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First things First:

You make this possible. 

With your love, kindness, generosity and support, this collection of songs will be brought to life and shared far and wide.

Thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart.

Who:

I am an auntie, a niece, a daughter, a sister, a waitress, a teacher, a friend and a lover of all things joyful and fun!  I live in Seattle where I sing, write, play guitar, perform and make music.  Music is everything to me!  

I'm here to make my second album, title yet to be determined.

Performing at SeaTac Airport
Performing at SeaTac Airport

 

Back in high school choir days
Back in high school choir days

  

Why:

In the words of Seattle's own musician/producer Erik Blood: "I can't NOT create music."

My mind is constantly buzzing with thoughts, observations and melodies.  My entire life I've been drawn to music, singing, writing and performing.  When a new idea for a song starts pulling at the corners of my mind, I consider it almost a sacred duty to sit down and listen to it and to let myself be pulled.  

I've written a lot of songs this year about what I see around me: about the current political confusion we're feeling in the U.S., about the stuff closer to the heart that we all know too well... things like feeling lonely or missing someone or watching someone do something they're really into and feeling in awe of them for it (and maybe just a bit jealous too!).

This collection of songs came from my heart and soul.  Music is deeply personal to me.  Sometimes life gets overwhelming and it’s hard to see and feel it all and to know what to do.  Making music is what I do about it and it helps me.  Music has such a subtle and powerful way of bringing us peace and joy, and sometimes even unity.  The world needs music.  We're all in this together so here's to hoping it’s helping you too!

Inspired by you, for you, this collection of songs is for us all.

How I got here:

I released my first album in 2015 with the help of a successful kickstarter campaign.  I've grown a lot since then, played with a lot of musicians and just in general, learned a lot.  

The other big life change that directly affects this album is that I met my partner Jeff Fielder, who plays guitar alongside Mark Lanegan and Amy Ray (Indigo Girls).  As we got to know one another, the music collaboration developed naturally between us.  It became clear that this next album was going to be one that we made together.  So here's a little look at what got our wheels turning.....

Jeff and I were in awe of the 80's throw-back synth sounds on the show, Stranger Things.  We were taken by the very lovely and very visceral music of the French band, Air, plus a whole other array of new and old amazing artists that hooked our imaginations this past year.  (Courtney Barnett, Paul Simon, Jim James, War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Velvet Underground etc etc..)

With a roomful of electronic and acoustic equipment, my songwriting, two voices and a guitar, Jeff — donning his producer hat — and I put our heads together and this album began to take shape.

It has been a very collaborative effort between us.

Schedule:

  • Tracking - Already finished!  Yay!
  • Mastering - June
  • Pressing CD + Vinyl - June/July
  • Press Campaign - ASAP 

Budget:

  • Tracking/Payment to players/Studio Time: $2,000 + 
  • Engineer/Mixing: $3,000 +
  • Mastering: $1,000 +
  • CD's: $1,000 +
  • Vinyl: $3,000 +
  • PR: $2,000 +

    =  PRICELESS! 

And also a really good record!  :)  We're shooting for an $8,000 Kickstarter goal.

  • Stretch goal #1: $9,000 = will go toward the videographer(s) budget
  • Stretch goal #2:  $10,000 = deluxe album design/artwork
My first public performance
My first public performance

 

One of my portrait paintings.  This is my friend (who is an incredible bass player) Jarrett Mason.
One of my portrait paintings. This is my friend (who is an incredible bass player) Jarrett Mason.

 

Risks and challenges

This project's only real perceived risks and challenges are the potential for a shift in its completion date.

Any project can experience unexpected set backs and delays. This project's timeline is firm, while allowing flexibility for unforeseen factors.

Such unforeseen factors could include having to push back the mastering date because of conflicts in scheduling, or having to push back the pressing of vinyl or CD because of an error made in the art or design, or any number of other possible conflicts that could potentially arise, causing the overall completion of the project to be set back.

Keeping all of that in mind, we feel we have been thorough in researching the amount of time needed to accomplish each step of this project's goal to achieve the project's release date of September.

Now is your opportunity to support this project and see it through to its completion!

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    Our Eternal Gratitude!

    Three song download.

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    Digital Download

    Digital Download of album.
    Thank you on social media sites.

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    Handwritten Thank You Note/Doodle

    CD +
    Handwritten Thank You Note/Doodle! +
    Thank you on social media sites

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    Be In The Next Music Video

    Comfortable in front of a camera?

    Come be an extra in our second video shoot!

    In addition to the video we're making with Sam, we'll be putting together a lo-fi music video for another one of the tunes from the album. We'll need folks who are willing to be extras and or play parts in the script. Dates TBA.

    + CD + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Thank you on social media sites

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    The Fan's Deluxe Package

    CD + Mixtape of 5 of Tekla's Unreleased Demo's + Your Name on the Guest List at Album Release Show + Album Release Poster + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Hang With Us While We Make A Music Video

    Come hang out with us while we shoot a music video!

    I had the good fortune of meeting videographer Sam Nuttmann while I was performing at SeaTac Airport. He introduced himself, said he really dug the tunes, and that he would love to make a video for me at little to no cost.

    Sam has worked with clients like Brandi Carlile, Mackelmore and Ariana Grande, so this is a huge honor for me!

    Come be there to help assist the crew, or just hang and watch as the magic happens! Date TBA.

    BYOB + Snacks!

    Check out Sam's work:
    http://samvisuals.com/

    + Vinyl + CD + Handwritten thank you/doodle + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    The Fan's Super Deluxe Package

    Signed Vinyl + Signed CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + Your Name on Guest List at Album Release Show + Signed Album Release Poster + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Get Pulled Up On Stage

    Take a bow!

    Your generosity will not go unnoticed:

    You and all your fellow $100 donators will get pulled up on stage for an epic climactic moment at the album release show. There will be confetti.
    There will be shots of whiskey and/or tequila.
    There will be photos taken aplenty. You will feel like a rock star. Date TBA. Must be in Seattle for release show!

    + Vinyl + CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + Your Name on the Guest List at the Album Release Show + Signed Album Release Poster + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Tekla Writes You A Personalized Song

    Tekla will craft a song for you or for a loved one. Someone's wedding coming up? Did a family member just have a baby? Have you written a poem you'd like to hear in song form? Tekla will sit down with you to figure out exactly what you would like and you'll have your very own personalized song.

    + Vinyl + CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + Your Name on the Album Release Show Guest list + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Painting by Tekla

    When Tekla's not singing, she's painting. She particularly loves to paint portraits. She would love to paint a portrait of you or a loved one. You pick.

    + Vinyl + CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + Your Name on the Album Release Show Guest List + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Tekla Plays Private Gig Solo or as a Duo

    Feel like having an intimate house concert? Want some live music at your next housewarming party?

    Includes:
    Tekla solo or as a duo with lead guitar.
    Up to two hours of live entertainment.
    Mostly originals written by Tekla Waterfield but with a few covers sprinkled in.

    Must be in the greater Seattle area...unless you want to fly Tekla out to you. :)

    + Vinyl + CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + Your Name on the Album Release Show Guest List + Signed Album Release Poster + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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    Full Band Plays Private Gig

    We'll get the whole crew together and jam for you at your house, office, happy hour party, wedding, you name it!

    Includes:
    Keys, bass, drums, lead and rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals.
    Up to three hours of live entertainment!
    The band will play primarily original songs written by Tekla Waterfield with the option of adding a few covers in. Let us know if you have a favorite tune and we'll learn it!

    Must be in the greater Seattle area. Unless you want to fly us out to you. :)

    + Vinyl + CD + Compilation of 10 of Tekla's Unreleased Demos Put Together on a CD + You + Your Crew on the Guest List at the Album Release Show + Signed Album Release Poster + Handwritten Thank You/Doodle + Handwritten Lyrics of One of Tekla's Original Songs + Thank You on Social Media Sites

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