"Melissa turns lyrics into so much more than words - Simply put, Melissa sings, listeners feel." Come be a part of "A LITTLE LOVE"
*Burpee Backers....I totally forgot to mention that when you pledge a minimum of $10.00 (for ten burpees) you will get the digital CD sent to you two weeks before CD release.
It's that time again....I'm ready to tackle my third CD and couldn't be more excited to do so. I've always liked "outside of the box" thinking and that's exactly what Kickstarter has created. I really love the fact that through Kickstarter my fans and supporters, in some sense, become my "record deal." ;) I'm really close to finishing a lot of new songs and I can hardly wait to get in the studio and create this new collection (tentatively entitled "A Little Love").
I've set a goal of $15,000 - I know that's a big number. It's also the same amount I spent to fund each of my other CDs, "Simple Life" and "Why Can't I." Welcome to the world of being an independent artist that runs everything out of her house, with the help of the dogs, of course! It's amazing how quickly the costs add up, between the musicians, the engineer, renting the studio, mixing, mastering, and finally pressing the actual product; $15K has been my magic number in the past. If we go over that number, awesome; I'll make my very first music video ;)
I look forward to building this community and keeping all the backers updated with the latest news, including fun videos and regular status updates. I'm even planning on creating a special page on my website listing and thanking all "backers" for their support. Whew, I'm going to be busy....put me to work people!
Thanks so much for the constant support you guys have given me over the years. An email here and there, text or phone calls saying "I pulled out your CD today...thanks." Even somebody saying, "Yea, a friend of mine turned me onto your music." It means so much to me and is truly what keeps me going year after year!
Thanking you in advance for maybe giving up a morning at Starbucks in exchange for watching me do your burpees or any other incentive you might find interesting. Please feel free to share this with anyone you think might dig what I do!
Your "pledge" right now is just that, a "pledge" - Your credit card will only be "charged" if I reach my goal of 15,000 by my deadline date of September 18th. If I don't reach my goal, no one is charged ANY money. If I do reach my goal, on September 18th (or a few days after that) your pledge will then be processed and the amount you pledged will be charged on your credit card. When that happens I will be contacting you about your "reward" and getting more information from you to fulfill your reward!
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"BURPEE'S FOR BUCKS" - (for the CrossFitters) I can't believe I'm going to put this out there. I remember in grade school doing a "jump rope for heart" event. Basically, I got folks to pledge a certain amount (usually a penny a jump) and jumped for hours. It was fun, we raised money and I got great exercise along with my teammates. I figured, what the heck, a burpee is worth a dollar, in my opinion. So, here is your chance, you pick how many burpees you want to see me do...video footage will be provided to you for proof...however, depending on how many you make me do, I can't promise they will all be done at the same time, but I assure you..they WILL get done - ALL of them! Please be kind.....Estimated delivery:
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A personalized autographed copy of the new CD sent to your door upon release and digital download of the new CD delivered by email, two weeks before official release.Estimated delivery:
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"COFFEE TALK" -- I kept thinking I wanted to create something special for the folks who live far away; how could I manage to still connect in some way? Then the beauty of the internet came to mind...Let's sit down and have coffee via Skype, ichat, or heck you can even video chat on Facebook these days. It will be almost as good as a Starbucks date. ;) You got an hour of my morning, you can ask me anything you want, meet the pups, and depending on the time, you might even catch my "morning hair." An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"SET...HIKE" - Every original "set-list" I can possibly find dating back to my days in Nashville. I will autograph them all and create a nice, neat booklet just for you explaining history of the gig and reasoning behind the set list. An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"O' HAPPY DAY" -- Everybody's got a birthday! I'd love to give someone a call and sing them Happy Birthday with love from YOU! (Heck...we could even do a conference call and all chat) OR if you'd prefer, I could sing one of my originals instead. An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"FROM THE VAULT" -- A CD filled with my favorite demo sessions I've done over the years and every song I've ever written, some in very rough form, others pretty polished but didn't make the final CD cut -- This will also include a live performance done at the Bluebird Cafe years ago. If you think I sound southern now, wait until you hear me back then! Pick one of my two CD's and I'll send an autographed copy of that along too! An autographed copy of new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"GOING BANANA'S" - I will personally bake for you some of my favorite banana bread. I got the recipe from a dear friend (John Stygles) years ago and I've added some of my own ingredients. Insert peanut butter and chocolate chips here :) - "Two mini loaves" will be delivered to you in person or priority mail, depending on where you are at, of course! FOR THE PALEO FOLKS...I've created a paleo mango/banana bar. I'd be happy to send a batch of that instead of the banana bread. An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"BACKER'S BBQ" -- Over the years I've seen many fund raisers at churches I've performed at. One that I always thought was so cool involves people offering their home and preparing a meal to the highest bidders. I LOVE to cook and I LOVE to have folks over...(I get that from my mom!) We'll pick a beautiful day, fire up the grill, and I'll recruit Tanya to help me provide a delicious meal. All you need to do is show up with your bathing suit and "pool volleyball" game face! ;) An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"INSIDE MY HEAD" -- scary place to be, I know. If you were ever curious of how a song comes to be, or how many different places it goes until it ends up being done, this is your chance to find out (at least how it happens for me). Pick one of "my" songs and you'll get everything I can find on it - from chicken scratch lyric sheets/ideas to "voice memo" versions of me sorting it out and playing with melody ideas. You'll also learn about the events in my life or thoughts that got me started on that certain topic; what the song means to me and what inspired me to write it. If you'd rather wait until the new CD is done to get one of the new songs, that's an option too (must be a song I've written or co-wrote, of course). First come first serve on song selections as this will all be original "drafts." An autographed copy of the new CD delivered to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"I GOT YOUR BACK"....limited edition "Breathe In Music" T-Shirt created especially for this project. A copy of the "From the Vault" CD. A personalized autographed copy of the new CD sent to you upon release. Digital download sent to you via email two weeks before official release. An autographed copy of both of my previously released CDs (Simple Life & Why Can't I). Breathe In Music stickers/decal/magnets made especially for this project and YOU!Estimated delivery:
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"THE MAKING OF" - An autographed photo book made especially for this project with a personalized message. It will document the entire process of this journey including photos inside the studio of the musicians and producers doing their thing. You'll have the inside scoop on it all! An autographed DVD collection of all the "update" videos I will be making and posting throughout this project. You'll also get extra footage that didn't make the original post, which I'm sure will include some "bloopers" that I'm so good at! Digital download of the CD two weeks before release via email. Autographed copy of the CD to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"COVER SONGS" -- My version of your favorite cover song....Do you have a favorite cover song that you'd like to hear how I would interpret it? I will record an acoustic version especially for you of and deliver it via email. This actually could include any of my original material as well, if you are curious to hear how one of my songs sounds in it's "raw" form...this is your chance to get a recording of it. You'll also get everything that's listed in the "I GOT YOUR BACK" reward.Estimated delivery:
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"STUDIO HANG" -- for NASHVILLE and LA folks....ever wonder what the heck happens in the studio? I'm planning on recording the CD in both cities. If you live in either area and want to come hang out with me and the whole crew for the day in the studio....it's on! I imagine you'd even be included in the "making of the CD" photo book ;) Come hang out, see how it all works...give input and feedback..play a cowbell...however when the "red light" is on you must promise to be quiet...LOL Pick what day you'd like to "sit in" on as there are many stages to choose from such as: recording basic tracks, overdubbing extra instruments, vocal & background vocal sessions, mixing it all down to final versions. Digital download of the CD two weeks before release via email. Autographed copy of the CD to your door upon release.Estimated delivery:
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"HOUSE HUNTING" -- I'd LOVE to come to your house and perform for as many friends as you can fit in your living room or backyard. I've been doing house concerts for the last few years and it's always such a fun night. There are so many options; you can create a pot-luck evening or we can do a simple evening with cheese and wine. Basically, it's your call; I just show up with my guitar and sing for an hour or so. You and your guest will get all details about what inspired me to write my songs and the reasons I sing certain cover songs. It ends up being a very intimate evening of music (this is available for locations up to five hours away from Los Angeles). Digital download of the CD two weeks before release via email. Autographed copy of the CD to your door upon release. You will be listed in the CD liner notes as Associate Producer with a special thank you.Estimated delivery:
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Spend the day in the studio with me even if you DON'T live in Nashville or Los Angeles. If you can get to an airport that "SOUTHWEST" flies out of, I will get you the flight (accommodations not included). Same fun listed in the "STUDIO HANG" applies. Digital download of the CD two weeks before release via email. Autographed copy of the CD to your door upon release. You will be listed in the CD liner notes as Associate Producer with a special thank you.Estimated delivery:
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"LEAVING ON A JET PLANE" - For those of you who would love the whole House Concert event, but live way too far away for me to drive. I'm hopping on the next plane out to your neck of the woods for your event. Same fun listed in "HOUSE HUNTING" applies. You will be listed in the CD liner notes as Associate Producer with a special thank you.Estimated delivery:
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"LET ME WRITE FOR YOU" -- Do you have thoughts that you've always wanted to create a song around? Maybe you have a loved one getting ready to marry and you'd like a song to "tell their love story" for their special day? Maybe you just want your own song based on your life experience. Let's create it together, we'll write it, I'll record it, and it just might make the final cut if it fits with the flow of the new album. You'll also receive a DVD with footage from the making & recording of your song, as well as a video performance especially for you. You will also get everything listed in the "I GOT YOUR BACK" incentive and the "MAKING OF" incentive. You will be listed in the CD liner notes as Executive Producer with a special thank you.Estimated delivery:
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