dearest friends, family, and strangers,
the time has finally come to do this thing and record my first studio album! the last time i recorded a handful of songs was back in 2013, two weeks before i got married. i remember how alive i felt at the end of those three fast and furious days of recording in a living room in austin, texas. it was that feeling of satisfaction you get after eating a nourishing meal, running a marathon, or a moment of meaningful connection with another human being.
i knew i had to keep on writing songs. if my songs could make people feel less alone or help draw attention to stories that needed telling, that was enough reason for me to keep creating.
i believe that the best things in life take time, and that listening to voices already out there is important to the songwriting process-- so i haven't been in a hurry to get new music out into the universe. but my dream has been steadily growing. after moving to nashville from across the country last year, i knew i was taking a significant step towards pursuing a career in songwriting even though i had no idea how that would unfold. and after many meetings, open mics, small house concerts, late songwriting nights, and bottles of wine later, i'm excited to head into the studio with an extremely talented producer here in nashville and show you what i've been working on.
the dream of taking this next step in my career keeps moving something in my core, and i think that’s worth my effort and curiosity. i also believe that sharing is an important part of the creation process. so i'm going for it.
but real talk here, I CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. i believe in pursuing high-quality production and musicianship for these songs, and the studio where im recording is one of the most respected here in town. i know $13,000 sounds pricey....because it is. like, i've NEVER had that much money in the bank at one time. but i believe we can do this. im not the hero for being "brave enough" to start a kickstarter. your generosity and willingness to give your hard-earned money make YOU the hero here. your support and love have kept me going thus far, and i want you to continue being part of my story. i promise to keep taking you with me and sending you glimpses behind my creative process as this project unfolds.
i need your help to get the word out. here is a link to the campaign that you can copy, paste, tweet, post, snapchat, etc: bit.ly/canyonskickstarter - i've also put together a digital media folder with several images and videos you can use. and when you post, use the hashtag #canyonskickstarter so i can stay updated on all that unfolds!
thank you, thank you, thank you for your interest, support, and investment in my path. it honestly means the world. the truth is, it's not just about making my voice be heard. my voice is only one amidst the billions on this planet, but i believe we're all worth hearing. our voices are tied up in each other, so my hope is that as i step out and say something, it would be a flame for you to do the same.
let's do this, y'all.
everyone who donates will receive my music (digital download or physical copy) when it's ready. and the prizes only get more rad from there. inspired by the script you hear in the video, i'm designing a postcard that im calling the "voice manifesto."my friends over at VICTOR Athletics make the most amazing US factory-made sweatshirts ever, and i've collaborated with them to create an exclusive, limited edition sweatshirt (pictures coming soon!!) and in the desert spirit, my sister and i are also making small dreamcatchers with beautiful stones and leather.
Risks and challenges
Simply put, if I don't raise the money, I can't record. That's the biggest challenge I'm facing with taking on this project, and why I need your help. My studio time is booked, my producer is ready to bring my songs to life, and the backer rewards are ready to be made and shipped out to you--the only thing we need are those dollah billz!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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