Make Some Noise: Kickstarter Creators at the Grammys
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From tell-all documentaries to archive projects and brand-new instruments, Music on Kickstarter is home to quite a range of sonic creativity. But at the heart of the category is music-making itself — recordings by artists at all stages of their careers who’ve decided to bring their songs to life with the direct support of their fans.
This year, four of those Kickstarter-funded albums have been nominated for Grammy awards (in five categories!). Let's toast to these incredible artists and their bold creative independence — and give a round of applause to the backers whose generous support has helped these projects go so wonderfully far.
Nominated for Best Rap Album: De La Soul, And the Anonymous Nobody
In 2015, De La Soul’s project for a new album, And the Anonymous Nobody, was the most backed and funded project in Music on Kickstarter — and a true testament to the power of community. The album was released in 2016 on De La’s own label, AOI Records, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Rap Album chart and #12 overall.
11,169 backers pledged $600,874 to help bring this project to life.
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Nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album and Best American Roots Performance: Various Artists, God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
In 2013, producer Jeffrey Gaskill assembled a stunning collection of artists and performers to celebrate the music of the great gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, and he ran a Kickstarter project to fund the production. Last year, legendary independent label Alligator Records released the album to much critical acclaim — and this year, it’s earned a double nomination at the Grammys, a fantastic achievement.
956 backers pledged $125,154 to help bring this project to life.
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Nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album: Brian Lynch, Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective on the Music of Woody Shaw
Three-time Kickstarter creator Brian Lynch put together a stellar group of jazz trumpeters to record and release Madera Latino, an album exploring the music of Woody Shaw through Latin jazz.
127 backers pledged $12,894 to help bring this project to life.
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Nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: J.Views, 401 Days
J.Views ran The DNA Project in 2014 to redefine how music is encountered in the digital space, offering up the sounds that comprised the songs on “the next j.viewz album” — and much more. When that album was released in 2016 as 401 Days, the package included a beautiful hardcover book made of globally sourced materials, visual recaps of selected days from The DNA Project, map coordinates of where the songs were created, and select images from J.Views’ 401-day journey.
1,024 backers pledged $65,234 to help bring this project to life.. . .
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