Archive for the ‘New Song For New Occasion’ Category

Dinner with Mindy Weiss

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I just returned from an amazing trip to Palm Beach, where I had dinner with the talented Mindy Weiss, watched a wedding cake being decorated by the legendary Sylvia Weinstock, and met the most brilliant people in the wedding industry. It was an honor and a privilege.

In fact, the excitement of being there reminded me of my first songwriting conference and that feeling I felt. Excited. Filled with possibility. Living a dream come true.

I have decided to fill my life with more of these adventures. Experiences that are life-changing and extraordinary. I am blessed to work with clients who know that inspiring their own song will be their dream come true.

So… what’s your dream?

My Dream Team

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One thing I’ve learned repeatedly through my life is the importance of surrounding myself with the best and the brightest. People who believe in me. Inspire me. Radiate integrity. Help me see things in a different way. Celebrate with me and provide support when I need it. I like to call this group my “Dream Team,” and I am so lucky to have friends, family, and colleagues who are kind, wise, and push me to “go big!”

For the next several days, I will truly be surrounding myself by another “Dream Team” — the best in the wedding industry, including celebrity planner Mindy Weiss and Sylvia Weinstock (the queen of cake). We are coming together at a fabulous resort in Palm Beach to share ideas and best practices, while getting to know each other and our businesses better.  I can’t wait!

Thought for today: Let’s celebrate our own “Dream Teams.” Thanks to all of you for being a part of mine. xo

Crash The Wedding

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We’re just hours away from “Crash The Wedding,” and I’m getting so excited!

Kat Bailess, the talented actress and a wonderful girl, will be the bride, and let me tell you… she looks stunning in her gowns. Yes “gowns” plural! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

I can’t wait until she walks down the aisle to one of our custom songs. I know it will be breathtaking!

I’ll definitely report back on all of the festivities! Hope to see you there!

xo

Get Wed like a Celeb: Choosing Music For Your Walk Down the Aisle

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Custom runner for NBA star Rip Hamilton's wedding designed by "The Original Runner Company"

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With more than two million weddings happening in the United States every year, finding a way to make yours stand out can be a challenge.  Brides-to-be are often inspired by their favorite celebrities, who tend to be trendsetters by finding unique ways to create a memorable experience.

According to event planner extraordinaire, Mindy Weiss, you can “Personalize your wedding like a celebrity would do. Celebs step out of the box and customize their weddings.  That is what you need to do so people remember your wedding and it doesn’t become another cookie cutter event.  Taking things in a different direction – maybe not with traditional classical music but The Beatles instead – that’s a very a big trend right now.”

So what are these celebrities choosing for their walk down the aisle?

  • Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”) and Jimmi Simpson: “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by the Smiths
  • Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell: Guests joined a choir in singing Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”
  • Yasmine Bleeth (“Baywatch”) and Paul Cerrito: “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
  • Courteney Cox and David Arquette: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Wings
  • Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas: “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra
  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley: “December 23” by Josh Kelley. Katherine mentioned to Josh several months before the wedding that she really wanted him to write a beautiful song to walk down the aisle to. He wrote a song, a guitar and cello piece called “December 23,” which was specifically dedicated to Katherine.

So dreamy, right? I still dream of being serenaded. Is there anything more romantic?

Well, on the off chance that you are not marrying a talented recording artist, never fear! You can still feel like a star. Our team of hit songwriters creates custom wedding songs for our clients that can be performed live for your breathtaking walk down the aisle.

So if you could pick anyone to write and perform your processional song, whom would you choose?

Picking the Perfect Wedding Music: The Recessional

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You have been pronounced husband and wife, had your first married kiss, and are ready to head back down the aisle. This is one of my favorite musical moments. No matter what your wedding has been like until then, whether extremely formal, beachy casual, or somewhere in between, this is your opportunity to choose the perfect song to reflect you.

In my case, as soon as my husband stepped on the glass (a Jewish tradition) and gave me my first married kiss, my mom had instructed an amazing gospel choir to sneak in the back of the room and loudly sing one word: “Hallelujah!” (Let’s just say she was pretty excited this wedding had taken place.) Stunned, our guests were delighted as the gospel choir filed up the aisle, looped back, and led the entire bridal party out to “Love Train.” It was joyful, fun, and happy, provoking our guests to clap along and cheer as we exited. For us, it was perfect. A gospel choir in a synagogue? Yep, perfect.

That’s our recessional song. What’s yours?

Even just checking out my iTunes song catalog, I found these fun choices:

  • “Born To Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi
  • “One Way or Another” by Blondie
  • “It’s a Miracle” by Barry Manilow
  • “Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas
  • “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  • “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
  • “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé

And those were just artists in the B’s! Of course, if you can’t find the perfect song, our hit songwriters could create something just for you… for your string quartet, gospel choir, even bridal party to perform.

So tell me…what do you think is/was/would be the perfect song for your recessional?

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Felice Keller Productions: Creating Magic Through Music

My Guilty Pleasure: Wedding Magazines

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I have to admit… I LOVE wedding magazines. Even though I’ve been married for almost two years, there’s something magical about weddings and creating the day that you’ve always dreamed of. The perfect decor, flowers, food, and of course, the perfect wedding dress. So many different styles, looks, designers. The chance to find the most stunning reflection of you.

Today I have the extraordinary opportunity to meet with reporters from many of my favorite bridal magazines, and I’m so excited to let them know that brides now have the chance to have hit songwriters create a custom love song that is also a stunning reflection of them. Their story. Their dreams. Their love.

A whole new opportunity to personalize their most special day.

So one question… what was your favorite part of planning your wedding and making it uniquely you?

What’s Your Song?

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It’s crazy how music can have such an effect on us. Our moods, our memories, our entire outlook.

Sometimes when I want to get myself motivated, I’ll crank up the music and find myself dancing around my office. Whether it’s Glee’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Rob Base’s “It Takes Two,” some Beastie Boys, P!nk, Beyonce, it gets me out of my head and back in that excited, “I can do anything” place.

Then there are times where I just feel down, and I want to stay there…at least for a few minutes. Out comes Phil Collins, Barry Manilow, and my favorite country ballads.

My favorite are those days when I’m feeling extra grateful to my husband, thinking about our beautiful wedding, and wanting to go back to that day. I just turn on “Here Today,” the song I co-wrote with Andrea Stolpe (who has written for Faith Hill, Julianne Hough and more), for my walk down the aisle. Suddenly, I’m back.

The power of music is amazing. And just like, “To everything there is a season,” “to every memory and mood there is a song.” What’s your song?

Surprise Trip to Nashville

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I just found out that I’ll be traveling to Nashville at the end of the week! That’s how these trips usually happen. Last minute, but so exciting. With an approaching deadline on a really cool project I’m doing for Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show, I’m heading to Tennessee to write with two of Nashville’s most talented writers…true hitmakers! I’ll give you all the details upon my return, so stay tuned. Oh, and send lots of good vibes! xo

Music and “The Run”

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Can you believe we’re already almost half way through September? It’s crazy! I’m excited about a lot of projects we’re working on and will have some big news to announce in a couple of weeks!

Until, then, though, I wanted to let you in on a little secret…I decided to train for a half marathon. Sounds reasonable enough, I know, but this s ME. I am the girl who hyperventilated running a lap in the third grade. The one who took Marching Band class in high school so I could get out of PE. Granted, over the years I’ve exercised, but this will take it to a new level.

As I did my training walk today, I was so grateful to have my iPod. Great music can get me through anything. Today, it was Akon, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys. Hmmm… I guess I forgot to shuffle my workout playlist, but it was actually a fun mix. :-) So my question to you is: What are your favorite songs to workout to? Email me at felice@felicekeller.com with your suggestions. I’d love to hear from you!

And of course, I’m already thinking about the “personalized to me” marathon song I want to write!

More updates to come!

xo,

F

Time To Celebrate

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Hi All!

Thanks to all of you who have been checking out the site and contacting me from near and far! It’s amazing.

Now more than ever, I’ve convinced that life is worth celebrating. If I had my way, we’d all have a “party” everyday. It could look like a normal family dinner, but it would be a celebration…of an achievement, something learned, something overcome, something new to dream about. For me, creating music with hit songwriters for extraordinary artists has always been my dream. And everyday it comes true. I know many of you sing along to the radio and your iPod, dreaming about having your own song. One that truly speaks to you. Whether a love song to re-connect you to your partner or an inspiring song to get you out of bed in the morning, I’m honored to find your favorite songwriters and make that happen.

How can music help you celebrate?

To quote Mr. Ren McCormack from “Footloose, “It (music/dancing) is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now.” Well, said Kevin!

Let’s get to celebrating.

xo

An award-winning songwriter based in Los Angeles, Felice Keller is the CEO of Felice Keller Productions, a company that creates magic through music. FKP makes special occasions extraordinary by commissioning hit writers for artists like Faith Hill, Clay Aiken, and even Johnny Cash to create, record and perform custom songs written especially for their clients.

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