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Help me record 2 EPs this Summer! EP #1 is a COVERS EP. EP #2 is a brand-new CHRISTMAS EP.
576 backers pledged $31,925 to help bring this project to life.

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New Stretch Goal: $32,000!

Now that we've reached our initial goal (WOO-HOO!), if we reach $32,000, I will record a SECOND Queen song! Your suggestions are welcome!

There's a time for the road, and a time for recording...

If you've kept up with me on social media, you know I've had a busy 2017 on the road since January. I started off with a 14-show tour with The Black Jacket Symphony, performing Queen's A Night At The Opera. In March, a new project called The Ultimate Queen Celebration began, which is picking up steam, and will keep me even more busy later this year (dates soon to be announced!) I've also had some great weekend outings with The Downtown Band. Lots going on!

But, as you probably know, touring and performing is only half of what I do. I love recording and creating music - and videos - as much as I enjoy performing, and it's an essential part of my life as a musician. 

Ever since I first heard about crowd funding, I've been intrigued by the idea of doing a Kickstarter campaign for my own recordings. In the old days, my record label would front the costs of making my albums. These budgets ran anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000+. And basically, there were huge amounts of debt to be paid back to the label before anyone saw any real profit. I'll let you in on a little secret: only 1 or 2 of the dozen albums I've made in my life have recouped their costs! I know. CRAZY. And here's something you may not know about me - I detest the idea of debt. My wife and I live by the rule of not buying things we can't afford. And since I made the decision last year (with Crystal and my management) to remain completely independent, crowd funding has become my new lifeline to getting new music out to you. 

In supporting me in this project, not only do you make it possible for me to hire super-talented people to create the music with me, but you also get to come along for the ride. I'll be giving you regular updates along the way - sneak peaks into how the music is coming together. It really is fun to see behind-the-scenes into how music takes form - at least to me, it is! I'll introduce you my producer(s), some of the players, and show you footage from the vocal booth, the studio control room, etc. Maybe even throw you some recommendations on where to eat in Nashville on a studio lunch break! Who knows!

We have carefully considered exactly how much we need to properly and wisely make 2 EPs this Summer (2 albums containing roughly 6 songs each). We've taken into consideration the following:

  • paying the producer(s) 
  • paying additional players
  • mixing and mastering
  • CD manufacturing
  • artwork creation
  • music video creation
  • promotion and advertising
  • website maintenance

We feel that $20,000 will give me the freedom to put aside the time required to dive deep into the creative process over the next couple of months and put out some really great music on the other side of it. It will also give my team the tools we need to pull together all the logistics of making people aware of the music, and make the most of the limited promotional window of time the albums have after release. 

But maybe most of all, to tell you the truth, I cannot wait to get into the recording booth and sing my guts out like never before. I've grown so much as a singer over the last couple years, and I'm excited to try some new vocal sounds on a few choice covers, and of course more Christmas music. See you in the studio!

Please join me in making these 2 EPs by making a pledge today.

Risks and challenges

As of now, TIME is the only potential challenge ahead. I have set aside most of my Summer weeks for creating these albums, while keeping touring to weekends. Barring any unfortunate surprises or last minute tour opportunities, we will be able to complete the EPs on time. The nature of being a musician, though, must allow for the unexpected to interrupt. Despite all the planning we do, opportunities come out of nowhere, which can't be passed up. So far, it looks as though we will be free and clear this Summer. But, considering the way my life has gone over the last 2 years, I thought it would be a good idea to let you know of the potential for the plan to change. We will do our best to keep you updated if any delays arise.

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    MY THANKS (TIER 1)

    Every dollar counts! And for this amount, you have my appreciation.

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    THE MUSIC (TIER 2)

    The Music

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    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
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    THE MUSIC PLUS (TIER 3)

    Digital downloads PLUS hard copies of both EPs

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    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
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    THE ONLINE CONCERT (TIER 4)

    A ticket to an online concert performed by me

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    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
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    ALL THE MUSIC (TIER 5)

    Get copies of all solo music I've released

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    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
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    THE XMAS BUNDLE (TIER 6)

    Each year, my wife and I design our own unique Christmas card, and it's a hit with our family and friends. This year, YOU are on our list!

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
    • Martel family Christmas card
    • A handwritten lyric sheet of my upcoming Christmas single
    • Behind-the-scenes photo book documenting the recording process
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    THE PERSONAL TOUCH (TIER 7)

    How's about we chat on the phone for a bit - just you and me. And while we're at it, I'll put your name in the liner notes of the EPs.

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
    • Martel family Christmas card
    • A handwritten lyric sheet of my upcoming Christmas single
    • Behind-the-scenes photo book documenting the recording process
    • A phone call from me! Let me thank you personally.
    • Your name in the liner notes of both EPs
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    COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOICE (TIER 11)

    I will record a cover song of your choice on piano or guitar and send you an MP3 of the song. Your own private recording! This will be an actual audio file and not just a YouTube video. What song have you always wanted me to record?

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • A cover song of your choice
    • A phone call from me! Let me thank you personally.
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Your name in the liner notes of both EPs
    • Ticket to an online concert
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    COVER SONG + THE WORKS (TIER 8)

    I will record a cover song of YOUR choice on either piano or guitar (you choose), and send you the MP3.

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
    • Martel family Christmas card
    • A handwritten lyric sheet of my upcoming Christmas single
    • Behind-the-scenes photo book documenting the recording process
    • A phone call from me! Let me thank you personally.
    • Your name in the liner notes of both EPs
    • A cover song of your choice
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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (TIER 9)

    Have you ever wanted to be a music exec and help make the big musical decisions? Now's your opportunity! I'll consult with you during album cover and song selection process, and also let you hear early mixes of the music.

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
    • Martel family Christmas card
    • A handwritten lyric sheet of my upcoming Christmas single
    • Behind-the-scenes photo book documenting the recording process
    • A phone call from me! Let me thank you personally.
    • Your name in the liner notes of both EPs
    • A cover song of your choice
    • Executive Producer Privileges
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    THE SOLO HOUSE CONCERT (TIER 10)

    I will come to you and perform a solo concert for you and your friends. (Within the continental USA, within 12 months of the end of this campaign, at a mutually agreed upon date.)

    Includes:
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Covers EP
    • Pre-Release Digital Download of Christmas EP
    • Physical Copy of Covers EP
    • Physical Copy of Christmas EP
    • Limited Edition Sticker
    • Limited Edition Poster
    • Ticket to an online concert
    • Physical Copy of the 2016 "The Silent Night EP"
    • Physical Copy of "Impersonator"
    • Digital Download of "Live at the High Watt"
    • Martel family Christmas card
    • A handwritten lyric sheet of my upcoming Christmas single
    • Behind-the-scenes photo book documenting the recording process
    • A phone call from me! Let me thank you personally.
    • Your name in the liner notes of both EPs
    • A cover song of your choice
    • Solo House Concert
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