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Help me create my first album! I’m reimagining songs that Patsy Cline made famous in the style of jazz and appreciate your support.
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Thank you in advance for helping me realize my dream and follow my passion as I'm looking to launch my first album called My American Songbook:  Patsy Cline.  As the title implies, the inspiration for this project is the one and only Patsy Cline, her voice, her songs and her incredible spirit.  Let me tell you a little bit more about what I'm looking to do and how the idea came about...

When I was trying to determine the focus for my very first (eek!) album, I noticed that most jazz singers interpret songs from the Great American Songbook.  It's a treasure trove for an artist in terms of lyrics and melodies and offers a solid ground for someone to put their own individual "stamp" on a familiar song.  While I did have exposure to these incredible musical jewels growing up, my everyday playlist involved a different "American" songbook, one that consisted heavily of traditional country artists including Ernest Tubb, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and, of course, Patsy Cline.  So, I decided to go back to my childhood and find a more authentic connection -- mining the depths of MY American Songbook.  

It was natural for me to choose Patsy Cline.  I know the songs backward and forward, the emotion, the connection to the lyrics.  Ironically, as I'm working on this project, Patsy is showing me even more as an adult as I reflect on my childhood and life up until this point.  Perhaps other jazz singers find the same thing through reimagining classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday or Nancy Wilson:  Patsy is teaching me about myself, my creative process and following my passion with every bone in my body. 

I've been working a while on this concept...determining which of Patsy's classic hits will be included, how to interpret them, rehearsing with musicians and spending time in the studio.    The next phase will be more of the same in hopes to finish a full-length album over the course of the next six months to year!  (I'm listing the delivery date as December '19, however the creative process will inform me....and perhaps it will be done even sooner.)  

I'm more than inspired than ever (!) as I recently had the unbelievable opportunity of visiting the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, TN, and actually meeting Patsy Cline's daughter, Julie Fudge.   What a moment!  (Check out the photo below.)

One important consideration I'd like to make clear:  My intention behind creating this album is not to sound like Patsy Cline.  No one can!  Instead, Patsy is helping me find my unique voice, my own creative approach, and I can't wait to share it with all of you.  I believe all music, in all genres, continues to inform one another....and to that end, I hope you'll explore with me this intersection of country melody and lyric with jazz interpretation.  

Thank you in advance for your support!  It means the world to me!

xoxoxo

~Staci

PS - I hope you enjoy the video I created for this kickstarter campaign and hope it shows you a bit more about who I am, where I come from, and what my hope is in terms of creating something authentic and beautiful to share.  Please note that the audio quality was affected by a missing lavalier mic on the day of the recording -- nothing is perfect, after all!  Thanks for enjoying and supporting, friends.  Look forward to connecting.

In the recording studio laying down the first musical tracks!
In the recording studio laying down the first musical tracks!
Recording some of the first musical tracks with Bruce Forman and Talley Sherwood!
Recording some of the first musical tracks with Bruce Forman and Talley Sherwood!
Andrew Boyle on drums preparing to lay down some initial recordings.
Andrew Boyle on drums preparing to lay down some initial recordings.
Misha Bigos pensive at the piano during the recording session.
Misha Bigos pensive at the piano during the recording session.
Nick Ornelas on upright bass in the recording session.
Nick Ornelas on upright bass in the recording session.
Meeting Patsy Cline's daughter, Julie, in Nashville at the Patsy Cline Museum! (August, 2018)
Meeting Patsy Cline's daughter, Julie, in Nashville at the Patsy Cline Museum! (August, 2018)

Risks and challenges

While many people have covered Patsy Cline songs, especially "Crazy," to the best of my knowledge, no one has done a complete project taking songs she made famous and reimagining them into jazz. I'm hoping that the cross-breeding of the two genres can introduce fans to a new way of interpreting each of these classic styles of music: jazz and country.

As this is my first project, I will need more support in terms of marketing to reach my potential audience. That said, these funds will not only go toward finishing the songs for the album, recording, and production, but also promoting the release and making sure that fans who may be interested can give it a listen!

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    "I Fall To Pieces" Package

    In selecting the "I Fall to Pieces" package, you will be one of the first to get "My American Songbook: Patsy Cline" on digital or CD (your choice)! (NOTE – should a single or EP be released early, you’ll get that on digital, too! BONUS!)

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    In selecting the "She's Got You" package, you will be one of the first to get "My American Songbook: Patsy Cline" on digital, CD, AND, your name will be listed in a special section on my website dedicated to generous donors. (NOTE – should a single or EP be released early, you’ll get that on digital, too! BONUS!) And, same as before, I’ll personalize your compact disc by signing it with a special note…just for you!

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    In selecting the "Sweet Dreams" package, you will be one of the first to get "My American Songbook: Patsy Cline" on digital, CD, as well as VINYLl! Yes, that’s right! I’ll personalize the CD and Vinyl for you with a specialized message as well as list your name on my website and in the Liner Notes. PLUS, you will get TWO VIP tickets to my album release party - location/date TBC. (NOTE – should a single or EP be released early, you’ll get that on digital, too! BONUS!)

    To “sweeten” the "Sweet Dreams" package, you’ll also receive my recommendations for “Patsy Pairings” in the kitchen! My favorite thing to do is to mix a drink, put on some good music, and spend time in the kitchen cooking! With my favorite “Patsy Pairings,” you can mix a classic cocktail, prepare a throwback 1950’s/60’s hors d’oeuvre, and listen to My American Songbook: Patsy Cline.

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    In selecting the "Walkin' After Midnight" package, you will be one of the first to get "My American Songbook: Patsy Cline" on digital, CD and VINYL (with custom personalized message)! Your name will also be listed in a special section on my website dedicated to generous donors AND in the liner notes for the CD. PLUS, you will receive FOUR VIP tickets to my album release party - location/date TBC. (NOTE – should a single or EP be released early, you’ll get that on digital, too! BONUS!)

    Those who select this package will also win (drum roll, please)….. a personal SKYPE concert where I’ll perform three of my tunes for you and your friends over SKYPE! Make it a "Patsy Party," have hors d’oeuvres like it was 1957. Deviled eggs and brandy old fashioned anyone? That’s right – you, too, will receive the “Patsy Pairings” guide listed above!

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    In selecting the "Crazy" package, you will be one of the first to get "My American Songbook: Patsy Cline" on digital, CD and VINYL! Your name will also be listed in a special section on my website dedicated to generous donors AND in the liner notes. PLUS, you will receive SIX VIP tickets to my album release party - location/date TBC. (NOTE – should a single or EP be released early, you’ll get that on digital, too! BONUS!)

    IN ADDITION, we will come perform for you in a private concert! (Travel costs additional, if outside Los Angeles). Experience the music LIVE in the comfort of your own house concert! You can even make it a Patsy Party, as you’ll receive the “Patsy Pairings” guide described earlier. Let’s make it a fantastic night for you and all of your friends!

    (Note: If outside greater LA, expect additional travel costs alongside approval of date/location. Outside the contiguous 48 US states? Let's discuss a modest supplemental performance fee to cover costs.)

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