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"All Is Gift" is almost ready to be released. Ben Harper made recording possible. If I bring it to the finish line I can get on tour!
247 backers pledged $17,905 to help bring this project to life.

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Nearly three years ago I was asked to play for a military memorial service at a naval base near San Diego, CA to honor 17 Navy SEALs who had been killed when their helicopter was shot down while they were serving in Afghanistan. My brother Nick was among the 17. Up to that point, I had been touring the country in my 1999 Ford Contour, and was performing as many shows as humanly possible in order to simply earn enough money to self-produce and distribute my first two albums.

After the memorial service, I was approached by a couple who suggested that I reach out to a friend of theirs, another guitarist and vocalist who lived in the area. The musician turned out to be internationally celebrated and three-time Grammy winning recording artist Ben Harper. Though initially surprised, I was thankful and excited to say that he took a deep interest in my music and abilities, and offered to work with me to further develop my sound and my skills.

Following our initial meeting, Ben contacted me and offered me the chance to record my third album All Is Gift in his studio. After over a year’s worth of work and several trips to L.A. in the “Red Horse”, the nickname I’ve affectionately given to my car, the ten-song album is now complete. In the music industry, a fair record label can be very hard to find, and if you do wish to pursue that route it often takes years to get your album out into the world. Through this campaign, I hope to find the support to self-produce the All is Gift CDs and then take the album on tour in a new, or rather updated, vehicle that is bit more conducive to driving around the country!

Pragmatically speaking, the more CDs I order, the less expensive it will be for me in the long run due to the bulk ordering model I will be working with. My plan is to go on a one-year tour with this album. Starting with a CD release concert here in my hometown of St. Paul on September 20th, and then traveling once again from coast to coast and border to border! I have been blessed to have had a number of international travel experiences for my music and studies, but I anticipate that this is going to be the greatest adventure I have taken on yet. I would be grateful and honored if you would consider being a part of it!

The Music

This is the speal that's on my website:

Down to earth, honest, and filled with depth, Luke Spehar's deep, calming vocals with intricate and heartfelt instrumentals that draw the listener deep into the dynamic journey of a life lived in light of God's love. His music transcends religious and social barriers, meeting people where they are at and illuminating the reality of the human condition.

To get your own sense of my music I recommend checking out some of the videos on LukeSpehar.com.

The Album

All is Gift is a ten-song folk album that speaks to my love for America, God and the military. The great news for anyone eager to hear it is that the album itself is DONE. Digital versions will be delivered immediately upon the end of the Kickstarter if it's successful, and CDs will be shipped out as soon as possible. You will also immediately get a digital copy of my previous album Be Still Better if you contribute $5 or more to the campaign.

What is the money going towards?

The money raised in this campaign will: 

• Pay for the manufacturing of 5,000 All Is Gift CDs 

• Pay for the album’s graphic design 

• Pay for t-shirts and posters 

 • Pay for shipping supplies, postage, and labor involved in fulfillment 

• Pay for a publicist to help market the album and the All is Gift tour 

• Cover fees incurred by Kickstarter and similar attendant charges, including credit card processing and taxes.

Specific Cost Breakdowns

• Manufacturing 5,000 Albums: $5,500 

• Graphics and busy work to put the album together: $1,500 

• Shipping supplies, postage, and labor: $2,500 

• T-Shirts and posters: $1,500 

• Promotional Expenses: $2,500 

• Amazon + Kickstarter Fees: 10% 

• Taxes: Varies

To cover these costs and miscellaneous expenses (such as credit cards that don't process) we've set a goal of $17,000.

The Rewards

The reward levels are in the column to your right, offering things such as All is Gift, my previous album Be Still, the poster, the t-shirt, concert tickets and a lot more. Here is a look at some of them:

Luke Spehar's album "Be Still", available to anyone who pledges $5 or more.
Luke Spehar's album "Be Still", available to anyone who pledges $5 or more.
The album this campaign is about, "All is Gift".
The album this campaign is about, "All is Gift".
T-shirt signed by Luke Spehar.
T-shirt signed by Luke Spehar.
T-shirt signed by Luke Spehar and Ben Harper. NOTE: Only medium and large sizes remaining.
T-shirt signed by Luke Spehar and Ben Harper. NOTE: Only medium and large sizes remaining.
CD release concert tickets.
CD release concert tickets.
An original 1-minute song written, performed and recorded by Luke.
An original 1-minute song written, performed and recorded by Luke.

Stretch Goals 

My hope is that we can raise more than the initial goal to pay for traveling costs so I can tour as much of the United States as possible. We have some ideas for how we’ll reward backers if the project exceeds its goal, including a free download of my other album No Other Way and an online concert exclusive to backers. We hope those can come to fruition.

Risks and challenges

When it comes to fulfillment every project has potential obstacles. Things in our campaign that might take longer than expected include producing the CDs and other rewards and shipping them to backers. However, we feel up to the challenge and nothing is going to stop us from rewarding our supporters for their role in bringing "All Is Gift" to life.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    THANK YOU!: Thank you for supporting this project. At this level and all others you will receive my previous album "Be Still" as a digital download.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM: You will receive a digital download of "All is Gift" upon the successful completion of the campaign.

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    SIGNED POSTER: You get the digital album plus a signed poster.

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    CD: You’ll get one of the 5,000 hard copies of the album along with the signed poster.

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    CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Can’t decide if you want the digital download or the hard copy? Not to worry, with this pledge you’ll get both along with the signed poster.

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    T-SHIRT & DIGITAL ALBUM: With this pledge you get to be clothed with some Luke Spehar apparel! Headed your way is an "All is Gift" t-shirt, a digital copy of the album and the signed poster.

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    T-SHIRT, CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Here comes the hard copy of the album, the digital download, the poster and a t-shirt.

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    CONCERT, CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: The album, the digital download and a pair of tickets to my CD release concert!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    T-SHIRT, CONCERT, CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Can’t decide between the concert tickets and the t-shirt? Get both along with the CD, digital download and signed poster.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    T-SHIRT SIGNED BY BEN HARPER: Same as the $75 reward level, except the t-shirt is signed by both Luke Spehar and Ben Harper. T-shirts available include 3 Smalls, 3 Mediums and 3 Larges. Please send us a message of what size you want after you pledge.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    MUG, T-SHIRT, CONCERT, CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get everything at the $75 level plus a Luke Spehar mug!

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    HANDMADE COASTER & THE OTHER GOODIES: The cover of my album is a hand wood burned log, so with your pledge you will get a handmade wood burned coaster along with everything at the $75 level. I am making all of these coasters personally.

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    HANDMADE COASTER & THE OTHER GOODIES #2: The cover of my album is a hand wood burned log, so with your pledge you will get a handmade wood burned coaster along with everything at the $75 level. I am making all of these coasters personally. These will come a month after the first round of them due to the labor involved.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    FRONT ROW TICKETS & BACKSTAGE PASSES: Get up close and personal. With this pledge, you get a pair of front row tickets to my CD release concert on September 20th, 2014 as well as backstage passes to hang out with me before or after the show. You also get the t-shirt and "All is Gift" as a CD and digital download. If you can’t make this concert, we will make arrangements for great seats at a future concert on the "All is Gift" Tour.

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    DINNER AFTER THE SHOW: In addition to everything at the $200 level, I'll treat you to a meal after the CD release concert on September 20th.

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    AN ORIGINAL SONG: I will write and record a one-minute song based on the subject of your choice, within reason. You’ll also get everything from the $125 reward level.

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    NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Everything from the $75 level, and I will treat you to a complimentary meal with me at my favorite restaurant in St. Paul.

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    SIGNED GUITAR: Who could ask for anything more than a Martin Guitar to start their guitar career?! Don’t worry, you’ll also get my album and everything else at the $75 level so you can play along!

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    PERSONAL CONCERT: A personal concert in your venue of your choice anywhere in the continental United States. Fireplaces, churches, coffee shops, a deer stand... The concert is for up to 500 people and will be scheduled before the end of 2015, and also includes everything at the $75 reward level. If you choose this level please get in touch so we can make sure everything will work out.

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    WEEKEND VACATION: A classic weekend vacation to historic downtown St. Paul. I will fly you out to my hometown from anywhere in the continental U.S. and put you up in a classy hotel, treat you to fine dining, and plan a weekend according to your interests. You’ll also receive a personal concert for you and up to 1,000 people. We will work with you to plan the trip based on your schedule and mine. This level also includes everything offered by the $100 pledge level.

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Funding period

- (30 days)