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Heart on Fire-creating music that touches people's lives.Taking a lifelong dream to the next level.
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Thank you so much. I can't begin to tell you what your generosity and support has meant to me over the last thirty days. I am moved beyond my ability to express in words.

I love the potential that music has to touch lives. When I was growing up, the songs of my favorite artists were able to carry the weight of some of my most complicated and devastating personal emotions. Ever since I discovered that power, I have lived to attempt to do that for others. Music has a power unlike almost anything else I've experienced to open hearts and touch the core of an emotion, to let the listener know: "I've been there. You're not alone."

That - to me - is beautiful. It's why I do this.

Nearly twelve years ago, I abandoned everything else - promising alternative futures notwithstanding - to chase this wild dream of being a performing songwriter. It's been a hell of a chase. In making 8 albums and EPs, touring nationally, and playing over 1,000 shows... I've learned a few things about being an artist... most importantly these two:

1. the most rewarding thing about being an artist is when something I've written touches someone's life.

2. perhaps even more importantly, I am nothing without my friends and fans... you guys.

In a way (perhaps because I was scared that I didn't have what it takes) I've never fully committed to this dream... until now.  This album 'Heart on Fire' is where I take a BIG shot on myself.

This is the album I've always wanted to write, because I started writing from the gut and the heart... like I did when I was fifteen, but with years of craft to back it up.  I'm making music to make music, not to fit the market... and ironically, some of my most marketable songs have emerged. I'm letting my heart out without any filters. And it feels like home. I can't wait to share this with you!

How I made records before:

I made my last three studio albums alone... with very little help or input from others.  I wrote all the songs, played nearly every instrument, produced, arranged, recorded, and mixed. And really, that's pretty cool. It was a lot of fun and a killer education.

And maybe because I was doing it alone... I don't think any album I've made up to this point, has come even close to living up to the potential I had at the point in my career when I made it.  I'm ready to do things differently.

How?

   1. I'm handing over the whole project to professionals who are brilliant at what they do.  The recording, mixing, mastering, and all of the other instrumental and background vocal performances... those will be up to people who are far better at each of those things than I am. These guys know what they're doing.  They know how to bring MUSIC to life!

   2. I plan on recording all of the basic performances live.  I hear a lot of comments about how people wish that songs on my studio albums had the energy and passion of the same songs at a live show.  I'm listening to my friends and fans. Live performance... vibe, feel, energy.

This album expresses the heart of my identity and voice as an artist better than any I've ever made... but there's something more important about it: these songs have gotten me truly excited - for the first time in years - to be a musician. I'm dreaming like a kid again. 

I am so grateful to everyone who's been a part of my journey to becoming an artist, and I want to give you all something incredible in return.  You have sustained me.  You have kept me going when I'm not sure I would have done that for myself. Seriously, thank you.  

I'm insanely grateful for EVERY pledge, large or small. Help me get this started.  I promise: I'll make you proud to be a part of where it ends up.


Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Risks and challenges

Making an album is an incredible process. It's also a complicated one. It's possible that it will take longer than expected to achieve the level of quality we're looking for in this recording. I am prepared to take on additional expenses if necessary to get the right result for this album. There is potential that my ability to fulfill the rewards for this project could be delayed if the album needs extra work to be truly finished and ready to ship. Everyone on this team is committed to creating outstanding art.

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    Get an unreleased acoustic recording of Long Way to Go (one of the tracks slated for this album) + A HUGE thank you + exclusive access to all project video updates.

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    Get the full length digital download of the new album at least a week before it's released + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go mentioned above + exclusive access to all project backer updates.

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    Pay it forward digital package. Get TWO copies of the full length digital album. One for you and one for a friend of your choice. You also get an instant download of the acoustic version of Long Way to Go and exclusive access to all backer updates.

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    You are pre-ordering a signed physical CD of the new album + the digital download at least a week before anyone else + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go + exclusive access to all project video updates. Shipping cost included.

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    TWO signed copies of the new album + TWO copies of the digital download at least a week before anyone else (one for you and one for a friend) + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go + exclusive access to all project video updates. Shipping cost included.

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    FIVE signed copies of the new album + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album (5 songs) + a digital download of the album at least a week before anyone else + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go + exclusive access to all project video updates. Shipping cost included.

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    THE FULL COLLECTION: This reward gets you SIGNED physical copies of "The Answer," "More than Maybe," "Live at Peach Street Studios," and TWO signed copies of the NEW album "Heart on Fire," + digital downloads of all four albums + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + the digital download of Long Way to Go + all backer exclusive project updates!

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    PERSONAL YOUTUBE VIDEO - YouTube video of ANY original song or cover that I already know dedicated to anyone you want + TWO Signed Physical CD's + the digital download of Heart on Fire at least a week before anyone else + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go + exclusive access to all project video updates. Shipping cost included.

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    YOUR NAME in the ALBUM CREDITS - I will put your name in the liner notes as a major contributor. In addition, you'll get a copy of the physical CD + a digital copy of the album + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + the acoustic download of Long Way to Go + all access to backer updates.

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    SONG of the month - You will get one new song recorded in my own awesome home studio every month for the entire year of 2014. You also get a personalized YouTube video of a song of your choice + a signed physical CD + a digital copy of the album + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + the digital download of Long Way to Go + access to all of the backer exclusive project updates!

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    GOOD KARMA CONTRIBUTION: Just want to help with this dream without receiving a reward? Well, THANK YOU! This will still get you some karma and the album download one week before it's released! Thanks so much!

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    Handwritten lyrics of every song on the album + copies of some of the original notes and lyrics from the original ideas + your name in the album liner notes! A signed physical CD + the digital download of Heart on Fire at least a week before anyone else + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + the acoustic version of Long Way to Go + exclusive access to all project video updates. Shipping cost included. This offer is limited to FIVE backers.

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    PERSONAL SKYPE/WEB SHOW - This gets you up to two hours of live music over the internet. I'll play my heart out just for you, or for you and a group of friends. You will also get your name in the liner notes, a signed physical CD, a digital copy of the album a week before anyone else, the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album, the acoustic download of Long way to Go, and all backer exclusive updates. This reward is limited to TEN backers

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    Private house concert (within 200 miles of Phoenix, AZ) Email aaronhowardmusic@gmail.com for availability. Includes Your Name in Album Credits + a digital download of the album + FIVE Signed Physical CDs + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + acoustic download of Long Way to Go + access to all project updates. This reward is limited to FIVE backers.

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    TWO professional recorded acoustic songs - I will make a stripped down, acoustic, professional recording of any two originals or covers (subject to content approval) for you in my awesome home studio. You will also get your name in the liner notes, a physical CD, a digital download, the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album, the digital download of Long Way to Go, and access to all backer updates. This offer is limited to TWO backers.

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    Acoustic show ANYWHERE in the United States. Email aaronhowardmusic@gmail.com for availability. Includes Your Name in Album Credits + a digital download of the album + TEN Signed Physical CDs + the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album + acoustic download of Long Way to Go + access to all project updates. (Travel expenses not included) this reward is limited to TWO backers.

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    Professionally recorded studio ACOUSTIC EP - up to 5 songs of your choice - ORIGINALS or COVERS! Pick up to five of your favorite songs (subject to content approval), and I'll create professionally recorded acoustic (your choice) versions of them. You will also get your name in the album credits, a signed CD of the new album, a digital download of the album, the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album, the acoustic version of Long Way to Go, and access to all of the backer exclusive updates. This is limited to TWO backers.

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    I'll write you a song - or we can write it together (via Skype or in person depending on location and availability) - You also get your name in the liner notes, a physical CD, a digital download of the album at least a week before anyone else, the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album, the acoustic download of Long Way to Go, and access to all backer updates. This reward is limited to 2 backers.

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    The EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - in addition to being listed as the ONLY executive producer in the album credits, you get: TEN CDs, a digital download of the album, the digital download of a backer exclusive ACOUSTIC EP of all of the B-Sides from this album, the acoustic version of Long Way to Go, an acoustic show at your house anywhere in the US (travel not included) and access to all of the backer exclusive updates, This offer is limited to ONE backer!

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