Cortez Farris

Cortez Farris

Title: Producer and Engineer
Genres: Pop, Hip Hop, R&B
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Cortez Farris is a Platinum Engineer & Producer. His credits include Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, Joe… read more

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song: The Secret Place
artist: Ellen Hayes

genre: R & B - Religious
stats: playlists: 1 | song plays: 35
artist comments: Thank you Cortez for the review of my song The Secret Place. I am really considering your advice and points made. Although the song is mixed and mastered already, I feel it's a reason I haven't released it yet. I would like it to be the best possible song it can be. So I'd like to try your suggestions and at least see how it sounds after the changes are made. Thanks again! Ellen
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
R & B

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Secret Place

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Anita Baker

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Inspirational - God

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Happy - Blissful

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
3/5

Quality of the Chorus
3/5

Quality of the Breaks
3/5

Quality of Instrumentation
3/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

Quality of the Melody
4/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
3/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
3/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
3/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
3/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
5/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Piano
2/5

Quality of Bass
5/5

Quality of Other Instruments
5/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
5/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
3/5

Originality of Song
4/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
4/5

General Comments

Very inspirational song! I would love to hear more


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hello Mr. Mckenzie,
The last song you reviewed for me was Step into your Blessing. Unlike that song The Secret Place has not yet been released. I have been stalling with the release of it because I know its different. I've sent it to several people that I know but no one hardly replies. Other people says it's a really nice song and they love the vibe. I need someone that doesn't know me from a can of paint but knows music enough to give an unbiased opinion about this song. Is it ready?

Pro's Answer/Comments:

Hi Ellen this is a great tune. very inspirational! I have listen to it several times.
Your first verse is good I would like to hear the piano down in the mix a bit though. It would spotlight your vocals and beautiful lyrics. I would also consider no background vocals in first verse or in the first chorus. Its all about creating that build up in your song. maybe bring background in second verse and second chorus the through the end of song. I do love the mix of the background vox and your voice sounds lovely very nice blend of the vocals.
I feel that your vocal performance is perfect! That can be good and bad.
sometimes a perfect performance lacks a bit of feeling and emotion. sometime a bad performeance as a lot of feel and emotion. This sounds crazy i know but it tends to be true. not telling you not to strive for perfection but you shouldnt lose the feel or emotion of the tune.
the overall mix is ok I would like i said bring piano back a bit and maybe even bring the drums up in the mix, they seem to get lost in the middle to end of the song. the bass sound very very good nice and round tone. It may be interesting to hear more keyboards and maybe some other instruments in the arrangement to keep so excitment in the tune . I would also consider a bit more reverb on your lead vocal. overall you should excited about releasing this tune great work I look forward to hearing more music from you.


Quote From Pro:

Very inspirational! I have listen to it several times.


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