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$4,084
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 15 2014 2:08 AM UTC +00:00
$4,084
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
49
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 15 2014 2:08 AM UTC +00:00

About

The Project

A 10 Song Album of original works.  You can be a part of every step(or as many steps as you'd like).    

My video explains the basics of what my project will consist of, but you can feel free to ask me questions throughout this campaign.  If other people have the same questions I'll put them on a FAQ section.  

Who is this Shawni person anyway? 

If you haven't heard any of my music, you can find some of it HERE on my YouTube page.  

Here is a cover of Wonderwall by Oasis that you can check out.

A few little fun facts about me:

• I am from Alberta Canada (born in Medicine Hat, raised in Coaldale), but I currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho.

• I started playing piano at age 5 (taught by my Amazing Auntie Amie) but I didn't have the attention span to learn how to read music, so I quickly picked up playing by ear. I was classically trained and can now read music, but I think that learning how to play by listening first was a huge help to me when I learned other instruments. 

• I played the flute in grades 7 and 8 so that I could go on the concert band trips, but I later sold my little flute for my first Washburn guitar. I had four lessons and then it was up to me to continue on my own.

• In high school I began learning how to write songs. My first batch of secret songs were pretty awful, but I am getting better with time (or so I hope to be). 

• I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and began performing as a solo artist and in short-term groups and I fell in love with connecting with people through song. 

• I created my first E.P. in 2010 and was super naive; didn't know what I was getting into. It was one of the best and worst experiences of my life. I got to work with some really amazing people, but I was definitely not prepared for all the hidden expenses and some of the challenges of the industry. I was barely 20 when I began the project, and I didn't know that I would have to fight so hard to maintain artistic integrity throughout production decisions. I eventually lost the musical direction to my producer and the result was a pretty good E.P. but not at all what I had hoped for. Since then I have learned A LOT.

• I took a break from music and focused on a career in teaching. I love teaching first grade and my students are the coolest kids you're ever likely to meet. But for the past year I have had a burning inside of me to start writing again and some of those songs have come together very nicely. :)

• I am now prepared to make this full length album with the help of a really, ridiculously great producer (Scott Wiley from June Audio) who has worked with other artists whom I admire and respect. I have factored in every cost detail. I have the vision of how to make my simple songs become simply great. And I would love for you to be a part of it.

I NEED YOU, and this is why:

Without your contributions, this album will not be made.  It would be nice if I had a spare $15,000 to spend on making music, but alas, I am a school teacher working to put my husband through school.   

You can help by donating.  You won't be charged until the funding deadline, so you have 30 days to save up.  :) 

As crucial as your contributions are to this project, your social networking is needed as well!  If you are willing to spread the word through twitter, Facebook, or other social media, then pretty soon we'll reach to the ends of the earth...Mwahaha!  You could also tell people through real conventional conversation, which is sometimes more effective I think.  I'll do everything I can to promote this, but your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your support.  I love you just for reading this.  

In case you're wondering, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on these blue links. 

Some of the rust-proof Elixir guitar string bracelets that I've made from my recycled guitar strings.  You can get one as a Kickstarter reward!
Some of the rust-proof Elixir guitar string bracelets that I've made from my recycled guitar strings. You can get one as a Kickstarter reward!

New Reward!

New Reward: MY GUITAR!
New Reward: MY GUITAR!

Risks and challenges

We only have 30 days! If I don't reach my funding goal of $15,000 before my deadline then none of your donations will be charged and the music will not be made. :( Having said that, I have faith in you, the amazing KickStarter community. You make things happen.

If for any reason I foresee delays in my project, I will update you immediately. I will be open and honest with you throughout the entire process.

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    Reward #1: Thanks, every dollar helps! Digital Download of “Simplicity (acoustic)” as heard on this video + You’ll receive updates on the progress of the project that YOU backed!

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    Reward #2: Digital Download of "If You Say I Do (heard on the video)" + my favorite song from the finished album + above rewards

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    Reward #3: Full Digital Download at least 2 weeks ahead of iTunes + All Above Rewards! Because you are the ones I am making this music for, YOU GET TO CHOOSE which songs make it onto the album. Yep, that’s right. Cast your votes on which songs you like best. You’ll receive a free download link with a bunch of home acoustic versions of my songs(sometime in June). So even if many of the songs don’t make it onto the album, at least you’ll get to keep them as my “secret unreleased songs.”

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    Reward #4: Signed Physical CD + digital download 2 weeks before iTunes release + photo of me at the studio creating musical fusion + Above Rewards.

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    Reward #5: Signed CD + My First Self-Titled EP (Shawni Shimbashi) + All Above Rewards.

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    Reward #6: The Gift of Music: An extra gift wrapped and signed CD to share with a friend. Thanks for spreading the word and sharing me! + All Above Rewards

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    Reward #7: KickStarter Exclusive T-shirt (you get to help me decide on the final design, and it's going to be sweet) + All Above Rewards (excludes reward #6)

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    Reward #8: A mixed CD of me covering 10 of my favorite songs. They will be exclusive home recordings that will not be released anywhere; ONLY YOU will have them on a CD with my sharpie cover art. + All Above Rewards (excludes reward #6)

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    Reward #9: I’ll make you a bracelet (come on guys, they’re “unisex”) out of rust proof Elixir guitar strings that I’ve played + All Above Rewards (excludes reward #6)

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    Reward #10: Signed and framed Handwritten Lyrics from a song of your choice off the Album. I’ll use my best teacher handwriting + All Above Rewards (excludes rewards 6 & 9)

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    Reward #11: Cover Song For You: I’ll cover a song of your choice and dedicate it to you! Or I can co-dedicate it from you to that oh so special someone. I’ll even post it on YouTube + All Above Rewards (excludes rewards 9 & 10)

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    Reward #12: Talk To Me!: A thirty-minute Skype concert, guitar lesson, OR Q and A chat, + All Above Rewards (excludes rewards 9, 10 & 11)

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    Reward #13: Executive Producer! Huge thanks for making this happen; you are the bee’s knees. I will be forever grateful and your name will appear on the back of the CD for the world to see + ALL Above Rewards

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    Reward #14: I will write you a song! We’ll have a chat about desired content. It can be for you or from you to a significant other. I’ll have it recorded, mixed, mastered, and tailored for your beautiful ears + ALL Above Rewards

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    Reward #15: I will write a song for you AND I’ll title it in YOUR NAME and put it as a bonus track on THE ALBUM! + All Above Rewards (excluding reward # 14)

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    Reward #16: EVERYTHING (imagine this being said by Gary Oldman) listed above! Plus a lock of my hair...just kidding. But really, you get it all along with my eternal gratitude.

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    MY BEAUTIFUL GUITAR! A beautiful Takamine G Series with abalone inlays, cutaway, and pickup. This baby has a beautiful sound :)
    With all the rewards listed above.

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Funding period

- (30 days)