Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Melissa's 4th indie jazz record will be a mix of originals and covers. Be part of "Hearing Your Voice" and get great music and exclusive goodies.
152 backers pledged $13,695 to help bring this project to life.

About

Hearing Your Voice: Jazz singer/songwriter Melissa Stylianou project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$13,695

152

Wow!!!! We made it with 10 hours to spare. Thank you so much for helping me reach my goal. If you want to join us and get a pre-release copy of the CD, you have till midnight to choose from any of the rewards on the right. We're at the goal but any extra funds will go toward promoting the new record so any additional help is still much appreciated!
Yours,
Melissa
**************
Hello there! With just a few days left in the campaign I want to thank you for stopping by and checking out my project. If you'd like to see a longer video with more live footage and descriptions of the music for my 4th album, please Click here to see full length video on YouTube

Also, some of the musicians I've played with have kindly offered to share their support in words for my music and this new CD and I'd like to share that with you:

“Melissa Stylianou has it all – a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste.” Fred Hersch, GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist

"I performed with Melissa Stylianou at St. Peter's Church in NYC. She is truly a first-rate musician with a versatile instrument and wide-ranging stylistic scope. I look forward to making music with Melissa in the future!" Geoffrey Keezer, GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist

"Melissa Stylianou is a wonderful singer! There’s warmth in every note she sings, whether it’s the melody and lyrics of a song or the occasional improvisation she does with great taste.
It’s a great joy to listen to her and to perform with her. Can’t wait to hear the CD." Gene Bertoncini, guitarist

"One of the most captivating and creative singer/songwriters on the scene today" Mark Morganelli, Executive Director, Jazz Forum Arts

*****************
Original Post
*****************
So here's the plan:

I'm going to make a new album this winter - my fourth independent recording and my first since moving to New York from Toronto in 2005. I've been playing every month at 55 Bar in NYC with my band and in the last 6 months, it has become clear that it is time to document this music. The CD will feature my trio: Pete McCann on guitar, Gary Wang on bass and Rodney Green on drums, as well as some other musical guests (like my husband Jamie Reynolds on piano) and I’ve enlisted the talents of arranger/composer/producer Oded Lev-Ari to help guide us in the studio and to co-produce with me.

The tunes we’ll record are drawn from the worlds of jazz, pop, folk, and original material and include songs by: Johnny Cash, Joanna Newsom, Paul Simon, Jerome Kern and yours truly. I’m especially excited about the originals, which include one I co-wrote with Jamie Reynolds ("Silent Movie") and two lyrics for instrumental pieces by Edgar Meyer ("First Impressions") and Vince Mendoza ("Angelicus", now titled "Hearing Your Voice"). You’ll hear some of these songs in the video.

I am going to make a record that sounds amazing without being overly “produced”. We’re going to go into the studio and do it all in a day or two, focusing on maintaining the spontaneity we have in our live shows, and while we're going to use a top-notch studio and get the best sound we can, we'll still be able to do it with a modest budget, thanks to the generosity of everyone involved.

All I need now is some help from my friends and supporters to make this a reality and that's where you come in.

I'm an independent artist. I've produced 3 very well received albums over the past 11 years and I love being able to work my butt off to bring my artistic vision to fruition and have it sound exactly the way I want it to.

In the past, I've pre-sold copies of my albums to my fans to help fill in gaps in funding (and thank you if you're one of those people!), and if you help me out with this campaign you will indeed be getting a copy of the album ahead of anyone else, but you also stand to receive much, much more! Kickstarter allows me raise funds for this project from folks like you who really want to hear the music I’ll be making but might also be interested in some more unique and exclusive perks. A beautifully designed, eco-friendly packaged, personally signed CD can be yours but there are lots of other great rewards to choose from in the list to the right, so check it out and take your pick – from bonus mp3’s to limited edition t-shirts, to homemade cookies, to a house concert, to being right there in the studio with us!

Here’s the serious talk:

I need to raise $13500 to make this record. I’ve got some super-talented and very generous folks working on this with me, but even so, it will take all that money to record, mix, master, manufacture and promote the album that I want to make. This is an all-or-nothing endeavor and you won’t be charged for your donation until we reach our goal on November 6, 2010. And if we don’t reach the goal, well, suffice it to say I won’t be making you chocolate chip cookies and more importantly, I won’t be able to make a record I feel strongly will be my best yet.

So, if you like what you hear in the video and on my websites, and you’d like to be involved in helping bring this music to the world, this is your chance. I really appreciate your time and energy and I can’t wait to get started.

Thank you, Melissa Stylianou

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Imagine me giving you a big hug!

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Exclusive photos and videos from the studio

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    mp3 Download of the album one week before release date

    Less
    15 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    FLAC or Apple Lossless Download of the album (same quality as the CD) two weeks before the release date

    Less
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    All of the above, plus a signed copy of the CD, a "Thank You" credit on my website, and exclusive access to a private forum where you can listen to demo versions of some of the tunes and give us your feedback!

    Less
    50 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    All of the above plus sheet music for all the songs on the recording!

    Less
    15 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    All of the above plus a credit in the liner notes, bonus mp3s from the studio and a handwritten note of thanks!

    Less
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    All of the above plus a Limited Edition T-shirt designed by Yesim Tosuner of backyarddesign.ca, guest list status for you +1 at any Melissa Stylianou concert

    Less
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    All of the above plus an additional signed copy of the CD

    Less
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    All of the above plus a call from me on your birthday! I'll sing you "Happy Birthday" or we can just chat for a bit.

    Less
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    "C is for Cookie" - All of the above, plus a batch of Melissa's famous chocolate chip cookies mailed to your door. (If you live outside of the U.S. or Canada, please email me so we can work it out). I'll also record your voicemail greeting, or Pete McCann (aka "Cookie Monster") will! So, that's 2 personalized CDs, a t-shirt, credits in the liner notes, a handwritten note of thanks, voicemail greeting AND cookies!

    Less
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    "Anyone Can Whistle"? All of the above plus I'll give you a voice lesson over Skype - or if you want to teach me something, I really want someone to show me how to whistle!

    Less
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Gift Giver's package - 10 signed copies of the CD plus all of the above and a one-of-a-kind, hand-shaded, pretty flower drawing by yours truly!

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 300 or more About US$ 300

    All of the above (except the exclusive rewards) plus a coffee date with Melissa anywhere in Toronto or New York City. OR a Dream Date with Kirby in NYC - everyone's favorite bartender at the 55 Bar (email me for more details and also, if you live outside New York or Toronto, I'll call you on Skype and send you either a pound of my favorite local coffee beans or a batch of cookies!)

    Less
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    All of the above (and pick 1 of the exclusive rewards) plus attend the wrap party after the recording session! We throw a great party!! AND a limited edition Melissa Stylianou canvas Tote Bag to hold all your goodies!

    Less
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    All of the above (including any 2 exclusive rewards!) and an iPod with all the Melissa Stylianou in the world loaded onto it and guest list status to any of my shows for 1 year!

    Less
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    All of the above - including any exclusive rewards you desire! - plus special credit in the liner notes, and 5 signed copies of the CD

    Less
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    Associate Producer credit in the liner notes, any exclusive rewards, 10 signed copies of the CD and you can sit in the control booth as we record OR we'll come and give a House Concert in your living room if you're within 4 hours drive of New York City or Toronto (if you live outside these areas, email me and we'll work something out).

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    Executive Producer credit in the liner notes, any exclusive rewards, 25 signed copies of the CD, sit in the booth on recording day AND a House Concert

    Less
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (45 days)