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Award winning, Billboard artist Matt Zarley promises a timeless collection of pop songs and videos that embrace matters of the heart.
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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.

The cast of the "SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY" music video...out Feb 4th.
The cast of the "SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY" music video...out Feb 4th.

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.

The official artwork for the first single, "SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY".
The official artwork for the first single, "SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY".

 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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMXwix9kRJQ&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL3D4A4F81F102FF45

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,

MZ

*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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YaMDeL6O60

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.

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    A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY before it's officially released AND a personal Twitter & Facebook shout out from me to you!

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    A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY AND a digital download of the Moto Blanco & Basstoy remixes, both prior to its release..AND a personal Twitter & Facebook shout out from me to you!

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    A digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, a digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY AND a digital download of the Moto Blanco remix, ALL before they're officially released!
    SIngle/Remix: Feb 2014 delivery
    Album: May 2014 (estimated) delivery

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    A digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC before it's officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door.

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    THE COMPLETE S4E PAK: Digital downloads of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY AND downloads of all 8 of its remixes. Featuring killer mixes by Mark Picchiotti, Moto Blanco, & Basstoy....all prior to their offical release! In addition, You'll also get an HD download of the music video (on its official release day)!

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    THE MZ GREETING PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY before it's officially released AND the choice of either a personalized outgoing voicemail greeting recorded by me especially for you OR a phone call from me to sing "Happy Birthday" to a loved one on your behalf!
    Greeting or voicemail must be recorded by Jan 2015.

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    THE HOPEFUL KARAOKE PAK: A digital download of the single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY and the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC before it's officially released AND digital downloads of the HOPEFUL ROMANTIC karaoke tracks, so you can put your own spin on Matt's tunes! These karaoke tracks are only being offered to KICKSTARTER Backers!! THESE ARE VERY LIMITED!

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    THE MZ FAN PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY, a digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, both before their officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door...AND a 10 min Skype or phone call conversation with me!
    S4E will be delivered in Feb 2014
    HOPEFUL ROMANTIC will be delivered in May 2014 (estimated).
    SKYPE/PHONE CALL IS VALID THRU JAN 2015.

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    THE LIMITED MZ COLLECTOR'S PAK: Digital downloads of Matt's 4 studio albums: DEBUT, HERE I AM, CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME, and HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, A 10 TRACK REMIX COMPILATION (featuring Matt's fave remixes)...as well as very limited (and not available to the public) autographed cds of HERE I AM, CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME, and HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, as well as HD downloads of Matt's music videos: HAD I KNOWN, WTF, PERFECT, TRUST ME, CHANGE BEGINS WITH ME, & S4E.
    All downloads (except for HOPEFUL ROMANTIC) will be delievered in Feb 2014.
    All CDs and the download of HOPEFUL ROMANTIC will be delivered in May 2014 (estimated).

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    LIMITED MZ YOUTUBE FAN PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY, a digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, both before their officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door. In addition, I will record a personalized YouTube video singing any Zarley song of your choice and dedicate it to you and post it on my own channel! You will also receive a 10 min Skype or phone call conversation with me to discuss your song choices for me, if u like.... or to just merely chat. :)
    S4E will be delivered in Feb 2014
    HOPEFUL ROMANTIC will be delivered in May 2014 (estimated).
    SKYPE/PHONE CALL IS VALID THRU FEB 2015.
    YOUTUBE POST MUST BE DONE BY FEB 2015.

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    THE VIP PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY, a digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, both before their officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door. In addition, you and a guest will be my guests at my album release party in LA and get to hang out with me and my peeps after the show. This also grants you access to the sound check prior to the show.
    * Travel and accomodations are not provided.
    Single - delivered Feb 2014
    Album - delivered May 2014 (estimated)

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    THE VIP STUDIO PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY, a digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, both before their officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door. In addition, you and a guest will have access to my album's mastering session at Universal Mastering in Hollywood. You'll be able to hear these songs before anyone else has the opportunity to do so! Bring a camera! Instagram video recordings will also be permitted!
    * Travel and accomodations are not provided.

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    THE PRODUCER PAK: Choose from either the VIP PAK or THE VIP STUDIO PAK and you will also be listed as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER on the album and liner notes!
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    Album - delivered May 2014 (estimated)

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    THE HOLLYWOOD STAR PAK: In addition to the S4E PAK incentives, you will also have a small role in one of the three music videos and will get billing in the credits!
    Shoot tentatively scheduled for February/March. Exact dates to be determined.
    *Travel and accommodations to and from LA are not included.

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    THE LIVE IN HOME CONCERT PAK: A digital download of the album's first single, SOMEBODY 4 EVERYBODY, a digital download of the album, HOPEFUL ROMANTIC, both before their officially released, and a signed copy of the cd delivered to your door. In addition, I will give a live 60 minute in home concert to you and your guests. Travel and accommodations must be provided for me and one musician if over 100 miles from Los Angeles.
    Single - delivered Feb 2014
    Album - delivered May 2014 (estimated)
    IN HOME CONCERT VALID TILL FEB 2016.

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    THE MEGA HOLLYWOOD STAR PAK: In addition to the S4E PAK incentives, you will also have a small role in all of the three music videos and will get billing in the credits!

    Shoot tentatively scheduled for February. Exact dates to be determined.
    All 3 videos will be shot in the same week.

    *Travel and accommodations to and from LA are not included.
    Single - delivered Jan 2014
    Album - delivered April 2014 (estimated)

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