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I'M CHANGING, my first studio album, is being remixed by Grammy-award winning Trina Shoemaker with NEW tracks and full promotion!
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UPDATE: 4/10/2014: WOW, just WOW! As of 11:37 CDT on April 9, at  you have gotten me to my minimum goal of $30,000!!! THANK YOU!  Your generosity and kindness has made my dream come true of reclaiming I'm Changing and I am so thankful.

With three days left of the campaign, we are now into the first stretch goal: 45,000 dollars. I have enough to finish funding the actual making of the record and do a minimum publicity campaign. The 45,000 will go toward a couple of new things:

1. Extending the US publicity campaign and adding some UK/European publicity for this summer's tour to help advertise and promote I'm Changing. I could advertise in some of the biggest Blues UK magazines, for instance. 

2. Videos:  Although I had a lot of fun recording most of the video footage for this campaign myself (and, boy you should SEE some of the out-takes!) I've always wanted, and needed a professionally done music video and meeting the stretch goal would allow me to do that for the first time ever! 

I've always known how wonderful an audience you are but I didn't know until now, the depths of your love and support.  I am truly touched and I want to make great things happen!  

Onwards and upwards! 

A Dream Reclaimed. 

Every so often, the universe hands you a gift, and for me, that’s the chance to redo my very first studio album, I’m Changing. A few months ago, I was cleaning out my home studio/office when I came across the original raw tracks. Out of curiosity, I played them—and I was stunned. The tracks were really good, magical even, and it made me wonder, What happened between these tracks and the finished product?

Photo: Neil Ladner
Photo: Neil Ladner

Short answer: Somehow my original vision for that album was lost along the way.

Now, I know some of you might be wondering why I’d go back and fool with this album when I could be working on something new. There are a few reasons. For starters, I consider I’m Changing to be incomplete, and before I can move on to my next project, I need to finish this one the right way. 

Second, it demonstrates my abilities as a songwriter, and even now that it’s out of print, the album continues to resonate with fans. I think it deserves full marketing and promotional support to reach a broader audience. 

Consider this: Tempered in Fire, my latest studio album, was distributed and publicized here and abroad, with some great results: 

  • The album was ranked in the top 25 of Living Blues Radio Charts
  • It was ranked #8 in Deep Roots’ Elite Half Hundred of 2012, a year-end, best-of that includes albums from all roots categories, including classical.
  • “Why Do I Still Love You” from the album was named one of USA Today’s Top 10 Most Intriguing Tracks and was featured in a Beau Rivage Resort & Casino commercial.
  • UK’s Classic Rock Blues magazine featured “My Happy Song” in its Covermount CD (in the august company of none other than Joe Bonamassa, I might add!)

With your support, just think what the future could hold for the “brand-new again” version of I’m Changing

Last but not least, I think this is some of my best work. Now, with expert mixing from Grammy Award winning engineer Trina Shoemaker (the first female engineer to win a Grammy when she was honored in 1998 for her work on Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions), the tracks are exactly the way I envisioned them In fact, as Trina put it, when this album is done, it will be brand-new again. And I know you’re going to love it. 

Photo of Trina Shoemaker courtesy of Southern Rambler
Photo of Trina Shoemaker courtesy of Southern Rambler

Some dear friends who believe in the album so much gave me a generous loan so I could get started on a remixed and re-mastered version—this time, with bonus tracks. Things have fallen into place quickly since then. My longtime musical partner, Ian Jennings, was able to come over from England for a week to record, as were most of the musicians who were on the original album. We recorded five tracks but didn’t have time to mix before Ian had to return home. 

Luck intervened with a chance meeting of Trina, and that turned out to be the most crucial piece of the puzzle. Trina agreed to do the mixing, and once she got started, it became clear that even though I was having some serious vocal issues during the original recording sessions, the mojo was already in the raw tracks and all it needed was for her to enhance my vocals  in the mix.  She called the vocals “unbeatable,” which is serious kudos coming from her (and pretty humbling, too). Using her incredible abilities, Trina is currently tweaking, coaxing, and polishing these songs to make them sound more authentic and make the album more cohesive. 

Right now, we’re more than halfway through the remixing and re-mastering and, with your support, we can see this to the end. 

Budget

It will take at least  $30,000 to finish the album and launch it with a basic publicity campaign. Costs include the following: 

  • Studio Time
  • Musicians
  • Mixing 
  • Mastering
  • Graphic Design 
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Licenses
  • Publicity (US) 
  • Radio Promo (US)
  • Mailing/Packaging 
  • Kickstarter awards
  • Kickstarter Fee (Approx. 10%)

With $45,000 we can extend the publicity and radio campaign to include the UK and Europe, and to cover the cost of at least one professionally produced music video.

$55,000 will allow me to record an EP of new original songs in the Fall to be released and to tour with a band to promote the albums.

Any extra funds will be used for few of my dream projects: a new album of original songs; a gospel album of songs from my family church; and a project I call “Mama’s Juke Book,” based on my mom’s notebook of songs and lyrics from May 1972 that I recently discovered. (Mom, my biggest fan, passed away May 22, 2012.) 

Mom and me
Mom and me

Any donation, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated. Whether you end up with a music download or a private concert with a room full of your closest friends, you’ll know that this new-and-improved album will finally see light of day and get a chance to really shine! 

UPDATE: 3/20/2014

Wow! Wonderful article about the Kickstarter campaign for I'm Changing  Lisa Mills revisiting her past -- with fan support and a Grammy winner's guidance (Just Coasting, Lawrence Specker)http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/03/lisa_mills_revisiting_her_past.html Thanks, Lawrence! 

Kickstarter Awards

Photo: Fred Salinas
Photo: Fred Salinas
Photo: Darina Neyret
Photo: Darina Neyret
Photo: Vincent Lawson
Photo: Vincent Lawson
Autographed 8 x 10 photo by: Robert Lord Zimlich
Autographed 8 x 10 photo by: Robert Lord Zimlich
Autographed 8 x 10  photo by: Michelle Carrol Stancil
Autographed 8 x 10 photo by: Michelle Carrol Stancil
Threadgill's Poster 2008 by Sylvia Villada
Threadgill's Poster 2008 by Sylvia Villada
Rare copy of Blues Matters with Lisa on the cover
Rare copy of Blues Matters with Lisa on the cover
Bronze and Mahogany Fish Sculpture
Bronze and Mahogany Fish Sculpture
L&N Railroad Lock Sculpture (Bronze and Pecan Wood) 20"high, 14" wide, 3 1/2" deep
L&N Railroad Lock Sculpture (Bronze and Pecan Wood) 20"high, 14" wide, 3 1/2" deep
Bronze Mermaid (21"high, 8"wide , 5" deep)
Bronze Mermaid (21"high, 8"wide , 5" deep)

Risks and challenges

I am a completely independent artist and have always released my albums under my own label, Millsbluz Records. While this has given me complete control of my work, it also means I don’t have the financial backing of a major label to help spread my music to a larger audience. I know that getting the funding to complete a project like this is tough, but thanks to Kickstarter and your support it’s also very possible. Thank you in advance for helping me give my first studio album a chance to shine.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ALBUM PRE-RELEASE of “I’m Changing” remixed/re-mastered with added tracks, along with PDF downloads of the album's artwork.

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    EARLY BIRD SIGNED COPY OF THE CD: Be one of the first 50 people to pledge for this and receive a signed copy of the remixed/remastered "I'm Changing" CD weeks before it's officially released—plus save $5 over the post-release price!

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION 11x17 POSTER for Kickstarter sponsors based on the original album artwork.

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    AUTOGRAPHED PERSONALIZED PHOTOGRAPH OF LISA MILLS (Your choice of one 8 x 10 print donated by some very wonderfully talented and generous photographers who have takes some GREAT photos of me live.)

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    RARE SIGNED 11x17 POSTER from a 2008 Lisa Mills show at the World Famous Threadgill's in Austin, Texas. It's absolutely beautiful!

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    LISA MILLS LIVE COMPILATION CD of live performances and demos exclusive to Kickstarter.

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    SIGNED RARE COPY OF BLUES MATTERS featuring LISA MILLS on the cover along with Robert Plant and The Rolling Stones

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    YOUR NAME ON THE CD JACKET----plus a handwritten thank-you note and two (2) CD launch party invitations for one of three locations: Mobile, Alabama area, New York City area, or England. (Travel is on you!) ----You'll also get the organic cotton t-shirt; signed pre-release CD; poster; digital downloads of previously unreleased raw tracks from the original “I’m Changing” studio sessions and the digital download track of "Slow Down, Slow Down," a previously unreleased Lisa Mills song available only on Kickstarter.

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    COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOICE: You pick a song you’ve always wanted to hear me sing, and I’ll record in my friend’s home studio and send you the mixed song on a CD. This could be fun!

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    You’ll also receive (2) two Lisa Mills live compilation CDs exclusive to Kickstarter; (2) two exclusive T-shirts; a signed poster; (2) two signed pre-release CDs; digital downloads of previously unreleased raw tracks from the original “I’m Changing” studio sessions and the digital download track of
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    ONE-OF-A-KIND BRONZE AND MAHOGANY FISH SCULPTURE signed by the artist, Lisa Mills, plus a handwritten thank-you note and two (2) CD launch party invitations with VIP seating in one of three locations: Mobile, Ala., the New York City area, or England. (Travel is on you!)

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    SOLO HOUSE CONCERT. You’ll get two, 45-minute acoustic sets within 150 miles of Mobile, Ala., deliverable within one year on a mutually agreed-upon date. (Add travel and accommodations plus expenses for locations more than 150 miles away.)

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND BRONZE AND PECAN WOOD SCULPTURE of an old L&N railroad lock, signed by the artist, Lisa Mills, plus a handwritten thank-you note and two (2) CD launch party invitations with VIP seating in one of three locations: Mobile, Ala., the New York City area, or England. (Travel is on you!)

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    BRONZE MERMAID SCULPTURE, signed by the artist, Lisa Mills. (This sculpture is #1 of a limited edition of two.)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE: Your name will be listed as the executive producer of the album! Plus, you will get a handwritten thank-you note and two (2) CD launch party invitations with VIP seating in one of three locations: Mobile, Alabama area, New York City area, or England. (Travel is on you!)

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