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A new album in honour of the Bahá'í Community's upcoming celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
A new album in honour of the Bahá'í Community's upcoming celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
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SPECIAL STRETCH GOAL: $50,000 - A TWIN ALBUM!

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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.

CDs with Artwork by Shirin Sahba, who will paint a new piece of art especially for the new album
CDs with Artwork by Shirin Sahba, who will paint a new piece of art especially for the new album

Why Kickstarter?

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! 

Luke x

More Details About the Project

Below is our project timeline and a breakdown of all the costs involved in creating this album.

All Kickstarter Supporters will receive the new album before its official release
All Kickstarter Supporters will receive the new album before its official release

 

 OTHER WORK

 

 

 

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.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    Thank you for your support! You'll be acknowledged on my website as a contributor to the making of the album and you'll receive a digital download of the new album before its official release.

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    CD ALBUM

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    SIGNED CD & SONGBOOK

    You'll receive a SIGNED CD of the new album (plus digital download) before its official release PLUS a Digital Songbook with guitar tabs & piano notes for all the songs on the album (and previously released songs) PLUS acknowledgement on my website.

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    BAHÁ'Í CD COLLECTION

    A SIGNED CD of the New Album PLUS SIGNED CDs of my two mini-albums Create in Me a Pure Heart and The Light of Unity PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS acknowledgement on my website.

    Includes:
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    LIMITED EDITION LYRIC PRINT

    A LIMITED EDITION SIGNED Lyric Print of 'One Hundred Thousand Veils', a song I wrote to raise awareness about the persecution of the Bahá'í Community in Iran PLUS a SIGNED CD of the new album PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS acknowledgement on my website.

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    5 CD GIFT PACK

    A pack of 5 SIGNED CDs of the new album to share with your friends (with 5 digital downloads) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS acknowledgement on my website.

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    SKYPE HANGOUT OR MUSIC LESSON

    We'll hang out together for 45 minutes on Skype. We can chat about music, art, inspiration, whatever you want! If you like, I'll teach you how to play some of my songs and share some music tips with you.

    PLUS You'll receive a SIGNED CD of the new album (and digital download) PLUS the SIGNED Lyric Print of 'One Hundred Thousand Veils' PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS acknowledgement on my website.

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    SHIRIN SAHBA ART PRINT

    You'll receive a LIMITED EDITION 20"x20" Giclée Art Print of Shirin Sahba's new painting, painted especially for the new album cover. Each print is signed & numbered by the artist herself, and is printed with the highest quality archival fine art papers & inks. Check out her work at www.shirinsahba.com

    PLUS a SIGNED CD of the new album (and digital download) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS Acknowledgement on my website.

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    REQUEST A SONG

    To thank you for your support, I will make a home-recording of your favourite Bahá'í-inspired song and send it to you by email - perhaps a classic song you learnt as a child - your choice!

    PLUS I'll send you 3 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Lyric Print of One Hundred Thousand Veils PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank-you card.

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    • Home Recording by Luke of a Song of Your Choice
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    SET A QUOTE TO MUSIC

    I will set to music a quote of your choice - either from the Bahá’í Writings or any other source that inspires you - and I'll make a home-recording of it and send it to you by email.

    PLUS I'll send you 3 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Lyric Print of One Hundred Thousand Veils PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank-you card.

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    MUSIC & STORIES CONCERT

    I will come to your home and give a special 1-hour concert of music and stories from the history of the Bahá'í Faith which have inspired my music.

    PLUS I'll send you 3 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank you card.

    *I’ll need you to cover travel costs. Touring begins in 2017. For more details, please contact Luke by clicking CONTACT at the top of the page.

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    MUSIC WEEKEND FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

    (recommended for groups/communities!)
    Thanks are not enough!! But to express my gratitude to you, I will visit your community for a whole weekend of musical activities, including two evenings of music and stories from the history of the Bahá'í Faith PLUS a 3-hour music workshop on how to use principles from the Bahá'í Writings to make music.

    PLUS I'll send you 5 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank-you card.

    *I’ll need you to cover travel costs. Touring begins in 2017. For more details, please contact Luke by clicking CONTACT at the top of the page.

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    STUDIO MASTERCLASS

    You (or a person of your choice) will be one of up to 5 people to attend an intimate 5-DAY MASTERCLASS IN DEVOTIONAL MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION with Luke Slott and Producer Kelly Snook at Kelly's Recording Studio in Portland, Oregon. You will learn how the songs are composed, recorded and mixed, and receive personal guidance from Luke & Kelly for developing your own music projects.

    PLUS 5 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank-you card.

    *Accommodation and food will be provided at the studio. Travel costs for participants are not included.

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING BY SHIRIN SAHBA

    You will be credited on the CD as the Executive Producer of the album (at your discretion) and, as a token of thanks, you will receive the original 20"x45" painting by Shirin Sahba, painted especially for the cover of the new album.

    PLUS I'll send you 5 SIGNED CDs of the new album (with digital downloads) PLUS the Digital Songbook PLUS a personal thank-you card.

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