What in the what, is the Lord doing? So, yesterday as we were hitting our goal (and while we were freaking out) I had a flashback to the moment when I pressed the "publish" button on our Kickstarter project late the night before. I said a small anxious prayer to the affect of "Lord, please, if we could just make this goal." As I sat there watching us pass our goal in less than a day I felt like the Lord was saying, "Your faith was so small. What is in your heart?" The first thing that came into mind was the record of original Christmas songs that Sarah and I have been talking about all year. Then, of course, I thought, "No, that's a whole different project. That's too much!" But I felt my heart soften to be vulnerable in hope and obedience so I have decided to put it out there by faith for you all to consider.
We are fully funded toward "A Lovely Wait" and I am working to finish tracking this week and the songs get turned in for mixing next week. Thanks to you all, that is happening at full speed.
If you all would like me to put out an original Christmas record this year, Sarah and I would love to make that happen. I have been writing songs for Advent and Christmas for over 10 years now and I would love to share a collection of those songs with you to add to your holiday music playlist and to encourage your devotion to Jesus during that season. If you are anything like us, we are always looking for edifying Advent/Christmas music focused on Jesus and I would love try to capture the mystery, awe, hope and gratitude of the Advent and Christmas season.
Stretch Goal Recording a Christmas record the most efficient way is the most expensive. It would cost $26,000 if we recorded with a producer in the studio and if I was able to pay the musicians for their work. If I self produce the record and the musicians are willing (and able) to volunteer their time then it could be as inexpensive as $10,600. So, if we can raise between $10,600-$26,000 in the next 18 days, we will get going on planning and scheduling a record of songs on the incarnation and second coming.
So, big stretch goal beyond the original $7,000:
Advent/Christmas Record $10,600-$26,000
That's a potential Kickstarter total of $33,000.
How will the Rewards Work? As far as rewards go, if you'd like to support the Christmas Record I'll honor the same rewards levels for "A Lovely Wait" but toward the Christmas record. So, for instance if you want to donate $20 you can choose which record you wanted to get or if you wanted to donate $40 at the "Come on Sing Along" level then you could choose the Christmas record lead sheets and chord charts. Make sense? So just pick a reward and then send me a comment if you want your reward to count toward the Christmas record.
We're Listening If you have any other ideas of things that you would love for us to do, let me know. I had someone mention a video and folks in the past have asked about vinyl. I'm open to your ideas so don't hesitate to send them my way. If I get enough of a ground swell I will definitely listen.
All Funds will Be Dedicated to Music Lastly, to be clear, no matter what happens or how much we raise, I want you to know that it will all go directly into getting more music out to you all. No other purpose.
Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity in supporting my music. May it always point you to Jesus.
Words cannot express how grateful we are for what has happened today. We are in shock. I spent the afternoon off and on in tears. We had no idea that it was even possible that we could be totally funded in less than 24 hours. You all are amazing and we feel the love and support. I will be working to get this record in your hands as soon as possible and if this overflow of generosity means that you are wanting more music and you want to continue to fund for the next 19 days, I will work extra hard on getting more music out in your hands. Sarah and I have been talking about doing a Christmas record. If it were funded I would work to get it out by mid November. If that sounds like something you'd like to support, let us know and we will make it a stretch goal. Thank you all so much!
The past couple of years has been a different season with the Lord filled with stretching, challenge, desperation and surrender. The songs that were written during that time are dear to me and I would really like to share them with others.
Because of this, I set out last June to record a new album of these songs. By July, the project was derailed mostly due to life getting in the way and until about a month ago, I assumed I would chip away at it, later this year. But recently in prayer, I felt an urgency to complete and release the record as soon as possible. I don't fully understand it but the Lord has lit a fire under me to get this album done even in the midst of the impending Easter season. So Sarah and I have regrouped and I have taken some vacation time to work extra hard to rally. I have been recording it with the resources I have at Redeemer, while still trying to deliver the same studio quality of my last record. I have also been blessed to work with many musicians who have donated much of their time to help me complete the recording process. Other than a song or two, this record is completely unreleased material.
I have finished recording the songs but I am to the stage where I need to pay someone to finish the record with mixing and mastering the songs, as well as designing and duplicating the packaging, so that this record can be completed and make it into your hands.
I need your help. I need to raise $7,000 in 20 days and I am asking you all to consider partnering with me in finishing this project and bringing it to fruition. If you are thinking you might buy my record then would you be willing to buy one early? If you think you might buy extra to give away as gifts would you consider buying them now? If you are someone who would want to come to the release show in Indianapolis and buy a cd on the day it comes out would you consider pre-buying your tickets and cd now?
Finally I want to say how grateful I am to be your brother in Christ. I love writing songs for my spiritual family and it is such a privilege when I get to hear what the Lord has been doing in your heart as well. It is a mutual joy when we get to encourage one another as we follow Jesus together and grow in our affections for Him.
Thank you for taking the time to consider partnering with us to finish this project!
Risks and challenges
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