The Story behind the project…
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~Berthold Auerbach
I am about to embark on the compilation of my first album! And I want you to be a part of the journey! With your help, we can make this come true together! I can not thank all of you enough for your support so far. I would not be here without you and now you can play an important part in helping me launch my new album and get some cool rewards in return!!
My musical accomplishments…
My first single and music video "Back and Forth" received accolades from the entertainment industry. Since then, I haven't stopped writing and recording my own brand of inspirational pop music. My subsequent singles, "Dancing on a Rainbow", "Crush on the DJ", and "Explore the World" are soon to be released or are currently being sold on iTunes and my music videos for may be found on my YouTube channel, "AntoinetteKristensen".
Recently, I have had the privilege of performing at events and venues such as the "Oriflame Norge Kick-Off" (Oslo, Norway), the Supper Club (Hollywood), and the Colony (Los Angeles). Through all of my experiences I continue to learn about this business and love every minute of it, especially performing for my fans and giving them music that they love! All of my successes and failures have motivated me beyond your imagination to complete my first album, complete with which I have written myself!
Who is Anto?
Born in the "city of jazz and roses" Molde, Norway, I saw amazing artists like Ray Charles, Miles Davis, B.B. King and lots more legends come to my city every summer for big shows as well as for one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe!
From the day that I was born, I was drawn to music and singing. I took every chance I could get to perform in front of people. When I was 5 years old, I would walk to our nearby church just so I could sing on Sundays. Later, I joined the church choir and the kid's musical choir, and entered the children's Eurovision Song Contest, and singing my own written songs I succeed in being finalist two years in a row! I was so excited! It was like all of my dreams were coming true already, yet I knew there were so many more dreams to come. I had only just begun!
In high school, friends and classmates called me "Hip Hop Antoinette" because my friends and I would sing and dance, and we started our own dance group called NEW GENERATION, which was so successful that we got to perform for the King and Queen of Norway! After high school, I was asked by the Miss Norway organization to participate in the Miss Norway pageant, and after a month of persuading my dad, I entered and won the title of Miss Norway on my 20th birthday! I then competed in Miss World and placed sixth among 96 contestants.
After traveling to Barcelona, Germany, Madrid, and Milan for two years as a model, I decided to start pursuing my purpose in life - to sing and make Music! So, I packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles, California to follow my dreams.
Here's where I need your help!...
My singles have been selling very well, and I got a publishing deal for one of my songs:) (yeah!) Now my fans are wondering when they can BUY MY ALBUM! Thus far, all of my work has been self-funded, but...
Recording in the studio costs thousands of dollars and that doesn’t include paying musicians, arrangers, studio costs, mastering and engineering. That is why I partnered with Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a company that believes in helping talented, aspiring musicians, writers, filmmakers & creative entrepreneurs raise funds for their projects. It is a platform for fans to get behind Artists they love and help make their dream careers a reality in a very tangible way!
If you would like to hear more music from me and be a part of helping me record this album, please pre-order my CD or pledge at higher levels to gain BONUS REWARDS!
WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU?...COOL REWARDS!!
For a simple donation level you can PRE-ORDER my CD and receive it before the public release! T-shirts-EXCLUSIVE to my KickStarter Supporters, autographed photos of me in the studio, access to exclusive video footage throughout the recording process, concerts in your house, a day in the studio…And other cool stuff like your name in the liner notes of my CD, or executive producer credits!
If you truly want to hear more music from me, please share my Kickstarter project link on your Facebook and Twitter pages, and tell your friends and families! Remember, if we don't reach the minimum goal by the March 12th deadline then I receive nothing and you will not be charged and no rewards will be given. :(
Lastly, THANKS to everyone who has supported me throughout my career! …especially: Daniel Krieger, Konsious studios, Arjun Singh, drummer Andy Warren, Mike Small, Alex Alexandrov, Casey Cook Cammy Kinney and Chrismen Oliver. I couldn't do this without you and I appreciate you so much. Every dollar counts! Everyone who pledges at any level will be listed on a special thank you page on my web site: www.iamanto.com.
With much love, Antoinette Kristensen (Anto)
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