I'm very excited to be recording my first music project, Black Tea, The Legend of Jessi James. The poetry written for the album is inspired by and dedicated to the voices and lives of so many women blues and jazz artists who left an indelible mark on so many of us. The album is my mantra to survive great losses, to write and sing my story now. This is the music my poetry has been waiting for. I teamed up with a beautiful group of young, talented Detroit musicians to make this project a reality. Jon Dixon, my pianist, is brilliant and truly listened to my words as he composed.
I plan to use the money from kickstarter to finish recording, mixing, and packaging the album. I will also need money to market! I'm in the middle of the recording process, and found a beautiful sound inside the home of Detroit's techno museum. I wanted my first album to be connected to history and spirit of the city i was born. Motown.
I will used the money raised to shoot a video for the single, as well as promote and market and gain larger distribution for the overall project. I also hope to develop a multi media performance around the work, which will include live music from the album, personal narrative stories of love & survival, and healing poetry workshops and conversations.
I've been performing my work all over the world for over two decades, but i was never satisfied with my voice in the studio. I've finally found the music to balance out the raspy fire in my words. I wanted to record an album my daddy and my children could listen to and appreciate together. I want an album that had great music first, and the words, the story would be the great compliment.
I believe in the concept of making art/work. The vulnerability in my first recorded work is present and very new to many people who have read my books, or seen me perform live. Being new is important to have longevity as an artist, and i'm excited about my first recording project and the stories, the struggle, the work, behind the poems.
I was introduced to Blue Note recording artist Jose James through a visual artist friend and we instantly began recording together. The single on this project, "You Want Poems" features his beautiful vocals, and the Vibes of Jazz Legend Roy Ayers, who has been a supportive artist friend for years.
Other amazing features include, Ursula Rucker, Imani Uzuri, Kenny Watson, Sean Blackman, Kris Johnson, Ideeyah, Sax Appeal, Alicia Renee and more!
The work on this album is sometimes painful, and it's also filled with great joy. It's an honesty that belongs to music, and I appreciate you helping me to make my first CD a reality!!
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges, but I can say I am artist that believes in institution building, and finishing what i start. Time is always a factor, but i'm hoping this funding will help me be able to take the time off from the road to really focus on giving my all to this album. I've put everything into this music, and i need to have the tools in place to make sure everyone can hear it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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