|Donnie Reis, On and Off the Stage|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00|
At the heart of a soon to be nationally released song by Caroline Glaser, a season four contestant on the hit NBS show ‘The Voice,’ is a rhythmic connection to Tipp City.
During the week of Thanksgiving, Glaser was in town with Donnie Reis, a Tipp City resident, to record the song at his Twelve3South Studio. Reis produced and co-wrote the single, with Glaser, titled ‘Money Tree,’ which will be part of her upcoming EP. It’s expected to the first of many collaborative efforts between the two artists.
Due to strong familial bonds with Tipp City, it’s especially meaningful for Reis to make a positive impact on the area. With his wife, Kristy, Reis co-owns Sweet by Kristy, the cupcake shop on Main Street. While his mother-in-law, Melissa Cairns, owns Cairns Toys, the neighboring award winning toy store, which was just named ‘Toy Store of the Year,’ in Ohio Readers Magazine.
“With Tipp City being the longtime hometown of my father-in-law, the late Gary Cairns, I feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in bringing such good publicity to Tipp City. I know how hard Gary and Melissa worked to build the life they had here and I’m very proud to have continued it on after his death in 2008,” said Reis.
The studio session occurred while Reis and Glaser were on a brief break from their tour which landed at the Schuster Center this fall. The two have been performing on America’s top stages to sold-out crowds since October with a capella group and Atlantic Records recording artists, Straight No Chaser. Joining them in the studio were members of the horn section from arena band O.A.R and producer for Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Straight No Chaser and more Steve Lunt. Another Tipp City native, Josh Rowe served as the engineer. Rowe is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s prestigious Recording Industry Production program.
On a professional level, Reis was also very proud to have such talent gathered in his Tipp City studio. “For the parties involved to trust me with a new artist like Caroline, and trust what I can produce out of Twelve3South will be on par, and competitive in the industry is such a great feeling,” he said.
Though Reis enjoys being on stage, he also finds great pleasure in the work done behind the scenes, such as composing lyrics. “To be able to write a story to music that in three minutes conveys a lifetime of experiences or gives a voice to someone out there who wasn’t able to express what they were thinking prior to hearing your song is a really awesome thing,” he said.
In producing, he loves to then take the lyrics and bring them to life. “To take a song given to you in its most simple form…maybe just a person singing words to a melody line, or just a person with an acoustic guitar or piano singing their song, and then taking that song in collaboration with the songwriter/artist and the musicians and adding all of the elements that you hear in your head to that song. Sometimes its three things that make the song perfect, sometimes its one hundred you never know until you get in the studio and try it out. And when it’s all said and done you get to hand the songwriter/artist something that they love and will be proud of forever. Such an awesome thing!” said Reis.
The single “Money Tree’ produced in Tipp City, will be hitting iTunes, Spotify and the radio in weeks. Reis and Glaser will next be in Ohio on December 13, at the Proctor and Gamble Aronoff Theatre with Straight No Chaser. Tickets range from $80 to $600. Aside from return trips to record at the Twelve3South studio, Glaser will be making her next performance stop in Dayton to the historic Dayton Art Institute for the Legacy Ball on Friday, April 4th an evening fundraiser designed to provide area youth access to professional development and workforce readiness through film and television performance and production. For more information on the Dayton Art Institute performance, visit www.actouttalent.org.