Last year, on a whim, I decided to invite some friends of mine into the studio to make a Christmas album called Christmas with Friends. It was the fourth time I've made a full length studio album, and I have to admit it was by far the most fun. For anyone familiar with my musical career, you know I love collaborating with other people. The more the merrier! That's why I've taken friends from college and from LA on tour with me, and when I play events my friends happen to be at they all know there's an open invitation on stage during my show. I think that's why Christmas with Friends was so much fun. The studio is the one aspect of music that's usually a bit solitary and it became a fun filled process when my friends joined me. The album was really popular with the fans as well, so if I loved it, the fans loved it, and my friends loved it... I'd be crazy not to do it again!
This time I'll be inviting some of the same friends from the last album, and some new ones as well, to rework some of our favorite songs for you guys. I love writing music, but I learned how to write by singing well-written songs by other artists, and I'm excited to share some of those songs with you guys. Many of them you already know, but maybe not the same way I sing them!
As for the financial goal I'm shooting for, the last time it was a bit of a whim, and the response was overwhelming! The support the fans threw in was amazing and thankfully it covered the costs associated with the album. Having been through it once now, I have a little better idea of what's involved in making a cover album with 10 or so guest singers, so I put a number on there that will cover enough of the costs that I can just focus on the project. Last time there were some unexpected costs, (recording in Vancouver!) and some expected ones (licensing fees for cover songs can be quite expensive, and I'd love to not be limited to certain songs because of the fees associated) so the goal that's there is about what I anticipate this album costing, however, I have plenty of fun ideas for this album should the support get crazy again. Crazy worldwide release tours, perhaps a DOUBLE album with room for more even more friends, or maybe a companion coffee table book, or continuing series... like I said, plenty of crazy Ideas floating around. :)
You guys are amazing, and because of that amazingness, we've hit our goal! I can't thank you enough, and I'm stoked to get started on this project. I've added a few more reward levels, a $65 $85 and $100 level for those of you interested in helping punch this thing up to the next level, and here are the stretch goals...
will beat the last kickstarter for Christmas with Friends, so if that happens, Covers with Friends will beat it too! If we hit that goal, this album will have more songs and more guests too!
Let's add a London release party to the docket! The plan now is to have an LA release party and partner with Stageit again, but if we clear 55,000 then we'll just have to do one in London as well!! and if we hit that one, then I think we'll have to look into maybe following it up with Rome or Frankfurt... maybe even a Covers with Friends tour... but first things first!
Risks and challenges
As I said, you learn (hopefully) each time you do something, so this time I'll be hiring a fulfillment company to send out the CDs, as last time I mailed them all myself, and am still handling the consequences!! (which by the way, over 99% of the CDs arrived without incident, but 1% of a few thousand is still a lot of disappointed people, and if ANYONE still is missing their Christmas w/ Friends CD, PLEASE email your receipt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to fix the problem!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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