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Ken's second full length album titled Civil War needs a boost to effectively distribute and promote it to as many people as possible.
116 backers pledged CA$ 10,192 to help bring this project to life.

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When the doors you keep trying to go through don’t open you regroup and look for other doors that will. That is exactly what Ken is doing with this Kickstarter campaign for his latest album, Civil War. As Ken can attest to, any journey in the music industry is one of highs and lows, of big and little successes and obstacles in many forms, sometimes even his own inner voice. Thankfully for those who are inspired by Ken and his music, his tenacious, passionate fortitude overcomes. 

In today’s music world, more than ever before, the balance of power rests more in the hands of music lovers and not solely in those of major record labels and radio & media conglomerates. The digital age affords the music makers, like Ken Stead, the ability to distribute directly to listeners and music appreciators. That is what Ken needs your help with, to partner with him in distributing and promoting “Civil War” the album. 

Below you will read about Ken’s many successes in the music industry. You will read about his career highlights and the many stages he has played on. While that is all fantastic what it doesn’t tell is who Ken is as a human. He is just like us really. Ken is a deep thinker, yet a total goof. He is animal lover, especially his cat. He can get along with big tropical bugs as long as he can research what they are and they don’t sneak up on him. Ken is always up for an adventure and can make a complete stranger feel like an old friend. Ken is a let’s get real here kinda guy who doesn’t expect you to take him too seriously because he does that too often himself. Ken loves people and learning their stories where ever they are in the world or in their life. He is brave enough to keep going, humble enough to own his mistakes and forgive you yours. Ken also loves beer and hockey after all he is Canadian.

Ken Stead has been playing music professionally since 2013.  He has independently released two albums since then (Unfinished, and Fear Has No Place Here) garnering him chart placements on the Canadian Folk/Roots chart.  His career has had some incredible highlights such as opening for Burton Cummings, Tom Cochrane and Sass Jordan. Ken has played numerous Canadian festivals including Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, Big Valley Jamboree (main stage), Breakout West, Folk Alliance International and many others. 

 In 2017 Ken was invited to take part in a commercial country radio contest and began to really develop his sound by adding his own band for the contest.  Ken and his band won third place in the contest and was rewarded money to be able to record the album.

Civil War is about the battles within. Ken has most definitely experienced battles within the content of the album, as well as getting this album into the public's ears. After finishing the recording, with producer Winston Hauschild (Hey Ocean, Hannah Georgas, Mike Edel, Wanting) this record went to Canadian legend Howie Beck (Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Arkells, Walk Off The Earth) for mixing. 

The record was completed in March 2018 and since then Ken has been working on the marketing and distribution aspects of this record. Fighting to open doors and find and make new ones even though he wasn’t able to receive grant money from Canadian organizations. Ken has fought and worked very hard to put together a team and a solid release plan for the album “Civil War” and for his career growth both in Canada and internationally.

Here is a little sample of what to expect.. 

Instead of focusing on the doors that had closed on this album, giving up and putting this album out without a plan, Ken remains steadfast to his belief in this album’s unlimited potential and releasing it in the most effective way possible. Being able to take advantage of opportunities that this album has garnered not only for promise in Canada and the US but also for international airplay and touring. That desire and tenacity has led to this opening this new door, Kickstarter. Helping Ken step through this next door you are not just donating to another singer/songwriter but a human who has proven his purpose is to create music, commit to the business, connect with people, and hopefully make this world a better place for it.  
This project’s goal is to expand Ken’s fan base not only in Canada, but also on the international stage. The money raised for this project will go towards local and International radio promotion of Civil War, touring support, as well as the merchandising to support the album.   

If we hit our initial target of 10000, we will be able to support the initial launch within Canada. If we are blessed with our second goal of 16,000 we will be launching an international radio campaign, tour dates and promotion. 

All our backers get our complete gratitude and a personal thank-you for the belief and support of Ken and Civil War. 

We have put together packages that include digital download, CD’s and exclusive Kickstarter, limited-edition vinyl recordings of Civil War. 

Our merchandise add-ons include Ken’s first release Fear Has No Place Here and Civil War chord chart book, along with our special Prairie Shark T-Shirts, Denim Patch and Stickers.  

For those backers who want to experience Civil War in person we have our digital concert package (interactive private concert including entire album via digital application) and house concert packages.  

If there is anything I’ve learned by making music for a living, it is that I can only do what I’m doing because of the support of people that believe in what I’m doing. It really comes down to the people that follow my music, the people that come to shows, the people that purchase the music, the people that encourage along the way, the people check in to see how I’m doing mid winter, the people that sing along to the music. This is why we chose Kickstarter because I want to be able to give you something back. I want you to be able to hear the music first. When I started to look at what the international potential of this record was I didn’t know that it had as much potential as what radio distributors believed it did. I knew this was something that with the help of other people, we could really take huge strides forward towards international success.  

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for believing in me and supporting the campaign. It is why I will be handwriting out as many thank you notes as there are supporters. I appreciate you more than I can express in words. Lots of love your way and keep fighting the good kind of civil wars so that we can make this world a better place.

                                                                           - Ken Stead

Risks and challenges

The album is ready to be released so there is no risk to it not being released as scheduled May 2019. There may be unexpected delays in the merchandise being delivered due to global warming, postal strikes, or a lack of cotton for the T-shirts. We promise to be responsive and communicate any challenges we experience along the way. Our goal is to get your rewards to you as soon as we are able so that we can show our gratitude for your support.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    Track #1: Trouble

    Receive a digital download of Civil War and a personalized thank you from Ken. This is definitely the Trouble you want.

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    Track #2: I'm Done Trying

    If you are done trying to connect your bluetooth, why not slip in a CD.

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    Track #3: Civil War

    You don't have to start a civil war to get it signed.

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    The Other Album: Fear Has No Place Here

    No fear, if you want Ken's first album its here for you .. for a limited time.

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    Track #4: Why You Afraid Of The Dark

    Don't be afraid to let your friends know you love Vinyl.

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    Track #5: I Don't Wanna Be That Man

    Yes you do, get your Vinyl and CD signed.

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    Track #6: Fall Apart

    If your world is falling apart, hold it together with this vintage style Prairie Shark T-Shirt.

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    Track #7: Hold On

    Need a package with Vinyl and a shirt? Hold on we have one for you.

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    Track #8: My Wandering Heart

    We know you are the type of person that needs everything your heart desires. Get one of everything plus some more.

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    • Vinyl (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • CD (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • CD (Signed) - Fear Has No Place Here LP
    • Chord Book - Civil War
    • Prairie Shark Shirt
    • Prairie Shark Sticker
    • Prairie Shark Patch
    • I'm Trouble Button
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    Track #9: Best Friend

    Do you have a best friend? Don't leave them out get them one of everything too.

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    • CD (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • CD (Signed) - Fear Has No Place Here LP
    • Vinyl (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • Digital Download - Civil War LP
    • Chord Book - Civil War
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    Track #10: Be Peaced

    Be at peace knowing that you and your friends have Ken all to yourself.. at least digitally.

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    • Digital Concert Package
    • Vinyl (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • CD (Signed) - Civil War LP
    • CD (Signed) - Fear Has No Place Here LP
    • Digital Download - Civil War LP
    • Chord Book - Civil War
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    Track #11 - All I Want.. Is a Party

    Need a reason to celebrate? Bring Ken to you for a Live House Concert and save the shipping as we will bring all your swag in person for you and your pals. Need more? No problem, Ken will bring the store.

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    • Digital Download - Civil War LP
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    • CD (Signed) - Fear Has No Place Here LP
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