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Support Jay and friends in recording a professional music demo! 

Pre-order the CD, help finance the studio time, and enjoy our undying gratitude!
Support Jay and friends in recording a professional music demo! Pre-order the CD, help finance the studio time, and enjoy our undying gratitude!
34 backers pledged $880 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello Friends and Family!

As most of you know, I've been writing and playing songs with an acoustic guitar for the last 11 years. It's been one of the most fun aspects of my life, and hosting sing-a-long jam-bands has been a more rewarding experience than I ever could have imagined. You can download and listen to my 45+ songs at http://JayAckley.com (and also enjoy other nonsense I've put together over the years).

Besides a semi-regular gigging schedule in London when I was in undergrad, I've never been able to put the resources or time into pursuing music as a more-than-recreational activity.

However, with your help - I'm hoping to bring my songs out of the living room and into the semi-professional independent art world!

With the help of some close friends (Jen Overstreet on violin, David Beasley on bass, Liz Dolfi singing along, and Josh Giunta contracting some percussion) we hope to record a professional demo that can help take our music-playing to the next level.

I've consulted with a music studio based in the lower east side of Manhattan (http://mercysound.com/) and we've come up with an estimate of $450 dollars for the studio time and post-production to record 4 tracks.

I would like to use an additional $100 to produce physical copies of the CD, featuring artwork from the highly talented Jen. We have currently scheduled the recording session for August 1st, 2010 and we have been advised that all post-production will be completed before September, hence the end-date of the project.

I am hoping to use this professionally-produced demo to complement an increased number of gigs we play, and to mail off to studios and individuals who may be interested in financing further recordings. High quality recordings of a selection of songs will help us show that we're a talented a clever bunch of artists who are willing to put the work into a serious pursuit of music.

Any additional funds raised beyond the $550 will be used to finance recording of additional tracks and/or equipment we need for gigs. Check out the various items you can pre-order on the side of the site here, and please let me know if you have any questions!

With Love,
Jay & Friends

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    'Digital Demo' e-mailed to you with high-res album art and a personal thank-you note!

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    A hard-copy of the demo (w/ album art produced by the talented Jen Overstreet (www.lostmapstudio.com) mailed to you along with personalized thank-you note!

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    A hard-copy double album including the new demo and the previously produced 'Compendium' collection of 45+ of Jay's songs.

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    In addition to the double album, Jay and David will hand-stencil you a shirt based on the album art of the demo.

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    Commission a song by Jay!
    I can't promise that you will like it, but I will follow any guidelines on theme and music and hopefully write you something you can always cherish!

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