UPDATE 2/19: New "Stretch Goal" of $15,000!
Friends, thank you for all of your support so far! It's been an exciting first few days - meeting our initial goal and reaching over 100 backers! It was unexpected and so encouraging. Even though we have met our initial goal of $8,000, the cost of the album is actually more than twice that (see cost breakdown below), so we would love to have you join up if you haven't already... any amount would help so much. We've created a new "stretch goal" of $15,000 that feels a little impossible, but we hope to make it! Thank you for considering being a part of the team that will bring A HOME + A HUNGER to life!
Hello! My name is Caroline Cobb, and I'm a singer-songwriter that loves to tell God's stories from scripture through music. With your help, I'm hoping to record a new album of songs from scripture this spring, centered around the theme of kingdom hope. I'm calling it a Home + a Hunger and I could not be more excited about it! If you're reading here, that means you are considering joining a team of backers that could bring this album to life through Kickstarter. So first, THANK YOU!
It all started in 2011 when I began to work on crazy goal to write a song from every book of the Bible in a year. And wow, what an incredibly transforming and rewarding season of writing. In 2013, I released the Blood + the Breath using many of those songs. That album traced the big story of redemption from creation to Christ's return, by parachuting into biblical scenes like the Passover, or Isaiah's description of the suffering servant, or the story of Jesus's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Since 2013, I've played concerts and led worship with the hope that my songs could help people journey through the redemption narrative in scripture and walk away wanting more of Him and His Word. His big Story anchors my small story, and it's filled with incredibly good news. I love to get to share it through music; it's a privilege.
THE NEW ALBUM.... A HOME + A HUNGER: SONGS OF KINGDOM HOPE!
While the last album looked back at the "climax" of the Story and what we are redeemed from (Jesus's death and resurrection redeems us from sin and death!), the songs for the new album seem to look forward to the end of the Story and how we are redeemed to a certain kind of kingdom and King. Beginning with the fall into sin and ending with a song from the last chapters of Revelation, the album touches on several themes under the umbrella of "kingdom hope": the hunger we feel as "sojourners and exiles" (1 Peter 2:11, Heb 11:13), the hope we have in the future kingdom when He makes His home with us forever, the humility with which Jesus made His home with us, and the "upside-downness" of God's economy of grace. Here is the song list so far, to give you an idea:
Song List (listen to clips on Instagram at #ahomeandahunger)
(1) There is a Mountain (Intro song drawing from Isaiah) / (2) Eve's Lament (Genesis, the fall) / (3) He Has Made a Way (Red Sea story in Exodus) / (4) All is Vanity (Ecclesiastes) / (6) Fullness of Joy (Psalm 16) / (7) Pave Every Road (John the Baptist & Isaiah) / (8) Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him) / (9) Only the Sick Need a Physician (gospels) / (10) The Two Lost Sons (gospels) / (11) We Draw Near (Hebrews) / (12) Behold, God Makes His Home with Us (Revelation 21-22).
WHY IT MATTERS:
First, my hope for this new album (and the last one), is that it would help you rehearse God's Story of redemption and hope in your everyday lives - while you're washing dishes, working at your desk, driving carpool - and that it would be a tool for you to tell others about this Story.
Second, I pray these songs give hope. I pray they give hope to those who are suffering, as it reminds them of their true, eternal home. I pray it gives hope to those who are feeling condemned under the weight of their sin, as it reminds them of what kind of King Jesus really was, and who will inherit His kingdom. In the past 3.5 years of writing, I think I was drawn to these passages because I personally needed to be reminded of the hope of the gospel in both of these areas.
It takes a lot of money to make an album, especially if you want to do it well. We are hoping to raise at least $8,000 here on Kickstarter, although the costs of making a ten-song album will be more than twice that much (see breakdown below if you're curious). The scary thing about Kickstarter is that if we don't meet our goal, we'll get nothing at all. And we only have 32 days to do it! We need to get $8,000 by Monday, March 20 or the record won't happen, especially anytime soon. I have been working hard and saving, and will be investing a lot into this album, but - as an independent artist - I definitely need the "kickstart." If we happen to surpass our goal, all of the additional money raised will go toward adding songs or instrumentation to the album and perhaps to some simple, shareable video content.
THE FUN DETAILS!
My hope is to record this album in Nashville with producer Gabe Scott (Andrew Peterson, Jenny & Tyler). I know Gabe will stretch me, understand the hope behind this album, and help these songs become better than I could even imagine on my own. The players in Nashville that Gabe works with are also incredible and will add so much to these songs and the Story this album hopes to tell. Gabe and I have dates set on the calendar in March, April and May (soon!!!!), contingent on this Kickstarter being fully funded.
REWARDS + HOW YOU CAN HELP:
On the right, you'll see lots of great rewards you can choose from, including the pre-release, 8x10 hand-lettered lyric (see example below), a devotional book, a Moleskine journal (see example below), a taco party, house shows and a song written from scripture just for you. We know it's going to take a lot of people not only backing this project financially, but also sharing about it with their friends and family. So, if you believe in the concept behind this album, would you consider sharing this as much as you can? Share it over e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog... and please do share it face to face too! We really can't do this without your help.
Thank you for visiting this Kickstarter page and for considering being a part of this process with me. One thing that appreciate about Kickstarter is that it helps an artist have community around them as they create, which is so important, beautiful, and helpful. Please know I will do my very best to make an album that is worthy of your patronage and support! Having you in my corner and behind this album will make it better. I am thankful for you!
Estimated Cost Breakdown:
$20,000 - Recording/Mixing/Mastering (10 songs)*
$1,000 - Creating Physical CD's + Distribution to iTunes, etc.
$1,000 - Travel to Nashville
$22,000 = TOTAL**
*this includes studio, producer, musicians, mixing, mastering - nothing fancy in terms of studio, players, etc. but professional-level to give the songs the best chance to breathe.
** FYI this does not include artwork, graphic design, promotional, childcare, touring costs, etc.Save
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when it comes to making an independent album. My hope is that the album would be released by June 2017, but a slight delay is possible. If we do experience any kind of delays, we'll let you know right away. And you can always get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (32 days)