First Fruit(s): “the first produce of a season, especially given as an offering to God.”
I’m thrilled to announce the creation of my first solo album, entitled FIRST FRUIT. It is a musical melding of my life, faith and artistic influences which span jazz, gospel and R&B. This album is my personal response to God’s call “You shall bring the very first of the fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God.” Exodus 23:19
The central themes of First Fruit are gratitude and love. I have selected, arranged and recorded several classic hymns and Christian songs which aim to evoke this spiritual connection. My mission is to uplift listeners, and create an atmosphere for them to connect with God and experience His presence.
I have collaborated with a number of amazing artists in the making of this album, including:
Christian Sands on piano, rhodes, hammond B3, Co-Producer
Luke Sellick on bass
Jimmy Macbride on drums
The repertoire includes gospel classics “I Am Thine O Lord", “I Surrender All”, “Are You Washed In The Blood?”; Stylistics’ favorite “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and a number of original compositions written for this album.
In late June we spent a full day recording the material at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, but as you may know, that's just the first step! There are several other components that go into creating the final product and your contributions will go towards:
- Mixing and Mastering
- Printing CDs/Distribution
- Press and Publicity
- Album Artwork
As a thank you for your support I've created a variety of cool rewards with a pre-release digital download of the album at the starting level. Other items include a signed copy of the CD, a First Fruit tote bag, special mention of your name in the album credits, and tickets to the CD release show. There's also a really cool reward item I'm excited about which is the First Fruit Bomber Jacket! Do you like looking hipper-than-a-mug walking down the street? Or perhaps you're already an O.G. but you just want some more swag in your bag - this reward is for you! So check out the right side of the page for the full range of rewards!
Any amount helps and your contributions will be immensely appreciated and will help bring this album to fruition! Thanks so much for considering being a part of this project and I can't wait to share First Fruit with you all!
Risks and challenges
With any recording project, the physical act of recording is only the first step towards creating the final product. Next steps are mixing/mastering, CD production/distribution, publicity, and there might be unforeseen delays at any point of these that could affect when I get the rewards to you. This is all a part of the process though, and we are shooting for an April 2018 release and should have the rewards to you by then if not before!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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