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I drove from one end of America to the other and wrote an album inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Song of the Open Road"
I drove from one end of America to the other and wrote an album inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Song of the Open Road"
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After working as an opera, musical theater, and jazz singer for 13 years in New York City, singing in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, last year I packed my life into a little red Volkswagen and drove alone across the country to California. I went to pursue my greatest dream: to be a singer-songwriter. I brought my favorite book, "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman. His poem "Song of the Open Road" inspired this entire album. 

I wrote snippets of each song while driving through different places over the course of this journey - from Harlem in New York to Carlsbad Caverns deep in New Mexico. As the year went on, through success, failures, new friends, new love and new heartbreaks, the snippets grew to songs. 

This album is about adventure, home, love, loss, freedom, and the joy and heartbreak of self-discovery. And a little bit of Americana. This is the first full album I composed alone, and my first attempt to explore all of the different genres I sing through my own songs. I am so excited to see one of my biggest dreams come to life and to share it with the world - but now I need a little help. I have an amazing group of musicians to collaborate with, but I need to pay them. 

I need to pay for the recording studio, the sound engineer, the mixing, the mastering, the production, the rehearsals, the manufacturing, and more...and I can't do it alone. 

 Camerado, I give you my hand!

I give you my love, more precious than money,

I give you myself before preaching or law;

Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?

Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

-Walt Whitman

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge of this project is simply having the money to be able to make it happen. The band is lined up, the recording studio is available, and all of the songs are ready to record! All we need is the money to get things moving.

Cost estimates (based on rates found in Los Angeles):
Musician fees for multiple days of rehearsal and recording with full band: $2000-$3000
Recording studio/engineer fee: $100/hour (2-3 days of recording for full album): $2000
Mixing: $50 per song: $600
Mastering: $50 per song: $600
Graphic Design/photography: $500
CD manufacturing: $1000-2000
Distribution/Promotion: $1000-2000
Extra instruments/voices: $500-1000

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    Have you ever had a song written about you? That you know of? Well, I'll write one. And record it for you. And send it to you. Plus rewards 1-8.

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    You can come hang out in the studio for the day and be a part of the magic. I'll give you a personal tour of the studio. If you'd like, we'll ask you your opinion on different parts we're recording. AND you can record something simple (or complicated depending on your skill) on the album. Be it shaker, hand claps or backing vocals! You will of course be credited. This will most likely take place in Los Angeles (travel not included) Plus ALL rewards above.

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    Have you ever had a concert in your living room? I'll play one for you! You can request songs for the program (yes, any style will do!) and I'll play a 2 hour program with intermission. If you live outside of the LA/NYC area, you'll need to cover my plane fare and I'll take care of the rest!

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    Wedding singer!

    I'll fly out for your wedding and sing all the songs that you choose during your ceremony (you provide PA). Anniversary parties work too! This never expires so even if you're currently not dating someone and by the time you get married I'm more famous than Beyonce I'll still honor it! Plus ALL rewards above (excluding 14,15)

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    I will name my next album after you AND feature your own personal song on it. I will also play a show in your requested location anywhere in the world and bring you on stage to thank you publicly. Plus every reward above. Once I stop crying tears of joy and gratitude.

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