Hello there. My name is Joey Verskotzi. It's March 12th, 2012 and I am writing this from my apartment in Minneapolis. I keep mulling over a thousand ways to write this for you, and none seem to hit the nail on the head just so. It's tough to highlight exactly what it is that this KickStarter project is and what it means to me. But to be completely to the point, this fundraising venture spotlights a point in my career as an independent musician where I ask you, my friends, family, and fans alike, for a kickstart and leap into the creation of my second album as a singer-songwriter through means of a contribution from you in exchange for a reaching range of prizes, gifts, and exclusive offers.
It's crazy to think that I am already at this point where it's time to get back into the studio. It was late August 2011 when I released "Lesson Learned", my first solo record, and it has brought so much success that I still have a hard time grasping as truth. From signing with a MPLS Music Licensing Agency, getting airplay on Cities97 and various regional radio stations, having a song on national television (MTV's Real World), signing over 10 licenses to other major TV networks, and performing an original Christmas song on a Minneapolis News Station, KARE 11, it goes without saying I have been fervently blessed! More and more national press reviews keep coming in with things to say like, I "have a voice that is ultimately to-die-for" and that my career is "on a sure path to success"... like I said, still having a hard time processing all of it in just 7 months time.
Now, after a fast half year has raced by, I am scheduled to enter the studio to start recording my sophomore album, and debut full length record in May 2012. This, friends, is extremely tough to grasp, but such a wonderful actuality! I've been constantly coming up with new ideas, demoing songs left and right, and brainstorming incessantly over the theme of this next record. People keep asking about a next album, when it will be available, what it's about, and when they can hear a song... This is where I answer these questions by asking one. I am asking you to help contribute and be a part of the creation and funding of this next musical work of mine. To be an equal with me in breathing this composition into life; a sonic, physical reality.
To be clear, the ultimate goal of this KickStarter project is to raise money and aid my expenses for studio time, mixing, and mastering. I am not relying solely on this project to fund everything. I am merely in need of some help and support. If you read along the right side of this page, you will see the amounts you can donate and what sorts of prizes you get with these donations. Some prizes include free songs from the new record, free entrance to the Record Release party, an exclusive listening party at the studio, and more. So please, join me in this great adventure, and be a part of the continued path that will become a stepping stone in my world of musical endeavors.
So much love,
- (50 days)