** UPDATE **
Last night we reached our goal of $13,000! So this project is funded. Thanks to all my backers and to all those who shared this project with their friends.
Since we have 49 hours left before the campaign ends (on Thursday at 5pm CST), I would love to push for a stretch goal: If we can get up to $16,500 ($3500 over our original goal), I'll press this album to vinyl and all backers who backed at $40 or higher will get a copy of it along with their original rewards. Trust me, this album will sound amazing on vinyl. Let's do it!
I’m excited to tell you about my first full-length worship recording project. It’s called Simple Words, and it’s a whole album of songs by Nathan Partain, a songwriter and worship pastor in Indianapolis. In my last eight years of leading worship at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, we sang many of Nathan’s songs as a congregation, and they became some of our most cherished ways of singing the gospel to each other. In fact, they even began to spread beyond Redeemer, appearing on recordings from sister churches such as Coram Deo in Omaha and The Journey Church in St. Louis.
My aim with this project is to put together on one album a collection of Nathan’s songs that will resonate not only with those who have sung them regularly for years in Kansas City, but also for those who are new to Nathan’s compositions. Since I am an independent artist without the production/promotion resources of a record label, I'm running this Kickstarter campaign to give you a chance to be part of my launch team and be the among the first to hear the album when it is completed.
And I have good news: the bulk of the album is already recorded! I gathered friends in Kansas City in early December, and we tracked the whole thing in two days, live all together in the room at JTL Group Studios. The band is me (acoustic guitar and vocals), Josh Scott (electric guitar), John Brewer (organ and piano), Gregory Kolsto (bass guitar), and Michael Schroeder (drums).
We tracked the record quickly to capture that moment of discovery, when five musicians in a room figure out together what form a song’s arrangement is going to take. I’m thrilled with the results: you can hear the musical conversation happen, and we were able to stay in that space of listening to each other and reacting, rather than just trying to get parts right. We invited some special guests, too: Blake Deibel played sax on one song, and Brian Key sang on another one. Then, in January I went to Austin and had my friend Amanda Leggett sing backup vocals at Ramble Creek Studio.
Bethany Foss (bethanyjoyfoss.com) is currently developing the album art, and the album will soon go to be mixed.
Risks and challenges
Since the recording is done, there is very little risk in this project. This isn't the first album I have made, but it's the first under my own name. But making a record ain’t cheap; I’m paying for studio time, musicians and engineers, travel costs, photography, graphic design, mixing, mastering, physical CD production, etc. The basic campaign goal covers the cost to have CDs made; but if there is enough interest, I would love to add some stretch goals to make a small run of vinyl happen.
Many of you have been asking me to make this album for a while, and with so many talented people having already worked to make it happen, I couldn't be more excited to see it take shape. Check out the rewards, share with friends, and, most of all, thank you for helping me make this a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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