About two years ago, a spark was ignited. This spark was a note strummed on an acoustic guitar during a particularly hard and hot summer in Seattle. The note turned into chords, and the chords turned into a melody. The words tumbled out and I sang. While I sang, I began to process the events of the summer and the spark ignited into flame. Burning away the fresh insecurity of post college life, carrying me beyond my physical limits and my mental strain. As time went on, more songs came tumbling out, sometimes frantically recorded on my phone when a melody would hit me out of nowhere, and other times written with friends while we jammed to wait the winter out.
The seasons changed, and with them different jobs came and went, new friends arrived onto the scene, dear friends left, and I moved from apartments to houses to apartments again. And the songs, now numerous, changed too. They evolved, shaped by my environments, experiences and challenges.
Then early last fall, I met a guy named Carson Cody online. He had released a sweet single that I found by accident through an Instagram post, and I instantly connected with him as a musician and as a person. I dug his photography, we liked the same bands, he liked my demos, and we kept in touch. I released my debut single "Every Fight" not long after, and we vowed to work together on something, "someday."
But like it often happens, "someday" turned into weeks, and weeks melted into months, and once again time took the helm.
The songs stayed in my head, turning over and over. New ideas came barrelling in. I could not ignore them. In February 2016, while I was unemployed and frantically searching for a job, I self-produced the 4-song Lofty Stills EP, a dreamy take on Alt-Country.
The EP released in March to small but positive acclaim, and once again I found myself talking to Carson. He still wanted to work with me. He was moving to Nashville, Tennessee soon.
The spring months flew by, then summer's grip was on Seattle. Suddenly, a wilder spark threatened to ignite. Carson had settled in Nashville, and was making some incredible musical acquaintances. The songs had reached a tipping point. They were now a complex and cohesive body of work. They were ready. Carson made a suggestion: come record the songs in Nashville!
This new spark began to roar with vigor in my heart. I knew it was now or never, and we began the hunt for studios in Nashville. I was introduced to Joshua D. Niles who runs the Chapel Studios and has worked with some incredible artists, including Wye Oak (one of my favorite bands). Through my communication with Josh, I instantly knew he'd be perfect to bring these songs to life.
The studio time at the Chapel has been booked for December 5th - 9th and I will be flying out to Nashville this winter to make my debut full length album as Lofty Stills, with Carson co-producing and Joshua acting as studio engineer.
In order for this to happen, we are raising funds through this platform to pay for the following: studio time ($1400), hiring musicians ($1000), mixing ($3000) and mastering ($400), vinyl pressing ($2000), distribution and marketing ($200). A common misfortune of artists today is that it can be incredibly difficult to fund projects that are near and dear to them. Luckily, through the magic of kickstarter, you can help get me off the ground by helping create my first official release!
In return for your support, we're offering a bunch of great rewards! Each reward tier will include a digital download of the new album, and there are also more exclusive rewards, like autographed CD's, Vinyl LP's, disposable cameras filled with shots from the studio and the road, and more.
By supporting this project, you will be receiving a dream realized, an album full of rousing, emotional songs; little pieces of my soul put to music, exploring the depths of my struggles, fears, exultations, and longings of the past two years. During the process, you'll have access to updates and get backer-exclusive perks along the way. It is an honor to share my story with you in this way, and I can't wait to work with my friends and make this thing real. Thank you so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is my first foray into professional studio recording, so I am sure there will be many new and challenging experiences throughout this whole process, but I will be taking every step possible to be prepared and to give my all for these songs. With the support of Carson and you all, I'm confident we'll deliver the best album we possibly can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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