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Support Merideth Kaye Clark and Brandon Woolley to record WINTER SONG, a collection of beloved songs and stories about winter.
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Leif Norby and Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Kate Szrom.
Leif Norby and Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Kate Szrom.

What is Winter Song the concept album?

Winter Song will be a concept album inspired by the live-performance. There will be songs performed in the show intertwined with the performer's personal winter stories. Acclaimed pianist Mont Chris Hubbard will be featured and Merideth Kaye Clark and Leif Norby will sing and play acoustic guitar. 

Last year we created a brand new show for Portland Center Stage at The Armory in Portland, OR. It was meant to compliment Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory and it was set to premiere in The Armory's wintertime slot in the Ellyn Bye Studio. 

We were overjoyed (and overwhelmed) by the possibilities and set to work on what we could create that would represent our honest feelings about the season. We started by listening. We listened to our favorite songs by our favorite composers. We listened to our friends and families' stories about winter and the holidays.  

Our show became about memories. We tell our own, personal stories and incorporate the audience's stories into every single performance. We weave these memories together with our favorite songs about winter - songs that evoke the loneliness and the joy, and the memories, wonderful and heart wrenching. In our show there is room for the Grinches and the Pollyannas to commune and share all that winter represents.

We are thrilled A Christmas Memory/Winter Song is coming back this season at The Armory for its second run and can't wait to see you there! 

All you have to do to support the creation of this album is to preorder it. We have come up with some other wonderful offerings to connect with our supporters that include tours, artwork, private concerts, tickets to A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory, and much more. Don't wait to buy the album at the theater! Get it now and you will ensure that we will be able to create it!

 Why record Winter Song as an album? 

During the run of Winter Song last year, it was clear to us that the show would make a perfect concept album. The combination of stories, music and the auditory experience stand alone to create a journey that can be enjoyed outside of the theater. We were asked time and time again by audience members to create a way to re-experience their evening at the theater and/or share it with their loved ones. And we want to make that happen! Sharing stories and singing songs is what we do. We were so inspired by the warmth, love, and light that this show brought us for the few months last year, that it seemed fitting to want to be able to revisit it at any moment.

Merideth and audience members in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
Merideth and audience members in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

Where, when, and how?

We hope to record the album at the state-of-the-art B-Side studios in Portland, OR in early October 2018. We will then spend the rest of October mixing, mastering and creating the artwork and liner notes for the album. Our goal is to have the new Winter Song CD mailed to backers before opening night (November 30, 2018) and have copies of the album ready for audiences to buy at the performances. 

Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

Who are we?

Merideth Kaye Clark, creator/producer, guitar, vocals, storyteller

Mont Chris Hubbard, piano, vocals, storyteller

Leif Norby, guitar, vocals, storyteller 

Brandon Woolley, creator/producer

Lief Norby in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
Lief Norby in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

We will be recording our original arrangements of the following songs for the album. Also interspersed will be original stories in order to present a full album experience!

Can't Find My Way Home - Steve Winwood 

Home Again - Carole King 

Song for a Winter's Night/O Holy Night (instrumental) - Gordon Lightfoot                            

In the Bleak Midwinter 

Little Tree - Merideth Kaye Clark, lyrics by ee cummings 

Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home - Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen

Homeward Bound - Paul Simon 

Bonus Tracks: (These are songs that were in early versions of Winter Song but were cut before opening)

Mother's Spiritual - Laura Nyro 

River - Joni Mitchell

Leif Norby and Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
Leif Norby and Merideth Kaye Clark in Winter Song at The Armory. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

Read more articles and rave reviews of Winter Song here: 

Oregon Live

Dennis Sparks Reviews

Broadway World

The Inessa Blog 

Winter Song pre-show gathering of audience and stories. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
Winter Song pre-show gathering of audience and stories. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.

Expenses to produce the album include: 

           Musicians, Singers, Artist Fees and Materials - $8990
            Recording Studio and Engineer - $1350
            Mastering - $750
            Rights - $750
            Printing CD - $1265

 TOTAL GOAL: $13,105

Risks and challenges

With your help, we are hopeful to be able to raise the money to record the album by October 11, 2018. Our goal is to have the album recorded, mixed, mastered, and printed in time for the opening night of Winter Song at Portland Center Stage on November 30, 2018.
If we do not raise the entire amount, we will forfeit our campaign, Kickstarter will return the contributions, and we will not be able to record the album. :(

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    Song for A Winter’s Night

    Limited run print of original album cover art signed by artist* + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

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    Home Again

    Invitation to the final dress rehearsal of A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory* + your name listed as a THANK YOU in the liner notes of the CD + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *The final dress rehearsal is Friday, November 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. This pledge level is for 2 general admission seats.
    The dress rehearsal is not usually open to the public! You'll get to see us putting the final touches on the show.

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    Winter Song

    2 tickets to A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory* + your name listed as a THANK YOU in the liner notes of the CD + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *Your two tickets may be reserved for any available performance, and you will receive the best available seating at time of order.

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    My Favorite Things

    Backstage tour and a VIP meet and greet with a champagne toast after the show + 2 tickets to A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory* + your name listed as a THANK YOU in the liner notes of the CD + Limited run print of original album cover art** + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *Your two tickets may be reserved for any available performance, and you will receive the best available seating at time of order.
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    Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home

    We will guarantee to work your personal winter memory in the show the night you attend* + backstage tour and a VIP meet and greet with a champagne toast after the show + 2 tickets to A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory** + your name listed as a THANK YOU in the liner notes of the CD + Limited run print of original album cover art + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *Share a memory and tickets to the show as a gift for someone special, or let your Grandparents know how meaningful your memories of them are, or propose to your loved one...
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    Homeward Bound

    A private concert with Merideth Kaye Clark in your home or at your event. We'll supply the show & conversation with the artists!* + your name listed as a THANK YOU in the liner notes of the CD + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *Merideth will perform a private, hour-long concert of her favorite selections to be scheduled in 2019.
    Within 4 hours drive of Portland only (unless you'd like to pay to fly us to you!)

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    Here Comes the Sun

    A private concert with Merideth Kaye Clark in your home or at your event. We'll supply the show & conversation with the artists!* + guarantee to work your personal winter memory in the show the night you attend + backstage tour and a VIP meet and greet with a champagne toast after the show + 4 tickets to A Christmas Memory/Winter Song at The Armory** + your name listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the liner notes of the CD + limited run print of original album cover art + the Winter Song CD signed by the performers

    *Merideth will perform a private, hour-long concert of her favorite selections to be scheduled in 2019.
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