Indy natives record Grammy nominee’s song

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The biggest names in the music industry were together this past Sunday in Los Angeles.

And for at least one Grammy nominated artist, the road to the red carpet, stopped through the Pop Machine Studio in Indianapolis.

“I think we’ve really done a good job of creating a unique and boutique studio, that you may not expect to find in a market like Indianapolis,” said Marc Johnson.

Twins Marc and Eric Johnson, graduated from North Central High School, and set out to make music. This year, artist Chrisette Michele stopped by their studio to record the song “Visual Love.” The up tempo song is a track on her Grammy nominated album, “Better.”

Chrisette’s manager booked the session for the New York artist, because she was in town performing, and they needed a world class studio where she could record.

“They wanted a good what’s called vocal chain, which is a microphone, pre-amp and compressor,” said Eric Johnson. “It was amazing her voice is so pure, she is a rare talent.”

The session went so well, that Chrisette, who was also nominated for a Grammy in 2009, decided to record vocals and video for a four track acoustic LP too.

“Everyone just could not have been cooler and there was a great vibe,” Eric said.

As producers, Marc and Eric have worked with several Grammy award winning artists, but this is the first time in their 30 years in the industry, that they’re on an album that’s nominated.

“It sounds so cliche – ‘it’s an honor to be nominated,’ but it truly is an honor to be nominated, and if it happens, it’ll just be the coolest thing in the world,” Eric said. “And if it doesn’t happen, it’s still a great record, and we’re really proud of it.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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