To Sing Your Song
This album will feature 14 original songs, songs I either wrote myself or wrote in partnership with others as well as four songs written by other artists.
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12 we read that:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
My Prayer for You!
I pray that each one of you sings the song that God has placed in your heart for it is only then that you will find true peace.
Objectives of this Project:
1) To produce an album that sounds even better than the first as well an album with more upbeat songs. There will still be a few songs about extremely painful situationsl, but overall, the goal was to produce an album with a lighter mood. To help achieve this, we did get a little ornery with a few songs such as Feed My Cows
2) To provide a place where fans and backers can donate towards the album and receive the album in return. Basically, if this Kickstarter is successful, then this can work something like a "preorder" for the album. Rather than trying to set up some other "preorder" system, Kickstarter provides a pretty good system for me to get a copy of the new album to everyone who is interested.
Although I have done one Kickstarter campaign previously, I realize that for some of you this may be even your first visit to Kickstarter.com. If so, let me first provide a little bit of background ... Kickstarter is a “crowd-funding” model which means that the funding for various creative projects is put in the hands of “the people” rather than in some wealthy benefactor. Artists throughout the centuries have often not been independently wealthy, so they have had to rely on others to produce or commission their work (either through the wealthy nobility, a record company or whatever). In the modern era, Kickstarter takes a new approach and asks the fans/interested parties themselves to collectively fund a creative project during a limited time period. Crowd-funding eliminates the “middle-man” and allows the people themselves to decide what art they want produced. The disadvantage, I suppose, is that it also eliminates the gatekeeper which sometimes keeps "bad" art from being produced. For good or for ill, the people get to decide if something is worth funding. Kickstarter also gives artists a who may not otherwise have a chance through knowing the "right people." Personally, I think it is a wonderful service and a great option for independent artists.
Producer of the Album
David C. Smith of Icon Production Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana produced our first album "Shot in the Dark" and will produce the "To Sing Your Song" album from start to finish. To help you better understand the quality of product that Icon Studios produces, David won "Producer of The Year" for Sean Clive's Amazed CD. To learn more about Icon Studios, go to www.iconstudioproductions.com where you can hear samples of David's previously-produced music. You can also go to www.wadetalleymusic.com and listen to samples of the Shot In the Dark album that he produced, which has been well received! I love the way David takes my music and really makes it shine!
A Few of the Song Titles and Descriptions:
So I could Love
I am not a believer that everything that happens in our lives is because God wills it. We do have the freedom to choose and the devil is real. If you read the book of Job, the devil is the one that is doing the damage to Job’s life, yet God does allow it. What I do believe is that God can make good out of any situation and that He is constantly plucking the bad from our lives and guiding us towards His path. Some of us can be stubborn, and He has to destroy our dreams and crush our pride in order to be able to use us to spread His kingdom. For example, look at Saul. God took his sight and crushed his pride, yet later used Saul, now Paul, to write nearly the entire New Testament. If you read the writings of Paul, he talks a lot about love. I truly believe that some of the challenges and tragic events happened in my life So I Could Love.
To Sing Your Song
The unique thing about this song is that it was not even written at the time I headed out to Indiana to record this album. I was in the hotel when I realized that we had 13 songs on the album. I remembering asking God if 13 was the right number, and I heard a very distinct, “NO”. So I grabbed my guitar and started to write some lyrics and put some ideas down on paper. The next day, David and I started with what I had written the previous night and together we created a new song. This experience reminded me of what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20. "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them". I wish David and I were closer together for this song was written, tracked and recorded in a two- hour period. It is now one of my favorites on this album.
Angels In Disguise
This past March we had another tragic event hit the small town of Corning. A beautiful 12-year old young lady passed away after she and her mother were involved in a freak accident. My good friend Tim Strathman and his wife came across the accident scene first. Just months before, Tim and I had started meeting at his house for occasional jam sessions . Little did we know that God would use one of these jam sessions (aka music therapy) to write a song for this beautiful little girl.
Olivia L. Grossnickle, 12, of Corning passed away from life on Sunday, March 22, 2015 after an ATV accident. She was born to Timothy and Marsha Wessel Grossnickle on February 16, 2003 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. She attended Centralia Grade School and was in the sixth Grade. She was full of life and enjoyed life; she loved animals, especially horses, and often prayed for them, wanting to be a veterinarian. She had strong faith. She was passionate about swimming, camping, snow skiing, softball, soccer and shopping. She was very social and loved visiting with her friends. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning. She is survived by her parents, her brother, Brody of the home, maternal grandparents, Frank and Cheryl Wessel of Axtell, paternal grandparents, Ron and Lora Lea Grossnickle of Corning, and maternal great grandmother, Georgina Rottinghaus of Baileyville.
Live With Me Forever
Tammy and I got engaged in March of 1996, her senior year. Although Tammy wanted to wait until the following summer, we were still very young when we got married. I was fresh out of high school and was welding at Caterpillar Work Tools during the summers while attending Kansas State University. During our engagement, I worked with people who were much older than I was, and they were always ready to give Enos (which was my nickname while working there), some advice on love. All I heard during those summers was that Tammy and I were too young to get married; some even told me the marriage would be lucky to last two years. On June 14, we celebrated 18 years of marriage. We have seven amazing kids on earth and two in heaven, and I can honestly say that I love Tammy more now than I did the day we married.
Funding and Rewards
The sales from our first album Shot in the Dark have been very strong these past seven months, which is the main reason my family and I decided to do another album. The money from sales, along with the generous donations of those attending concerts, has already paid for the first half of the production costs and then some. This Kickstarter campaign will be used to help advertise the album with hopes that you, the backers and fans, will preorder this album to make up the difference. I am looking to raise $2,500 through this Kickstarter campaign. All money donated will be used to pay for all recording costs including the recording time, the album's production, the master CD, CD production and the artwork. If there is any money left, it will help pay for some of my travel expenses that I incurred while traveling to and from Fort Wayne Indiana this past May. Of course, this is only if the campaign is successful.
More about Kickstarter
Kickstarter is “all or nothing." I either reach/exceed my goal and I get your financial support, or I don’t and I get nothing. Your credit card will not be charged unless I meet my goal (and even then, not until the end of the campaign). Payments go through Amazon.com, so it is a safe and secure system (well, at least as safe as Amazon is, which is pretty legitimate if you ask me).
Whether or not you choose to buy an album, I want to thank you for taking the time to read and/or listen to this Kickstarter campaign. I pray that you go out and sing the song that God has placed in your heart. It is in God’s Song you will find true peace.
Risks and challenges
All the vocals have been recorded and so the risks and challenges left with the producing of this Cd are very few. So I am just going to take this area and thank the David C. Smith Family for being an amazing family to work with while producing albums. May God continue to bring our families together to make great music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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