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The story and songs of grief, mourning and the process of healing in our hearts after the death of our 4 year old son Noah from cancer.
The story and songs of grief, mourning and the process of healing in our hearts after the death of our 4 year old son Noah from cancer.
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"Beauty From Ash" is an album of songs about my journey as I've walked through the most difficult time in my life - my son's battle with childhood brain cancer and his passing at 4 years old. These songs are honest. Some are very raw, written from the most painful moments of my life. Some of the songs are joyful, as I have experienced comfort and peace from God as He heals my heart from the pain. 

Noah was just 21 months old when he was diagnosed with Chorid Plexus Carcinoma. He endured 3 very difficult brain surgeries to remove the tumor. He underwent extensive chemotherapy, radiation and experimental therapies and nothing worked. We lost Noah at the age of 4 on May the 18th 2012. He was the bravest boy who ever lived. Please read his story at www.PrayforNoah.com

We have asked the hard questions. Why us God? Why Noah? Why do horrible and painful things happen to the innocent? Some of these songs address these questions. 

In the most painful and difficult season of our life we have such a strong desire to share our story with the world. We are people of faith. God has comforted us and held us in His love in the worst moments. We want to share this love and the message of His comfort with those who have been affected by tragedy and pain. We want to grieve with those who grieve and give comfort and encouragement to others like we have been given. 

You can listen to a few of the songs that will be recorded on the album at:

www.johndavidcrowe.com/music

Our plan is to use the funds raised to produce and promote the album of songs. We will be recording in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (famous for making hit records) at the Nutthouse Recording Studio under the direction of Jimmy Nutt. Tony Hooper is the producer and will be arranging the players and singers for the album. Tony is a seasoned music industry professional and has a great gift for producing. 

The funds raised will be used to pay for:

Studio time, musicians, mixing and mastering, production of the physical album, promotion of the album and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the project. 

The estimated price for this project is $25,000; an additional $1,625 is needed to cover the Kickstarter fee.

Once this album is complete we will seek out every door that will open to us and present the songs and story to any audience that is made available to us.  People everywhere in this world are hurting from life's disappointments. Not everyone has lost a child to cancer and experienced what we have, but everyone has pain and a reason to grieve from time to time. Our message is simple: In the most difficult trial of your life, when you are at your lowest point and life has never hurt so bad, don't give up on your relationship with God. We have found that as we connect with others who are grieving from trouble, we get to comfort them while we are comforted as well (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Our desire is to encourage the broken-hearted and help those who are dealing with the most difficult questions in life. Our songs are a product of our grief, our growth, and our encouragement from staying connected to God. Jesus stated in Matthew 5, "blessed are the ones who mourn, for they will be comforted." We are living proof that God can repair damaged hearts and restore hope to someone who has lost all hope. 

Please partner with me and Jessica on this project. Your contribution of any amount will much appreciated.

Thank you so very much!

John David & Jessica Crowe

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge we have is acquiring the funds for this project.

Booking the studio and arranging dates for all the musicians to be in the right place at the right time will not be difficult logistically.

If we are not able to book the studio at the end of the Kickstart campaign due to the studio/musicians' schedule, we will reschedule the studio time and postpone the release date in order to have adequate time to produce the album.

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    Digital download of the track and music video of "Beauty from Ash," and a sincere thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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    Digital download of the album with music video of "Beauty From Ash."

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    CD of the album with video of "Beauty From Ash" signed with a thank you card and a "Pray for Noah" bracelet.

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    CD of the album with video of "Beauty From Ash" signed with a thank you card and a "Pray for Noah" bracelet.

    Your name will be printed on the inside of the album in the "thank you" section.

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    Solo concert of the album on a scheduled date by John David. (Travel over 90 miles will need to be compensated.)

    CD of the album with video of "Beauty From Ash" signed with a thank you card and a "Pray for Noah" bracelet.

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    Behind the scenes at the studio! You and 1 guest come to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to the Nutthouse Recording Studio and experience the making of the album. Eat lunch with John David and some of the musicians.

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    CD of the album with video of "Beauty From Ash" signed with a thank you card and a "Pray for Noah" bracelet.

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    Become a Co-Producer! Your name will be listed as "Co-Producer" on the album. You and 1 guest will come to the Nutthouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL during recording and sit in the booth as the mix happens. Stay for lunch with John David and some of the musicians.

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    Full concert of the album with the full band and production on a scheduled date.

    The entire crew will come to your venue and preform all the songs from the album (and more) with production. (Travel for distances over 90 miles will need to be compensated; provide hotel accommodations if necessary.)
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    30 CD's of the album with video of "Beauty From Ash" signed with a thank you card and "Pray for Noah" bracelets.

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    A Southern Home-Cooked Supper.

    I, along with my sweet wife, will come to your house and make fried chicken for you and your family using my mother's recipe, and Jessica will prepare for you the best potato salad known to man. There is also a possibility of a chocolate ganache cake for dessert - and everyone knows that Jessica makes the best chocolate ganache cake in the universe. (Travel for distances over 90 miles will need to be compensated; provide hotel accommodations if necessary.)

    You will also get a CD, a hand written thank you note, and you will be listed as "Co-Producer" on the album credits. (Seriously - you haven't eaten a better potato salad and fried chicken dinner in your life.)

    Private concert at your house as well.

    For real - It's REALLY good fried chicken.

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