You don’t simply end up recording at London’s Abbey Road studios or because your recording company is intent on spending a huge production budget on your record.
Well, actually, Wayne Merdinger is an independent singer-songwriter, who decided to go into music at the urging of his kids and is an independent artist, so no big budgets here.
Chance? Well, maybe meeting producers Danny Saxon and Mark James helped, but not having good songs or being able to come up with some interesting lyrics and interpretations of the two will not give you that chance.
Actually, Merdinger started out as a songwriter, something he did for 25 years before he started recording himself. Of course, that songwriting experience, gives you both the capability to develop your art and to gain ample experience, all that is on evidence in Merdinger’s latest album Hidden Gems.
And yes, it is an ample title, as Merdinger, who is obviously inspired by the late ’60s to mid-’70s heyday of singer-songwriters, has that essential melodic and storytelling touch that all the good singer-songwriters should and do have.
It is that touch that makes songs unveil a new layer with every new play, as do Merdingr’s on this album. A true delight for singer-songwriter fans.