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Peter JennisonBy Peter Jennison
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Peter JennisonBy Peter Jennison
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About

Hi! I am pianist and US Army MEDEVAC pilot Peter Jennison. As a soldier, I have spent nearly 3 years of my life in the desert and mountains of Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Composing music has helped me to deal with the realities of those places. I decided that if music could help me, maybe it could help others too. Not just soldiers, but also their families, because although they may never leave home, a soldier’s family’s commitment and sacrifice are just as great. I decided to tell this story to the world through "visual" music that brings the listener right to the front line--to feel the fear, the rush of adrenaline, the camaraderie of brotherhood and sisterhood, and the longing for home. My song "War" may help you to understand this concept and I hope you will Google and listen or watch the You-tube video. This new project, "Coming Home", is the second album I've composed while I've been deployed to war. In 2010, I wrote and independently released "Longing for Home, Songs from War" after a year-long tour in Iraq and Kuwait. Longing for Home is also dedicated totally to our military and their families. It tells a story through music about what we experience during long deployments and during war. I emailed the idea to Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy winning Producer Will Ackerman, who accepted the challenge of undergoing this first-of-its kind project. He brought in Grammy winning cellist Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), percussionist Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny Group), The Late bassist T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), and others to add their amazing sounds to my piano melodies. The result was a debut record that rose to #5 in the world for radio airplay, and was nominated for best new album in 2010 (ZMR). Longing for Home is featured on Pandora Internet Radio, Spotify, Slacker, and is available at I-tunes, Amazon, and other retailers. "Coming Home" is the next chapter in my Songs from War project. It is the story of wonderful tearful reunions between soldiers and their families that we see aired on national television, and it is also pays homage to those who make the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, and never return home--both men, and women—and the devastating affect that has on their families. I have strived to portray through this new music touching images of incredible joy as well and heartfelt sorrow. I have contracted with Will Ackerman to put together a new team of talented musicians and begin recording the 3rd week of March at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. If all goes according to plan, I will work with the session artists in April in both Vermont and LA; and mixing/mastering should be complete in May. The record will go to press in June and the first run should be available as early as July, 2014. Production and marketing costs for Longing for Home topped $25,000 and my wife and I used our savings account along with the help of private investors to fund the project. It nearly ruined us, but we felt that the message was just too important to let it go untold. After 3 years, we have saved approximately $5000 for the new project. The production costs for "Coming Home" are $21,000 and with marketing we will need nearly $30,000 to launch in August. With the $5,000 we have raised, and by tapping in to our nearly 16,000-strong fan base, we hope to raise an additional $5000 by the March recording date. That will leave us a balance of approximately $20,000, and I hope that is where you will come in. Please take a moment to listen to my music. Read some of the hundreds of testimonials and reviews, and if you feel as strongly as I do about sharing with the world through my music what our amazing soldiers do, I hope you will help make this wonderful project possible. I can't do it without you. Thank you so much for your consideration--Peter

Risks and challenges

As my debut album, "Longing for Home" was a huge learning lesson for me, both from the production and marketing stand-point. There are many hurdles that accompany an independent musical release and "Coming Home" will present its own unique challenges. The largest challenge is marketing. Without a big label backing, it is difficult to develop a large fan base without considerable time and effort. But there has been a renaissance of independent musicians in the US and many people appreciate the purity of the music untainted by big studio hype. There has also been a paradigm shift in the music industry from hard-copy recording to digital media. Classic music retailers such as record stores, book stores, etc. have curtailed and even discontinued sales also because of the drop in hard-copy demand. I've adapted my marketing strategy away from brick and mortar stores and I plan to focus primarily on the web outlets as well as national and international radio. Unfortunately there is no way around having a hard product of several thousand units for promotional use and that is a considerable cost. Other post-funding challenges that exist are a variety of production delays, but nothing that would halt the project--just delay the debut. Beyond but including the hardship of funding, this is a very special project because it is dedicated to a subject that most people are extremely passionate about--our soldiers. Given the outpouring of support I have received from fans worldwide after the release of "Longing for Home", I think that it is reasonable to assume that "Coming Home" will overcome any issues that come our way. If you have any specific questions are concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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