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After 3 years, we're leaving the District. This album is my attempt to ensure we never forget these years, this place, or those people.
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Hi friends! Phil here. 

I've been wrestling with the idea of making this EP ever since we decided to leave the District. There were several reasons why I wanted to go for it — and a few reasons I was afraid to do it — but the tl;dr is that we're doing this thing and we need your help. 

You can help by supporting this Kickstarter and/or by sharing this page with anyone/everyone you can think of that may be interested in what we're doing.

Here's a quick summary of what this is all about:

  • We're raising $5,438 to record a professionally produced EP made up of congregational worship songs that I wrote in D.C.
    Making an album is expensive, but some incredible friends of mine "in the industry" are making it exceptionally affordable just for this project.
  • If funded, the album will be released on all major streaming platforms (except Tidal — sorry, Jay) by March.
    Apparently putting this thing on vinyl is prohibitively expensive. Disappointing, I know. 
  • I'm not going to make any money on this.
    This isn't my retirement plan, or even our pay-the-bills plan. Every dollar raised from this Kickstarter will go toward bringing this EP to life.

Now, for those of you who want to go a little deeper...

3 reasons to make this album

Did you know I've never made an album before? That's a fact, but that's not why I'm doing it. Here's why I'm making the album:

  • To celebrate those years, this place, and these people.
    Each of the songs that will be on this album were written during our time in D.C. We've been unspeakably blessed over the past three years. From the friends who have so warmly embraced my entire family to our church family at RHC to the joy of exploring our nation's capital. 
  • To mourn the end of a chapter.
    The idea for this album was born out of a fear that our memory of this place, these people, and this time in our lives would somehow fade — even if only slightly. The idea of creating something tangible that we can return to anytime is really meaningful. 
  • To ensure these songs are shared with those who love them.
    The shared experience of having sung these songs during countless Sunday worship services, along with the entire RHC congregation, has imbued them with special significance. For anyone who may have connected with these songs, I'd love nothing more than to create a way for you to access them anytime.

2 reasons I almost didn't make this album

First off, the timing was weird. Why wait until I'm leaving to do this? Why do it during an already stressful season of change? But, more pressing:

  • I didn't want anyone to think I'm trying to launch a music career.
    Music is my ministry — and I love it — but I'm...not Ed Sheeran. I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm excited about the possibility of creating something beautiful (hopefully!), but that's always going to be secondary. 
  • I didn't want anyone to think I'm capitalizing on sentimentality.
    It's an emotional time for us and our community here. While we're definitely feeling sentimental, I desperately want to avoid anyone feeling like this is some kind of last-minute cash grab. 

1 thing I want you to take away from this

The number one thing I want people to take away from this project is:

  • A sense of collective achievement.
    Beginning this transition has already given me an exceptionally clear realization that God has moved, and is moving, His people. That realization has been deeply encouraging and has imbued me with a new level of gratitude for the past 3 years of ministry in the District.

Risks and challenges

Full disclosure: I've never made an album before. This is my debut! So, there are some inherent challenges there that I'm sure will pop up as we go through this process. I'm blessed to have an incredible group of friends and professionals to guide me, though.

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    A digital copy of the EP

    Not only would you have the satisfaction of helping make something new, you'd also get a [digital] copy of it!

    The EP will be available on streaming sites, but this way you can burn the songs onto a sweet CD mixtape (or just have it in your iTunes).

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    Chord charts/Song stories

    Oh, so you think you can perform Phil's songs better than Phil?! There's only one way to find out.

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    Super stylish lyrical print

    This will be an awesome print (designed by an actual designer) of the best lyrics on the album that you can frame and put on your wall.

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    A Jude & Sam **ORIGINAL** coloring page

    Who doesn't love kid art? This is YOUR opportunity to own a Jude&Sam original before they turn into the world-class artists they are destined to become.

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    A 30-minute photoshoot with Rachel!

    You can now have your own face memorialized via a photoshoot with my super-talented and hilarious wife, Rachel.

    If you're in DC, Rachel will schedule the shoot before we leave for OK in February. If you're NOT in DC, you're welcome to come visit us in OK for the shoot!

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    **SUPER SECRET AND AWESOME THING**

    Trust me, you're definitely going to want to this super personalized, super secret, super awesome thing.

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