Middle Tennessee State University/Trevecca University Student Project becomes International Country Radio Release

Top Quote Trevecca University classmates turn Senior Project into a chart climbing country radio single as a companion to a new book "My Southern Food" via Thomas Nelson Publishers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 29, 2010 - Students Benjamin Poff and Adam Ellis enlist classmate's help on a school project and it becomes the launch single from award winning songwriter Kim McLean.

    When Benjamin Poff sat in science classes with fellow student Kim McLean, they had no idea their paths would cross in the recording studio and create one of the quirkiest highly requested songs impacting secondary country radio and international radio this fall. The two students became friends as they 'toughed it out' in a science class at Trevecca University in Nashville as they both earned their undergraduate degrees.

    Years later, working toward his Music Engineering degree combining the programs at Trevecca and Middle Tennessee State University, Benjamin called upon his classmate to help with his senior project. He knew she had a band, and he needed a band to record, so after a phone call and a few days to plan, the university studio was laying down tracks with the two classmate friends, along with an added student engineer, Adam Ellis. Of course, the "band" was a bit of a stacked deck with award winning songwriter Kim McLean and her 'band' which includes A-list studio players John D. Willis and Larry Paxton, and Kim McLean's drummer prodigy son, Will McLean Johnston (Will McJ on his album credits). The selected song was the flagship original by Kim McLean for a unique companion soundtrack for a Thomas Nelson book, My Southern Food, by author/radio host Devon O'Day. The song is a lopey-southern anthology called "Sweet Tea" complete with laughter, true to life oddball images, and acoustic banjo, thumpin' bass, and brushes on a box to complete the ensemble. Kim McLean's signature acoustic guitar rhythms create the feel of a front porch pickin' party.

    Released to secondary radio via CDX in late September 2010, along with Airplay Direct, Radio Submit, Airplay Access, and the Mark Trail Music Sampler, "Sweet Tea" is getting airplay around the world with playlists reporting spins in Japan, Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the U.S. With a radio tour kicking off with DJ Kelly Green and Bo Weevil at The Farm, the radio station located inside the Dixie Carter Theatre, in Huntingdon, TN, Kim McLean and Devon O'Day are taking southern food, culture, and music to stations across the country.

    When Benjamin Poff began his senior project, he had no idea it would become a 'real radio single'. He just wanted the best senior project he could create. He and Adam Ellis wanted to record real music the old fashioned way, in a large studio with the warm sounds of tube mics and live tracking. The finished tracks were sent to Kim McLean's mixing house of choice, Rodney Mills Masterhouse in Atlanta, GA where the final polish was applied. Rodney Mills, famous for Southern rock bands like The Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, and a host of others gave "Sweet Tea" the southern mastering touches and the final product was sent to radio.

    The final project won't be presented to engineer Benjamin Poff's professors for another year. Perhaps by then the song will be a familiar radio hit launching the entire "Sweet Tea: A Southern Soundtrack" project by Kim McLean available this holiday season via all major online distributors. Accompanying tracks to the Sweet Tea project were completed at WilliSoundz-Nashville, TN, produced by Kim McLean and engineered by John D. Willis.

    To hear Sweet Tea, log on to www.iheartradio.com and search Kim McLean, or view the promotional video on YouTube by searching Kim McLean Sweet Tea. A website for more information is www.MySouthernFood.com or Kim McLean's own website www.KimMcLean.com.

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