About this project
The Game Plan
I plan to produce a new album called, "Interior Gaze." The musical style is a mixture of soul and pop, with elements of gospel and jazz. I have already written the 10 new songs for the project, but now I need help to brush them up and capture them in a professional studio recording. Here are the steps to make this possible:
- Arranging. I will work with songwriter/producer, David Smith from ICON Music Studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana to hone every aspect of each song.
- Recording. Instrumentation, lead vocals, background vocals, effects, at Icon Studios and in my hometown of Grand Rapids.
- Mixing and mastering. Also by the multi-talented David Smith.
- Designing the CD artwork. Deanna Rae Photography and graphic designer Fabiola Tenorio.
- Manufacturing the CD's: We plan to work with my friend Andy Mitchell from Audio Bay Studios in near-by Rockford, Michigan.
What Are You Waiting For?
Go ahead, choose one of the reward levels on the right side of this page. Remember, if I do not reach my goal of $10,000 by October 31st, your account will not be charged -- no money will change hands -- and I will not proceed with the project.
I will work with ICON Music Studio for this new album. They also produced my single, "I Went to Paris" in 2011.
I am very moved by the teaching of the philosopher, writer, actor, pope, and world-traveler, Blessed John Paul II. His Theology of the Body inspires me every single day. When he described the "interior gaze" of Adam and Eve's first meeting, naked and unashamed in the Garden of Eden, I was mystified. After all, life is such an amazing blend of spiritual and physical, tangible and invisible, concrete and abstract. John Paul II helped me realize that nowhere does this mystery appear more profoundly than in everybody...every body...around me.
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge with this project is to complete it by May 2013. Although this is my fifth CD, it is my first as a wife and mother. To bring all the pieces of the project together within seven months, I will enlist ICON Music Studio and the help of my family.
David Smith from ICON will arrange the majority of the instrumentation for this album. I will not need to contract with various musicians or be in the studio for the preliminary recordings. I can prepare many of the other details from home, and then go to the studio for my lead vocals and perhaps the final mixes.
Living nearby both sides of our family, our children have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to play with when my music career does call me away from home. My husband also works with me, and will handle administrative aspects of this project (scheduling and shipping the rewards, etc.)
With two babies under the age of two, I know it will be a challenge to complete this album by next May. But overall, I feel excited, supported, and ready to succeed!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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