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I'm finally recording my first full length album titled "What If I Run" but I can't do it alone!
I'm finally recording my first full length album titled "What If I Run" but I can't do it alone!
147 backers pledged $11,565 to help bring this project to life.

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Album Cover - Photo by Jazmayne Coleman, Art & Design by Michael Cina
Album Cover - Photo by Jazmayne Coleman, Art & Design by Michael Cina

Four years ago, I released my first collection of music; an EP of four acoustic songs that came to be recorded by chance because of one of my YouTube videos.  The songs on the EP were a culmination of what I was listening to and what I loved about music, and they completely reflected my life at that point in time.  Now, four years and many shows later, those songs, while still very close to me, have begun to lose relevance in my present life.  The sound of the music wasn't lining up with what I was listening to anymore, and the stories weren't those happening around me.  I needed something else.  Something that felt relevant to my life again.  Music that reflected my growth and my experiences.  I finally feel like I'm at that point, and it's so surreal.  I'm finally ready to complete the biggest project of my life, thus far.  

This album is a true representation of who I am today.  The sounds and the songs are all in line with what I have been searching for since writing my EP, and I am beyond excited to share it with all of you.  The musical lanscape has changed from acoustic guitars to keyboards.  I have been hard at work incorporating electronic elements such as drum pads and synthesizers to create a mood-filled atmosphere surrounding more soulful melodies. The songs are honest stories that honor currrent events and memories that I hold so dear.  They are written for family, friends, and the world over and they challenged me to tell all of my truths.  Truths about the many financial and medical struggles my family has faced, about the deaths of three grandparents over the course of four years, and the ongoing efforts of a friend trying to rediscover her worth after a chain of unfortunate circumstances.  These songs made me dig deep into what it is that I am truly trying to say and to say it with conviction. It is a reflection of my life and experiences thus far, all wrapped up in 10 songs. 

JM logo for T-Shirt & Poster by Michaella DeVetter
JM logo for T-Shirt & Poster by Michaella DeVetter

I finally have the courage and the confidence to ask you all for help.  This album is incredibly important to me for many reasons but mostly, I feel that this project marks the start of my LIFE as a musician.  I am beyond excited to share, with all of you, what I have been working on for so long.  The past couple years have been dedicated to honing in on this sound and these songs, and I truly feel they best reflect who I am as a person and as a musician today.

Thank you so much for your support and for helping to make this project a reality.  It truly means the world to me and I can't wait for you to hold this record in your hands.  Here we go.

- Jessica

Also, a huge thank you to Jake Schaefer and Zachary Brose!  Without the support from these two, this Kickstarter would not have come together in the same way.  

Album cover photo by Jazmayne Coleman

Album cover art & design by Michael Cina

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Risks and challenges

Of course, there are risks and challenges involved with this campaign. This is all or nothing! In order to complete this record, we have to hit our goal of $10,000 or none of the funds come through.

The main challenge is going to be raising the money to RECORD the album through this campaign. It will then be my responsibilty to fund the remaining elements of the project. Everything from design, merchandise, CD duplication, packaging, press, radio campaigns, and touring. I have been hard at work raising these funds on my own to complete this project and I'm grateful for any support along the way.

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    I'll sing to you! Choose a song and I'll make a cover video and MP3 just for you!

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    I'm coming to you! I'll perform an intimate concert at your house for you and your friends! (Within 500 miles)

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    Private Benefactor -- if you would like to support my career in a substantial way but don't quite know how, you can become a private benefactor. We'll be happy to give you any of the merch items above + a very special thank you in the albums acknowledgments!

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