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A new ALBUM!  I wrote songs, chose the ones that spoke most loudly to my heart, & recorded them with some of my favorite humans!
A new ALBUM!  I wrote songs, chose the ones that spoke most loudly to my heart, & recorded them with some of my favorite humans!
A new ALBUM! I wrote songs, chose the ones that spoke most loudly to my heart, & recorded them with some of my favorite humans!
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We DID IT!!!  I am SO ecstatic that we made the initial goal of $6,000!  I am filled with so much GRATITUDE for the people who have backed, shared and cheered me on!  The backing means the album I had already recorded will be mixed, mastered, duplicated, and promoted on a local level.  But I'm dreaming a little bit bigger and I'm hoping you'll dream with me!  I have a 

 !!!!!!!  of $9,000!!!  and 150 backers!!!  AHHHH!!!!!!  I would LOVE to be able to promote this album on a national level.  The additional funds would go to hiring a promoter, as well as all the mailing supplies necessary to run a radio campaign.  With my 2015 album, Ordinary Things, I sat down and made 120 album packages to send to 120 radio stations across the country.  Then I did another round of 40 international stations.  I picked up the phone and called the music directors and asked them to play my album, and many of them did!  I want to do this again!  But hiring someone to help make the phone calls would make a HUGE difference.  

And 150 backers, well, I'd just love to get the album to as many people as possible!  In a world of so much music-streaming, it's nice to get the physical copies to people so they don't live in our attic and one day my grandkids are like, WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THESE WEIRD SQUARES WITH GRAMMA'S PICTURE ON THEM.  Or at least, that's what I'm imagining!

As I write this, there are 12 days and only $1300 to go!  Can we do it!  

THANK YOU!

lovelovelove,

Sarah

Me!  As photographed by my 4 year old!
Me! As photographed by my 4 year old!

In case you don't know me, here's the story:  I've always been a musician, but for the last 8 years I've also been a stay at home mom to two very lovely tiny humans!  At first, the Mom/Musician combo meant that I wasn't writing new material but THEN in 2014 I joined a group of complete strangers on FB in a song-a-week writing challenge and it changed my life.  The rules of the challenge were that you needed to write a song and post a video of you singing the song by the end of the week.  I discovered that there is acoustic MAGIC in singing in my green bathroom!  In the last 3 years I have written over 90 songs and made 90 song videos, putting these songs out into the world literally the MOMENT they were done being written.

In 2015 I recorded an album, Ordinary Things, and with a bit of crowdfunding help/magic, I was able to promote that album on a national scale, I ran my very own radio campaign, and began touring regionally.  I was a finalist in 2 national songwriting competitions.  And all the while I kept writing writing writing.

In July of 2016, I wrote the song, "Hearts In Need Of Repair" for the songwriting challenge.  Immediately I had a flash - THIS is the heart of a new record.  

I've always been drawn to music where the words make me feel understood.  Heard.  Songs that made me feel less alone.  And over the last few years, people have reached out to me to say that my songs have done that for them!  That both blows my mind and fills me up in the very best way.   

I could see a thread within the songs - songs that spoke to feeling vulnerable (which I WAS FEELING), to longing for connection, to searching for something more.  I took these songs to my longtime bandmates, Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zach Schmidt, and we began arranging them, and in May 2017 we went back to RiverRock Studios to record with Eric Blomquist.  And boy oh boy!  I LOVE what we have made!  I believe you will LOVE what we have made!  

The band!!! I love them!
The band!!! I love them!

As you may know, making an album is expensive.  

  • Studio time
  • the musicians,
  • mixing
  • mastering
  • manufacturing
  • artwork
  • local promotion

This all adds up really fast!  Making the album costs just around $12,000 for just those things I've mentioned.  I've covered the first half of the fees and I am asking you to be a part of completing this album.  While that scares the pants off of me, I also think there's a little magic in all of this.  If you've watched my videos and commented, or shared, or come to a show, you're already a part of this album, truly!   I couldn't have even come this far without that engagement!  

I've already set a release date - I mean I am ALL IN ON THIS!  Mark your calendars for November 10th!  It's my birthday and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by releasing this whole-hearted-blood-sweat-and-tears creation out in to the universe!  I'd really love it if you'd pre-order the album, or back at a higher level and get some homemade bread!  Or listen to the album in the studio!  Or party with me at the release!

THANK YOU!  For reading this, for (maybe) sharing this, for listening to my songs, for coming to shows, for being a part of this crazy and lovely and wonderful music-making experience!

Love,

Sarah

The songs on the album!  I got art-y with it!
The songs on the album! I got art-y with it!

 

Risks and challenges

I waited to start the kickstarter until the album was near completion, so at this point, the risks are minimal (as long as the album is funded!!!)

The album still needs to be mastered, manufactured, and promoted - I'm working with people I've worked with in the past and they are each talented and prompt! What a combo! I guess if EVERYONE orders the Bake It Off package, there could be a little delay in me getting the baked goods to everyone before the November release, but I'm not too concerned :)

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    Digital! Because the future is now!

    Because who has a CD player anymore?!?!

    You will get a digital download sent to your email in advance of the November 10 release! And a thank you with lots of exclamation points! And a hug if I see you out there in the world, and you like hugs!

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    The Autographed CD!

    Because you like liner notes and artwork!

    I'm with you! You will receive a CD, autographed in my silver sharpie! I will ship it to your house before the release date! And hugs! If you want 'em, you got 'em!

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    The Sharing is Caring!

    Because you know that's how the word gets out!

    You get an autographed copy of 'Hearts in Need of Repair'! And you get a SECOND COPY! Also autographed! Give it to a friend, please! The more the merrier! (also...hugs!)

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    Ordinary Grateful Hearts!

    Because you don't have ANY of my CDs yet and you want them all!

    I will send you an autographed copy of Hearts in Need of Repair, as well as autographed copies of my previous albums, Ordinary Things AND Grateful Moon!

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    VIP Good Times!

    Because you're fancy!

    Come to the release show on Friday, November 10th at the Hook and Ladder theater in MPLS at 7pm and join me and the band backstage for some pre-show beverage AND birthday cake! Because it's also MY BIRTHDAY PARTY! And THERE WILL BE HUGS!

    **includes your ticket! I'll buy it for you and have it waiting at will-call!

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    Bake It Off!

    Because you're hungry!

    I will bake you either a dozen of my famous cupcakes (and tell you the story that goes with them), a loaf of my whole-wheat sandwich bread, or my brown-butter blondies that taste like tiny bites of heaven.

    If you live in the Twin Cities, I will deliver them to you! We'll choose a date/time that works for both of us, and then you'll eat and be happy! And since I got to see you in person, there will definitely be HUGS!

    *Timing to be mutually agreed upon. Let's figure out when you need some baked goods in your life!

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    Use Your Words!

    Because you're a lyric junkie like me!

    I will handwrite the lyrics to a song of your choice in my very best handwriting, and create a little art around it, and frame it for you! It could be the whole song, or just a phrase. Each one would be completely unique!

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    TOILET TUNES!

    Because you've watched all the videos of m singing cover songs in my green bathroom and you've always wanted to hear this ONE SPECIFIC SONG!

    I will learn a song of your choice and make a recording of me singing and playing it in my big, green bathroom. Then release it on the interwebs with a giant shout out to you and your awesomeness!!! #toilettunes

    *we would coordinate the actual release date - maybe you want this song for someone's birthday, engagement, graduation, etc - it could be like that! So 'delivery' is based on you and I choosing a time!

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    Listen and Whiskey Party!

    Because you have fantastic taste and you like to be the very first!!

    Join me at RiverRock Studios on Sunday, October 15th from 2-4 for a First Listen Party! We'll listen to the album from the mixing board, which is really, really cool :) And I'll make delicious food (Cheese Balls! And More!) And I'll bring along some of my favorite bourbons for good measure!

    (I can only imagine this will lead to hugs!)
    (ooh, and you'll get your copy of the CD that day!)

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    This is your song!

    Because you've got a story!

    Writing songs is my favorite part of this whole thing. I would love to write one for YOU. Or you could give it as a gift to someone you love. To honor someone, to celebrate something - possibilities are endless. We'd chat through what you want the song to say, and then I'd get to writing. I would head in to RiverRock and record you a nice guitar/vocal demo. And then you can indeed tell everybody this is YOUR song!

    *except I retain all the rights to it, because I wrote it, but I think you get what I mean ;)

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    Concert in your living room! (Local)

    Because you don't want to have to get in your car to go see a show!

    Invite 20 of your closest friends over to your house, your barn, your garage (within 120 miles of the Twin Cities Metro Area) and I will bring my PA and sing a 70 minute show for you! House concerts are magical! Let's plan a night to remember!

    *we'd chat and find a date in 2018 or early 2019 that worked for the hosts and me!
    **hugs FOR SURE

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    Concert in your living room! (Midwest)

    Because you don't want to have to get in your car to go see a show!

    Invite 20 of your closest friends over to your house, your barn, your garage (within an 7 hour drive of the Twin Cities) and I will bring my PA and sing a 70 minute show for you! House concerts are magical! Let's plan a night to remember!

    *we'd chat and find a date in 2018 or early 2019 that worked for the hosts and me!
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    Concert in your living room! (National)

    Because you don't live anywhere near me and I haven't toured near you and you want to see a show gosh darn it!

    We'd find a day that worked within my family/music schedule and your schedule. I'd get on a plane and fly to you and do a 70 minute house/barn/garage concert for you and 20 of your closest friends!

    *you'd need to provide the PA
    *SO MANY HUGS!

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