Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
I've joined forces with brilliant music professionals who want to help me produce my first-ever solo album. It's going to kick butt!
Created by
119 backers pledged $10,382 to help bring this project to life.

About

Paula Jaakkola's Full Length Album project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$10,382

119

After years of performing in different groups and venturing out on a solo career in recent years, I am now more than ready to produce my first solo album. To my aid I have an encouraging support team in my native Finland who will help me make this a reality.  It is time to launch a Kickstarter Project which will get us started and which will surely cover the most of the production: expensive costs of arranging, producing, rehearsing, recording, a studio rental, mixing (not to mention international traveling) and all else that helps us to get closer to completing this labor of love. YOU can be part of this process and help me bring these songs forth. Please, know that this is an "ALL OR NOTHING" fundraiser! If I don't raise the whole amount ($10,000) I will not get anything. There's a lot at stake!

Meet My Fantastic Team

Well, this is me:

Take a look at a version of the song "Road" that will be one of the songs on the album:

This is Ape:

Ape hard at work
Ape hard at work

Ape Anttila:

Producer, multi-intrumentalist and professor at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Ape has over 20 years in the music business and he's encouraged me to record my songs as he believes they deserve to be heard. What he says about the project:

"Paula J has a remarkable quality in her voice, she writes beautiful melodies and her lyrics are deeply touching and full of soulfulness. Upcoming CD is going to be great!"

And then, meet Jaska:

Jaska Lukkarinen and I go way back since the days he was in New York studying at the Manhattan School of Music. We have been good friends ever since. Jaska now lives back home in Helsinki winning numerous awards and traveling around the world with various groups. I am honored to have Jaska be so excited about this project and offering his exceptional skills as a drummer and collaborator. His playing will make my music crackle and pop! This is what he says:

"Paula Jaakkola's new music is an interesting combination of old and new pop, mixed with something I would call Finnish. Her music is very beautiful and simple. I'm really glad to be part of this project and happy that these tunes (that have been nurtured like a baby) now get a chance to be recorded, played and go out to people to listen to!"

The Project Details

Your contribution to this $10,000 project will allow me to:

1) Travel to Finland this December 2012 for one week; work with Ape and Jaska to arrange songs, rehearse with additional musicians and lay out basic tracks in a recording studio.

2) Continue working long-distance online with Ape and Jaska after the initial one week session outlined above. 

3) Have Ape add instrumental layers to the basic tracks for me to sing the final vocal tracks.

4) Have editing, mixing and mastering done.

5) Apply grants within the vital grant system in Finland for possible additional funding for post production that include packaging, design and duplication. 

Rewards

If you were to back this project, you will receive something valuable in return. Whether it be a signed album, private concert or Finnish lessons and a home cooked meal, it will all come from the bottom of my heart. Please check the rewards that I have listed on the right. 

Come and Listen to the Songs Live 

Welcome to my Kickstarter concert in NYC! The theme is Finnish spirit (or Finnish "sisu" as one might say) – I will throw some Finnish songs in the mix. Marvelous Saku Nousiainen on bass and fabulous Stephen Purcell on drums.

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge in completing an album is to work efficiently within a reasonable deadline and most importantly, a budget that makes all things possible. There is plenty of talent and persistence involved but making an album can lead to unforeseen expenses, however we are aware of liabilities and are taking every precaution to prevent possible issues. Nothing will ever materialize unless one has a clear vision and proactive means to achieve the goal.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Digital download of the completed album

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    29 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Signed physical CD (Add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    49 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    A poster of a handwritten musical score of one of Paula's songs + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    One handwritten lyric sheet of your choice, suitable for framing ... I actually have pretty nice handwriting + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    One 60-minute voice, piano, songwriting or Finnish lesson. In NY in-person or via Skype + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Follow the development of several Paula's songs this spring by getting email updates with MP3's that allow you to listen to all the phases between demo versions to completed, fully produced songs + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Come follow band rehearsals for a show in NYC (travel expenses not included) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    I write a personalized song for you or for your loved one. You get the recording of it and I keep the copyrights + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013, add'l fee required for shipping outside the US).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    One 45-minute private concert by me in your living room or a location of your choice (travel expenses not included) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    One 30-second jingle for your business' promo video or website (I keep the copyrights) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    I come to sing and play two 45-min. sets of soothing background music – jazz, pop classics and American Song book – for your event (travel expenses not included) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    One personalized song for you written by me (I keep the copyrights) + A private concert of two 45-min sets of music: my original songs, jazz, pop or from the American song book (travel expenses not included) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Come and follow one day of recording for the album in December 17th-20th in Finland (travel and accommodation expenses not included) + One signed physical CD (available Sept 2013).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Five signed physical CDs (available Sept 2013), dinner prepared by yours truly, a private concert: two 45-min sets of music (whether it be my originals, jazz, pop or from the American song book), a personalized song written for you by me and five 60-minute voice, piano, songwriting or Finnish lessons – in NY in-person or via Skype. (travel expenses for all above, not included)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $8,000 or more About $8,000

    Woah, you are truly a dedicated fan! You get everything that's been listed above!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    One guest pass (when applicable) to Paula's performance + One signed physical CD (Add'l fee required for shipping outside the US)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)