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I am a musician and composer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and I am ready to release my first CD of 12 piano compositions!
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UPDATE (10/24/13): We did it! I reached and exceeded my goal! Every dollar I receive will be used toward making this the best CD possible as well as promoting it and publishing my sheet music. AND - this CD will now have 13 compositions instead of 12 which will total almost 50 minutes! Thank you!

For many years, since I was a teen growing up in Duluth, MN, it has been a huge goal of mine to complete my own CD of original, solo piano compositions. I have finally completed the recording of this CD (yay!), but I am here to ask for your support to complete the process. 

So far I have invested my own resources to record all 12 (now 13 thanks to your help!) compositions on this CD. Below are some samples of my project. Please take a moment and listen!

"Believing is Seeing"

I have also hired local musicians to add stringed instrument tracks to some of them. Here is one example:

"You and No Other"

The recording is done but all of it still needs to be mixed and mastered, the CD needs to be duplicated and the cover design needs to be completed. I have all the talented people in place to make it happen, but the only thing preventing it from being finished is cost. Fortunately, however, once that need is met, I will be able to move forward and have it completed right away!

Goal for this Kickstarter: $2500

  • $1000 approx. for mixing/mastering costs
  • $1500 approx. for CD production & duplication cost


So while my kickstarter goal is $2500, the actual desired budget is closer to $3000-3500. That will include promotion, publishing/printing sheet music and website building. I would love to achieve more than the $2500 I'm asking for, but I would be MORE than happy just to reach that, and that would allow me to finally finish producing a high quality album!

"When Love Returns"

In my life I've written many compositions for piano, synthesizer, instruments, and more. These songs are some of my favorite original piano compositions from the past 15 years or so, and reflect my wide range of experiences during that time...including love, hurt, longing, faith, hope, and even busy everyday life! 

"A Hundred Miles Away"

Other titles on this album include "Dwelling in Possibility," "Story," "Morning Rush," and "This Moment," to name a few. 

I want my family and kids to be proud of me for my hard work and persistence to make my dream come true and get this project done! I believe my music can inspire and reach out to others in ways words can't, and I hope you'll support my project so it can be shared with as many people as possible. If I achieve my goal here on kickstarter, once the CD is released I'll invite everyone to a CD release party and performance to celebrate! Thank you!

My kids and I this summer
My kids and I this summer

Risks and challenges

So far, everything has flowed smoothly and the biggest part, recording the music, is finished. My recording engineer is also a musician and composer who is established in the business and committed to helping me reach my goal. He has already helped me line up a store to sell my CDs in, and is preparing to promote my CD on his website.

I also have a wonderful, supportive community in my church where I serve as the organist and accompanist. Because of my role in the church I easily have locked in a venue for my CD release party and performance. One person from my church community is a graphic designer and is already working on the CD cover design.

Potential obstacles would be delays in the CD mastering and duplication process. However, because I have lined up people and resources for the production of my CD that are trustworthy and established, I believe this risk is minimal.

It is my hope to officially release this CD in late 2013. I believe the CD would make a good addition to anyone's collection as well as a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys calming and inspiring piano music.

With your help I will be able to distribute and promote this quality CD recording through various medias, and can achieve my goal and share my music with many others!

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    You will be emailed 2 songs from the album. Donor must have a computer and email account. Thank you!

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    You will receive 10 CDs of the completed album, signed by the artist, and printed sheet music for 4 piano compositions on the album. Plus I will perform a free personal 45-minute piano concert at your home or at the venue of your choice, contingent on the location being in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota and provided by you. Also, your name will be acknowledged in the CD notes. Thank you!

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    For any pledge of $1000 or more, I will compose a 3-5 minute piano solo piece or instrumental solo piece (you choose the instrument) with piano accompaniment just for you or in dedication to someone. You choose the title and/or theme for the composition, and you will receive a professional recording & sheet music of your piece. You will also receive 10 CDs of the completed album, signed by the artist, and printed sheet music for 4 piano compositions on the album. Plus I will perform a free personal 60-minute piano concert in your home or at the venue of your choice, contingent on the location being in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota and provided by you (includes performance of your composition). Also, your name will be acknowledged in the CD notes. Thank you!

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