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Acclaimed singer-songwriter and accomplished drummer/percussionist partner to record an adventurous modern classic.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and accomplished drummer/percussionist partner to record an adventurous modern classic.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and accomplished drummer/percussionist partner to record an adventurous modern classic.
216 backers pledged $14,664 to help bring this project to life.

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Check out the video directly above for info on the special edition print we just added as a reward! 

Sometimes two artists meet at exactly the right time. And in collaborating, they transform eachothers' work into something different, better; somehow higher. 

I met Chris after recording my fourth solo album, "America." Chris had just returned from 2 years of working and studying in Thailand, and was coming back to drumming with renewed passion. He helped me translate the varied rhythms of "America" -- which ran the gamut between vintage drum machine sounds and captured field recordings -- into a live show setting with seamless beauty and ease.  

Now we are embarking on a new journey together. Experimenting with the intersection of classic songwriting and exhilarating polyryhthms, we are creating a universe of sound that is spare, yet playful, propulsive and painterly. We plan to record an album entirely live, made only of sounds we two can produce -- heart, soul and very little studio trickery -- harkening back to the days of classic Blue Note recordings.       

We would love for you to make this record possible! Check out the rewards we are offering, and see what tickles your fancy. If you can't chip in, but you are excited about our project, spread the word! That is a big help.

If you are in the music industry and would like to talk about more formal business arrangements, please e-mail me via my Web site

You can click on these links to see complete rehearsal videos of two songs, parts of which are featured in the video above:

My husband and collaborator Sebastian Rogers (Floetry, Tunde, Roses, Kings & Castles) will co-produce the album alongside my longtime friend Sheldon Gomberg, who won a Grammy this year for his work with Ben Harper. We are recording the album down in LA, but will bring it back to Portland to be mixed by Tony Lash (Elliot Smith, The Dandy Warhols, Feist). The budget also covers artwork and design, CD manufacture, printing, a few pieces of needed gear, and promotion for the album. 

Here are pics of some of the handmade rewards we are offering! And some pix just for fun.

NEW! Hand-pulled Print, "Pretty White Teeth," by Catherine -- just 10 of these available!
NEW! Hand-pulled Print, "Pretty White Teeth," by Catherine -- just 10 of these available!
Black on Grey Rooster Lithograph by Catherine
Black on Grey Rooster Lithograph by Catherine
Hand-colored Fish Lithograph by Catherine
Hand-colored Fish Lithograph by Catherine
"Hands" Lithograph, by Catherine
"Hands" Lithograph, by Catherine
Black and White Fish Lithograph, by Catherine
Black and White Fish Lithograph, by Catherine
Hand-colored Rooster Lithograph by Catherine
Hand-colored Rooster Lithograph by Catherine
 
Take a drum lesson with Chris!
Take a drum lesson with Chris!
Hanging at Dot's in Portland.
Hanging at Dot's in Portland.

People photos by Sebastian Rogers. Art photos by Norah Feeny. Logo/album design by Matt Gannon.  

Risks and challenges

I have the utmost confidence in our team, and in the passion we all share for this project. This will be the seventh studio album on which I am a primary contributor. It will be challenging to capture the energy of our live performances in the more clinical environment of the recording studio. Sebastian -- who knows both of us well, and is experienced in getting the best performances out of artists -- will be a big help in that area.
As far as the campaign goes, we have thought hard to create rewards that are exciting and fun, but within our capabilities to deliver. Communication is important on this front too -- we'll let you know where we are, and we hope you do the same. [I once unknowingly released an independent album during a mail strike in Britain -- took me a little while to work out what was going on!] Be the squeaky wheel if you need to be!

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    A copy of the album on compact disc, a digital download and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A ten + track bonus download of previously unreleased demos and outtakes, a digital download of the new album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    An exclusive campaign tee shirt, as well as a compact disc and digital download of the new album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A unique 10-second musical ringtone created by Catherine and Chris and recorded solely for you (may include a word or short phrase of your choosing -- keep it clean, folks) delivered in mp3 format, as well as a digital copy of the album and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Exclusive campaign cotton tote bag, Catherine's last two solo CDs, exclusive campaign tee, outtakes/demos download, compact disc and digital copies of the new album and our heartfelt thanks!

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    One hour drum lesson with Chris Johnedis (in-person or via skype) as well as a CD and digital download of the album and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A homemade, 1-shot video performance of the Catherine song of your choice recorded exclusively for you and personalized for you or someone you love (can include birthday wishes, anniversary, etc.), as well as digital and CD copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    An acoustic recording of the Catherine song of your choice made expressly for you with an (optional) personalized message for you or someone you love (can include birthday wishes, anniversary, etc.) as well as digital and CD copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A handwritten lyric sheet (with tablature notation for guitar or uke, at your request) for the Catherine song of your choice, as well as a CD and digital download of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    NEW REWARD ADDED!! A hand-pulled print of an etching made by Catherine, based around a lyric from the new album -- "Pretty White Teeth." Check out the video in the 'story' section to see how it was made! Backers will also receive digital and CD copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Three hour-long drum lessons (in person or via skype) with Chris, as well as a CD and digital download of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A 4-show retrospective live boxset (spanning 2005-2014) of Catherine performing at some of her favorite venues (includes special guests Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies, among others) in hand constructed and decorated packaging. Also, digital and CD copies of the album, a download of outtakes/demos, an exclusive campaign tee and cotton tote and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A limited edition lithograph made by Catherine titled "Hands," as well as digital and CD copies of the album, an exclusive campaign tee, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A limited edition black and white Fish lithograph made by Catherine, as well as digital and CD copies of the album, an exclusive campaign tee, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A limited edition hand-colored Rooster lithograph made by Catherine, as well as digital and CD copies of the album, an exclusive campaign tee, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    A limited-edition black on grey Rooster lithograph made by Catherine, as well as digital and CD copies of the album, an exclusive campaign tee, and our gratitude.

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    An hour-long Skype concert with Catherine in which she will play the set of your choice (please submit beforehand)! As well as a download of outtakes/demos, digital and CD copies of the new album and our heartfelt thanks!

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    An acoustic recording of the 8-song set of your choice performed by Catherine expressly for you, as well as an exclusive campaign tee, CD and digital copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Catherine will sing background vocals on your song! Send her your track, and she will record her part and send it back to you digitally. Also includes exclusive campaign tee, CD and digital copies of the album and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Executive producer credit in the album liner notes! As well as an hour-long skype concert with Catherine OR an 8-song acoustic set recorded expressly for you. Also, exclusive campaign tee and cotton tote, download of outtakes/demos, CD and digital copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Catherine will write a song based on the story or life event of your choosing (it may also include your name/your loved one's name, at your request), record it exclusively for you and deliver it unto you on a CD in a hand-constructed and decorated package. You will also receive exclusive campaign tee and cotton tote, download of outtakes/demos, CD and digital copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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    Catherine will write a song based on the story or life event of your choosing (it may also include your name/your loved one's name, at your request), record it exclusively for you and deliver it unto you on a CD in a hand-constructed and decorated package. She will also perform it at an agreed upon event (wedding, birthday party, anniversary party, etc.), along with a set of her other songs. [Supporters at this level are responsible for the cost of any associated travel or accomodations.] You will also receive exclusive campaign tee and cotton tote, download of outtakes/demos, CD and digital copies of the album, and our heartfelt thanks!

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