I'm recording songs about architecture, thieves, bicycles, the end of summer, and two roads that diverge in a wood. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 1, 2011.
About this project
Hi. I'm Lianne Smith. I'm known as the girl without a CD with her name on it. That's right, for years I've played some of the best clubs in Minneapolis, New York, and cities around the U.S., and I've worked on other people's records, but I've NEVER put out my own. But that's about to CHANGE. With your help through Kickstarter, you'll know me as the singer/songwriter with a Really Good debut album. I've got Anton Fier on board as the producer, as well as lot of New York's best musicians.
It used to be that a musician was able to depend on a record company for the money to make and release an album. The world has changed. And yet it hasn't. Because for centuries (yeah, centuries!) artists and their benefactors have joined together to produce art and music. This partnership changes our cultural landscape. You are my agents. You are my executive producers. YOU are my record company. When you make a contribution to this project through Kickstarter, you are putting in your vote for what you want to see and and hear out there in the world.
Excellent vs. Pretty Good
How did I decide on my level of funding? Well, a professional recording is expensive. This is my very first CD and this is my shot at making something that sounds EXCELLENT. I want to pay everyone involved the money they so well deserve. This money will go towards the studio, engineer, producer, musicians, mixing, mastering, artwork, and manufacturing. (YES, we're making something besides digital files!)
Get Ready to Help Get This Music Out There!
How can you help? Pre-order the digital or CD version of the album by clicking in the rewards area. How else can you help? GIVE MORE money! The more you contribute, the more freedom I'll have in the studio to hire musicians and CREATE music that you'll want to have.
The Nitty Gritty
We have until the end of February to reach the $10,000 goal. If the goal is not met, this project will lose ALL of its funding. Don't let this happen! (If you need more information about how this works, click on the FAQ link at the top of this page. ) Even if we reach the goal early, please don't hesitate to keep contributing to this project. The goal is the minimum amount necessary. Money = time in the studio. Let's turn something excellent into something extraordinary. Exceed the goal and you'll make everyone exceedingly happy -- especially my producer.
Connect Connect Connect
Any other way to help? YEAH. You can spread the word. Kickstarter makes it easy for you to share this page with others by providing clickable icons under the video area. Click on the Email icon and you'll be prompted to enter an email address. Choose someone who might dig my music. Connect us ....
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
10 backers All gone!
No reward is necessary.
I just want to help out. (Lianne sez: I'm not going to put a limit on this one.)
Pledge $15 or more
Digital download of the album before anyone else in the world gets it. Why is this more expensive than iTunes? Uh, because I think artists should get more than 99 cents for a song.
Pledge $25 or more
Digital download PLUS the CD mailed to you. It's nice to know that people still dig having a physical copy with artwork and credits.
Pledge $50 or more
Digital download and the CD, PLUS a personalized thank-you note on the CD. NOTE: I'll try to write carefully so that you can actually read what I have to say.
Pledge $75 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS a handwritten lyric sheet. (NOTE: I cannot guarantee that it will be completely legible!)
Pledge $100 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS a personalized thank-you song left on your voice mail.
Pledge $150 or more
2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS a Mystery Package. I used to host a hootenanny night and we always had a raffle of something from my house. The hootenanny is no longer, but you can still re-live those days by choosing "mystery package." If you have any idea how hard it is to part with my lovely quirky objects, you'll know why I'm limiting this reward to ten people.
Pledge $250 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS: You name the cover song and I'll do it and upload it to YouTube. God help me. Don't choose something completely out of my range or I'll wrangle you with my guitar cords.
Pledge $400 or more
1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS tour New York with me. We'll visit my favorite places. I've got a lot of them, so you can pick and choose.
Pledge $500 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS get your name in the credits. Click on this and none of your friends will be in the dark ever again about what kind of music you like.
Pledge $1,000 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS executive producer credit. This will be set in typeface, so don't worry, everyone will be able to read your name.
Pledge $2,500 or more
Digital download and a signed CD, PLUS credit as Executive Producer, PLUS a house concert for you and all of your friends. You can help me decide on the set list.
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