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I am recording my debut EP. Thank you for being a part of the adventure!
I am recording my debut EP. Thank you for being a part of the adventure!
I am recording my debut EP. Thank you for being a part of the adventure!
200 backers pledged $12,676 to help bring this project to life.

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Kelsey Hughen's Debut EP

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This EP will feature a handful of original songs I've written and performed over the last few years. Each song represents a moment in time and together, they tell a story.

Your donations will fund:

  • The recording, mixing and mastering of my Debut EP album 
  • The recording studio time and space (Big Orange Sheep)
  • Compensation of the featured musicians, album producer and studio engineers
  • The use of a videographer to document the recording journey
  • Marketing and distribution of the EP
  • Kickstarter fees (what are these?)

What is an EP, you ask? EP stands for "Extended Player" and according to musicindustryhowto.com, "...it is a collection of songs by a musician, which is used to raise awareness of their talent. It's usually longer than a single (hence the word 'extended' in the EP definition of 'extended player'), but shorter than an album."

My Team!

A few of the featured musicians you'll hear on this EP:

- Johnny Cuomo, guitarist 

- Leah Rankin, cellist

- Mark Minoogian, bassist

Producer- Alex Gehring

Mix Engineer- Jacob Powell 

I had the privilege of working with both Johnny Cuomo & Alex Gehring on my single released in 2016, Welcome Home. 

I am thrilled to have this creative, talented team by my side! 

A bit about me:

I grew up immersed in music -- surrounded by a nurturing, artistic community in my childhood home of Austin, Texas.

An inner voice of melodies has always narrated and brought color to my life, so when I began putting words and music together, I knew I had found my language. My musical style as a singer-songwriter is influenced by a variety of genres, but can best be described as indie-pop with a soundtrack-esque quality.

The moment I said "YES!" to New York City in 2014 was the moment the trajectory of my life took a radical shift along a path I could never have dreamed! To be creating and performing in a city so grand, so inspiring, and so challenging, well, it is both equally humbling and amazing.

And now, here we are, almost four years later! I am ready to bring together this collection of my original songs to be recorded and shared!

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to learn about this project and THANK YOU for your contributions! I cannot wait to share these songs with you! 

Credits:

Video: Visionary Organics

Brooklyn recording studio: Big Orange Sheep

"Welcome Home" music video footage: Foreword Films

San Diego recording studio in "Welcome Home" music video: StudioWest

Profile pictures: Photographer, Ciera Battleson

Risks and challenges

The main risk and challenge in this endeavor will be not hitting my $12K Kickstarter goal. If the goal is not met, I do not receive any of the funds (your donations will not be kept). This will inhibit the making of this EP.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Check your inbox!

    Every amount helps!

    You'll be receiving a personalized "thank you" email and a digital download of the EP once released.

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download
    • Personalized "thank you" email
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    Check your mailbox!

    Woohoo!
    I LOVE writing cards. I'll send you a handwritten postcard from NYC expressing my gratitude for your donation... of course paired with an interesting/amusing anecdote from my day.

    You'll also be receiving: a social media shout-out & a digital download of finished EP.

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    Cute as a button

    Wear this "K-Hug" button proudly (on your person, your backpack, your dog, wherever) knowing that you have contributed to this musical journey! May it inspire you to chase your dreams as well!

    You'll also be receiving: EP digital download, handwritten "thank you" postcard, and social media shout-out.

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    • Button designed by NYC-based artist
    • EP Digital Download
    • Handwritten "thank you" postcard
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    "Welcome Home" mug

    As you may know, I reeeally like coffee... and tea... but especially coffee.
    This "Welcome Home" mug, with artwork designed by NYC-based artist, Raphael Koehler-Derrick, is the most inviting and perfect mug to start and end your days with your delicious beverage of choice.

    You'll also be receiving:
    a handwritten "thank you" postcard, social media shout-out and a digital download of finished EP.

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    • "Welcome Home" mug
    • EP Digital Download
    • Handwritten "thank you" postcard
    • Social Media Shout-Out
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    USB with behind-the-scenes footage

    You're in for a treat with this one. There will be a videographer with me in the studio. He'll be capturing the journey of those few days during the recording process. You'll get to know the musicians and the rest of the team (and me!) as we create some epic musical fusion.

    You'll also be receiving: a handwritten "thank you" postcard, EP digital download, and social media shout-out.

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    • USB containing behind-the scenes footage
    • EP Digital Download
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    In-Studio Experience

    Come into the studio and be a part of the recording experience! If you're NYC-based, I invite you to hang with us in the studio for an hour as we record.
    If you're outside of New York, you will be face-timed in so that you can feel a part of the experience as well.

    Who knows, we may even need some hand-claps for a song...

    You'll also be receiving: USB with behind-the-scenes footage, a handwritten "thank you" postcard, EP digital download and social media shout-out.

    Includes:
    • One Hour In-Studio Experience
    • USB containing behind-the scenes footage
    • EP Digital Download
    • Handwritten "thank you" postcard
    • Social Media Shout-Out
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    A special performance

    Whether it's a wedding, fundraiser, bat mitzvah, or quinceañera, I'll be there to sing for your special moment!
    (Disclaimer- I'm HAPPY to fly anywhere! However, being a musician-yoga-teacher just tryin' to pay rent in NYC, travel and lodging expenses are not included in this reward. If you set it up, I'll be there with bells and whistles on to sing for you & your guests!)

    You'll also receive: USB with behind-the-scenes footage, EP digital download, handwritten "thank you" postcard, and social media shout-out.

    Includes:
    • Kelsey will perform at your special event
    • USB containing behind-the scenes footage
    • EP Digital Download
    • Handwritten "thank you" postcard
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Funding period

- (30 days)