First and foremost, I am praising God for the amazing response this project has received so far. In less than 3 days, we've raised 90% of our goal! What in the world?! I am humbled, encouraged, so excited and so very thankful.
But, although Nick and I felt like $8,000 was the right minimum goal to set, it's really less than half of what we need to cover the cost of the recording and releasing a 10-song album (see the minimum budget breakdown in my original post below).
If we happen to exceed our goal, then all of the additional funds will go toward adding instrumentation, adding additional songs, CD duplication, and promotional/touring costs (probably in that order). I would love to be able to give the producer, Josh Moore, more freedom to make the songs the best they can be, and I would personally really, really love to add more songs in order to tell a better, more robust Story.
So, if you feel comfortable, please keep sharing this project and this idea with your friends and family. Any and every gift, Tweet, and status update helps us share the Story. Thank you for everything you have done so far!
ORIGINAL POST (4/11/12):
First, thank you for taking the time to visit this page. And thank you so much for even considering being a part of my next album: an album that would share the story of scripture, from beginning to end. But before I get too far ahead of myself, let me give you a little background...
The Crazy Goal:
In November of 2010, I gave myself a crazy goal: to write a song for every book of the Bible in one year, before I turned 30 on 11/11/11. I called it The Scripture to Music Project, and it was one of the most fulfilling and amazing things I’ve ever done. During this year of writing, the redemptive story God has authored for us in Scripture became vibrantly beautiful to me, in both its personal details and its panoramic fullness.
Sharing God's Story:
When I finished my goal, I knew I wanted to share these songs and this Story with everyone I could (see below to hear a few songs!). So, in January of 2012, I left my super supportive husband Nick at home and hit the road with my little girl Ellie to play house shows in cities all across Texas. Night after night, people sat and listened to the story of Scripture through song. And night after night, people told me how encouraged they were, how they wanted to dig back into the Bible, and how they loved hearing the old stories in a fresh, new way.
But what if people could actually take these songs home? What if you could own an album that creatively traced the story of Scripture from beginning to end? What if you could listen to stories from the Old Testament during your morning commute to work, and stories from the New Testament while you were waiting in the carpool line to pick up your kids from school? And what if you could give this same CD to a friend who was completely unfamiliar with God’s Story?
And this is where you (hopefully!) come in. I want to humbly ask you: would you consider partnering with me to make a studio album that tells God’s Story?
Unfortunately, there is always a pretty steep cost to making a full-length album, especially if you want to do it well. Our goal is to raise at least $8,000 here on Kickstarter, even though the actual album will cost around $15,000 or more for 10 songs (see below for a detailed breakdown). You see, the risky, scary thing about Kickstarter is that if you don’t meet the goal you set, you don’t get anything at all. The scarier thing is that we only have about 31 days to do it! We need to get $8,000 by May 11 or the record won’t happen. By the way, if we happen to exceed our goal, then all of the additional funds will also go toward the cost of recording, mixing, and mastering the album. For example, if we get an additional $3,000 I may be able to record 12 songs rather than 10 or add some really cool string parts that I couldn't otherwise have been able to have.
I have to be honest with you: these numbers feel overwhelming to me, especially when I break it down in terms of how many people need to give. But, knowing that this is about God and his Story, and not about me just making another album, we feel that this is the right amount to shoot for. Anything less just wouldn’t allow this concept, these songs, and this Story room enough to breathe.
We are going to invest a lot of our own money into this project, and I am also working hard to raise funds through touring and some other creative means. But we definitely need a “kickstart”. We know it’s going to take a lot of people not only giving financially to the project, but believing in this idea and sharing it with their friends. So, if you truly believe in this concept - if you would like to have an album that tells the Story - I humbly ask you to share it and share it often with as many people as you can: on Facebook, on Twitter, on your blog, via e-mail, and with anyone who will listen! I truly can’t do it without your help.
The Fun Details:
If we make our goal, I’ll be working with the uber-talented producer, musician, and engineer Josh Moore (Caedmon’s Call, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken). Although this will be my third studio album, it will be my first time to work with a producer on every, single song. I’m so excited about the cohesiveness and creativity Josh will bring to the album. We’re going to be doing most of the work in my hometown of Houston, but the current plan is also to record in Shane & Shane’s studio in Dallas (I know, can you believe it?!). Our tentative plan is to do some pre-production in the fall and get into the studio in early 2013 (after I’m kind of “recovered” from baby #2 - not like you ever really “recover” though, I know!), with the album releasing later that spring and a tour quickly following.
More Fun Details: The Rewards!
On the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see that we’ve come up with some “rewards” for all the different levels of support. This is just our small way of saying “thank you”. I think there are some pretty cool ones, especially the “House Show”, the “Share the Story” (Part I and II) and the “Song” rewards! But please know that any and every gift, no matter how big or small, is so appreciated. As backers, you will also have the “inside scoop” during the whole process - from pre-production to our time in the studio to the release and beyond.
Thank you for visiting this Kickstarter page and for considering being a part of this with me. I am so excited to have you along for the ride and to have a sort of community around me during this process. Know that I will do my very best to make an album worthy of your support!
Estimated Cost Breakdown:
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: $15,000 (for 10 songs)
CD Duplication: $ 1,000
"DRY BONES" VIDEO ADDED 4.26.12:
- (30 days)