Songwriting is a journey for me, like putting together a thousand-piece puzzle. You see all the pieces: the story behind the song, the feel and vibe, the music, the lyrics, and the point you want to convey to your listeners. So you sit down and try to put all of those pieces together with integrity to the art, a fresh sound, and joy in the process. When I finally finish a song, especially after struggling to write or finish it, it's like the biggest sigh of relief that makes me want to play and sing it again and again. And then comes the scariest part, the naked and vulnerable tension of playing the song for the listener. Self-doubt has always been my biggest demon, so this final part is terrifying for me. And then to think that listeners would want to hear an entire compilation of my music?!? Woah, Nellie. But I've finally stopped talking myself out of why I shouldn't complete this project, why I shouldn't purpose to share these songs. These songs all come from a place of learning, searching, growing, hiding, crying, and longing for relationships to be RESTORED. Some relationships I write about are mine; either between Jesus and me, or my family and me, but many are from an outsider's perspective, observing a relationship on the brink and in need of healing. It's time, y'all. I'm passionate and super excited about this project, and I'm like a kid on Christmas morning when I think about the process of recording and sharing these songs with all of you! I've been writing and recording really fun music for kids for the last six years. During that time, I've also sneaked in a few single tracks written more for adults; songs that contain stories my heart is bursting to tell. I've already recorded four of those songs, and now cannot wait to share six more with you, the listener!
I'll once again be working with my dear friend and brilliant producer, Jason Hoard, whose genius on the mandolin, guitar, bass, and vocals is unparalleled. I've never known a more talented friend who also genuinely loves Jesus, his family, and every human he knows with the most tender heart. We'll also be pulling in some other talented friends and artists to be featured on various songs, and I cannot wait to tell you who they are!!!!
So, why $15,000? To put it simply, it costs a lot of money to make music. Production costs, studio time, paying the artists and musicians what they are worth, artwork, distribution and marketing, and unexpected costs along the way, they all add up. Many record companies spend up to ten times that amount to make an album these days, so when you really think about it, to make the caliber of music we're hoping for, 15k is an awesome deal.
Risks and challenges
Here's the risk: if the project is not fully funded, I get zero dollars, and you won't be charged. This is not a good situation…
If the project IS funded, your card will be charged, I will make some music I'm really excited about, and hopefully you will listen happily. Friends, this is an awesome situation.
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