Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
We did it thanks to YOU!! Thanks for coming along for this ride with us- album release date 8/2/2019!!
We did it thanks to YOU!! Thanks for coming along for this ride with us- album release date 8/2/2019!!
232 backers pledged $15,541 to help bring this project to life.

About

Angela Perley's New Album project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$15,541

232

Photo by Kate Sweeney
Photo by Kate Sweeney

Calling all dreamers, moon gazers, and music lovers! 

Many of you may know me from my band, Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons, which formed in Columbus, OH around 2009 and has been gigging and grinding it out in all kinds of venues around the country since then - and I mean ALL kinds: restaurants to theaters to mountain basins. I've released several EPs, albums and music videos with the band and have been playing over a 100 shows a year since 2014. 

I've been extremely lucky and I'm grateful to have had an amazing team behind me in the past who helped me develop in many ways as an artist and as a person. I've learned so much the last 10 years and have had the opportunity to work and play with so many talented people.  

New Beginnings 

I love writing and performing so much that it hurts. Sometimes I feel like I've lost my mind because I care so much. It brings me much joy to see all the friendships and love that have sprouted from the band and the community that has supported and cheered for us along the way. To know that in any way my music has brought a smile, caused reflection, helped someone through a rough time, or has inspired someone to pursue their own passion is something I celebrate and deeply cherish.  

This year marks a new chapter for me in many ways, and I would love for you to join me in this next part of my journey as an independent artist. I am excited to apply everything I have learned so far to take more control of my music so I can continue to make this a sustainable career. 

I have a new record that I am extremely proud of and can't wait to share with you! 

The beginning of this record took shape in the winter of last year when I brought 17 songs I had written over to Chris Connor. If you don't know him, Chris has been playing lead guitar in my band since the beginning and has been hugely instrumental in the arrangements of my music the last couple of albums. He's my rock and is the person I trust most with my songs in their raw stages. From there, Chris and I created demo versions of the tunes with electronic drums just to give us a feel of what they would sound like with a full band and from those demos we started testing the tunes out on the road. Next, we put in studio time with an amazing group of players from both Ohio and Nashville and have narrowed things down to a smaller collection of tunes that will make up the final full length album. 

This is where I need you! 

Chris and I have put all our blood, sweat, and tears into making this album and we are so close to getting it out there into the world but need help to cover costs for the remaining services: 

  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • CD & Vinyl Artwork and Production
  • Basic PR
  • Kickstarter Fees (5% free and payment processing fees between 3%-5%)

We've set the goal of this campaign at $13,000 which is the minimum amount we need to make this happen for a May or June release. Obviously, the more resources we have, the stronger the release will be.

By backing this album you will be a part of this new journey with me. You will get updates from me along the way and have the opportunity to receive the album before it is officially released.

This is my first crowdfunding campaign ever, and I decided to work with Kickstarter because it's an all or nothing platform. If I don't reach my goal, I don't get any of the funds from your pledges. I'm going all in....the question is: are you with me?!

I can't wait for you to hear this record!! Let's do this!! 

Journey so far:  

The first tracking sessions for the record were over three days at Earthwork Recording Studio in Newark, OH at the end of April of 2018. The main goal at that time was to get drums and anything else we could capture off the floor. Jake Levy (who many of you already know from some of our live shows the last couple of years) recorded drums for the record and Brandon Bankes engineered the sessions. Chris and I then finished up guitars, overdubs and vocals at our home studio in Columbus, Ohio. 

Jake Levy laying it down!! Tracking drums for the record at Earthwork Recording Studio in Newark, OH
Jake Levy laying it down!! Tracking drums for the record at Earthwork Recording Studio in Newark, OH

Below is a short video clip from our first tracking sessions over at Earthwork Recording Studio. The song you are hearing in the clip is called "He Rides High" in it's first stages:   

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Below is a short Instagram story I posted after I wrapped up vocals in our home studio. I often feel most creative at night, so many of my vocals were recorded late-night to capture the mood: 

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
Tracking guitars in our home studio in Columbus, OH
Tracking guitars in our home studio in Columbus, OH
Go-to guitars for the record
Go-to guitars for the record

After we finished guitars and vocals, I wanted to add some extra magic to the tracks so Chris and I decided to head to Nashville last month to have Robbie Crowell record piano, Hammond B-3, and Wurlitzer for several of the tracks. Parker Cason engineered the session over at Creative Workshop. Robbie played keys with Deertick for many years and has recorded keys on albums that range from Lindi Ortega to Kesha. He is a multi-instrumentalist and currently plays drums for the band Midland. His performance was super tasteful and professional and he really took the songs to the next level.

Robbie Crowell at Creative Workshop in Nashville, TN
Robbie Crowell at Creative Workshop in Nashville, TN

Robbie Crowell adding beautifully to "He Rides High" in the next part of our recording process at Creative Workshop in Nashville, TN:

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Robbie playing some rockin' organ parts to a tune called "Back in Town" on the record:

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Creative Workshop itself has a ton of history including the piano used on the Johnny Cash TV show. It also graced the stage over at The Ryman for many years. Everyone from Dolly Parton, Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard and Roy Orbison has recorded at Creative Workshop and we sensed a lot of history and mojo in the studio.  

THE piano! Robbie played this on several songs on the record
THE piano! Robbie played this on several songs on the record

 Below is a video of Ray Charles  playing the piano on Johnny Cash's TV show:

Next, I envisioned a couple of the songs with strings, so we went back to Earthwork Recording studio in Newark, OH and had Andy Carlson lay down some lovely string parts. Andy has recorded for artists like R.E.M, Nanci Griffith, Billy Bragg and more and was such a pleasure to work with- the outcome of the session was even better than I could have imagined!! 

 Andy Carlson doing strings for "Local Heroes" at Earthwork Recording Studio: 

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
Andy's string arrangements
Andy's string arrangements

Most recently, we had Earthwork's engineer himself, Brandon Bankes, do some pedal steel parts for us. Brandon played pedal steel on "Ghost" and "Rock and Roller" on our first record Hey Kid. He is also in the band The Wayfarers and has recorded and shared the stage with Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Connie Smith, Rhonda Vincent and more.  

Brandon Bankes doing some pedal steel parts for the record- last touches!
Brandon Bankes doing some pedal steel parts for the record- last touches!

What's next? 

  • Sending the tracks off to be mixed & mastered
  • Picking the final tracks for the album. We have narrowed things down to 12 right now.. 
  • Working with an artist to create album artwork 
  • CD and vinyl production
  • Hiring the PR team and working with them to promote the record leading up to it's release

There is still a lot to be done, and I will provide you with updates, details, and behind-the-scenes footage as we wrap this baby up. 

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for your support- it means the world to me!!! 

With love, AP 

Rewards:

Below are some pics of some of pledge rewards! xoxo  

Out-of-print Homemade Vision vinyl
Out-of-print Homemade Vision vinyl
AP & The Howlin' Moons drumhead complete with some scrapes...
AP & The Howlin' Moons drumhead complete with some scrapes...
AP's gold sparkle Fender Telecaster Deluxe
AP's gold sparkle Fender Telecaster Deluxe
Closer look at the sparkle finish on the gold tele
Closer look at the sparkle finish on the gold tele
Live shot of AP with her gold sparkle Fender Telecaster Deluxe
Live shot of AP with her gold sparkle Fender Telecaster Deluxe
2019 General tour poster by Electric Sister Scorpio
2019 General tour poster by Electric Sister Scorpio
Band tee designed by Harley & J and printed Locally by Alison Rose
Band tee designed by Harley & J and printed Locally by Alison Rose
Robby Amonett acrylic painting on wood. Size 18"x24"
Robby Amonett acrylic painting on wood. Size 18"x24"
Test pressing
Test pressing
Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café hang with AP
Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café hang with AP
Guitar lessons with Chris Connor (Photo by Fernando Decillis)
Guitar lessons with Chris Connor (Photo by Fernando Decillis)
10.6 x 8.4 cm (film size) Polaroid
10.6 x 8.4 cm (film size) Polaroid

Risks and challenges

Music is subjective. Success is also subjective and can often be grey in the music business.

All I can tell you is that I am very proud of this record and I have remained true to myself in making this record.

I can assure you that with your support, the record will be completed and that the rewards will be delivered to the best of my ability in a timely manner. Thank you so much!!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Keepin' it Casual

    Want to be a part of the record but low on $$? Don't want or need a reward? This is for you- Keepin' it casual means pledging whatever amount you feel. No bells and whistles needed. xoxo

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Digital Album

    Digital copy of the album before it's released!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    CD

    Get an early copy of the CD- oh yeah!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 20 or more About US$ 20

    Signed CD

    Signed CD from Angela. Pledge now and you will receive the CD before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    61 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Signed 2019 Tour Poster

    Signed 11x17 tour poster designed by Electric Sister Scorpio. Also includes digital album before it's released. See pic in story.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 30 or more About US$ 30

    Vinyl Record

    Get one of the first copies of the album on sweet sweet vinyl!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Signed Vinyl Record

    Get one of the first copies of the new album signed on sweet sweet vinyl. Vinyl artwork includes lyrics to ensure confident sing-a-long time. Also includes the digital album that you will receive before the album's release.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    45 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Tee + Digital + CD Bundle

    Bundle up with this classic trio! Digital album & CD before it's released to the public and also the band's Stardust tee designed by Harley & J and printed locally by Alison & Rose (pic in story). And.... if by any chance we do any new tee designs between now and May (if we meet our goal), you can have your pick between the old or new tee design! xoxo

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    22 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Handwritten Lyrics to 1 Song

    Handwritten lyrics to one song off the new album (or older song if you prefer, just let me know- whatever is your jam!). On quality 8x10 paper suitable for framing + digital album before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Polaroid Bundle

    Polaroid bundle of 5 Photos. Behind-the-scenes and candid photos of Angela and her band on the road w/handwritten note describing each photo. Also includes the digital album before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Birthday Video Message

    Have a friend or family member that's a big fan? Or just want to treat yourself? AP will videotape herself singing Happy Birthday to you or a loved one! Video will be sent via email link through dropbox. Just let us know who you want it addressed to and where/when to send this year. Also includes the digital album before it's release.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Signed Out-Of-Print Vinyl

    We only pressed 300 copies of our 2016 album, Homemade Vision, on 180 gram vinyl and they have been sold out for quite sometime now and are no longer are available on print. This pledge is for 1 of 3 personal copies that will be signed by Angela. Once these are gone, they are gone forever! This also includes a digital download of the new album before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Keep it Classic

    Want to give an old-fashioned donation with no strings attached? We see you keeping it classic- this pledge is for you!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Full Moon Poem Club

    Every full moon for 6 months you will receive an audio message sent via email of Angela sharing a poem that has inspired or moved her over the years. Could also be current poetry she digs. Expect a range of poems anywhere from Sylvia Plath to Leonard Cohen. Includes digital album before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Guitar Lesson w/Chris Connor

    One-hour guitar lesson with the wizard himself. For fans living in or near Columbus, Ohio, Chris will come to your house for this lesson. Skype lessons can be avail. for all others outside of Columbus. Chris will contact you to arrange time/day that works for everyone. Also includes digital download of the album before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    AP Acoustic Song Video Message

    Have a song of AP's that you want her to perform acoustically just for you? Maybe it's an old song the band doesn't play out much or a new one you'd like to hear stripped down? AP will email you a private video of her playing the tune!

    To keep it special we just ask that you don't share or upload the video on social media sites/youtube etc.

    (note- there are a number of tunes AP just sings and doesn't play guitar on, so if it's one of those the video will feature CC on guitar xoxo)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Coffee w/Chris and Angela

    As many know, we are coffee freaks in this band. Join Chris and me for a 1-2 hour coffee hang where we can answer all of your questions about the creation of this album, gear talk, and/or just plain chill. Geared towards Columbus, Ohio fans. Transportation not provided. Includes a coffee or tea and a pastry of your choice. Also includes digital album before it's released. Will work out specific/date and time that works for everyone.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Test Pressing Vinyl of Homemade Vision

    Test pressing of 2016's Homemade Vision record. We are giving one of our personal test pressings (what you get from the vinyl manufacturing company to listen to before they press all your records etc.) from Homemade Vision. You will also receive a digital copy of the new album.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Test Pressing of New Album

    Get a test pressing before our final vinyl is printed! They only give us a couple of copies of these which makes this copy very rare/special. You will get this when we receive our first pressings, which will also give you a first listen to how the record is going to sound on vinyl before anyone else. You will also receive a digital copy of the new album before it's release.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Cat Cafe Hang w/Angela Perley

    Do cats charm you as much as they charm AP? Well this is going to be your puuuurfect way to lend a paw. Hour-long hang at Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe in Columbus, Ohio. Transportation not provided. Angela will buy you a coffee/tea and cookie/pastry of your choice. You will also receive a digital copy of the new album before it's released and a signed CD Angela will bring to you during the hang! xoxo

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Robby Amonett Acrylic Painting

    Robby Amonett live painting from a show we performed in Mobile, AL at The Listening Room. Acrylic on thin wood, size 18"x 24" that is signed by Amonett. Also includes digital album before it's released. One of a kind. **Local Pickup in Columbus, OH only**

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  22. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 300 or more About US$ 300

    Columbus Zoo Trip

    Soak in an afternoon at the Zoo w/Angela Perley. Wolves, tigers and more! Must provide own transportation to meet Angela at The Columbus Zoo for a 1-3 hour hang. AP will also treat you to a coffee/tea at the Zoo. This package also includes the digital album. Date/time to be worked out between you and AP via email.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  23. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 300 or more About US$ 300

    Signed Drumhead

    Own a little bit of Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons history with the band's drumhead signed by Angela Perley. Also includes the digital album before it's released. Ahh what stories this drumhead could tell! xoxo

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  24. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Duo House Concert

    Duo house concert with Angela Perley & Chris Connor. 60 min duo set- we will bring and run our own sound. For Ohio fans/friends only. Will need to work out date/time that works for everyone. Includes digital album before it's release + your choice of a signed CD or Vinyl the night of the house concert.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  25. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Handwritten Lyrics to New Album

    That's right- handwritten lyrics to EVERY song on the new record by AP on quality 8x10 paper, suitable for framing + early bird signed CD. Also includes digital album before it's released. Only 2 available!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  26. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,500 or more About US$ 1,500

    Gold Sparkle Fender Tele + CD or Vinyl

    Wanna be twins with AP's red sparkle guitar? Pledge for AP's other electric, a gold sparkle Fender Telecaster Deluxe. It's a Fender Special Edition from 2012. Made in Mexico. In excellent condition (just a couple of nicks from shows). Comes w/a Fender soft case. For local pickup only in Columbus, Ohio. Check out the Kickstarter story for more pics! Also includes the digital album and your choice of either a signed CD or Vinyl before it's released.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  27. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Full Band House Show

    For fans living within 3.5 hours from Columbus, Ohio we will bring the whole band to your house for this pledge! One 90 minute set or two 45 minute sets with a small break. If outside, you must provide covering and backup plan for rain. We will provide/run our own small sound system for this as well, and will need to pick a date/time that works for everyone. Includes digital album before it's released and 2 CDs, 1 Vinyl, and 1 tee the night of the house show.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)