The Essentials is a popular and award-winning independent soul band from the west coast, currently working on a new original album.
Love and Soul
The Essentials has been sharing its love of soul music for the past eight years. We love what doing what we do. And people love the result. Our first studio album ("The Essentials") debuted #1 on independent-distribution leader CDBaby's editor's list for both Soul and Funk. Tracks from that album and our second release ("Something to Give") are played on soul radio stations across the country, as well as in Great Britain and Japan.
It's been four years since our last project, and we have ten new original songs that are ready to record. It takes a good amount of money for us to produce a record at a quality that we think our fans and lovers of soul music deserve. At the end of the day we spend about $2,000 per track to get it done right. The band has already spent $2,000 to finish the first single (watch our video to listen!) so that we can give you a taste of what's to come.
Our $8,000 goal would allow us to at least finish and release five tracks as an EP. If we raise more, we'll record more. We'd love to get as many of the ten tracks out as we can, and if we pass that mark then we'll write more material, record a music video or two, have a huge release party where we all come out of a giant egg - the sky's the limit.
Please check out www.TheEssentials.net for more of our albums and videos. Do what you can and spread the word, and we'll continue to share with the world our artistry, and our love of soul music.
About the Band
Since 2004, The Essentials has been wowing audiences across the Northwest with its 9-piece powerhouse sound of soul, funk, and R&B. From the band’s critically acclaimed and award-winning original music and shows to its huge book of classic covers from such artists as Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and Tower of Power, everyone of every age has found a reason to dig The Essentials.
Combining a love and passion for classic, authentic soul music with highly educated and honed talent has produced the band’s sound – a mixture of tight rhythm, heavy brass, and soulful vocals. Members of The Essentials have recorded multi-platinum albums, received the highest award at national jazz festivals, and have been national finalists in prestigious song-writing competitions. Most players have a degree in music and back it up on stage, whether the group is headlining a festival or packing a local club.
The Essentials has gained local popularity as well as larger acclaim. In 2009 The Essentials was voted the best band in its area by The Register Guard, and was also rated the best dance band on the west coast by Gigmasters.com. The band’s debut self-titled album slotted #1 on national independent music leader CDBaby’s editor’s list for funk and #1 on its list for soul. Tracks from the band’s CDs have been included on local and national compilation albums, cable television, and are played on soul radio stations across the country, as well as in Great Britain and Japan.
The Essentials offers a wide variety of shows for different events. The group has played dozens of nightclubs from Seattle to San Francisco, headlined blues and folk festivals, and opened for national acts of all different styles, from Rock and Roll (Leon Russell) to Pop Rock (Super Diamond) to Swing (The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies). The band has played private events for everyone from wedding couples to the Seattle Symphony, and performed for the University of Oregon football crowd during the most highly-attended game in its history.
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pledged of $8,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 23, 2012.
May 31, 2012 - Jul 23, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
We'll send you a digital edition of the initial release (in your choice of quality up to CD quality), to be released on November 30th, 2012.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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We'll mail you a physical CD of the initial release (please add $5 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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We'll mail you a physical CD of the initial release, signed by the whole band (please add $5 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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We'll mail you all three of our studio CDs (including this one), each signed by the band (please add $5 for international shipping).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $150 or more
We'll mail you all three of our CDs, each signed by the band, and put your name in the Thank You section of the liner notes.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $200 or more
2 backers Limited (28 of 30 left)
We'll mail you all three of our signed CDs, put your name in the Thank You section of the liner notes, and we'll put on a private concert and BBQ (September 15th in Eugene) that you and a guest can attend.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (4 of 6 left)
We'll mail you all three of our signed CDs, put your name in the Thank Yous, you and a guest can attend a BBQ and private concert in September, and if you'd like we'll schedule you to come in during one of the days that we are in the recording studio tracking the album (on August 24th, 25th, or 26th).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012