Recording at The Garage

Our 2016 Winner, Bella Huerta, in the studio as a recording artist, with her recently completed session at The Garage. The session was part of the prize package she received as 2016 winner of Minnesota Sings Vocal competition. Thanks to Executive Director Jack Kolb-Williams for making this possible! A trio of pro musicians Tom Baskerville on piano, Dave Gillespie, upright bass and and John Hanson on drums, provided their talents and our great recording engineer, Robert Frost lll, put all the pieces together. Her family accompanied her and provided moral support through the long process. There’s so much behind the scenes and it takes a long time to get everything just right. Now, here’s is a look behind the scenes of a few of the photos taken and, of course, the end results- first up, her rendition of the classic “My Funny Valentine.”

My Funny Val 12-11-16- Click on link to hear the finished song.


Bella At the A-T Mic. She loved the warmth and clarity of the mic’s response. Thanks Audio-Technica!

Minnesota Sings DrumKit Recording PairMinnesota Sings Instrumental AT Mics At Work








A closer look at the great audio -technica mics that were used on the Drum Kit played by John Hanson. Properly placed by the sound engineer, this pair gave great clarity to every brush stroke!
Minnesota Sings EV Sound

Pictured here with one of the monitors provided by EV, Bella was able to hear her performance note-by-note on stage at Minnesota Sings. Thanks for the great quality EV!

Click on the Link Below to hear the song that Bella chose in the Grand Finalé for Minnesota Sings. She performed an Aria in her preliminary round but listened to comments made by the judges , looking for the warmth of her special voice to be featured. She took a big chance and it really paid off!  “I Have Nothing ” turned out to be the choice that would mean Everything!







                              I Have Nothing FINAL 12-11-16


Dave Gillespie on Upright Bass


John Hanson getting his kit set for the session.

Tom Baskerville on the keys.
More photos of the talented musicians that made the recording possible. Thanks to their experience and ability, the result was fantastic!
The photos from the studio session are just some of the keepsakes Bella will have as she goes forward in her very exciting career. She was accompanied by her family who gave her support thru the long process. Thanks to the entire Huerta Family. Minnesota Sings Huerta Family  This was a great experience to see just how much goes into creating the right sound for each artist. From the Sponsors to the Producer, artist  and engineers, musicians and the very best gear , every detail combined to make the final results  the best they could be. We know Bella enjoyed her session and hope her voice takes her amazing places in her future. Thanks for being a great representative for Minnesota Sings 2016. We hope she will cheer on our 2017 winner… who will it be?