We are Ryan and Kaylee Williams from Santa Cruz, CA. Together we make The Native Sibling, a brother-sister folk duo.
The Epiphany Moment:
Music has been an individual pursuit for both of us for as long as we can remember. Ryan playing in hardcore and rock bands and Kaylee coming from a classical piano and singer-songwriter background.
In 2011, we were in a pub in Ireland with some friends and decided to play a few covers together. Perhaps it was the pints of Guinness, but in this moment we both recognized that our individual musical pursuits had come to a meeting point. Over the next 6 months, we sent songs back and forth and later that summer planned a week to record in our friends home studio in Santa Monica, CA.
The culmination of those recordings was released on October 29th, 2012 as the six-track Water Too Deep, Words Too Shallow EP. Soon after the release, we took to the road for 2 weeks along the West Coast of the U.S. and got to see first-hand how our songs had reached an audience. The support was unexpected and overwhelming.
This momentum has given us the opportunity to talk to industry professionals, producers, and larger artists. It's been humbling to realize that our songs are being appreciated and connecting with individuals in a meaningful way. At this point we decided that The Native Sibling needed to become a whole-hearted pursuit in order for either of us to continue on. After meeting with record labels and producers we have decided on our next step.
We have been blessed to build a relationship with producer Daniel Mendez and have secured time in March and April to complete a full-length album with him. Daniel originally caught our attention in his work with artists such as Noah Gundersen, Dashboard Confessional, and Amy Lee (Evanescence).
Recording this set of songs is very special to us and something that we both feel is necessary. We never would have dreamed we would be able to make this record together. Spending countless hours writing and sharing ideas has led us directly to this group of songs and we couldn't be happier with what we have come up with. These songs are pieces of our understanding of what we have been through in life thus far. In the past few years, we have both experienced challenging family situations as well as traveled together and apart. These experiences have shaped newfound perspective and given us inspiration and content for this album.
We Can't Make the Album Happen Without You:
In making an album independently, we are financially responsible for everything. This includes booking the studio and producer's time, mixing, mastering, artwork, duplication and distribution.
We have gathered our own funds to cover all travel, food, lodging, and some studio expenses, however we cannot make this album without your help. Your donations and support go directly to the making of this album including: studio time, mixing, mastering, duplication and distribution. This is your chance to support something we have worked on, invested in, and sacrificed a great deal to be able to create. This is our plan. These songs have consumed our lives for the last years of practicing and performing. We feel that we have something special to share and want you to become part of 'our team'.
Thank you for your support thus far and your contribution to making this album a reality. We can't wait to share it with you all.
Ryan and Kaylee
Risks and challenges
As any creative process does, making an album can take time. Possibly more time than you originally set out to complete the project.
We are determined to finish this album within reason, but your patience in receiving your copy is greatly appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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