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Ellisa Sun's debut album, backed by her full band, features unique heartfelt textures of folk, rock, bossa nova, Neo-Soul, and jazz.
Ellisa Sun's debut album, backed by her full band, features unique heartfelt textures of folk, rock, bossa nova, Neo-Soul, and jazz.
Ellisa Sun's debut album, backed by her full band, features unique heartfelt textures of folk, rock, bossa nova, Neo-Soul, and jazz.
132 backers pledged $10,385 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! I'm Ellisa Sun, and thank you for your interest in my project! I'm a singer-songwriter based in the Bay Area, originally from Seal Beach, California.

My Story

I have secretly dreamt of singing and creating music since I was 7 years old. Writing poems, journaling and singing alone in my room made me happy, but I never thought I could perform or write songs. 

20 years later, I found myself living in San Francisco. Inspired by the Bay Area's music scene, I worked up the courage to share my voice with others. Singing covers in front of my close friends became singing covers at open mic nights. 

Then, my sister Nicole (who is a brilliant comedy writer and actress in her own right) encouraged me to try writing my own song. (Fun Fact: the first original song I ever wrote was a comedy song called "First World Problems".) The floodgates opened, and more original songs began pouring out of me.

I like to think of Songwriting and singing as therapy: my words and voice are tools to help release mental and emotional energy. And I don't have to pay insurance! (Har har.)

As I continued to perform, things just snowballed. I met my band, worked hard, and now my dreams of singing and creating have become a reality! 

Every day, I take a step back and honestly cannot believe I'm doing the thing I love. I am so grateful to have found my voice, and I can't wait to share it with the world.

The Album

This album is my first baby, showcasing the sound my band and I have created over the past four years. The sounds you will hear are a combination of my favorite genres: soul, jazz, R&B, bossa nova, folk, and rock.

I've been lucky enough to grow up with a family passionate about music. My mom always played records ranging from Joni Mitchell to Earth, Wind, & Fire to Alicia Keys. Before I actually started creating my own music, I was an avid listener and fan. I have a love affair with music, and I wholeheartedly want this album to sound as amazing as the artists I grew up listening to. 

The Band

My band is a hardworking, highly creative, badass team. We complement, challenge, and help each other build our unique sound.  

There will be 8 songs on the album and the arrangements have been written by myself and my bandmates. Recording them in the studio will be purely magical!!

Quincy and I have been playing together for 3 years. He is extremely hardworking and has a fabulous ear. Fun fact: He just got married and I even taught a Yoga class at his wedding!
Quincy and I have been playing together for 3 years. He is extremely hardworking and has a fabulous ear. Fun fact: He just got married and I even taught a Yoga class at his wedding!

 

Zach is an all around boss on the upright bass, and he just opened up his own recording studio, Watershed Sound! Check out his studio: http://www.watershed-sound.com/#home
Zach is an all around boss on the upright bass, and he just opened up his own recording studio, Watershed Sound! Check out his studio: http://www.watershed-sound.com/#home

 

Wesley Woo has been shredding on guitar his entire life, and he is a fabulous singer-songwriter in his own right. Check out his music: http://www.wesleywoomusic.com/
Wesley Woo has been shredding on guitar his entire life, and he is a fabulous singer-songwriter in his own right. Check out his music: http://www.wesleywoomusic.com/

 

 

Dan has been playing the sax for 15 years and has incredible talent. His parts have added a mind-blowing layer to my music!
Dan has been playing the sax for 15 years and has incredible talent. His parts have added a mind-blowing layer to my music!

 

 
Itoro and I create harmonies I have never been able to create with anyone. She is a singer-songwriter with her own beautiful material too! Check her out here: http://thoughtsofmymind-itoro.blogspot.com/
Itoro and I create harmonies I have never been able to create with anyone. She is a singer-songwriter with her own beautiful material too! Check her out here: http://thoughtsofmymind-itoro.blogspot.com/

 

The Studio

I will be working with producer Jay Pellici, who will engineer and mix the album at Oakland-based studio New, Improved Recording. Jay has 13 years of experience engineering and mixing records that I love, and I am so honored to be working with him.

Want more info about the recording studio? Check them out here: http://newimprovedrecording.com/

What is your contribution paying for?

-8 days of recording and engineering time in the studio.

-Mixing the 8 songs.

-Mastering the 8 songs.

-The album art and physical duplication of the CD.

-Custom T-Shirts and Guitar Picks featuring my Album Art.

-Digital Distribution of the album on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.

Thank you!

Your support throughout the years of me growing my band, improving my voice and sharing my material is what keeps me going. 

A HUGE thank you to Salvatore Fullmore for filming this Kickstarter video! Make sure you check out this work here: 

http://www.salvatorefullmore.com/

Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel for your help with this project, and for listening to my music! I love you all so, so much!!

Love, 

Ellisa

Risks and challenges

My band and I are very tight, hardworking and excited about this project. Because there are so many moving parts and people involved, I would say the largest risk and challenge is staying on schedule. Should the project get pushed back to a later date due to scheduling conflicts or unforeseen illness/injury, I will make sure to communicate to you all the updates.

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    Have your name in my album! You will receive an autographed CD from me and your name will appear in the CD Jacket as a contributor to the project.

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    Sing you a Cover!

    You will receive an autographed CD, your name in the liner notes, PLUS I'll learn a cover of your choice, dedicate it to you and post it on Youtube!

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    Write you a Song!

    You will receive an autographed CD, custom T-shirt, your name in the liner notes, PLUS I will write you a song, dedicate it to you and post it on Youtube! (The song can be on the subject of your choosing.)

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