INDIANLAKE-Their music is calm, soothing and faith inspired. Patricia Reynolds Yates and Jim Dunn, both Indian Lake residents, have recorded a 10-track album that attracted the attention of the Tate Music Group, a major Oklahoma recording company. They both have signed a contract with the company, and now the sky's the limit for this songwriting and performing duo.
Their story is a good one - both have harbored an interest in recording music for many years while they lived their busy lives separately prior to meeting in 2006, where they discovered that they had lots in common, especially making music.
Yates was first offered a recording opportunity in Nashville, TN after she appeared on the TV program "Nashville Star-Seek", and traveled to that city to record two songs in 1997. She said she was once invited up on stage to play her guitar and sing at the Palace Theater in Nashville.
"Watching and playing with other musicians is the experience of a lifetime," she said.
After meeting Dunn, Yates (feeling renewed) contacted the studio to acquire a new, clean copy of those two songs. This exciting and renewed interest in her music by the studio led to a new recording offer and a return to Nashville to complete a new 10-song album.
The duo settled in and recorded 17 songs at their kitchen table in Indian Lake. They then sent these recordings to their friend and producer, Robert Metzgar in Nashville. Eight of those 17 songs along with the two previously recorded songs became the basis for the CD. Yates and Dunn traveled to Nashville for this latest adventure, and began working with the Don McLean (yes, that Don McLean) band to complete the album at Chelsea Studios. A finished copy of the album was sent to the Tate Music Group to see if they were interested.
"They liked our songs and wanted us to write more," said Dunn.
The two signed a recording contract, which includes the production of a music video as well as distribution of their songs to radio stations around the country. Their new CD is entitled "Patricia Reynolds & Jim Dunn" and includes music that was started in 1995.
"I was the AV guy back in high school - I've always loved the sound of music through a microphone," said Dunn.
When the two began making music together with the Arrows of the Word band, they knew they had something special. They research scriptures and pull their ideas together into songs that people can relate to.
"My thoughts and feelings can also appeal to other people - it's an amazing feeling," said Dunn.
They are both looking forward to listening to their songs on the airwaves.
"It's going to be awesome hearing one of our songs on the radio," said Dunn.
They are both hoping to be able to play their music locally.