My name is Jonathan Kasper. I’m an independent artist making a new album, and I need your help to finish it. I've budgeted for the recording process, but there are so many more steps to take before it becomes a reality—mastering, art design, duplication, marketing.
For me, that time came in 2010, toward the end of my longtime tenure as lead singer in Zig Zag, a Nashville-based, Brit-rock cover band. Music began pouring out of me.
What was now emerging from my pen was emotionally powerful, straight-ahead rock & roll. Inspired by the music of the 60’s and 70’s, I was creating something contemporary and vibrant. Within 18 months, I’d composed enough material for six or seven albums.
I sorted through it and was soon in the recording studio, laying down the tracks which became In the Know. This music resounds with shameless, youthful incitements reminiscent of The Who. It soars with melodic, daredevil fun, evoking David Bowie, and it rings with the honesty and grit of Bruce Springsteen.
Now the moment has arrived. Together, we can bring In the Know to life and send it out into the world. I ask you to join me on this journey by supporting my Kickstarter campaign today. I only have 40 days to reach my goal.
Here are two ways you can partner with me:
First, choose one of the levels which appear on the right-hand side of this page. Each level is named after one of the 13 songs on my album and was specifically created for you, my friends, family and students. If you'd like to negotiate a combination of premiums, please contact me at Jonathan@KasperMusic.com and we can work it out.
Second, spread the word. Share it with everyone you know.
I’ll keep you updated. The only way this project can succeed is if we all get In the Know. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Rock on!
Jonathan Kasper, vocals
Jerry Kimbrough, audio guitar
Mark Chirico, video guitar
Doug Kahan, electric bass
Dann Sherrill, drums
Craig Hill, cinematographer
Josh Inocalla, video producer
Nancy Lee Andrews, album photographer
Crackerjack Design, band logo
Jazzmyn, cat cameo
Risks and challenges
Creating and releasing an independent album, while staying true to myself, is a major challenge. There are important decisions to make and valuable relationships to nurture. At times, it feels as if the world is bearing down on me, but that’s when patience and perseverance come in handy. For any serious musical artist, it’s worth the struggle.
The biggest risk would be not making an album at all. How can I know where I stand if I never take leaps into the unknown? It’s all part of the soul’s journey. We can’t find the gold unless we search for it.
Being an independent artist means accepting responsibility for my music. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who has a record deal with a major label, doing it yourself is what it’s all about. Getting my music out there and maintaining a long-term presence takes a lot of commitment.
If my project doesn't reach its funding goal, I could risk losing a critical opportunity for promotion and radio airplay. I’d be back where I started—composing music for only a few to hear. It’s a challenge to remain positive throughout the process.
For me, it isn't simply about success. It’s about building a body of work which I can be proud of, and letting the people I care about hear what I have to offer. This album is a testament to my life’s work.
It all comes down to fighting through to the end. When all the dust settles, it’s not me against the world. It’s me living the life I was meant to live and being the artist I always imagined I could be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (40 days)