I am raising funds to make a brand new recording of my original music. Walk In The Light will be a mix of upbeat jazzy-pop songs and soulful ballads, with an old fashioned protest song thrown in for good measure. Music with strong and funky rhythm sections, chunky harmony and tasty vocal arrangements with lyrics touching on humanist themes of love and loss, freedom and fulfillment. I cannot wait to start making it!
I have been singing and acting professionally since I was a teenager: I've been in big musicals, had small movie roles, sold everything from Toyotas to Tim Hortons in TV and radio commercials, but I truly found my voice when I began writing and producing my own original music. My first recording of original songs, written and produced with my longtime collaborator Chad Irschick, shape, line & harmony, was a thrill to make and a dream come true. CBC Radio1 named it one of the year's best albums.
So, why make another record? Why now? What propels me forward in the tumultuous, changing music business? I believe I can get better! I have a passion to keep growing and learning as a musician, a songwriter and artist. I believe music and art actually change our world, because it changes our minds. Whether I am making it or listening to it, I feel music re-organizes my very being towards order, refinement, harmony and creativity. I have the great good fortune to be able to participate and contribute to the world in this amazing way. Simply put, my life depends on it!
I am really excited and grateful to be making a second recording with Chad. We have been writing a lot over the last few years and performing our new songs locally in Toronto and on tour. Now we are ready, with our best tunes, to head into the studio with our great band of musicians and create.
I know this new recording will sound fantastic and I hope it will connect emotionally with an expanding audience and that my music will continue to find ears and hearts around the world, on airwaves and in live concert settings.
WHAT I NEED
This is where you come in! With your contribution at the front end of the project you'll be helping me make the best record that I can make. That is to say: booking studio time, getting musicians into the studio, working on arrangements, laying down tracks, overdubbing, engineering, mastering, producing art work and getting the music out into the world. If I am fortunate enough to raise funds in excess of my goal, those resources will be put towards promotion and touring in support of this album.
WHAT YOU GET
With every level of contribution to my project you get my heartfelt thanks and a guaranteed buzz of participation. Perks for larger contributions include:
Signed copies of the CD package
Tickets to the release concert
An exclusive, backer-only Walk In The Light T-shirt
Once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities (you on my turf or me on your turf)
- Sharing some exclusive sunshine with me!
WHO IS INVOLVED
Chad Irschick, one of Canada's most respected producers and songwriters, 7- time winner of various Producer of The Year Awards and a Juno Award, heads up a team of wildly talented musicians and technicians obsessive about sound quality with a focus on creative ideas and getting the best out of our collective energy and talent.
Sovereign Productions, my production company, produced and released my first record shape, line & harmony and is ready with seed capital, expertise and know-how to produce and release Walk In The Light.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Even if you are not able to contribute financially to the project, you can spread the word to your friends and community who might be interested in it. I'd be super grateful if you would share the link to my campaign with your social media networks. Spread the love!
Here's a song from my first record shape, line & harmony called 'How Do You Measure Love'. We made this video a few weeks ago, live off the recording room floor, me in the vocal booth. We wanted to show you how our process works.
...and here is a new song that may make it onto the record. 'Come In From The Cold'.
...and here is an audio track from my first record shape, line & harmony 'Where Are You Now?'. This song is featured in the video soundtrack of The Falcon and The Snowman, starring Sean Penn
...and this is 'Georgia' also from shape, line & harmony. This song received widespread airplay across the country.
This is a shot of me and the band performing 'Georgia' at The ACTRA awards at The Carlu in Toronto.
Risks and challenges
Rather than thinking of this kickstarter campaign as a fundraider or a donation, I'm looking at it as a pre-sale for a record that will be made no matter what (so there is no risk that it will not be completed) and an opportunity to involve friends and fans in the process.
I have a team of people at my production company, Sovereign Productions that will help take care of details and logistics in getting you your perks.
I've come up with incentives that I think you will enjoy and that I can deliver. In the end, it's all about the music and the long, creative process that leads up to having a finished album in hand.
Shipping and fulfillment is a logistical challenge. I have researched and estimated shipping costs as realistically as possible, and understand the effort it will take to deliver incentives on time. Sovereign Productions is committed to providing excellent customer service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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