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Cover Stories

by M.A.S.

Original tunes as well as covers of Pop, Broadway, Folk songs and more with their unique blend of 5 singers and soaring harmonies.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Cold Turkey
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2. One Less Bell to Answer (feat. Melodie Madden Adams)
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3. Falling Slowly
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4. Wannabe (feat. Erin Parker)
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5. Chandelier
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6. Alfie (feat. Laura Matula)
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7. How to Be Lovely (feat. Cori Anne Laemmel)
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8. River
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9. Story of My Life (feat. Megan Murphy Chambers)
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10. Firework
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11. Hallelujah
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Produced by Laura Matula.
Recorded and Mixed by Lij Shaw at The Toy Box Studio. Nashville, TN. 2014.
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios. Nashville, TN. 2014.
Photography and Artwork by MA2LA.
Falling Slowly, Chandelier, River, Firework, Hallelujah arranged by Laura Matula.
Wannabe arranged by Erin Parker.
STEPHEN KUMMER Piano, Keyboards.
CHRIS DONOHUE Electric and Double Bass, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Ukulele.
TONY MATULA Drums, Percussion.

THANK YOUS:
MAS would like to thank Anthony Matula (the honorary 6th MAS member) for continuing to make us look fancy with his photo, video and design magic and for playing those drums like a champ // Stephen Kummer, Chris Donohue, and all the musicians who have ever given their time and talents to play with us over the years // Chris Bosen for being another brain in the room so often // Tanner Roman for always making us sound good live // The awesome volunteer stage managers, volunteers, show runners and ushers who make our lives easier on stage // We would also like to send love and thanks to Matty Adams, Jack E. Chambers, Tyson Laemmel, Elysa Jade, Elvis Duke, Ray and Carol Parker, and all of our families and friends who have been there for us from the very beginning and supported our MAS endeavors - you keep us going // Finally, we would like to thank our MORE MAS Kickstarter backers - without whom this album would not exist, and last but certainly not least, our "die hard fans". We love you and thank you for going on this journey with us.

C 2014. Mas Nashville. All Rights Reserved.

1. COLD TURKEY
Shoshana Bean, Johnny Morrow, Aron Forbes, Tim Kvasnosky
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

Old school girl group feel? Check. Doo-wop BGVs? Check. Originally performed by a Broadway diva? Check. Girl power? Check. Sass for days? Check. This song is the perfect combination of all things MAS. The feel, the funk, the opportunity for Mel to holler ‘let me see your turkey face’ during live performances…the list goes on and on. When a song makes you smile, laugh and put on your best heels and diva faces, you can’t go wrong. To top it all off, what’s a diva song without a big screlting finish?
–The Ladies of MAS

2. ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER
Hal David, Burt Bacharach
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, BGVs: Laura Matula

I was introduced to this song when I had to sing it in a musical and remember saying to myself, "Who the heck is 5th Dimension?" It was then that I discovered it was written by Burt Bacharach which cemented my love for him. I quickly realized that Burt and I are meant to be together forever. He holds the other piece of my Be Fri locket, and his songs are always the ones I want to sing.
–Melodie

3. FALLING SLOWLY
Robert Bochnik, Joseph Doyle, Colm Macconiomaire, Marketa Irglova, Glen Hansard
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

The beauty of a good song is that it speaks to everyone right where they are. The beauty of a GREAT song is it speaks to your soul while also being constructed of musical magic that transcends all genres. We may never get to play Czech folk singers or Irish songwriters, but gosh darnit we can pay homage to the beauty of their stories. The haunting melody and the desperation of the emotion is its own voice, and we love being able to share what that means to us.
–The Ladies of MAS

4. WANNABE
Richard Stannard, Matthew Rowbottom, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Geraldine Halliwell, Victoria Beckham
Vocals: Erin Parker

We often joke that MAS is a lot like The Spice Girls. Cori is Baby, Mel is Posh, Laura is Scary, and Meg and I fight over who is sexy and who has to wear the tracksuit (I usually lose), but that’s not the main reason I chose this song. Ever since I heard an amazing jazzy cover of Britney's ‘Baby One More Time’ on NPR many moons ago, I have been obsessed with unexpected and surprisingly good arrangements of songs that are generally labeled pop-trash. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE pop-trash as-is, but I also love the challenge of "legitimizing" some of my favorite ear-worm tunes through original arrangement. I have been a fan of ‘Wannabe’ since dancing to it on table-tops in the UK in college, and it’s so much fun to hear an audience laugh as they realize what I’m singing – and then feel them settle in and actually enjoy a song that they might have only judged from a distance in the past.
–Erin

5. CHANDELIER
Jesse Shatkin, Sia Furler
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

When Laura gets inspired to arrange a song at 4 in the morning, first we fear for her health, and then we take a good listen. She took an already killer song and turned it into a haunting, original, novel, gripping, sexy thing and we love her for that. The beauty of this song and this particular arrangement is that we not only get to stretch ourselves vocally, but we get to find our own interpretations of the storytelling. To each her own. For Meg, it’s a song about giving yourself permission to forget the bullsh, even if it's just a temporary reprieve. For Erin, it’s a song about a sad stripper. Put your headphones on, close your eyes, and find your own story.
–The Ladies of MAS

6. ALFIE
Hal David, Burt Bacharach
Vocals: Laura Matula

When I was younger I knew I was going to grow up and be Barbra Streisand. Plans change, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that Barbra’s trajectory might not be the trajectory of my future as an artist. It did, however, introduce me to some truly glorious music. My favorite songs to sing are songs that speak to every fiber of my being, and this is one of those songs. Dionne Warwick recorded it for the film, but when I heard Babs sing it on a bootleg videotape of a live concert, I was truly inspired. So many people throughout my life have tried to tell me who to be, how to act, what to feel. This song breaks through all that for me and asks the question beyond: What is it all about? I can’t tell you that I have found that answer yet, but I do know that I search for it every day with everything that is in me.
–Laura

7. HOW TO BE LOVELY
Cori Laemmel, Mike Zazworsky
Vocals: Cori Anne Laemmel, BGVs: Laura Matula

I love how many lives this song has lived! I wrote this song with the awesome Mike Zazworsky six years ago. The first time I sang it in public was with Laura, so it feels like this song has come full circle. It got a second life when I discovered it was a perfect fit for a show I was writing for my students. An unexpected third life came when I was trying to choose a solo for this record. The first few songs I came up with just didn’t feel like “me”, and then we got the idea to use ‘How To Be Lovely’. This arrangement is whimsical and fun and exactly what I always hoped it would be. You can’t help but feel for the quirky kid who pulls off smooth for exactly 4 seconds until she accidentally trips over her own feet and spills punch on the carpet. Um…like me.
–Cori

8. RIVER
Joni Mitchell
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

Composing a unique arrangement for a classic like Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ is no small task. When arranging this song, Laura drew inspiration from some of her favorite artists with a knack for haunting melodies and raw emotion and married that to the timeless quality of ‘River’. Laura knows exactly how to arrange for the MAS voices, and we hope that when you listen to this incarnation of the song, you feel like you are floating down a river of longing and escape. It’s a little more minor, a little more melancholy, and a lot more MAS.
–The Ladies of MAS

9. STORY OF MY LIFE
Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Vocals: Megan Murphy Chambers

This song was cut from Bernstein's Wonderful Town, a show I've always loved and wanted to be in. I discovered a Judy Blazer recording of ‘Story’ almost twenty years ago and it just never left me. It's the perfect expression of heartbreak, because it paints such a gorgeous picture of the rise before the fall. I’ve heard plenty of sad songs, but to me, ‘Story’ is so much more effective because it keeps reminding us of her optimism and openheartedness and total lack of cynicism only to see her fall short. It just takes my breath away. I love performing it for three reasons: First story songs are my favorite ones to sing; Second, hardly anyone knows it, and I love introducing people to it; and Third, it's a wonderful acting challenge. Except when I'm already feeling like I haven't seen the top of the hill in centuries, and then it's not. Which makes it all the more poignant.
–Megan

10. FIREWORK
Esther Dean, Sandy Julien Wilhelm, Katy Perry, Tom Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

This is one of those songs that really defined who we are as a group, as artists, and as storytellers. It is the inception story of the music of MAS because when we got together and sang it for the first time, it was MAS magic. We had no idea the transformative power of a Katy Perry song when toned down and sung with five unique voices. Each line tells a story and it has truly become our anthem. It is even more special watching an audience hear the first line and chuckle before they slowly get pulled in to the beauty of the melody and the emotion of a song they may have underestimated. Those moments make this song extra special to all of our hearts.
–The Ladies of MAS

11. HALLELUJAH
Leonard Cohen
Vocals: Melodie Madden Adams, Megan Murphy Chambers, Cori Anne Laemmel, Laura Matula, Erin Parker

‘Hallelujah’ is our chance to strip everything else away and truly deliver a song. Leonard Cohen has done the world more than a few favors with his songs, and they must be approached with a certain level of respect to even attempt them. A friend of ours once said that he loved when we did songs like ‘Hallelujah’ because, "You spend two hours being hilarious and doing showstoppers and pulling zero punches, and then it's like, ‘Oh, holy s$%&, those ladies can SING.’" And it's true – we like to think that ‘Hallelujah’ is a song that proves we're the total package. This song is vocally challenging, but what makes it work for MAS is listening to each other and not getting caught up in the technical aspects of singing. The absolute best part of the song for us is hitting that final note in perfect unison, forgetting ourselves, and becoming one voice. Anybody can hide behind ‘Dance Ten, Looks Three’ (and we all have), but you can’t fake the MAS ‘Hallelujah’.
–The Ladies of MAS

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