Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A spirited collection of children's songs by essence, inspired by her son, captured in multi media recordings, book, app, & videos!
A spirited collection of children's songs by essence, inspired by her son, captured in multi media recordings, book, app, & videos!
Created by
103 backers pledged $11,665 to help bring this project to life.

About

T REXXXXXX! - A Multi-Media Kids Project project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$11,665

103

I am reaching out to you, friends and family, and kid's of all ages to ask for your support in launching a project that is near to my heart. I am best known for making rock, pop, and folk records. I write songs about life and my experiences. Three years ago I became a mom. My son Rhys is extremely spirited and he has inspired me to write songs to engage his wonder and curiosity about the world around him. Some key songs include: "T REXXXXXX!" a story about the adventures of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and how this intimidating and fascinating creature becomes a hero, not only to a little boy but to an entire town. "Everybody Has A Butt" pokes great humor at the backsides of wild animals, while "Gotta Wear Clothes" turns everyday tasks like taking a bath, getting dressed, eating, riding in the car and wearing a seat belt into fun and games. These are songs that were written with great affection, enthusiasm, and a wonderful loopiness that I hope parents can hear repeatedly without wanting to kill themselves, and families will enjoy with as much laughter as we have.

This multi-media kid's project includes a full length record, an illustrated T REXXXXXX! book, 3 videos, 1 smartphone app, and a website that I plan to launch by Thanksgiving to maximize the sales potential of the holiday season. 

I realize I can't make this happen without some help. Here's the breakdown estimate of costs:

Hire illustrator for T REXXXXXX! book: $2500

Music video for "T REXXXXXXX!": $5000

Pressing initial run of 1000 CD's: $1500

Self publishing book: $4000

Marketing / Promotion / Web : $7000 (conservative estimate)

TOTAL: $20,000

This is the total amount I need to complete the project even though the goal on Kickstarter is set to $10,000. This is just the base goal but we need to double that amount for this project to reach fruition. I am asking you, dear friends, to donate whatever you can afford. BY HELPING FUND THIS PROJECT, YOU ARE PRE-ORDERING THIS CD, BOOK, APP AND DVD! 

I am already in production mode. I have 2 wonderful illustrators on board, a talented animation team, and a brilliant film producer ready for action. I have a very strong management team that will help me shop the completed package to both record labels and publishers. But ultimately this is a labor of love for my son Rhys. I am having a blast working on this and he is too. These songs and images bring us a lot of joy and I'd like to share our happiness with other children and their families.

I am extremely excited to unleash "T REXXXXXXXXX!" and the rest of these songs and THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU in advance for your support to make this dream a reality. I am grateful beyond measure.

Love,

essence

ps. Check out some song previews!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank You! Every dollar helps

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A DOWNLOAD of the album before it's released!

    Less
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    A SIGNED hard copy of the album + the pre-release download. essence will send it to you! You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    YOUR CHOICE of either a SIGNED hard copy of the kid's album or one of essence's "grown up records", a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt! You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    2 CD's!!! The critically acclaimed sophomore release MARIPOSA and a SIGNED hard copy of the kid's album + digital download, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster, and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt! You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    essence's 3 CD's (Conception, Mariposa, & Feels Like The Future) SIGNED! A SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    A ONE HOUR PRIVATE VOICE LESSON with essence, in person or on Skype. essence will teach you healthy vocal techniques, help you expand your range, improve tone, and develop your own unique style. Also: Pre-order and enjoy a SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    The COMPLETE essence ANTHOLOGY including all released albums as well as rare unreleased demos and live recordings spanning the last decade! A SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    A SKYPE CONCERT or 3 VOICE LESSONS, in person or on Skype. Also: Pre-order and enjoy a SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    essence will perform a COVER TUNE of your choice on video, dedicate the song to you, and post it on You Tube. Also: Pre-order and enjoy a SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    essence will compose and record an ORIGINAL song for you, subject matter to be determined by yourself! This song will also be released on YouTube as a live performance video dedicated to YOU! Also: Pre-order and enjoy a SIGNED hard copy of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! poster and a limited edition T REXXXXXXX! t-shirt, an illustrated T REXXXXXXX! book and a DVD of the music videos. You will be thanked in the album liner notes.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    essence will perform LIVE for your private party or event (within 500 miles of San Francisco)! Also: Pre-order and enjoy 5 signed hard copies of the album, a limited edition T REXXXXX! t-shirt, a signed limited edition poster, a DVD of music videos, an illustrated T REXXXXX! book, AND guest list spots for 2 to an essence show of your choice! (Your name and PHOTO will be credited in the CD and book liner notes as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Great tax write off!)

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (42 days)