My name is Everett Blair Gilley. I see and understand the world through music. I'm a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend to many, a documenter of life, a musician and as of 4-23-13, ......A FATHER!!! My story is long and my life has been amazing and filled with numerous blessings, including those I found in the hard times. For the quick and short of it, check out this video and the links below to find out more about me and my drive and determination in music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakDNredzU4
The last few years of my life have seen more change than I could ever imagine, ranging from the death of my father Shelby Ray Gilley, a divorce from my friend and partner of eight years Julie, to the breakup of my band Flight Case For Sushi several months after securing a major label record deal. These events all happened around the same time and were extremely tough and painful. But knowing I was already in God’s graces, I took additional comfort, shelter and healing in the one thing that's always been there for me here on Earth: MUSIC!! Writing provided me the landscape and outlet for dealing with my feelings and emotions and ultimately became the healing process that led me to where I am now. At peace, about to embark on a whole new life and staring phase two right in the eye.
Out of all of this, I made one promise to myself: to make a record documenting this time in my life that forever changed me as a person and changed how I see the world. I completed the first half on my own and released it last fall as a 6-song EP simply titled “About Home.” After spending most of last year on the road, I'm now back in the studio working to finish the record and to see a dream and personal goal come true.
I am doing this Kickstarter campaign to help make this a reality. I am sincerely asking for your support and want this to benefit everyone involved. I’d love to invite you to participate and share in the process with me and witness my dream come to fruition.
This music is the most important material I’ve ever written. I'm not the only one with this story. It's told millions of times across the world everyday. Everyone knows someone who has lost it all, felt defeated and beaten up and then fought back & won. That's what this album is about. I want to be able to help those who have gone through similar experiences by sharing mine and I want the recording to do it justice. The production level needs to rival anything coming from a major label, so the finished product sounds as good as I hear it in my head. I am so excited to invite all of you to help in this process. That makes it that much more special.
Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video and learn a little bit about what makes me me. Thank you for supporting my campaign and taking this journey with me. Check out these links to learn more and hear the music that tells this story. Trust that I will work hard and will not take any help you may give lightly. God bless and may you live life and your dreams to the fullest. This is my communication............
“I hope this record and campaign are as much of a journey for listeners and fans as these past few years have been for me.”
Everett Blair GilleyThis campaign is dedicated In loving memory to my dad Shelby Ray Gilley, who taught me that through hard work, you truly can live out your dreams...............|
ONLY SAVIOR Music Video
Blair Gilley - About Home. Nashville rocker Blair Gilley, after leading a couple of bands, goes solo with impressive results on his debut EP which brings to mind the likes of Oasis and Green Day in their poppier moments. This is "modern-sounding" power pop that also calls to mind Rooney, especially on the anthemic opener "Hopelessly". The power ballad "My Communication" slows things down to a degree but works equally as well, and the real winner here is the closer "What You Do to Yourself" which sports an indelible chorus. A brash and impressive debut. Absolute Powerpop
“I have a love for everything from Chuck Berry to Foo Fighters & Kings of Leon, all the way to Lady Gaga,” professes Nashville-based recording artist Blair Gilley, whose potpourri of influences and scrupulous approach to songwriting have made Gilley one of the most buzzed about performers of Music City’s rock scene.
Rising from the ashes of a botched major label deal and subsequent dissolution of his former band Flight Case For Sushi, Gilley is currently forging forward as front-man and chief songwriter of his own solo project.
“Being a guitar player for years, and now stepping into the roles of principal songwriter and lead singer is indescribably rewarding. Although the last two years of my life have been full of changes and adversity, my experiences have become the backdrop for the story I want my songs to tell.”
Goal Breakdown (Basic breakdown of the planned budget)
Recording = $10,000 (Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Pressing, etc.)
Promotion = $6000 (Merch., On-Line Marketing, Video production)
Campaign = $4000 (Fulfillment, Travel, Shipping.)
Meet Everett Blair Gilley
Campaign Press Release 1
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2013404-229-6108
Blair Gilley Announces Kickstarter Campaign to Create Career-Defining Album
Nashville singer-songwriter seeking $20,000 for upcoming record
(Nashville, TN) – Nashville singer-songwriter Blair Gilley is launching a fund-raising campaign today on Kickstarter’s platform. Gilley hopes to raise $20,000 to put toward the recording and marketing of what he calls “the most important music I’ve ever written.”
“The last few years of my life have seen more change than I could ever imagine,” Gilley said, “ranging from the death of my father, a divorce from my friend and partner of eight years, and the breakup of my band after securing a major label record deal. Writing music became the healing process that led me to where I am now: at peace and about to embark on a whole new life. This next album is the story of my journey.”
Gilley hopes to raise $20,000 from supporters in the next 30 days, which will cover the costs of recording, manufacturing, distributing, and marketing the record he hopes to make. This project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Saturday May 4, 8:37pm EDT.
The incentives for fans to get involved are sweet, ranging from chances to appear in videos and on-stage with Gilley to personalized songs and a weekend trip and Cajun experience to Gilley’s childhood stomping grounds in Louisiana. Supporters can get involved for as little as $1, and for $5 or more can own tunes spanning Gilley’s musical career.
Gilley's endorsement partner Kramer Guitars are throwing in some custom gear to make the offerings even sweeter. Fans who pledge $2,000 will get a signed 2013 Kramer Assault 220 Plus guitar. Korg USA, the US distributor for Blackstar, has donated an amp as well. Another package includes a tour of the Gibson/Epiphone/Kramer headquarters, guided by Gilley.
“The name says it all,” Gilley said. “This is a campaign to ‘kickstart’ my music career. I want to be able to compete on the same level with artists who are signed to major labels. I want to be able to bring the music I hear in my head to life. Most importantly, I want to share that music with the world. I want all of the amazing people I’ve met over the past decade…and the people who I’ll encounter in the next decade…to be part of this journey with me.”
Blair has over a decade of experience in the industry and he doesn't know the words NO or I CAN’T. He has always and will always find a way to come up with a solution to any obstacles that may come his way through this process.
About Blair Gilley
Blair Gilley is a singer-songwriter and guitar player from Nashville, TN. He currently plays guitar in The Johnny T. Band. Previously, he founded and played guitar in the popular regional pop-rock bands Flight Case For Sushi and GoodNight City. In October 2012, he released his first solo project, a six-song EP entitled About Home. He also has an endorsement deal with Kramer Guitars USA. Visit BlairGilley.com for more information.
Risks and challenges
I have over a decade of experience in the industry and I don't know the words NO or I CANT. I have always and will always find a way to come up with a solution to any obstacles that may come my way through this process, However I do not foresee any.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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