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
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