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$754
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 7 2012 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Music is a gift from God - it has such great power and influence.  Music can offer encouragement, refuge, and solace. It can stir emotions and passions, strengthen memories, and provide enjoyable entertainment.  It helps us to connect with others - with the ability to help us gain empathy and understanding and increase our love.   Music has the power - for better or for worse - to influence our political, social, and religious beliefs, impact our values, and influence our actions.

Perhaps more than any other demographic group, teens are particularly influenced by music. It is a key part of defining who they are,  can influence what "crowd" they associate with, and impact how they speak, act, and dress.

In the war raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our youth, music and other media is being used as a powerful weapon against traditional Christian values.  Particularly concerning is the increasing assault on our young women - the outright mockery of virtue and chastity, the promotion of immodest clothing, speech, and actions, and other degrading and demoralizing messages that seek to stain their souls and devalue their divine nature.

OF PRECIOUS VALUE is an effort to provide our youth with more "current" sounding music that is respectful and worthy of their divine nature.  Our youth should not need to lower their standards in order to enjoy popular sounding music!  

This project focuses on 8 core values that are emphasized within the official Young Women's program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

  • Faith
  • Divine Nature
  • Individual Worth
  • Knowledge
  • Choice & Accountability
  • Good Works
  • Integrity
  • Virtue

These values and concepts encompass many other values and character traits that all people of faith can and should embrace.

This album project includes songs that promote, address, or typify each individual value.  Melodies are catchy, fun, and inspiring.  Musically, the project aims to have a good range of current sounding pop/rock, like you might expect to hear on the radio from popular artists.  In fact, some of the music you've heard in this video is a rough draft for music that will ultimately be on the album.

These songs are not just songs written by adults to "preach" to the youth - these are messages from the youth to other youth!  Young women are involved in the songwriting and production, will be singing the songs, and will even be playing some of the instruments.  This message will connect with the youth because it is coming in part from the youth.  The music and lyrics are both being created in a way to help our youth be "IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF THE WORLD".  This is not music that will simply be listened to on Sunday or for special occasions - this music will be the type that youth will want to keep in heavy rotation on their iPods!

Jenessa (14)  in a recording session for a recent album project. Jenessa is one of the key figures in helping to bring this project to life. In fact, her poetry  has not only helped to inspire some of the songs on this album, it played a role in inspiring the entire project concept.

In addition to an album of great music, as part of this project we are striving to create an online community where young women, their leaders, and their parents can share their testimonies and inspiring stories, get suggestions for youth/young women activities relating to music and media, discover more new music and other resources, and be uplifted with a positive message.  A dedicated website is being planned and will be up prior to release.  Your photo and your story could be included, see the FAQ section for details!

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to complete this project. A great deal of time and resources is required to complete this project at the level of quality that it deserves.  Even though we are able to do an enormous amount of the production for this album ourselves, the cost of production, advertising, duplication, website creation, and other needs is extremely significant. Without your support, this project will not be possible.  The fundraising goal is the absolute minimum we must raise through donations and advance sales. Your support will help us reach thousands of youth, and ensure that you will be among the first people to own this powerful, positive music.   Please consider not only purchasing a copy for yourself or your youth, but please also consider donating copies to your local young women's church group.  I have felt the hand of God in this work and I bear my testimony to you that I know that this music will have a positive impact on our youth, and create opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR MUSICIANS/ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS:  We are planning to feature possibly up to 4 bonus songs in addition to the 8 value specific songs.  This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your talent to your target audience, and gain a great deal of exposure for your original music.  If you would like to be considered for this project, please contact Matt Mylroie through this page for full details or refer to the FAQ section.  This invitation is open to youth and adults both.

We will be taking a similar approach with album art and the CD design.  Unlike the music, this invitation is only open to youth ages 12-18.  Please see the FAQ section for more details.

This project is not created, endorsed, funded, or distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and we are not implying any endorsement from them. This project is, however,  being created by active members of the LDS Church, and we do believe that it will be "Of Precious Value" for both LDS members and for members of other Christian denominations.

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    ALL donors get access to exclusive album updates and bonus material, an electronic copy of the first single, and the ability to HELP CREATE THE ALBUM by voting to choose the album cover, CD design, bonus songs featuring other artists, and possibly more!

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    Personally signed album on CD, a booklet containing the lyrics for each of the 8 core songs, and 3 electronic album copies.

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    Personally signed album on CD, a booklet containing the lyrics for each of the 8 core songs, 5 electronic album copies, and A COPY OF THE SONGS MINUS THE MAIN VOCALS so that you can use the music as performance tracks for your own singing!

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    Choose between 15 copies on CD or 30 copies electronically. Plus, get the booklet containing the lyrics for the core songs and other information, and a copy of the songs minus the main vocals for use as performance tracks.

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    Personally signed commemorative plaque (framed album jacket and CD), name in the album credits, a signed CD, and up to 60 electronic album copies for your youth/young women event or congregation. Plus get the booklet containing lyrics and other information and a copy of the songs minus the main vocals.

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    Personally signed commemorative plaque (framed album jacket and CD), name in the album credits, a signed CD, and up to 200 electronic album copies for your youth/young women event or congregation. Includes the booklet with lyrics and other information, plus a copy of the songs minus the main vocals as well!

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    Your real rewards are eternal! But, in the meantime you can pick any of the previous rewards you would like. Then, if you would like, we'll include your name and/or business logo if applicable on the CD, online, and clearly visible in all advertising we do for 6 months!

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Funding period

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