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An album that proves we can all be apart of something bigger than all of us. 100 Minnesota musicians build a community album.

A Glass of Ocean is about taking small pieces and making something bigger than all of us.

Over the past 2 years my small idea for an album has grown into an enormous endeavor. What started as a side project has evolved into a large effort of collaboration, admiration, and a widespread donation of talent. I want to share this journey of a Minnesota community.

My plan was to create an album in small pieces, where every artist focused on one song, one part, and not the whole of the album. Each song featured different players, different influences, and dynamic collaborations. So far, the project has gathered folk bands and soulful pop groups. I have mixed jazz players with bluegrass bands, rock bands with solo acoustic artists. What started as a small circle of close friends gradually turned into 100 different musicians all willing to donate their time and craft to help write, arrange, and bring my ideas to life.

100 artists later, this project is full of promise. The album showcases many the talented musicians that Minnesota has to offer. Each of their unselfish donations to participate, their willingness to record on show nights, to skip rehearsals with their own bands, to come be a part of something unique is overwhelming. I can’t believe the list of artists that have shown their support and commitment to help make this possible.

This truly is a honeycomb of contributions.

Why do I call this project A Glass of Ocean? I believe that life is about being a part of something bigger than each of us. How our individual contributions can help form an ocean full of music.

We need Kickstarter to continue this project. I think this special project should be released in a special way, vinyl. Kickstarter will allow us to move forward with this recording project, mix it using a variety of engineers with Minnesota connections, press a limited edition vinyl, and launch a website to showcase this community of artists that graced this story with their skills.

Below is a brief list of all of the artists and bands that donated their time for this. They deserve to have this project, their project completed!! Thank you, and please check out their websites and music to hear their wonderful artistry.

We Are the Willows--Alicia Wiley--White Iron Band--The Alpha Centauri--Lost Shepherds--Farewell Milwaukee--Nihilio--Nightingales--White Light Riot--We Are the Willows--Jeremy Walker--Big Lake--Minneapolis 1989--Chris Koza--The New Standards--The Chord and The Fawn--Ryan Paul & The Ardent--The Western Ridge--Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees--Pert Near Sandstone--Seventh Hour--The Small Cities--Mama Doom--Colder In Moscow--The Blenders--Ashleigh and Nick--Mayda--The Gravities--My Cousin Dallas--Blue Voodoo--Mambo's Combo--ReadyMadeFire--Myrrh--Rachel Grace Kolias--Erica Burton--Hillhaven Raven--Farewell Circuit--Claret--Sarah Pray--Red Fox Grey Fox--Cliff Mitchell--Emily Hammer--Friendly Contribution--Kandiyohi--Alex Proctor--Brad Senne--Shasta Boulevard--The New Congress--The Devine Collection--American Families--Peter Bierer--Brian David Band--French Films About Trains--Jesse Hamble--Craven Canary

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    Recently had the joy of working with The Western Ridge on recoding one of my songs. Had a blast and they really imparted there influence on the song. Thank you guys for donating some albums for Kickstarter. "Follow The Map of Darkness & Stars." www.myspace.com/thewesternridge

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    I had the privilege of working with this group of their newest album. Lost Shepherds is a band to watch in 2011 as these guys grow as a group. I advise anyone to check out a live show. They are donating a FREE album of their debut release. Check them out at: http://tinderboxmusic.bandcamp.com/album/lost-shepherds

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    Brian David Band is donating a FREE album of "There from Here". Donate and receive a copy. Supplies limited. http://murgemusic.com/

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    If you haven't witnessed a White Iron Band show, then you're missing out on a rowdy good time. They are donating 2 FREE tickets to their 2/19/11 show at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, plus a chance to head backstage and share in a pre-show drink! After watching the show, it'll be well worth the hangover. Love these guys. http://www.whiteironband.com/

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    Ryan Paul & The Ardent is donating a bundle of both of their albums, "Cute Souvenir Sessions" and "La Vita Nuova". A great chance to hear a very gifted band and indulge yourself with new music. Great deal! http://www.ryanpaulandtheardent.com/

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    I have two sealed copies of the Bribe the Ghosts 2007 limited release, Identity. Engineered by myself and extremely hard to find. http://www.myspace.com/bribetheghost

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    Farewell Milwaukee is donating their first album "Autumn Rest Easy" and a copy of their upcoming album to be released in the coming months. They are also including two tickets to release show when that is determined. Great package to instantly get to know these amazing songwriters and the music they make. www.farewellmilwaukee.com

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    Chris Wilson who plays with Minneapolis 1989, Lost Shepherds, and a classical soloist is offering a FREE 45 minute guitar lesson with the $50 donation level. This reward is limited. http://wilsonguitar.weebly.com/

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    Andrea Springer, who played violin on a song for this project is donating 1 hour of her skills for anyone who pledges this package. She'll play either violin or piano for any event (wedding, reception, company party, etc..). Awesome chance to donate and also get a professional for any upcoming event to play at!

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    Beautiful hand blown glass jewelry made by James Vernor, VI at his Minneapolis studio, Vstyle Productions. With your donation you will receive a one of a kind piece from our floral collection. This is our most popular collection. Check out photos of them here under Floral Collection. http://www.facebook.com/pages/VStyle-Productions/159153604096901?ref=nf

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    Erica Burton is donating THREE FREE viola/violin lessons. Great chance to learn from a gifted player and help this project fly. Each lesson is a half hour. Check out her accomplishments and current projects at this link: http://ericajoyburton.com/

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    Lance Conrad is donating 4 hours of studio time at his wonderful studio in NE Minneapolis. You can use the time for tracking, mixing, or exploring their diverse collection of percussion instruments. Lance and the engineers over there are top notch! http://www.humanswin.com/2010/html/index.html

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    All of the rewards of the $75 level + Special access to a listening party hosted at the studio by many of the 100 artists involved in making this album. Scheduled to be in March if this project gets funded.

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    I am donating my mixing skills for up to 5 songs. I will mix your songs, project or album if you donate $250 for this reward. Limited to 3, so get it while you can! www.smiceproductions.com

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    Aubben Renee who sang on one of my songs is donating a photo shoot. 2 hours of shooting with all airbrushing and touchups included. You'll receive 30 photos in color and 30 in B&W with a full copyright release. A wonderful lovely chance to get promo shots for the band or a live show! Check out her work at http://www.wonderlovelyphotography.com/

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    All the rewards of the $175 level + 7 hours of studio time at Fuzzy Slippers Studio in St. Paul, MN with myself engineering.

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