It. Is. Time.
It's been 5 years since I was last in the studio and I am beyond ready to get back in there and finish this new album for 2016! I have all these new songs that I need to give life and legacy to and I am so excited and charged up to get them out into the world.
For me, songs are like children. You don't just have them and are done. You want the best for them; you want to see them grow and flourish and evolve and find their place in the world. These are pieces of my soul. Songs and the creative process for me are never ending. I've heard it said that a true artist is never completely satisfied with their work and that resonates so strongly with me. I always want to make my work better, to be striving for greater, and my creative process and artistic goals are the embodiment of that. This album is my next best thing. This is my better.
This is my first ever full length recorded album. My last projects have been compilations from various studios, productions, times in my life or a 4 song EP. This is a unique opportunity for me to create and support (as they will support me) a creative team to do this project with me from start to finish. I have written the songs but this second creative process will involve tons of local talent I rely on to help entire stories and lives take shape around the pieces- musicians, production team and editing teams, artistic teams of gifted visual artists and photographers- a whole micro-arts community will come together in this project. Then of course there is the important matter of getting this out into the world and the work to find distribution and promotion providers who are at the top of their game.
The album will be mostly originals but I am considering producing a few of my favorite covers if licensing is possible. More than anything, I have worked so hard in the last few years to really hone, develop, and own my artist self. I am an artist. And sometimes that can be a confusing piece of identity. I am a songwriter and a singer and a pianist. The last few times I did projects, there was so much focus on how to fit all my work into a nice, tidy descriptive and consistent category and box. The nature of the industry and performers I had been exposed to made me think I had to have one sound. Well I've realized now that the beauty of my sound is I don't have ONE sound. MY sound is that of many and the confidence and freedom in writing that came with that realization breathed some serious life into my identity as a writer and performer. It occurred to me the whole point of being a songwriter and original artist is I don't have to fit in a tidy and concise package. I can write cross genre and my voice can fit whichever sound I want it to. I can create and not imitate. So, I can't wait to get this new big, owned, confident sound down and out there.
It is soul- so much soul. Not just in the context of the genre but in the idea that every word, note, and intonation is so specifically chosen because I am doing everything I can to share those pieces of a soul as it relates to experiences across generations. Pieces of a soul and the stories and experiences of a life that I'm sure resonates with so many lives. And I want others to feel and relate to the world through my sound and words. I want to do that for them. To give them words that express what they've seen and felt. This is how I connect to others and it's so important to me.
SO, I'm so excited about this. I can't wait to update all of you as I go with artistic concepts, artwork, recording updates, and all the work being done to move this dream towards reality. I hope you believe in my project as much as I do and thank you all so much for the opportunity to make this happen and share it with all of you!! You should know, you're awesome.
Risks and challenges
This is not my first rodeo. I've already experienced first hand the kind of complications and difficulties that might arise before, during and after a recording project is completed. All of those trials and tribulations, lessons learned, battles overcome and some failures accepted, just turn themselves into future opportunities. I know what can come my way and I'm ready.
I didn't have enough connections or funds, time or energy left to help the last EP get as much promotion as it should have gotten to make it more successful. I have been able to begin collecting those contacts and setting up that infrastructure in advance of this project so no matter how burnt out I might be at the end, it already has hands to be placed in who can do it justice. This of course also takes money and I am hoping that every cent I raise beyond the minimum needed for production will help me afford all the important details on the album and getting as close to perfection as I can for a perfectionist but more importantly, it will pay for the after-life of this project and give it a platform for success.
All the funds beyond my bare minimum basically guarantee a bigger return on all of your investments!
I am ready for whatever comes up. I'm a problem solver. And I'm good at what I do. I am confident in how successful this will be and I am chomping at the bit to get started. I welcome challenge. I've got my engine revving and I'm going to throw everything I've got at this- time, money, energy, resources, talent. With your help and support, my enthusiasm is unbridled and I can come bursting across the start line. And can't wait to greet you all at the finish with rewards, an amazing and unique album, and cheers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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