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I have written the songs. I have found the producer, the band, and the studio. Now I need YOU to help me make it happen!
I have written the songs. I have found the producer, the band, and the studio. Now I need YOU to help me make it happen!
206 backers pledged $8,505 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello everyone!

I am Marina Evans, a folk/rock singer songwriter from Rockport, Massachusetts. This April, I am SO excited to board a plane to Florence, Italy where I am hoping to record my first full length album!

I've got the plane ticket, and I've written the songs. The band, producer, and studio are on board and at the ready; pre-production is already underway. Now, all I need is your help to git 'er done!

First off, let me explain how Italy fits into the picture. I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Florence in 2008, and promptly and permanently fell in love with the place. I had written a few songs then and played at the open mics, where I met some Florentine musicians with whom I eventually gigged and recorded. From that point on I couldn't stay away, and I have been extremely lucky to be able to return to Florence over the years as time and money has allowed. And each time, I have come home from that inspirational city with more music (check out my EPs Not Gonna Wait (2011) and The Tuscan Sessions (2012)).

When I wasn't in Italy, I was in my hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts or nearby Gloucester. These too are beautiful, inspiring places that are just full of music - so much so that the majority of my catalog has been written here (check out Dogtown, the EP I released in Gloucester last fall). In fact, unless something spontaneous happens in the studio in Florence (you never know), this entire new album will have been written on Cape Ann. In that way the new album is a product of a bi-continental life, divided and bridged by oceans.

Years of traveling back and forth have paved the way for this record. And now, incredibly, it's all in place - the songs, the band, even the studio (!) - just waiting for me to pull the trigger.

That is (ahem), with your very kind assistance!

All right, so here's the deal: $8,000 is a heck of a lot of money to me. So I feel it's important to explain to you all how I arrived at that number, and what it's paying for. Here goes:

  • Studio time (including sound engineer): $3,000
  • Producer: $1,500
  • Band: $1,000
  • Mastering: $900
  • CD printing: $1,600

... for a grand total of 8 big ones (whew!).

Please note that if we manage to raise OVER $8,000 (!), all additional funds will go towards promotion of the album and the ensuing tours - both in Italy and the U.S.

Thank you all SO much for watching my video and reading more about this project. I hope you are inspired to become a patron of the arts, and to help make this record happen - I can't do it without you!

Risks and challenges

If this project is successfully funded, the only foreseeable obstacle to its completion is an Act of God.

Barring that, the biggest deadline this project faces is a release date in fall 2013. I have a limited amount of time I will be in Italy this spring - 90 days, to be exact - which means that I will hit the ground running when I land in Florence. The timeline is rigorous, but by no means is it impossible - and having things lined up beforehand (which I do) will really help me stay on schedule.

Even if some recording work remains to be done when my tourist visa expires, I am no stranger to online musical collaboration. Much of last year's EP 'The Tuscan Sessions' was arranged and mixed remotely, one of us in Italy, the other in the States. It's hardly an ideal situation, but as that little record shows: it can be done! Where there's a will, there's a way... and I'm willing this thing up the wazoo.

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    Get Marina's undying gratitude, as well as a free download of ONE of her two 2012 EPs, "Dogtown" or "The Tuscan Sessions"!

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    You get: digital downloads of both EPs AND Marina's new record!

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    You get: a signed copy of Marina's NEW record and all digital downloads (2 EPs and new album)

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    You get: A signed copy of Marina's NEW record, a sweet t-shirt, and all digital downloads (2 EPs and new record)!

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    You get: A signed copy of Marina's NEW record, a sweet t-shirt, a live performance on Skype of an original song by Marina, JUST FOR YOU! (And if you don't have Skype, or don't know what it is, she will make and email you a video!), AND a handwritten postcard from a tour stop!

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    You get: Signed copies of Marina's NEW record and BOTH of her 2012 EPs, a super-sweet t-shirt, a handwritten postcard from a tour stop, and a 20-minute live performance on Skype by Marina JUST FOR YOU! (And if you don't have Skype, or don't know what it is, she will make and email you a video!)

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    You get: Signed copies of Marina's new record and both of her 2012 EPs; a super sweet t-shirt; a handwritten postcard from a tour stop; a live performance on Skype by Marina of a song of your choice JUST FOR YOU! (if you don't have Skype or don't know what it is, she'll make you your very own video!); a personal thank you in the album credits; AND a totally unique, one-of-a-kind 6"x6" painting by Marina!

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    You get: Signed copies of Marina's new record and BOTH of her 2012 EPs; a super-sweet t-shirt; a handwritten postcard from a tour stop; a totally unique, one-of-a-kind 6"x6" painting by Marina; a personal thank you in the album credits; and an acoustic HOUSE CONCERT at your place! (Within 3 hours' drive from Rockport, MA. If you're further away than that, either the concert will have to align with my tour dates, or I'll need some travel expenses and a couch to crash on!)

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