**UPDATE** We set a goal of $20,000 to reach in 40 days and we have MET that goal (beyond grateful!). However, the cost of recording and promotion of the record will cost well over $20,000. We have decided to add some fun stretch goals to show our absolute highest appreciation to all of you! Thanks for backing the project, spreading the word, and sending all of your incredibly kind words of encouragement.
If we reach:
$40,000 - *GOAL REACHED* EVERY BACKER will receive a PDF of the story behind each song on the album + lyrics and chords for all songs.
$30,000 - *GOAL REACHED* will allow me to shoot my first music video.
PEEP THIS SNIPPET OF MY UPCOMING SINGLE "VAPORS". Want to hear more? Please click the "Back This Project" button to the right and pledge ANY amount today!
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to view my project page.
I am in the process of completing my DEBUT album - a collection of original song, poetry and rap. This will be my first LEGIT studio album undertaking and I am SO excited to share this first body of work with you.
Songs about longing, love, identity and becoming. Songs of faith, justice and hard questions. I've written 15 songs for this album over the last four years.
Recording a big project like this takes a lot of time and money. I am not supported by a large label, or a small one for that matter. So I am humbly asking you all - friends, family and supporters to help me get my first record completed! Any amount/contribution is most welcomed/appreciated. Not a dime of your contribution will be wasted.
I am a singer/songwriter, MC, poet, worship artist and melody maker.
A holy mischief maker - a weak and human vessel who feels called to be a voice with and for the voiceless. I believe music builds bridges. I'm convinced.
I invite you to peep my bio to learn more about the journey I've been on as an artist.
I believe we are all living, breathing, walking art. My expression can be felt in the words that I sing, all the way down to the style I call my own.
Why am I doing this?
It's not just about doing music for the fun of it, although I LOVE what I do and it is fun. I believe in the power of using ones voice to lift another. I feel a calling deep in my bones to share my music and artistry with the world.
Through my art, I pay homage to my ancestors and to those who have gone before me. I was held in the arms of Miles Davis as a baby. My grandfather, a baptist preacher and civil rights activist, laid hands on me at an early age. My great, great grandmother, wrote and produced plays in the historic and segregated Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. I owe it to them and you to see my dream fulfilled.
As an artist who grew up in the church, I feel compelled to explore different styles and methodologies in worship music and beyond.
Other songs I've written, explore love and relationship, like this one, entitled "Enamored".
Here's how you can help!
With no major record label, I need YOU, the people, to help make this possible!
Many of you have been supporting me for years and some are new to me and my music. And now, you get to be a part of this dream.
I hope to be fulfilling my purpose through music and art for a long time but I need the support of you, the people, in this "off and running" phase.
I have 40 days to raise $20,000 in order to produce the project, which would cover the bare minimum.
If the goal is not met in the time given no credit cards are charged. Kickstarter is ALL or nothing.
Kick Starter collects 5 percent of the amount raised, and Amazon also keeps a small percentage, so while $20,000 is my goal, any additional funds would be well utilized and beyond appreciated. Additional funds would be used for my first music video, promotion and marketing, and touring.
If you haven't backed a project on Kickstarter before, the deal is YOU get all kinds of cool rewards like signed CDs, photos, SING-A-GRAMS, house concerts and more in exchange for pledging money to help me bring this album to life. If you peek over to the right, you’ll find a list of rewards we've worked hard to create, that I hope you'll dig! You can pledge an amount attached to a reward or pledge an amount without a reward. You get to decide!
All proceeds help pay for:
- Recording space
- Mixing and mastering
- Cd printing+duplication and more
I humbly invite you to join us on this amazing adventure and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement.
SPECIAL THANKS TO BJORN AMUNDSEN, BLAINE HOGAN, AARON RUSE, ANDREW SCHUURMANN, RYAN ROBERTS, MY DAD, ABBI RAJASHEKHAR, LAURA CAI, TONY SORRENTINO & DELWIN EILAND for donating your time and resources to producing my Kickstarter vidoes!
Here's a tune I wrote called "Favorite One". Very different style but I draw a lot of inspiration from folk music.
I often take words and phrases out of scripture and everyday, setting them to melody. For example, "Habakkuk Song".
REWARD PHOTO REFERENCES
Risks and challenges
If my project is funded, I will be in a position to complete my debut solo body of work! I want you all to enjoy listening to this music, as much I enjoy creating it.
Launching a Kick Starter feels incredibly vulnerable and risky. Like many artists (& introverts), I'm not as comfortable with asking and promoting but I've decided that our experience will be shaped by NOTHING less than what really matters - the music, purpose and people.
As I shared, I am wanting to release 15 songs. I've already recorded 4 songs but I still have many more to record, mix and master.
I am still in the process of partnering with the right engineers and producers but I have an amazing musical director, experts and sounding boards who are supporting me through this process. I can't do it alone!
The goal is to mix, master and release this record by mid/late October. That is going to take A LOT of hard work, time and commitment from ALL involved. Often we hear the finished product but do not consider the process of getting there.
Once I write a song (the melody, lyric and basic chords), I rely on musicians and producers to help me bring my music to life. I'm working with incredibly talented people and my creative process involves back and forth communication about sonic vibe, scheduling, arrangements, etc.
Much depends on them but I have great chemistry with my musicians and music director, so I'm confident they will come through and walk this walk with me.
Every project has potential obstacles and if there are ANY setbacks, you will be the first to know.
- (40 days)