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The RMS Five is recording a long-awaited Christmas album, featuring our unique roots-based, doo wop, "gospelized" harmonies!

The RMS Five wants to wish a Merry Christmas to all of you. No, we're not crazy ... we know it's only September ... but it takes a while to record an album if you want to do it right (and we want to do it right), so we've been at this for a couple of months already, and we're really in the Christmas spirit! (Yes, that's us singing on the video.)

In late October/early November, we're planning to release a most awesome Christmas album, full of our signature RMS Five sound: lots of lively harmonies on roots-based arrangements done with our own version of doo wop/R&B/"gospelized" flair. We don't know anyone else doing the kind of music we do, and judging from what our fans tell us, it's a most welcome sound. (Thank you, fans. We couldn't do it without you.) For the past 5 years, people have been begging us to release a holiday record. But we never could raise quite enough money to do it, because providing a quality recording is expensive, and our fans and supporters deserve nothing less than high quality. This year, we decided to raise some of the money on our own and then venture forth with a Kickstarter campaign to come up with the rest. Your money goes directly toward recording, production, manufacturing, and distribution costs.  We have a plan. We know our stuff. We don't mess around when it comes to music.

For instance, we've hired Joe Rogers, the same excellent recording engineer, and Brett Hartenbach, the same stellar producer we used on our last Rock My Soul album. Because they're also phenomenal musicians who play with us, they know our music inside and out. They "get" what we're doing. And speaking of musicians, we have the good fortune of working with some of the best in the business in our area (seacoast NH/southern Maine): Vic Love on bass, Mike "eff" Effenberger on keys/organ/accordion, Matt Kennedy on sax, Zach Lange on trumpet, Bob Halperin on slide/blues guitar. That means we're in really good hands and you'll get a top quality recording all the way around. We've laid down some basic tracks already and are beginning some of the vocals. We want to record, mix, master and have this new CD ready for our fans in time to enjoy early in the holiday season. But to finish we need your help! We can't do it without you.

So, besides getting Dawn to dress up in a red dress and Santa jester hat and act silly in late August to film a Kickstarter video, why are we excited about this project? Here are just a few reasons:

1. We can FINALLY make our current and new fans happy by providing them with the music they want during the holidays. Five years is a long enough time to wait. We love our fans too much to make them wait any longer.

2. We get so much spirit from singing these songs, and it feels so good that we want you to feel it too!

3. We love the idea of our music being given to loved ones as gifts. Christmas is love, and music is a universal way to express that love, and, well, we can't think of a better way to celebrate the season and share the sentiment. 

4. It's good Karma all the way around. You get to play a very crucial part in making a kick-butt album, and we get to give you some great songs in return. We love that.

We think of our Kickstarter supporters as part of our group. We want you to be included in the album-making process. We'll keep you up to date with news, photos, videos, pre-release audio samples and more, right up until the album is delivered (and, depending on what level of support you choose, even longer). We're loving this whole Kickstarter way of doing things: it's so much more than going into a store and buying a CD from a stranger. You get to KNOW us. We get to know YOU. How cool is that? When you pledge your support, our album becomes your project too--you and The RMS Five work together to make the music happen. Yes!

Here are the songs that will be on the album:

Christmas Everyday
Christmas Baby, Please Come Home
Go Where I Send Thee
The Baby Sleeps Tonight
O Holy Night
Last Month of the Year
I Pray on Christmas
Sleigh Ride
Silent Night
White Christmas
No Room at the Inn

Plus, those who pledge at a certain level will get access to an exclusive,  Kickstarter-only download.

Together, we can make the season merry and bright!

May all your Christmas dreams come true, and thank you for helping ours do the same.

Dawn, Jody, Terry, Tina, Brett, and all the RMS Five gang

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    RUDOLPH'S LEADING THE WAY: EARLY DELIVERY AND BONUS. Receive your CD before anyone else! We ship you an advance, autographed copy of the CD in late October or early November, along with a personal Christmas card thank you and a download link for an exclusive bonus song for Kickstarter supporters only.

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    STOCKING STUFFER PLUS. Get 5 copies of the new CD delivered to your door in time to give as gifts for the holidays. Plus you get one copy each of "Rock My Soul" and "Let Your Light Shine: Rock My Soul Live" rockin' gospel CDs performed by Rock My Soul, The RMS Five's sister group, a secular gospel choir and band known for roots-based, raise-the-rafters music. Shipping included for US addresses. For international shipments please add $10.

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    SANTA'S BAG OF PRESENTS BUNDLE! A whole lot of shopping done in one step ... with some perks. Get 10 signed CDs in time to give as gifts for the holidays, a personal thank-you note, access to a song recorded only for Kickstarter supporters, plus your name listed on the CD as an essential contributor to making the album possible.

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    CHRISTMAS MEANS LOVE BUNDLE. Get 10 autographed CDs in time to give as gifts for the holidays, a special note from The RMS Five, a phone call to let you know how much your gift means to us, access to a song recorded only for Kickstarter supporters, your name listed on the CD as an essential contributor to making the album possible, PLUS a song dedication on the album (you let us know who you want it dedicated to and who the dedication is from). Now that's a Christmas memory that will last a lifetime!

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    ELVES' WORKSHOP BUNDLE. Get 10 autographed CDs in time to give as gifts for the holidays, a special note from The RMS Five, a phone call to let you know how much your gift means to us, access to a song recorded only for Kickstarter supporters, your name listed on the CD as an essential contributor to making the album possible, a song dedication on the album (you let us know who you want it dedicated to and who the dedication is from) ... PLUS a private 2-hour singing workshop, where you can bring up to 4 friends, learn an RMS Five song or two (Christmas or regular repertoire), and sing together in harmony. You must live within 50 miles of Portsmouth, NH so that we can travel to you, unless you want to pay travel and lodging expenses ... OR we treat you and a guest to an RMS Five show and take you out to dinner afterwards. Must be used by December 2013.

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    YOUR OWN PRIVATE CONCERT BUNDLE. Get an advance autographed CD with a personal note written on it along with a personal Christmas card shipped to your door BEFORE the album is released to the public, as well as your choice of 9 digital album downloads or 9 autographed CDs shipped directly to whomever you choose with a gift note and Christmas card from The RMS Five (just give us their names and addresses and what you’d like us to say). Shipping is included for both US and international addresses. In addition, we'll give you access to a song recorded only for Kickstarter supporters, thank you in a special VIP section in the album credits and on our web site, include a song dedication of your choice (you let us know who you want it dedicated to and who the dedication is from, and we'll call you to let you know how much your gift means to us (heck, we might even throw in a song for you). PLUS we'll perform A PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT for you (doesn’t have to be a Christmas concert—we do lots of regular songs too). Invite friends, family, coworkers, that person you've secretly wanted to impress, and show them how special you can make a night of music be. You also get the benefit of having our undying gratitude and appreciation. You will blow us away. You need to live within 100 miles of Portsmouth, NH, for us to travel to you, or be willing to pay travel and lodging expenses. House concert must be performed before the end of December 2013 and will be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. We will work with you to provide a truly memorable, wonderful event, and we will sing your praises. Literally.

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