Who I Am & What I Want To Do:
My name is Leslie Beauvais. I’m a New Orleans girl, born and raised, with music in my genes, heart and soul, and in every breath I take. I have used my gift of song to spread the joy of music across America and around the world. My life’s journey has taken me to some remarkable places, both geographical and spiritual, that have left their imprint on my music.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have many triumphs in a long career that started in musical theatre. I traveled with the Young Americans, I performed in the National Broadway touring company of Les Miserables, and I lent my voice to the original production of the Richard Rogers Award-winning Musical Hidden Sky.
Along way, I began to write my own songs, the best of which I poured into two fine albums under the name Leslie Clemmons, produced with the help of my then-husband, Rod Clemmons. Stop The World and Waiting For My Conviction both received wonderful reviews and radio airplay across the country.
Shortly after moving to LA in ’08, I visited a funky little songwriters’ hangout known as Kulak’s Woodshed where I hooked up with the most amazing songwriting community. I was invited to their songwriting camp, WinterSongs, and there I met singer-songwriter Severin Browne. Sev became not only my teacher, but also my mentor and dear friend, and without his inspiration and guidance, my new songs might never have blossomed.
I have also experienced life-changing miracles. In 2010, a hemorrhagic stroke left me voiceless and disoriented. The odds of recovering from such trauma were against me, yet after months of rehabilitation and frustration, I beat those odds and recovered. I am also lucky enough to have found love again! My wonderful fiancé, Ed Brand, helped me make my Kickstarter video.
Second chances should never be wasted. My new lease on life has given me a renewed commitment to my craft, a deeper appreciation for the joy of making music and a stronger-than-ever need to give my songs voice in this world. For me, this album is a celebration of my second chance in life.
Here's a video of my first produced song from the album, Frozen:
Who I’m Working With:
I am delighted to have Ed Tree as my album producer, arranger and recording engineer, not to mention brilliant session guitarist. Ed’s talents are legendary. He has toured and recorded with artists like Spencer Davis, Rita Coolidge, Juice Newton and Al Stewart. When he’s not busy producing albums for hundreds of other talented artists, Ed plays and sings as one-sixth of LA’s new Tall Men Group. www.facebook.com/TallMenGroup
Severin Browne is one of LA’s most accomplished performers, with over 40 years of composing music and entertaining audiences. Many of my new songs for this album were originally conceived as part of his songwriting assignments! Sev performs with LA’s new Tall Men Group, and he also hosts a regular First Friday showcase with his own band at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood. His new solo CD, Lucky Man is available at www.SeverinBrowne.com
Percussionist/singer Debra Dobkin has recorded and performed with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne and Don Henley among many others. A respected instrumentalist and music producer in her own right, Debra is also a gifted painter. Her current SOLO exhibit can be viewed at the Madrid Theater in Canoga Park, CA. www.DebraDobkin.com
As I continue to record my album in the weeks ahead, I look forward to updating you here with photos and bios of the other talented artists who perform with me.
Why I Need Your Help:
The costs of recording, producing and promoting an album are way beyond what a working-class girl with a part-time day job and no inheritance can possibly afford. I am putting all my own limited resources and personal equity into this project, but there is still a long way to go to meet my financial goal. Kickstarter offers me a chance to invite friends and family to join in my creative process and turn my dream into reality.
Here’s how this recording project breaks down:
- $6,000 for studio time to finish producing, recording & mixing
- $1,500 to pay my backup musicians
- $1,000 for mastering my album
- $1,500 for manufacturing and shipping my CD’s
These are my best estimates of what it will cost to finish my album, above-and-beyond my own financial resources. Costs are based on adhering strictly to a bare-bones budget and economizing where I can - for example, creating my own album artwork. Every dollar you pledge will go into making my recording. Any money that I raise beyond my goal of $10,000 will go towards marketing and promotion!
In exchange for your pledge, I’m offering some unique and lovely rewards, as my way of saying, ‘Thanks’! You’ll find a complete list of pledge levels and rewards on the right-hand side of this web page. They include CD’s and downloads, of course, but there's also one of my professional massages in the comfort of your home (California friends only - unless you wish to schedule a visit!) and even some beautiful art prints and cards signed by the artist that feature the photographic impressions of actual leaf prints on wet cement used in my music video, “Frozen” above.
I truly hope you’ll consider backing my album project. It would mean the world to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Come visit me and hear my music:
Leslie Clemmons’ “Stop The World” & “Waiting For My Conviction” albums are available on iTunes.
Other people worth your time:
Kulaks Woodshed webcasts regularly at www.KulaksWoodshed.com
WinterSongs is the counterpart to SummerSongs. Find out more about their wonderful songwriting camps at www.SummerSongs.com
Risks and challenges
This will be my first album of nothing but my own original songs. It’s heady stuff, a bit daunting, yet more liberating and gratifying than any project I’ve ever pursued. I’m walking on a wire without a net, and loving every perilous and exhilarating step. Recording an album is not without perils: unforeseen technical issues, creative changes, musician scheduling conflicts and inevitable CD manufacturing delays. Recording is only half the challenge; once my album is released, I'll need to put together a group of backup musicians and get ready to take my songs onstage before live audiences. These are personal risks and challenges which I embrace joyfully. My biggest challenge remains the one which brought me to Kickstarter: raising enough money to make my album a reality. And doing it in a very brief time frame! I have only 45 days to reach my $10,000 goal! So I ask your help in reaching out to everyone you know who might be interested in participating. Please tell all your friends, share, Tweet, and post my Kickstarter link on your Facebook page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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