Gregg Swann left a legacy of power-pop recordings and a lifetime of memories for fans, friends and family when he died in 2011; he was 44. Nearly four years of cancer treatment couldn’t keep him from working toward his last goal: one final collection of nine songs, written at home, that he intended to record with his band in a NYC studio. Sadly, his illness kept him from returning to the studio. But thanks to his demo vocals and newly recorded backing tracks by his band, Gregg’s final project, “Turn to Stars,” will soon become a reality—with your help.
We need $2500 to make this happen:
$1150 for studio time. This includes a one-day session in New York’s Dubway Studios on August 25 for the recording of basic backing tracks, plus a cello overdub session and two rehearsal sessions.
$1100 for CD production. We’re planning to use discmakers.com to produce a thousand copies of the CD, each packaged in a “6-panel Eco-Wallet.”
$250 for reward fulfillment and any miscellaneous expenses.
Building on years of solo performances in clubs and on college campuses, Gregg began recording and performing with fellow musicians in New York, competing on the syndicated television program Star Search and playing a series of shows in Europe. His music videos appeared on ABC-TV’s All My Children; several songs were featured on NBC-TV’s Homicide: Life on the Street and other network television shows. His song “Spinning” received airplay in the U.S. and abroad, charting in the Top 20 according to Gavin Magazine; it was a runner-up in the International Songwriting Competition and was selected for inclusion in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers Showcase” CD.
For more, visit greggswann.com. Gregg's promotional videos are available at youtube.com/greggswann. Gregg's last release is available at cdbaby.com/cd/greggswann and his previous releases are usually available used at Amazon.
Risks and challenges
In the beginning, we had to locate Gregg's home demos--his laptop had crashed, but fortunately the tracks were backed up on an external hard drive--and then, thanks to Jerry's persistence, the vocals were isolated and extracted from the rough mixes Gregg had created.
Then, there were rehearsals in NY, followed by a 13-hour recording session at which the basic backing tracks were laid down; Jerry surprised everyone by flying in to supervise the session. Now, we're in the process of overdubbing additional instruments (guitar, percussion, even a cello, thanks to Gregg's niece, Sarah) and backing vocals at various locations.
The CD packaging design is underway, too, thanks to family friend and co-worker Lynne Browne. You've already seen the CD cover--it's the "Turn to Stars--Gregg Swann" image on our project's main page.
Gregg worked hard to keep writing, playing and singing even as his illness and treatment challenged him. He wanted very much to return to the studio one last time to finish these songs, but it was not to be.
Everyone involved is determined to complete this project so Gregg's last songs can become a part of his legacy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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