To record w/ Steve Gadd (George Benson, Michael McDonald, Eric Clapton), Kevin Passarelli (Hall & Oates) to press vinyl + CDs.
* Special thanks to Laura Kornylak, photographer, for the photo shoot.
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Never Been Blonde reigns from the home of the Goo Goo Dolls, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, 10,000 Maniacs, Brian McKnight, Jim Hall, Ani DiFranco, and the famous Buffalo chicken wing! Check out the musician lineup for their first recording. Pledge now!
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"Karen's music takes me back to a time when there were real singer songwriters in America such as Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Carol King - so refreshing to hear real craft which stands on its own above all the noise today."
-- Alexander Kaloian
Armenian composer, http://firstedition.com
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T H E S O N G S F O R "A L L T H E S O N G S U N H E A R D"
alternative :: Sad Blueness by Karen Izbinski
dance :: Its All About You by Karen Izbinski
pop :: Just Can't Wait by Karen Izbinski
country :: Can You See the Stars in Las Vegas by Karen Izbinski
jazz :: I Gave One Thing by Karen Izbinski
jazz :: Its You by Karen Izbinski
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T H E B A N D F O R "A L L T H E S O N G S U N H E A R D"
GUITAR, SYNTH & LEAD VOCALS. Karen Izbinski is a composer/songwriter with a music catalogue of over three hundred works. Karen studied music composition with Morton Feldman, classical guitar with Joanne Castellani, and jazz guitar with Robert Roetker at the Navy School of Music. She has a catalogue of two hundred musical works registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
She performed for the first woman U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and on stage in the U.S., Canada, Italy, and France. She started an evening performance program at The Cinema Theater in Rochester, NY.
Influences: Carole King, John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, Johnny Cash, John Cougar Mellencamp, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Elvis Presley, and the Cranberries.
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KEYBOARDS & BACKUP VOCALS. Marshall Michels started playing piano at eight on an old Kurtzmann upright. She was classically trained at Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Buffalo, NY. She has performed on keyboards and lead/backup vocals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia with the United States Navy military and tribute bands. Keyboard influences included Ray Manzarek, Thelonius Monk, Brian Eno, Rick Wakeman, and Joe Jackson. She has opened for Loverboy, Foreigner, Eddie Money, the Bangles, Go-Gos, and Paul Revere & the Raiders.
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DRUMMER. Steve Gadd is a session drummer who has performed on records with George Benson, Steely Dan (Aja), Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Kate Bush, James Taylor, Tom Scott, Gladys Knight &the Pips, and many,many more. He is considered the best drummer in the music industry.
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BASS PLAYER. Kenny Passarelli was the bass player for Hall & Oates and has performed and recorded with Joe Walsh. He is scheduled to perform on the CD.
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The music. Remember when music on the radio made you laugh, cry, and ready to dance? Never Been Blonde is ready to record 24 songs in 24 days. Yes, one cool, double album. Similar to Lennon's "Double Fantasy" because a recording like this pretty much is a fantasy...unless we get people like you involved. Pledge and be part of the band. Every pledge becomes a part of the Never Been Blonde family.
Listen. Its always about the songs. Take a listen.
Recording. The band is going to record just outside of NYC at Studio 609 with Steve Gadd and Kevin Passasrelli. Funding for this KickStarter project includes travel to and from the studio for the session musicians, recording fees, session musician recording fees, production costs, mastering, CD and LP cover design, manufacturing, marketing, and the CD release party.
WHAT IS KickStarter? KickStarter is an online site where the general public has an opportunity to back and launch independent projects that interest them. KickStarter allows anyone to fund a creative venture that might otherwise go unnoticed.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Become a Backer. Backers are people who are seen by their family and friends as discriminating people. They tend to like research and the proposal of unique, creative ideas.
HOW DO I BECOME A BACKER? Pledge to fund a project that you're interested in. Never Been Blonde is in the planning stages to produce their first CD in a professional studio with a producer and engineer. Funding for this project includes: recording, session musician fees, mixing, mastering, CD artwork, and the manufacturing of the CD. The total cost is estimated to be $9,725.00. If the project gets funded through Kickstarter, credit cards will be charged and this project is GREENLIGHTED.
HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT YOU? Most projects on KickStarter are ideas that won't reach the general population without your support. So, fund creativity for a day and be the hero for life.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PROJECT ISN'T FUNDED? If the project does not meet the goal within the next 30 days, credit cards are not charged and the record does not get made.
* Please note that both KickStarter and Amazon will receive a portion of the pledged funds that you donate for hosting and finance services. Please make your pledge count.
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REWARDS. Each and every pledge and person involved will be playing a unique role in the development of this CD. It takes individual thinkers and creatives to see how important craftsmanship is to songwriting and composition. Without your support, "All the Songs Unheard" and the music for the CD will disappear and never be heard.
BIGGEST BENEFIT. The Release Party is where ALL pledges are invited to bring friends to enjoy a FREE party, drinks, and have the opportunity to meet and hang with Never Been Blonde (date, time, location TBA). The Pledge will receive a NBB wristband for entrance to the party. Note: Beverages for the Pledges are FREE. Beverages for GUESTS will be $3/drink.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
When you're dealing with professionals, there are generally fewer obstacles to overcome. We're not saying that we're not going to experience any but Never Been Blonde has performed, articulated, and functioned as a working band for more than twenty years. This type of experience brings fewer surprises to the studio environment. Let me just say this, if we experience anything we haven't already come across in the past, even we will be surprised.
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