Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
I've written songs about love, grace, pain, hope and more. My heart is to encourage others w/this EP. I'd be honored if you'd help me.
97 backers pledged $10,612 to help bring this project to life.

About

Help Dustin AhKuoi Make His First Solo Original Album! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$10,612

97

This is my first original solo music project I have ever released. The time feels right...and I am very excited at the possibility of sharing with you. I have been through some hard things over the past few years that have changed my life and refined me as a person. Much of the content of this album comes from pressing through pain...seeing the love of God sustain me and give hope...learning about true love...struggling with faith...healing slowly over time...forming deeper relationships with family and friends...and much more.

My prayer for this album is that it would challenge, encourage, inspire, bring joy, bring healthy tears and smiles, make you nod your head, dance, grieve, breath deep...or whatever else it is supposed to do in your heart and mind. I have tried my very best to be honest, raw and true to who I am as an artist...which I hope will translate to you as the listener.

My goal is to raise $10,000...which would help cover studio time, musicians, mixing, mastering, art...and a host of other things. Currently I am looking at doing an EP which is comprised of 6 songs or less usually. I would be honored if you would consider helping me in this endeavor. If you can give financially...that is a blessing! If you can donate in encouragement and prayer...that is a blessing! Your interest alone means much to me!!!!

The album will be a mixture of styles that I've grown up listening to. My hope is to take my experiences of sitting next to my dad with his guitar...mix those with my love for Billy Joel and all things singer songwriter...stir in a little soul...and then add a dash of hip hop which I fell in love with because of my brothers awesome break dancing skills when I was a kid.

If I am fortunate enough to reach my goal...I will be EXTREMELY grateful. If by any chance I exceed my goal...my plan is to invest the rest into a full length album rather than an EP. I am investing some of my own money into this...but costs are high and again...I'd love your help! So...check out the pledge levels and give it some thought. Thank you so much for even taking the time to look at my Kickstarter campaign! 

I am extremely grateful to God for the gift of music...and I desire to give it back to the best of my ability through this album. Lots of love to all of you!!!!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    A virtual hug and a personal e-mail of gratitude! You are also guaranteed that I will break into a dance of joy on account of your donation.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude plus a digital download of the album before it's released. I will add jazz hands to my dance of joy.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    20 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released plus a signed physical copy of the EP. Once again...dance of joy...but with added scream of "(Insert your name) IS THE JAMMY JAM!"

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    33 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy of the EP PLUS I will write and record a short humorous song for you to give to someone on their birthday...or as a cheer up...or whatever. Lyrical content will come from an email exchange. I will post it on Youtube and then email you the link so you can send away! And...my dance of joy will have a little more flair with an added somersault.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    16 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, short original humorous song (see details above) PLUS I will include your name in the liner notes of the album! And...this time I will do all of the above dancing activities in a field of flowers.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    17 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, name included in the liner notes of the album PLUS I will personally write a full length serious song for you to give to someone as an encouragement...everybody could use that right? (Lyrical/Style content discussed via e-mail exchange. I will send an mp3 of the song to you via email) - And...yes...previous dancing activities PLUS...I will sing your name to the top of my lungs like I'm a cast member of Glee.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, name included in the liner notes of the album, full length serious song to give to someone (details above) PLUS 3 extra signed copies of the album and a limited edition signed album T-Shirt. Still dancing etc...but now wearing a gold sequined robe with a choir in the background.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, name included in the liner notes of the album, full length serious song to give to someone (details above), 3 extra signed copies of the album, limited edition signed album T-Shirt PLUS a custom art piece with your favorite lyric from the album. Taking the dance to an even higher level...full blown pyrotechnics (well...umm...sparklers)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, name included in the liner notes of the album, full length serious song to give to someone (details above), 3 extra signed copies of the album, limited edition signed album T-Shirt, custom art piece with your favorite lyric from the album PLUS a live unplugged show at your house (travel expenses not included outside of Atlanta) - AND....dance will include cute puppies and laughing babies to add to the JOY

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Virtual hug, personal e-mail of gratitude, digital download of the album before it's released, signed physical copy, name included in the liner notes of the album, full length serious song to give to someone (details above), 3 extra signed copies of the album, limited edition signed album T-Shirt, custom art piece with your favorite lyric from the album, plus a live full band show at your house or other venue of choice (travel expenses not included outside Atlanta. Also...venue costs not included if outside of your home) followed by dinner with the band on me PLUS 5 front row seats to my album release show - DANCE OF JOY WITH ALL PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED ACTS...PLUS I WILL SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUST (figuratively speaking) MID MC HAMMER DANCE

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (35 days)