Becoming a songwriter was the most grueling, terrifying and rewarding process I've ever been through. Even after I felt like I had been properly inducted into the life of a songwriter, I wasn't sure what the future would bring. There have been bumps and bruises, delays and hard times, but I get to make music in a community full of amazing people and my soul is more and more content as I continue to pursue what gives my life the most meaning: sharing music with others.
I released my debut album Storybook in 2012 and it was a new frontier for me. I had the best help in the world from Josh Cohen at Black Hat Music productions and together we made an album that I’m proud of. Since then, I’ve changed so much musically and personally and I’ve written so much new material! Now, I’m going back to Black Hat Music with my musical friends in tow to make the album I’ve been dreaming up these past few years.
This new album all started with my song “Bittersweetheart” which I wrote shortly before the release of Storybook. Here you can see one of the earliest versions of this song, recorded in my old apartment:
It's pretty widely known that being a musician is not a lucrative business to participate in. Being an independent artist has its freedoms, but also has an extreme financial disadvantage. There is a price tag on everything-- every person, every talent, every service, every space and every hour that goes into the making of an album. As for my price tag? I didn't launch this project to make a profit. This album is my labor of love.
These are the necessary things that this funding will go towards:
- Studio Time
- Hiring an engineer
- Hiring my fellow musicians to join me on the album
- Printing & packaging
And, if we raise enough beyond the listed goal:
- Launch a much-needed professional promo campaign for the release of the album, so people know about it when it comes out!
Risks and challenges
This is my second album. Everything I learned from the making of my first album is informing this entire process. My approach is already almost entirely different; more organized and more direct. I know what I want. I've been fantasizing about this for years! I have incredible people on board to play on the album, engineer the album and help me make this into something worth sharing.
The timing of an album is always hard. You want time to devote your best attention and energy to every step of the process. Funding, recording, mixing, mastering, printing, promoting, distributing... you speed up the process and things will get lost in the mix, you slow it down too much and everyone will forget you were even working on an album. The reality is that you want to make sure you're doing it right the first time. So, I'm hoping it will take me just a little over a year to get on with this project. I'm hoping. You're my inspiration, though, and I am tirelessly devoted to this and to those who are making it possible. With your assistance, I won't be delayed by the financial difficulties. Together this album will be the best that it can be.
- (31 days)