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My songs are written, my team is in place, and with your help, I will record and release my first full-length solo album Spring 2018!
My songs are written, my team is in place, and with your help, I will record and release my first full-length solo album Spring 2018!
218 backers pledged $24,160 to help bring this project to life.

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Friends, Family, and Fans,

I am thrilled and so excited to announce that Spring 2018, I will be releasing my first FULL-LENGTH SOLO ALBUM, titled Praise!

This album is a compilation of 9 songs which are very close to my heart, and include careful storytelling, inspiring worship, and meaningful lyricism. There are new, fuller arrangements of well-known favorites on this album, such as Praise, Pictures of Time, and Plans, as well as completely new material, such as the country rock story Humble Heart. The music ranges widely from folk, to jazz, to A Capella, and covers a spectrum of emotions, both lively and reflective.

Overall, this collection is meant to uplift and inspire those who listen. Christian listeners will gain an album to worship to on car rides both long and short, while those who simply enjoy great music will find much pleasure in the vibrant harmonies and careful melodies.

Here's a sample track from my last Kickstarter-funded album, Midnight Lantern:

Album Deets!

This album will feature respected musicians Chris Costello and Samuel Slebodnick, former bandmates Joshua Larrabee and Emma Gifford, as well as guest vocals on the song "Birds" from my dear friend and co-writer Corinne Perreault.

The Record Company in Boston, MA
The Record Company in Boston, MA

The album will be recorded in Studio A at The Record Company in Boston by alumni recording engineers from the Berklee College of Music, and is planned to be mastered by Berklee graduate Jay Maas.

I currently have a team in place of recording engineers, musicians, artists, and publicity managers, and they are ready to pounce as soon as the funds are raised.

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Which is the part where you come in:

I NEED HELP FUNDING THIS ALBUM! 

I am trying to raise a total of $23,000. This may seem like a lot, however:

I learned from my last Kickstarter project with former band Midnight Lantern that a quality album of this magnitude really requires an appropriate amount of funds. Here are the financial needs for this project:

Recording: Studio Rental, Recording Engineer, Session Assistant Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Studio Musicians, Hospitality for Musicians, Portable External Drive for file transfer

Album Production: First print of 2,000 CDs, Photography, Artwork

Project Rewards: Stickers, Thank You Cards, T-Shirts, Card Stock (handwritten lyric sheets), Seagull 33430 Entourage Series Guitar, Guitar Contact Pickup, Pickup Installation, DI Box, XLR Cable, Mic Stand, Mic Stand Adapter, Music Stand, Portable PA System w/Stands, Mixer Stand

Shipping: Mailing supplies, International shipping costs

Marketing: Publicity Management, Promotional Materials, Website Fee

Legal + Buffer: Copyright Fees + Unexpected Cost Buffer

Kickstarter Fees: Kickstarter Fee (5%) + Payment Processing Fee (3% + .20 cents)

Singing a song I wrote at my own wedding, with my former band Midnight Lantern!
Singing a song I wrote at my own wedding, with my former band Midnight Lantern!

What Do I Get In Return?

I have created a myriad of items and experiences (listed on the right) as Kickstarter Project Reward incentives for those who pledge towards my upcoming album! The higher the pledge, the greater the reward that is unlocked! These include rewards such as digital and physical copies of the album, t-shirts, merch, private house concerts, and even private vocal workshops!

Sample Work from Salty Anchor Designs, who I will be hiring to design my Reward Stickers and T-Shirts!
Sample Work from Salty Anchor Designs, who I will be hiring to design my Reward Stickers and T-Shirts!

 And most of all,

We Need Your Prayers!

Please pray that this project would be a success in meeting it's financial goalencouraging all who listen, and most importantly, bringing glory to God!

Thank you for helping me to fund my new album, "Praise!"
Thank you for helping me to fund my new album, "Praise!"

warmly, with much love,

Morgan Minsk

Risks and challenges

There is a lot I have learned from my last Kickstarter project with my former band, Midnight Lantern. Here is my analysis of the potential challenges:

Unexpected Costs - During my last Kickstarter project with former band Midnight Lantern, I learned that just renting a studio for enough time to record each instrument costs $1,800 alone. Not to mention hiring a recording engineer, paying for the CDs to be printed, or any of the other costs I've outlined in the Project Description above. Don't even get me started on shipping! Needless to say, shooting as high as $23,000 for this new album is a way to ensure that every piece of this project is accounted for and pristine.

Time Constraints - Likewise, I've learned that you really need an ample amount of time to make an album like this the best that it can be. I've given my team and I a full year (12 months) to record, produce, and release my new album. By giving ourselves this time buffer, we can guarantee that the album will come out ON TIME, and in the hands of all our faithful friends and supporters here at Kickstarter.

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    "Praise" Sticker!

    Your donation gets you a "Praise" album sticker designed by the amazing Salty Anchor Designs!

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    Digital Album!

    Your donation gets you a digital copy of the album "Praise," as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Physical Album!

    Your donation gets you the physical copy of the album "Praise," as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Signed Album!

    Your donation gets you the SIGNED physical copy of the album "Praise," as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Album Release Concert Tix!

    Your donation gets you 2 ADMISSIONS* to Morgan's album release concert in May 2018, as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

    *Does not include airfare, lodging, or meals.

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    "Praise" T-Shirt!

    Your donation gets you a "Praise" T-Shirt designed by Salty Anchor Designs, as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Digital Chord Chart Booklet!

    Want to learn the songs on Morgan's new album for yourself?

    Your donation gets you a PDF DIGITAL CHORD CHART BOOKLET, containing chords to all nine (9) songs on the album, as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Cover Song of Your Choice + Shoutout!

    Want to hear Morgan perform a different song not on the album, maybe even by a different artist?

    Your donation allows you to request any song for Morgan to perform on guitar or piano, along with a personal shoutout! Your cover video and shoutout will be published on Morgan's Official Youtube Page!

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    Handwritten Lyric Sheet (LIMITED BATCH)!

    Your donation gets you ONE (1) of nine EXCLUSIVE, HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEETS! Only 9 lyric sheets will be made, one for each song on the album. Lyric sheets will be given at random to each of the nine buyers for this reward tier.

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    Private Voice Workshop!

    Ever wanted to get voice lessons from Morgan?

    Your donation gets you one (1) private 30 minute vocal workshop* with Morgan, targeting an area of your choice--basic technique, improvisation, etc.

    *Travel not included if outside MA, NH, or RI.

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    Private House Concert!

    Ever wanted to attend your own personal concert?

    Your donation gets you one (1) private 60 minute house concert* with Morgan, for you and as many friends as you wish to invite!

    *Travel not included if outside MA, NH, or RI.

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    Original Song!

    Looking to have a special song written for that special someone (or maybe that someone is you)?

    Your donation allows you to have an original song written by Morgan just for you! Reward includes a 30min songwriting consultation* with Morgan, where you can request specific material for your song! Morgan will publish your song to her Official YouTube Channel!

    *via Skype if outside MA, NH, or RI.

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    Sponsor Credit!

    Congratulations, you are an official sponsor of Morgan's new album "Praise!"

    Your donation gets your name published in the liner notes as an official album sponsor, as well as ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!

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    Producer Credit!

    Congratulations, you are an official producer of Morgan's new album "Praise!"

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    Executive Producer Cred + Written Card!

    Congratulations, you are an OFFICIAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of Morgan's new album "Praise!"

    Your donation gets your name published in the liner notes as an official executive album producer, as well as a personal handwritten "Thank You" card from Morgan!

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