About this project
A bit of a background on my music and I.
Hi everyone. I was turned on to Kickstarter from a mutual friend and musician who used the service and ended up being able to fund an amazing record. Due to my pride, I didn't want to ask for help. I just thought that I was better than to ask for help but the truth is that we all need a little help at some point in our lives and hence, here I am. If you would allow, let me give you a little background history on myself. I started playing music at an early age of 10 and started gigging for money at age 13 and have played music and done this as a sole source of income ever since that young age of 13. I am now 37 years of age and I have yet to put out my "own" material. I chose to go down the "cover" world side of music and played in bands that only played covered and were weekend warriors playing from state to state in the southeastern portion of the United States. I found alot of success in this regard and just continued down that path but my musical journey was truly never fulfilled. In many ways, I feel like I had never even started, if that makes any sense. I was playing other's music and not my own. Here I am, at 37 years of age, and it finally really hit me that I have yet to record a full-length album of my own material. I have recorded albums with other bands and have written songs but I have never had the opportunity to record my own album and to share my experiences and my love of music with the world. I was always told that I was where I belonged : in the cover music world. I was always complimented for being in cover bands but not for having an identity of my own. I was always told that I couldn't be a singer / songwriter. No one believed in me enough to support my choosing the songwriting path. My peers and fellow musicians always just thought I needed to stay in the "cover" music side of the music industry. I always knew that I wanted to be better ad that I wanted to share with the world what I felt and the music that I had written and was writing. Several years ago, I was married for the second time and finally found the right partner and she is such a kindred spirit. She is a hard worker and is very supportive of my career and my love of music. As most of you know, it is quite hard being a musician or in any profession, for that matter, and raising children. We all want the best for our children and at the end of the day, it is very important and crucial to keep your family intact. I would not change a thing about my life and will never regret anything I have chose to do. If this project doesn't work out, I will have no regrets. I had to choose my children over my solo career and over making a record and that is what a responsible father should do. I, however, realize that I have not completed what I started. I have written some really great songs and I want to share them with the world. I want the world to feel my passion and maybe be inspired in some ways to create their own passion. Having our three daughters is a full-time job, both monetarily and physically. I am simply not at a point in my life to where I can fund a full length record on my own without possibly placing them in peril. I am no different that anyone else. I know that we all work hard and that for the most part, we all have dreams. I am getting older and I realize that my dream may not be able to come to fruition one day and I know that my journey contains this footprint in that of putting out a record. I am now at a place in my life where I am not afraid to ask for your help. I am not letting my pride get the best of me. I know my passion and I know my intentions and I know that I am going to do great things with this upcoming record while at the same time, I am going to help others in this process. This record is called, "New Days," in which sums up everything I just discussed with you. These our new times, these are new days and I am ready to fulfill this project. This belongs to you guys as much as it does me. I will never take anything you do for me for granted and I promise you wholeheartedly that I am eager, hungry and ready to record a great record for all of you. I truly hope that you can help me with this project in any possible way. No matter what happens with this project, I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read my story. God Bless you all and thanks again and I hope you can find something that you related to in the my story and that you will help me make this album possible.
Details regarding the album :
The album is being recorded in Jackson, MS at the world famous Malaco Records. The project is being produced by another past Kickstarter and Indie Singer / Songwriter Jason Turner. We are working very hard on this record but thus far have only been able to record one song in its entirety due to the high costs involved at recording at such a reputable studio. The album is being engineered by Mr. Kent Bruce who is a Grammy Award Winning Engineer and has worked with REM, Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynrd to name a few. We plan on having this record completed and ready to ship on November 19, 2013. I know that with all of the rewards, the music , the production and everything alike, that you will be very happy with this record as fans of music. I have a great team working with me and I am just asking for your help to complete something that I was never able to do ON MY OWN. I am humbling myself before you guys and asking for your assistance in making this all of "our" record. Please help make this a reality. Kickstarter is a great program and is a very reputable company. If you have any questions in regards to their practices or policies, please see their FAQ section and again, thank you in advance for anyone willing to help. A $5.00 Donation goes further than you can imagine.
Risks and challenges
As with any other hopefuls, I do not anticipate any setbacks as the dates have already been set in stone, so to speak, in terms of the recording times and album release date. But, as we know, problems can arise at times. I will always keep everyone abreast of any potential problems or delays by way of email and I will always have this posted on my site and up to date. Your faith and trust in me is just as important as this project and if any problems do arise that would cause delays, I do plan on giving the pledgers a special "goodie" of some sort that will be well worth the small inconvenience, I honestly and truthfully do not see any problems arising. Logistically, this has been researched, worked around, and planned for months :)
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