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.