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My first album - finally! With the magic of talented Seattle musicians and artists joining me.
My first album - finally! With the magic of talented Seattle musicians and artists joining me.
63 backers pledged $6,150 to help bring this project to life.

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What this thing is:

Tidings! I’m Amanda Winterhalter, I make songs in and around Seattle, WA, and I’m raising funds to record a collection of those songs on a debut album. If you’re wondering what kind of songs I make that will be on the album, take a listen here.

Why I’m asking for money:

Since I began sharing my original songs on stages in 2012, audience members, friends, peers, and family have been asking me, “When are you going to record an album?” For a long time, my answer was, “I want to – when I have the money!” I’ve known from experience recording with other bands that it takes a tremendous amount of dedication and $$$$$ in order to record your work and send it out into the world. After I started an intensive graduate program in 2013, and then jumped right into full time public school teaching in 2014, I had neither the energy nor the means to pursue my goal of recording an album. Much of my life in music and artistic community was put on hold for an extended time. However, I now happily find myself in a place where the elements are aligned to make more music in my life.

I’ve performed my music almost exclusively as a solo artist, but my vision has always expanded beyond my voice and an acoustic guitar. In fact, my vision for recording my songs has always included a band to fill them out. I love the grittiness that an electric guitar can bring to a song. I love the rhythm and drive that drums add. I love the sigh of pedal steel, the ascension of strings, the essential heartbeat of bass. These are sounds I hear in my songs, but of course, I can’t make and replicate them all on my own. But I now know top notch musicians who can.

Everything’s ready – with your help!

By fate or luck or intentional living, I’ve found myself in the midst of a profoundly kind, talented, and supportive community of musicians who have been encouraging me to record my songs, and are showing up to help me get it done.

I’m proud of the songs I’ve crafted in the past several years, and I’m ready to document them and share them with a broader audience. Not only will this allow me to finalize a significant chapter of my songwriting story, it will also allow me to move forward in what I love – writing songs and performing them for audiences. With a professional album under my belt, I can accomplish more as a performing musician by making my work directly accessible to audiences and talent bookers. I’ll be able to play more shows, meet more wonderful artists and audiences, grow as a musician, and make more music! Now that I have the time and the ideal team assembled to help me record the music I envision, I only need the funding to accomplish it.

If you are reading about this Kickstarter, you are most likely also one of the friends, family members, audience members, and peers that have been encouraging me and supporting me all along. You are such a vital part of my team, and I couldn’t do it without the affirming support that you’ve already invested in me. Thank you for being here, and thank you for any further support you’re able to give!  

What you’ll get if you partner:

My music… and more! Look yonder, to the right, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. You don’t have to give exactly the suggested amounts - all donations are important to me and greatly appreciated. It’s a big deal to ask for your hard-earned dollars, so I want to make sure I’m giving you something valuable and polished in return. Your donations go directly and only toward making this album a real piece of professional music on the airwaves, and I have a well of gratitude that you’re even here reading about it and considering it!

Estimated Project Costs:

  • Producing, engineering, recording, mixing, mastering: $3,000
  • Paying the musicians: $1,000
  • CD replication: $1,000
  • Album artwork and design: $400
  • Promotional materials: $300
  • Kickstarter 5% fee: $300
  • Total: $6,000 

Risks and challenges

When making beautiful things in collaboration, hiccups happen. There are a lot of moving pieces to this project, and a couple handfuls of schedules to coordinate and manage. My goal is to release the album by October 2016, and to have digital downloads and physical discs to all backers by the end of that month. My team is confident that we can meet this goal.

The greatest challenge is raising the funds to pay the brilliant artists lending their craft and their time to this project. In addition, it costs quite a bit to replicate the discs, package them, and to promote the music itself so that I can share it with more and more people. The full vision of this album doesn’t happen without you and your support. Thank you for anything you are able to give!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    MUSIC & LOVE: Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox - before the official release!

    +Always Hugs & Hand Shakes

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    THE GOODS: Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a personal note from Amanda.

    + Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox

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    IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS: Along with the music goods, Amanda will tuck in an album art sticker, plus a few of her Top 5 Favorites Lists (like Books, Albums, Movies, WA Hikes, Seasonal Activities, Seattle Sandwiches, Ways to Eat Popcorn, etc.) - for your consideration.

    +Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a personal note from Amanda
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    POSTCARD ARTS: A limited edition set of illustrated postcards inspired by the songs on the album, designed and drawn by Amanda.

    +Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
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    SECRET SHOW: An invitation to a secret show in the greater Seattle area featuring Amanda + special guests! There will be music, there will be food, there will be merriment.

    SPACE IS LIMITED - get it quick!

    +Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a personal note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +Set of Limited Edition Illustrated Postcards, by Amanda
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
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    CHAPBOOK ARTS: A Limited Edition Illustrated Chapbook inspired by the album, with drawings and words by Amanda about each song on the album.

    +Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
    +Album Art Sticker

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    DATE NIGHTS: You +1 on the guest list for the album release show in Autumn 2016 (or any other show of your choice this year), plus any second show of your choice in 2017. Take your date out for some music!

    +2 Album Compact Discs delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +1 Set of Limited Edition Album Art Postcards designed by Amanda (so you and your date can send love notes the old fashioned way!)
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
    +2 Album Art Stickers

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    LISTENING PARTY: An invitation to an early listening party before the album is released, with fancy dinner and dessert made by Amanda! You'll be the very first to hear the album in its entirety, you'll eat delicious food, and you'll hear all about the production process.

    LIMITED - get it quick!

    +Album Compact Disc delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +1 Limited Edition Illustrated Chapbook (delivery by November 2016)
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
    +Album Art Sticker

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    IT'S FOR YOU, BABY: A personalized song! Amanda will write a song for you, about whatever you want her to write, and she'll record it and send it to you. She'll even perform it at a show and dedicate it to you, of course!

    +2 tickets to a show of your choice featuring Amanda in 2016-17
    +3 Album Compact Discs delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +1 Limited Edition Illustrated Chapbook
    +1 Set of Limited Edition Album Art Postcards designed by Amanda
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
    +Album Art Sticker

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

    THE CONCERT COMES TO YOU: Amanda will play a house concert for you and yours - anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. You can even choose the setlist and request specific covers and/or original tunes. You bring the crowd, she'll bring the show.

    (*May extend to locations outside the PNW if dates and travel can be conveniently coordinated)

    +You're on the guest list for any and all shows in 2016 and 2017
    +5 Album Compact Discs delivered to your door with a hand written note from Amanda
    +Advanced digital download of the album delivered to your inbox
    +1 Limited Edition Illustrated Chapbook
    +1 Set of Limited Edition Album Art Postcards designed by Amanda
    +A few of Amanda's Top 5 Favorites lists
    +Album Art Sticker

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Funding period

- (30 days)