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Aaron J. Robinson's second full length album
Aaron J. Robinson's second full length album
Aaron J. Robinson's second full length album
155 backers pledged $11,132 to help bring this project to life.

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***Thank you so much for visiting. After 10/27/16, 11:59 EST, this project will close. Although the backer bonuses are gone, you can still pre-order the album. And sign up for our mailing list.***

My name is Aaron. I'm a singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, IN, and I am currently working on my second album - LOVE STRUGGLE.

The songs on this record came out of a difficult season. One of my family members has suffered from a chronic illness for over 15 years. The pain and frustration from this has contributed to my own personal struggle to believe that God loves me.

These WORSHIP songs were inspired by things that have comforted me  - SPIRITUALS, HYMNS, LITURGY. Songs of JOY and songs of LAMENT.

Each song has been intentionally CRAFTED. To give space for you to think, breathe, and sing. You will hear influences of Foy Vance, All Sons and Daughters, Wild Belle, The Brilliance, and even Franz Liszt.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much do you actually need to raise?

Here are the GOALS we set, stretching EVERY penny:

  • $7,500 - 5-song Album (EP) ***COMPLETED***
  • $15,000 - 10-song Album
  • $20,000 - 10-song Album + 3 BONUS Acoustic Christmas Songs (for $25 pledges and up)

2. Why does it cost so much? OR Why can't you record it in your bathtub?

Well, I don't want the equipment to get wet...

I want this to be a QUALITY album. My last record, Mysteries of the Kingdom, had some RADIO airplay in the USA, as well as the Netherlands! That requires skilled producers, engineers, musicians and pricey gear that doesn't fit in my bathroom.

That's a big bathtub right there...
That's a big bathtub right there...

Producers/Engineers: Matt Mellinger and Simon Gugala

Nashville Musicians: 

  • Drums - Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Andrew Peterson, Big Daddy Weave and more...)
  • Bass - Chris Donohue (Emmy Lou Harris, Indigo Girls, Dave Matthews, and more...)
  • Electric Guitars - Simon Gugala (Phil Joel, Jonny Diaz, Aaron Pelsue, and more...)

We have estimated the RETAIL price for what we are getting to be closer to $50,000. So we are rocking the budget by coming in much lower.

3. Where does the money go?

All the funds raised go directly to album expenses - not a cotton candy machine or hang gliding lessons :) Any amount over $20,000 will go towards touring and other expenses not listed here:

  • $15,000 - PRODUCTION: studio time, producer, engineer, musicians, mixing and mastering
  • $3,500 - REWARD FULFILLMENT: album duplication/printing, cover art and design, packaging, copyright, digital distribution, shipping costs, etc.
  • $1,500 - FEES: credit card and Kickstarter fees

4. What's the timeline?

Pre-production, September 2016. Matt, Simon, and I have already begun working on pre-production here in Indy. We've made the basic skeleton of the songs -  tempo, key, verse/chorus/bridge and recorded “scratch tracks” of the guitar and vocals. 

Tracking, October 2016. We will travel down to Nashville, TN to the Sound Kitchen. The amazing studio musicians will play the main instrumental tracks you will hear on the record. We will get this done on a SINGLE DAY! 

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Strings, November 2016. We head back to Indy to record the final instruments. This is also the stage where those of you who have chosen the SING WITH AARON packages will join us to record your part. This is going to be such a blast - you don’t want to miss out!

Mixing & Mastering, December 2016. Matt now begins his true magic of mixing and mastering the songs. He will find all the best takes of each part, and put them together into one beautiful sound. 

Also, if we hit the $20,000 mark, 3 Christmas songs will be sent out for the $25 and up pledges.

Cover Art Design/CD Duplication, January 2017. Production happens for art design and packaging of the physical CD. We will also register copyrights, set up digital distribution, etc.

*Begin Fulfilling Rewards, February 2017. Rewards will be shipped. Experiences will be booked. Backers will hear the album BEFORE anyone else.

*Official Release, March 2017! Parties and much rejoicing! Look for news of a release concert.

*NOTE: This timeline is a general ESTIMATE, not an exact schedule. I will send you email UPDATES along the way so you will not be guessing when things are happening!

5. Where do I sign up?

Select a PLEDGE amount on the right side of the page and follow the instructions. Please note that you won't be charged until AFTER the project has been completed AND we have met our goal.

6. Besides pledging, how can I help?

SHARE this VIDEO with your friends, your family, your uber driver, your plumber, your yoga instructor - anyone you can think of - the more the merrier! Please COPY the url of this page, and POST it on your SOCIAL MEDIA. This is truly the best way to get the word out!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am incredibly honored that you would support this project, and I can't wait to make music with you.

Risks and challenges

We are fully committed not only to finishing this record, but to making it something we can all be proud of. We're working with some of the best musicians, artists/designers, and techie types. We have done this before, and understand that things sometimes take longer than planned.

We will do our best to work hard, remedy any mishaps along the way, and deliver a great final product!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    SIGNED ALBUMS

    TWO SIGNED LOVE STRUGGLE CD's - one to keep, and one to give away!

    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the record, before the official release date

    + STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS E-BOOK

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    AJR DISCOGRAPHY

    +Signed MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM CD

    +Signed MERCY RISING BOOK

    +TWO SIGNED LOVE STRUGGLE CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    + STORIES behind the SONGS E-BOOK

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    REAL DEAL

    Back by popular demand -

    10 PACK of SIGNED LOVE STRUGGLE CD's

    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    THE LOCAL ARTIST

    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS of 1 Song

    + LIMITED EDITION SKETCH PRINT
    1 Love Struggle song as imagined by LOCAL ARTIST, Greg Pilcher

    + LOCAL BAKERY TREAT

    + TWO SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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    SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM

    SING in GROUP CHOIR RECORDING SESSION

    Date TBD: November 2016
    Location: Indianapolis, IN

    Experience rewards may be given as gifts.

    (Travel and lodging not included. Must be 16 yrs of age or older.)

    + YOUR NAME in the album liner notes
    + TWO SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    + STORIES behind the SONGS E-BOOK

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    SKYPE SONGWRITING SESSION

    60 minutes of Your Choice:
    MUSIC THEORY 101 with Aaron

    SONGWRITING 101 with Aaron

    Q and A about anything music or the arts

    + SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM
    + YOUR NAME in the album liner notes
    + TWO SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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    COVER SONG

    Acoustic Guitar and vocal solo COVER SONG of your choice.

    Aaron will put a new spin on one of your favorite songs.

    + SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM
    + YOUR NAME in the album liner notes
    + TWO SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    + STORIES behind the SONGS E-BOOK

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    STUDIO TOUR

    Watch 1 Hour of a LIVE RECORDING SESSION

    Location: Indianapolis
    Date: TBD November 2016

    (Travel and lodging not included. Must be 16 years or older.)

    + SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM
    + YOUR NAME in the album liner notes
    + TWO SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
    + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    + STORIES behind the SONGS E-BOOK

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    HOUSE SHOW

    Come to AARON'S HOUSE for dessert and a concert. Invite up to 11 friends. Songs requests welcome. Each attendee gets a signed CD. (Travel and lodging not included.)

    Location: Indianapolis
    Date: TBD for 2017

    + SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM
    + YOUR NAME in the album liner notes
    + 12 SIGNED Love Struggle CD's
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    CONCERT + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    ACOUSTIC SHOW in the US.

    Fill a venue spot. Host a house concert. Put on a benefit concert. Have a fun house party. Options are wide open. You may charge ticket prices and keep the proceeds.
    (Extra travel costs may apply depending on location.)

    Date TBD for 2017

    + SING WITH AARON ON THE ALBUM
    + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
    + 25 SIGNED CD's for event promotion
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