full of trophies, so many I had to just throw some of them away. I loved my bowling!
I met Owen Bradley, the producer and Owen was good enough to let me set in on the recording sessions and I learned the business of recording and selecting the songs and running the board. Owen Bradley taught me everything I know about doing sessions and the art of making a record. My wife, Pat here, will tell you, Owen Bradley was a great friend and responsible for what I am today. Without him I would not be doing what I am in the record business today.
J. D.: T. J., You are the owner, founder and CEO of UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS tell us about UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS, when and how this record label was founded.
T. J.; I started the record label in 1973, I started the company and I built it from the ground up.
UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS is one of the first" Indie" labels and we are still doing today what we started out doing. We have several artists that records for the label, a friend over there, Roy August is one of the artists and we have the latest artists sitin’ right here in the studio with us, Ms. Lacey J. Skyler. We have recorded Mindy Miller and Harley Cummins, also Pat Roden.
J. D.: T. Jae, you, as an artist, has had numerous records recorded, many of whom you, the writer, recorded and released. I am assuming that most of these records were recorded on the UNIVERSAL SOUND label. T. Jae Christian, the recording artist, has had chart topping records and albums, most of which hit the top of the charts in Europe. T. Jae Christian, the recording artist, tell us about some of the songs that you have written and recorded throughout your illustrious career.
T. J.: "MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS," is one of the songs on the album that was song of the year, the album was album of the year. The album "OLD PORCH SWING" won the Country album of the year, I was voted MALE ARTIST of the year. I wrote and recorded several songs and duets with the great soul country artist, T. Grahm Brown.
We are working in the studio now recording new tracks.
J.D.: T.Jae, who are some of the artists you have produced?
T.Jae: James, I have produced the last three albums for the great T.Graham Brown. I was one of the writers on several of the songs on the album. I produced Mindy Miller, Pat Roden, Harley cummins and Roy August. Roy and I have been writing together for many years. We wrote several songs for the T.Graham Brown album as well as songs for my last album.
J.D.: T.Jae, tell us about the road and your touring........how much and where.
J.Jae: James, we work across the country, we have a tour bus, a Provost, we work quite a lot of dates. I have a band that is mostly made up with session players that I work with when we tour. We are one of the most popular and well known artists in Europe. We tour with the package show that is made up of severl artists like Harley Cummins, Paul Alan Coons, Rick Sharp and others that are on UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS or that I have produced.
J.D.: Where are some of the countries you and your package shows perform in Europe?
T.Jae: We go to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and play to packed houses. The people there know country music and the artists that records and performs country music. They want pure country and not the kind of "So-called country" that is being recorded today in Nashville. The people over there will not buy the "New country." They want Hank Williams, Lefty , John, Conway, Waylon, Willie and artists that sang real country. It seems to me, the "New country" artists can’t sell over there. We have done several tours in Europe and the fans there want the traditional true country music. We deliver......I am pure country and very proud to be pure country. I have done that kind of music since I was twelve years old. I will die doing that kind of music, it’s in my soul, my blood and I love it, and what I do.
J.D.: Hello Mr. "Hitman" Roy August. Thanks for coming over here and being with us, along with your writing buddy/friend and producer, T.Jae Christian. T.Jae produced a record on you that was released to European radio called "WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW THEN." This song topped out around 10 or 12, if my memory serves me right, not many people know you sing or that you are, not only one of the major songwriters, you are a recording artist. I have written with you and I hear you sing and you have sat in on some of my shows. T.Jae Christian recorded and produced the song on UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS, released it in the European radio markets and the song just took off flying, went to the top of the charts for the country music radio in Europe. Tell DGT readers what it is like working with T.Jae Christian and having a "Hit" record as a vocalist.
ROY AUGUST: I have been writing for over forty years and I have had pretty good luck with that. I wrote the OAK RIDGE BOY’S biggest hit, "FANCY FREE." I have had several songs recorded by T. Graham Brown. I write with many writers and artists. T.Jae is a great producer and writer. We have written many songs together and he has produced them on me and himself as well as several other artist like T. Graham Brown.
It is great to have a song on the charts as an artist and singing the vocals. T. Jae Christian produced the record and released it on his record label, UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS. I am so thankful to T.Jae and the record label for recording me and having a "Hit" record on the radio as a writer/vocalist.
T.Jae and I have been writing together for years and have written many songs. Our songs have been recorded by artists such as Jeanie Pruitt, Roy Orbison, T.Graham Brown, T.Jae Christian, the "Oaks," Lacy J. Skyler and many others. We are still writing songs together.
J.D.: Roy, what is it like working with T.Jae Christian, the producer, in the studio as a producer?
Roy August: T. Jae is a great producer and he knows exactly what he wants the record to sound like. He does not cut any corners and he uses the finest musicians to cut records with. These guys are the best a-listers, session players in the business. T. Jae also uses one of the top-notch, up-to-date and modern digital studios in the Nashville, Music City, Tennessee area. T. Jae is great to work with in the studio and as a writer and he never settles for second best. The vocals as well as the sound tracks have to be perfect before the record is ready for pressing and releasing to radio.
J. D.: T. Jae, you have a brand-new artist of which you have signed to the UNIVERSAL SOUND label and she is sitting here in the studio with us today. How about introducing us to this new artist, this beautiful young lady sitting over here on the couch between Pat(your wife) and her grandmother, Ms. Connie.
T. Jae: James, this young lady is Lacey J. Skyler. Lacey is the newest artist signed to the UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS label. She has one single out on the market, that is the European market, it is country and the record is doing very, very well! As a brand-new artist and with her first single record on the market, the record is #89 on the country music charts in Europe. For A " First time out" new artist, this is really great! Lacey J. Skyler is a wonderfully talented young artist, and at the age of 13, this little lady has the ability to walk in the studio, lay down the vocal tracks in one take! James, you know, as a recording artist yourself, how very rare that ability comes along, especially with a new artist and at the age of 13 years. Even with all the years of experience in the studio as a demo singer and as a recording artist, I can't go into the studio, walk in and lay the vocal track perfectly in a" One take!"
J. D.: Lacey J., you will be the youngest recording artist to be featured in the" JAMES DEAN SPOTLITE."
You will be in the March issue, of which will be in print hopefully by the second week of March 2012. Lacey J. Skyler, your name and your music, will be placed before millions of readers and music fans all over the world, overnight!
T. Jae: Lacey J. Skyler is a very talented young lady, she is comfortable in the studio and works so well with the session musicians. In this session, the players just fell in love with her ‘cause she walked up to the microphone, lay the vocals down in perfect time, never missing a beat. We love working with her and she is going to make a major impact in the music business!
J. D.: Lacey J., are you ready for this? You should be aware that with this interview and you being featured in the" JAMES DEAN SPOTLITE," millions of people will know who you are, overnight they will know your name and they will be able to hear your music, your latest record released on UNIVERSAL SOUND RECORDS.
Lacey J.: I am ready and I want to go out there and entertain people, I want to do the shows, this is what I won't do for the rest of my life!
James Drue: Playing music is a lot of fun and hard work on the road, touring on the road can be tough. Doing them one nighters is probably the hardest, where you're in a hotel the night, a different hotel tomorrow night. That is just the nature and being a star in the music business.
Lacey J.: I can't wait, I'm ready, I love singing!
Roy August: T. Jae, what genre is Lacey J. Skyler going to be classified as?
T. Jae: Roy, we are going to record Lacey J. Skyler, doing a diverse kind of music and doing the kind of music she is comfortable doing. She has the talent and the ability to record and deliver most any kind of song in most genres of music today. She loves country music.
J.D.: Lacy J. what is the title of the new song you have sailing up the country charts these days.
Lacy J.: The name of the new song is "TROUBLEMAKER." It is #89 on the charts as of today. I love the song and I love singing it. I will have some new songs out very soon, we just wanted to know what this song would do and it’s doing well right now.
J.D.: T.Jae, you have some new records out and the one that gets my attention most is the song, "DIANNE’S SONG." Your voice is in its clandestine T. Jae Christian tone and delivery, as usual. You have the ability to deliver a song with a soul and heartfelt feeling. Every song that I have heard you do, you deliver with that kind of voice and passion.
T. Jae: James, I love what I do, I love writing and performing the music that I do. I've been doing it all my life, I've been pickin’ since I was around 10 or 12 years old. I am working on new music, new songs in the studio as we speak. We are currently working on a new album.
James Dean: Well guys, this is been a great afternoon for me and damngoodtunes.com music magazine. I love talking to people that has been in this industry and has worked and performed as writers, artists, producers, musicians, as well as engineers. I love working with people that love this industry and love what they do, and it is very obvious that you T. Jae Christian, and Roy August have been in this industry for many years and it is always my pleasure sitting down speaking with you guys!
I would like to thank, on behalf of damngoodtunes.com THE MUSIC MAGAZINE,.... and myself, JAMES DEAN, editor/artist,........ writer and producer. T. Jae Christian, writer Roy August and Ms. Lacey J. Skyler for taking the time to come over my studio for this interview.
Our guest for this interview also included Ms. Pat Christian, session musician drummer, James Drue and Ms. Connie, Lacey J’s grandmother for coming!
MUSIC CITY, NASHVILLE
It was once believed and a general practice within the record business to enable a would be entertainer/recording artist to become a successful entertainer and recording artist, he or she MUST have a record deal. Three quarters of a century ago, independently owned record labels as well as radio stations were the standard. Radio stations was where many of the recordings were made and recorded and created. Most, if not all recordings were made for radio airplay and usually the records were recorded at radio stations in eastern parts of the United States. Records, recorded vocals and music quickly caught on with the radio listening public and soon more and more musicians, singers and groups were recording records! The record business was born!
With the birth of the record business, radio began playing the records that was being recorded and the demand for the music to be played on the radio stations soon became so intense, the radio stations could not record the music, create the records, play the records on the air , hence, it soon became apparent the radio stations could not handle the complete task of recording, creating and playing the records on the air. THE RECORDING AND DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS WAS BORN!
Gradually, the record labels and their owners soon became prominent fixtures in the record business. The new record labels began picking and choosing the people they thought had a chance of becoming a successful entertainer and recording artist. In the early days, the record labels did not pay the artist to record, the artist would write his own songs and create a melody for the songs then go to the recording studio of which most record labels owned and operated. The artist usually paid the record label that owned and operated the recording studio back in those days for their services. The record label in turn, would make the records (press the vinyl records) and make the records available for radio airplay and record sales at local record stores. The local radio station would play the new records on the air, their listening audience would hear the recording and in turn, seek out the local record stores and buy the records for their personal listening pleasure as well as for entertainment for parties, etc.
By the time the '30s came along and pre-World War II, the record business and the radio stations had really begun to flourish. Singers, musicians and big bands were on vinyl records and being played on the radio stations. The recording artist of those times usually never received any compensation or profit from the record labels as well as the radio stations playing their records. The recording artists and entertainers of those days usually made their money from selling their records where they played but most of their their compensation came from their live performances. A great philosopher once said," The only thing that is constant, is change." Change did eventually come in the record business, as well as public broadcast. Artists and entertainers began to demand payment for the usage of their products, hence, the "Royalty system" became a reality. The radio stations began to log and keep track for each time an artist's record was played. The record labels soon were forced to pay the artist and the writers for the use of their song materials each time the record played on the air. It took over four decades before many of the recording artist received compensation in the form of royalties from record labels and record sales. Some black artists such as Chuck Berry, BB King, Nat King Cole, "Pine top" Perkins, Little Richard and many other artists received no royalty compensation until the copyright laws were enacted and changed in the middle 80s!
Great changes did come, long overdue changes in the music business, entertainment business, the record business as well as how the entertainers/recording artist got record deals and did business. After 70 years, and the record labels controlling the record business as well as the entertainers, further change was on the horizon. As of this date, it appears as though the major record labels are now losing control of the industry that has made major record labels, producers and the record business, billions dollars over the last 60 years! The control the major recording labels once enjoyed is now beginning to rapidly evaporate. The once tightly held control over the record products as well as the entertainers is slowly and visibly eroding. The playing field in the music business, record business and entertainment business in general is now on a more level playing field. One might ask," Is this a good thing?"
Yes, it is a good thing, from the writer’s standpoint as well as the entertainer’s standpoint. The artist as well as the writer/entertainer now has the ability to write, produce and form his or her own personal record label. The artist entertainer and or writer can now write, produce, sale their own products in the form of CDs and also digital downloads. The artist can go into the recording studio, record a single song or record a complete album, produce it himself then have it mixed down to a master. With the" Master" the artist is now ready to distribute his new single or album to the public in the form of physical CDs for sale or digital downloads. The CDs would need to be pressed, packaged and placed on the market for sales, whereas, the digital downloads can be placed on CD Baby, Amazon, ITunes and many other media that sales music.