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Raising funds to record a CD of songs from my one woman show RENAISSANCE: NOTES FROM ITALY
Raising funds to record a CD of songs from my one woman show RENAISSANCE: NOTES FROM ITALY
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In 2002, I was preparing to make my debut at the Metropolitan Opera, approaching my 60th birthday. I found out later that I was not the oldest person to make a debut at that age!!! I’ve been a late bloomer! I saw the late and great Elaine Stritch do her one woman show at the Public theatre in NYC and thought that was something I’d love to do. I could combine some classical music with the show music I’ve always loved and some standards. It took me over 10 years until that show turned into a reality.

After shows people always ask if I have a CD, and the answer has been “one day!” Well, that day is here and I am hoping that this Kickstarter campaign will make that a reality with your help!

Once we’ve raised all the funds, my plan is to record the CD in July, with a release in 2016. At this point, I am planning to do the CD in Los Angeles with John Boswell, who is an incredible pianist and colleague who played RENAISSANCE at the Gardenia in L.A.

The live one woman show, RENAISSANCE: NOTES FROM ITALY is based on a 15 day trip I took to Italy with my daughter Robin. It was a journey that took us to Milan, Venice, Florence, among with other cities, and ended in Rome. My writer/director, Brian Lane Green wanted me to keep a log of songs that came into my mind while we were traveling, and the show is a result of the songs that came to mind along the way. In addition, Robin and I had an incredible experience as mother and daughter, that we both never expected to happen. It strengthened our relationship in ways unimaginable and was a blessing for both of us. Neither one of us had any idea that the trip would create a bond that would be stronger than ever and continues to grow to this day!

I have had the privilege of working with many of the greatest opera singers in the world and I am now returning to my love of show music, standards and classical music.

When I sing, I lose myself in the music and become the music. Each song has its own personality and I can almost taste, feel and smell Italy when I am singing. The hardest decision for me has been to decide which songs I have to leave out. They’re like my children. I love them all!! But 24 songs is too long for a CD, so I now have 14-16 songs that I LOVE!

Once we’ve raised all the funds, my plan is to record the CD in July, with a release in 2016. My plan is to record the CD in Los Angeles with John Boswell, who is an incredible pianist and colleague, who played RENAISSANCE at the Gardenia in L.A.

In order to pay for the music director, arrangements, recording studio, engineers, mastering and manufacturing, publicity, social media, website revamp, this video, attorney fees, distribution fees, royalties, artwork, etc, I have to raise $22,000. That’s a lot of money and I am asking you all to contribute as much as you can to help me make this dream come true.

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk in doing this campaign on Kickstarter is that if I don't raise ALL the money, I don't get ANY money, and the CD will not be made. Reaching as many people as possible to contribute is the biggest challenge in today's world.However,with my acclaimed stage performances, talent and voice, I am confident that will not happen. I am hoping that everyone will want to have a tangible part of Josepha Gayer's premier CD with more to come in the future.

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    PERUGIA!

    THANK YOU! every pledge helps and you will have my deepest thanks and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    BOLOGNA
    THE SINGLE PACKAGE! DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE BEFORE THE RELEASE IN 2016, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    THE DIGIDREAM PACKAGE!
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016. The prerelease download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    THE CAMPO PACKAGE!
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    THE FRESCO AUTOGRAPH PACKAGE!
    AN AUTOGRAPHED CD plus an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    CAPRI
    THE BLUE GROTTO BONUS PACKaGE!
    A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF A BONUS TRACK NOT INCLUDED IN THE ALBUM, plus an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    THE VATICAN Package:
    Exclusive Kickstarter Renaissance Notes From Italy T-Shirt! Plus A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF A BONUS TRACK NOT INCLUDED IN THE ALBUM, plus an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    LAKE COMO
    THE GEORGE CLOONEY VILLA PACKAGE! YOUR NAME IN THE "THANK YOU" PART OF THE LINER NOTES, plus an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, a digital download of a bonus track not included on the album, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    MILANO
    THE LAST SUPPER/LA SCALA PACKAGE! INVITATION TO THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY IN PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK OR LOS ANGELES IN EARLY 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, plus an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    SORRENTO
    THE VESUVIUS PACKAGE!
    A HALF HOUR VOICE LESSON WITH ME (in person or via Skype), invitation to the album release party in Philadelphia, New York or Los Angeles in early 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter(travel not included)

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    A ONE HOUR VOICE LESSON WITH ME (in person or via Skype), invitation to the album release party in Philadelphia, New York or Los Angeles in early 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter(travel not included)

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    BE A PRODUCER ON THE ALBUM, a one hour voice lesson with me (in person or via Skype), invitation to the album release party in Philadelphia, New York or Los Angeles in early 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS,DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter(travel not included)

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    THE DAVID PACKAGE!
    A CONCERT FOR YOU AND YOUR GUEST AT ANY LOCATION WITHIN 125 MILES of PHILADELPHIA or LOS ANGELES, be listed as PRODUCER on the album, a one hour voice lesson with me (in person or via Skype), invitation to the album release party in Philadelphia, New York or Los Angeles in early 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS, DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter(travel not included)

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    THE FELLINI EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    PACKAGE!
    A FULL STUDIO RECORDING OF ANY SONG YOU REQUEST! BE LISTED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON THE ALBUM, a concert for you and your guests at any location within 250 MILES of PHILADELPHIA or LOS ANGELES, a one hour voice lesson with me (in person or via Skype), invitation to the album release party in Philadelphia, New York or Los Angeles in early 2016, your name in the "thank you" part of the liner notes, an autographed CD, an autographed 8X10 photo, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM ART WORK AND LINER NOTES, PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS, DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM BEFORE THE PRE-RELEASE IN 2016, the pre-release download of the single, and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.(travel not included)

    If you are THRILLED BEYOND WORDS about this project, DOUBLE THE REWARD to $20,000 and I will perform for you anywhere in the U.S. TRIPLE THE REWARD, and the world is your oyster! In other words, I'LL PERFORM FOR YOU ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!!!!

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Funding period

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