The Walden Family records their first full length family album, "I've got a song in my heart."
The Walden Family records their 1st independent full length Family Album "I've got a song in my heart"
Who is The Walden Family anyways? (Brandon, Stephanie, Sterling, Elle and baby Sophie)
Here's their story...
Stephanie and Brandon have been married almost 9yrs. They had both led worship in church together for years before and after they got married. A few years ago Stephanie began writing songs with Sterling (their eldest daughter / 6yrs old) to entertain and encourage her. As the years went on they began singing those songs in church for the little ones encouraging them as well. Parents often asked them to record these songs, but due to lack of finances and procrastination (the Walden's admit), they just had not yet. Well, here they are now in Kansas City and the stars aligned properly and they just felt the time was right to move forward. They were also given a substantial gift earlier in the year towards this project and just didn't have any excuse to wait any longer.
This children's album is NOT like every other children's album. They wrote most of these songs during the hardest season of their lives. 4 1/2yrs ago The Walden Family's business failed due to the Real Estate market downturn. Brandon lost his job and they systematically lost everything they owned. What does this have to do with a children's CD? Well...Most of these songs were written during that struggle while they learned and taught their children how to trust God. Although the songs were just meant to be little words of encouragement to their children, they found themselves encouraged over the years as well. Sterling helped in the writing process as well on many of the songs. The title track itself, I've got a song in my heart, was inspired by her as she walked around the house saying, "Mommy... I have a song in my heart and it needs to come out." You'll hear Sterling and Daddy sing a song together, Hide and Seek. (Disclaimer: Have your tissues ready) All of us remember songs from our childhood when we were at camp or in Sunday School. Most all of us can even sing the words from memory if needed. However, how many of us can say that any of those songs helped us get through a difficult time?...or taught us a deep truth about who the Father is?...or how much God really loves us? Well, not many of us.
The Walden Family moved to Kansas City July 2011 by faith. They felt God calling them to KC. Along the way they spoke to a dear friend and KC native, Beau Micah Davidson. Beau is the brains behind the sound and production of this album. When approached about producing this project it just made sense to he and The Walden Family. He had been hoping to do a children's/family album for quite some time. The KC Boiler Room, the community The Walden Family and Beau are a part of is full of kiddos. Many of the kiddos were able to sing Background Vocals on several songs. He and The Walden Family wanted to the album to have a fun, carefree vibe, but also to be well thought out musically so that the adults could appreciate and enjoy it as well. Some of the songs have drums, upright bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, etc. Others are less produced with just piano, percussion and vocals. It will have an organic folky sound to it. The Walden Family has finished most of the tracking of the album with the gift they were given earlier in the year and some of their own cold hard cash. Now they just need the funds to complete the album and get everything pressed and printed. Once funding is complete they go back to the studio to finish the balance of tracking, mixing, mastering and printing the CD's.
Breakdown of addition funds needed:
$1,000 additional studio recording costs for final tracking
$1,000 for printing and pressing the CD (physical copies) - 1000 copies
$500 Kickstarter & Amazon fees + shipping cost for rewards
Well... Kickstarter is set up so that you make a pledge to help a project you wish to support make it to the real world. They're the best at supporting such causes. Not to mention, they make sure that you get something for what you give. Maybe you just want an copy to download for your iPod, check out Rewards #2. Maybe you want The Walden Family to sing a telegram to you or your little ones via the phone or Skype, check out Rewards #7. Maybe you want a personalized copy of the album with the Walden Family singing your kids name(s) on one of their songs, Believe...if so, check out Rewards #9. Lastly, if The Walden Family fails to raise the entire amount needed, you are not charged ANYTHING. Yes, you read that right. Kickstarter is ALL or NOTHING. The Walden Family has put lots of time and money in to getting this far...but, if they fail to raise the final $4,000 needed by August 1st 11:59pm, the album may never see the light of day. This budget has no fluff. It is bare bones.
During the Kickstarter The Walden Family will be sending out updates via facebook and twitter and email the fundraising campaign. Also, there will be a link provided to a 3 song sampler within the coming days. Follow Brandon & Stephanie on twitter (@DearMrWalden & @WaldenStephanie) or like them here ---> Facebook on their facebook page.
Your help is much needed and much appreciated.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jul 11, 2012 - Aug 2, 2012
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Backer Package: You do not wish to purchase the CD, you just want to be a part of the project. You'll receive a thank you card signed by the family sent to the address you provide and warm fuzzy's because we think you're so nice.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Download Package: All of the perks of Reward #1 plus a free download of the album via Itunes or the like via a special link we will provide.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The Album Surprise Package: Get blessed, y'all!!! Contribute $20 toward this project, and you'll get a free download, just as soon as we finish it up, AND a free physical copy with beautiful artwork delivered right to your door, AND a special surprise (!) AAAAAND a signed, hand-written thank-you note to hang on your fridge!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Twitterific Package: All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3) plus a sappy tweet from @DearMrWalden & @WaldenStephanie customized to your liking. (ie: @plusseebeau is the coolest guy on the planet! ... @beatcaster is the best drummer in KC! ... @poliprog is an eligle bachelor in KC, here is a link to his facebook!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The Autographed Album Surprise Package: All of The Album Surprise Package (#3) IN ADDITION TO: your record will be SIGNED by the whole family!!! It maybe be signed with finger-paint, but hey . . .Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The "My baby has the cutest onesie in town!" Package: All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3) PLUS you will get a limited run, special album design onesie or toddler "t" to the size you request. This is limited to the first 25 ordered. (These are going to be custom made once funding is received and will be delivered with your copy of the CD to the address you provide.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The "I Like To See My Name In Print" Package: All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3), PLUS your name or your family's name will be mentioned in the liner notes (thank-you section) and you'll receive a free additional copy to give away as a gift to a friend or family member!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The Singing Tel-A-Gram Package!!! All of the perks of the Album Surprise Package (#3), an EXTRA record to give to a friend, PLUS the Waldens will call you on the phone or on Skype to sing any song of your choice from the record! Could be great for a birthday, bedtime, or really any time that you want to make special and memorable!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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The Super Duper Double Album Surprise Package: All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3) PLUS a super-limited edition e.p. of several "work tapes" of songs on the album. These were recorded on Stephanie's iPhone at their home in KC during pre-production for the record, so you'll see how beneficial your gift truly was. Thank God for Beau Micah Davidson, our producer, right? Amen, and amen.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The WALDENS ARE SINGING MY KID'S NAME Package!!! All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3) PLUS get 2 signed copies of the record, PLUS we'll specially re-record the words to "BELIEVE" to include your child's name!!! Up to four names can be included per package!!!!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The I Just Have An Extra $250 That I Didn't Know What To Do With And I Was Surfing The Web And Happened Upon Your Sweet Kickstarter Project And Was Compelled To Give Package!!!: All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3) PLUS 3, Yes 3 Extra physical copies to give away (since you're so generous) to friends, family or strangers for that matter PLUS you also get peace of mind knowing that you helped the Walden Family finish this project!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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The EXCLUSIVE HOUSE SHOW Package!!! This is truly a unique offer. The Waldens will visit your home or another place to play a show with you and any guests you'd like to bring! All immediate family members will get a signed copy of the record. Feel free to pull out your guitars, banjos, harps & lyres and join in the noise-making!!! Let's get it on the calendar for sometime in the fall when the weather's nice & crispy, ay? Kansas City locals only, unless you'd also be interested in funding a Walden Family Vacation!!! ... oh yeh, and you will, of course, get All of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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The I WANNA BE A ROCKSTAR, TOO! Package: This package includes everything from the Album Surprise Package (#3), PLUS a free four-hour session in the Monarch Recording Studio in Kansas City with producer Beau Micah Davidson! He can record you singing any of the songs from the Walden's record, another cover, or an original creation of your own!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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The Snazzy Jazzy EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Package!!!: Surprise! You get all of the perks of The Album Surprise Package (#3), PLUS we'll consider you and list you in the liner notes as an Executive Producer for the record!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012