I've been making my living doing what I love for almost 20 years. Writing, performing and recording never gets old and I'm grateful for it every day. I've built a grassroots career based on community, hard work and partnering with people and organizations that share my values. Music has always provided my family and me with plenty of interesting opportunities and adventures. Last year I was a finalist on NBC's "The Voice". It's never something that I'd have pictured myself doing and I was equally surprised by the incredible support not only from my community, but from so many people all around the world. The past year has been a whirlwind of incredible tours, working with wonderful people and trying to harness this momentum in the best and most genuine way I know how. To that end, I'm getting excited to get back into the studio under my own terms and make the best album of my career! I hope you'll hop on board and lend a hand!
I have been pouring my heart into a bunch of songs over the past couple months. These songs are filled with hope and inspired by family and community. We've got Steve Berlin from Los Lobos on board to produce! He's one of my heroes and is a roots-rock pioneer. I can't tell you how excited I am to work with him. Most of my recorded work has been self-produced, so it's going to be a big change to work with another set of ears at the helm, but I can't think of a more perfect producer for this record. I'll also be working with my comrades Dominic John Davis (bass), Mike Lynch (keys) and Michael Shimmin (percussion) on this record as well. These are longtime collaborators and some of my best friends on the planet. I can't wait to get back in the studio with them. Speaking of studio, Glenn Brown is on board to engineer! Glenn is a sonic genius and a gem of a human being.
We're so very excited to make an incredible album and to get it to as many ears as possible, but we need your support! We'll be using the funds raised to pay the producer, musicians, engineer, studio time and space, mixing and mastering and manufacturing CD's and vinyl records. No 8-tracks on this run!
In the past, I've made albums that I'm very proud of but haven't put much weight behind promotion. I want this project to be different. I feel like we're on the cusp of something really incredible and I want to harness that momentum and really push this album. That means Americana and AAA radio promoters, a top-shelf album publicist, social media strategists, graphic designers and then some. We want to get this music to as many eardrums as possible!
I've decided to come to my community like I've always done instead of courting a big record label. I want to make the album I hear in my head instead of the album someone else wants me to make. I hope you'll join in to support independent music and help us carry the torch and create something we can all get behind.
Risks and challenges
Once we reach our funding goal we are fully prepared to see this through. Everything is lined up and we're ready to make this a reality, all we need is your support. Thanks so much for helping us spread the word, we can't wait to share this project with the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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