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Michael McElroy and Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) are headed back to the studio after 11 years to record their new album!

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THE ALBUM 

BIV’s album project culminates in the creation of a new Holiday CD, featuring new gospel arrangements of traditional holiday songs from many different countries. The songs will be sung by more than fifty of Broadway’s best singers, accompanied by a first-class orchestra, and the always brilliant BIV band.  

In 2003, the Broadway Inspirational Voices released the Holiday CD: “Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas”. In 2004 “Great Joy” received a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestration with Vocal. Now, BIV is gearing up to create the highly anticipated follow up CD, Great Joy II: Around The World! This album promises an exciting assortment of carols and holiday tunes from numerous countries including France, Canada, England, Ireland and Germany as well as new songs all written and arranged by Grammy Award nominees, Michael McElroy and Joseph Joubert. The outstanding singers of BIV will will once again lift their exceptional voices in song to celebrate diverse holiday traditions, and your participation will make it happen.  

 "The top pic this year is 'GREAT JOY - A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS'... The group's sound is thrilling and McElroy's taste in material is superb." - David Hurst, Show Business Weekly 


THE PLAN  

BIV is producing the entire album from start to finish. With today’s technology, there are many ways to be efficient and limit costs. However, there are still many expenses involved to make a first rate recording and that's why we are here. The funds we raise go directly toward expenditures: studio rentals, professional engineers, superb musicians, mastering fees, artwork & design, as well as CD manufacturing costs and legal/production staff. Your partnership supports this entire process and allows us to produce the quality CD that you’ve come to expect from BIV.  

In order to reach our goal, we’ve designed our project in two phases. The first is to record the choir and band. Phase 2 is to record the orchestra, as well as mix and master the entire CD. This campaign is primarily to fund Phase 1, but any funds received above our goal will lead us directly into Phase 2.

WHERE YOU COME IN...  

By taking a few moments to contribute and spread the word, you are helping to bring our new BIV music to life. Not only will you receive some extraordinary rewards (including unique gifts of thanks from BIV members and their friends from the Broadway community), you’ll become an integral part of the entire process of creating new global holiday traditions. Updates will be posted here, so stay tuned for more information, and kindly keep watching our project as we go. You never know when we might add a new reward! BIV’s recording will be in full swing this Fall, and the album release is scheduled for Fall 2015.  

We’re grateful for you and your part in helping to give BIV this opportunity to create music that celebrates life! We have listed several fun and unique rewards on the right side of this page as our way of saying, thank you. Every contribution is sincerely appreciated.  

Together we can make this happen. By being a part of the creation of Great Joy II, you can be among the fabulous folks who can proudly say, “I helped BIV make a CD.” ! Grace & Peace.  

- Michael McElroy & Broadway Inspirational Voices

BIV at First Corinthian Baptist Church
BIV at First Corinthian Baptist Church

Risks and challenges

Recording a full album requires organization, scheduling and time commitment. BIV is helmed by Founder and Director, Drama Desk, TONY Award and Grammy Award nominee Michael McElroy. He is a Broadway performer and songwriter, as well as a full-time professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Michael’s Co-writer/arranger is Broadway orchestrator and Grammy Award nominee Joseph Joubert. Joseph also stands as the Musical Director and conductor of "Motown:The Musical" on Broadway. BIV's vocalist and volunteers are all amazingly talented performers with their own busy careers and demanding schedules. Every member creates room in their schedules to lend their gifts to the BIV performances and mission. BIV knows the difficulty of recording and releasing a album, and is prepared.

Funding on Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING. This means, in order for us to receive the money you pledge to this project we must meet or exceed our goal within the specified period. If we are not able to do this ... we will not receive any of your contributions. :-( However, a project can be over-funded. If we exceed our target amount, all of the incredible donations will go to our project. This campaign focuses on Phase 1 of our CD project and is considerably less than the total cost. If we surpass our goal, these much needed resources will go toward the entire budget.

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FAQ

  • BIV Mission: Broadway Inspirational Voices is a multi-ethnic choir comprised of Broadway musicians and singers who are devoted to strengthening and unifying the New York community through the transcendent power of music. Our purpose is to provide outreach programs through concerts, recordings, showcases, and workshops designed to help children, teens, and young adults who are in need of educational, health, or cultural enrichment.

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    *NAME YOUR PRICE!*

    This package is for those of you who want to play a part in the making of BIV’s upcoming holiday CD, Great Joy 2:  Around the World!  Give any amount you’d like.  You’ll receive a virtual hi-five from the choir and the knowledge that your contribution was instrumental in making our new cd a reality!

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    *EVERY BIT HELPS!*

    Thank you for playing a part in the creation of Great Joy II! Every bit helps! We’ll
    give you a shout out on our official BIV Facebook page and Twitter for your awesome
    donation.

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    *GET A COPY OF THE NEW BIV CD!*

    An eco-friendly digital download of BIV’s new Holiday CD Great Joy II: Around the World, in it’s entirety, one week in advance of the official release. Plus a copy of BIV’s new Holiday CD, plus your name on the BIV website thanking you as an official sponsor!

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    *AN AUTOGRAPHED BIV CD!*

    An eco-friendly digital download of BIV’s new Holiday CD Great Joy II: Around the World! in it’s entirety, one week in advance of the official release. In addition you’ll receive autographed copy of the new CD signed by Grammy Nominees, Director of BIV: Michael McElroy and co-writer/arranger of Great Joy 1 & 2, Joseph Joubert. Plus we’ll thank you by listing your name on our BIV website as an official sponsor!

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    *BIV EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT!*

    For being a part of the making of Great Joy 2: Around the World, you’ll receive A BIV T-Shirt designed exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign, an eco- friendly digital download of the CD one week in advance of the official release, as well as an autographed copy of Great Joy II, signed by Grammy Nominees Michael McElroy and Joseph Joubert. Plus we’ll thank you by listing your name on our BIV website as an official sponsor!

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    **THE BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES KICKSTARTER PACKAGE**

    For being instrumental in the making of BIV’s new holiday CD, Great Joy II: Around the World, you will listed in the “special thanks” section in the liner notes of the new CD, and on the BIV website as an Official Sponsor! In addition, you’ll receive a BIV T-Shirt designed exclusively for our Kickstarter campaign, an eco-friendly digital download one week in advance of the public release, and a copy of the new CD signed by Grammy Nominees Michael McElroy and Joseph Jobert. PLUS: You’ll receive a copy of BIV’s first Holiday CD: Great Joy!

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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!**

    A personalized (yes, with your name!) rendition of a ringtone, VM or birthday, anniversary, graduation, or special event greeting from Broadway Star *SHOSHANA BEAN*: BIV member, singer, actor, songwriter, Independent Music AwardWinner, and Broadway performer.
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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized (yes, with your name!) rendition of a ringtone, VM or birthday, anniversary, graduation, or special event greeting from Broadway Star *STEPHANIE J. BLOCK *: Singer, actor, dancer, three time Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominee, as well as Tony Award Nominee.
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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized (yes, with your name!) rendition of a ringtone, VM or birthday, anniversary, graduation, or special event greeting from Broadway Star *EDEN ESPINOSA*: BIV member, singer, actor, and Broadway performer.
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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized (yes, with your name!) rendition of a ringtone, VM or birthday, anniversary, graduation, or special event greeting from Broadway Star *MONTEGO GLOVER*: BIV member, singer, actor, and Tony Award Nominee.
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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *SHOSHANA BEAN*: BIV member, singer, actor, songwriter, Independent Music AwardWinner, and Broadway performer. PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *STEPHANIE J. BLOCK *: Singer, actor, dancer, three time Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominee, as well as Tony Award Nominee. PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *EDEN ESPINOSA*: BIV member, singer, actor, and Broadway performer. PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A BROADWAY STAR!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *MONTEGO GLOVER*: BIV member, singer, actor, and Tony Award Nominee. PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A OLIVIER AWARD WINNER!** A personalized message (yes, with your name inserted) rendition of a ringtone or VM, or birthday, anniversary or special event greeting from *GAVIN CREEL* : BIV member, current star of the West End’s hit musical, “The Book of Mormon”, Olivier Award Winner, and multiple Tony Award Nominee.
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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A TONY WINNER!** A personalized message (yes, with your name inserted) rendition of a ringtone or VM, or birthday, anniversary or special event greeting from *ADRIANE LENOX*: Original BIV member, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee, Drama Desk, Obie and Tony Award Winner. Currently, she is starring in the Broadway Musical “After Midnight”.
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    **A VOICE MAIL MESSAGE FROM A TONY WINNER!** A personalized message (yes, with your name inserted) rendition of a ringtone or VM, or birthday, anniversary or special event greeting from *ALICE RIPLEY*: Original BIV member, actor, singer, songwriter, Tony Award and Helen Hayes Award Winner!
    PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A OLIVIER AWARD WINNER!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *GAVIN CREEL* : BIV member, current star of the West End’s hit musical, “The Book of Mormon”, Olivier Award Winner, and multiple Tony Award Nominee. PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM A TONY WINNER!** A personalized VIDEO message event emailed directly to you for your birthday, anniversary or special event from *ALICE RIPLEY*: Original BIV member, actor, singer, songwriter, Tony Award and Helen Hayes Award Winner! PLUS: The Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package!

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    **BE A PRODUCER!** Your name will be credited on the Great Joy II CD liner notes as an Associate Producer!
    Two VIP Tickets to the next BIV concert, and a spotlight thank you from the stage. An invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **BE OUR STUDIO GUEST!**

    You and a guest will enjoy one day in the recording studio with BIV watching and listening to them during a session for the new holiday album, Your name will be credited on the album as an Associate Producer! Two VIP Concert Tickets to the next BIV concert, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **A SONG FOR YOU!**

    BIV Director, Michael McElroy will write an original song especially for you, or as a gift for a friend or family member. Michael will write and arrange your song, and members of BIV will record it for you, plus an autographed copy of sheet music of your personalized song. Two VIP Tickets to the next BIV concert, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **HANGING BACKSTAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS!**
    Backstage at “Kinky Boots” on Broadway with Billy Porter. Join Tony Award Winner, Original BIV Member, and star of the show, Billy Porter backstage after his curtain! You’ll get a tour backstage, and then you’ll join Billy in his dressing room for a 10 minute chat. Also, you’ll get a poster of the show, signed by Billy and the cast, and autographed copy of his new CD. In addition, your name listed as associate producer on the album, and two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert. A spotlight stand-up thank you from concert stage, An invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.
    *All backstage tours are limited to a four person maximum

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    **HANGING BACKSTAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS!**

    Backstage at "Phantom of the Opera" with Norm Lewis! Join Tony Nominee, BIV member, and the newest Phantom after his curtain. You will receive a backstage tour, and then join Norm for a 10min chat. Also, you’ll get a poster of the show signed by Norm and the cast, and an autographed copy of Norm’s CD. In addition, your name is listed as Associate Producer on Great Joy 2: Around the World. You’ll also receive two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert, a spotlight stand-up thank you from concert stage, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party and the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.
    *All backstage tours are limited to a four person maximum

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    **HANGING BACKSTAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS!**

    Spend some time with "Violet" star and Tony nominee Joshua Henry. After the show,

    you’ll get a backstage tour, and meet his co-stars, Colin Donnell and two time Tony

    Winner Sutton Foster. In addition you’ll meet BIV Members, Rema Webb, and Virginia

    Woodruff, get a poster of the show signed by the cast, your name listed as Associate

    Producer on Great Joy II: Around the World, and two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert

    where you’ll receive a spotlight stand-up thank you from the concert stage. In addition

    you’ll receive an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway

    Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.
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    **HANGING BACKSTAGE WITH BROADWAY STARS!**

    Backstage at “After Midnight” with Original BIV member, Outer Critics Circle Award

    Nominee, and Tony Award Winner: Adriane Lenox and BIV Member Monroe Kent. Spend some time with Adriane and

    chat with her before or after the show. You’ll get a backstage tour and an autographed poster signed by the cast! In

    addition, your name listed as associate producer on the album, and two VIP tickets to

    the next BIV concert. A spotlight stand-up thank you from concert stage, an invitation for

    two to the BIV CD release party, Plus the BIV Package.
    *All backstage tours are limited to a four person maximum

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    ** SKYPE WITH A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER! **

    A Skype session with Drama Desk Nominee, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony Award

    and Pulitzer Prize Winner Tom Kitt! Have a video chat with conductor, orchestrator,

    musician and composer of IF/Then, American Idiot, Next to Normal, Everyday Rapture,

    and High Fidelity. Tom accompanied BIV and is a longtime supporter. Skype with

    Tom for 10 minutes and ask him the questions that you’ve always wanted to know. In

    addition, your name listed as Associate Producer on Great Joy II: Around the World,

    two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert where you’ll receive a spotlight stand-up thank

    you from concert stage, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party, plus the

    Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **DINE WITH “VERONICA” from TYLER PERRY'S “THE HAVE and THE HAVE NOTS”**

    Have dinner with longtime BIV Member, Angela Robinson of Tyler Perry’s No. #1 show,

    (filmed in Atlanta, Georgia*). This package includes a backstage tour of the studio by

    Angela and you’ll also get to meet surprise members of the cast. In addition you’ll enjoy

    a private dinner with Angela, and some cast members. Plus, you’ll receive a poster of

    the show autographed by the cast, your name listed as Associate Producer on Great

    Joy II: Around the World, two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert where you’ll receive

    a spotlight stand-up thank you from concert stage, an invitation for two to the BIV CD

    release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

    *(Travel and lodging not included).

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    ***DINNER WITH BIV MEMBER, PHYLICIA RASHAD!***

    Enjoy a private Dinner in NYC for you and a friend, with Tony Award winning actress,

    two time Emmy Award nominee, singer and stage director, Phylicia Rashad & singer,

    actor, Grammy Award nominee, Drama Desk and Tony Award nominee, BIV Director;

    Michael McElroy. Plus, Your name listed as Asssociate Producer on Great Joy

    II: Around the World, two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert where you’ll receive

    a spotlight thank you from the stage, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party,

    plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **SEE THE MAGIC BEHIND THE PHANTOM" Enjoy a pre-show experience of watching TONY nominee, BIV member and Newest Phantom Norm Lewis transform into the iconic character from long running hit "Phantom of the Opera". You’ll get a poster of the show signed by Norm and the cast, and an autographed copy of Norm’s CD. In addition, your name is listed as Associate Producer on Great Joy II: Around the World. You’ll also receive two VIP tickets to the next BIV concert, a spotlight stand-up thank you from concert stage, an invitation for two to the BIV CD release party and the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter Package.

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    **PRIVATE EXCLUSIVE BIV CONCERT!**

    The backer can enjoy a private performance by a select BIV ensemble, led by BIV Director, Michael McElroy at your home or venue of your choice. BIV will perform four to five songs from their repertoire. You’ll get a spotlight thank you from the stage,

    listed as an Associate Producer on Great Joy II: Around the World, an invitation for

    two to the BIV CD release party, plus the Broadway Inspirational Voices Kickstarter

    Package.
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