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An American songbook. 9 well penned daydreams inspired by life in Harlem, the Catskill Mtns. and 17 West..the road to everywhere.
An American songbook. 9 well penned daydreams inspired by life in Harlem, the Catskill Mtns. and 17 West..the road to everywhere.
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17 West is my third studio album. An American songbook. Romantic. Introspective. A spiritual quest of sorts inspired by two very different locations…my home in Harlem which overlooks the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the sweet well worn porch of my little house in the Catskill Mtns. just off of 17 West, where musing for hours on end has produced many a well penned daydream.

Our targeted release date is March of 2015, but you can preorder your copy right here, right now, on Kickstarter! I’ve got some great perks to offer you along with the album itself, that’ll sweeten the pot and have you humming in no time. Check out the full list to the right and the highlights below. It is an honor and a pleasure to share these songs with you, as they become fully alive thru the experience of the listener. Thank you!

There are lots of ways to preorder the album: digital download, a signed CD, or even a special 3-album gift set of my studio work. But as a thank-you to those pledging early, the first 20 folks to jumpstart us will receive their album for only eight dollars!

my front porch album, 17 west
my front porch album, 17 west

1. Can We Save the Day

2. Long Way Home

3. Save Us All

4. The Mother a tribute

5. I Do

6. Traveling Troubadour

7. Mary Mary

8. The Door

9. Gates of Grace

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! HOUSE CONCERT! Host a concert in your home! At the $500 level I will arrive on your porch, guitar in hand, and share the gift of music with the family and friends of your inviting. Plus two signed copies of 17 West for the hosts! Travel not included if further than 150 miles from NYC. Let's enjoy music together.

Although my initial target for this campaign is $6,000 to help defray the production costs, the budget is actually closer to $16,000. In case you are interested in what it takes financially to produce a professional album, here is a high-level breakdown of the costs:

  • $1,200: Pre-production | Charts
  • $4,000: Recording | Engineer
  • $3,500: Musicians
  • $2,000: Mixing | Mastering
  • $1,000: CD duplication
  • $1,000: Photo shoot | Graphic design
  • $1,200: Publicity
  • $2,000: CD release | Promo tour

And, of course, it takes money to produce the Kickstarter campaign, fulfill the rewards, and Kickstarter and Amazon also take small fees for hosting and processing payments. If I'm blessed enough to surpass my initial target, I'm looking forward to announcing some cool bonuses for all pledgers as I approach stretch goals that cover the true cost of production. I am financing 17 West myself, so it WILL be released this coming March come hell or high water!. Everyone who pre-orders their copy here today gives me the amazing gift of the freedom to more and more widely launch my music into the world.

The campaign for my album, 17 West, closes midnight Thursday, 10/30/14. If I don't hit my target, I don't get a single dollar. Thank you for pledging today!

Since 2007, Kickstarter has raised over $1Billion for creative projects of all kinds - film, dance, books, technology - and music like my album, 17 West. Not every project is approved. Not every project funds. So taking this leap of faith on Kickstarter is a pretty big deal.

If you haven't backed a project on Kickstarter before, you'll just need two things: Kickstarter and Amazon accounts. When you pledge, you'll be walked through the steps. Amazon - the largest retailer in the world - safely processes the payments. You can choose whether you want to receive updates from Kickstarter, and Amazon won't charge you a dollar unless the campaign successfully funds on 10/30.

You don't need Facebook to pledge to Kickstarter, by the way:

Depuis 2007, Kickstarter a recueilli plus de 1 milliard de dollars pour des projets créatifs de toutes sortes - cinéma, danse, livres, musique et technologie – tel que mon album, 17 West. Tout projet n’est pas approuvé. Tout projet n’est pas financé. Donc, votre contribution au Kickstarter est une affaire très importante.

Si vous n'avez pas participé à un projet ​​Kickstarter auparavant, vous avez juste besoin de deux choses: un compte Kickstarter et un compte Amazon. Lorsque vous etes pret à participer, les instructions vous sont données étape par étape. Amazon - le plus grand commerce electronique au monde - traite les paiements en toute sécurité.Si vous souhaitez, vous pouvez recevoir des mises à jour de Kickstarter gratuitement. Amazon facturera votre contribution seulement si la campagne réussie le 30 octobre.

All support is welcome! You can:

  • Share my campaign on your Facebook and Twitter
  • Visit my webpage for my tour dates and streaming concerts
  • Like my Facebook page and posts
  • Use the promo code "sonya" for a discount when shopping at Luna Guitars
    The campaign for 17 West closes midnight, Thursday 10/30. Thank you for your support today!
    xoxo,
    Sonya

Risks and challenges

Creating a great album is a team effort. After raising the funds, it's possible members of my team may be unavailable for one reason or another, and I may have to recruit new people. There's always the possibility of challenges with production and manufacturing.

I can't predict the future, but I can predict this: no matter what happens, I am going to do what it takes to get this music out into the world. Surprises are inevitable and delays may occur, but 17 West will be released.

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    Sonya Trilogy: Digital downloads of 4th Floor, West 11th Street, and 17 West!!! Sonya all weekend!

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    Give one, get one!! Get TWO signed copies of the CD + two digital downloads of 17 West. One for you and one for a friend!

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    Handwritten lyrics of the 17 West song of your choice, with a personalized note to you! Plus a signed CD and the digital download of the album.

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    Songwriting Skype! Chat with Sonya for 45 minutes all about songwriting. Plus a signed copy of 17 West and the digital download!

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    Vocal coaching Skype! Enjoy an exclusive 45 minute vocal coaching session over Skype - or in person when you are in the NYC area. Plus a signed copy of 17 West and the digital download!

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    You and a guest will receive special reserved seating and a VIP guest pass to attend the album release party for 17 West in NYC. Travel not included. Receive two signed CDs!

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    I'll record a cover of a song of your choice, just for you! Plus handwritten lyrics and a personalized note, and a signed copy of 17 West.

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    Luna Fauna Butterfly acoustic guitar! Inlaid butterfly rosette; quilted maple top; maple back and sides; 25 1/2 scale; 1 5/8 nut; 39 1/2" x 14 7/8" x 4 3/8"; 4.4 lb. Plus a signed copy of 17 West and the digital download!!

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    I will compose and record a personalized song just for you, based on a subject or occasion of your choice. Delivered by mp3, plus 2 signed copies of the CD!

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    Be an executive producer of 17 West. You are credited on the album, my website, all social media. AND an invitation to the studio for an upcoming new single. VIP Reserved seating at the Album Release Party. Travel costs not included. And of course get two signed copies of the CD, one for you, and one for a friend!

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