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Recording Showcase 2020

“Cherry Tree”

co-produced by Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller

Senior, Music Recording


Cherry Tree is a song written to make you smile. The tune is the first song I wrote with my band, Happy to Be Here, so it holds a special place in my heart. It only took about 10 minutes to write Cherry Tree considering there are only like 5 words in the whole song but hey, thats what makes it so darn catchy. We love the tune and hope you all enjoy!

About the producer 

Hey there! My name is Zach. I am in my last semester at UWO and couldn’t be more excited to start the rest of my life. I plan on pursuing work as an AV specialist and as a freelance artist. Pursuing music recording has helped pave the way for the rest of my life. As a student at UWO I had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing student artist (songwriting club) who have helped me grow into the artist I am today.

About The Process

Getting the song to its final version took a total of 4 years. Over those years we probably recorded the song 5 times before settling on a version that made us happy. The recording process was relatively simple after we’d decided on a solid vision. We recorded the core instrumental (Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Bass) then popped the vocals in to give us a solid idea of what quirks we could slip in to really make the song shine. Initially, the vocals were recorded using an AKG c414 but after some consideration and a first draft mix we decided to rerecord the vocals with a brighter sounding mic. We settled on an ADK that has a brilliant bite to it which helped the vocals punch through the mix a bit more. After the new vocals were mixed the song was nearly complete. All that was left to do was add those quirks I was talking about. We added some auxiliary percussion, ad libs, claps, snaps and to cap it all off, we added a sample of an afternoon in kettle moraine state forest where the birds were singing like there was no tomorrow.


Music: Collin Brault, James Kies, Tho Shia Lee, Evan Balistrieri, & Zachary Miller

Lyrics: Zachary Miller & Collin Brault

Recording Engineer: Zachary Miller

Assistant Recording Engineer: Tho Shia Lee & Chris Jewson

Producer: Collin Brault, Zachary Miller, Tho Shia Lee

Consulting Producer: Chris Jewson and James Stapleton

Mix Engineer: Zachary Miller

Mastering Engineer: Doug Lane

Special Thanks: Clara Hewins & Dane Slinger

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  1. Alison Shaw

    Huge production! Glad you finally found a version you liked 🙂 Nice work. Fun lyrics and style. Very uniques. Good luck with all future endeavors. Congratulations!

  2. Ann Kunkle-Jones

    Very upbeat and catchy! Great job! I’m definitely humming this tune now.


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