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I'm making a rock album, and I'd love for you to be part of it! 
Pre-orders, Producer's Circle, commissioned songs, & more!
I'm making a rock album, and I'd love for you to be part of it! Pre-orders, Producer's Circle, commissioned songs, & more!
93 backers pledged $5,499 to help bring this project to life.

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Let's make this album together!

I'm really excited to get this latest batch of songs into the world, but I need your help to do it! I gave everything I had to get Bloodhounds recorded, mixed, and mastered (and get my video made!) to give you an authentic sample from the album, but your support helps me move forward with the rest of the album. Your pre-orders go directly into the expenses of recording, mixing, mastering, and production expenses that I face.

Estimated Expenses:

  • Recording: $500/song (7 songs = $3,500)
  • Mixing: $200/song (7 songs = $1400)
  • Mastering: $150/song (7 songs = $1,050)
  • CD production: $550
  • Vinyl production: $1,000
  • Worldwide Digital Music Distribution: $100

Total Estimate: $7,600

So why am I not asking for $7,600 instead of $5,000?

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. While my stretch goal is definitely $7,600, I'd much rather have your support as my foundation and pay for the rest out-of-pocket than risk paying for everything out-of-pocket as I can afford it, which would grind my progress to a much slower pace. These songs are ripe to be heard, and I don't want to release this album in a piecemeal fashion as they might lose their timeliness. In a time when bluesy rock is on the rise and strong female songwriters like Angel Olsen, St Vincent, and Deap Vally are gaining attention, I can't risk withholding these tunes for any amount of time aside from what's absolutely necessary.

I'd really love to have you be part of the process, and I'm so grateful for your support. Let's build this album together! 

Risks and challenges

Because I haven't started recording the rest of the songs yet (aside from "Bloodhounds"), it's unclear exactly when the album will be released. I would like to get into the studio in January, and I set what I think is a realistic goal of having the album delivered by September of 2017. It's possible that it may be available sooner - and possibly later.

The cool thing about this project is your ability to get involved in a very real way. As soon as this campaign is over (and successfully funded!), I plan to start working with my Producer's Circle immediately - sending them home recordings, videos, and lyric sheets of songs I plan to record and getting feedback, like which title they like better, or when they think the guitar solo should come in, or if they think a line of the lyrics could be slightly adjusted. I will take everyone's feedback and apply the most popular and effective feedback when it matters most - in the studio. My Producer's Circle will also hear the drafts of what we do in the studio and be able to offer feedback on that progress as well (e.g. wanting louder vocals in the mix, liking the second keyboard solo more than the first, etc.). This gives you the ability to be in the passenger seat and experience the whole journey with me!

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    Digital Natives

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album, you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    ***Add-on: CD

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    CD Lovers

    In addition to getting the compact disc & electronic formats of the album, you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    T-shirt / tank

    Get your very own Riley Ann T-shirt or tank top! These are the "Endless Beginnings" shirts, so you can choose whether you want the Banksy-esque Riley Ann rocking out or if you want the deep sea diver. Colors include white, gray, maroon, medium blue, and dark heather blue.

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    In addition to getting the vinyl, CD, and electronic formats of the album, you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    Music Lesson / Tea Time

    Let's have tea over FaceTime or Skype (or in person, if I'm in town!). We can have a music lesson about guitar, violin, songwriting, banjo, mandolin, or even looping, or we can just have a conversation over tea about music, current events, or anything that interests you.

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album and a hard copy of your choice (either vinyl or CD), you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    • Digital release of album
    • Songbook (PDF)
    • CD or 7" Vinyl (Your choice! I'll be in touch!)
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    Cover Song Curator

    You choose the song, and I'll cover it! Whatever song you choose, I'll create my own version, film it, and put it on Youtube just for you!

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album and a hard copy of your choice (either vinyl or CD), you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    Producer's Circle

    The role of a producer is to help take the songs to the next level. Get an inside look at the recording process and help me make decisions about what songs to include, the arrangements of those songs, the song and album titles, and the cover art! Plus, you get to be listed in the producer's circle in the liner notes of the album. This is a hands-on way to really be involved in the evolution of the album regardless of your musical background. With this role, you get exclusive access to virtually every aspect of the process, and your input helps determine the outcome of the album.

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album and a hard copy of your choice (either vinyl or CD), you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

    Includes:
    • CD or 7" Vinyl (Your choice! I'll be in touch!)
    • Producer's Circle - help make decisions!
    • Liner notes: listed in producer's circle
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    House Concert!

    Let's have a show in your town! This can be an intimate living room concert with your closest friends, a backyard barbecue with your neighbors, or a community festival!

    I'll do my one-woman band show for you at a time that works for both of us. This is a great way to hear music the way it's meant to be heard - live!

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album and a hard copy of your choice (either vinyl or CD), you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    Your Song: What's Your Story?

    I love people and I love their stories. Let's chat over FaceTime, Skype, or the phone (or in person, if I'm in town!) and have a conversation about what's important to you. Great songs start with stories, and I want to know yours! Based on what you share about your experience, your family, or causes important to you, I'll write a song just for you and record it.

    In addition to getting the electronic version of the album and a hard copy of your choice (either vinyl or CD), you'll get an electronic songbook with the songs' lyrics & chords as well as pictures and backstories of the songs. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the songs - their origin and their evolution.

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    • Your Song, Your Story (recording of original song for you!)
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    Backstage Pass

    Be part of the recording process! In addition to being in the Producer's Circle, you have an open invitation to join Riley Ann during her studio time and be part of the action behind the scenes. This is an inside look at the whole process plus access to offer feedback in the studio and through the Producer's Circle.

    Includes:
    • CD or 7" Vinyl (Your choice! I'll be in touch!)
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    • Backstage Pass: open invite to recording time in the studio!
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