Robert F. Cranny

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Robert F. Cranny
Birth name Robert Francis Cranny
Born (1981-07-02) 2 July 1981 (age 35)
Origin Liverpool, UK
Genres Rock and Roll
Pop
Indie rock
Occupation(s) Guitar
Keyboards
Songwriter
Producer
Instruments Guitar
Keyboards
Years active 2002 - date
Associated acts 78 Saab
Sarah Blasko
Spiral Stairs
Gersey
The Maladies

Robert Francis Cranny (born 2 July 1981) is a musician, songwriter and record producer based in Sydney, Australia.

Collaboration with Sarah Blasko[edit]

Robert F. Cranny co-wrote and co-produced the first two albums of Sydney musician, Sarah Blasko, The Overture & the Underscore (2004) and What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have (2006), both of which were certified platinum.[1]

The Overture & the Underscore was recorded in Hollywood, California with engineer Wally Gagel (Eels, Old 97s, Folk Implosion) and session drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, The Smashing Pumpkins).

What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have was produced by Blasko, Cranny and Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil-fame. It was recorded in Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand. The album won an ARIA award in 2007 for Best Pop Release.[2]

Cranny co-wrote all tracks on both albums, with the exception of Beautiful Secrets.[3] He is the sole writer of the song Perfect Now which has appeared in the television program, One Tree Hill.[4]

On What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have, Cranny arranged and conducted a chamber ensemble as well as a Maori choir.[5] In 2007, Sarah Blasko undertook a 12-date national tour accompanied by a five-piece chamber section.[6] Cranny again scored the orchestral instruments. Songs from The Overture & the Underscore, which were never originally arranged for orchestral instruments, were also given this treatment.

Other Production and Musical Work[edit]

In 2015, Cranny joined seminal[7] Melbourne indie-rock band, Gersey, to write and record the band's fourth LP, "What You Kill". Cranny co-wrote the majority of tracks, played a CP-70 piano and was given a specific production credit for his work on the expansive "There Are Things That You And I Can Never Be".

In 2011, Cranny co-produced the debut album by Ben Salter, "The Cat". It was produced by Gareth Liddiard, Robert F. Cranny & Ben Salter at Liddiard's rural property in Myrtleford, Victoria. Liddiard's own band, The Drones had previously recorded the album Havilah at the property. Cranny made songwriting contributions to two album tracks, and personally wrote the song, "Know Your Strength" for the album.

In 2010, Cranny played an 11-date Australian tour as a keyboard player in Gersey, supporting US band, Pavement.

In 2009, he played keyboards for US indie-rock musician Spiral Stairs, including an appearance at the 2009 Sydney Laneway Festival.[8]

In 2008, Cranny co-produced three tracks with Leonardo's Bride vocalist, Abby Dobson, for her debut solo album "Rise Up", including the single, "Horses".[9][10]

Cranny has also performed and recorded with other artists such as Ben Salter, 78 Saab, Sianna Lee, The Maladies, The C-Minus Project, Darren Hanlon, Soap Star Joe, Gaslight Radio & Magic Lunchbox.

Record Label[edit]

Along with Sarah Kelly from theredsunband, Robert F. Cranny owned and operated Enchanted Recordings, an independent record label based in Sydney, Australia, which was active between 2006 and 2010.[11]

Enchanted Recordings was distributed nationally by Shock Records and employed the resources of Nonzero Records & Rice Is Nice. The label released the following catalogue:

Singles[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Like An Arrowtheredsunband, November 2007, Enchanted Recordings

Albums[edit]

  • The Shiralee - theredsunband, June 2008, Enchanted Recordings
  • Phoenix PropellerSianna Lee, March 2010, Enchanted Recordings

Awards & Recognition[edit]

"The Cat" by Ben Salter

  • Won the Queensland Music Award for Album Of The Year in 2012[12]
  • "West End Girls" listed at #28 on The Courier Mail's "Top 50 Queensland Songs"[13]

"What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have" by Sarah Blasko

  • Awarded a platinum sales accreditation in Australia
  • Won an ARIA Award for Best Pop Release in 2007
  • "{Explain}" (#79) and "Always on this Line" (#58) reached Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2006

"The Overture & the Underscore" by Sarah Blasko

  • Awarded a platinum sales accreditation in Australia
  • "Don't U Eva" (#27) reached Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2004
  • Named the 10th Greatest Australian Album of All Time by Triple J Music Director, Richard Kingsmill[14]

Credits[edit]

Production Credits[edit]

  • Don't U Eva single – Sarah Blasko (2004) – produced by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny
  • The Overture & The Underscore – Sarah Blasko (2004) - produced by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny
  • She Will Have Her Way: The Songs of Neil & Tim Finn – Sarah Blasko (2005) – Don't Dream It's Over produced by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny
  • What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have - Sarah Blasko (2006) – produced by Sarah Blasko, Robert F Cranny and Jim Moginie
  • Rise UpAbby Dobson (2008) – three tracks produced by Robert F Cranny and Abby Dobson
  • Horses single Abby Dobson (2009) – produced by Robert F Cranny and Abby Dobson
  • Phoenix PropellerSianna Lee (2010) – Mercenary In Me produced by Robert F Cranny
  • The Cat - Ben Salter (2011) – produced by Robert F Cranny, Gareth Liddiard & Ben Salter
  • King Me - Love Parade (2013) – produced by Robert F Cranny[15]
  • Where The Ocean Starts EP - Katie Whyte (2013) - produced by Robert F Cranny
  • "What You Kill" - Gersey (2016) - produced by Tim Whitten & Gersey

Songwriting Credits[edit]

  • Don't U Eva single – Sarah Blasko (2004) – written by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny
  • The Overture & The Underscore – Sarah Blasko (2004) all tracks written by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny, except "Beautiful Secrets" by Sarah Blasko & "Perfect Now" by Robert F Cranny.
  • What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have (2006) – all tracks written by Sarah Blasko and Robert F Cranny
  • Phoenix PropellerSianna Lee (2010) – You Are The Sea written by Sianna Lee and Robert F Cranny
  • The Cat - Ben Salter (2011) – Know Your Strength written by Robert F Cranny, The Cat written by Ben Salter, Robert F Cranny & Gareth Liddiard

Other Recording Credits[edit]

  • Picture a Hum, Can't Hear a Sound78 Saab (2000) – piano, organ, synth
  • Orange SyringeTom Morgan (2013) - Casio MT70, Hammond Organ
  • "What You Kill" - Gersey (2016) - CP70, Roland JUNO, guitar, vocals, production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blasko Goes Platinum Twice"
  2. ^ "ARIA Award Winners 2007"
  3. ^ APRA-AMCOS Official Site
  4. ^ One Tree Hill Music Site
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ "Two States" live at Sydney Laneway Festival 2009
  9. ^ Craving Records
  10. ^ Abby Dobson in the Sydney Morning Herald
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ http://themusic.com.au/news/all/queensland-music-awards-announced/
  13. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/noel-mengels-top-50-list-of-queensland-songs/story-fnihsrf2-1226674854483
  14. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/alltime/11/tens/triplej.htm#main
  15. ^ Robert F. Cranny Official Site