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Listen to previews of my second album "Running, Chasing". Pre-order it here so that it can be mixed, mastered, and released!

LISTEN TO "NORTHERN SKY" - MY SINGLE OFF OF "RUNNING, CHASING"

Pledge a dollar or more and automatically receive a digital copy of the single. Just be sure provide your email address and I'll send it along! 

THE STORY

Hi there. Sandy Bailey, here. I am a songwriter and a singer from Western Massachusetts. Thanks for watching my homemade video about my homemade record, "Running, Chasing", which I just finished recording at my house in Turners Falls. With the help of my good friend and producer, Ryan Hommel (producer and guitar player for Seth Glier), and engineer, Mikhail Pivovarov, from Carriage House Studios in Connecticut, my home was transformed into a recording studio for five days with a drum kit in the kitchen and an organ leslie next to the oven. I stood in the living room and sang my heart out while I tracked all of my vocals live. Ryan sat next to me strumming his guitar, and Darby Wolf (of Rubblebucket Orchestra) pounded out some soul licks on the piano in the adjacent room. There is even that track where I sat at the piano playing and singing, while my father, Jim, played the harmonica and the crickets chirped outside in the yard. All of these sounds, even the crickets, were recorded as they were made with no comps overdubs.

I decided to record live in my home with my friends to invite you, the listener, into the honest place from which my songs were written. I wanted to create that warm, live spirit often found in a sixties soul recording, giving a nod to a simpler time when making a record was about putting a bunch of people in a room with some microphones. This is not to say that the songs on the record are strictly soul tunes. They range from alt-country to indie piano-pop; yet all of the songs possess the common thread of me singing with all my heart, delivering my emotional confessions of life experience.

WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED

This album was recorded with such heart and love, that everyone involved charged me very little or a small advance in good faith that I would be able to pre-sell the album on Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to complete the project. I still need to pay Mikhail for coming to my house and recording all the sounds, and to finish mixing and mastering all of the songs. I also need to pay an artist to create the album artwork, and pay to have the CD manufactured. All of these things amount to thousands of dollars.

HOW WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN

I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish so far, and I would love to be able to finish the album and put it into your hands. If you like what you hear, please pre-order the CD here! Buy a few extra as gifts for your friends! And PLEASE share this Kickstarter page with all of your friends so that they can buy the CD! If you are able to contribute more than just the amount to pre-buy the record, there are treats and incentives to make it worth your while, including handmade posters, house concerts, and even dinner cooked by me :) (I am a mom, after all.)

As you may know, I need to raise my entire goal of $6,500 in order for the project to be funded. If I do not reach my goal, you won't be charged, but I won't receive any money at all, and this project that so many people have invested their love and time into won't be finished or heard by anyone. 

So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for visiting my Kickstarter page and for your help in spreading the word and making this album happen. I wish you all much happiness in this New Year!

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Ryan, Mikhail and I have already taken on the biggest risk by investing our time and money upfront to get the project up and running. We have coordinated the hardest part, which is getting everyone in the same room at the same time. We've accomplished the monumental task of arranging and tracking all of the songs and we are confident that we have made a killer product, with songs that you will love to listen to. Now, the big risk is the question of whether we will raise enough money to finish up the details and get the CD out to you. If we do reach our funding goal the biggest challenge will be completing the mixing and mastering process within the expected timeframe. We have the goal of finishing everything by the Spring of 2013, but delays often happen. So, when the project is funded, the big question is not "WILL the project be completed?" but "WHEN will it be completed?" I will be sure to keep all of you posted with updates on our progress and changes to any deadlines we originally anticipated.

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