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Greetings! I am seeking funds to create my 4th album "Chrysalis," a collection of jazz-influenced and piano pop songs. Read more

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Greetings! I am seeking funds to create my 4th album "Chrysalis," a collection of jazz-influenced and piano pop songs.

Pittsburgh, PA Pop
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Hello Friends!

First off, thanks for stopping by, and welcome to my 4th album's campaign page. I’ll try to keep this short.

About Myself + The New Album

I am an artist living in Pittsburgh, PA. Two things I love: I love writing songs and I love making records. Recently, songwriting has been an important part of my recovery.

For those who have been walking with me down the Indie Music Road, you know I have strayed into a twilight due to my health. Having battled immune dysfunction, chronic fatigue and environmental illness since 2009, I feel fortunate to be here at all, let alone energized and ready enough to ask for your assistance in getting this new project off the ground. Knowing I had a collection of great songs kept me looking forward to the day when I would have the stamina to record.

After about a year of simmering in preparation, I have recently begun some new musical collaborations that will take me to Philadelphia, and possibly beyond, and began developing an exciting roster of musicians and studios I’m hoping to work with. 

But in order to get started, I am first seeking collaboration with YOU! 

Let's Make a Record  

I'm passionate about making a new album that is emotionally on point, full of life, simple in its execution, and -- with a little luck -- breathtakingly beautiful.

Making an album is a mysterious, amazing, fun process – and expensive. I am expecting mine to cost around $15k, but the campaign is just for the recording sessions, which I anticipate will cost $8k. This is literally where the album gets made. If you decide to be a crucial part of funding this creation, there are two ways to get involved. 

PLEDGING: Your pledge will make it possible to take up to 12 of my new songs to the studio for recording. You will be helping to support the musicians, engineers, and artists who are involved. And you will be confirming my strong feeling that this is indeed the right way to spend my time this year.

I have a $5+ level for those who are hard up for cash, or want to support me but don’t want 'stuff.' For every other level, you are basically pre-ordering the album, plus selecting from a variety of additional perks and gifts that are only available and bundled here at my Kickstarter page. (look to your right)

SHARING: I'm a total introvert, friends, and so I especially invite you to share my page with your networks to extend my campaign's reach and increase the odds of its success. The math doesn't lie...I would need 800 to pre-purchase the $10 digital album for success, or 320 to buy the $25 physical album package, or 1,600 to tip me $5. WHAT!?! Yeah, I need your help. :-)

In addition to being the first to hear the album, you will also receive:

  • Updates as the album gets made...again, the process is crazy cool and I want to share it with you
  • A trinket on my album's altar. For all you lovers of ritual, you will appreciate that I am making a little altar at my home studio/office as a visual reminder to be grateful, to remember you daily, and wish you lots of love and huge success in whatever are your endeavors.

Kickstart me, Mama, I’m all in! 

What you should know is that Kickstarter is an all or nothing proposition. If I don’t reach my campaign goal, nothing happens. I don’t begin my album, your account does not get charged, and you don’t receive your perks and gifts. I have to be honest, I’m a little freaked out by this model, because I'm letting go of the outcome. But I've learned over the last few years that surrender is liberating. I've learned that imagining what's possible is way more satisfying than living in a limiting box.

And, I have experienced the world to be so generous that I’m up for this adventure, this big open question mark, this leap of faith. The question is, "Will you back my new album?" Your pledge = wings + the best answer ever + my continuation along the Indie Music Road.

Thank you, again, for stopping by, and for believing in what I do!

XO 

Heather

"In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you. But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art." - Rumi

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    1 backer

    A personal thank you e-card plus 1 free digital track from the album!

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    33 backers

    A personal thank you e-card PLUS!....The entire digital album before the official release date!

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    43 backers

    A personal thank you e-card + digital download of entire album before the release date PLUS!...A signed physical copy of the album sent via the U.S. Postal Service straight to your doorstep! + 1 free bonus digital track

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    25 backers

    A personal thank you e-card, digital download of entire album before the release date, signed physical copy of the album sent via the USPS straight to your doorstep, 1 free bonus digital track PLUS!...A brand new Heather Kropf t-shirt (organic, of course!) + stickers and stuff

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    16 backers

    All of the above! PLUS!...Your name will be included in the album thank you credits + 2 free tickets to my album release party or my next show at your venue of choice!

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    6 backers

    All of the above! PLUS!...You can hang out with me at the release party. This includes coming to sound check, having dinner with the band, and hangout out afterwards,etc. + 2 additional concert tickets for friends + A homemade thank you card from me (I love making cards!) + limited edition signed poster of album artwork + all of my back catalogue (3 albums + deep house single with Soy Sos vs. MKL) if you don't already have it. :-)

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    All of the above! PLUS!...A FREE House Concert (IL, IN, OH, MI, PA, NY, VA, WV, NC, ON) + a custom Mix Tape of songs that I love

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    All of the above! PLUS!..A goodie basket of things I love from Pittsburgh + a half hour Skype session with me. We can chat for a while, talk about music or songwriting, the album, or politics or whatever, or I can sing for you the entire time. Or you can sing for me! :-)

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    All of the above! PLUS!...The album notes will have your name listed as an Executive Producer + 10 additional free tickets to concerts at venues of your choice (no expiration)

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    All of the above! PLUS!...This is more of a corporate sponsorship level: Backers who pledge at this level will be able to advertise their product or service on my various websites and at my shows for a 1-year contract. Talk to me to arrange details.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    All of the above! PLUS!....FREE performance by my full band, which is the BEST way to hear my songs! (subject to schedule + travel). Private party, corporate dinner, wedding reception, Suzy's birthday, whatever. We'll come to you and play lots of my songs, plus 3 covers of your choice! + a pledge at this level guarantees a limited edition LP pressing of the album, and you get the first (or second) copy

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