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Country-folk singer/songwriter Val Blaha is recording a new album, and needs your help to make it happen!
Country-folk singer/songwriter Val Blaha is recording a new album, and needs your help to make it happen!
81 backers pledged $7,540 to help bring this project to life.

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As a small farm owner, I love the concept of CSA – Community Supported Agricuture. This is a model where a farm's customers provide some working capital by paying ahead of time for a share of the farmer's produce. I think this Kickstarter campaign is similar... by providing upfront financial support, you are helping get the project off the ground, and you'll be rewarded with your own share of the finished project.

Draft art for t-shirt, tote bag and coffee cup
Draft art for t-shirt, tote bag and coffee cup

I've written many new songs over the last year, and I'm excited to record them for my second studio album (along with a couple of older tunes). I've been preparing the songs with a wonderful performance coach, and I'm all set to record in Portland, OR this summer at New North Sound with several excellent musicians including Tim Ellis (guitar), Tim Connell (mandolin), Chris Miskow (resonator guitar, banjo, accordion), Gideon Freudmann (cello), Joe Aloia (bass), Theresa Riccardi (drums) and Sharon Donaldson (violin).  All I need is some additional funding to get this project fully off the ground! Here's a breakdown of the production costs:

musicians and producer: $2000

recording studio/engineer/mixing: $2100

mastering: $650

cd production: $1000

other fees (including copyright, digital distribution rights, etc.): $600

Kickstarter rewards, fees, etc.: $1150

Total: $7500

This is the minimum needed for the project. Additional funds would be used for more producer time, promotion, touring, etc. Also, Kickstarter keeps 5% of the amount collection, and Amazon also keeps a small percentage. So while my goal is $7500, additional funds would be very much appreciated and well-utilized.

I'm asking family and friends, fans and strangers to help out with this project. Check out the various levels and contribute at the level where you feel comfortable. You could get a copy of the album when it's done, or maybe you'll have me come perform at a house concert. Or, I'll write an original song for you, or maybe record a cover song of your choosing.  I'll be posting updates here, and backers will get exclusive videos and special updates from me, as well as some exclusive digital artwork (drawings and photos) along the way.

I will be so thankful for any and all of the support you can share with me, whether financial, or in forwarding this page to your friends, or just in sending me good thoughts! (Hugs are also welcomed.)   And I'm very excited to share the finished album with you.

Please keep in mind that Kickstarter is all or nothing.  If I don't reach my goal, I don't get any of the funds pledged.  So it's critical to reach my goal by the end date. This is where the community support comes in...

I'm already so thankful for all of the music and love in my life. From my supportive husband and son, to my musical friends, to my awesome and always inspiring students. Please join my wonderful team, and make a pledge to help my dream come true.

Thanks!

Val

PS - Thank you to Phil Guzzo, for the video production, to my friend Ron Hurst of Steppenwolf, for agreeing to be in the video, and to my students Jamie, Charlotte and Margaret, also for agreeing to be in the video.

June update: Here's a new clip that I recorded the other day

Risks and challenges

The primary challenges I can see are coordinating the recording schedule (since there will be several musicians, as well as the studio involved), and also maximizing our time in the studio. However, I've had a lot of experience with event planning, and with working with other musicians. I feel confident that we can work out the timeline and studio time efficiently and effectively, so hopefully that will not be a challenge (barring any unforeseen issues). And we are already working on arrangements, and other aspects of the music performance, so we plan to be ready to go once we get in the studio!

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    Pure Gratitude: You get this from me! Every little bit helps. I'll think of you while I sing a song.

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    Let's Get Digital - Early (pre-release) digital download of the completed album! And I'll thank you on my FB page. And updates, with videos, etc.

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    Let's Get Physical - Signed CD of the new album, and a special thank-you postcard with original artwork. And everything from the Let's Get Digital reward level.

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    Swag - Your choice of one: t-shirt, tote bag or coffee mug with original artwork by me! Plus everything in the Let's Get Physical reward level.

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    Portlandia - 4 special digital Live At Alberta Street Pub recordings, plus an extra special not-included-on-the-album digital recording. And everything from the Swag reward level.

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    Liner Notes - Your name will appear in the liner notes of the new album in my thank you section, plus I'll hand write the lyrics of one of my songs for you on nice paper. Trust me, I'm crafty (and I have nice penmanship) (usually!) so it will be frame worthy. Plus everything from the Swag reward level.

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    Old School - My first album, Find the Beauty, will be yours. You choose digital or physical (CD). I'll even sign it for you! Plus everything from the Liner Notes reward level.

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    Student of Music - Skype, Google Hangout, or in-person music lesson (depending on what works best for us both!) I'll do a 60 minute lesson with you - piano, guitar, theory, performance tips, or whatever musical topic you want! Either online, or at my teaching studio in McMinnville or Hillsboro, Oregon. Plus everything from the Old School reward level.

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    Songbook - You'll receive a songbook (with melodies, lyrics and chords) for the new album (it may contain a few songs from my first album as well). Digital or physical, your choice. Plus everything from the Liner Notes reward level.

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    Backstage Pass - Be my special guest at my CD Release Party this coming Fall! This level gets you and one friend access and perks including free food, premium seating, and other special treatment! Date and exact location to be announced. Plus everything from the Songbook level.

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    Muse - I'll write an original song just for you, based on a topic, words, poem, person, etc. of your choosing. (Keep it clean, people! Clean and sweet!) I'll send you an MP3 and digital video of the song. Plus everything from the Backstage Pass reward level.

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    Coffee, Tea, or ? - Afternoon with me in Carlton or McMinnville, Oregon. You and I (and perhaps an extra friend each) will spend a fun afternoon taking in the local food and beverages...my treat. (Alcoholic beverages not included.) If you'd like, I'll even bring my guitar and play some songs for you! Plus everything from the Muse reward level.

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    Oregon House Concert - I'll come perform for up to 90 minutes for you and your friends and/or family. Great for family reunions, parties, etc. Date will be negotiable, but it should happen by August of 2015. Travel expenses not included outside a ~60 mile radius of McMinnville. Plus everything from the Muse reward level.

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    Continental U.S. House Concert... I'll come perform for up to 2 hours for you and your friends and/or family. Great for family reunions, parties, etc. Travel expenses not included. Date will be negotiable (and ideally it would coincide with a tour to minimize travel costs), but it should happen by August of 2015. Plus everything from the Muse reward level.

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