WHO I AM
My name is Lena Elizabeth and I am a singer songwriter born and raised in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am the youngest in a family full of musicians and music has always been a huge part of my life. I feel that my most true and honest self is expressed through my voice and songwriting. It's how I process life and where I find the most purpose.
Last summer (2017) I released my first EP, "The Line". This first project, "The Line" was just an introduction to who I am as an artist. I am ready and excited to share MORE with you!
“Lena ... sounds like Midwestern Brandi Carlile with a meaty voice ... Definitely a coming-out effort worth noticing.” — Chris Riemenshneider, Star Tribune
“...sweetness sounds best up against a snarl — some complexity and tension. Lena Elizabeth, is all too aware... Lena Elizabeth is one to watch.” — Cecilia Johnson, The Current
“The bluesy baritone-uke player evolved as a bandleader in 2017 ... and holding the stage like a musician with double the experience.” — Jerard Fagerberg, City Pages
WHAT I'M MAKING
This summer (2018) I will be recording my FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM! The Album will be called "Get It Right." All the songs on this album I wrote within the last 3 years of my early 20s. My 20s have been full of uncertainty, self-doubt, and self-discovery (I think most people can relate to that). In this album I talk openly and honestly about my relationships, anxiety, loss, commitment, dementia, alcoholism, dishonesty, fear, anger... and a lot of LOVE! Each one of these songs feels deeply personal to me and I can't wait to share them with you!
We will be recording "Get It Right" at Creation Audio in South Minneapolis with sound technician, Miles Hanson. I'm so excited to be working with my bandmates, Taylor Donskey (Bass), Daniel Staddon (Drums & Percussion) and Jeff Krause (Guitar) AGAIN to create this album! We have so many awesome things planned for this project! Including lots of musical additions like B3 Organ, a string trio, background vocals by some of my favorite people, and MORE!
CHECK OUT OUR NEW SINGLE - "Loaded Gun"
Video by Laurel Goulson - Just a taste of the what is to come!
WHY I NEED YOUR HELP
So, what is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where artists and creatives can bring there projects directly to YOU and give you the opportunity to help them make it a REALITY!
Pretty awesome, right?
So that is why I am starting this campaign. I am ready to make this album and with your support I will be able to get in the studio, work with wonderful musicians, mix, master, print, and finally launch "Get It Right". I would be HONORED if you would be a part of making it happen!
So now let's get to the fun stuff. The REWARDS!
I have a bunch of fun rewards for you to choose from! Check out the rewards below and help us make this NEW ALBUM a reality!
THE NEW ALBUM!
Of course, the first reward is my new album, "Get It Right!" Any pledge of $10 or more will receive the new album on digital download—but wait... there's more!
BUTTON, STICKER, AND SHIRT!
The button, sticker, and t-shirt will all have this design by Rare Press. They're all the perfect size to put on your computer, guitar case, jacket, bag, car bumper... etc. :)
New to my music? Get your own signed copy of the very first EP, "The Line" along with the new full length album, "Get It Right." You'll have my entire collection of music!
Want to be able to sing along to each song? Curious what the actual words are to "Cold Coffee"? This beautiful handmade lyric book by Tsii Jewelry has all my lyrics PLUS a download card of the first EP, "The Line".
UKULELE STRING JEWELRY
One of my favorite rewards is our ukulele string jewelry! All these earrings, and necklaces were made using my repurposed baritone ukulele strings. Each piece has been handmade and designed by my friend at Tsii Jewelry. Wear the strings that helped me write the songs on the new album!! How cool is that?! You'll be able to choose between earrings or necklaces.
COFFEE WITH ME!
Some of you may not know this about me, but my family runs a bakery called Patisserie Margo (Yes, Margo is my mom!). I would like to invite you out to coffee and some delicious french pastries! We can chat about the new album, baking, life, whatever! We will also send you on your way with some desserts to bring home for later, along with a signed copy of the album, T-shirt, button and sticker!
HOUSE SHOW (Solo)
I would love to play a house show in your living room! Invite your friends and I will happily provide the music for the night along with 10 signed copies of the new album and a dessert to share from my family's bakery, Patisserie Margo! (For my friends out of town, I would love to travel to you and I would be happy to negotiate a price to add for travel — contact me via Kickstarter message before you back at this level!)
HOUSE SHOW (Full Band)
Me and the guys will give you the full band experience right in your living room! Invite your friends and we will provide the music PLUS 10 signed copies of the new album and dessert to share from Patisserie Margo! (For my friends out of town we would love to travel to you and would be happy to negotiate a price to add for travel, please get in touch before backing!)
HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT
Where will your money go? This chart shows you!
We have some pretty fun ideas for stretch goals/bonus rewards for backers that we would love to reach!
$7500 - Each copy of the new album sent out to backers will be signed by the WHOLE BAND!
$8000 - Each CD will have an added CD liner/booklet with all the lyrics to all the songs on the album
$8500 - Can't make it to our release show? We will live stream the entire show so you won't miss a thing!
$9000 - We will shoot a quality live session video of our cover of "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers and also send and MP3 of the cover to all backers
$10,000 - Reaching this goal will really help us launch this album by adding a college radio campaign. This will help us get this music out in the world with the help of professionals at Tinderbox.
Thank you so much for taking a look at my page, and thank you to everyone who has supported my music up to this point. I'm so excited to make my first album, and I couldn't have made it this far without you!
Special Thanks to: Tsii Jewelry, http://www.tsiimade.com/ & Rare Press, https://www.instagram.com/rarepress/
Risks and challenges
Of course, illness, weather, and manufacturing delays can be unavoidable, but I've written the songs and lined up everyone I can to make sure this project goes smoothly.
I've also enlisted Angela M Webber of Doubleclicks Records, an official "Kickstarter Expert" program consultant, to help me manage this project, timelines and logistics.
- (29 days)