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Collaboration of jazz & pop standards between Marin County vocalist, Lisa Star, and Houston guitarist, Charles Davis.
Collaboration of jazz & pop standards between Marin County vocalist, Lisa Star, and Houston guitarist, Charles Davis.
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I am very excited to announce my Kickstarter project Bare Essentials with a goal of raising $3500 or more towards covering the costs of copyrights, recording, mixing & mastering, manufacturing, and the graphic work that this project will require to launch it into the world.  I thank you all in advance for your belief in my passion and the Bare Essentials project!

I headed to Houston on June 2nd to rehearse and record with Houston-based guitarist, Charles Davis.  I met Charles at Roberta Donnay and Eddy Bee's home in Mill Valley, CA., while he was working on a jazz/blues songwriting and recording project with Roberta.  When I heard the tone and articulation of his playing, I was inspired.  In the following months, I contacted Charles to see if he'd be up for a collaboration of pop and jazz standards featuring just guitar and voice.  He said yes and the experimentation began. 

I am always amazed at those players who can not only read/play music from a written page but can also "leave" the box.  After a few song trials, I realized that Charles was the player I had been looking for and "Bare Essentials" was born.

The music selections are comprised of songs I've always admired and loved.  We are still choosing the final content but the current tracks include our own arrangements of such songs as: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Elton John's Love Song, The Look of Love, Natural Woman, Light My Fire, Wichita Lineman, and more.  The tempo is generally a slow, sensual groove with Charles embellishing away!

The gorgeous CD cover photography is provided by my brother, Thomas Schworer. The inspired graphic work is provided by my best friend (since high school!), Robin Murphy.  I will be mixing this project with my partner and stunning musician and composer in his own right, Ray Cooper, who will also master the CD at our Passion Star Music studio.  Thanks to Eddy Bee for my lovely profile picture and pictures from a recent house concert and to Sharon Green for my "star" head shot!

I had a fantastic experience recording sessions at SugarHill Recording Studios - (SugarHill Recording Studios is the "Abbey Road of the South". Believed to be the oldest continuously operating recording facility in the US, SugarHill has played host to a great many recording artists and their hits in its 69 year history).  A special thank you to Andy Bradley who was our recording engineer at SugarHill and took such good care of Charles and I!

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    AKERU Beginnings EP featuring Shining Bright, From The Beginning, Sweet Surrender and Shining Bright - French version (Int'l shipments - pls add 5$)

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    Bare Essential CD - Presale (Int'l shipments - pls add $5)

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    A signed copy of the Bare Essentials CD! (Intl shipments - pls add $5)

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    A signed copy of the Bare Essentials CD, A signed copy of AKERU Beginnings EP. (Int'l shipments - pls add $5)

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    San Francisco Bay Area fans: Entry into any House Concert that I play in the area until December, 2012. (Alternatively, a house concert video if not in the area) And signed copies of Bare Essential CD and AKERU Beginnings EP. The next house concert is in San Rafael on Sunday June 24th.

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    Mp3 of a birthday song customized to the recipient of your choice! Signed copies of Bare Essential CD, AKERU Beginnings EP. Timing of Mp3 delivery can be customized. Good from now until August 2013. (Int'l shipments pls add $5)

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    A custom made Passion Star pendant by Kentucky Girl Designs. Signed copies of Bare Essential CD, AKERU Beginnings EP. And my enthusiastic THANK YOU! (Int'l shipments pls add $5)

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    Any supporter who pledges $500 or more will get all of the other rewards plus be mentioned on the CD jacket as an Executive Producer. Thank you!

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