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It's been over 7 years since I released any new music. Would you partner w/ me in funding a new album and relaunching my music career?

Friends & Supporters,

Before you read this, I just wanted to thank my good friend Moses Lee for working on all the illustrations and putting together this video for me.  You are much better off watching the video for the project description - but if you want to read it as well, please continue :)

It's been 7 long years since I've released new music.  It has been way too long. 

I started my singer/songwriter career in 1999, and so many of you have been supporters of my music since back then, and it's been an amazing journey.  Back in 2006 when I released my album Parallel, my band and I went out on the road to promote the album, and one day in the middle of Arkansas, our van and trailer caught on fire.  We lost everything.  Roughly around $85,000 worth. 

I'll be honest, it was extremely difficult to recover from that, and I lost momentum with every single year that passed.  Since then, life happened - and while I had some amazing moments (the highlight, getting married to my beautiful wife back in 2008), I've also lived through some of the most difficult seasons of my life.  I lost vision, hope, and passion for life and ended up living day to day in survival mode. 

Often times, people would drop a line to check in on how I'm doing and to see if I had any new music coming out - and I never really knew how to respond.  I wanted to go back to doing what gave me the most joy and fulfillment, but everything seemed like a distant memory to which I'd never return.  Last summer, I hit rock bottom, and many areas of my personal life began falling apart and I started losing faith in everything I believed in - but it was the best thing that could have ever happened.

I was reminded of why I started my music career - to use the gifts I believe God has given me - to share that with people and hopefully connect with them as we relate to one another.  I remembered how much I loved collaborating with budding artists and being involved in the growth of the artistry of fellow musicians.  And with the encouragement, support and a good kick in butt from loved ones - I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and to get back out there and rebuild my music career.

I don't ever want to lose my sense of purpose again, and with or without funds coming through from Kickstarter I want to do everything I can do continue sharing my life through music.  However, the beauty of asking for your support is that I'll always be reminded that I got to partner with the very people that I am trying to reach through my music.  I don't want to panhandle for you to help me live a life I want.  I want to work hard and partner with anyone who'll join me, to be a part of something amazing!

There are several songs I wrote about my journey, and I want to see them come to life as I record them.  My dear friend Mike Schmid out in LA has offered to help me with the recording process, but we will need funds ($10,000) to make this happen.  With your contribution, we will pay for studio time, musicians, mastering, and manufacturing of this new album.  But more importantly, this will relaunch my career, and I hope to share material with you guys that is way better than anything I've done in the past.  I honestly believe my best years are ahead of me, and that's a lot coming from someone as self-deprecating as me :) 

So, I'd love to ask you to partner with me.  I thank God for all of you who are reading this and have believed in me over the years - especially when I didn't.  I'm taking action now, and I'd love to do it with your support. 

Thanks so much for reading.  Let's do this!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In all honesty, we probably need to raise more than $10,000 for this AND the several phases I have planned to launch this new album (which will include touring, producing merch, paying for all kinds of business fees that are involved in being an independent musician). But most importantly, I just want to create music and get it out to you guys. That is my priority this year. If we raise more, it will all going into supporting the release of this album.

Whatever happens through this effort in raising funds, I decided that I am going to record this album one way or another this year. However, as I scanned my options - this seemed like the best one! Mike is an extremely talented friend of mine from college days (keyboardist for Miley Cyrus and an amazing singer/songwriter himself) and I have all the confidence in the world that as we put our heads together, some amazing things will come out of it. So if at all possible, it'd be amazing to see this project getting funded!

I have full confidence that all rewards will be delivered on time - but depending on how scheduling/availability goes for everyone involved I might need a small grace period of around a month or so for everything to be delivered. If that happens, I will be sure to update all backers.

For any rewards that involve my time with you, I am happy to work out scheduling that works for the both of us. Once you've pledged, you have my word that I'll come through!

Because I want everything to be inspired by the album and by the process, I don't have any artwork to show you for T-shirts/Hoodies/Photography or Album cover just yet - but I assure you I'll be getting the very best of my talented artist friends to create images for me. I hope you will take that step of faith with me as you make your decision on how much you would like to pledge.

We'll be doing our best for you guys, you can count on that!

QUICK NOTE: It says "Shipping in US Only", however, if you can pay for the extra shipping, I am happy to send items over seas as well!

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