About this project
New recordings in the Update section!! Check it out!
NOW THAT WE'VE REACHED $25,000 WE HAVE A REALISTIC STRETCH GOAL! IF WE REACH $40,000, ALL BACKERS WILL RECEIVE PHIL MADEIRA'S SOLO RECORDING "PM", as a download at the $10-$20 level, and as a physical CD for those who back at the $25 level and up! PLUS ALL BACKERS will gain FREE ADMISSION to a special Nashville MERCYLAND CONCERT!! IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU! THANK YOU!!
12 SONGS! 12 ARTISTS! Emmylou Harris, The Wood Bros, Red Dirt Boys, Amy Grant, Angel Snow, McCrary Sisters, John Scofield, Sugar & The Hi-Lows, Humming People and more coming together for a unique project of positive, spiritual music. This is a continuation of the well-received, highly acclaimed MERCYLAND: HYMNS FOR THE REST OF US, PRODUCED BY PHIL MADEIRA.
The first MERCYLAND CD was a labor of love. Music fans loved it, and critics did, too.
Shawn Mullins' track from the original Mercyland epitomizes the heart of this project- check it out~
"Give God The Blues" by Cannon, Madeira, Mullins. Video by Julee Duwe.
When we performed the music at Nashville’s iconic Downtown Church in 2012, we had a packed house full of people who wanted to hear a loving message. The joy was infectious as these top artists shared the love, hearkening back to what gospel greats like Mahalia Jackson and Blind Willie Johnson were singing about way back when.
The Mercyland project is about redemptive spirituality, inclusive and embracing.
It's about REAL MUSIC played and sung by great artists.
After much discussion, it’s been decided to record Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Chapter 2. The final lineup has yet to be determined but so far it includes Emmylou Harris, Amy Grant, The Wood Brothers, John Scofield, The McCrary Sisters, Sugar & The Hi-Lows, The Red Dirt Boys, Angel Snow, Phil Madeira, and the Norwegian band Humming People.
We have a great array of rewards for our backers, from hand-painted postcards to guitars and tee shirts, house concerts, and writing workshops. EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS- BOTH MERCYLAND 1 AND 2 ON VINYL- NUMBERED AND SIGNED! You even have a chance to sing on the project! Most importantly, backers will be intrinsically involved with a musical project that might actually make the world a little bit better.
The expense of recording a record of epic proportions is huge, not to mention manufacturing product and promoting it. Thanks so much for your help in getting this project completed.
A fun little bonus at from the $15 level and above~
Hand-painted Broken Bird-
This guitar autographed by the Mercyland roster!
Risks and challenges
Having made 2 records with Kickstarter backers, I'm confident that backers will not be disappointed. Our goal is to have the digital download in your hands by mid-September, and the physical products to you no later than November, just in time for Christmas! We want the highest quality product to be delivered to you, which means we won't cut corners, which means that our timeline of delivery may be stretched. In both CD projects before this one, we made our goals and had satisfied backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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