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A stocking full of new Christmas originals + YOU 
= the Advent of a new Carolyn Arends record!
A stocking full of new Christmas originals + YOU = the Advent of a new Carolyn Arends record!
387 backers pledged CA$ 28,691 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: Check out our video guide to the reward selection ...

UPDATE: Check out our wee video diary of tracking in the studio!

UPDATE: Check out pics of the commissioned painting and the limited edition Christmas cards!

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:

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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!

THE STORY: 

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 is the one on the right)
(Spencer is the one on the right)

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:

It's never boring at the board ...
It's never boring at the board ...

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.

THE REWARDS:

[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! 

Pax Christi,

Carolyn

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 info@carolynarends.com. (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.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ... A digital copy of the album, including a PDF of the artwork & liner notes, PLUS Carolyn's infamous "Rudolph Live" single, emailed to you at least 2 weeks before the release date.

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    SIGNED & NUMBERED CD ... autographed to the recipient of your choice, mailed to you at least 1 week before the release date, plus the digital downloads 2 weeks before. Includes shipping in US & Canada (we'll work out the shipping cost with you if you are overseas.)

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $46

    TRIPLE CHRISTMAS PACK ... 3 CDs: The new one (CHRISTMAS: STORY OF STORIES), Carolyn's previous Christmas disc (CHRISTMAS: AN IRRATIONAL SEASON), & Spencer Capier's INSTRUMENTAL CHRISTMAS, all mailed 1 week before the release date, plus the digital downloads. *If you already have the 2 previous releases, you may select 3 copies of the new project instead.

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    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About $64

    ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK ... The Triple Christmas pack, each disc autographed to the person(s) of your choice, PLUS 6 limited edition Christmas cards featuring the CHRISTMAS; STORY OF STORIES cover art (painted by Robert Ellis Orrall), PLUS the digital downloads.

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    Pledge CA$ 90 or more About $83

    AUTOGRAPHED 5-PACK of the new disc PLUS 6 Christmas cards, PLUS the digital downloads.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $92

    CAROLYN'S ENTIRE DIGITAL CATALOGUE plus THE ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK. You will receive digital copies of all 10 of Carolyn's previous albums IMMEDIATELY (i.e. as soon as the Kickstarter project successfully closes), PLUS the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK in October.

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    Pledge CA$ 160 or more About $147

    AUTOGRAPHED 10-PACK of the new disc, PLUS 10 limited edition Christmas cards, plus the digital downloads.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $275

    HANDWRITTEN LYRIC ... The Carolyn Arends lyric of your choice, handwritten, personalized (as you wish), & framed by me ... PLUS the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $275

    LESSON WITH SPENCER ... A 30-minute Skype instrument lesson (violin, mandolin, bouzouki or guitar) with Spencer Capier ... PLUS the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $459

    MUSICIAN CREDIT ... You will be listed in the CD album credits under "Additional Musicians" as having played one of these instruments: Mistletoe, Sehnsucht, Ebenezer, Kringler, Humbug, Golden Rings. You will select your preferred instrument based on order of sign-up, & your name will appear in the same size type as the other musicians. If you wish, you may gift this recognition to that friend or family member whom no-one ever credits. Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $917

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ... You will be listed in a prominent font on the back cover (right after the producer credit) as an executive producer. (The absolute maximum number of executive producer backer options available is 4, so you will be part of a very select group.) Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,376

    The ORIGINAL ROBERT ELLIS ORRALL COVER ART PAINTING plus EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. Painting is on a 2' x 2' canvas, suitable for framing. It will be a nativity scene (with no album text) done in Robert's whimsical, primitive, folk art style. (See his online gallery to get the flavour: http://www.orrall.com/orrallgallery1.html.) Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About $1,835

    A CUSTOM ACOUSTIC RECORDING of the Carolyn Arends song of your choice. Carolyn & Spencer will record an acoustic version of any Carolyn Arends song - or you may negotiate a "cover" song you'd like us to try. You will receive a CD of this recording, & then we will also make it available to the public as a downloadable track bearing your name. (I.e. "John Doe's Free Bird" ... but please don't make us record "Free Bird"!) Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,752

    A CONCERT with Carolyn & Spencer. We will perform a full length concert in your home, church, theatre or any other venue of your choice. (If you are more than 200KM from Vancouver, travel costs & sound requirements will be negotiated.) Date to be determined. Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,752

    A CAROLYN ARENDS SONG WRITTEN & RECORDED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU ... You will give Carolyn some details about a loved one or situation you'd like a song written about. She will write the song & record it acoustically in the studio & send it to you digitally & on compact disc. Merry Christmas, indeed! (Dates to be determined, but we can get it done in time for Christmas if it's going to be a gift.) Also includes the ULTRA CHRISTMAS PACK.

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $4,587

    THE WORKS.
    * Your choice of either a CONCERT, a CUSTOM ACOUSTIC RECORDING, or a CUSTOM WRITTEN & RECORDED SONG, plus:
    * Executive Producer Credit
    * Handwritten lyric
    * Spencer Skype Lesson (may be gifted)
    * 10 autographed copies of the new disc
    * An autographed copy of CHRISTMAS: AN IRRATIONAL SEASON
    * An autographed copy of Spencer's CHRISTMAS INSTRUMENTAL
    * 10 limited edition cover art Christmas cards
    * Digital downloads and ...
    * Legendary status as the BACKER OF BACKERS

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