Hello Potential Backers!
My name is Haley Johnsen and I am a Portland,OR born and raised singer songstress embarking on the creation of my first full length record! Since the release of my last EP "When you Lit the Sky" (that so many of you helped make happen by raising $15,000 on Kickstarter!), I have been writing and cowriting dozens of songs. I have written many new tunes with some of my dearest friends and I am getting to record with some of Portland's greatest musicians for an all star band lineup! So many amazing doors opened for me this year when I decided to put myself out there and collaborate with the amazing Portland Music Scene. It has been the biggest blessing sharing such personal creative endeavors with some of the most talented folks I know.
As you know, gathering funds to pay this all star team, rent studio time, pay for mixing, mastering, AND promotional materials is NO cheap thrill! That is why I am asking you guys to help me raise the last bit of dough that I need to make this record a reality.
All Digital Rewards
I decided to go all green this time and only offer digital and/or face to face rewards! To name a few, I will be offering private voice/guitar lessons (in person or skype!), house shows, personalized video of a song of your choice, a live streaming concert, and of course, the digital download of my album once it's released!
As I head into the studio for tracking on Nov 16th, I take with me some of the most honest, raw, heartfelt, and vulnerable songs I have ever written. Although I have not yet decided on an album title, I will share some of albums themes;
This album is about the big, small, and sometimes unspoken aspects of the human experience. Sometimes It can be so hard to find hope when it feels like everything is stacked against us.
How do we keep it together? Sometimes we find ways to cope by self sabotaging in all kinda of ways. We numb out with our addictions, or we preserve our pride with jealousy, self doubt, and fear. It's a complicated mess of emotions, yet through it all, we aim to find the strength to move forward.
For me, that is accepting the reality in which I live, trying my best to be mindful and grateful in every moment, and remembering that I may look back on these days with great pride and joy despite the times that I long for what was once perhaps an easier time.
These songs are a journey through the lens in which I live, and my never ending journey of trying to find the best version of myself. I truly hope that this album speaks to you and helps you feel a little less alone in being human.
In sonic sense, it's going to be a journey through dramatic orchestral arrangements, groovy and entrancing rhythms, and just a little bit of grit and rock n roll. You might dance, cry, feel nostalgic, and hopefully at peace by the end of it.
Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for considering donating to this project. I cannot wait to share this music with you!
All my love,
Risks and challenges
With all the excitement around this new album, I took the risk of already starting the recording process so I can provide you all with my music more quickly! With your help, I'll be able to focus more on the creation of this record and less on which limb or kidney I should sell to pay for it. I have a lot of faith in the movement of independent artists and the support from the community that makes everything possible.
When we do reach our goal, a risk I could foresee is staying on schedule with mixing and mastering. This music is a reflection of who I am so releasing it to the world with no way of taking it back and changing it can be frightening. However, as you have made commitments to me, I have made commitments to you. I will do everything in my power to produce and deliver a high quality musical experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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