The former lead singer and keyboard player for Grammy-nominated band Bering Strait is close to releasing a solo album - and you can help her press it!
Hello and thank you for visiting my project page!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Lydia Salnikova. I’m a native of Russia and a former lead vocalist and keyboard player for the Grammy-nominated band Bering Strait. Our band released 2 albums on Universal South Records. We were featured in a "60 Minutes" episode and had a full-length documentary made about us, called "The Ballad Of Bering Strait" (you may catch it on Hulu.com). We toured throughout the U.S., sharing the stage with such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Steve Azar, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Collin Raye, Wynonna, Phil Vassar, B-52s, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Kathy Mattea and Bela Fleck.
BUT ALL THAT JUST WASN’T ENOUGH FOR ME!!!
Seriously though, bands are tough. While I loved being a part of a Russian country band, with all the joys and challenges of that concept, I eventually realized that I felt I had something to say to the listener that was more personal and introspective, more solo Lydia. And the style of music that I started tapping into, when I’d sit down at my piano and write, was completely different from what the band was trying to do at the time. So I left the band in 2006 and embarked on a solo journey.
To get my bearings straight (pun intended) and to continue working on my craft, for awhile I focused primarily on doing studio work as a session musician and vocalist, as well as playing live. Then I set up my home studio and dove into the sea of sound recording. Finally, I developed the hard-earned illusion that I knew what I was doing… ☺ Although, mainly, I just grew tired of talking about making a solo album and felt ready to actually do it, even if I had to produce it myself and play every instrument (thank God for MIDI!). You can watch the video announcement about that by clicking this link.
And you can get a taste of my homegrown tracks at my official website (tab "Music").
So you can rest assured that I’ll be getting my solo music out to you, at least in the digital download form. But at this time, I can’t really afford to bite the bullet and press up the physical CDs. And every artist dreams of having their name and their work on a tangible physical product – to sell at live performances… to give to friends… to send to Mom with a note “I did it!”… to play Frisbee with… to use as coffee coasters… So this is where I really need your help. It will be our joint effort of raising the funds necessary to create the CD artwork, to press up the first 1,000 units and to release my first solo album into the world!
To reward you for your valuable help, I’ve come up with the series of perks for various levels of contributions. But whether you give $1 or $100, having you among my supporters and backers is the most valuable thing of all to me. And the real reward I hope to give back to you is the knowledge that you have helped put my music out there and propel me forward on my artist path.
P.S. And if you should feel particularly magnanimous today or if you just plain like me, you can also share this project with your friends and encourage them to contribute as well – on your website, Facebook page or via e-mail – using the handy “Share” options at the top of the screen (located under the project video). Let’s make this pressing thing happen together!
P.P.S. And if I should be so lucky as to raise more than my goal amount – there are always other things that every independent artist needs, such as outside help with mixing, mastering, website, etc. Any and all contributions will be most heartily appreciated!
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My heartfelt gratitude for your kind support.
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THE “EARLY BIRD” PACKAGE: an mp3 of one song from my new album e-mailed to you BEFORE the release date + the Facebook/MySpace shout-out of thanks + an acknowledgment of your contribution on my website/blog.
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THE “iPOD” PACKAGE: all of the above + a digital download of my new album for your mp3 player or computer.
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THE “INSIDER” PACKAGE: all of the above + a physical autographed CD of my new album shipped to you + a “behind-the-scenes” video about making of the album e-mailed to you.
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THE “SWAG” PACKAGE: all of the above + a 2nd autographed CD of my new album for you or a friend + a postcard with a personal thank-you note handwritten by me + a “Lydia Salnikova” magnet + my secret borsch(t) recipe.
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THE “SHARP DRESSED” PACKAGE: all of the above + a “Lydia Salnikova” official T-shirt (please be sure to specify your size – and ladies, let me know if you’d like to receive a women’s specific fit).
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THE “SINGING YOUR PRAISES” PACKAGE: all of the above + your name in the liner notes of the CD as one of my sponsors + a personal phone call from me to thank you for your contribution during the week before the release (if you plan to be away from your phone, don’t forget to turn on your answering machine so you can listen to my Russian-accented message later!).
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THE “PRESIDENT” PACKAGE, also known as “FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE” PACKAGE: all of the above + a free admission for you and a friend to any one of my live performances in the next year (please let me know in advance that you’ll be coming so that I can prepare my heart), during which I will dedicate a song to you + I call you on your next birthday and sing you a “Happy Birthday” song + I bring you a box of chocolate covered marshmallows from my next Russia trip!
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THE “IT DOESN’T GET ANY MORE EXCLUSIVE THAN THIS” PACKAGE: all of the above + you pick your favorite song from my new album and I record a piano/vocal version of it for your personal listening pleasure and send you the exclusive mp3 of it + a 60-minute songwriting lesson, over the phone or over Skype (or if you don’t write songs, we can just chat about wine or books or yoga!).
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THE “LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM” PACKAGE: all of the above + a private 45-minute acoustic (duo) house concert anywhere in the U.S. (traveling costs and proper lodging for me and a side musician at your expense, unless you live in the Nashville TN area) + a wonderful feeling that you’ve played such an enormous part in helping me bring my music into the world.
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THE “BE MY MUSE” PACKAGE: all of the above + I write a song about you or one of your friends or family members, inspired by a questionnaire I have you fill out. Happy or sad, your choice, but keep in mind that sad is more my kind of thing. But I’ll try happy, for you. If I must. And then I will e-mail you a video of me singing it.
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THE “I’M SPEECHLESS” PACKAGE: Okay now, you’ll certainly get ALL OF THE ABOVE… But honestly, have you noticed there were 3 zeros after that “3”? I mean, you have just single-handedly gone above and beyond my goal! Are you an angel? Do you want to start a record label? Can I walk your dog? Seriously, call my manager up, let’s talk!!!
- (45 days)