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Let me tell you about my new recording project, “Crossing Jordan,” my favorite hymns & songs of comfort recorded live.
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Hi, Joanne Lurgio from Warwick, Rhode Island, here. I am excited to tell you about my new recording project, "Crossing Jordan," songs of faith, comfort & healing; my fourth full length album and definitely very different from my three previous Americana style albums.

For those who don't know me, I should tell you a little bit about myself. I am about 7 yrs out of the corporate world; time sure does fly as I am now working as a full time musician; singer/songwriter/entertainer & recording artist who plays music in venues; restaurants, coffeehouses, house concerts; all the usual music venues and where ever they'll let me sing. Many of you may not know that during the day I also sing in other settings like senior facilities and memory units, providing much needed music as therapy for the elderly & sick, and also sing for funeral & memorial services. I had already witnessed the power of music with my work playing with Alzheimer & memory patients; seeing the joy & awakening music brings, I like to say we are waking memories one song, one hour at a time; and most recently, have come to realize the important role music plays to provide comfort during the very difficult healing process when we lose a loved one.  

I was contacted by Bryan Barrette, music director at St Kevin's Church here in Warwick, RI. He was looking for a soloist to to fill in for weekday funeral & memorial services. I admit, I did hesitate as I was pretty sure this was definitely out of my comfort zone; but I gave it a lot of thought, with my "just say yes" to new opportunities philosophy, I accepted the offer to give this new venture  a try. I am so glad I did. I never would have imagined how gratifying this experience would be. Once again, to witness the power of music bringing healing & comfort.  I have come to realize the service is an important part in the beginning of a healing process when we lose a loved one and the music is an important part of that service.  I am so honored to be a part of this process.  Singing the old familiar hymns I have sang hundreds of times over the years, they somehow feel different as I am now singing them with “purpose," my own personal awakening to the beauty of the songs, the meaning and stories being told, and I can feel the comfort.  So often, people have approached us after a service to let us know how much they loved the songs and were touched by our music and say thank you. So often that I started to think about recording my favorite hymns. The more I thought about it, the more the thought turned to need; I "need" to record these songs, for myself and for others who would appreciate the comfort, healing and peace this music brings. Which brings us to THIS new recording project, “Crossing Jordan."  

At the risk of sounding crazy I shared my idea with Bryan and asked if he would accompany me on my project. He didn't think I was crazy at all and agreed to join me. With that, I called my good friend Jack Gauthier; very talented, Grammy nominated producer and owner of Lakewest Recording Studio in West Greenwich, RI and asked if he would like to join me. Jack was all in. Jack also produced my first & third albums, Find a Dream...catch it if you dare & Rise From the Storm. 

Excited and thrilled to have my team in place for the foundation of Crossing Jordan.  There is more to come, musicians & vocalists.  I will tell you about that later.

I have selected 10 of my favorite hymns. was not an easy task, but chose those that resonate most with me and I have included two original songs, one is "Crossing Jordan," the title song of the album.

So, this is my project, "Crossing Jordan," and now a little about this Kickstarter Campaign. I call it the "Crossing Jordan Adventure." I had such fun and great success with my RISE FROM THE STORM Kickstarter, I thought I would try it again for Crossing Jordan. For those not familiar with Kickstarter, Kickstarter is a fundraising opportunity for family, friends and music fans to be a part of the project, help bring the project life by offering upfront support. I am reaching out to my family, friends & fans of Joanne Lurgio Music for your help. It is fun and easy. But, very important to know:

THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE… I HAVE ONLY 30 DAYS TO REACH MY GOAL. It is an ALL or NOTHING endeavor … so move in a little closer and I will tell you all about it.  

First, I ask, would you consider pre-ordering your copy of Crossing Jordan? If you are intending to get a copy of Crossing Jordan when complete and released, I wonder if you might consider pre-ordering your CD now instead? You will be guaranteed a CD with your name on it when it is delivered to my door step, and, at the same time the upfront funds from the Kickstarter campaign are helpful in moving the project forward as I go along and potentially help me achieve goals I may not be able to do on my own. There are many ways to participate. You choose your level of participation by choosing one of 21 "rewards" I have created; Something for everybody, ranging from a simple donation (I assure you every $$ is appreciated and helpful) to being noted as a "Golden Executive Producer" in the CD liner notes!  It is up to you, YOU CHOOSE!  YOU PICK YOUR REWARD; like, a signed CD, HOUSE CONCERT, Crossing Jordan T-shirts, autographed photo, CD artwork prints signed by the artist, your name listed in the liner notes. See all the reward selections right here on this page.  (*see picture at the end of this message to view CD artwork for ks rewards; also note, the pledge amount for rewards is adjustable)

When you pledge you will become part of the Crossing Jordan inner circle. I will send updates, pictures, sneak peeks, keep you in the know during the whole process. Come on and join the fun! And please know, your support is greatly appreciated!  

What is needed to complete the CD project:

I have set my initial goal at $3,330 

To begin, I am focusing on the basic production costs which includes:

Studio/recording time, musician & vocalist fees, mixing, song licenses, CD artwork, photographer, graphic artist, logo designer, mastering & coding, CD duplication. I goal is to reach this $3,330 goal and then be able to say, “Don’t stop now!! Let’s keep going!” 

Add in a stretch goal  Stretch Goal! $5,000

Often times post production tasks are cut or diminished due to limited funding. Post production includes: Mailing Costs; envelopes, labels, postage, Radio Promotion, Publicist.  Reaching this stretch goal would offer a great opportunity to focus on PR & Marketing.  Because Crossing Jordan will be introduced to a new audience of listeners, beyond my current Americana audience, having an appropriate publicist/radio promoter is a critical tool to getting the album out where it needs to be heard. 

How about an OFFICIAL “CROSSING JORDAN” VIDEO! That sure would be very cool! With that idea, a SUPER STRETCH GOAL!  

Super Stretch Goal ~ $??? Sky is the limit!  Official “Crossing Jordan” Video Sounds like fun? 

It really is all about have fun and getting this album completed and out to you.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIST OF REWARDS OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AND SEE WHAT YOU’D LIKE! I really appreciate your support . PLEASE, feel free to share this with anyone you think may enjoy the music of Crossing Jordan; your church group, support group, co workers, your family & friends.. Share freely, let's expand my circle with your circle. The more the merrier! 

REMEMBER!!! THIS IS TIME SENSITIVE… I HAVE ONLY 30 DAYS TO REACH MY GOAL .. IT IS ALL OR NOTHING …Don't think TOO long, I don't want you to miss out!

Any questions, please don't hesitate to message me! 

Again, THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  Please know I appreciate you and your support of my music TODAY and ALWAYS!! Thank You.

Ready… Set … GO!!  

 Best Always, Joanne

*Beautiful original watercolor paintings by RI artist Patricia A Almonte are the backdrops for Crossing Jordan album artwork. California artist/cartoonist Shaenon Garrity, created this fun "Crossing Jordan" cartoon logo, a band of angels at Heaven's gate for t-shirts & posters. 

Artwork by Patricia A Almonte & Shaenon Garrity for Crossing Jordan CD& Kickstarter rewards
Artwork by Patricia A Almonte & Shaenon Garrity for Crossing Jordan CD& Kickstarter rewards

 Crossing Jordan T-Shirts!  

Crossing Jordan T-Shirt!!
Crossing Jordan T-Shirt!!

 One of 2 designs for beautiful note cards (front & back) 

prints of original watercolor painting by Patricia Ann Almonte
prints of original watercolor painting by Patricia Ann Almonte

 Signed Photo (photo by Erin X Smithers )

8 x 10 signed photo by Erin X Smithers
8 x 10 signed photo by Erin X Smithers

Risks and challenges

Completion of this project is just a matter of getting additional musicians & vocalists into the studio; usually the greatest challenge with everyone's busy schedules. Other than that, I don't foresee anything that might interrupt progress and completion of this project

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    Crossing Jordan T-Shirt

    T-Shirt with official Crossing Jordan logo designed by California artist/cartoonist, Shaenon Garrity. A whimsical picture of a band of angels playing at Heaven's Gate.
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    Crossing Jordan 3-Pack

    3 Crossing Jordan CDs
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    Watercolor Notecards

    Original watercolor artwork by RI artist, Patricia Ann Almonte, backdrop for Crossing Jordan CD graphic design makes beautiful note cards; 5.5" x 4"
    2 designs:
    1 - Early Spring (Rocky Point, Warwick, RI)
    2 - Pacific Sky
    includes 8 cards, 4 of each design

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    JMLurgio Bundle

    Joanne Lurgio CD collection
    1- Find a Dream...catch it if you dare
    2- Nothing Remains the Same
    3- Rise From the Storm

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    "Early Spring" Watercolor Print

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    Solo Concert

    I will perform a solo house concert, 2/45 minute sets
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    Framed "Early Spring" Watercolor Print

    Framed "Early Spring" watercolor print by RI artist, Patricia Ann Almonte ~ numbered & signed by artist
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    Crossing Jordan "Halo" Sponsor

    Personal or Professional sponsor, you and/or your business will be listed as a Sponsor in the CD liner notes.

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    Joanne & Bryan in Concert

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    "Heavenly" Producer

    Heaven sent, you will be listed as a Silver Wing Producer in the CD liner

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    "Golden Angel" Executive Producer

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    I WILL BRING DESSERT!

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