Just Say Hi!
Hi, I’m Brady Rymer, and I’m lucky enough to make music for kids and families with my kickin’ band, the Little Band That Could. We’ve put out 6 CDs of family music, and we perform across the country at schools, libraries, festivals and performing arts centers. Our music’s been called “genuine roots-rock for kids” (USA Today); our last band recording, Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the children’s category.
My wife Bridget and I run our own little record label, Bumblin' Bee Records. We've released all our CDs ourselves! The process can be challenging, but the rewards make it all worthwhile: we make music we really care about, and we get to bring our music directly to our fans - you - the kids and families who enjoy it.
I’m super-excited to let you know that we’ve just started recording our next album, Just Say Hi! - and we invite you to join us!
What's the album about?
Just Say Hi! is the most personal batch of songs I've written; full of kindness, friendship, and love of family. Songs about things like falling in love with the ice cream girl, learning to play grandma's red piano, and just cranking' up your little light of love and lettin' it shine.
Just Say Hi! is bursting with catchy hooks, happy sing-a-long choruses, and hip-shakin' rhythms, thanks to the chug-chug-chugging of the amazing Little Band That Could!
The CD includes a bunch of your favorites from our live shows (the ones you’ve been asking us to record for a while now!) – plus some new ones you probably haven't heard - that is, unless you've been hanging around in my kitchen. I think your family is going to love this album.
Why we need you.
Your backing helps fund rehearsals, recording, production, artwork, manufacturing, publicity – all the elements that combine to make an album the best it can be. While our $20,000 goal doesn’t cover the full project cost, it’s the funding we need to complete the album.
If we surpass our goal – which would be SO AWESOME!!!! – your additional support will help us make a few very special music videos. We can’t wait to create something great with our Kickstarter video producers (and good buddies) at SLAM! Media Group.
We love our fans!
One of the best parts of being in this business has been building relationships with our fans, parents and children both (teachers, librarians, grandparents, aunts and uncles too!) Our Kickstarter campaign is a perfect opportunity to express how much you mean to us, and thank you for your support through the years.
Join our Kickstarter crew and you'll receive cool stuff like...
- The Fan Package!
- Record with us! You'll be part of the chorus, and have your name in the CD credits.
- A private CD Release concert at my crazy speakeasy-of-a-house...
- Limited Edition T-Shirts, personalized with supporters' names! Smile big; you helped make Just Say Hi!
- A rockin' concert at your school or home.
- Even a classic guitar from my collection: one of the first ones I played as a kid (baseball mitt not included!)
We're thrilled to be working with Katie Gastley on the album artwork. She introduced us to the Just Say Hi! monster! Since he's featured in some of our rewards, we thought we'd introduce him to you! Be nice, and Just Say Hi to our monster... he's friendly!
When will the album be complete?
If we reach our funding goal, the album will be released to the public in June 2014 - but every one of our Kickstarter supporters will receive an advance copy of the music a month before the actual release date, in May 2014.
It’s been incredibly rewarding to bring our music to you over the years. Now I am so excited to tell this new story with the direct support of friends and fans. If our music has been meaningful to your family, I hope you’ll join us! Please share in our process as we make what I think may be our best album to date.
Thanks, we'll see ya soon and keep on shinin' your little Light of Love!
Risks and challenges
Recording and releasing a CD can be challenging! Over the last 10 years, we have successfully put out 6 CDs on our own label, Bumblin’ Bee Records. I have managed roadblocks, large and small, and have brought all these projects to fruition on-time and on-budget. I am incredibly lucky to work with the best musicians and producer ever, whose talents and reliability are great assets. The artwork for this project is being developed by Katie Gastley, a professional, prolific (and very talented!) graphic artist. With the support of this incredible team, I am confident we will complete the project we've set out to produce.
As we say in Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, "we think we can, we think we can..." If we reach our goal here on Kickstarter, come June 2014 we'll all be dancin', singin' and celebratin' the release of "Just Say Hi!" - givin' each other super high fives and monster hugs!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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