Cosmo-Country music courtesy of Carrie Welling and Jessi Rae Waltz.
Hey guys! We are so excited to be using this unique strategy to raise money for funding the recording of our debut album. We feel we have an amazing support team! We have received such a flattering response from our families and our friends and from all the individuals who have lent their time and skills to the launching of The Vanity Belles. That happens to be a whole lot of positive wishes and, trust us, we can feel it!
Kickstarter is a way to help us offset the expenses that we have absorbed during the recording process. There are so many bills that seem to pile up when you do this sort of thing independently. Sometimes, that can feel a bit overwhelming. Without a record label to front the costs, we have to pay for everything out of our own pockets. Nevertheless, there is an up-side, to all of this! As independent musicians, we are given the opportunity to produce this record EXACTLY how WE WANT! We are guaranteed TOTAL creative freedom and that sure feels empowering! Lucky for us there is this wonderful platform called Kickstarter!
Kickstarter will help us to obtain funds for this project by offering a system of rewards for those interested in pledging to our cause. Listed on the right are the breakdowns of varying levels of rewards that you may get your mitts on! Essentially, you might view this as an opportunity to pre-order the record and to receive some exclusive rewards that we wouldn't necessarily offer at our shows or on our website. All that sounds so exciting to us.
((((IMPORTANT)))) If we do not reach our goal of 10K before the projected date, we will receive zero funds and none of you will be charged.
Thank you all so very much for believing in us. We are thrilled to think we will be making this record together. You all mean the world to us. Let's go make a record. Shall we?
With love and sincerity,
Carrie and Jessi
1) Our producer: Chris Cubeta, for his time recording, editing, mixing and even playing on our record...a whole 8 more tunes! Our band: We need to pay our musicians for their time & musical contributions. Each of them spent more than one day working on their parts to make it perfect. All in all, we spent about 120 hours in the studio working with more than 12 people to create 8 amazing songs. Every dollar goes to paying our production costs and musicians. (That's $6.94 an hour, people!!! Less than minimum wage these amazing people are helping us make this happen for...)
These days record labels, managers & agencies don't have the money to spend on creating or developing artists. Theyr'e the ones with the big time connections, but they're not willing to help you out unless you come to them with a finished product they know they can sell. Think of them more as wholesalers looking to make a profit on a product. Also, without a record it's impossible to build a fan base on tour. You have to leave something behind other than the memory of a performance, otherwise they have nothing to remember you by or to share with their friends!
We have spent years building a network of industry connections from Business Managers, labels, tv/film networks, radio stations, venues, and artist agencies. There are a ton of those people who are really excited about our songs and anxious to hear this record so they can start sharing it with THEIR network of connections. We plan to continue nurturing those relationships, pushing the record as well as submit it to radio across the country & start getting our music out there through touring, viral videos & licensing to television & film.
We'll get all that info from you one the campaign expires. That way, you have time to change your donation, change your mind as to whether you would like it sent as a gift or to you directly. We'll get the size(s), address(es) and all that jazz...as long as we reach our 10k goal!
Yes! Just log in under a username that you feel comfortable with.
Sure thing! We'd love to send you the incentive you earn from your donation...but if you don't want anything but the good feeling you get from helping us out, you can choose that option when you're checking out.
Of course, please do! Simply pass along the url of this site...maybe if they're new to the VBs, send them our website to see if they dig it. We'd appreciate any kind of spreading the word you do!!
pledged of $10,000 goal
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Oct 10, 2011 - Nov 26, 2011 (47 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Exclusive VB Photo POSTCARD, signed & delivered to you ;)Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $5 or more
DOWNLOAD the album before it’s released + the exclusive postcardEstimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $15 or more
The debut album mailed to you before anyone else gets it + digital download + our exclusive postcardEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $25 or more
In addition to the debut album you will also receive THE COVERS EP (exclusive digital download featuring some of our favorite covers from CSNY and Jimmy Eat World) + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS POSTER (11x17 lyrics of your choice, laminated & signed **this incentive is exclusive to the $25 donation)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $50 or more
19 backers Limited (1 of 20 left)
BELLE-A-GRAM personalized video message from the Belles for you or someone you wanna send a shout-out to! (personal message shout out + a live acoustic video of a VB song of your choice) and the **VB SWAG BAG = debut album/VANI-TEE/covers EP/photocardEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $75 or more
VB SING-ALONG KARAOKE TRACKS will include every tune from the album without vocals so you can jam out & be a “belle” in the comfort of your own home/vehicle/shower…it’ll be amazing! We’ll also send you the LYRICS to all the tunes + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $100 or more
MEMORABILIA BOOK Exclusive/Limited Edition bound book with our favorite photos, recipes, stories & handwritten lyrics of your fave VB tune, personally dedicated to you + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $125 or more
LIVE PERFORMANCES DVD A mashup of our favorite performances thus far with professional audio/video+ VB KARAOKE TRACKS + MEMORABILIA BOOK + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $150 or more
BASKET O’ TREATS made with love by the VBs (special cookies, brownies & other sweets from our personal secret recipes) *Great holiday gift!* + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $300 or more
5 backers All gone!
HOME COOKED MEAL for you by the VBs (For you & 1 guest, we provide food/drinks, must be in NYC or travel accommodations required, please allow for scheduling) + LIVE DVD + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
SKYPE performance & Q/A session with the Belles (30 mins) + Limited Edition, signed POSTER with your choice of professional photo (we’ll show you the best to choose from) + LIVE DVD + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $750 or more
1 backer Limited (3 of 4 left)
COVER of your choice, professionally recorded & released with video to your dedication on YouTube + POSTER + LIVE DVD + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (2 of 3 left)
KARAOKE NIGHT WITH THE BELLES We’ll host an evening of Karaoke with you and your friends which will include all the VB tunes you can sing along with, Great night out with co-workers! *must be in NYC or provide travel for Jessi & Carrie + PRODUCER CREDITS on the album + LIVE DVD + KARAOKE TRACKS + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT for you and your friends (must be within 100 miles of NYC or travel must also be provided for the band) + Producer Credits + VB Swag BagEstimated delivery: Apr 2012