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Stephen Gordon asks fans to join him in the making of his new album, "So Young Now".
196 backers pledged $10,812 to help bring this project to life.

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Dear Friends,

It has been nearly two years (and more, for some) since you began this journey with me. It has been a profound privilege to write, perform, and share my songs with you, whether on tour, in your home, or on your car stereo. Without your encouragement—your emails, phone calls, cups of coffee, plates of food, acts of belief, words of support—I would not have persisted in this work that exacts as much as it rewards. At every juncture, you were there, listening and responding, and it was life-giving.

In recent months I have come to a place in my career that is as exciting as it is difficult. Today, independent songwriters such as myself self-fund their records through work they do on the side. Aside from being unsustainable financially, it is also usually inadequate; the costs behind my new album, “So Young Now” (due out in April), will exceed the money I had saved for it. Times like these have made me wonder if this path was a wise one. Yet each time I found new resolve within the community of listeners that surrounds me. Thinking now of this support, it hits me: a new way for listeners and artists to support each other, in which records are products, not of an individual, but of a community. This is where you come in.

Meet Kickstarter, a new and remarkable way for artists to partner with friends and fans to together produce projects like my record. As you invest in my work as an artist, I return the investment by sharing things like an album of hymn renditions, performing private in-home shows, hand-written lyrics, an early copy of “So Young Now,” and much more. On one level, it is a scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours method for giving this new project a shot in the arm; on another, it is an opportunity to participate in the creative process of making something true and beautiful—of making community the new studio.

My goal is to raise $10,000...a strong portion of what I will need to pay for this record. However, with the way Kickstarter works, if I do not reach this goal, NONE of the money goes towards funding the record! So, what do you say? I need your help; I want your help. Let’s do this together.

Here goes!

Stephen

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    1) Digital copy of “So Young Now” two weeks pre-release!

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    2) Digital Download of “So Young Now” + Signed Stephen Gordon "So Young Now" Poster (Kickstarter Exclusive)

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    3) All of the above + Hymns Album, Stephen sings, “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”, “Be Though My Vision”, “Come Thou Fount”, and more... (Kickstarter Exclusive!)

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    4) All of the above + Special personally made mix-tape (CD) of Stephen's favorite and most influential songs. Expect a few surprises.

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    5) All of the above + short "behind-the-scenes" DVD featuring Stephen and the band in the studio creating "So Young Now" + Signed hard copy of the album

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    6) All of the above + Hand-written lyrics to any one of your favorite Stephen Gordon songs! + CD of Stephen reading his 10 favorite poems from Edgar Allen Poe, Wendell Berry, W.C. Williams, and more...

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    7) All of the above + autographed collection of all Stephen's records including: “I Have Seen Your Shining Spirit”, “VA”, and, of course, “So Young Now”

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    8) All of the above + pick a song, ANY SONG, and Stephen will make a video of him covering that song and send it to you, and ONLY you!

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    9) Options 1-7 + A personal concert over SKYPE! You make the set-list!

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    10) Options 1-7 + Skype Concert + Be on the Stephen Gordon Guest List 4 LIFE. (you give 2 weeks notice and you'll forever be a complimentary guest of Stephen's shows)

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    11) Options 1-7 + Stephen WRITES A SONG for you OR a loved one...you even choose the story-line, details, etc! (Anniversary? Birthday gift?)

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    12) Options 1-7 + SONG-WRITING DAY in Nashville, TN. Write and record a song with Stephen, hang out, eat out (his treat), chill out.

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    13) Options 1-6 + Personal House Concert. Go in with your friends to get this special package! Again, you decide the set list. (travel expenses apply outside 350 miles of Bowling Green, KY)

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    14) Options 1-7 + Skype Concert + Stephen's very first Harmony electric guitar + Hand-written, framed, and signed personal poem...written to and for YOU only.

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    15) Options 1-7 + in exuberant gratitude...A day (and a night...on the pull-out... if desired) in beautiful Bowling Green, KY! Stephen cooks your meals (including the Hospital Hill Scrambler), takes you to his favorite restaurants/coffee shop, and performs a private concert for you in his own home...Good for 2 people!

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    All Options + ....Name It and Claim It.

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