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.
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