Mary Beth Abella's third album is a lush collection of songs longing for release.
Thank you for all your support thus far! We're so close! Here's a video of Chris and I playing live. Let's keep it going--let's not disappoint those cute little kittens!
Welcome to my little corner of music on Kickstarter and thank you for checking it out! I've spent the last few years creating and putting together nine of the lushest, fun, and hopefully, the most inspiring songs I could create. My producer/husband, Chris Jacks and I, with help from my studio magician/brother John Abella, produced and recorded these songs with painstaking love and attention in our home studio with absolutely no budget. We're very proud of the work we've done so far and want to make it available to the listening public. To do that, we need to mix, master, and duplicate the songs so they can be shared with you. And of course, that costs money. We've partnered with kickstarter to help raise the funds before February 16. But if we don't raise the total before then, we don't get anything, regardless of what's pledged. (But we can go over the amount we want to raise.) With your help, we can release these songs. Check out the songs we want to release (and more below):
What the &%#@ are we trying to do?
We're raising money to pay for mixing, for mastering, for the artwork and to duplicate CDs. We're raising the bare minimum to ensure that we can release the album, but if we raise $1000 more, we will be able to make vinyl records. I've never made a vinyl record before but believe that the songs are sonically interesting enough that they could really benefit from being heard at a higher quality audio level. (Listen to some of the songs we've rough mixed so far and tell me what you think.) When we're done with the album, we're going to make it available everywhere we can. My personal dream and vision is that these songs will connect with listeners and inspire and encourage them... or just keep them company while they're living their lives.
Who the &%#! are we?
I'm a singer songwriter, indie pop, alt rock musician based out of LA. This is my third album and has been my most challenging. To get this album done, I lived way below poverty level, and challenged myself to keep recording despite emergency surgery, continuing health problems, car problems--you name it. My dream was to finish recording the tracks by the end of 2011 and I did it! I had enormous help from my beyond talented producer: the musical genius and rock god, Chris Jacks. His uncanny ability to know when the songs should breathe or when they should fill up the entire universe shaped the album in ways that surprised me. He has credits too long to list (just google him). We are/have been working diligently to bring you this album and hope you will help us do that.
How we plan to thank our supporters
We've created a list of rewards that we think are unique to show our sincere appreciation for everyone who is willing to contribute. I'm especially excited to do things like create a songbook for you, do skype concerts, make lyric sheets and all the creative things we can do beyond just offering the album itself. And if we raise more than our target, we will be able to release the album on vinyl, too. If we don't reach our goal, though, we get nothing--boo! I hope you will join us in setting these songs free and that funding this project will be a deeply rewarding experience for you!
Here are more songs from the album:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $3,500 goal
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Jan 17, 2012 - Feb 16, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
To thank you for your support, I'll send you an mp3 of your favorite song from the album.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Your favorite song of mine plus your name and link will be included in a thank you on my web site.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
A thank you on my website, plus I'll send you mp3s of the entire album before it's released.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Unreleased Bonus Track: a thank you on my website, a signed copy of the CD, and I'll send you an unreleased bonus track.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Handwritten Lyric Sheet: your choice of the album on CD (signed) or mp3s (or vinyl if we make it); a thank you in the liner notes; and a handwritten and signed lyric sheet.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
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A Handmade Songbook: a signed CD or a digital download of the album (or vinyl if we can make it); a thank you in the liner notes; plus we will make a songbook for you with the chords and lyrics of the songs and artwork from the album.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Skype Performance: a thank you in the liner notes; the CD or a digital download of the album (or vinyl if funded); and I'll play a few songs for you via skype or send you a video of me playing songs for you.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Your Own Song: a thank you in the liner notes, the album in all its formats, and I will write and record a song written about you.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
The album on CD and mp3s (and vinyl if funded); a huge THANK YOU in the liner notes; and your choice of either: 1.) my pink paisley stratocaster 1980's Japanese re-issue I've played onstage (I can sign it or not)--1 available; 2.) I will play at your wedding, your house, or other event (let's plan this 3 months in advance and if it's outside of LA area, you would need to cover travel costs); 3.) Or if you're in the LA area, Chris and I will take you and a friend to dinner in LA and jam with you in our studio afterward. (We have glockenspiels, guitars, keyboards, shakers, tambourines, pots and pans--you name it! Or you can just clap or sing along--it'll be fun!)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012