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Veteran rock singer and composer Jonathan Kasper lays it all on the line with "In the Know," his explosive new rock album.
Veteran rock singer and composer Jonathan Kasper lays it all on the line with "In the Know," his explosive new rock album.
129 backers pledged $8,450 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Passion has a way of driving your heart and soul to the creative edge, so I held nothing back on this supercharged musical and lyrical voyage. I can’t wait for you to hear it. 

But first, let me give you a little background on the birth of In the Know. I discovered my rock voice as a teen, performing in Buffalo clubs. After years of classical singing and pop and jazz writing, my deepest creative desires began to take shape in ways I never expected. 

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! 

VIDEO CREDITS:

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.

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    1) “Wake Up Your Soul” Level: Pre-release DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album.

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    2) “Lead Me to the Light” Level: SIGNED PROJECT POSTCARD, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    3) “In the Know” Level: SIGNED CD, plus SIGNED POSTCARD, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    4) “Done, Done Deal” Level: never-before-released, limited edition, all-original JAZZ/POP CD “Fragile Heart” recorded with acclaimed jazz pianist Beegie Adair, plus SIGNED CD "In the Know," plus SIGNED POSTCARD, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    5) “Feminist Girl” Level: limited edition SIGNED POSTER, plus JAZZ/POP CD “Fragile Heart,” plus SIGNED CD "In the Know," plus SIGNED POSTCARD, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    6) “Well, You Shouldn't Be Surprised” Level: POSTER with HANDWRITTEN SONG LYRICS, plus JAZZ/POP CD “Fragile Heart,” plus SIGNED CD "In the Know," plus SIGNED POSTCARD, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    7) “And That Look in Your Eyes” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus TWO 2-hour KasperMusic SAMPLER CLASSES or VOCAL MASTER CLASSES for children or adults at KasperMusic Conservatory (Nashville, TN).

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    8) “Back on Track” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus ONE week-long, summer MUSIC DAY CAMP for kids in Nashville, TN.

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    9) “My Old Friend, John” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus FIVE Private or TEN Small Group 30-MINUTE LESSONS for children or adults: INSTRUCTION in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting; plus ONE 2-hour KasperMusic SAMPLER CLASS or VOCAL MASTER CLASS at KasperMusic Conservatory (Nashville, TN) or on Skype.

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    10) “Little Picture” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus 60-minute SOLO PERFORMANCE acoustic house concert. Just me, my guitar, my songs (travel expenses extra outside Nashville).

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    11) “Carrie” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus 90-minute SOLO PERFORMANCE house concert. Me and my guitar, plus SPECIALTY GUITARIST (travel expenses extra outside Nashville).

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    12) “No Freedom Train” Level: SAME PREMIUMS as Level #6, plus up to 2-hour LIVE PERFORMANCE at your home, business or charity event with FOUR-PIECE ROCK BAND including lead vocals, guitars, bass, drums (travel expenses extra outside Nashville).

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    13) “One Life” Level: Fund the project. THE PARTY IS YOURS. Create your own custom show, event, or party of a lifetime based on the offerings in the first 12 premium levels. Host a live performance or group songwriting workshop. Negotiate party favors from premiums #1-6 for up to 100 guests. Let’s talk and come up with something that fits your style!

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Funding period

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