Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Recording a new album. Humbly asking your help in bringing these songs to light!
Recording a new album. Humbly asking your help in bringing these songs to light!
173 backers pledged $15,911 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

CHRISTA WELLS: New Album! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$15,911

173

I haven't done this before...fundraising.  Unless you count my very brief stint as a Brownie at age 6.  

But I have made music.  Since I was about six, in fact. :)

As a grown-up, I've recorded 4 albums of original music - A Rogers/Wells Project with my little sister, Mandy, Image of God with singer/songwriter/sister-friend Nicole Witt, and two just me: Frame the Clouds and How Emptiness Sings.

I write mainly in solitude, reflecting on the beauty and weakness of humanity, on faith, hope, love & loss, always redemption.  I write from watching & listening & reading.  I've lived comfortably, but I often feel I don't fit comfortably anywhere, and I write from that.  

I think we have a lot in common, and I like how music proves that.

Possibly you've heard some songs I have written that have been recorded by other artists like Natalie Grant (Held, Our Hope Endures, Bring it All Together), Plumb (Real, Go, Me, Need You Now), Point of Grace (Day by Day, Only Jesus), or Selah (I Will Carry You, On the Mountain).  

Whatever brings you here, I'm truly grateful you'd consider helping me give this next body of music wings.

Having erred on the side of self-sufficiency many a time, I'm learning that community is supremely better.  Your encouragement has long fueled me to lean into the fear that used to keep my music safely contained in my own living room.  And now, your support will help us cover a great portion of the costs of studio & production, musicians, traveling, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, photography, and graphic design, so that the music never stays safely contained again!

If we raise the funds we need to start, I will get into the Zodlounge Studio in Nashville in January and have new music in your hands by summer!

THANK YOU for considering joining the team.  You've no idea how grateful I am for the opportunities I've had to share music, for the hope of making more with you.  

***MANY THANKS TO DAVID VOSBURG AT ZAG MEDIA ARTS FOR FILMING & PRODUCING THE KICKSTARTER VIDEO & THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR "EVERYTHING MOVES BUT YOU."!!!*****

Risks and challenges

Releasing an album as independent artist means great things like complete creative control and the freedom to manage your time and project as you think best. It also means, of course, that you are sort of Fred-Flintstoning the vehicle with your bare feet and no expensive machinery. It's a LOT. A lot of work. The challenge is to give as many people as possible access to the music without all that extra help. The risk is that we would pour ourselves into the effort and not see much of a ripple effect.

Thankfully, I have some pretty amazing listeners who don't only consume but also generously share the music. Equally helpful is the fact that you and I know this is not about me becoming a household name. Our success will be determined by our faithfulness to the call to create something Excellent & True. Let's do that.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU! Every dollar counts, and sometimes that's about all we've got! Grateful...

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    TIER 1 -- Full album download one month prior to official release

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    59 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    TIER 2 -- Full album download one month prior to official release + an autographed hardcopy of the album

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    61 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    TIER 3 -- All of the above + early (NOV 19) download of the single "The Way That You Love Me" AND private access to behind-the-scenes video posted throughout writing/recording process (we'll send you a link)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    TIER 3 (modified) -- All of the above + early (as soon as project is fully backed) download of the single "The Way That You Love Me" AND private access to behind-the-scenes video posted throughout writing/recording process (we'll send you a link)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    EXCLUSIVE -- All of the above plus I will send a personalized Christmas or Birthday card along with a signed copy of How Emptiness Sings to your loved one! What a great gift idea, right? Will be sent tied up in a pretty bow and everything.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    TIER 4 -- All of the above + a Youtube performance of the song of your choice dedicated to *YOU* + VIP admission & seating at any one of my upcoming concerts

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    EXCLUSIVE -- All of the above (except Exclusives) PLUS I will send you one copy of each of my past albums!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + a 1-hour PRIVATE SONGWRITER CHAT via SKYPE. Let's talk about YOUR writing, art & faith, the process, the business, whatever you like!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + have lunch with the Zodlounge producers and me at the studio in Nashville one day! They will delight & entertain you with humorous tales of circus life (Travel not included.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + lunch with Toby & me in Nashville or Raleigh! (Travel not included)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + I will send you a personalized gift box containing a few of my favorite inspiring things (books, sweets, coffee...)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + I will make a homemade Garageband Christmas soundtrack just for you! You tell me your favorite 10 tunes, and I will arrange, record and deliver in time for the holidays! (Does not include "EXCLUSIVES")

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    EXCLUSIVE -- TIERS 1-4 + I will write an original song based on YOUR story (or the story you want to tell me). I'll create a homemade recording of the song and send it to your digital doorstep. (notes: This offer does not include other "Exclusives" above, and Writer reserves all rights to the composition)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

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

    TIER 5 -- TIERS 1-4 + a hard copy of each of my previous albums (Rogers/Wells Project, Frame the Clouds, How Emptiness Sings, Image of God) + I will send you one of every (non-human) thing I ever make in the future - CDs, t-shirts, posters, buttons, barstools. FINALLY, you will receive free admission for life to any Christa Wells concert (excludes conferences & retreats sponsored by outside entities). (Note: This offer does not include other "Exclusives" above)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    TIER 6 -- TIERS 1-5 (does not include "Exclusive" offers above) + a private house concert in your own home. (note: please allow up to 12 months for scheduled date) Please note: If your home is located outside the continental U.S., I am even more excited, but you will be responsible for travel costs.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    TIER 7 -- Okay, if you are even LOOKING at this one, you MIGHT be as excited as my Mom about my music. Thus, it is appropriate to thank you with all of TIERS 1-6 + I will fly YOU to Nashville on a mutually agreeable date and you, Toby and I will spend the day touring the town and meeting some of my favorite people. I'll show you the Zodlounge Studio, and we'll have lunch with NICOLE WITT and TIFFANY ARBUCKLE LEE, aka PLUMB! They will delight and entertain with their tales of life in the music industry. Who knows who else might show up!

    If that's not enough for you, you'll also get to meet my MOM, which means you'll gain access to all of my most embarrassing life stories. Should be fun! (LIMITED TO TRAVEL WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. Your airfare & meals for the day will be covered.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)