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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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