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Composer/Singer-Songwriter Kate Ettinger is recording her debut album in collaboration with producer Alexander Overington

****ATTENTION, WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!****

I am SO CLOSE to being funded that I can hardly contain my excitement!  There's still time to jump on board and become a part of this wonderful project!  Remember, anything I can raise beyond $8,000 will help me pay for the substancial costs of promoting and distributing the album once it's finished, and as we all know Kickstarter and Amazon take a decent chunk of the money as well.  Please continue to encourage your friends to check out this page, and if you've pledged then please accept my deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks.  You have no idea how much it means, and all I can say is that I hope you'll think it was a worthwhile investment - I'm doing all I can to make the most vibrant, eclectic, imaginative and carefully constructed album I can, and that's my promise to you!

-Kate

The Album

Hello, and welcome to the Kickstarter for my debut album! This will be the largest solo project I have ever undertaken, and it is going to be a truly amazing experience. These songs have been lovingly stitched together over the course of the past two years, and with my friend and trusted producer Alexander Overington at my side, I am confident that this album will be truly groundbreaking, and will have something for everyone.

The Musicians

Because this project means so much to me, I have asked some staggeringly talented musicians to join me on the record. Among them are:

Doug Wieselman (Antony and the Johnsons, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Tricky) 

Shazhad Ismaily (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band) 

Steven Bernstein (Levon Helm Band, Sting, Medeski Martin and Wood, Sex Mob)

Marcus Rojas (Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder) 

Marika Hughes (Whitney Houston, Santana, Mary J. Blige)

Kassa Overall (Mayer Hawthorne, Das Racist, Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer)

Other great musicians who will be involved:

Alyssa Reit, Austin Vaughn, Rafiq Bhatia, Spencer Murphy, Rebekah Durham, Matthew Davis, Chris Pattishall, Mark Ettinger, Arnold Lee, Alex Ritz, and more.

The Production

Alexander Overington - Producer, Recording/Mixing Engineer

Alexander is a composer/producer, programmer and video designer from New York. He produced Yes It Will, an album featuring the Rafiq Bhatia Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK quartet, Billy Hart and Vijay Iyer.

"Through creative engineering and impactful compositions, Yes It Will tempers both beat driven pieces and jazz ferocity at once. Without being overly romantic, the album mines tradition while pushing the envelope. This is the type of joint that can exist in both beat and jazz cannons successfully." -High Priest/HPRIZM, producer/composer/emcee (Anitpop Consortium)

Valgeir Sigurðsson - Mastering (Björk, Feist, Damon Albarn, Coco Rosie)

Valgeir is a producer, composer, musician & engineer/mixer as well as the founder of the Bedroom Community label and Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. For over a decade he's been cultivating projects by a diverse array of artists, and developing his own particular magic brand of recording artistry and composition.

How You Can Help

This is where you come into the picture. I have amassed a great number of resources to get this project launched into the stratosphere where it belongs. I am personally funding the lion's share of the cost out of my own pocket, but it will take a bit more than that to make this the best album it can be. Recording an album requires equipment, and much of this equipment needs to be rented. This includes microphones, amps, and even some harder-to-come-by instruments. Studio time is costly and at times necessary, despite my attempt to pinch pennies by recording in alternative venues. The opportunity to go to Greenhouse Studios in Iceland to mix & master the album would be an amazing one, but sadly I cannot foot the bill on my own. In addition, I'm attempting to pay my musicians well for their time and energy, because I value what they bring to the music so much, and I could not make an album of this caliber without borrowing their tremendous talents and profound musicality.  

Your donations will make this album everything it can be, and then I will place it in your hands so you can see for yourself what you've helped to create. Any funding I receive beyond $8,000 will go towards album promotion & distribution, and booking shows so that I can meet you all in person. Thank you for your time and for considering this project!

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