Troy Bronsink and the artists of City Church Eastside collaborate on an indie album of original songs and hymn re-arrangements.
- Thanks everyone who helped us get to our goal early! And thanks to others who are still jumping on board. Yes, you can continue to contribute and qualify for the limited edition gifts if you pledge before 10pm EDT on March 18.
City Church Eastside has commissioned singer-songwriter Troy Bronsink, in collaboration with other local musicians, to record an indie album of original songs and arrangements. The project will be recorded professionally beginning with live performances the weekend of March 24, followed by studio recording, mixing, and mastering. All the artwork –from concert promotion to CD art and web materials– will be original work of City Church folks as well.
Songs to Pray By will be an album expressing that place where contemplation meets inspiration. For months now a four piece band has preparing for this by tightening the arrangements of the songs that we sing at City Church (as well as a couple newbies). Soon the band will add additional instrumentation and vocalists from City Church and the wider Atlanta artistic community to prepare for a larger sound, akin to that of Band of Horses, Swell Season, and Wilco.
Thanks to the donation of time by so many artists we are able to keep the total project costs down to $10,000. The church is gifting $5,000 of that from their general budget but for this project to happen, we need to raise the additional $5,000 from you through Kickstarter by March 18.
- Stay tuned for other gifts at the $100 level that may include concert posters or photography
We are in the process of narrowing down a show set list from about 20 songs. Then the album will be compiled from that show list. The songs range from: more ambient repetitive phrases (Hold on to These Things & Love, Love, Love), new settings of hymns with original choruses (Be Thou My Vision, Canticle of the Turning), original congregational praise songs (Wildest Imaginations, O Blessed God), and americana/indie songs that refer to pray and contemplation (Listening, Hoping For Forgiveness).
Neither, the album will be something that captures unique band writing and playing, but there will be places where the congregation will be especially called upon to take the whole chorus or to sing multiple parts, verses or descants (think Feist meets Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park). Also, the band formed by playing in a very cavernous gallery space, and so, while we are a rock band, we have developed a very open and ambient sound similar at times to Kurt Vile's War on Drugs project.
We're looking into that. Let us know in the comments if this is something that interests you.
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Early release of CD signed by the band, plus free admission to the show and the limited edition download of the album (international shipping not included).Estimated delivery:
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Limited edition poster of Songs to Pray By, signed by artist Kevin Byrd, and screen printed on archival quality paper by legendary Standard Deluxe press. Will look beautiful, framed in your living room, rock-and-roll room, or bathroom. You can check out the design in the updates. This will also include free admission to the show and a digital download of the album (international shipping not included).Estimated delivery:
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Three signed CDs and copy of Troy's forthcoming book, "Getting Drawn In: Where Prayer, Mission, and Creativity Meet" (Fall '12 release, Paraclete Press) plus free admission to the show and the limited edition download of the album (international shipping not included).Estimated delivery:
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Limited edition archival quality screen printed and signed poster, three signed CDs, and copy of Troy's forthcoming book, "Getting Drawn In: Where Prayer, Mission, and Creativity Meet" (Fall '12 release, Paraclete Press) plus free admission to the show and the limited edition download of the album (international shipping not included).Estimated delivery:
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Have your name included in the credits of the CD and website and you and a guest can be part of a private audience for the dress rehearsal recordings the night before, March 23. Plus a signed CD, free admission to the show, and digital download.Estimated delivery:
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Fiesta for eight: Troy's award winning organic sweet potato-habenero enchiladas and/or scott's legendary grilling in the Big Green Egg (must be within 40 miles of Atlanta).This also includes a signed CD, your name in the credits, free admission to the show and a digital download.Estimated delivery:
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Troy will come to your home and play an evening house concert including songs from the album, his wider singer-songwriter repertoire, and even covers you may want included in the set (must be within 40 miles of Atlanta).This also includes a signed CD, your name in the credits, free admission to the show and a digital download.Estimated delivery:
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Scott and Troy will give you our first born children (for a weekend only, and subject to necessary state and federal background checks as well as three references. Some restrictions may apply. Oh, and we’ll have to ask our wives.) Plus CD, free admission to the show, credits, limited edition download and possible kidnapping charges.Estimated delivery:
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