Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 20, 2012.


Under Control is a new album from May Hwen's solo project that gently mixes jazz, soul, blues, rock and pop.

If we're going to reach the goal, I'll need your help!

1) Please pledge $1 or more, every dollar makes a difference, and I want as many people involved in this project as possible.

2) Once you've made a pledge, share on facebook that you've backed this project. There's even a shortcut link to do that at the end of the payment process.

3) If you know somebody who knows me or my music, or if you know they'll like my music, please personally reach out to them via text or phone or with an individual facebook message and remind them that this kickstarter is going on. Most backers are people who were contacted in a personal way. :)


Please donate whatever amount you are able! I am so fortunate to have such a supportive team of people working on this album, and if you buy rewards on this project, I will be able to compensate all of them for the huge investment of their time and hard work.

As is the way of the Kickstarter, we don't get to keep any of the money and your cards are not charged anything if we raise less than $2,811. That was a hard lesson we learned with the first kickstarter for this album where we fell $189 short of the $5,000 goal. Since then, the highest backers have fronted me their pledges so that we can immediately resume working on the album, and that is why the new goal is much lower, because I've removed their pledges from the kickstarter equation.

Being a new artist and funding a proper album is not easy, it takes alot of work, and support, and sacrifice. This is my second album, and that lesson was just as hard on the first. I plan on staying determined and focused on releasing music that is original and worthy of your attention.

So please forward this to your friends and family, and check back again on the morning of the deadline on Friday July 20th and see how we're doing on our goal!


May Hwen


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    THE DOLLAR PACK: You will get a download of one song from the album, a May Hwen sticker, a thank you card, and all the inside updates on the release of the album. I can't stress this enough, if you have at least a dollar's worth of support for this project PLEASE don't leave this page without pledging that dollar. We need absolutely every one of my supporters on board or we might not make the goal, and then we lose every single dollar that everyone else has pledged. Thank you for believing in this project!

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    I will pre-sell the album to you! You'll be the first to get it when it's done! + dollar pack.

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    Super hot autographed poster of May Hwen and a digital short inspirational story about Loss and Redemption + album + dollar pack.

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    Pick any one of my shows within the year (like the CD release party!) and I'll put you and two friends on the list + poster + short story + album + dollar pack.

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    Your name will be specially thanked in the printed and digital liner notes of the album + list + poster + short story + album + dollar pack.

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    This is the amount that we were short on the last kickstarter. Select this reward to show me you've got my back. If you live in Nashville, I will take you out to dinner. If you live elsewhere, I'll take you out to dinner when my travels take me in your direction. Otherwise, me and my band will all get on Skype with you before a rehearsal (much like the rehearsal that was underway during the shooting of this Kickstarter video) and chat with ya before we play. And you're welcome to stay on Skype while we play if you want! + special thanks + list + poster + short story + album + dollar pack.

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