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New album featuring 10 original pop/soul songs inspired by Blessed John Paul II's "Theology of the Body."
New album featuring 10 original pop/soul songs inspired by Blessed John Paul II's "Theology of the Body."
122 backers pledged $12,735 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

A Sample

I will work with ICON Music Studio for this new album.  They also produced my single, "I Went to Paris" in 2011.

My Inspiration 

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!

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    Top Trio - Prereleased mp3 downloads of the top three songs from my new album, as selected by my producer and me.

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    Digital Download - All ten songs in an mp3 format before they are released to the public.

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    Hot off the Press - Prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD plus the full digital download. For shipping outside of the continental United States, please add $7 extra.

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    Christmas Time is (Almost) Here - You will receive a copy of my Advent/Christmas CD, "Something Worth Saving" in time for the 2012 holiday season! Come May 2013, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the new "Interior Gaze" CD, plus the full digital download.

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    Say Cheese! - A photo session with my family, from Deanna Rae Photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released.
    In addition, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD plus the full digital download.

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    Exclusive VIP Passes - I will reserve two front-row seats AND two autographed CD's at the "Interior Gaze" release concert (one for you, one for a friend). Following the concert, you and your friend are invited to join my band and me for a private after-party, complete with refreshments. The festivities will take place in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. (Venue: TBA. Estimated event date: early June 2013) You both will also receive a prerelease digital download of the new album. That way you can sing along at the show!

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    Signed, Sealed, Delivered -- The complete Amanda Vernon CD Library! We will send you my 4 current CDs, SIGNED and in time for the 2012 holiday season (Christmas gifts, anyone?). You will also receive a photo session from Deanna Rae Photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my family. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released. In addition, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD, plus the full digital download.

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    Out on the Town - My husband and I will treat you and a friend out to dinner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Plus, you're invited to a photo session with my family, from Deanna Rae Photography, also in Grand Rapids. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released. In addition, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD and the full digital download.

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    Let's Make Music Together! - I am so excited to write an original song for you or your loved one. I will record it with vocals and piano, and provide you with two CD copies of the song. You can enhance the creative process by giving me a theme, memory, or even musical direction, if you are so inclined. Plus, you're invited to a photo session with my family from Deanna Rae Photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released. In addition, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD and the full digital download.

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    Private Concert - I will give a concert just for you and your friends. If you live more than 60 miles outside of the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, we will need you to cover any travel and/or lodging expenses. Plus, you're invited to a photo session with my family, from Deanna Rae Photography, in Grand Rapids. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released. Lastly, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD and the full digital download.

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    Track Sponsor - Your name (or your company's name) on the back cover of my CD. You will make an entire song possible, and everyone who reads the back cover will know it. Plus, you're invited to a photo session with my family, from Deanna Rae Photography in Grand Rapids. We will email you two professionally-edited images from the shoot (one with us, one by yourself), and will post the photos on my website when the CD is released. In addition, you will receive a prereleased physical copy of the "Interior Gaze" CD and the full digital download.

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    The Interior Gaze - Your face on the front cover of the CD. And all the other rewards.

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