FIRST (and SECOND) STRETCH GOAL REACHED!
(7.31.14 @ 3:44PM) I’m elated to announce that we hit our target 2 days ago, our 1st “Stretch Goal” last night, and with 8 hours to go (the campaign officially ends Thursday at midnight) with a new $450 check pledge, we just blew past our 2nd stretch goal. Folks who want to help hit the 3rd stretch goal by amending their pledge upwards by $15 will get an additional CD with their order.
NOTE: MANY folks are having issues following through with their pledges on Kickstarter and are opting to mail in checks instead. If you’d like to do this, please email JimWilsonMusic@gmail.com ASAP. So far $820 in check pledges have come in, so if the Kickstarter tally hits :
$16,180 we will hit our 3rd Stretch Goal! (see below...)
Thank you again for the support!! Love, Jim
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With 48 hours to go, we just hit the target! From the bottom of my soul I thank you all so very much for pitching in and being a part of helping me bring this dream into reality. Definitely opening a bottle of bubbly tonight and clinking a toast to you all! … As a gesture of my gratitude, I’m revising the “Stretch Goals” and making them a lot easier to attain. The rewards below will benefit not only new pledgers, but all who pledged before. Once again, thank you!! Love, Jim
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• 1st STRETCH GOAL: If we hit $16,000: Everyone who pledged $100 or more, will get an additional Solo Piano CD.* (DONE!)
• 2nd STRETCH GOAL: If we hit $16,500: Everyone who pledged $45 or more, will get an additional Solo Piano CD.* (DONE!)
• 3rd STRETCH GOAL: If we hit $17,000: Everyone who pledged $25 or more, will get an additional Solo Piano CD.*
• If we hit $2,000,000: Everyone who pledged $25 or more, gets a piano and a back rub!! :)
*This bonus CD is above and beyond whatever CD one may already getting. To clarify, regardless of how many stretch levels are attained, each qualifying individual would get a max of one additional bonus CD. However, with each new stretch level, the threshold keeps lowering to benefit more and more pledgers.
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JIM WILSON RELEASES "MY MOTHER SON" MUSIC VIDEO TRIBUTE, ANNOUNCES NEW CDs. . . . Jim Wilson, credited with 3 Billboard Top-20 CDs, 2 PBS specials & nominated by radio programmers around the world for "Album of the Year", releases "My Mother's Son", a tribute to his Mom, and all Moms. [Full press release and backstory behind the song below...]
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Hello! ... I am excited to begin work on my 2 new CDs. The first CD is “My Mother’s Son” -- a tribute not just to my Mom – whom I lost a couple of years ago, but to Moms everywhere. The CD will feature 2 versions of the title cut, as well as a collection of my Mom’s favorite songs from my first 7 CDs. The second CD is my debut “Solo Piano Collection” recording, and will be a compilation of long-requested, piano-only versions of my most popular songs. . . . In the indy spirit of this new era of crowd-funded projects, I’ve started this Kickstarter Campaign for anyone who would like to participate in bringing this dream to life. Though the recording, video & promo budget for my 2 new CDs is much higher (details below), we set a pledge target of $15,000. Any amount raised above that target (our “Stretch Goals”) will go toward promotions / helping my music reach a wider audience, as well as begin the next set of solo piano recordings.
All sizes of pledges are welcome and there are lots of cool rewards and goodies, including autographed versions of the 2 new CDs, T-shirts, posters and coffee mugs. The full list of rewards are on the right, but here are the newly added VIP levels:
SILVER SPONSOR ($150+) Rewards include: • 4 autographed CDs, your name in the credits of both new CDs, T-shirt, coffee mug, signed poster and special mention on our FB page & website.
GOLD VIP SPONSOR ($500+) Rewards include: • All the SILVER rewards, PLUS: “A SONG FOR YOUR MOM”: Jim will make a personalized, home-video greeting for your Mom, singing the chorus of "My Mother's Son”. • PLUS: an additional 4 autographed CDs, and a DVD of Jim’s PBS special, “A Place In My Heart.”
PLATINUM VIP SPONSOR ($2,000+) Rewards include: • All the GOLD rewards, PLUS: autographed versions of Jim’s entire CD collection. Your family’s personalized video of “My Mother’s Son” – you provide the pictures and we’ll create a treasured family keepsake! Thank you in advance so very much for whatever support you can lend -- I appreciate it more than words can say. I look forward to sharing these two new CDs with you! Love, Jim
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PRESS RELEASE AND BACK STORY: JIM WILSON RELEASES "MY MOTHER SON" MUSIC VIDEO TRIBUTE, ANNOUNCES NEW CDs
Jim Wilson, credited with 3 Billboard Top-20 CDs, 2 PBS specials & nominated by radio programmers around the world for "Album of the Year", releases "My Mother's Son", the ultimate tribute. Burt Bacharach says Jim's music “makes a classy artistic statement” & Carole King describes it as “a magic carpet ride of melodic beauty”. The CD's title track features harmonies by J.D. Souther & was mixed by legendary engineer, Bob Clearmountain. Acclaimed film director Michael Merriman did a superb job with the song's music video "which is a tribute to not just my Mom, but all mothers", says Jim. Over 100 fans provided pictures for the video, as well as music luminaries Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Richard Carpenter, Andrew Gold & Lisa Loeb. The song will be included in Jim's forthcoming CD "My Mother Son".
"I'd had this song title for a while and planned to write the song and sing it for my Mom. Two years ago, I got a call that my Mom's health had worsened and decided to go visit her. As I waited for my ride to take me to LAX, I sat at the piano and the melody and lyric concept of the song suddenly began to take shape. I developed it further on the flight. As I got off the plane, flowers in hand, my niece greeted me with the news that my mom had died an hour earlier. My Mom was my biggest champion and supporter of my music. . . . This is for you Mom & all mothers out there." says Wilson.
FULL MUSIC VIDEO AT www.JimWilsonMusic.com
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KICKSTARTER BUDGET DETAILS:
“MY MOTHER'S SON TRIBUTE” & “SOLO PIANO COLLECTION” CDs: Recording, editing, mastering, design & artwork, replication & shipping: $15,500
REWARD FULFILLMENT: $2,000
PROMOTION & DISTRIBUTION BUDGET FOR BOTH CDs: $4,500
STRETCH GOAL: “Jim Wilson: Solo Piano Collection VOL. II” !! Recording, editing, mastering, design & artwork, replication & shipping: $8,000
Risks and challenges
Much work lies ahead in completing both of these projects, but having produced 7 records (and 2 concert specials) so far, I’m well up for the task! I’m excited about the process ahead and can’t wait to put these 2 new CDs in your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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