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Debut Solo Album
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HOLIDAY CHILDRESS: Mind the Gap

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Hello!  I'm so far into making this record, and many people have made great creative contributions. I'm working hard, but I need the magic of your help to bring it all the way home to you! Big or small, the pledge you make on the right here gives me the fuel to finish this project and get it done right. Just a couple of clicks, and I am joyfully at your service with your chosen pledge and reward!

My name is Holiday Childress. You might know me from The Goodies. You may have watched me perform with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. Or maybe you've seen me play solo, singing songs and telling stories. My songwriting skills have been put to use in HBO's Nurse Jackie and in the Sundance film festival award-winning movie, Anywhere USA.
Somebody once said I was Prince, Queen, Tom Waits, and Devo... in a blender!  Well, this is my debut solo record, so we will see!

Goal: $10,000 is the minimum I need to make an album.
Here is a breakdown of costs:

Recording: I am recording much of this record at the state of the art Echo Mountain studios in Asheville NC. Although I can cut costs by recording overdubs in their smaller studio, I need the main studio to record drums, strings, and horns. This room costs $500+ a day. An average of 3-4 days will be spent there. 

Mixing: After the music is recorded, we mix it all together by getting the levels balanced and by adding effects to produce the best sounds. This is an important and time-intensive process during which a great engineer and enough work hours are critical. The engineer and studio time are $50 an hour. This part of production could easily cost $2000+

Mastering: In this last step, the final songs are equalized and optimized to sound rich, alive, and full on any sound system. This clincher step can cost between $500-$1000+.

Album art and design: The visual artist's compensation for original artwork, along with album & CD layout, will be between $300-$500+.

Musicians: Although friends and family have generously contributed their time and energy free of charge to my record, I also have to hire when it comes to things like a string quartet or a horn section. In this department, it is important to hire the best. I feel comfortable with $500+ minimum to put toward this crucial component of the album but hope to offer more.

Printing: And finally, to print the physical vinyl and CDs will cost $3,500+

It can cost a lot of money to make an album in a professional studio. To put things into perspective, Nirvana recorded the album Nevermind on a "small budget" of $60,000.

At the end of the campaign, Kickstarter takes 5% and Amazon takes  3%-5% to handle the transaction of the funds.

Flex Goals: $12,000 will allow me to make a music video of one song.                      $15,000 or more will open opportunities to create the best music video(s) and album I possibly can. The more money we raise, the more I can promote this album and the songs that live on it.

Several talented artists and producers have been involved so far:

Grammy-award-winning musician, and storyteller, David Holt

Grammy-award-producing engineer, musician, and producer, Neal Merrick Blackwood

Echo Mountain recording studios

New York International Fringe Festival award-winning actor, playwright,  and musician, John Crutchfield

Regional Emmy-award-winning filmmaker, Shane Meador, who directed the video above. Shane and I can make a music video when we meet the flex goal of $12,000.

Visual artist, Leif Erik Johansen, who will create the album art

artwork of Leif Erik Johansen
artwork of Leif Erik Johansen

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges in music production. For one, things will usually take more time than you estimate. This may be because of unexpected cancellations, musicians' conflicting schedules, equipment issues---or just because you are doing something for the first time.

Even though I have experience writing and recording songs, this project will have its own unique set of challenges and risks. I don't know yet what those will be, but I do know one thing...the project will get done!

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    A VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE, virtual hugs, virtual kisses, my sincere gratitude, and a prayer that your life be abundant in love, happiness, and all the things that really matter

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Mind the Gap

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    CD of Mind the Gap. (Are CD's vintage yet??)
    One day you can show your grandchildren your vintage CD heirlooms!

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    LIMITED first EDITION signed VINYL of Mind the Gap + download + poster of the album art signed by Leif Erik Johansen

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    "TILL DEATH DO WE PART."
    Lifetime guest list to any Holiday Childress or The Goodies show

    forever! (For ever, ever? and ever ever? plus ALL of the goodies in reward #4!

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    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Need a good HAIRCUT? Let me cut your hair however you like at Adorn Salon and Boutique in beautiful downtown Asheville NC. (Don't worry, I am a licensed professional hairdresser). This reward includes a signed copy of the CD or Vinyl.

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    LADIES ONLY!!!
    Let me cut AND color your hair at Adorn Salon in beautiful downtown Asheville NC. (Yes, I am a licensed professional hairdresser) This reward includes a signed copy of the CD or vinyl.

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    "MORE COWBELL!" That's right. Come into the studio, Echo Mountain, and bring a friend.
    Can you sing, clap your hands, or play the cowbell? Lets do it!!
    Of course you will get a signed CD + vinyl + album artwork poster. (for you and your friend!)

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    LET'S WRITE A SONG TOGETHER! (And let's record it my favorite way: on a "crappy" little hand-held tape recorder.) Where? Well, where not?
    My house or yours? (as long as your house is in or near Asheville)....This just may be my favorite reward of all! Signed CD,vinyl and album artwork poster are, of course, all included.

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    YOURS TRULY. I will perform for your private event with my songs and stories anywhere 300 miles of Asheville NC. Of course I will bring signed CDs and vinyl with me!

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    THE GOODIES--(yes, this one is vintage)--to play at your private party anywhere within 300 miles of Asheville NC or of Atlanta GA.Signed CD+ vinyl+album artwork poster

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