For those who don't know me I'd like to tell you a little about myself. I'm a songwriter. Plain and simple. I've been writing songs professionally for 20 years. I've had a few highs and many lows but I've never given up. Throughout the years I've had songs on hold for Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Strait, Tracy Lawrence and a few others. These holds never turned into cuts (getting recorded) due to the fact I've been self published. However the fact I've been able to get as far as I have is nothing short of miraculous in the cutthroat world of modern songwriting. I have been fortunate enough to have Miles Williams record a song of mine I wrote for my oldest daughter called "She Calls Me Daddy" earlier this year. That song will hit radio sometime next year. As a songwriter I have done many "demo" recordings of my songs in order to pitch them to other artists, record labels etc. I sang on these demo's just to save some money and not have to pay a singer. Studio time is not cheap and wherever I could save a dollar without compromising the song I did so. I used the best A list studio musicians in the world. Musicians that played on Grammy winning albums, that have won Grammys themselves, that are in the Country Music and Musicians Hall of Fame and I even worked with Grammy winning producer Randy Kohrs. For family and friends I put some of these demo's together on an album and released it but didn't think much about it. I didn't think too much about the songs I picked. I just did it for the people in my life and not for the public in general. Well a few years later I found out that one of those songs had started getting airplay back home in Texas. It was a song that my good friend Deryl Dodd had sang on with me called "Empty Pillow". This had floored me because once I never considered myself a "radio artist" though it had always been a dream of mine. My talent was in songwriting. Well I started going around to different Texas and Red Dirt radio stations and the stations started adding the song. I started getting shows and the song slowly climbed the charts. Album sales and merchandise sales also picked up. It's been going so well I released more singles that I've been able to do all this actually have broke the top 100 on the Texas Charts.
Anyway I want to record a very rootsy, acoustically driven album of the songs I am most proud of as well as some songs written by friends that I just love to sing. I'm going to release some to radio but I really don't care about the charts. They are really meaningless. Songs I've written by myself, with friends and with hitmakers like Michael White and Roger Springer. Because of the friends I still have I will be getting some of the best musicians in the world to record and produce this with me at a fraction of the cost. It's going to be a great album and I am so excited to have you be a part of it. Together we can make a great album with good music. That's what it's all about for me as a songwriter. Not the charts.
Risks and challenges
There are of course some risks and challenges. Budget of course is always a big risk but my 20 years in writing and recording have left me with a pretty accurate idea of what it will take to complete the project.
Time of course is a challenge. The wheels of the music business turn slow but I have allowed enough time to complete the project and get the rewards out on time.
For me of course there is no 100% guarantee that I will be as successful as I want to be. There will be success but maybe not to the level I'd like it to be at.
For you, the pledger, there is virtually no risk. There may be some delays but not likely. If I can reach my fundraising goal you are guaranteed to get your reward!!
All I want to do is make an album with great music. That's what it's all about for me. Not fame, not the charts. Just a few people that like my music and want to hear it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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