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By Cassandre McKinley
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About this project

Welcome to my first ever fan-funded endeavor on KICKSTARTER! Together we can make my 4th FULL ALBUM "AIN'T THAT LOVE" become a reality!

While making new music and implementing the help of my fans is incredibly exciting, if I'm being honest, it's also terrifying! I took a leap of faith doing a fan funded project because I didn't want to keep you waiting a minute longer! But, I LOVE MY loyal legion of fans and followers and LOVE is why I do what I do. I want to you show my gratitude for your 20+ years of support  - so I'm pouring my heart out into this one! It is the most heartfelt and exploratory music I've ever made!! 

 I have a deep-rooted connection to the more "country-centric" sound of Ray Charles. Country and Western music and its influence on me has lay dormant for most of my career. On this new project, I stay true to the soulful jazz sound that I know to be my “true voice” but will adorn my interpretations with "country" sensibilities and finally introduce my reverence to artists like Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Etta James and Roy Orbison who have fully or partially allowed country tendencies to live in their music. I took a chance and included one especially cool original with help from pianist and composer Jeff D’Antona who also serves as musical director and arranger. He's uber talented and was the best, most unexpected universal musical alignment ever!

Musical Director Jeff D'Antona
Musical Director Jeff D'Antona

Along with Jeff, I've assembled the kindest and most giving of musicians who also possess a divine talent to help me in this endeavor including the distinctive sound of guitarist Duke Levine. I had heard what a warm-hearted gentleman he was and knew of his extensive work with Peter Wolf and Mary Chapin Carpenter and the countless other projects he's done and just knew his genius and kind heart would be necessary to help make this project exceptional. I harkened the esteemed engineer Chris Rival to work his magic at his eclectic and hip facility "Middleville Studio". I learned quickly that he IS THE BEST. Also wisely chosen were some extremely talented and dear friends  - versatile drummer Dave Mattacks (Jethro Tull) and the incomparable Marty Ballou (Peter Wolf) on bass. These two are ON FIRE when they make music together! 

Guitarist Duke Levine
Guitarist Duke Levine

 

Drummer Dave Mattacks
Drummer Dave Mattacks

 

Bassist Marty Ballou
Bassist Marty Ballou

Other special appearances include several lush and poignant arrangements by dear friend and Emmy nominated composer/arranger Gaye Tolan Hatfield. It was through her own project - a tribute to The Carpenters titled "Yesterday Once More" - where I learned about and ended up appearing on the same track (Superstar) along with Duke. That gorgeous arrangement and his etheral sound led to my wanting to collaboration with them both here! More kismet.

Gaye Tolan Hatfield
Gaye Tolan Hatfield

Also joining in is Peter Eldridge (New York Voices) - who I not only have the privilege of working with at Berklee but who has the most lovely heart and delicious voice! He's contributed a stunning arrangement of The Everly Brothers "Let It Be Me"!! Heavenly. Keep on the lookout as other special guests are on deck! 

Peter Eldridge of New York Voices
Peter Eldridge of New York Voices

Two NEW guest appearing on the album are David Limina (organ) and Joe "Sonny" Barbato (accordian). 

Dave Limina
Dave Limina

 

Sonny Barbato
Sonny Barbato

So, I will share ALL of myself on this and extend a warm hand to you in hopes you will support me and the esteemed fellow musicians who have joined me to help see this project through. I’ve chosen to keep the production as simple, practical and organic as possible while still producing something we can ALL be proud of! 

 Promoting music can be just as costly as making CD's - there isn't a budget for either if you aren't with a major label. Most important is maintaining artist control over the work and an independent release is the only way to do this - but funding can be an impossible feat. 

We're looking to raise $16,500 in just over 30 days. Your money will be going towards, mixing, mastering, online promotion, radio promotion, KS fees, shipping the gifts out to you, etc. If I am fortunate enough to meet my goal, any overage will help further the album with additional promotion! 

IT'S ALL OR NOTHING - KICKSTARTER projects MUST be fully funding during the short campaign or NONE of the funds will be contributed to the project. If I don't reach my goal of $16,500, I don't get ONE DOLLAR and your money refunded to you (insert sad face here). The project will be stalled. My heart drops just at the thought! 

So, please check out my Kickstarter store and PRE-ORDER the album! There are exclusive and limited offers! 

So, please consider being a part of this with me. Your emails, tweets, messages, meeting you at live shows.... you are what drives me, inspires me and the reason I love what I do! I'm eternally grateful to you! I love you to bits!                                                                                                              xoxo                                                                                                                   Cass

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Risks and challenges

I want this project to be perfect and don't want to cut corners or rush any part of the process if it will compromise the integrity of the final product. You either? GOOD!
After having produced 4 successful albums, even with solid planning in place, there is always a chance of that one minor detail impeding progress. I fully expect that if anything delays production, it will be of the highest importance to resolve the issue immediately and proceed as planned! Creativity can't be rushed but it can be nudged along! ;-)

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