UPDATE: Our minimum funding goal of $11K was met in ONE day. Wow! We are beyond grateful!!! ... But we're not done yet! While we can guarantee this record will be made, it will actually cost much more to record and promote. Every penny of your backing will help us do more with the music. [See Update #3 for more details - Thanks!]
I can't tell you how encouraging it's been to hear from friends near and far. THANK YOU for backing the project, spreading the word, and being a part of this thing! To express our gratitude, we've added some additional rewards:
Hi. My name is Carolyn Arends. If we haven't met before, I am a singer, songwriter and author living in Surrey, BC (near Vancouver.) I've released 10 previous albums and 3 books ... and now I'm recording a new project entitled CHRISTMAS: STORY OF STORIES.
This new disc will feature 9 of my original tunes, 1-2 covers, and 2-3 Christmas classics. It's been 5 years since my last record (and 10 since my last Christmas project), so I can't even tell you how excited I am to get back in the studio and make this music!
Every year, for the past 25 years or so, I've written a new song for the Christmas Eve Service at Blue Mountain Baptist Church. Ten years ago, I put several of those songs on a recording entitled CHRISTMAS: AN IRRATIONAL SEASON. It looked like this:
Now, I've got a stocking full of new songs and some sweet, rootsy arrangements of them with my duo partner Spencer Capier. Spencer looks like this:
Spencer and I are going to meet up with a really fine drummer and bass player in Whitewater Studios [update: we tracked the bass & drums the weekend of May 30 - see our video diary here!], where co-producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist Roy Salmond will add his secret sauce. This is Roy at Whitewater:
We should be all done the recording by the summer (Christmas in July!) and have warm, fresh CDs in your hand by early October.
Here's the deal ... as independent artists, we can only make this music if you want us to. Do you want us to? We'll play our hearts out for you if you do.
[Update: In addition to the rewards packages listed to the right of this page, EVERY backer at every level will receive a PDF songbook, and every backer who pledges $50 or more will also receive an "I SEIZED THE DAY WITH CAROLYN ARENDS" t-shirt - see Update #1 for more details.]
Check out our backing levels and rewards. We had a lot of fun dreaming them up - and we're hoping you have a lot of fun getting them! In addition to the opportunity to pre-purchase your advance-shipped digital or personally autographed and numbered hard copy of the album, we've got some crazy options like a custom-written Carolyn Arends song, limited edition Christmas cards, your name in the album credits, a concert, and much more.
Thanks for supporting this music. Please message us if you have any questions. Oh, and most importantly ... Merry Christmas!
PS - At this stage we can guarantee that the record will be made if we raise $11000. But the recording will actually cost much more than that. Our first stretch goal will be $17000 - at that backing level we'll be able to have our favourite mix engineer (Greg Reely) mix the project. Any funds beyond that will help us add more elements to the recording, not to mention making it possible for us to promote the music and get it in the hands of more people. Thanks for your part!
PPS - If you're not familiar with my music, check it out at WWW.CAROLYNARENDS.COM
Risks and challenges
As with all things creative, there could be unanticipated roadblocks. (Mixing board goes down, I get laryngitis, Grandma gets hit by a reindeer, that sort of thing.) However, we feel confident that we've built in enough cushion that our release date goal of October 15 is very workable - and even if we miss it for some reason you should absolutely positively have this music in your hands in plenty of time for Christmas. (Deo volente.)
Other Important Notes:
1) TAX RECEIPTS: There are no tax receipts given for Kickstarter projects. If you are in Canada and prefer not to receive any of the above rewards, but would like to make a tax receiptable donation to Carolyn Arends through IncarNATION Ministries, please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (And thank you!)
2) YOUR PLEDGE: Your credit card will not be charged until the Kickstarter project is successfully funded. All charges will be in Canadian funds (quite a deal for our American and overseas friends!)
3) YOUR REWARDS: After the Kickstarter project is over, you will be contacted regarding shipping and any custom features. (All rewards include free shipping in Canada and the USA; if you live outside those regions, we'll be in touch to figure out exact shipping costs.) You will receive digital downloads of the new project at least 2 weeks before the release date, and the physical CD will be mailed at least 1 week before the release date. Right now the official release date is October 15, 2014 - although that is subject to (slight) change, you will get this music in plenty of time for Christmas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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