This summer, I’m heading into the studio to make a new album. I’ve assembled an incredible team to work on the album, including Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Felix McTeigue (Lori McKenna, Florida Georgia Line, Anais Mitchell), and Josh Kantor (Fenway Park organist!), and some of our favorite local players.
Why now? In 2017, I released The Wishing Hour, my first album in over 10 years. Making it was an incredible learning experience, and it was recorded mostly in the middle of the night in my children’s playroom. For this new album, we’ll be moving out of the playroom and into the studio to record a full-length album of all new songs. The album will cost about $25,000 to make, and we’re looking to raise about half of that ($12,500) through this campaign.
Thank you for your interest in finding out more, and I hope you'll consider supporting this project!
The Inspiration Behind The Songs
Two years ago, my grandmother Naiad passed away. She was my first guitar teacher, and one of the people most dear to me. I deeply miss her laugh, her stories, her sparkle, her love - even her sardine sandwiches! She always encouraged me to continue writing and singing, even in the years when I wasn’t doing either. When she died, I inherited her guitar, a 1971 Gibson, along with her canvas bag filled with the songs she learned how to play when she started taking guitar lessons in the early 1970s.
Soon after The Wishing Hour came out, I began to think about what might come next. I opened up Naiad’s bag of songs, with the intention of spending some time with my first guitar teacher via the songs she loved. I soon came across a file folder marked “Private Album - Silent Words.” Inside was a pile of her own half-finished songs. I cried, thinking of all those half-told stories and lost melodies. I knew what I wanted to do.
I set about trying to piece these songs together, with what I knew of my grandmother and her life. There were so many mysteries and missing pieces. I began to cautiously weave in bits of my own story, where I felt a connection to some of the feelings and concerns she seemed to have been experiencing. At a certain point, I stopped hiding behind my grandmother’s words and started to write my own stories. I may have set out to finish my grandmother’s stories, but I ended up writing my own.
It is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying to do this. To tell the truth of your little life. As my own stories crept into my songs, it has led to some very real changes in my life - some joyful, some painful, all of which you will hear ringing throughout the songs on this record.
There are many expenses involved with making a record, from the planning phase, to the actual recording, and to everything associated with promotion once the record is complete. I’d like to share our budget so that you can see where your support will be used:
Recording - $15,000. We are working with a budget of $1500 per song, which includes producer, musicians, mixing and mastering
CD Manufacturing - $2000. This includes album artwork, cover design and cd duplication
Touring and Promotion - $5000. Folk radio and press campaign, photography, mailing, and some of the expenses associated with a small album release tour
I have to say that it feels pretty risky and super humbling to ask friends and fans for money! Which is why my Kickstarter campaign has a goal of “only” $12,500, when the cost of the album will be at least twice that amount. To cover the difference, I will use money I have saved, along with a portion of the money I inherited from my grandmother. I think she would approve.
I feel blessed to be able to do this at all, and I am happy to invest in my own work in this way. My hope for this record is that it will affirm my commitment to the life of a singer-songwriter, and that it will help my career continue to grow. If this story and my music resonates with you in some way, I hope that you will consider being a part of this project. As we are only seeking to cover about half of recording expenses through this campaign, anything we raise over the goal is especially appreciated!
Thanks to The Tour Podcast for the live video! Thanks to the photographers whose images appear in the video: Caroline Alden, Andrew Marshall, and Denise Maccaferri. And thanks to Sarah Gay O'Neill for The Wishing Hour cover artwork!
Risks and challenges
Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges. As with any creative process, snags may arise, though we have the benefit of learning from the experiences of our last album project.
We have already begun the process of recording, and are fully committed to keeping on track with our production schedule. Recording will be completed in July/August, and CDs will be manufactured by October. Acknowledging that "life happens," we have built in a bit of flexibility in our timeline. Rewards will be delivered by November, though you may be pleasantly surprised to find them in your mailbox a bit sooner!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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