SPECIAL STRETCH GOAL: $50,000 - A TWIN ALBUM!
The video above presents a special new 'Stretch Goal' - a Twin Album to be produced and released in 2019, when the Bahá'í Community around the world will celebrate the 2nd important anniversary of this period, the Bicentennial of the Birth of The Báb (1819-1850).
The Story Behind the Music
Growing up in Ireland, music was in the air. My childhood was a medley of my father playing in jazz clubs, my uncle playing in traditional Irish music sessions and my brother's homemade hip-hop beats. I began writing songs in my teens and spent most of my youth playing in bands around Ireland.
In my early 20s, I discovered the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith and began writing music to go with the Bahá'í Writings - writings about the unity of mankind and the need for universal peace.
Singing the Bahá'í Writings has made me think about music in new ways - it's made me realise that music can be used as a force for good in the world - a tool for bringing people together and helping people to understand themselves and each other. For me, making music has become a way of offering a positive message to society through art.
Over the last several years, I’ve had the immense privilege of traveling to over 20 countries to sing and play in an amazing variety of places - from Westminster Parliament in London to the hottest corners of the Arabian Peninsula. The love and support I have received on my travels has been truly life-changing, and my one dream is simple: To make music that brings people together.
A Full-Length Studio Album
So far, I've recorded 2 EPs of songs based on the Bahá'í Writings - Create In Me a Pure Heart and The Light of Unity - and now I am working with the brilliant audio-engineer and producer Kelly Snook (Imogen Heap, MiMu Gloves) to produce my first full-length album of songs with words from the Bahá'í Writings.
Kelly and I have put together a team of outstanding musicians from the US, the UK and Ireland and we have been working hard to prepare the songs for an album whose production quality will reflect the beauty of the words themselves.
And for the album artwork, Shirin Sahba, who provided the beautiful cover art for Create in Me a Pure Heart and The Light of Unity, will paint a new piece of art especially for the album cover.
Producing an album at a high standard, however, is a very expensive process, involving many costs which are beyond my personal reach. These include fees for hiring recording studios, musicians and equipment, design costs, printing costs and the final manufacturing of the CD.
All the recordings I've made in the past have been collaborative projects which have only been made possible through the collaboration and support of friends who believe in the music I'm making.
I've decided to use Kickstarter to open up that collaborative process to anyone who wishes to be a part of it. All the funds we raise on Kickstarter will be used to pay for the costs of making this new album of songs based on the Bahá'í Writings.
I would feel especially honoured to deliver this album to you in 2017, when Bahá'í Communities and their friends around the world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Whose words I'll be singing on this album.
I hope you'll be moved to support the making of this album, and that these songs and their beautiful sacred words will touch your heart just as singing them has touched mine.
My best wishes to you all and, as always, my deepest thanks for your support - and a big thank you to Arran Kennedy and Justin DeLeon for making my Kickstarter video!
More Details About the Project
Below is our project timeline and a breakdown of all the costs involved in creating this album.
Risks and challenges
Producer Kelly Snook and I have been working on the album for some time now so the project is well under way. Our goals are set. Our studio dates are booked. The only thing holding us back is our lack of funding. If, through your generous support, we raise the funds on Kickstarter, I can't see anything holding us back from producing this album at the highest standard and releasing it in 2017. In the unlikely event of any delays in production, all supporters will be clearly notified.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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