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Help pre-order & fund the new Zach Winters album—Monarch—due out this fall! $10k in 30 days!
Help pre-order & fund the new Zach Winters album—Monarch—due out this fall! $10k in 30 days!
187 backers pledged $11,750 to help bring this project to life.

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QUICK READ: WHY I'M MAKING THIS ALBUM

WE MADE IT!!! Thanks so much to everyone—we're so grateful/thrilled/joy-ing/reeling/honored! Check out the Updates section for some additional content, songs & info...

Follow our progress here or here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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We're so excited to be preparing to share Monarch, my newest full-length album, recorded in our very own home!

We've been busy here in the Winters home — recording in the evenings after the kids are down, with my wife, Lane, at the controls. We up-ended the futon in the guest/side room, and with a small collection of mattresses, a couple sleeping pads, some microphones, a chair, and the skin of a sheep, we've managed to build our own little isolation fort.

the fort
the fort

These songs have been whittled out over the kitchen table, in concerts and in house shows, and in quiet moments over the last few years.... These songs are little bundles of our hearts and thoughts gathered together instinctively, like a sleepy pile of puppies. They are the prayers and processings of the last few years....

As an independent singer/songwriter, I pour myself into the songs to get them where they need to be before sending off the sapling form to be turned into a beautiful, physical reality. It will be mixed, mastered, and properly clothed before it meets the world. And whereas I'll do the playing, arranging, and begin the mixing process, I'll hand the completion of the album over to gifted people who are masters of their crafts.

We're also excited to be collaborating with other musicians & creative folks to bring this album to fullness.... Amber Mattfield | Violin /// Grant Nordean | Electric Guitar /// Jeremy Sheets | Cello /// Liz Ulrich | Vocals /// Megan Walsh | Vocals /// Trey Davidson | Bass /// and others.... We'll be working with Dave Wilton at St. Ida's on mixing & mastering to make the songs really sing with all they've got and come to life. 

Monarch design by Jacob Cossey
Monarch design by Jacob Cossey

To make our goal of $10,000 and make this album a reality, we've come up with some scrumptious rewards! This money will go to mixing, mastering, artwork/design, printing, and the band who helped to fill out and decorate the songs.

We're honored to invite you into this project via the magic of Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — so, either we make our $10,000 goal in 30 days, and the project gets funded, or we don't, and you get all your money back. So if you dig it, love our music, love us, etc., pick a reward & jump on board!

Send me a message if you want to see the way the money breaks down!

Our last album was completed in roughly the same way—writing and recording in a home setting. Listen & Download for FREE at http://zachwinters.bandcamp.com/

They Were Longing for a Better Country
They Were Longing for a Better Country

Stay tuned for updates.... ;)
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FOR MORE ABOUT ZACH....

Risks and challenges

As mentioned, the cost of this project goes directly to paying other creative professionals to help make this album the best it can be. This increases the longevity of the recording and the relationship people will be able to have with these songs.

To put Kickstarter in context for music: oftentimes, bands will receive full funding from a record label on the front end of a new album project. This covers the tracking, engineering, mixing, mastering, replication, art, promotion, etc. — everything it takes to get an album from the mind of an artist into the ears and hands of people who want to hear. With Kickstarter, we're asking people who believe in—or just like—what we're doing to be our record label. Being independent, I tend to most of the front-end production myself and oversee the rest (as far as I am able) until completion.... This cuts down on the cost of sharing my music, and I have full freedom in creation, being at liberty to write what's on my heart....

Thanks for all of the encouragement over the years! I'd be honored to have your help in making this project a reality.

We're confident that we will deliver on the rewards, and we're thrilled to get to share these songs with you all!

We picked OCTOBER for the delivery date, and we'll do our best to be on time with the delivery! Be sure to check the Updates section to follow the progress to completion!

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    THE GO GIT'EM TIGER
    {Entry Level} says: "Zach, I love you, and I hope you win..." + digital high-five

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    THE AMBI-LISTENER {Digital + Physical} copy of the full album + pdf of album artwork, lyrics, etc. + the guarantee that if your idevice fails, you can still enjoy the roadtrip

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    REPRESENT {Digital + Physical + Limited Edition Sticker} Everything in the $20 reward + Limited Kickstarter ZW sticker designed by Jacob Cossey to slap on your car, guitar, water bottle, coffee mug, work computer, or forehead

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    THE JOHN HANCOCK {Digital + Physical + Sticker + Signature} Everything in the $25 + Zach will sign your copy with his favorite sharpie

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    LITERARY EDITION {Digital + Physical + Sticker + Poetry + Song Explanations} Everything in the $25 reward + 10 original poems by ZW written during the same season as the album + Song explantations shedding further light & perspective on the inspiration and meaning of the songs

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    THE T-SHIRT {Digital + Physical + Sticker + T-Shirt} Everything in the $25 reward + New Zach Winters T-shirt designed for this project

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    THE FRIENDLY / CHRISTMAS PRESENT EDITION {5 Physical Copies} of the album. Want to be able to share the love? Looking to be prepared for spreading peace on earth during the holidays? Then this one is probably the one for you

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    13 DEMOS {Digital + Physical + Sticker + Poetry + Song Explanations + 13 Demos} Everything in the $50 reward + 13 demos/rough drafts of songs from the album (we've already logged >100 plays on most of these demos), to be downloaded from a secret site

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE {Digital + Physical + Sticker + Poetry + Song Explanations + T-Shirt + 13 Demos} Can't pick from the above? This one might be for you....

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    MIX TAPES {Digital + Physical + 13 Demos + Sticker + T-Shirt + ZW Mix Tapes} Everything in the brackets + 2 Mix Tape CDs of some of Zach's favorite music w/ explanations

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    THE CREATIVE PROCESS {Digital + Physical + Demos + B-sides & Drawing-Board Ideas} An inside look into ZW's creative process from inception to completion including B-sides from the album & handheld recordings of songs in their earliest forms

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    BIBLIOPHILE {Digital + Physical + Sticker + T-Shirt + Demos + Poetry + Song Explanations + 10 Reading Recs} Everything in the $100 reward + 10 reading recommendations for our most beloved books and why we love them w/ explanations from Zach & Lane

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    MY FAVORITE THINGS {Digital + Physical + Sticker + Poetry + Song Explanations + T-Shirt + 13 Demos + Care Package} Everything in the $100 reward + Care package w/ some of Zach's & the Winters Family's favorite things (this reward is partially edible...) w/ explanations

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    PERSONAL SONG {$100 Reward + Personal 30-second Song} Everything in the $100 Reward + Zach will write you or your friend a personalized 30-second song based on the name and details/a mini-bio that you provide

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    SONG COACHING {$100 Reward + Song Coaching w/ Zach} Everything in the $100 Reward + Skype or phone conversation (30 mins) where you & Zach will discuss your songs (you'll email them to him ahead of time) and anything pertaining to music, songwriting, your songs, etc.

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    SKYPE CONCERT + Q&A {$100 Reward + Skype Concert, Q&A, and Conversation w/ Zach} A 30-minute web concert just for you, including requests, questions you have, and anything else you'd like to talk about

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    LIVE STREAM CONCERT {$100 Reward + Streaming Acoustic Concert} A front row seat to a live streaming house show, including requests, questions you have and at least 8 songs, OK locals can attend in person

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    ZW CUSTOM EP {$100 Reward + ZW Custom Acoustic EP} Everything in the $100 Reward + ZW custom acoustic EP of 3 songs w/ up to 1 cover :: tell Zach what you want to hear on the digital EP

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    ZW & FRIENDS CUSTOM EP {$100 Reward + ZW & Friends Custom EP} = Everything in the $100 Reward + a custom acoustic EP with Zach & Friends and their sweet harmonies and instrumentation on 5 songs w/ up to 2 covers

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    DINNER DATE {$100 Reward + Dinner Date w/ Zach & Lane + Album Credit}
    Everything in the $100 Reward + Let's have dinner together, our house or yours (you must cover travel either from or to the OKC area), including dessert + Your name in the liner notes to say thank you for making this album possible

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    ZW HOUSE SHOW {$100 Reward + ZW House Show + Album Credit} Everything in the $100 Reward + A Zach Winters house show in your home! within 500 miles of OKC (or you pay for travel expenses) + Your name in the liner notes to say thank you for making this album possible

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    ZW + LW HOUSE SHOW {$100 Reward + Zach & Lane House Show + Album Credit} Everything in the $100 Reward + Zach & Lane house show in your home! within 500 miles of OKC (or you pay for travel expenses) We'd be honored to come to your home with all your friends and share our songs and hearts with you + Your name in the liner notes to say thank you for making this album possible

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    THE ENDGAME / THE MEDICI {You Win}
    Wow. Really? We're blushing.... Let's get on the phone and arrange something really special. Perhaps something crazy like naming our next pet after you, or building you a 1:30 replica of the space we recorded in, made out of rainbows, or some caroling on your doorstep in December.... We'll work something out....

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