Just over two years ago, I felt like God was asking me to make my music more than just a hobby. So I took a risk and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for what ended up being "Farewell to Normal", a full-length professionally-produced album. I have been incredibly blessed since then, having played at numerous venues around LA, including the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go (three times!), and even in Scotland. I love performing and sharing my music with people every chance I get. That was two years ago and I believe that this past summer God has been nudging me gently saying, "Ok Kyle, it's time to make your music more than just a side project..."
And that's where this project was born.
In July, I contacted Cazz Brindis, who produced my first record, and began talking with him about embarking on a new album with me. He was thrilled and immediately excited to get the ball rolling. As I made steps forward with this project, I began to pray for three things in particular: people to come along side to help me, vision for direction with my music, and financial resources to make it happen. And God has been answering those prayers.
The first prayer He has been answering is with people. I met an incredible professional photographer, Katrina Warme, who has decided to partner with me in taking pictures for promotional purposes. She connected me with David Hutchinson, winner of last year's Reel Stories Film Festival, who filmed the promo for this fundraiser and will be creating music videos with me based off of this project. I've also been meeting with a marketing graduate on how to best go about promoting the record and have developed relationships with other musicians who have been helping me collaborate in writing and performing these new songs.
As conversations about the record continued, I began to see God answering my second prayer: for direction. As I looked over the 100+ songs I have written the past two years, I noticed particular themes in my writing. The songs were more raw, more vulnerable as I wrestled with many personal struggles during their creation. But despite the painful sharing of coming to terms with my own shortcoming and brokenness, each song shared hope and glimpses of improvement along the way. In light of a prank I pulled on my friends earlier this year, the phrase "Cardboard Houses" came to mind, and I believe that that best encapsulates what this record would be. Taking the simple, raw, rather unattractive nature of cardboard and combining that with the child-like, playful innocence of a fort, I saw a perfect correlation between my own vulnerability and playfulness. It is also a play on words with "card houses", which are fragile and will collapse under the slightest breeze. While cardboard still isn't brick, it is certainly an improvement over playing cards, which is how I would characterize looking back on my own personal growth the past couple years.
In seeing the first two prayers answered, I have already begun to see God answering my third prayer for financial resources to make this record a reality. I made a recent job change which provided me the ability to quit one of my four jobs, providing me the actual time to record the album without taking a significant decrease in my income!
It is soaked in this third prayer that I humbly ask for your support with this project.
In order to make "Cardboard Houses" the best it can be and provide the necessary resources to promote it, I need to raise $25,000. This money goes to the actual recording, producing, and mastering of the record itself as well as promotional materials to help bring this record to the forefront of the music industry. Because Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" fundraising platform, if I do not reach my goal, I do not receive the funds necessary to make this project in its fullest.
This is a huge goal and I recognize that it is a lot to ask for. But I firmly believe that this is the next step of obedience for me in taking my music to the next level and I humbly ask for your help to make this dream a reality. I want to thank you in advance for your support in this project. Please know that I do not take your generosity for granted.
***Shirt and Poster are not designed yet. Below is one concept look, but not finalized.***
Acoustic Alternate Version of "Dandelions"
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