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.
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:
- 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.
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:
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:
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 adding beautifully to "He Rides High" in the next part of our recording process at Creative Workshop in Nashville, TN:
Robbie playing some rockin' organ parts to a tune called "Back in Town" on the record:
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.
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:
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.
- 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
Below are some pics of some of pledge rewards! xoxo
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
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