Welcome to our Kickstarter Project: A Second Chance.
I'm Maura Rogers, a Cleveland based singer-songwriter, and together with my band, we are taking a leap of faith seeking support to fund our next album! If you are unfamiliar with our music, please take a moment to listen here for samples of our sound, and be sure to watch the video above to learn the history of why our band is so unique.
Maura Rogers and The Bellows have experienced quite a few changes since our debut album A Good Heart Will Break was released in July 2012--from my failing health to a vibrant shared kidney, from the loss of my mother to new friendships and fans. My health may have limited me when it came to pursuing music goals, but it never kept this band from giving its all. We did what we could in the midst of my kidney failure, with the most genuine and astounding support from our fans and music community. (I still choke up reflecting on how so many of you helped us so much along the way.) But no matter the trials and tribulations, we always returned to the music. And that is how and why we’ve managed to craft a collection of songs that vividly captures this journey, songs rich with evolution and life-affirming themes. Sadly though, these songs don’t have a permanent home. Yet.
That’s where YOU come in.
We have the songs, the renewed health, and the passion and commitment to make this album the most solid, creative collection of songs we have made to date. Unfortunately, we do not have the necessary funds. With a heart full of gratitude (and with the help of Meredith's awesome kidney), we are finally able and ready to pursue music in the way life intended us to.
But we need YOU to help make this possible. There was a time when record labels handled everything—studio-time; working with a producer; mixing and mastering an album; designing, distributing, and marketing the finished work. But the music industry has changed, and music has fallen back into the hands of musicians and the people who love music. This is--in so many ways--an amazing evolution for music. But it also places an added pressure on musicians who just cannot afford to do all of this on their own.
That’s why we need your help.
YOU hold the key to making meaningful music exist. This is an empowering realization, which is why we’re here reaching out to you for this project. Because without the support of YOU--our fans, our friends, our families--we will not be able to make this album. I’ve seen what one person’s generosity can do—it gave me a new lease on life. Your donation has the power to give our music the same.
We are asking to raise $10,000.00 to help us cover the above mentioned expenses. We genuinely believe if everyone who comes across our story, our music, and this project is compelled to donate just $10, WE CAN REACH THIS GOAL.
And the awesome part of this project is that when you INVEST, you share in the REWARDS. Depending on what you can give, we will give back to you everything from digital downloads and t-shirts, to music lessons and house concerts. It's truly a win-win situation for all of us!
Risks and challenges
The reality of doing this Kickstarter project is this: if we don't successfully reach $10,000.00, our project fails entirely. It is a serious risk, but a necessary one we are determined to take with hope and faith in your generosity. If we surpass our goal (let's surpass the goal!!!), we will invest in touring, promotion, and increased distribution. With every penny of your support we are determined to do whatever we can to share our music and story with as many people as possible.
Production Delays: Our goal is to release this album in November. However, there is always a possibility that the recording process could take longer than expected. If that is the case, we will keep all our supporters informed and update everyone of any changes that may impact the release date.
Potential Health Issues: My health is solid right now and has been for months--good news! Potential health issues do however linger because I now live with a compromised immune system. If I come across any illnesses that impact my ability to record and affect our deadlines, all supporters will be informed and updates will be given regarding new release date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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