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I'm making a studio worship recording, with Kansas City and Austin musicians, of songs by an Indianapolis songwriter.
I'm making a studio worship recording, with Kansas City and Austin musicians, of songs by an Indianapolis songwriter.
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** 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!

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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). 

The band at JTL Group studios in December: (L to R) Gregory Kolsto, John Brewer, Josh Scott, Wes Crawford, Blake Deibel, Mike Schroeder
The band at JTL Group studios in December: (L to R) Gregory Kolsto, John Brewer, Josh Scott, Wes Crawford, Blake Deibel, Mike Schroeder

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.

Recording BGVs at Austin's Ramble Creek Studio in January.
Recording BGVs at Austin's Ramble Creek Studio in January.

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!

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    Digital Download

    You'll get a digital download of the full-length Simple Words studio album, as well as a bonus download of live singalong versions of the songs recorded in a living room with a bunch of friends.

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    Physical Copy of CD

    You'll get a hard copy of the CD of Simple Words delivered to your door, as well as a digital download of the studio album + the bonus live singalong versions when it releases.

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    I'll send you a digital songbook of the whole album and 2 physical CD copies of Simple Words: The Music of Nathan Partain shipped to your door, as well as the album download + bonus live singalong versions when it releases.

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    Good for 2 tickets to one of two private house shows in Kansas City on April 18th or 19th, 2017 (your choice; location will be sent to backers who choose this reward). You'll go home from the show with a copy of the CD and a lyrics booklet for singing along, and you'll get a download of the studio album + the bonus live singalong versions when it releases.

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    I'll send you 10 copies of the CD to give away to friends. You'll also get the Digital Songbook and the album download + bonus live singalong versions when it releases.

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    Dream Up Your Own Worship EP

    I'll record myself performing bare-bones acoustic versions of 5 worship songs of your choice (within reason!), and I'll send you a CD and the album download + bonus live singalong versions when it releases. I'll also give you two tickets to one of the Denton or Kansas City house shows.

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    Executive Producer credit

    I'll credit you in the liner notes as Executive Producer! Hopefully it will be the start of a long and fruitful career in the music industry. I'll also send you 10 copies of the CD and the album download + bonus live singalong versions when it releases.

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