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Support the debut album by drummer/composer Otis Brown III-- "The Thought of You"
Support the debut album by drummer/composer Otis Brown III-- "The Thought of You"
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Hi everybody.... Otis Brown III here,

On April 20 and 21 I'm taking my band of amazing musicians into the studio to record my debut album!! I think this album will be a collage of some of my musical/life influences. There we be original songs by me as well as some of the band members, and some arrangements of some songs you might recognize. The band includes Robert Glasper--Piano, Ben Williams--Bass, Keyon Harrold--Trumpet, John Ellis--sax and some other very special guests. I'm very happy to also have vocalists Bilal Oliver and Gretchen Parlato singing on it as well. The musicians in my band are all some of my closest friends and some of my favorite musicians. I've shared the stage countless times with all of them over the years and I'm so excited to have them all on the record.

After touring the world performing and/or recording with the likes of recent GRAMMY award winner Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, John Legend and many others, I've decided that it was time for me to do my first album. I've been writing music for a long time now and have always had the concept of what my album would be like in my mind. I now want to bring that vision to fruition with your help. A lot of the music has been being played live for a few years now with my band, and is definitely ready to be recorded. I've always been a sideman playing with other people, but I'm finally making time to do something that I've always dreamed of....record my own album. The music is ready, the band is ready and I can't wait to be able to not only share this music with you, but also have you be a part of this record.

With all of that being said, I need your help to make this happen. As a lot of you may know, recording can be very expensive and I would be honored if you'd choose to be a backer of this project. The amount that I need to raise is $9420.21 to supplement my own funds in order to be able to record and share this music. It's actually $9400 even, but 4/20 and 4/21 are the recording dates. :-) Being an independent recording artist like myself definitely has its benefits, but it also has its pitfalls, one of the biggest of which is having to fully fund projects like this on your own. The financial aspect of recording, mixing, mastering, grafic design and duplication is by no means cheap and that's where I could use your help. I am hoping that, with your help, we can raise enough money to be able to complete this record. The campaign is all or nothing, either we raise the full amount or we get nothing, meaning this album will not see the light of day.

I would be honored if you decide to become a backer. There are rewards to sweeten the deal, and you can pick and choose rewards based on what level you want to contribute (early access to the record, signed copies, visiting us in the studio, lessons etc). All of them a way for us to thank you for supporting the music and this project!

Please check out the video and I hope that you'll like what you see and hear. Please become a backer if you can and if you need more info on myself or any other members in the band feel free to google/youtube any of us. You can also reach out to me via email and I can provide you with more info if needed.

Thanks so much for reading this and hopefully for your support.

God bless.....OB

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    My sincere thanks and gratitude for supporting this project. Every dollar makes a difference!

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    Pre-release single song download. Get access to a single song off of "The Thought of You.." before the official album release!

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    You'll receive a digital download of the completed "The Thought of You..." album once it's released.

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    LIFE REWARD--Receive a hard copy of the CD mailed to you along with a personal "Thank You" note from me!! (For international backers, please add $3 to your pledge to cover shipping)

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    LOVE REWARD--You will get a hard copy of the CD signed by myself and the chance to have a 30 minute Skype chat with me about the record, or whatever you want to chat about. (within reason....)

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    HAPPINESS REWARD-- Receive a digital download of the entire album and a 45 minute drum lesson in person (NY/NJ area), or via Skype. You'll also get mentioned in the liner notes of the album.

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    HAPPINESS REWARD--Receive a digital download of the entire album, mention in the liner notes AND be on the guest list for the CD release party in NY. (travel not included)

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    Choose either "HAPPINESS REWARD", as well as exclusive access to the behind the scenes footage from the recording session, and a CD signed with a personal message.

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    Choose either "HAPPINESS REWARD" and be a special guest for part of one of the rehearsals leading up to the recording session in NY. (travel not included) Also be listed in a special section of the liner notes!! WOW!

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    Choose either "HAPPINESS REWARD", be mentioned in a special section of the liner notes AND be a special guest for part of the actual recording session on 4/20-21/2011 in NY. (travel not included)

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    THE FAMILY REWARD--If you choose to pledge at this level you are definitely family in my book. You'll get the whole SCHLA-BANG!!(yes I made that up) Access to the rehearsals and recording session, VIP list for CD release concert, mention in the liner notes with the production team, 2 signed CD's with personal message, 2 tickets to any show where I'm performing (travel not included), and BIG bear hug from me!!

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