WHY do I want to create this album?
First of all, I love music! My vision is to impact the world through music that inspires, empowers, and brings people into an encounter with God.
I’ve written songs since I was twelve years old and (as a homeschooler with lots of time on my hands) learned to record and produce my own demos in a small home studio. Eleven years later, I'm still doing it! haha. In fact, you can listen to some of my demos here on my SoundCloud.
In 2008 I started working at my church Forerunner Christian Church as a full-time worship leader/musician/producer/secretary/etc. Our church’s first young adult CD “從未見一位 Never Seen Another” was the first professional album I helped to write and record for. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot through the whole process.
Why I have finally decided to produce my first (personal) album at this time has a lot to do with the fact that I moved to Redding, California, last August 2014 to attend BSSM ministry school as a student. Since coming here, I've discovered that there is a creative arts movement rising up in the Church worldwide, and it's being birthed out of the revelation that God wants His sons and daughters to be creative--because He is! The world is in desperate need of music INFUSED with Presence and Power to release healing and new life!
Also, the title of this album "Suddenly" carries a special meaning to me, and it relates to stepping into our identity and calling. Personally, I know what it's like to battle against self-hatred and fear of failure, because I've struggled with it for almost my whole life. But over the years, the Lord has continually opened my eyes to the amazing way He sees me and His plan for my life. The songs on this album were all birthed from this process.
WHAT will the album consist of?
This album will be my DEBUT album, which means it’s my very first one! There will be eleven songs on the album, each one thoughtfully selected to create a holistic listening experience. The style of this album will be a unique blend of modern electronic pop--strong beats and lots of vocal layers--and traditional orchestral tones. It's going to be SO COOL!!
The track list will include some of my more 'popular' songs, such as “Tender Heart” (written for Pastor Grace Chiang’s 30-year anniversary in the ministry), “Beauty Arise," and of course “Suddenly” (which was originally inspired by Jeremy Lin, the basketball player--we'll be recording an entirely new version for this album).
Also, we are currently working on translating all of the songs into Chinese, so it's possible we'll have a Chinese album out by this summer too! 我們目前正在翻譯所有的歌曲成中文，所以很可能我們將有國語版的專輯由這個暑假！
As I mentioned earlier, the main theme of this album is focused on discovering our true identity and embracing God's destiny for our lives. This has been my own journey, and I invite you to experience the process with me through song.
HOW will I get it done?
I have the amazing opportunity to work with Luke Hendrickson--one of the BEST music producers in the Christian music world. Seriously.
Luke is the current music producer for Bethel Music. Last summer, he helped produce FRCC’s album “從未見一位 Never Seen Another." Other albums he has worked on include “Onething Live: Sing Your Praises” (which was nominated for a Dove award) “Loft Sessions,” and “Tides.” I am SUPER blessed and excited to work with him on this album!
As for the timeline, we project to have all the recording and production done by May, and that way I can work on getting the physical CD’s and rewards out to ya’ll by the end of the summer!
Cost Breakdown (percentage overview):
- Production - 24%
- Musicians - 21%
- Mixing - 18%
- Mastering - 12%
- Artwork - 6%
- CD Duplication - 6%
- Shipping - 5%
- Rewards - 3%
- Kickstarter takes 5%, and Amazon takes 3-5%
What if more than $16,000 is raised?
If we do raise more than our goal
amount, all the extra funds will go towards recording a Chinese version of the album.
Beyond that, we'll start shooting for a second album (which I hope can come out by next year!). There's still lots more to look forward to! :D
Risks and challenges
As excited as I am about producing this debut album, I realize that there is a lot of uncharted territory for me in regards to producing a full-length album, working with musicians, getting out Kickstarter rewards on time, etc., and all of these are factors that affect the overall timeline, from album production to the final release and shipping date. I will try my very best to get the album into your hands before the end of summer :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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