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After a year of diving deep into her music, Heather has surfaced with a set of lovely recordings: "Anchor". Let's make them into a CD!
After a year of diving deep into her music, Heather has surfaced with a set of lovely recordings: "Anchor". Let's make them into a CD!
After a year of diving deep into her music, Heather has surfaced with a set of lovely recordings: "Anchor". Let's make them into a CD!
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Raise Anchor! Heather Miller's 1st EP is Ready to Set Sail!

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The Journey

A year ago I began a journey to finally make a CD. After ignoring the dream for so long, the pieces finally fell into place to the point that I had to say yes. I found an amazing producer named Daniel Barrett, owner of Rubicon Recording Studios and Artist Development in Austin, Texas. In his Rubicon Year program, Dan works on supporting every aspect of the artist who is ready to “cross the Rubicon” to a dedicated path of musicianship - mental, physical, emotional and technical.

It sounded like exactly what I was looking for, except I had a whole life in Iowa!  Within a few months of deciding to take the plunge, I sold my car, rearranged our house to take on roommates, packed a couple suitcases and my guitar, and traveled to Austin by myself, while my husband stayed behind to hold down the fort in Iowa. 

When I got to Austin, along with the rest of my work, Dan gave me the directive to “get to as many open mics as you can”. When I went to my first one I was afraid I might throw up, die or at least get booed off the stage. Since none of those things happened, I kept going, and I kept going, and I kept going, and by the end of the year I had made it to 157 open mics and showcases. This “learn by doing” method, where I just jumped in and started swimming, was foundational and transformational to my confidence, self-acceptance and professionalism as a musician.

The Recording

Also during the year, Dan and I selected five songs to polish, rehearse, and record for a five song EP. After so many months of intense pre-production, the recording process was pretty much a breeze, not to mention incredibly fun!  A talented mufti-instrumentalist himself, Dan also brought in some amazing musicians to fill out the sound - Rick Richards on Drums (Dixie Chicks, Mary Gauthier), Red Young on Piano and Hammond Organ (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt), and Warren Hood on Fiddle (The Waybacks).   

I am calling this album Anchor. The title track speaks of leaving behind everything I know to follow a calling, and “throw my anchor down” to “claim a brave new world”, and this album represents an anchor into my music, my artistic self. It also ended up with a watery theme - from Anchor, Jonah’s Whale, Shoreline of Alaska, Rain Song, plus Keep Telling Me.

Album artwork by Alicia Carradus
Album artwork by Alicia Carradus

The Costs

I’ve done the work, I have the recordings, local Fairfield, Iowa artist Alicia Carradus created some beautiful artwork to use for the album cover, and the final step of this leg of my journey is to create actual CD’s. That’s where you come in. Creating a professional recording costs a lot of money, for example, costs include:

  • hiring the musicians
  • mixing and mastering the CD so it sounds just right
  • paying the artists and designers
  • manufacturing the discs
  • a variety of legal fees

When you pre-order the CD through Kickstarter, that ensures I can cover those costs because I will know I've already sold enough CDs to do so!

The Rewards!

Kickstarter gives me the chance to offer Anchor for pre-order along with a variety of other rewards. You can pledge at any level and many of the rewards have fun tie-ins to the songs on the EP, like raindrop earrings for Rain Song, and little hand-sewn whales for Jonah's Whale!

Raindrop earrings made from upcycled guitar strings!
Raindrop earrings made from upcycled guitar strings!
Little plushie whale, hand-sewn by me! (Also come in blue!)
Little plushie whale, hand-sewn by me! (Also come in blue!)
Whales in progress (need eyes & tails, but you can see the blue in back)
Whales in progress (need eyes & tails, but you can see the blue in back)
Get a guitar pick I used at one of my 157 open mics!
Get a guitar pick I used at one of my 157 open mics!
Handmade Accordion Style Pop-up Lyric Booklet
Handmade Accordion Style Pop-up Lyric Booklet
Detail of the booklet
Detail of the booklet

Please see the pledge levels and rewards on the side of this page, they range from a digital download for just $1, signed copies of the EP for $10, and on up to a song written just for you for $250, a house concert and more!  With every pledge you also get my heartfelt gratitude for believing in me, in this dream, and these songs!

The Catch

With Kickstarter, it’s all-or-nothing funding. When I reach my goal by the deadline, everyone’s pledges go through, I finish creating the rewards and send them out to you! If I don’t reach my goal, no one gets charged, I don’t get anything and I’ve got to come up with another way to make this happen.  (Not to mention I need to find homes for a whole pod full of plushie whales!) Going over my goal would mean I could afford things like promotional materials and publicity to help the songs go even farther!

The Thanks!

Every dollar counts, and just as important as pledges is spreading the word - on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, emails.  Your word of mouth and your support IS the new music industry, so share the inspiration, make the dream a reality, help get a little bit more music out into the world!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for your support! You amaze and inspire me!

FAQ

  • Yes please, that will really help my pledges to not get eaten by shipping costs! $5 should be enough for anything besides the book set, if you want that one we can talk about it to figure that out.

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  • Message me! Let me know what it is you want and we'll work it out! Really the only things I can truly sell out on are the earrings from my recording strings, and the guitar picks I used at the open mics. Anything else I can do, make or get more of with enough time, so don't be afraid to ask!

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    Download one song from the EP before the release!

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    Digital download of the EP! Get all 5 tracks before the official release! Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP! Get all 5 songs on CD including the beautiful artwork by Alicia Carradus, before the official release! Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP + abalone colored guitar pick used at an open mic or Kerrville. Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    2 signed copies of the EP! One for you and one for a friend! Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP + ticket to my CD release party! You'll be on the guest list and get to feel all fancy! Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP + hand-sewn whale - blue.
    Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    *GREY WHALE* Signed copy of the EP + hand-sewn whale in grey. (also comes in blue, see reward above and choose accordingly!)
    Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    NEW REWARD *THE PATIENT WHALE* Signed copy of the EP + hand-sewn whale in grey OR blue, (I will ask you which color in the final survey). Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures! I have the pattern and can make more whales, it just will take me some time to get them done! If you really want a whale and can be patient, you can still get one!

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    Signed copy of the EP + Raindrop earrings made from up-cycled guitar or mandolin strings used by my awesome musician friends. Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP + Raindrop earrings made from up-cycled guitar strings *used by me in recording the EP and at the last 50 open mics*. Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    NEW REWARD! Gorgeous Handmade Accordion Lyric and Photo Booklet! + signed copy of the EP.

    Artist Alicia Carradus created a beautiful little accordion style pop-up booklet featuring lyrics and illustrations for each of the five songs, plus performance photos. Hand assembled and tied with ribbon, it can be displayed in a variety of ways!

    PS If you would like to add a booklet to a reward you already selected, adjust your pledge up by $45 and send me a note, we'll make sure you get one! Just give us time to assemble them. :)

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    Inspirational Reading set!

    Signed copy of the EP +
    Copies of my favorite 3 most influential books that I read during my Rubicon year - The Success Principles, Bird by Bird and The Music Lesson. I believe all of these books are inspirational for musicians and non-musicians alike! Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    *Keep Telling Me About Your Dreams*
    Signed copy of the EP
    + we will talk about YOUR dreams and I will make you a postcard-sized collage "vision board". Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Signed copy of the EP + we will talk by Skype or phone and I will write you a song! It can be for you or a loved one. I'll record a simple demo mp3 of it for you to keep. (Perhaps one day it will end up produced on one of my albums, but no promises.) :-) Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Skype concert!

    I will play you all the songs on the EP plus a few more!

    Plus of course I will mail you a copy of the EP!

    Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Soup and Songs! I will come to your house with enough of my famous lentil soup and homemade biscuits to feed 15 of your friends. After dinner I will sing for you! You and all your friends get signed copies of the EP!

    (Must be within 100 miles of Fairfield, IA, unless I happen to be traveling near you, or you want to provide for travel expenses. We'll figure out a time that works for both of us!)

    Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!

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    Super prize pack!
    The signed EP (how many copies would you like?) +
    A handmade whale +
    A guitar pick +
    Raindrop earrings +
    The personal vision board OR the song written for you +
    A house OR skype concert! +
    Plus a digital booklet with lyrics & pictures!
    (House concert must be within 100 miles of Fairfield, IA, unless I happen to be traveling near you, or you want to provide for travel expenses. We'll figure out a time that works for both of us!)

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