My name is LaTanja, thanks for visiting my Kickstarter Page and The Hope
Project! I call it the Hope Project; not just because Hope is my middle name, but because this project encompasses my hopes and dreams. Dreams I deferred, to raise three great kids and pursue a career. My children are grown, so now it's my time.
All my life I've been told I had a "natural talent" for singing. I believe tough
life experiences honed us into who we are today. At age 8, I lost my baby
brother Lawrence, hit by a car and killed. It left an early
emotional scar that makes me want to cry just writing about it. Singing has always been an outlet to ease the pain of that memory. As I grew older I
realized this ability to channel my emotions
Over the years I've had an opportunity to work with the great
Leroy Hutson, who replaced Curtis Mayfield in the Impressions. Leroy produced three songs I wrote, also got a chance to work with the Queen of comedy Sommore, who not only is a colleague, but a
friend. I even sang at an event in Chicago, IL that featured then, Senator Barack Obama. I was too busy raising my children and taking care of my family to pursue music opportunities at that time.
I want to mix different genres on this LP, songs along the Folk style of Adele, the Pop of Whitney, the storytelling of Lauryn Hill, as well as Rock, R&B, Jazz and Blues. I would really love to do a country song! Just because of the heartfelt emotions wrapped in country music makes me love it. My only chance to do a professional LP with so many genres mixed together is through Kickstarters. Record Labels want to put you in one category or box, or another. We'll I'm no longer a size zero, nor am I 12 years old, the average age record labels are signing nowadays. That's why I love Kickstarters, I still have a chance to fulfill this lifelong dream.
Most of my original music is a kind of R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop with a Christian theme. My son-in-law, Nino wrote and produced most of it, but all of the masters were lost over the years, plus those we had, the masters needed mastering. Check them out by clicking on Ourstage at the bottom.
The Hope Project will encompass redoing some of my original recordings as well as new
material, hopefully some of which is supplied by my supporters which could be you! I look forward to doing songs in all genres!
A few years ago I scored a great, gig singing Pop, R&B, Blues
and Jazz at The Underground in Atlanta, GA. Check out my performances at The Underground, like this one!
Share my God given talent; hopefully enrich lives with good and positive messages in my music as I lend my voice to the voiceless.
To begin this journey, I have to at least raise $35,000, just enough to produce a top notch LP with about 15-18 songs. The music created using real musicians. Raising this money will enable me to afford background vocalists, pay my musicians, pay several weeks of intense studio time, for post-production of the album. A mini-documentary of my 16 year journey to this point, also for festivals and contest fees, for travel cost to promote the new
album and marketing, plus the cost of my generous rewards for my supporters. Anything over the amount
requested will go towards my music video, and you help choose the song!
If funded, for the first time in 16
years my focus and full attention will be to this project! All funds
will go toward the making of the LP, mini-documentary, and if over funded a music video for the
Considering my brother Lawrence, its probably no coincidence my passion over the years, has been to work tirelessly for the safety and protection of underprivileged youth, in helping toward their future. One benefit to achieving my dream is the possible revenue I could generate for my non-profit Fort Lauderdale Community Center, with my LP sales. You can check out my video below if you want more information about my non-profit FLCC.
Kickstarter has provided this awesome opportunity so remarkable people like
you can support projects like mine, but there's one catch! If I
don't reach my goal of $35K, I don't receive ANY of the money
pledged. So I really need your help to pull this off. Tell all your friends especially those who write or produce music. And those with money looking for a sure investment:)
To show my great appreciation, I've put together some really cool rewards
for all my supporters! Just look what I have for you----------------------------------->
For "Top Supporters", an exclusive documentary
entitled “The Hope Project: A 16 Year Journey”. It will chronicle my
experiences, including sixteen years of footage, plus the creation of the album
to the completion of the project. It will end with me performing at the
open-air concert, the fall of 2012 at Bayside Market Place downtown Miami,
FL. *Special Treat: My son, DJ-P will be opening for me at the concert!
Top supporters can submit their songs and/or music they feel fits my voice. Through an undefined process of elimination and with the help of other supporters, I will pick a total of seven songs from supporters to put on my LP.
Listen to my voice, have you written a hit song for me? All genres will be considered. With your song and my voice we have a great chance of a hit record! Supporters who's songs are chosen will share in the royalties and BMI credits of the chosen songs. How cool is that? They will also be included in the mini-documentary.
For those who don't know me you can find out more about me and my music by visiting OurStage, my YouTube page and my website at www.LaTanja.com. You can follow
me on Twitter @LaTanjaHope, or friend me on Facebook, MySpace also Reverbnation or my Linkedin page. I already have record distribution with CDBaby, MusicXray and TuneCore, so I already have a presents on i-tunes, amazon and many more.