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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 18 2011 3:04 AM UTC +00:00

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If you're reading this, you've probably already seen THE COOKE BOOK, The Music of Sam Cooke or it's acoustic cousin, SIMPLY SAM. I'd like to think you enjoyed the show which is why I've won a few minutes of your time to tell you about how you can enjoy it FOREVER!

AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING! I don't have to tell you how music is made these days; sampled, programmed, engineered and auto tuned. To be fair, money for album production is tight AND we are an instant gratification culture. But that just won't do for this music. Lush arrangments and orchestrations with the heat of fiery brass sections and the grandeur of sweeping strings is what we think of accompanying legendary singers like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennet and Nat King Cole, (Sam's contemporaries). Imagine a modern day tribute album to one of these Legends recorded with automated sounds. Yeah, not so much!

I would love to record these songs, these timeless classics, in a manner and scale approporiate for this Legendary music from The Legendary Sam Cooke. It deserves the respect and commands the humanity and artistry of LIVE musicians. Contemporary artists of the genre like Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble just won't compromise here either. 

Your enjoyment, enthusiasm and support of my performances of these songs has blown me away. So does hearing, "You need to record these songs" or "Why don't you have a CD to sell? I would love to have one" at every performance. Wait, I guess it's entirely possible you haven't seen one of my shows. If not you can go to www.wix.com/thecookebook/promo-suite to see promotional video and hear 2 recorded selections from the show, done for promotional and booking purposes. Yep! Almost all programming. But you can get a feel for the kind of energy and freshness I want to bring to the arrangments while retaining the classicism and integrity of the music.

It was my dream at inception to someday record these songs and now that may be entirely possible with your help. We, me and the album music director/producer/arranger, have come up with a budget that will enable us to hire LIVE musicians to record at least 16 of the 24 songs I do in the show. It takes a lotta horns to raise the roof. Lol. Also, we can pay for additional arrangers for specific orchestral passages, studio time, mastering, mixing, CD pressing, art work etc. and pizza. Lots of pizzas and coffee. If we raise more, we can do more songs but, if we don't reach our goal, it's a wrap on the album. Yikes!

My band, my manager, my cousins and I brainstormed for weeks to come up with some pretty good incentives, tokens of gratitude really, to say thanks for believing in our project here. There's even an opportunity for you to help SAVE THE MUSIC in our schools. Hundreds, maybe thousands of school aged music students can experience the life and workings in the recording studio while we're in session, by web cast. How cool is that?!?! I hope you will lend a hand in helping us pay rightful homage to this wonderful music. THANK YOU!

HOW I GOT HERE.

In 2007 I created this show, THE COOKE BOOK, The Music of Sam Cooke, while between jobs in New York City (not an uncommon occurance for actors). As artists mature, we begin to develop our own ideas about what art we think the world needs to see, as well as the temperance and audacity to fight to make it happen. And it did. THE COOKE BOOK has played numerous cabarets, music festivals, corporate engagements, commissioned private performances to great reception and praise. In 2008, North Carolina Theatre co‐produced and presented THE COOKE BOOK in a four week run. www.darrianford.com

I chose this amazing music and music life, to present because of it's honesty, purity and it's enduring beauty; and because of the unprecedented industry accomplishments of Sam Cooke. I also, like so many, grew up listening to and singing along with this music. As a budding performer growing up in Chicago (also Sam's home town), his influence was ever present. By the time I was 13, it was common place for comparisons of our similar tone and singing styles (yes, I had a singing style at 13) to be drawn. It was destiny that someday this show would come through me.

THE MAN IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL

Sam Cooke was considered by many to be the definitive soul singer. He blended sensuaity and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie idol looks and Gospel singer poise. “YOU SEND ME” one of his earliest secular hits was the first of 29 top 40 hits by the Chicago raised, singing son of a Baptist minister. In addition to being a successful performer, Cooke established himself as a successful and groundbreaking black entrepreneur within the mainstream music industry. Cooke founded his own publishing company (Kags Music) and launched a record label (SAR/Derby). Tragically, Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles Motel on December 11, 1964. His influence can be heard in every generation of singers since. www.rockhall.com/inductees/sam-cooke   

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    ALBUMS & POSTER - one autographed copy of the new album delivered to you before it’s available anywhere else and an autographed promotional photo of me. Plus the "Served Hot, THE COOKE BOOK" souvenir t-shirt (backers outside of US may be responsible for additional shipping charges).

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    TO YOU! - I will call anyone 2 people you like and sing HAPPY "whatever" to them in a stylish interpretation of YOU SEND ME. You will get the $100 package and I'll throw in 2 extra signed CD's for your HAPPY friends.

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    SAVE THE MUSIC - via Skype, join me in the studio with a class of school aged music students during an actual recording session. In 1 hour you'll see and hear me record some vocals, I'll take you on a tour of the studio and introduce the musicians and techs. For the last 20 minutes you or the kids can ask me, or anyone else in the studio, anything. And of course you'll get the $100 package too. LOVE IT!

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    YOU'RE INVITED - to join me in studio while I'm recording the album. I can tell you that you will never experience this feeling anywhere else. After, we'll have dinner, chat and I'll autograph and hand over your $100 package. It'll be a nice photo op for us too. LOOK PRETTY! Finally, you"ll be listed as a co-producer in the liner notes of THE COOKE BOOK album.

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    THE DREAM - maybe you love this music so much you've dreamed of Sam Cooke singing a song about you to you. Not gonna happen but...I will write and record an original song about any topic or person you choose in the style of the 50's and 60's jazz/pop era, inspired by Sam Cooke. I'll sing it to you live because you'll also get the $1000 package.

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    I'M INVITED - LIMITED OFFER. I will pack up my trio to do an acoustic concert of the album for you and your friends (limited within continental US, dates subject to schedule and availability). I get so many requests from people wanting me to sing at their weddings, anniversary, reunions and special events, here’s your chance. You will get the $1000 package, but with back cover Producer credit. Plus 4 tickets to a performance of THE COOKE BOOK, including post show backstage greeting, photo op and reception admittance.

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    YIKES! Well, the shorter list would be what you won't get.

    You get a private acoustic concert of the album which you'll host as Executive Producer of the album. You'll get back cover credit as such.

    We will go to your child's, nephew's, neighbor kid's school to do a show and entertain a Q&A after.

    You'll visit us in the studio, of course, and have your picture taken with us for the candid recording session pics which will appear in the liner notes. You can wear the TUBA!

    You'll get that original song too. Only you'll have the option to come back to the studio to sing and record it yourself. I'll couch you through and one of our producers will make you sound like a real chart topper.

    By now you'll be hungry so we'll have dinner and take in some live music in the beautiful city of Chicago. Sorry, Oprah's gone already.

    You'll get 5 signed albums and a dedicated album of original photography used for the album as well as studio candids with who, YOU, at dinner with YOU, on the town and at a live music event with YOU. The documentation of the birth of a new friendship!

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