A fresh, soulful, live album from 22-year old songwriter Emily Elbert, recorded with her band in Boston.
I'm making a new album! A live album - and nine accompanying, high-quality videos - featuring a band that I'm totally in love with. In August, we got to spend a few days together, playing and recording in our drummer's basement studio in Brookline, Massachusetts. We recorded nine of my original tunes - four of which are brand-new, but all of which have been given an exciting new sense of energy and imagination.
In the past four years at Berklee College of Music, I've had the joy of being surrounded by some of the greatest young players in the world - kids whose creativity, skill, and general joie de vivre is the most inspiring thing I've ever known. Listening to and playing with them has really made me grow as a musician and a human being. I'm overjoyed by their love, support, and sense of community.
Purpose: Record and Share the Love
Sharing that joy and community is the goal of this new album. Using the two free days that we all had in common (between touring and finishing our studies), we took our hearts, minds, and bodies to their limits and recorded live sessions all day, then opened up the studio and put on an intimate show on the second night. The whole process was filmed and photographed, and if we're able to fund the project, there will be full, high-quality videos of every song available online, in addition to the digital and physical pressing of the album.
Here's where you come in
I'm so excited about this music, and I can't wait to be able to share it. I can't do it alone, though. In this great, evolving music industry, one of the most inspiring things is the growing power of independent music and its fans. In the same way that it took the support of a community to record this music, it takes a community to set it free. So, instead of the old-school, big-label approach of the past, I'm hoping we can to do this grassroots. Together, from the ground up.
If you pledge to support the creation of my new album, I'll give back to you, too. There are tons of different levels at which you can be involved - and the returns range all the way from an advance copy of the CD to a private house concert for you and your friends.
Sometimes Kickstarter campaigns go beyond the initial financial goal - so, just in case, if there are more donations than required, I'll use the money for promotion and touring, and maybe even help to pay off the remainder of the loan I took out to make Proof.
Thanks for listening, and thanks for all of the support so far. I hope we can make some music together.
P.S.: If you contribute $100 or more, I will sing your name in the lyrics of a song that I'll write just for the Kickstarter supporters, and record the song for YouTube.
P.P.S.: If your contribution requires international postage, please consider adding a little extra to help with shipping - it's not required, but would be very appreciated.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Nov 22, 2011 - Dec 22, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
An early-release download of the new live album. This is essentially a pre-order. You will also be a recipient of my never-ending love & gratitude. :) Each advance purchase is a huge help!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A signed copy of the physical CD, the DVD, and an early-release download. Shipping's on me. (All further pledge levels also include my never-ending love & gratitude, too :)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $35 or more
All 3 of my CDs - "Bright Side," "Proof," and a signed copy of the new live album, plus an early release download of the new live album.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
5 signed copies of the new album. One for you, four for your friends. Plus an early-release download.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $60 or more
A handwritten lyric sheet for the song of your choice (from any of my albums), or a set list for the upcoming show of your choice, signed and personalized to you. Plus, the “Alive, In Love" package - which includes an early release download of the new album, a signed copy of the physical CD, and a DVD of the live show.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $100 or more
3 backers All gone!
A drumhead signed by each of the band members and the engineers from the new CD, plus your name in the YouTube thank you song and the “Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $150 or more
A 45-minute Skype concert, guitar lesson, or just a hang-out session - plus, your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the “Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $150 or more
This one is for guitar players - since I've seen a some people on YouTube asking for tabs to the songs in my videos, I'll write out tabs and make a YouTube tutorial video teaching how to play whichever of my original tunes or covers you'd like. It'll be dedicated to you. Plus, you'll get your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the “Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Two VIP tickets to any show you'd like (excluding festivals and opening gigs)- including dinner together before the show (ok, nothing fancy...but it will be fun!), plus, your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the "Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer All gone!
My first-ever acoustic guitar, a Washburn D12S, signed personally to you. I put a lot of hours into this guitar, and with it wrote many of the songs on my first CD, Bright Side. Plus, your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the "Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $750 or more
I will cover the song of your choice, and upload it to my youtube channel, dedicated to you! Mötley Crüe? The theme from Space Jam? Your favorite semi-obscure Puerto Rican boy band of the '90s? You got it, dude! And, your name will be in the YouTube thank you song, and you'll get the "Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
I will write a song about whatever you want! Could be a love song, a birthday present, or a waltz-inspired ode to Kristi Yamaguchi. The door is wide open. Plus, your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the "Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Private, solo house concert for you and your friends! Show to be arranged on a mutually agreeable date. If your location is more than a two-hour drive from Dallas, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles, I also ask that you'll cover airfare and hotel for two people. If you have any questions, please message me here. Then, of course, because we're new BFFs, you'll also get your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the "Alive, In Love" package.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
Private, full-band house concert for you and your friends, anywhere in the continental U.S. This is a serious pledge for a serious supporter, and this will be serious fun. Also includes a dozen CDs, your name in the YouTube thank you song, and the "Alive, In Love" package. Want to host a house concert outside the U.S.? Message me here and let’s discuss.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012