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$388
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7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 26 2018 4:11 PM UTC +00:00

About

My Story.

This is my first album. I’ve been writing songs since I was 15, which are on the Sucker Punch EP.   Getting these songs and the new songs on the upcoming album produced by such a legendary producer as John Custer is a dream come true. 

It's been a journey that only happened because people BELIEVE in me. Especially my mother, who has worked two jobs full-time as a nurse and real estate agent to send me to voice lessons and support me throughout this entire endeavor.

   John Custer + me at an open mic night
John Custer + me at an open mic night

The Record.

I’ve been singing since I was 8 years old. I feel like music gives a voice to people's emotions and feelings, and that is a legacy I want to carry on. Frankly, I feel it's my responsibility as an artist to share what I've gone through to help others going through the same thing.  

My mission is to carry on the legacy of music’s greatest singer/songwriters like Carly Simon, Joan Jett, Alanis Morrisette, and Stevie Nicks. 

Grammy-nominated, gold record producer John Custer heard me sing at an open mic night when I was 16.  My dream has been to bring my songs to life and he helped me do just that by bringing in North Carolina's greatest musicians and mentoring me through the whole process. 

We have my debut EP which is available on all music platforms, and we have laid down three additional tracks for my upcoming debut album. We’re ready to get back in the studio and record the remaining songs to make a full-length album!

I put my heart and soul into everything I do and your backing and support will make my dream a reality. 

Thank you!

  My 3 song EP is ready for Primetime :)
My 3 song EP is ready for Primetime :)

The Team. (NEED TO ADD MUSICIANS + OTHERS NEEDED)

John Custer:  Gold Record + Grammy-nominated producer, mentor, guitarist, music industry veteran  ["Working with John was like being schooled by a Rock'n'Roll Jedi Master" - BIG Something]

Sandra Sweeney: my mom, who makes everything happen!

Rebecca Antonelli:  a marketing think tank of one   ["Rebecca is energy fueled by experience, an intellectual and creative force who, if listened to, will take you to the center of the bulls-eye." -Alan Rhodes

Gary Leider:  music industry veteran, merchandiser mastermind + mentor

Dillon Uzzell:  social media marketeer, digital wizard, and our token millennial

Team PROOF Music: Rebecca, Dillon, Nikko, John, Megan, Julz + Gary
Team PROOF Music: Rebecca, Dillon, Nikko, John, Megan, Julz + Gary

The Ask.

As I write this, we're finalizing the mixes and mastering of all tracks on the record. We are working VERY VERY hard to getting the new songs and the upcoming album finished and anticipate great things to happen when PROOF Music launches the album.  

We have funded this on our own so far and with $10,000 we can finish the last songs and share it with you and the world! 

You are a vital piece of fulfilling my dream to start a long, successful, and sustainable music career. 

Our 10k fundraising goal will go towards the following:

  • Record, produce, mix, and launch my debut album
  • Manufacture Cd's + merchandising
  • Schedule and play live performances

My Bio.

There has been one common denominator throughout Megan Elise's life: Music. From an early age, Megan began singing others' melodies while trying out her own. Her taste in music as a child was far-reaching; however, her first true love was musical theater. Broadway star Herman Sebek (Cats, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Shogun, The Musical) caught wind of Megan's remarkable vocal abilities, and, at eight years old, she became his youngest student at the time. She was trained by ear on Broadway classics. 

Megan moved to North Carolina from upstate New York in 2012 during a tumultuous time in her life. During this formative stage, she broadened her repertoire from Broadway songs to include rock music. In fact, she credits rock music with intensifying her awareness of the strong influence of music on the human psyche. 

She began singing at open mics in the Triangle Area, and just after her fifteenth birthday Megan piqued the interest of Grammy-nominated, gold-record producer John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity, DAG, Cry of Love, BIG Something). They immediately started laying the groundwork for what is now Megan's debut release. Thanks to Custer, Megan has recorded in the nationally recognized Manifold Recording with Grammy-nominated engineer Ian Schreier (Velvet Revolver, Roomful of Blues, 9th Wonder) and has worked with Grammy-award winning mastering engineer Dave Harris, one of the best known mastering geniuses in the United States.

Moreover, while Megan begins her music career, she will also continue her academic career at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 2018. Though new to the Chapel Hill area, she has already become well-connected with many of the premier artists in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Raleigh. With their help, Megan has further developed her persona and sound to include a wide swath of musical and stylistic elements. Examples of some of her influences include Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Evanescence.

Megan is now eighteen years old and is the first exclusive artist signed to PROOF Music. Through PROOF, she plans to record and release a wide array of music. According to her producer and mentor John Custer, "Megan Elise takes the great aesthetics of rock from yesterday and today and delivers them to tomorrow. Her voice erupts with amazing power and poetry... this is what we've all been waiting for."

About PROOF Music.
THE REBIRTH OF MUSIC THAT MATTERS

PROOF Music takes us back in time when TALENT was the only criteria for career success.

PROOF Music is a new modern-day record label that discovers, grooms, and launches music careers, bringing talented new artists to the people.

Working with songwriters, musicians, and mentors, PROOF's team of legendary music industry veterans will hone their sound, write, produce, and take their music to the next level. 

The all-time greats from music history started just this way. With a solid support team, musicians were able to create new and innovative sounds that influenced and changed generations.

We hope to reinvigorate a dormant music industry by empowering the HUMAN element in, as of yet, undiscovered artists.  

 www.proofmusicgroup.com 

Risks and challenges

There are challenges + risks and we have had our share of multiple obstacles already over the last year. Our team has surmounted them all. We will complete these tasks one way or another. We are a serious, dedicated, hard-working group of professionals and Proof Music will, with your support, bring more expeditious high caliber new music to you + the world.

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    Download of SUCKER PUNCH Single

    The reality is, not all of us (especially 18 year old college students like me) can afford to back a project with $$$. Pledge one dollar and I'll also add your name to a drawing to win 6 VIP passes + backstage access to a live performance. Be sure to include your current email with this pledge!

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    Megan Elise 3 Song EP Download Code

    EP download of Megan's first 3 songs will support this UNC Chapel Hill freshman to record and produce the songs to finish her debut album.
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    Signed Album Artwork Poster

    A signed Poster of the Album Artwork for debut album with a personal handwritten message from me on the reverse. Frameable, full color, 11 x 17 EP release poster.

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    Signed CD + Artwork Poster

    A physical copy of the album signed by Megan! [will be delivered when album is complete] PLUS! all items below.

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    UNC-CH Team Tarheels + CD + Poster

    Thank you student + alumni TEAM TARHEELS!!! As a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, I'd love to get involved and earn your support of my music career. If you're looking for entertainment for an event or help raising funds for your group (or any creative ideas we can come up with), I WANNA HELP! PLUS! We'll send you a FREE download for the entire record when it's complete.

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    GET THE WHOLE PACKAGE!

    This is a GIFT BOX filled with the ALL the trimmings: Autographed CD, T-shirt, Signed Artwork Poster, PROOF Music hat, all the downloads, a personal thank you from our entire team, AND! credit on our website.

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    Musician's Master Class + Consultation

    PROOF MUSIC discovered, mentored, and supported me to record + produce my first 3 songs. If you want some real professionals to assess and evaluate your songs or music, get this perk! Consult with legendary songwriter + producer John Custer and record executive Gary Leider (two-time Inc 500 award winner) for a one-on-one evaluation and consultation about YOUR music career. You tell us what YOU want to discuss (the music business, branding, starting a band, writing songs, promoting your music, finding the right team to work with... anything goes!).

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    BACK THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC!

    If you think that the BEST MUSIC happened a generation (or three) ago, we need your support. Your feedback, your knowledge, your opinion, and, yes, your INVESTMENT. Help PROOF Music find the unknown, unseen, unheard talents and support them to find their TRUE voice, the one that will touch the hearts of the next generation. PLUS! You get all the goodies listed below.

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    Gig in your Living Room! + CD + Poster

    Allow me to perform in your humble abode! I’ll perform a selection of tracks from my album. Invite your friends and family over for the show or have a performance just for you! I'll bring along a signed CD + Poster too. Please note, this reward is only available for residents of the Triangle in North Carolina.

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    JOHN CUSTER: PRODUCES YOUR TRACK

    Have an awesome track you want produced or just mixed? Gold Record and Grammy-nominated producer John Custer will inject his magic into your musical equation. Custer will spend two 8-hour days (or 16 hours spread out over more days) consulting with you and polishing your track. Attended or unattended -- your choice. And, of course, receive the session when he’s done. Scheduling available starting Dec 2018.

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