The best of my best songs on a single CD! Can you handle all that awesomeness?
Thank you, friends. Thank you for believing.
Dear Friends, I just want to share that today I am doing a concert online! Go to the link and check it out! Right now it is replaying this morning's music then at 1 pm it will be live again. You can listen to new music all day long!! Check it out. Share it. Make a pledge.
To hear some music samples, go to today's update here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/942384620/jenny-mckinney-ep-project/posts/282318
A few words from some friends: (Thank you, friends!!)
"I am in awe at the way powerful words and inspired melody seem to flow from Jenny. Her giving heart truly compliments her musical gift as she seeks to share her music with those who need it most. I have been touched by her desire to seek out those who need lifted in all walks of life. Her compassion for others is an example to all those who come into contact with her, and is clearly evident in her music. Our Heavenly Father has blessed her with a beautiful talent and the ability to shed light into some of the darkest places. Jenny, May you continue to shine and bring the warmth and light into this world at a time that it so desperately needed!"- Sara Hodges
"I have been blessed enough to be involved in Jenny's music, even witnessing her earliest songs. Few things have moved me the way her music has. She has such an incredible gift! And it needs to be nurtured! Her music has improved my life, and just think how many more lives will be blessed if we can make this happen!" -Daniel Adams
“I hope that Jenny doesn't mind me saying this, but I feel it needs to be said. She has done SO MANY THINGS for others....for all of us. Even with all she has going on in her life, she is usually one of the first people to offer her love, help, support and service to others when they are in need....to all of US, her friends and family. Even people she doesn't even know. Please remember what she has done for you in the past, and return the "favor"..... now that she needs our help. She deserves to have this opportunity SO MUCH. I just wish I was in a position right now to pledge A LOT MORE than I did, because I would've in a heartbeat. And may I add: It is tough for me to pledge anything right now because of finances; but to me, my pledge is a sacrifice worth making in order to see Jenny succeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “ -Rebecca Brinkerhoff
“Jenny is so very talented. I am constantly in awe of her passion and drive. Jenny wrote a song for me 5 1/2 years ago when my son was born still. We were expecting babies at the same time. It touched my heart and gave me great comfort. Please help Jenny make her goal!” -Julia Jeffrey
Shane Adams here, Jenny's producer.
The musicians confirmed for the project are:
Johnny Rabb (drums - currently touring with Collective Soul, but has played with Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams III, SHeDAISY, Deana Carter, Mindy McCready, and more).
Frank DeBretti (guitar - Seal, Blake Shelton, SheDaisy, Duran Duran, Mindy McCready, Vanessa Williams, and more).
For those wondering about me...I've lived and worked in Nashville with and for the following folks in a myriad of capacities: Byron Gallimore (producer for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), Cheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Mike Reid (Grammy Winning Songwriter - "I Can't Make You Love Me"), Jay Z, SheDaisy, Blake Shelton, John Prine, Alabama, Shania Twain.
I teach online for Berklee College of Music (songwriting, lyric writing, composition). I've done work for Mix Magazine, a bazillion clinics for the Nashville Songwriters Association International and other organizations. In 2005, the Tennessee Songwriters Association (man, they all have long names!) awarded me the Hallman Award, their highest honor for music business professionals, for my efforts to help the songwriting community.
This is as real as it gets for Jenny, for anybody. I believe in her music and you should to. I'm throwing my support and all my connections behind her, but my support and connection mean jack if we can't actually record the project. :)
My musician friends and I are adamantly involved because we love Jenny's music, we believe in Jenny's music, we want the world to hear her music. This can only happen through your support. It is an all or nothing process. If we don't reach our monetary goal at kickstarter, nobody is charged and we cannot finance the project.
When you pledge, when the project IS financed(!), you are part of something much bigger. You helped make it happen. You gave the world a gift.
Please, we only have *9* days left. Give generously.
President: Artist Accelerator
Hi, I'm Jenny McKinney. I am thrilled to launch my first kickstarter project!
I grew up in a world filled with music. I remember at seven being moved to tears while singing “Rainbow Connection” in an Arizona choir. The song spoke to my soul. I knew exactly then that music would be an intricate part of my life. It HAD to be!
This brings me to this project...
Out of the 200+ songs I’ve written over the last 15 years, I am choosing the best of the best to make a 5-song EP. I have assembled a crack team of award winning and nationally known musicians just dying to go in the studio with me. This is where you come in. I need your help to fund and make this project happen.
Please review the incentives you will receive through your monetary donation. I genuinely believe you will not only enjoy listening to my project when it’s playing in your home, but you will also be inspired knowing you had a very real role in making it happen.
I’ll keep you updated during the campaign. Thank you for your consideration.
I’ve been working with a terrific producer in Nashville, who in turn has lined up some of his favorite musicians* (they’ve played with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Collective Soul, SheDaisy, etc) to record my project. You will love it!
Anybody! My campaign is a 30 day, all-or-nothing proposition. Friends, fans, family, and the public can pledge amounts as low as $5 (up to the entire amount!) in return for various rewards.
If my project succeeds in reaching its funding goal all backer’s credit cards are charged when the time expires. If the project falls short no one is charged.
pledged of $7,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 12, 2012.
Jul 13, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Handwritten thank you card and a digital download of first single. (I would do the thank you card anyway...just so you know!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $15 or more
Downloadable version of the EPEstimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Autographed(!) physical copy of the EP.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Reward #3, plus a copy of the sheet music from one of the songs used in the actual recording session, signed by me and all the musicians.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $150 or more
Reward #3, plus your name (or a name of your choosing!) listed in the album credits! C'mon, who doesn't want that?Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $800 or more
Rewards #3 and #5. Plus I will host an Idaho fondue party/house concert for you and 10 friends.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
You will be listed on the EP as an executive producer! (Be an angel! Choose this one!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012