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Jazz vocalist Sarah Partridge reimagines a collection of brilliant Janis Ian compositions in a tribute to a legendary musician.
Jazz vocalist Sarah Partridge reimagines a collection of brilliant Janis Ian compositions in a tribute to a legendary musician.
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    Coming off of a successful Kickstarter campaign where I raised funds for an album of my original compositions, I thought about what would come next. My publicist and friend, Michael Levine, said.."Sarah, I think you are ripe for a tribute album...people love them. Think about a singer/songwriter who you have admired and see if his or her music (if it isn't jazz), will translate to your genre". This from a man who has represented 38 Grammy Award Winners. I was off and running. I had pondered this idea in the past but felt that every jazz giant had been covered in a tribute album through the years. And then I had it. Janis Ian. Does that sound like a strange marriage to you? The Grammy winning folk artist who's 1976 hit, "At Seventeen", has resonated with listeners for decades. It was a perfect fit. I had loved her music as a teenager and I continue to love it as an adult. Her body of work is tremendous, rich in content both musically and lyrically, and there is great evidence of jazz roots in much of her writing. The idea of crossing genres is very appealing to me and I believe this will be an album that makes a statement while reinvigorating a conversation about Ms. Ian's magical songs. So, I decided I should contact Janis, and she not only offered to open her catalogue of unrecorded songs to me, but also offered to try co-writing a song for this album if I could make it to Nashville and our schedules worked. Well, they do.We've got the time booked, and as you can see from the items I'm offering, the project has her support!

Music and artistry aside, let's break down what it will take to make this record.

Here is a rounded down and accurate breakdown of expenses. And remember: I funded my last album and came in exactly on budget.

Recording studio time and Engineering fees: $4000

Mixing and Mastering: $1000

Musician's session fees (most likely a total of 5-6 musicians): $5000

Transcribed sheet music: Aprox. 12 songs at $40 a song: $480

Musical Arrangements: Probably minimal for a few songs: $300

Three days of travel for writing time with Janis. Coach air and an amazing deal to stay at Scarritt Bennett, thanks to Janis' relationship with them!): $700

CD Photography and videography: $1200

CD design, production and delivery: $3500 (1000 CDs)

Radio Promotion: $2000

Promo CD Mailings for Press and Radio: $1050

3 months of marketing and publicity : $10,000

Kickstarter fee: 5% of funded project  

 Amazon fee: 3- 5% of funded project (credit card fees)

Now, take a look at the rewards that I am offering for your support. Keep in mind, your pledges are not collected or distributed unless we reach 100% of our goal. 

Inside jacket of Janis' "Strictly Solo''
Inside jacket of Janis' "Strictly Solo''
You can have that microphone!
You can have that microphone!

One more note:

For those who participated in funding my last album, you may have noticed that it was released by Origin Records.  One should know that in today's musical world, most independent record companies do NOT in any way fund projects. Artists must come to a record label with a finished product in hopes of having that company furnish distribution and some publicity. I will again try to secure an established label, but it is no longer necessary or an indication of a successful album. If you have any further questions about the project, please contact me through this site or at info@sarahpartridge.net.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ.

Sarah Partridge

Janis' Autobiography
Janis' Autobiography

Risks and challenges

Risks? Challenges? We will only be taking musical risks and challenges. If funded, this album will be made. It will sound great and look great. No risks for you supporters. All the risk is on me putting this out in front of the public. But...I do that every time I sing.... :)

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    Digital Download of the new album. Just think. if every one of Janis and my fans pledged this amount in the next 30 days..we'd be golden! If that happens, I'll change the reward!

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    Digital Download of the album AND a physical CD.

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    Digital Download of the album and a CD signed by Sarah.

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    Digital Download of the album, Copy of the CD signed and personalized by Sarah.

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    Digital Download of the album, copy of the CD signed and personalized by Sarah and Janis. Digital photos of Sarah's recording session.

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    Same reward as $50 pledge PLUS a signed and personalized copy of Janis' CD "STRICTLY SOLO". (Limited quantity). This album was created solely for sale at Janis' live shows, and very occasionally during her website sales. A “20 Question” Skype session with Sarah. (Limited quantity).

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    JUST ADDED on 4/19.
    Same as $50 reward. PLUS a signed CD of Janis' choice and a signed VIP laminate from Janis' 2014-2015 tour. "These laminates were created specifically for the 2014-2015 touring season, and given only to personal friends and family members, and people working directly with Janis on the tours."

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    Same as $50 reward PLUS you will receive two of host TOM BERGERON'S VIP tickets to DANCING WITH THE STARS in LA.(Donated by Tom and date to be arranged).

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    Same reward as $100 pledge PLUS a signed and personalized copy of Janis' book of Poetry, "WHO REALLY CARES?" (Limit: 1'st 5 pledges). 5 CDs signed and personalized by Sarah. 5 more Digital downloads of the album. The first pledge for this amount will receive Sarah’s EV Dynamic performance microphone.(shipping charges apply in and out of the USA). It’s been everywhere with her..hundreds of gigs. Not that pretty, but works perfectly.

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    Same reward as $100 pledge PLUS a signed and personalized copy of Janis' Autobiography, 'SOCIETY'S CHILD"(Limit: 1st 5 pledges), and a personalized, signed first edition of Janis' poetry book, WHO REALLY CARES, which is about to come out in audiobook form this July 1st. 5 more downloads of the album. “One Of A Kind Photos” of Sarah's recording session. There will be a disposable camera with your name on the back at the recording sessions. We (the band members) will shoot the session from our perspective and send you the exposed images! (Limited amount).

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    Same reward as $100 pledge PLUS 5 more Digital downloads of the album. A signed and personalized copy of Janis' 2 CD set, "REMEMBER: LIVE 1977". Recorded in Australia and Japan. Currently out of print. (Limit: 1'st 5 pledges). A personal “thank you” in the CD jacket. The first pledge of this amount will be taken to dinner with Sarah at a Kickstarter funded restaurant in NYC or Northern NJ. Date to be mutually arranged.

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    Same reward as $100 pledge PLUS a signed copy of the paperback BOOK of Patience & Sarah, which will be used, may be ex-library, may be in rough shape (but have all pages clear and readable, and a cover). This was made into an audiobook narrated by Janis and nominated for a Grammy Award this past year. 5 more Digital downloads of the album. 5 CDs signed by Sarah. A "thank you" in the CD jacket. Digital Bonus Track(s) from the album. The first pledge of this amount will be taken to lunch by Publicist and Media expert Michael Levine. (Currently represents Sarah and worked with Janis in the past). Ask this marketing and media guru anything about the business and YOUR business! This applies only to the city of Los Angeles in 2016 or NYC on May 2-7, 2016. www.michaellevinemedia.com

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    Same reward as $2,500 pledge, but instead of lunch with Michael Levine, anyone who pledges this amount will be taken to dinner at a Kickstarter funded restaurant in New York or NJ. The more the merrier ..we'll take pictures! PLUS a signed copy of all CDs from Sarah's catalog.

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    Same reward as $2,500 pledge but instead of lunch with Michael Levine, those of you who pledge in this tier are invited to Sarah's recording session in either NYC or New Jersey. See how it all happens! You are also entitled to a house concert by Sarah and her pianist for 1 hour within a 50 mile radius of NYC. If outside this radius, you must provide airfare and accommodations.

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