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I need your help to give away my next album and to finish recording the album after that!

The Music

If you're on the fence about giving, I would love for you to be able to hear some of the music from these 2 albums.  Over at www.soundcloud.com/chrissligh you can listen to 8 song demos from the albums.

Disclaimer: the tracks are not done, vocals are not final, mixes will be much, much better and the tracks will be professionally mastered. These are demos! But - I think the songs will help you know where this album is going!

The Backstory

In 2006 I tried out for American Idol, forever changing my life; Idol allowed me the opportunity to pursue my dream of making music full time.  Since then I’ve put out a record with my band (2007’s Take a Chance on Something Beautiful) and two solo records (2008’s Running Back to You and 2010’s The Anatomy of Broken), all with labels who fronted the cost of recording, mixing and distributing an album.

Then, in late 2010 I came up with this crazy idea to give away music.   I felt passionately that God was calling me to allow my music to be distributed at no cost to the consumer. Unfortunately,  labels don’t particularly like the idea of  “give away” or “free” albums, so early in 2011, my label and I parted ways and, soon after, I parted ways with my publishing company, as well. 

While this has been challenging year (for the first time since before American Idol, I had a wife and new baby to support with no steady income), I have seen God's provision over and over. In June, I was blessed to be able to take a position as a Worship Pastor at a large church in sight of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado. 

The Nitty-Gritty

So, what’s the point?  I wish beyond most anything that I could just record my albums and give them away to everyone for free.  But, though I've been blessed with the opportunity to support my family with an amazing job at a great church, I don't have a lot of (or really any) extra resources for making music and getting it out there. 

Even the most frugal album recordings require a solid monetary backing. Without the backing of a large corporation (like a  label), my ability to record and distribute an album is limited.  My goal for the rest of the time I have the privilege making music is to give away every second album for free. My hope in doing this is that people who might not be able to afford to buy a Christian album will be reached.

The point is: I need your help.  Not want; need.  I NEED your help.

What Your Money Will Do

The $25,000 I am attempting to raise will allow me to enact my plan of releasing new music every 9-10 months, alternating between giving away an album for free and then selling the next one.

In early 2012, I am planning on giving away my new worship album, For Our God & King.  It will include eleven brand new original worship songs, plus an arrangement of the hymn “How Marvelous” and an arrangement of the old hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” with an original chorus I added.  I believe strongly that this album will be a great resource for churches across the world.  Several churches are already using songs from this album and the response has been incredible!

Then 9-10 months after the worship album comes out for free, I will release my next “artist“ album Colorado.  This album will actually be a double album of roughly 25 songs that you will be able to purchase very inexpensively (a download of the album will be $8.99 and a CD – including shipping – will be $15). 

Your giving allows me to finish these two albums.  I have recorded most of the music, but will still need to mix and master the songs plus get CDs made and much, much more boring stuff that I won’t take time to talk about here.

What You Get In Return

Well, the rewards are right next to this (look to your right!).  The rewards for backing are nice, right?!  But…I hope the greatest reward is that we get to partner together to do ministry and put out a message of hope and love!

Maybe you’re not in great financial shape.  Well, every single one of your gifts helps.  The rewards start at $20 but every gift (even if it’s below $20) will get the 2 albums before anyone else gets it (via download sent to your email address).

Some of the larger gifts have bigger rewards.  Maybe your church bands together enough to give one of the gifts that includes a show – a great way to get me at a discounted rate!  Maybe your small group or bible study could pool together enough to back one of ones where I do an acoustic show via skype for your small group one week!  There are creative ways to make a little money go a long way!

Finally

Thank you for considering backing me in this way. I believe that God is going to use these albums in a powerful way and you will have a hand in it. Thank you and God bless. 

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    You will receive the rewards from #1,2,3 & 5 PLUS you will get a handwritten lyric sheet to your favorite Chris Sligh song signed, personalized, dated and framed for you. You tell me which song you want and I make it out to you!

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    You will receive the rewards from #1,2,3,5 & 6 PLUS you will receive a 15 minute phone call with me any time you want to talk about whatever you want. You can ask me questions about tours I've been on, friends in the industry, why I'm such an idiot, about American Idol, whether Simon is really as much of a jerk as you think he is, etc.

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    You will receive rewards from #1,2,3,5 & 6 PLUS you will receive a 30 minute skype session that will include a performance of at least 3 songs live and acoustic. Your very own personal acoustic concert. This may be a great option for a small group or bible study who wants to do something fun for one of their meetings. Pool your money together and let's do this thing!

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    You will receive rewards from #1,2,3,5,6 & 7 PLUS a small acoustic band show (3-4 players, including me) at a place of your choosing (must be in the continental US and must have an existing sound system, so a church would be the easiest). This would be a great option for a church wanting to bring me in on my Spring or Fall tour in 2012 and getting me for a cheaper price than usual.

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