In April 2013, I will begin work on my first professionally recorded album, with Skyler Norwood of Miracle Lake Studios at the engineering helm. I'm looking for your contribution to help me create a beautiful and locally-produced finished CD.
I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, and writing songs is my way of understanding my own life. Recording these pieces of myself into albums has always been a passion—I’ve self-produced 5 full-length bedroom albums in the last decade, and had as much fun performing music as I could (like when I was pulled onstage at an Ingrid Michaelson concert, and impressed her with my preparedness!)
Throughout this process, I've tried to remain humble and focus on honing my technical abilities—producing heartfelt but rustic-sounding music has always been enough for me. Until now.
Now, after 2 years of studiously improving my technique and cutting my performance chops in the Portland, OR music scene, I'm ready to produce my first professionally recorded album. Just the thought of laying down my songs on state-of-the-art equipment, and being able to raise them to a new level beauty makes me teem with excitement.
Once resolved to make this dream a reality, I began to look for an engineer and producer who would take loving care of my music. I wanted a local engineer to record my locally-grown songs, and someone who would put as much thought into the intimate details of songs as I have. The stunningly beautiful and understated "Cynic's New Year" by the Portland-based Horse Feathers inspired me to track down the man who'd recorded all of their work. Enter the remarkable Skyler Norwood. In the last decade, Skyler has recorded such lauded and award-winning artists as Talkdemonic, Blind Pilot, and Sara Jackson-Holman at his Camas, WA Miracle Lake Studios. I couldn't be more excited to make this album with him, which we'll be calling, "The Sea, a Rose!"
This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I want to commemorate it with a beautiful finished CD that I can offer the world. It's important to me to craft a high-quality, local product, and one with personal resonance. I'm very excited to have Portland artist Cat Thompson (whom I met while playing music at one of her gallery openings) on board to do custom album artwork for "The Sea, a Rose!" Cat's visual work will be a great compliment and counterpoint to my music, and I'm glad I get to work with someone I met along my musical journey.
I'm also excited to be working with exclusively local musicians, and to printing and producing this album entirely within Portland.
To make "The Sea, a Rose!" a reality, I need to raise $8,000 by the 11th of April to cover the costs of:
- Local studio musicians
- Beautiful, custom album artwork from Cat Thompson!
- CD production
- Cover/liner note printing
- Marketing, to reach a wider audience.
Your contribution to this project will mean the world to me, and will also act as a pre-order. Everyone contributing $10 or more will receive a free digital download of “The Sea, a Rose”, once completed. $25+ will get you a signed copy of the CD! For those of you wanting to go above and beyond, there are some great incentives that will let me share some of my other creative outlets with you. I’m an amateur photographer, so I’m offering Matte prints of my photography, with hand-written lyric sheets to one of my songs on the back!
For select contributors, I’ll be offering hour-long music lessons. Anything you'd like to cover (be it learning your first chords on guitar, brushing up on your fingerpicking, honing your singing skills, or just discussing and revising your latest songwriting project), we can do!Finally, as a deep and heartfelt THANK YOU, a few contributors will be receiving a live, in-house performance from yours truly!
I am ready to bring my songs into the world, and I'm ready to pour myself into this next adventure wholeheartedly. With your contribution, we'll make something worth listening to and sharing with the community. Thank you so much!
Risks and challenges
The only real risks in this project are delays. Delays in actual production of the CD, and in delivery of all your well-deserved rewards. There are a lot of steps to producing an album and custom artwork, and even more go into producing the physical CDs, covers, and liner notes, not to mention the custom prints, lyric sheets, and other reward products. But these are only delays. If I find out about delays in ANY of these steps, and if they will lead to delayed delivery of the final product, you will be the FIRST to know about it. And I'll keep you posted with status updates along the way.
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