Everyone needs an anthem. "Trans is Love" is my anthem for the transgender community. It's about the immense struggles we face, the joy and euphoria of coming out as our authentic selves, and the fighting spirit inside each and every one of us.
My name is Marissa Kay. I'm 27 years old, and I am a singer songwriter based in San Francisco, CA. I am also transgender, and I am planning to release my first ever solo album, "Trans Is Love" in October 2017. I am launching a Kickstarter to help this dream come true!
Before I transitioned, my life felt empty. I struggled with depression and believed I didn't deserve to live. But In September 2015, I made the biggest and scariest decision of my life, and came out as my authentic self.
Everything changed in an instant. I learned to love myself and the world around me. I became part of a wonderfully community that constantly supports each other.
In June 2016, I quit my job, sold everything I couldn't take with me, and drove 3,000+ miles cross country from Florida to San Francisco to pursue my dream of making music and to find a new home.
So far, California has been absolutely amazing. I've performed all across the Bay Area in venues such as the world-renowned Hotel Utah Saloon and The Starry Plough. I also formed a band, The Lunar Angels, consisting of some of the most talented and hard working musicians in the San Francisco. I've worked in community outreach and activism for the LGBTQ+ community and social justice. And I've been honored to be featured on some music blogs including 2017 Summer of Love.
Now is the next step. I want to record an album, and show my story tithe world. And I need your help.
My music has a wide variety of influences ranging from Country and Folk to Punk and Alternative. The result is music that is passionate, heartfelt, and immediately gripping. I've been writing these songs literally all over the country and I truly believe they will save lives and change the world.
Here are the songs that will be recorded on this album. I have some live versions to give you an idea of how they will sound on the record.
1. "Trans Is Love"
"Trans Is Love/Light this candle, hold it to the sky/The world's against us but we're fighting every night."
2. "California Night"
"Can we leave our love behind amidst these troubled modern times/Or will you marry me beneath the city lights?"
3. "Wild on the Highway"
"We went up through the mountains, running all night/Watching the skies and the interstate signs"
4. "Cloud 9"
"And if I could find the world outside/Or stay at home with you tonight/Well, I would choose you every time"
YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES
This is a big one! If you back my album for any price, even just a dollar, you get YOUR name in the liner notes of the digital album!
Custom-designed and adorable Marissa Kay bird t-shirts, available in sizes S-XL. (Custom sizes available upon request)
1.25" 8-bit heart buttons for your jacket or guitar strap!
Show your pride with these "Marissa Kay is Hella Gay" 6x2" stickers!
NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY SHOW
National Coming Out Day is Wednesday, October 10. That weekend I will be performing a special show at a secret venue, just for my KS backers!
SKYPE CONCERTS/HOUSE CONCERTS
I will perform a special concert just for you via Skype or at your house! (House concerts are for San Francisco Bay Area residents only).
RECORDING A COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOICE
I will record a special acoustic cover song of your choice, just for you! (No, I'm not doing Sweet Caroline. Anything else please.)
If you would like to combine any of the packages, please feel free to message me and let me know!
Raising $1000 to fund this EP would be great. Raising even more would be amazing! Stretch goals will be announced when/if we make our initial goal of $1000. The more money we raise, the more y'all get back, and the better the album will be!
I would like to tease one very special stretch goal - a collaboration with an amazing singer-songwriter, and my best friend, Carlie Mari. We wrote a song called "Close My Eyes" together and we'd love to have an extra special recorded version for all of you. She just released her EP "Bitch Like Me" this year and you should totally check it out!
Recording is expensive. Studios cost a lot of money and often times the recording process takes longer than expected. I am recording this album at Impulse Recording, and I will be playing most of the instruments myself. The bare minimum I need to complete the record I want to make is around $1500. I am trying to raise at least $1000 to be able to make the record and make sure I can still pay my bills on time.
Recording/Mixing: $150 per song x 4 songs = $600
Vocal Recording: $60 per hour x 4 hours = $240
Session Drums: $200 per half day = $200
Mastering: $40 per song x 4 songs = $120
Total Cost: $920
CD Printing: $320
Social Media Promotion: $100
Total Cost: $520
GRAND TOTAL: $1440
Note: This does not include Kickstarter fees of 7-10% of the total raised.
Remember that Kickstarter is all or nothing! If we don't make our goal, I get squat! Please contribute to my campaign, share this link with your friends and family, and get the word out. This is not just about me, it's about giving a voice to people who don't often get it, and inspiring those going through immeasurable hardships. If we can fund this album, I truly believe I think will save lives.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" platform. If we don't meet our goal, I get nothing! Zero! Zilch! That means I cannot afford to make the album that I want to make, and that you all want to hear.
I have alotted the months of July and August for recording. This gives me time to fine-tune and edit this EP into the album I want to make. I will also be in contact with my backers to give them updates and let them know if any difficulties arise or any changes need to be made.
If we reach our stretch goals, we will for sure be able to finish the album on time. If not, I may have to delay the release by several months or more, and I'd hate to do that to you. So let's get out there and make this album a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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