A year and a half ago I took my music gear from Los Angeles to my parents' house outside of Syracuse, NY and, with the help of my Uncle Joshua Stone, wrote and produced an album detailing the exact moment in my life I was living in. I knew that I was living in a special moment and that, if I did not write it down, I might forget it all.
In this album I sing about love, loss, coming to terms with death, sharing my home, spreading positivity, speaking my life into existence, police brutality, and believing in myself.
I am blessed to have some amazing collaborators on this project. Choni Francis came to Syracuse to help me write it, all three of my brothers and my parents were involved. Elijah Stone sings a duet with me, as does Ari Stidham of the album I produced Jacuzzi Louie, and Keenan the First of the album I produced What is America. Linzie Gray lends her voice as do many others including Meara Mosny and Kilian Crowley.
This album captures a moment in time, and also expresses some of my truest view points. I can't wait to share it with all of you.
The money we raise will be used for mixing and mastering the album. I already engineered (recorded) the album and produced/arranged it with the help of my uncle Joshua Stone. The next process is making the album sound like gold. Jay Marcovitz, who mixed Jacuzzi Louie, and who co-produced and mixed the Lewberger album, has already begun mixing Look How Quickly Everything's Changing and, once that's done, we will have the album mastered at the Bakery. Once the album is funded, it shouldn't take too long to get it out!
Risks and challenges
I have been making music since I was a small child. Before I even played an instrument, my best friend Ari and I used to make up songs in his basement. I started playing guitar at age 14 and, after taking a music theory course one summer, started to teach myself piano, based off of what I heard my uncle Josh play on the piano when he came to visit us.
I played banjo in a jug band all throughout high school and was fortunate to be accepted to Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Songwriting.
I moved to Los Angeles in April of 2011 and released my debut album Siren Songs in 2014. I was driven to create music, but I struggled to figure out how to have fun doing it professionally. So I took time to explore other angles - I started doing musical improv and became a teacher and songwriter at the Second City in Hollywood, and through that journey I joined the comedy band Lewberger, of which I am now a proud member. We just succesfully funded a kickstarter for our debut album 'Lewberger.' I took time to learn the technical aspects of producing music through working with various rappers, film directors, playwrights, and songwriters. I traveled the country asking the question 'What is America' with my brother Avery and my dear friend Keenan the First and produced an album based on the answers we found.
There are many risks and challenges to being an independent artist. I am blessed to have had such a positive and supportive community around me, and I look forward to sharing this piece of myself with my community, and building an even bigger community through doing so.
I was fortunate recently to be able to use my platform as an artist to engage deeply with my community in Syracuse, NY through a city-wide music project I produced around a song I wrote called Welcome to Syracuse. I look forward to using Look How Quickly Everything's Changing to continue to expand my platform and allow me to have an even bigger impact in the community I love so much.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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