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Three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn is getting ready to record a new solo album. But it can’t happen without you!
Three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn is getting ready to record a new solo album. But it can’t happen without you!
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For a long time I have wanted to record songs by songwriters that have had a profound influence on me. Songs by artists like Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, whose recordings I have listened to since I was a child; songs that feel personal and speak to my own experiences. I am now ready to make that recording. I have the songs, wonderful and original arrangements, an amazing band…

All I need is the funding. And your help.

The New York Times critic Stephen Holden called me the “…the rare singer who can negotiate tricky folk pop lyrics…art songs…and popular standards with equal insight and authority…” Theater fans may know me as Cossette in the original Broadway cast of LES MISERABLES, or as Florence in the original Broadway cast of CHESS. You also may have heard me singing the title role in Walt Disney’s POCAHONTAS

For my work on Broadway I have been nominated for three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards, and I won an Obie Award for my performance in ELI'S COMIN' at the Vineyard Theatre. I have also performed on concert and cabaret stages all over the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

The recording I want to make is deeply personal. The music will be drawn from my new solo concert, which debuted in New York last March, in London this past October, and will be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in December.

Collectively the songs are a meditation on love and happiness and include some of my favorite songwriters such as JONI MITCHELL, LEONARD COHEN, STEPHEN SONDHEIM, and COLE PORTER, among many others.

The arrangements are a fresh take on the traditional jazz trio with music director Dan Lipton on piano, Damien Bassman playing African and South American percussion and Peter Sachon on acoustic and electric cello.

The show has received rave reviews from critics in New York and London:
"a deeply satisfying performance," (Stephen Holden, The New York Times); "an unqualified triumph," (Mark Shenton, The Stage [UK]); and
"genuinely sophisticated," (David Finkle,Theatremania).

$40,000 is actually the bare minimum to make a studio album like this. 
Costs include: 

  • Studio Rental 
  • Engineering 
  • Producing Fees 
  • Musician Fees 
  • Mixing & Mastering 
  • Artwork 
  • Manufacturing 

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. Every cent you pledge will go toward the making of this recording. If we can raise more than our goal, it will go toward marketing and promotion. 

The recording industry has changed dramatically. The usual sources of financing, such as record labels, don’t exist in the same way anymore. Kickstarter offers the unique opportunity for friends, family and fans to be involved in this exciting creative process. In exchange for your pledge I am offering all sorts of rewards including the chance to visit us in the studio during a recording session, or tickets to a future show that includes a backstage meet and greet and much more. I hope you will consider becoming a backer, it would mean so much to me.

Many thanks,

Judy

Risks and challenges

As I said above, it is hard to get financing for recording project these days. Then there is the time frame. We need the funds by mid December when we HAVE to go into the studio to record. In order to do that, we need to reach EVERYONE who might be interested in participating.

YOU CAN HELP! Tell your friends, post the link http://judykuhn.net/kickstarter on your facebook page, or tweet about it.

And again THANK YOU!

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    A signed copy of the new CD PLUS a signed copy of my Laura Nyro CD along with a personal thank you note.

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    I will call your child and sing COLORS OF THE WIND from Disney’s POCAHONTAS and send you a signed Pocahontas publicity photo. Plus a signed copy of the new CD with a personal thank you note and acknowledgment on my website.

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    TWO tickets to the CD release concert/celebration with a backstage meet and greet, a signed CD, plus acknowledement on my website.

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    A guaranteed spot in one of my upcoming “ACTING THE SONG” workshops.

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    A two hour VIP studio visit while we are recording the album. Plus signed CD’s and acknowledgement on the CD insert.

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    TWO exclusive tickets to the upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim’s PASSION, in which I will star as Fosca, directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Co. with a backstage meet and greet. Plus a signed CD and acknowledgement on the CD insert.

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    Executive PRODUCER credit on the CD, a two hour VIP studio visit AND I will call or Skype with you (or your child) and sing COLORS OF THE WIND from Pocahontas (or a song of your choice)!

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    A PRODUCER credit on the CD, unlimited VIP studio visit AND I will make an appearance at your child’s birthday party in person (NY area only) or via Skype and sing songs from POCAHONTAS!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit, an unlimited VIP studio visit, signed CD's AND I will come to your house and perform an EXCLUSIVE CONCERT--selections from the CD or songs of your choosing. And more gratitude than I can ever express

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