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Eliza Gilkyson is making her new album "Secularia" - be a part of this project!
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Hi friends,

Welcome to our Kickstarter Campaign for my newest recording, Secularia, a collection of songs, both new and old, born from my ongoing search for meaningful spirituality without the constraints of traditional religious beliefs and outmoded ideologies. The stories told in these songs, of a fall from grace or redemption of the soul, are not about a heaven and hell but about the very human nature of losing and finding ourselves, as individuals and as a society.

Secularia: The Recording So Far 

The music in Secularia goes wherever the story dictates, from bluegrass to orchestral or simply using my road-tested band, all under the watchful eyes of my producer (and son) Cisco Gilliland and the great team at Congress House Studio, Andre Moran and Mark Hallman.

I revisited some of my favorite songs from over the years that fit the theme of the album, wrote several new songs, and unearthed two stellar poems written by my grandmother, Phoebe, who co-wrote with my dad, folk singer Terry Gilkyson, in the 50’s.

We've already recorded a haunting piece with the Tosca Quartet, conducted a choir of siren singers for several songs, and captured duets with my friends Shawn Colvin and our dearly-missed Jimmy LaFave. It has been a dream come true to sing a soulful version of one of my songs with gospel singer Sam Butler, who has worked off and on with the 5 Blind Boys of Alabama.

The list of musicians up to this point includes a bunch of Austin faves: Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Warren Hood, Kym Warner (The Green Cards), the internationally renowned Tosca String Quartet (David Byrne, Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt…), Andre Moran, Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton…), Betty Soo and more.

Why Crowdfund?

As you know, the world of producing and sharing music has changed dramatically, in many ways making it more difficult, both from a sales and marketing standpoint. That’s where crowdfunding is a great fit. It allows me to raise money through pre-orders of the album and limited edition promotions so that I don’t have to borrow money from a record label, which has been the traditional method for decades. That’s a real big deal.

Crowdfunding means I can own my own record. Did you know that most musicians don’t own their own albums? It’s true. The labels put up money for recording costs and marketing, and in turn the labels own the recordings. This is a typical contract and most indie labels do it this way. 

Also, in these times of streaming and file-sharing, the likelihood of an artist seeing any money from product sales is practically zero! Raising the money myself from pre-sales means that I don’t start out indebted to anyone and can focus on promotion and touring, both of which are critical and pricey components.

It also allows me to connect directly with my fans and share some of the experiences and moments that occur during this inspiring and challenging, but always worthwhile, process.

Why $45,000? A Budget Breakdown

Recording costs: The cumulative cost of the musicians, the engineers, and the studios, followed by mixing and mastering, is looking to total around $35,000. This is higher than most of my albums because of the larger scope of this project and also the incredible musicians that I brought in to make it a reality.

Traditionally, much of this budget was loaned to me by the label and then all sales and streaming revenue from the album would go to pay that off entirely, before I would share in any revenue. That's one of the biggest motivations for using crowdfunding to finance the album through pre-sales. It means that my fans can buy the album directly from me and know that their contribution goes entirely to the costs of making the record.

Manufacturing and licensing: Art direction, graphic design, and portions of the duplication expenses will be our responsibility. This will also cover costs associated with getting it on Amazon, iTunes and all the streaming sites.  

Fulfillment and distribution: I’ll need a team to get everyone their pre-ordered items, signed, sealed and ready to ship. I’ll also need to work with a distributor to make sure that my record is available in your local record store (There are still a few of those around!).

Crowdfunding Costs: Kickstarter takes 8% of the funds raised for using their platform and tools.

Any Money Raised Over My Goal

The next big expense is promotion via marketing and touring. If I raise more money than my goal, I will hire a promoter to notify radio and other media that I have a new record out. The promoter also sets up interviews, gets the album to music reviewers, and helps me reach out to local sources when I’m touring in that area. Next, I have to book travel and hire musicians to tour the record “til the wheels fall off…” This can easily hit $10,000 in the first six months alone!

Bonus Items!

All Kickstarter backers will receive a digital download of an exclusive brand new recording that’s not on this or any album! More exclusive stuff awaits you as the campaign progresses. Want to know more? Join the campaign!

Giving My Thanks

Another benefit to a pre-sales campaign is that in all the noise and chatter of the digital age this effort helps me let people know I’m making a record!

I have an amazing fan base that I count on wherever I go and I can't do this without the support of each and every one of you!

Help me see Secularia to completion by joining my campaign at whatever level works for you and please share with your friends. 

xoxo eliza

“...my religion is so big, no matter who you are, you’re in it, and no matter what you do you can’t get out of it”….

Woody Guthrie

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Some of the rewards available...

NOTE! Some of you have asked about pledging for multiple rewards. As of now Kickstarter does not allow you pledge for more than one Reward Tier, but there are a couple of workarounds.

1. Users can pledge with a different email address. That should allow you to make a separate transaction.

2. Users can add the cost of another reward to their pledge and then contact us to let us know that they want an extra item. Please send Jana a message at janapo@gmail.com or here on Kickstarter through the messaging system in the campaign if you'd like to do this! Thank you!

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Casa de Musica

Enjoy a discounted price at Casa De Musica, Eliza’s beautiful adobe home in Taos NM! To view the house, click here. (2 or 3 night stays are available in the rewards list!)

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Takamine Guitar:

2008 (approx.) Takamine 6 string sunburst acoustic, (similar to this: http://www.takamine.com/EF341SC) with cutaway and built-in 3 band eq, frequency and volume controls. Does NOT have the built-in tuner they have today. I played this guitar for years. I love it so much I got two of them in case I needed to put one in the shop. If you are familiar with my performances you know I use a Low C tuning a lot and it requires some opening up of the box to get the guitar to respond to that low frequency, which this one is really trained to do. It loves that tuning and can be tuned down and back on the fly, and with three band eq you can really get a serious bottom end going. I had Takamine install the old style analog graphics on the side because it’s a lot easier to reach down and feel the sliders than look for digital numbers while you’re mid -performance. I recently had it set up and gone over by Ben Wright at South Austin Music. It’s ready to go, opened up from years of being played, low action, and makes the most of all manner of PA systems, from big stages to house concerts-utterly dependable workhorse, plugged in is where these guitars shine. If I didn’t have another one I wouldn’t let it go. (Includes used airplane level backpack case from Tric).

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1995 (approx.) Leo Kottke 12 String Taylor LKSM :

This is an AMAZING guitar. Leo designed these to play like butter, easy action, with a bottom end that moves the firmament. I just don’t play it enough, and it deserves to go to a home where it is adored and treated like the awesome guitar that it is. If you’ve heard Leo Kottke you know what these things can do. Comes with a passive internal Fishman pickup which you’d want to supplement with a pre-amp of some kind. This is a player’s dream guitar. Recently set up and new strings. Hard shell case. (See more here).

Risks and challenges

We have budgeted the project carefully so that every dollar is going to some aspect of the project - from recording to musicians to artwork to duplication to promotion...we have planned for it all! We need your help to make this project the best it can be.

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    Secularia CD + Download

    Get the new album on CD with a deluxe booklet shipped to you, along with an immediate digital download.

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    Secularia + Wildewood Spring

    Secularia on CD + download and a special recording of Wildewood Spring for the Save Our Springs Alliance, with Joe Ely and Jerry Jeff Walker.

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    Signed Secularia CD + Poster

    A signed CD copy of Secularia and a signed vintage poster mailed to you, as well as the digital download.

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    Secularia On Vinyl + Download

    The new album on limited edition vinyl for your turntable, signed by Eliza. A digital download is included!

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    Eliza Gilkyson Songbook + Secularia

    A copy of Eliza's brand new, limited edition songbook with 75 songs and chord charts, the new CD (all signed by Eliza), and the digital download!

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    Vintage Pack (5 CDs)

    Secularia plus some of Eliza's earlier works: Retrospecto, Misfits, Pilgrims and Redemption Road on CD. A digital download of Secularia is included too!

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    Secularia Vinyl+CD

    The new album on limited edition vinyl for your turntable as well as Secularia on CD, signed by Eliza. A digital download is included!

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    The Four CD Pack

    Three of Eliza's albums (buyer's choice) PLUS Secularia, all signed. A digital download of Secular Hymns is included.

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    Vintage Poster Package + Secularia on CD

    A stellar collection of 5 vintage posters from Eliza's career, Secularia on CD (all signed), and a digital download.

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    Eliza Gilkyson Songbook + Vinyl

    A copy of Eliza's brand new songbook with 75 songs and chord charts, the new album on vinyl (all signed by Eliza), and the digital download!

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    The Vintage Collection on CD

    Secularia on CD plus some of Eliza's early work (7 albums): Self-titled (demos from 1996), Pilgrims, Redemption Road, Retrospecto, Requiem Single, Misfits, and Through the Looking Glass all signed! A digital download of Secularia is also included.

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    The Red House Records Collection on CD

    Ten albums from Eliza's discography plus the new one! (Secularia, Nocturne Diaries, Roses at the End of Time, Red Horse, Beautiful World, Your Town Tonight, Paradise Hotel, Land of Milk & Honey, Lost & Found, Hard Times in Babylon)...all signed! A digital download of Secularia is included.

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    1-on-1 Songwriting Skype Session

    Meet with Eliza via Skype for an hour to workshop your songs! Songwriters will send lyrics / audio to Eliza ahead of meeting. Includes CD copy of Secularia mailed to you + download.

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    The Full Discography on CD

    Fifteen albums spanning Eliza's career...Secularia, Nocturne Diaries, Roses at the End of Time, Red Horse, Beautiful World, Your Town Tonight, Paradise Hotel, Land of Milk & Honey, Lost & Found, Hard Times in Babylon, Retrospecto, Redemption Road, Pilgrims, Through The Looking Glass, and Christmas at the Carillon (with The Conspirare Choir)...all signed! A digital download of Secularia is included.

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    The Vinyl Collection

    Five of Eliza's releases on vinyl and a digital download of Secularia. Vinyl releases are: Secularia (2018), Eliza (1969), Love From the Heart (1980), Pilgrims (1986), and Legends of Rainmaker (1989)...all signed! There are a very limited amount of these available.

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    Casa de Musica 2 Nights (1-4 Guests)

    Stay at Eliza's beautiful Casa de Musica in Arroyo Seco, NM! For 2 nights with up to 4 guests. Weekend bookings will be scheduled during available time periods. There will be an additional cleaning fee to be paid upon booking your dates. Includes CD copy of Secularia mailed to you + download.

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    The Harmony Vocal Track

    Eliza will sing a harmony vocal on your song! Eliza will record harmonies for your song, recorded in Cisco's studio with files sent to you. You provide the tracks and guide vocal. You will also receive a signed CD copy of Secularia in the mail + digital download!

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    Casa de Musica 3 Nights (1-4 Guests)

    Stay at Eliza's beautiful Casa de Musica in Arroyo Seco, NM! For 3 nights with up to 4 guests. Weekend bookings will be scheduled during available time periods. There will be an additional cleaning fee to be paid upon booking your dates. Includes CD copy of Secularia mailed to you + download.

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    Casa de Musica 2 Nights (5-10 Guests)

    Stay at Eliza's beautiful Casa de Musica in Arroyo Seco, NM! For 2 nights with 5 to 10 guests. Weekend bookings will be scheduled during available time periods. There will be an additional cleaning fee to be paid upon booking your dates. Includes CD copy of Secularia mailed to you + download.

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    Casa de Musica 3 Nights (5-10 Guests)

    Stay at Eliza's beautiful Casa de Musica in Arroyo Seco, NM! For 3 nights with 5-10 guests. Weekend bookings will be scheduled during available time periods. There will be an additional cleaning fee to be paid upon booking your dates. Includes CD copy of Secularia mailed to you + download.

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    Song Sponsor Package

    Sponsor a song on the album...you will be listed in the liner notes as the song sponsor and get a personal solo acoustic video version of your song from Eliza! You will receive 5 copies of the new album, a signed poster, and Eliza's never-ending gratitude. A digital download of Secularia is included.

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    The Lead Vocal Track

    Eliza will sing a lead vocal on your song, recorded in Cisco's studio with files sent to you. You provide the tracks and guide vocal. You will also receive a signed CD copy of Secularia in the mail + digital download!

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    Takamine Guitar

    A Takamine EF350SMCSB Model in Sunburst that Eliza has used in her live performances. It comes with hardshell case and a signed copy of Secularia on CD + download.

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    House Concert (U.S. only)

    Eliza will come play an acoustic show for you and your friends in a house concert setting. Scheduling contingent on Eliza's tour schedule, and travel expenses will be added based on location. You'll also get the new album signed by Eliza in the mail and a digital download ASAP! Questions? Please contact us!

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    Taylor Guitar: Leo Kottke Model

    A beautiful 12-string Leo Kottke Signature Model by Taylor Guitars. Comes with a hardshell case and signed copy of Secularia on CD + download.

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