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Kiah MorrisBy Kiah Morris
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Kiah MorrisBy Kiah Morris
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About

"4 Decades" the Live Studio Album

March 10, 2018 - Akin Studios, Hoosick Falls, NY

My name is Kiah Morris I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt. I am an actress, singer, dancer, artist and poet. I am a community activist, organizer, trainer and facilitator.  

I live, work and create in Bennington Vermont, but I was born in the projects on the Southside of Chicago. Today, I am the only black woman serving in the Vermont legislature in the House of Representatives. I have had an extraordinary life and have many stories to tell.  

4 Decades is a collection of my original spoken word poetry. It is an intimate look into moments from last four decades and more of my life.  My poems are thought-provoking, emotional, inspiring, entertaining and sometimes downright hilarious.

This project is truly exciting. I have the privilege and opportunity to work with some of the most talented, passionate artists to produce a live, studio recording in front of an audience of backers soundtracked by original, improvisational music in the genres of blues, funk, jazz, rock and more. 

A full CD and digital album, DVD of the live event and professionally printed chapbook will be available for purchase or streaming on your favorite online platform.  

Here is where we need your help: The folks involved in this project believe in this so much that they were willing to deeply discount or comp their work. This is the height of love and I am grateful but I have a fierce belief that artists should be well compensated for their work and services. These are some of the best in the business and they are pouring just as much of their heart and soul into it as I am. The project goal you see is calculated to cover production and duplication costs, industry fees, Kickstarter fees, professional rates and more. Your support is crucial to make this happen.  

As a backer you will get access to your choice of items, shipping prices included where applicable. This campaign has a special level for those who want to experience it live at the recording event on March 10, 2018. Audience members can bring headphones and jack straight in for the perfect audio experience of the performance. This approach is inspired by great work from the band Snarky Puppy.

You can learn more about me and my professional work at my website kiahmorris.com. Thank you! 

Akin Studios, Hoosick Falls, NY
Akin Studios, Hoosick Falls, NY

Akin Studios

Featured Artists

Sam Clement: Sam Clement is a multi-instrumentalist, studio engineer, and music producer who currently resides in southern Vermont. A graduate of Bennington College, Sam has been working at Akin since it's inception, and an active producer and engineer for more than a decade working on albums for clients ranging from Tavo Carbone, Pat Hull, David Howard and many others.

Matt Scott: Matt Scott is a Vocalist, bass player, songwriter and engineer/producer. Matt is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Nektones, and bass player/vocalist with an ever-evolving cast of bands including Beard & Glasses. Matt has produced and engineered with and for clients including Madeleine Grace, Dr. Quandary, and under his hip-hop/soul moniker Elder Orange.

Adam Turner: Adam Turner is a skilled percussionist and music instructor based in Bennington, Vermont. Adam has performed with many groups like Funk in the Trunk, Beard and Glasses and special appearances with the Nektones. 

Audio Engineer

Walter Westinghouse: Walter is an award-winning audio engineer and adjunct faculty at Champlain College in the Division of Communication and Creative Media. He is an audio engineer for Higher Ground, Signal Kitchen and for the band NEKTones. 

Director

Steve Schine: Steve Schine has worked as a professional stage, television, film, and voiceover actor for 20 years. He has appeared in more than 30 stage productions, worked most recently on tv in Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, and has appeared alongside such actors and directors as Stacy Keach, David Cromer, Michael Stahl-David, Taylor Kinney, Sophia Bush, Terry Miller, Joe Chappelle, and Michael Shannon. His voice can be heard on many tv, radio, and internet commercials, as well as video games, such as Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs. Steve is based in Chicago.

PLEASE NOTE: PLEDGING TO BACK THIS PROJECT IS NOT A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION FOR KIAH MORRIS AND IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE. 

Risks and challenges

Securing all of the funds to back this is the biggest challenge for this project. I simply do not have the capital to make this happen without support. The goal is to make this project commercially viable and to ensure that the featured artists are fully compensated in the creation of the work. It is also worth noting that all featured artists will receive royalties on future purchases and downloads.

This album contains adult content and language. Tracks that contain adult themes and language will be marked but alternative versions of the tracks will not be recorded. That may not jive with everyone.

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