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A new album of songs addressing mental health issues, addiction, and family dysfunction. Thank you for your support! #SongsHeal
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"I wander 'round this world, searching for my song,
the courage to sing it, the strength to carry on..."

- from Born A Stranger


I want those who suffer to know that they are not alone. I have stared down the throat of the beast and lived not only to tell about it, but also to heal from it. I have bore witness that there is healing in these songs for those who hear them. That's why I am so compelled to share The Fallow Year with as many people as I can. Starting right now.

I'm Melissa Greener, touring singer, songwriter, guitarist. If you're here you probably know who I am. If you don't, you can find all things Greener at melissagreener.com. I hope you'll join me in becoming a part of this campaign in my mission to normalize discussion about mental health issues and to empower those who suffer to seek help. Thank you for exploring this fertile ground with me!

Please share this link so folks can freely stream Born A Stranger and join our campaign in support of mental health awareness! http://www.melissagreener.com/thefallowyear

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Over the past two years I've written a lot of new songs that came from a very dark time in my life. And yet, I think of these songs as full of HOPE, LOVE, and the FAITH to come out the other side stronger than ever before.

Last year I was on tour for nine months, performing these songs for audiences all over the world - all over the US, Canada, the UK and all over western Europe. Every night after the shows, people would come up to me, one at a time so as not to be overheard, whispering some variation of, "thank you for telling my story!" Night after night this kept happening and I witnessed the healing power these songs were having on people! It turns out we are not unique in our personal suffering, and healing is possible if we have the courage to talk about it, to reach out, and seek help.

Because of these profound moments of connection, getting this album out to the world has turned into a passion project that I am committed to taking as far as possible; to Mental Health Organizations, treatment centers, spiritual places, but first TO YOU; in your car, in your earbuds, into the hearts of those mired in fear, self-judgement, depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

The Harvest

I need your help to bring this yield of songs to market, that a glimmer of solace might take root in those still trapped in shadow. It is in this spirit of service that I wish to present to the world this new album of songs that I have already recorded with Grammy winning producer Malcolm Burn

The Recording Process

This past December I spent nine days recording The Fallow Year in Malcolm Burn's studio. Malcolm chose ten of sixteen songs I had demo'd to make up the album; nine original compositions and one cover, "a daring interpretation" of the Joni Mitchell song Blue. I'm so grateful that Malcolm shared my vision, and I cannot believe how amazing this record sounds!  I cannot wait to share it with you!

also produced by Malcolm Burn
also produced by Malcolm Burn

{In addition to producing the albums shown above, Malcolm Burn has worked with Daniel Lanois on many famed projects over the years including Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball, Willie Nelson's Teatro.. As well as Aaron Neville, Peter Gabriel, Edie Brickell, Shawn Colvin, Iggy Pop, and many more.}


The Fallow Year

"..you shall let the land lie fallow, so that the needy poor of your people may eat; and whatever they leave, the beast of the field may have." - Exodus 23:11

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"..a sabbath of rest unto the land.." - Leviticus, 25:4

~ Fallowing ones land is an agricultural practice when farmers let their fields go unattended for a period of time.  All plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting are halted, so that the earth may regain fertility for a future crop.  In modern practice, fallowing a field is generally considered a last resort, as too was my personal season of dormancy forced upon me.  And so I offer these songs to ye needy poor of soul, and beasts of the field. ~

#SongsHeal  "Experts say, studies show..."

“Music intervention significantly improved symptoms of depression.” - Indian Journal of Psychology

“Songwriting and lyric analyses are related to positive emotional change in substance use disorder patients” - Journal of Addictions Nursing

"Many studies have evidenced the beneficial effects of music in patients with psychological disorders." - Education National University

And also...

"Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him" - I Samuel 16:23


Even if you're not able to contribute financially, PLEASE SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN to your email contacts and on your social pages to HELP SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS!

www.melissagreener.com/TheFallowYear

©MarkTucker
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THE SONGS

1. The Fallow Year
2. Cryin Out
3. Born A Stranger
4. Waitin For A Train
5. Feather On The Ground
6. Tack & Jibe
7. Hymn For The Night Sky
8. Movin On
9. When I Leave This World
10. Blue

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©MarkTucker

The Row To Hoe:  BUDGET

I am funding this project entirely on my own, with your help.  Here’s how the seeds scatter:

$12,510: Germ
The basics - Production of the Music

This is the bare minimum amount we need to cover the balance of the remaining studio fees, as well as costs for mastering, artwork & art design, and manufacturing CDs.

$15,000: Sprout (STRETCH GOAL #1)
T-shirts & Vinyl

With this amount we can create custom The Fallow Year T-shirts AND we can press a small run of Vinyl LPs!

$20,000: Harvest (STRETCH GOAL #2)
The Lines are Open!
With this amount we can hire a radio promoter to work a short promo campaign for this record to Americana and Roots radio outlets.

$25,000: Market 
(STRETCH GOAL #3)
Extra, Extra!
With this amount we can create a music video for one or two songs, hire a publicist to pitch them and the record to online indie blogs and social media ad campaigns.

$35,000: Fertilize (STRETCH GOAL #4)
Pressing On Even Further
With this amount we can budget a publicity campaign that will go the distance! How cool would it be to hire someone to pitch THE FALLOW YEAR to major outlets like NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression, etc, for Features and Reviews???

✱ Kickstarter charges 5% and Amazon charges another 3-5% for pledge processing (8-10% of whatever amount we raise).  I have figured these fees into the budget.

Once again, PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK TO YOUR EMAIL CONTACTS AND ON YOUR SOCIAL PAGES TO HELP SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS!

www.melissagreener.com/TheFallowYear

©MarkTucker
©MarkTucker

 Lets Get Dirty!

I'm cannot wait to take you along on this journey! I'm so looking forward to sharing this album-making adventure with you and am deeply grateful for any and all contributions toward the goal. And remember: spreading the word about this project is as helpful as investing in it. Together, we can make this album happen; in fact, together is the ONLY way it’ll happen.

Thank you!
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    Take my hand

    Thank you for taking my hand and coming along on this journey! Whether you know it or not, it is likely that someone in your life struggles with mental illness, addiction, or family issues. Maybe it's you. You are not alone. Welcome to THE FALLOW YEAR.

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    The preliminary Solo Demo Recordings of all 10 songs that became THE FALLOW YEAR. - Digital download only.

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    ✱ Collectors, behold! These demo recordings will not be released anywhere else!

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    NEW: ✫⇢ Solo Demos BONUS ⇠✫

    The preliminary Solo Demo Recordings of all 10 songs that became The Fallow Year

    + PLUS + 5 BONUS SONGS that were demo'd but did NOT make it onto the final album!

    (*Early backers of this reward will also get the 5 Bonus Songs!)

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    USB Digi-Discography

    ⌖ NEWLY ADDED REWARD! ⌖

    ONLY 4 AVAILABLE, then they're gone forever! Get digital files of All 5 of my Albums in a single 4 GB USB drive - black-heart-shaped with the Transistor Corazón logo.

    The complete discography:

    The Fallow Year (2018)
    Solo-Electric (2016)
    Transistor Corazón (2013)
    Dwelling (2010)
    Fall From The Sky (2005)

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    NEW: ✫⇢ Loaded USB Drive ⇠✫

    Out with the old, in with the new...

    The 'Transistor Corazón' Heart-Drives are sold out, but I just ordered custom Wooden Swivel USB Drives engraved with THE FALLOW YEAR logo! Woohoo!!! The new 3.0 speed drive with 8GB of space for all your secret files.

    I'l load that puppy up for you with ALL 5 of my albums PLUS THE FALLOW YEAR Solo Demos INCLUDING the 5 BONUS DEMO SONGS!!! Whaaaat???? I know!

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    THE FALLOW YEAR Limited Edition PHOTO BOOK - 11x14 hardcover coffee-table book featuring gorgeous images from THE FALLOW YEAR photo shoot with Mark Tucker. Signed, of course :)

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    ON SALE: ✫⇢ One-2-One + CD + T-Shirt ⇠✫

    Want a little one-on-one time? Or maybe you know someone who could use a compassionate ear. I get it. Empathy is one of my super powers. Whether to cheer you on with positivity, or to just sit quietly and listen to a dear one in need.. I'm right here! Maybe you want to 'pick my brain' about touring, songwriting, living the dream, or I can give you a private mini-concert.. Whatever it is, I'm all yours for half an hour!

    We'll schedule a 30 minute phone call, Skype or Facetime chat. We can talk about anything you want.

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    Original Art Print

    A signed, limited edition MG Original Photographic ART PRINT for The Fallow Year, printed on archival art paper - 12"x12". Image pictured at the bottom of the description area to the left.

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    ✫⇢ NEW REWARD ⇠✫ The EVERYTHING Package

    You get EVERYTHING: The Fallow Year CD + download, the Poster, the (Newly Introduced) T-Shirt, the Picturebook ($100 value!), AND All Items from the Swag-Bag ("Cry It Out" tissue pack, "The Courage To Sing It" awareness bracelet, and the #SongsHeal sticker).

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    Dedicated

    I'll record a video playing a song of your choosing - one of mine, or an agreed upon favorite of yours - and include a personalized dedication to anyone you'd like me to send it to. You'll get a digital file of the video to keep as well.

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    ON SALE: ✫⇢ Music City Tour ⇠✫

    (Price Drop From $750!)

    Music City Personal Tour Guide - I'm all yours for an afternoon and an evening in my home town, Nashville, Tennessee! Come to Music City and I'll take you around to all of the hot spots!

    We can hit the legendary honky-tonks on Lower Broadway, the famous recording studios in Berry Hill, the publishing houses on Music Row, drink coffee with the hipsters in East Nashville, go for a nature walk or hike at Radnor Lake, visit the world renowned guitar shops, or a number of other fun things Nashville has to offer! I'll take you and a guest for a delicious dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants, and then leave you to explore Nashville for yourself.. You may never want to leave!

    ✱ Nashville is a mecca for recovery and healing. We can go to any one of a dozen different support group meetings, or a meditation if you're into that sort of thing..

    ✱ We'll need to schedule a mutually convenient time, preferably a few months in advance.

    ✱ Your travel to and from Nashville are not included; nor is your overnight accommodations. Dinner is limited to you and one (1) guest and does not include adult beverages.

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    Soul-Session

    Your Soul Session is a one-on-one workshop of delving deeper into your own truth of self-discovery. I have developed a method of working with people that allows for deeper healing in the truth of your story. While this method developed out of my song co-writing experiences, this is NOT just for songwriters! In person or via Skype/Facetime, we'll spend an intensive three hour session, just you and me, getting real, and going deep. I'll stretch you a little, but I'll be gentle and respectful of your comfort level. By the end of our session you'll have the heart and bones of a Soul-Session - be it a song that we write, a story, a poem, or just some private thoughts for your journey ahead. You can take it from there!

    Being able to get to the core of my 'stuff' through this process that I have created has been one of my greatest tools. I can help you get to yours too. Lets find a mutually convenient time and place to make it happen!

    ✱ NOTE: Notwithstanding all my years in therapy and recovery, I am not a professional in the field of mental health, addiction, or family issues. That said, I would love to talk, and if necessary, I can recommend some great resources that might be useful to you.

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    ON SALE: ✫⇢ Custom Song ⇠✫

    I'll write a custom song just for you or someone you know. You'll end up with a completed song that will be just like you - one of a kind! Let's discuss some details of what you have in mind. I am extremely proud of the previous custom songs that I've written! I'll record a simple solo demo of the song for you to keep.

    I've written custom songs for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new babies, or just for love and friendship. One custom song that I wrote turned out to be a cowrite with Guy Clark! So, you never know what could happen!

    ✱ For an additional fee, you may choose to add "The Nashville Treatment" to your song. I'll hire a professional recording studio, engineer, and bring in a few world-class musicians to create a fully developed sounding finished product!

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    Solo House Concert

    I'll come sing my heart out in your living room for you and as many friends as the space will allow. You can make song requests ahead of time. I'll play two sets of about 45 minutes each with a break in between for hanging out a bit -- it'll be super fun!

    This show is NOT for commercial resale, but you are welcome to solicit donations to cover costs. For audiences over 25 people or for any outdoor performance, a sound system will be required. Travel and hotel lodging are additional; it'll be most economical for you if we find a date that corresponds with an upcoming tour. I'll do my best to make it work well for everyone. US/Canada only. European concerts are possible with additional costs of transportation, and contingent on tour routing.

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    Your Name/Company/Logo Placement

    I will recognize your generous support by displaying your name, your company or organization's name and/or logo on the CD artwork for THE FALLOW YEAR album.

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    Tribute Concert w Custom Song

    In Honor / In Memoriam:

    Is there someone in your community you would like to honor, memorialize, or pay tribute to? Perhaps someone who has had some victory or land-mark in their recovery? Perhaps a beloved leader? Perhaps someone who has been tragically lost to mental illness, substance abuse, and/or family issues? Perhaps a family member of someone who was lost. There is healing, understanding, and refuge when celebrating and mourning in communion. Lets bring attention to these issues and bring the conversation to the next level.

    I'll spend some time with you gathering some stories, experiences, anecdotes, special moments that you've had with your person so that I can write a custom song about them, and present it at the concert.

    If you or your organization does not have a performance-type space to utilize, I will come to your Community House, Library, Church, Treatment Center, 12-step Recovery Club House, Prison, or other appropriate venue, and present a concert in their honor or in their memory.

    ✱ Add their name ("in memory of ___" OR "in honor of ___"). Or your Logo / Company Name to the album artwork packaging for a fee of an additional $1,000 - that's $1,250 less than that reward on its own.

    ✱ I am not a mental health professional. I am a creative artist with many years involvement in my own experiential healing modalities.

    ✱ If selected, this reward expires one year from completion date of this campaign - March 27, 2019

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    2-day Soul-Session Small Group Workshop

    I will come to your company or organization for an intensive 2-day Soul Session Group Workshop.

    Bearing witness to anothers' story, and having your own story heard by others is an extremely powerful experience - one that can lead to breakthroughs in all aspects of your life. We will all gather together, and one at a time, I will work with each participant on their Soul-Session in front of the group.

    You may wish for the executive staff of your company or organization to come together in a meaningful way. Empowering values and virtues like Vulnerability, Self-Honesty, Empathy, Courage (Trust) and Communication.

    Maximum - 8 people

    ✱ Add your Logo / Company Name Placement to the album artwork packaging for a reduced fee of an additional $1,000

    ✱ Travel and accommodation not included.

    ✱ Must be scheduled at least one month in advance of desired workshop date.

    ✱ I am not a mental health professional. I am a creative artist with many years involvement in my own experiential healing modalities.

    ✱ If selected, this reward expires one year from completion date of this campaign - March 27, 2019

    Includes:
    • THE FALLOW YEAR cd
    • The Courage To Sing It: Custom Mental Illness Awareness bracelet
    • "Cry It Out" tissue packet
    • #SongsHeal sticker
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