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.
- 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 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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