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GleeHab Exclusive Interview: Tim Davis

Tim Davis was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me and I’m so excited to share it with you.  Let me tell you, Tim is so kind and I am grateful to him for taking the time to contribute to GleeHab.  What an honor!

For those of you that don’t know, Tim a the vocal contractor and studio singer currently working with Glee as the vocal contractor for Adam Anders.  He contributes to vocal arranging and works on set as a vocal coordinator.

GleeHab:  Everyone knows you work on the music side of Glee, but what exactly do you do?  Take us through a typical day for you.

Tim Davis:  Adam Anders, the executive music producer, asked me to work with him on the pilot to help arrange vocals and sing on the song demos before the actors sing their parts.

The process works like this…  Adam and his music partner, Pär Astrom, arrange the form of the song and the instrumental track, and then Adam and I work together to arrange the vocals for the song.  As a vocal contractor, my job is to hire singers to sing the demos of the songs before the actors record their parts.  Typically, Adam and I will also sing on the demos as well.

After I work in the studio, I will be called to set to help the actors lip sync correctly. I will stay with them all day when they’re shooting a song, and make sure that their lip sync is as accurate as possible.    Then, typically, it’s back to the studio to work on the next song!

Additionally, I work with Glee’s underscore composer, Jimmy Levine.  He is the mastermind behind the little transitional cues (vocal music) that are featured at the beginning, and throughout the show under the dialogue and in between scenes.  I contract three other singers and sing on them myself as well.   These musical pieces that Jimmy writes are extremely challenging, but I love it!

GleeHab:  You have an extensive history in the music business.  Where did you get your start and how did you get involved with Glee?

Tim Davis:  I started as a session singer in Nashville.  A session singer is one who is hired to sing on various recording projects, ie. artist recordings, film, television, commercials, etc.  I got my start there – mostly singing background vocals for artists in the country and Christian artist world.

One of my first jobs in Nashville was working with a startup company called Reelworld Productions (, singing ID Jingles, which are the vocal logos you hear on radio stations, like “Kiss FM” in Boston, LA, and Dallas, or “Z100″ in NY or London.  Two long time friends of mine and I are the voices behind these jingles on nearly 1000 radio stations world wide, in all different languages. I still work on these every month, and still love jingles!  haha!

With Glee, Adam Anders and I knew each other from Nashville, but hadn’t spoken in about 10 years, prior to him calling me for Glee.  He said “Hey!  I got asked to do this pilot, I have no idea if it will do anything or not, but I need a vocal contractor/arranger.  You wanna help me?”  I said “sure!”  and that’s how it happened!

GleeHab:  From a reader – How much input do the actors have in the musical process?

Tim Davis:  The actors don’t have much input into the musical process.  Between their acting schedule on set and all of their other activities outside the show, they barely have time to be in the studio to record the songs!  When they get to the studio, everything is fairly well laid out for them.

GleeHab:  While on the subject of actors, my readers are very eager to know who is singing in the future.  I know you can’t spill those kids of details but perhaps you could tell us what it is like working with the actors?

Tim Davis:  As far as working with the actors… I can say, unequivocally, this cast is the hardest working cast in show business today.  The hours are grueling, but unlike “normal” actors who just have to learn their lines, these people have to not only learn their lines, but almost every day be learning and mastering a new song, new choreography, and record in the studio!  It’s a daunting amount of work for the most seasoned of actors, and these people do it every day!!   Because of this, I have great respect for them.  We all have great relationships, and are truly like family.

GleeHab:  From a reader – I love the music first and the actors/character a close second, and, in my naivete, I was surprised when I first learned that the actors record in the studio and then lip-sync on set for the actual performances.  Makes sense, but how do they so exactly match the two?  Camera tricks, or are they just that good?  And the band…not really playing either?

Tim Davis:  I think the above answers this.  And no, you aren’t hearing the band, but they are real musicians who are really playing along with the track!

GleeHab:  My favorite episode of the season so far was “The First Time”.  West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals and is so iconic.  The way the songs were so perfectly worked into the episode plot was great.  What was the process for tackling such a huge project?

Tim Davis: Ryan Murphy is the genius behind the song choices and working with the script writers to ensure the seamless marriage of script and song.  You would have to pry into his brilliant mind to understand his process!  It’s a mystery to me!!

GleeHab:  Since it’s the holiday, tell us about your Christmas album “Christmas Dreaming”.  It is fantastic – what was the process like for you?

Tim Davis:  I really appreciate you asking me about this.  As a session singer, you don’t really get the opportunity often to express your own style.  You’re always being asked to be someone else – whatever the producer is needing at the moment.  That’s my job, and I love it, but I knew if I were to ever do a solo project, I would want it to be in the style of a 1940′s crooner. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era.  ha!  So, I figured before I got too old and lost my voice, I would record something I’d always wanted to do and just pay for it myself.  So that’s what I did.

GleeHab:  And last but not least, tell us your favorite thing about working on Glee.

Tim Davis: Ahhhh…. that’s difficult.  I love my job on Glee because it utilizes every skill in my tool box, so it’s creatively very fulfilling.  But I would say my favorite part of my job is the people.  I really love all the people – from the actors, to the crew, to the studio singers.  Everyone loves their work and is so skilled at their particular niches.  I don’t know that I will ever again have an experience like this one, so while Glee is alive and well, I am relishing every minute of it.

Thank you, Tim for this great interview!  In case you haven’t heard Tim’s extraordinary Christmas album “Christmas Dreaming”, I’m giving away 2 copies!  The first 2 people to email me ( will get a digital copy of this perfect holiday treat!  *contest open to US residents only.  For those that don’t win, you can purchase the album here!  Do it, you won’t be sorry!

Got Questions??

I’ll be doing a Q & A with Glee’s vocal contractor, Tim Davis this week!  Tim is an incredible talent whose work on Glee includes contributing to vocal arranging with Adam Anders and is the on-set vocal coordinator.  That means that he is there with our favorite cast members helping them with their vocals while filming!  Kind of a huge job.

I fell in love with the music of Glee first so I am so excited to get to interview Tim and learn the ins and outs of how it is all produced and of course get some details about the hardest working cast in show business.

I need your help though!  Please tweet me (@gleehabsite) or email me ( questions for Tim.  I’ll be sending him a list mid-week so get to gettin’!  I’ll be accepting questions until Wednesday morning.

Make sure you check out Tim’s website.  His Christmas album is pretty incredible and I’m thinking it will be the perfect thing for my next giveaway so, stay tuned.  Until then, hit me up with questions!

GleeHab Feature: “Where Are They Now?”

Over the next several weeks/months, I will be compiling interviews from previous Glee cast members, some of our favorites to be exact.  We kick off this feature with one of my VERY favorites: Jennifer Aspen, who played Terri’s crazy sister, Kendra.  Jennifer is a buddy of GleeHab and we are thrilled to be able to speak with her again.

Jennifer is hard at work on her new show, Good Christian Bitches and we are so lucky to be able to speak with her on Friday, April 1st!  Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke, it’s legit.  We are so excited to speak with her again so do me a favor and hit me up with questions.  You can tweet them to @GleeHabSite, hit the comments, or email me at gleehabrach {at} gmail {dot} com.

Gleekdom Exclusive: Win Tickets to Mark Salling’s Album Release Party!

Raise your hand if you looooooove Mark Salling.  Now, raise your hand if you looooooove to hear Mark Salling sing.  Ok, last one, raise your hand if you and a friend want to go to Mark Salling’s album release party as a VIP guest in LA.

Did I get your attention?

Now for details:

Thanks to Xomad and The BBM Lounge, we at the Gleekdom are able to offer a pretty freaking awesome contest that could land you and a friend at the album release party for Mark’s debut album, Pipe Dreams, on October 21st!!

ONE prize winner will win VIP tickets for you and a guest to celebrate the album’s release in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 21st.  Because of the time constraints you must live in or around LA to enter this contest (or be able to get to LA on your own accord before Thursday night). You must also be 21 years or older to enter and attend and you are responsible for transportation to and from the event.

This is a chance of a lifetime to walk a red carpet, mingle with celebs, and have a very good chance of hanging with Mr. Mark Salling himself (and any of the other Glee cast members that may be attendance)!

This contest is ONE DAY ONLY!

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Follow GleeHab and The Gleekdom on Twitter and keep an eye out for tweets throughout the day tomorrow related to the party.  When you see it – retweet it!  You’ll automatically be entered into the contest.


2.  Hit the comments on this post with your favorite Puck quote!  Only ONE comment per person please.

Simple right?  The lucky winner will be chosen tomorrow, October 20th at 11 PM EST.

Make sense??  Now, go forth and retweet OR hit the comments with your favorite Puck quote!

*Mark Salling’s Record Release Party is a Xomad event, sponsored by BlackBerry and part of the “BBM Lounge” Series.

Daily Matthew Morrison Post: EXCLUSIVE

Thanks to a collaborative effort from my favorite Matthew Morrison site (and one of my favorite people) of all time, I am thrilled to be able to show you some exclusive pictures from Matt’s visit to his alma mater, OCHSA back in August.

If you remember, Matt went back to OCHSA where he worked with some of the students there as well as presented his mentor, Ralph Opacic, with a check for $15,000 as a donation to the school.  You can see the video here.

I’m telling you, this man, he just melts my heart.  Check out some wonderful pictures from his time there:

Sources & other contributors include my girls Pauline and Natalie!  Thanks girls, couldn’t have done it without you!

In other Matty news:

Matt will be the chair of the 2011 OCHSA Gala!

Dear Friends,

On March 19, 2011 the Orange County High School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors and Gala Chair Matthew Morrison, Music & Theatre alum Class of 1997 and Tony and Emmy award-nominated star of the hit TV show GLEE, will present what has become the premier event of the social season, Gala 2011 “A Swingin’ Singin’ Salute to the Stars of the USO!” at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

The annual black-tie Gala is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year and provides essential support toward the $5 million needed annually to continue providing our tuition-free, donation-dependent arts conservatory programs.  Come join us for one of the most entertaining and unforgettable evenings you’ll ever experience!

At Gala 2011, A Swingin’ Singin’ Salute to the Stars of the USO! guests will experience a lively musical tribute to the overseas camp shows and the stateside stage door canteens of the United Service Organizations (USO).  For decades, famous Hollywood celebrities have traveled all over the world, in times of war and peace, to entertain our men and women in uniform and boost morale.  These star-studded entertainers have included the likes of Bob Hope, Ann Miller, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, and many more.

This spectacular evening of entertainment will have guests swinging and singing to the sounds of memorable classics performed by our very own Montage Big Band Orchestra along with our fabulous singers and dancers.  The Gala will also feature an elegant dinner and an incredible, one-of-a-kind silent and live auction.  With the generosity of our dedicated parents and the community-at-large, we expect to raise an estimated $800,000 in support of our aspiring student artists.

I thank you in advance for your commitment to Gala 2011 and I hope you will join me on this inspiring journey as we celebrate some of the most talented young entertainers of this generation!

All good things,

Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D.
President and Executive Director

Source & Ticket Info

GleeHab Exclusive: “Home” Song Previews

I have the best readers.  Mike C sent this along to me and I couldn’t be happier.  How AMAZING are these songs?  This episode is going to be very sweet, I can just tell!

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