The 2012 OutMusic Award Winner for ALBUM & SINGLE OF THE YEAR!
I have always wanted to do an album that was purely romantic. The original concept of this album was inspired by a true love that I had experienced. I now believe in "love at first sight", cuz I lived it. When I first started to work on this, my relationship unexpectedly ended...leaving me heartbroken and confused. Since then, I've uncovered truths about myself and lessons were learned. What started as a sweet valentine to the one I loved, was now becoming alot more dimensional. Though this is inspired though my own personal experience, it's a universal story...told through an optimistic lens.
I'm teaming up with my long time producer and Grammy winner, Andy Zulla (Kelly Clarkson, Smash) to bring you a more organic sound. More guitars, more strings, more live elements. My objective is to deliver something timeless....an album you could put on in 10 years and it would still sound relevant.
For the first single, "SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY", I collaborated with DJ/producer Mark Picchiotti. Originally, this was intended as a stand alone dance single. As this project was evolving, it became clear that "S4E" was actually a recurring theme on this album. So I'll be doing an alternate version specifically for the album, so it's cohesive with the arrangements of the other songs. To support "S4E", the tracks have been remixed by Moto Blanco and Basstoy; while the music video is a candy colored homage to vintage dating shows.
Since "S4E" is a universal message about love, I wanted to include my fans/listeners in the creative process. I held a contest in which people submitted Instagram pics of them holding hands with someone. The top picks became the tapestry for the single's cover artwork.
To support the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC will have 3 additional music videos. Though I wanted to approach these differently than I had in the past. Without giving away too much, these will hopefully present a new way to tell a musical narrative. It's definitely a new way for me. I'm most excited about this element of this project! Benjamin Pollack, who directed my "TRUST ME" video, will reprise his directorial duties for these as well.
Check out "TRUST ME", the first music video we did together:
This is by far the most ambitious project I've conceived. With ambition, comes alot of costs. 100% of the proceeds from your pledges will go to the costs of producers, directors, editors, musicians, cinematographers, editors, publicity, and marketing. No amount is too small. If we're fortunate enough to surpass the goal amount, the remainder of the proceeds will still go to the funding of this project. The more raised, the better the videos look...and maybe I'll be able to do an additional song or two. :)
You'll also be rewarded for your generosity! I had alot of fun conjuring up these rewards..check em out to the right! :)
I'm so excited about bringing this journey to life for all of you. I wanna make you smile, I wanna make you cry, but most all, I wanna touch your soul. I'm sure like many of you, when I love, I love big. When I hurt, I hurt deep. Yet I still believe "the one" is out there. I guess you could just call me a HOPEFUL ROMANTIC. xo
THANK YOU for considering to help make this romantic, ambitious dream of mine into a loving reality.
And THANK YOU for all of your loving support these past several years. I'd never be able to do this without you. THANK YOU.
With much love and gratitude,
*I'll be doing a weekly video to keep you all up to date and informed of the creative process! In addition, I'll be posting pics, song clips, and any other component I can think of so you all feel like you're going on this journey with me. I want you to get some true insight to this hectic yet most fulfilling creative process.
If you're not familiar with me and my music, please check out this short trailer featuring some of the highlights of my last album, CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME, which won the 2012 OutMusic Award for ALBUM & SINGLE OF THE YEAR:
Risks and challenges
Though I'm not anticipating any obstacles, sometimes unexpected delays can arise. If this were to happen, you will be notified immediately. I believe in being upfront about those issues. I do alot of prep work to help avoid these situations; but one can't forecast everything sometimes. Transparency and honesty is always my best policy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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