On May 20th, the project became fully funded!!! Now we're excited to be shooting toward our first stretch goal (see stretch goal rewards below)! The more we raise, the higher the quality of musicians, engineers, & visual artists we can work with, which means a better-sounding tour and live record, & a greater ability to reach more people.
Hey there everyone,
Jenny & Tyler here. We are so pleased that you've stopped by to check out our Kickstarter campaign. We've spent the past 6 years touring around the country sharing stories and songs with wonderful people like you. We've met some of our very best friends on the road and had an amazing time together. It's hard to believe that it's possible to make a living as an independent musician. When we come off the road, we often turn to each other and say, "This is actually working!"
A few years ago we created a Kickstarter campaign to fund our record, Faint Not . We were blown away by the support the campaign received. Faint Not was much more successful than our previous record and ushered us into a new phase as a band. We were able to reach a bigger audience and impact more people with a message of perseverance, hope and truth.
We believe that music allows us to share a part of our story that we couldn't otherwise. We process life through songwriting. For the past few years, we've thought about releasing a record comprised entirely of love songs, and not just the romantic kind: songs of Divine love; family love; friendship; even baby love. Relationships are one of the many joys of life. We hope that this will be an honest love story, one that looks at love in the broken and hard places as well as the happy ones. We want it to convey the message of grace and redemption in love. Love and relationships can be messy, but we trust that God can and will make all things new and beautiful.
We've been in the studio writing and recording our new record (just across from where Elvis recorded at RCA Studio B) with producer Gabe Scott. Gabe is a gifted producer and musician. He's played on thousands of songs; in fact, you may have heard him playing on a record you own or at a show you've been to! We are so happy with the way the songs turned out and we want to share them with you!
We are also so pleased to announce that...THE STUDIO RECORD releases THIS FALL!!!
Here’s the thing: this new record has a deep, full, layered sound. We feel that we cannot do the songs justice by playing them live as just the two of us. In light of that, we’d like to bring a musician or two on the road to give our set more of a full band feel. And since we’ll have such talented people playing with us, we’d like to take the opportunity to make a LIVE RECORD! The record will include songs from the new album as well as old favorites like Faint Not, As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating, & One-Eyed Cat.
We’ve already paid for the new studio record, but we need YOUR help to fund the live record and the tour. Our goal is $15,000. We know that sounds like a lot, but it will barely cover the costs of the tour and the live record. This includes the production costs (sound engineer at shows, the musicians, the mix and mastering engineers, equipment), artwork, CD replication, and more.
IF WE HAPPEN TO EXCEED $15,000, we also have a bunch of stretch goals with bonus rewards! Printing the LIVE RECORD in VINYL would be awesome. AND we've been wanting to make a "best of" album from the first 3 records, one of which we don't even sell anymore, for a while now. You could make that possible. Scroll down to see the rest of the goals. Also, the more money we raise, the more people we can reach. We want to send the studio record out into the world and help it flourish. We hope you'll join us in telling this love story. Let's do this together!
With love & gratitude,
Jenny & Tyler
- PDF Storybook: the story behind each song on the new record for every backer at TIER 2 & greater
- Signed exclusive physical poster for every backer at TIER 4 & greater
- Limited-edition Lyric Tote Bag for every backer at TIER 6 & greater
- VINYL BABY! We'll print the LIVE RECORD in vinyl and sign it for every backer at TIER 6 + greater
- BEST OF! Newly mixed & mastered 'best of' CD from our first 3 albums for every backer at TIER 4 & greater - This Isn't a Dream, Love Came Down, and a Prelude (our first 3 records) with retracked vocals & some instruments
Just a few of the awesome rewards:
Suitcase Kick: Tyler will make you one, just like the one we use at live shows. Note that the tambourine and cymbal pictured are separate and not included.
Faint Not Necklace: Handmade by Jenny's sister, a silver pendant necklace:
A recording session in Nashville: Come over to our place and record a song or two, or five!
A custom Scanlon Brothers guitar handmade by Jenny's dad: These guitars are incredible. They're modeled after a Martin HD-28 and sound so good. We used the one below to record our cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence"
We're also offering limited edition copies of the live record, a box of our favorite things, posters, t-shirts, and lotsa lotsa other lovely things!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks when completing any project, including making a record. The live record will be recorded during our tour in September + October we think. It will need to be mixed and mastered as well. We estimate that the live record will be ready in December. We have a wonderful management team to guide us along the way, and a community of artists to call on should we need help. We hope to fulfill the majority of rewards by September (with the exception of custom mandolins or guitars which will be crafted with care), but should the project be incredibly successful and exceed our expectations of how many folks contribute, we could run into delays. We will keep you informed of our progress.
*Please note that the delivery of custom mandolins and guitars may be after December 2015. Each instrument is handmade with care and delivery time may change if all 3 instruments are ordered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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