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:
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.
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.
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)
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!
And most of all,
We Need Your Prayers!
Please pray that this project would be a success in meeting it's financial goal, encouraging all who listen, and most importantly, bringing glory to God!
warmly, with much love,
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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