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Hi, I'm Sierra! Help me produce my first professional music videos, centered around some of today's most important social issues.
Hi, I'm Sierra! Help me produce my first professional music videos, centered around some of today's most important social issues.
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Bring Sierra Lauren's EP To Life!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to check out what this is all about! I've been doing this music thing for as long as I can remember, and I'm so excited to take the next step in my career - making artistic, influential, and just downright awesome music videos. These videos will be addressing some very important issues in today's society, from bullying to pediatric cancer and more. My team and I have spent countless hours making storyboards and perfecting the visions for the videos and let me tell you, they're going to be amazingly influential. So, hi! Let's get started.

 

This is me! Hey everyone!! *enthusiastic wave*
This is me! Hey everyone!! *enthusiastic wave*

My name is Sierra Lauren - I'm an 18-year-old, independent singer-songwriter from the great Evergreen State. The majority of you know this place as Washington, the Pacific NorthWest, Starbucks capital of the world, etc. It's pretty awesome. And wet. 

Most of my time is spent writing music, going to classes at BYU and eating popcorn (seriously though it's a real problem, SEND HELP!!). I'm currently working towards a marketing degree at one of the most prestigious business schools in the nation, and I'm loving every second of it! 

But this project is all about the music, so here's the story. My music career started at the age of 4 when I was initiated into the Suzuki Piano method. My love for music never wavered, and before I knew it I was writing my own songs! At the age of 16, I started getting a lot of positive feedback from my peers after performing original songs at numerous talent shows, fundraisers, and other events, SO I decided to start recording music out of my family’s basement studio. I ended up sending demos of my first two original songs, “Nightmares” and “There’s Still Love” to several studios in the Seattle area. Eric Lilavois, one of the head producers at the world-famous London Bridge Studios (Macklemore, OneRepublic, Pearl Jam), picked me up and encouraged me to write three more songs to release an EP. “True North” is the result of that effort. (Fun fact: I wear a compass necklace every day. Get it?) 

My EP album "True North" had its worldwide release in November 2016. It's time to bring the songs to life.
My EP album "True North" had its worldwide release in November 2016. It's time to bring the songs to life.

      

So, why Kickstarter? There are a few reasons why I have chosen to turn to crowdfunding at this point in my career. 

First of all, I'm an independent artist. In an ideal world, I would be signed to a major record label and they would gladly pay for these wonderful music videos with all the money in their deep pockets. But, there are just some aspects of the creative process that record labels take away from you that I'm not willing to give up quite yet. So I have decided to trust my fans and officially name them my own amazing record label. That's you! So thank you in advance, for being my record label and making this all possible. (Also, as I mentioned earlier, I'm a full-time student at BYU - when you add "independent artist" on top of college... you can see where the costs can add up quickly. Has anyone found that tree that grows money yet?)

Secondly, I have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback about my EP "True North", and it's so encouraging to see the love for my music. Currently, my single "Nightmares" is being played on radio stations all over the east coast and has even been named the NUMBER 1 New Indie Record for 4 weeks in a row on the New Music Weekly radio charts!! WHAT?! You can check out what music bloggers are saying about it below in the media section. (:

Lastly, I love to create. One of the reasons why I've fallen in love with songwriting is just the sheer joy of creation - I get to take a blank page, make something that didn't exist before, and share it for others to hear. I have been in a such a productive, creative state of mind throughout this year, and after seeing the amazing response from fans around the world, I’ve mustered up enough courage to ask for your help through this exceptional platform. It's inherently risky, but that's part of the fun. I'm leaving it up to you, and whether or not you believe this music can make a difference.

PC: Maddie Jeppson
PC: Maddie Jeppson

You may be thinking, "this isn't a normal music Kickstarter campaign. What exactly are you doing with these funds?" 

I'm glad you asked. 

I live by the mantra "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right." You may be baffled by the fact that two music videos will cost $20,000 to make, but the reality of it is, a single professional music video can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $500,000 to produce. We're cutting costs as much as possible so we're actually on the low end, but again, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right!

But still... why is it so much? We're working with a production team that has produced videos for none other than Ciara and Macklemore. Needless to say, we have the best of the best working on this project! Your donations will cover paying the amazing production team, wardrobe and makeup artists, the editing team, and any promotions associated with the videos. 

I'll level with you guys - together, these videos are actually going to cost more than $20,000 to produce, edit, and promote. I'm setting that as my goal to get at least some of the costs covered. If we overfund this campaign, I will be able to record new music for you guys and create even more original content for the world to hear. If not, it's okay. I just want to get new content into your hands and address some really important issues in these videos. 

These videos are important. They have important messages, and I know there are people out there that could use some hope. I just need a way to spread the messages - that's where Kickstarter comes in. Let's do this!

Listen to Nightmares and What Do You Do to get a feel for what the music videos will be like! 

Kickstarter Video produced by Cydne Morgan Films. 

Sharing is caring! 

If you believe in this project, please SHARE it on all your social media accounts! You can click on the buttons below to share directly to Facebook and Twitter, or if you'd like to share it in a different way (Instagram, blog post, newspaper article) click on the "press release" button and it will provide you with pictures, videos, and a press kit. THANK YOU! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Bird Package 

$125 - Special price for the first 3 days ONLY!  (ALL GONE!) 

$150 - Special price for the second week ONLY! 

Sierra Lauren Favorites 

$5 - Name featured on my website 

$15 - Advance download of my new 3-song cover album

$20 - Signed physical copy of my EP album "True North"

$25 - Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt

$50 - Kickstarter Exclusive Hoodie

$75 - Kickstarter Exclusive Hoodie + 3-song cover album + My Favorites playlist 

Specialized Rewards

$250 - Half Hour Skype Call 

$300 - Limited Edition Canvas Print of the "True North" Album Art (10 available) 

$400 - Production Credit in music videos + Early Bird Package (10 available)

$750 - Exclusive Mashup + 3-song cover album + personalized thank you video

$1000 - BE ON SET for a day + Early Bird Package (10 available)

$1500 - BE AN EXTRA in a music video + Early Bird Package (2 available)

$1000 - Company Sponsor 

London Bridge Studio Experiences

These rewards are catered to the aspiring musician. This is your chance to get immersed in the Seattle music experience - London Bridge Studios has been working with artists such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, 3 Doors Down and Macklemore since 1985. Needless to say, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss! Take a tour of the studio, shake hands with some amazingly influential people, or just talk business with my producer Eric Lilavois in person or over Skype! 

Want the inside scoop on the music industry? Get a consultation with my producer Eric Lilavois! (PC: Courtney LeMarco)
Want the inside scoop on the music industry? Get a consultation with my producer Eric Lilavois! (PC: Courtney LeMarco)

 LBS is graciously donating these rewards to my campaign, and they have agreed to offer more tours if they are in high demand! At the moment, I can only offer one of each London Bridge Studio Experience reward. But don't freak out if the one you want is already taken - I will add more according to demand!

$125 - Studio Tour for 2 

$150 - Producer Consultation 

$500 - Studio Tour for 6 + Name engraved on historical Neve studio console 

 

Click the logo to see Sierra Lauren on the radio charts next to some of your favorite artists!
Click the logo to see Sierra Lauren on the radio charts next to some of your favorite artists!

 

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Read the full article by clicking on the logo!
Read the full article by clicking on the logo!

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Huge thanks to 12notes.co for such a complimentary article! Read the whole thing by clicking the logo!
Huge thanks to 12notes.co for such a complimentary article! Read the whole thing by clicking the logo!

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Risks and challenges

This project is directly associated with you and how much you believe in this music. The more support my team and I receive from backers, the more we'll be able to really invest in putting everything we can behind this project! Your contribution is an investment in my capacity to refine my art, create a stronger impact, and inspire others with a message of hope.

Sometimes there are delays that are beyond our control in the art & manufacturing process - so some physical packages might take a bit longer to ship than anticipated. We know surprises are no fun when it comes to getting something you paid for, so we will keep you updated throughout the entire process.

The obvious risk with any Kickstarter campaign is that the project doesn't get funded, the dream doesn't come to life, no rewards are sent out and everyone goes home sad. But that's part of the fun - the time constraint gets everyone excited and when we reach our goal at the end of the 30-day campaign, we'll all celebrate together.

With that said, let's put our goal into perspective - if 200 people gave $100 each toward the campaign, we'd hit the goal. If 400 people gave $50 each, we'd hit the goal. If we get 1,000 backers giving just $20, we'll hit our goal. My point is, WE CAN DO THIS! This project starts with your generosity. So thank you in advance. We can do amazing things - let's get started!

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    YOU did it!

    This project is all about YOU! Your name will be featured on my website as an exclusive Kickstarter fan! (www.sierralaurenmusic.com). You will also get access to all the super cool backer - only updates.
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    covergirl

    I've been hard at work with world-renowned vocal coach Dean Kaelin recording 3 amazing covers for you, and you'll get to hear them MONTHS before anyone else! They're pretty rad. You'll want to hear them. (:

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    signed, sealed, delivered

    That's right; you'll get a physical CD of my EP album "True North" signed by me, sealed with love, and delivered straight to your door. (Check out the album art in the description to the left - it's pretty sick.)
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    TRUE NORTH: the t-shirt

    Custom made, super comfy "True North" tee only for Kickstarter backers. This shirt won't be released anywhere else throughout time and/or eternity.

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    WINTER IS COMING. STAY WARM. This hoodie has the original album artwork for "True North" on it and it's only available to Kickstarter backers!

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    Hoodie + Music

    You want the hoodie AND the music? Dang. This reward is just for you!
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    + a physical signed copy of my EP "True North"
    + a signed never-before-seen poster
    + one of my signature compass necklaces (as seen in the campaign video)!
    + advance digital download of my 3 song cover album - RIGHT AWAY!
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    London Bridge Studios - Tour for 2

    CALLING ALL MUSIC LOVERS! Ever heard of Pearl Jam & Macklemore? Soundgarden & Nickelback? 3 Doors Down & OneRepublic? All of these artists have one thing in common; they all recorded at London Bridge Studios! Needless to say, this studio has incredible stories within its walls.
    This reward will get you a personal tour for you and a friend of the historic London Bridge Studio in Seattle. I spent a week recording my EP there, and believe me when I say that you won't want to leave.
    I'll put you in touch with my producer Eric Lilavois and you guys can set up your personal tour!
    There is another reward tier for a private tour for SIX (6) if you'd like to accommodate more people!
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    Consultation with Producer Eric Lilavois

    Have you ever wanted the inside scoop on the music industry? Are you an artist that's thinking of recording your newest single? This reward will get you an in-person or Skype consultation with producer Eric Lilavois, who has worked with names like Macklemore, My Chemical Romance, and others!
    Talk with him about your project, or just get his professional opinion on some music topics you've always wondered about. He's the real deal, folks.

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    For the fans that want to get a jumpstart on supporting me, my music, and my career; you get the REAL DEAL when it comes to merch and downloads! Here's everything you'll get in this package:
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    + a physical signed copy of my EP "True North"
    + a signed never-before-seen poster
    + one of my signature compass necklaces (as seen in the campaign video)!
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    + personalized thank you video

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    + Kickstarter Exclusive t-shirt
    + a physical signed copy of my EP "True North"
    + a signed never-before-seen poster
    + one of my signature compass necklaces (as seen in the campaign video)!
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    Skype Hang Out

    You're pretty dang awesome. So I want to get to know you! This reward gets you a half - hour Skype call with me to just chat, listen to music, and have fun! You can ask me questions about the music videos, request a song to hear, or just talk about YOU. I can even teach you a few chords on the Ukulele if you're into that sort of thing (;
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    + I'll send you a playlist of my all time favorite songs!

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    Unique Canvas Print

    As a musician, I'm naturally artsy. So believe me when I say that this canvas print of my album cover is freaking awesome. AND I'm only making TEN (10) of them!
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    Production Credit + Merch

    This project is possible only through YOUR support! I want to thank you by giving you the credit you deserve!
    With this reward, you will get listed at the end of both music videos as part of the executive production team, as well as everything in the early bird package:
    + Kickstarter Exclusive t-shirt
    + a physical signed copy of my EP "True North"
    + a signed never-before-seen poster
    + one of my signature compass necklaces (as seen in the campaign video)!
    + advance digital download of my 3 song cover album - RIGHT AWAY!
    + personalized thank you video
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    London Bridge Studios - Tour for 6

    This reward is just like the other London Bridge Studios tour reward, but you get to take FIVE friends instead of just one!
    I'll put you in touch with my producer Eric Lilavois and you guys can set up your private tour!
    BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE! You'll also get your name engraved on the legendary Neve console at London Bridge!

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    Sierra Lauren Mashup

    I want to make you something totally new and totally YOURS! Give me a couple songs to choose from, and I'll pick one to mash up with another popular song. You'll get the recording, exclusively! No weird songs please (;
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    Star Treatment

    These music videos are gonna be a 20,000 on the cool scale, I promise. How would you like to BE ON SET while I film them? I'll send you a shooting schedule and you're welcome to come on any day to get star treatment! Not to mention you'll be THE FIRST to see the videos!
    You'll also get EVERYTHING:
    + Kickstarter Exclusive t-shirt
    + a physical signed copy of my EP "True North"
    + a signed never-before-seen poster
    + one of my signature compass necklaces (as seen in the campaign video)!
    + advance digital download of my 3 song cover album - RIGHT AWAY!
    + personalized thank you video
    (Physical merch given to you on set).
    Filming will take place during the second week of September in Seattle, WA. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    Company Sponsor

    For the company that believes in my music, my mission, and my career - this reward will give you sponsor status! I will put your logo on my website & at the end of the music videos, tag you in social media posts, and give you shoutouts at live gigs. I want to recognize the people that have helped me make my dreams a reality!
    You will also receive 5 "True North" Kickstarter Exclusive t-shirts for the heads of your company!

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    Star Treatment + EXTRA

    For the fan who has always wanted to be in a music video - this reward is for you! Come BE ON SET while I film my music videos, AND be an extra! You'll be the FIRST to see how the video unfolds, because... you'll be IN IT! You'll get star treatment along the way. Let's do this; I want to work with you!
    You'll also get EVERYTHING included in the star treatment reward!
    Filming will take place during the second week of September in Seattle, WA. Travel and accommodations not included.

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