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We are making an original children’s album and bringing music and art workshops to kids around the world.
We are making an original children’s album and bringing music and art workshops to kids around the world.
116 backers pledged $12,339 to help bring this project to life.

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**UPDATE: With 10 hours left, an anonymous donor gave a large pledge to make sure the project would be funded!! As our actual costs are closer to $15,000 so far, please don't let this keep you from continuing to pledge. 

We are so grateful for every single backer that made this possible!

So, here’s the crazy plan. We are leaving Nashville for an epic journey to bring music, art, songwriting and creativity workshops to children all over the world, especially children affected by trauma.

We believe art and music can heal the heart on a deep level. We have seen it firsthand in our own lives, and we’ve seen it in the lives of kids all over the world. We are partnering with 10 children’s homes to bring music and art workshops to kids in the USA, Nicaragua, Germany, Poland, Israel, and Ghana.

Our hope for “Let the Sun Shine In” is that in doing art and music together, these kids will feel more freedom to create, express, understand their emotions, and have tools to create masterpieces or simply to dream again. We can’t even imagine the cool things we will learn from these kids, and we want to showcase their art and also create collaborative music recordings with them.

We’ve written brand new children’s songs just for these kids, and we can’t wait to have them sing and record these songs with us for you to hear.

The end goal is to create a project that is as inspirational to you as it is to us to get to work with these kids and capture their voices in song and video.

NOTE: All funds raised go will go towards travel expenses, art and music supplies, and recording costs. If we greatly exceed our project goal, then any extra funds will be given as donations back to the organizations that we are working with.

About Us:

We are “Chasing Summer”, a husband and wife Americana Folk/Rock duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Not long after meeting, we began writing, singing and touring together. We have released a combined 7 albums and this will be our 14th European tour. Both of us have lived or traveled doing music and humanitarian projects in over 30 countries all over Europe, Central America, Africa, and Australia. We have been doing a lot of music recently, and we wanted to do something that would be a bit different, and the result is this project! 

We have this beautiful, colorful, ambitious vision to share music and art with kids all over the world and watch the beautiful creations that spring up from them. Our hope is that the art and music from these kids will bring sunshine into the hearts of everyone who hears their voices and sees their artwork.

Sebastian at Kinderzuhause in Germany!
Sebastian at Kinderzuhause in Germany!
Moises in Nicaragua with one of the ukuleles we gave to his school.
Moises in Nicaragua with one of the ukuleles we gave to his school.
Music Rewards - Ukuleles, Percussion, Harmonicas, and more!
Music Rewards - Ukuleles, Percussion, Harmonicas, and more!
Doing a Concert and Music Workshop in Burbach, Germany.
Doing a Concert and Music Workshop in Burbach, Germany.
Nayeli learning percussion in Nicaragua!
Nayeli learning percussion in Nicaragua!
Tammy and a girl from the home in Netanya, Israel.
Tammy and a girl from the home in Netanya, Israel.
Carlos in Nicaragua trying out the Ukulele.
Carlos in Nicaragua trying out the Ukulele.
On the river in Tübingen.
On the river in Tübingen.
Enjoying a day off in lovely Tübingen, Germany!
Enjoying a day off in lovely Tübingen, Germany!
Art workshop in Nicaragua - very colorful results!
Art workshop in Nicaragua - very colorful results!
The Community Tree from Burbach, Germany.
The Community Tree from Burbach, Germany.
"Finger painting" with his feet - he loves it!
"Finger painting" with his feet - he loves it!

Risks and challenges

This project has few risks and challenges because most of the work (recording the songs, initial workshops) has already been completed! Due to the unique challenges of travel to Africa, the timeframe for visiting these places could be delayed. Other than that, there are minimal risks to completing this project.

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    THE DOWNLOAD: Get a Digital Download of the full "Let The Sun Shine In" album with voices from children all over the world before it is released to the public, the digital CD artwork, and a thank-you post via facebook or twitter!

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    THE REAL DEAL: Get a Physical CD of "Let The Sun Shine In" with a booklet packed with art and photos from kids around the world + THE DOWNLOAD. Includes US Shipping.

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    THE COLLECTOR: Get a Signed CD + THE DOWNLOAD. Includes US Shipping.

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    DIGITAL Music Package: Get all 3 of our Albums as a Digital Download! You will get our first 2 albums "Chasing Summer" + "Live This Life With You", and THE DOWNLOAD!

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    3 CD Mix Package: Get our first 2 albums "Chasing Summer" + "Live This Life With You", and THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    3 CD Package: Get 3 Hard Copy CD's of "Let The Sun Shine In" to share or give away! Includes US Shipping.

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    MUSIC MAKER - HARMONICA! You will get a harmonica and give a harmonica to a child at a children’s home we visit + THE DOWNLOAD. Includes US Shipping.

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    MUSIC MAKER - PERCUSSION! By selecting this award, you will get a mini drum and shaker and give the same to a child at a children’s home we visit + THE DOWNLOAD. Includes US Shipping.

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    THE PAINTER - You will get a sweet watercolor paint set and paper to try your hand at watercolor painting and we will give a set to a child at a children’s home we visit + THE DOWNLOAD. Includes US Shipping.

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    The CHEF! Get a PDF download of our cookbook of original recipes - includes salads, Tammy’s amazing Mediterranean chicken, Joseph’s banana pancakes, and much more + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    Do your own MUSIC + ART WORKSHOPS! Exclusive digital workbook with ideas for art and music projects for kids + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The Men’s Shaving Package! The ultimate in an all natural, luxurious shave. You get handmade products made by Tammy, including men’s Oat and Clove Shaving Soap, Mint Tea Tree Aftershave Balm, and Lavender Vanilla Massage Oil. You will also get THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The Women’s Luxurious Spa Package! The ultimate in an all natural skin care line comes with 2 exclusive sugar scrubs, a lip balm and a handmade soap all handmade by Tammy. It’s perfect for your girlfriend, wife, friend, mother, daughter or yourself! You will also get THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    POSTCARDS: Get 10 Postcards of children’s art from the workshops around the world to send to your friends, decorate your house, or frame + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    CALENDAR! Let The Sun Shine In all year long with a children’s art calendar from the workshops around the world + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The DIGITAL MUSIC PACKAGE - 8 Album Download! Includes "Chasing Summer" + "Live This Life With You" + all 5 Tammy Rochelle albums + THE DOWNLOAD.

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    ART and LYRICS BOOK! Exclusive 20 page softcover book (8”x6”) “Let The Sun Shine In” book with children’s art from the workshops and lyrics from the title track of the album + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    DOCUMENTARY PHOTO BOOK! Exclusive 20 page softcover book (8”x6”) with photos documenting the children’s workshops around the world. Plus you will also get THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The MUSIC LOVER - 8 CD's! Includes the full Chasing Summer Discography - "Chasing Summer" CD + "Live This Life With You" CD! Also includes the full Tammy Rochelle Discography - all 5 CD’s + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    MUSIC MAKER - UKULELE! You will get a beautiful colored Soprano UKULELE and give the same to a child in need + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The BIRTHDAY RAP - We will make a personal video of our goofy “Birthday Rap”, complete with wigs and costumes and the name of the person you choose. Yourself, a friend, family member, child - whoever! They will love it, guaranteed. And you will get THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    MUSIC MAKER: Ukulele + Percussion + Harmonica! By selecting this reward, you will get a beautiful Soprano UKULELE, the PERC package, and HARMONICA, and give the same to a child in need + THE REAL DEAL! Includes US Shipping.

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    The PAINTER - You will get a medium size (16" x 20") original ACRYLIC PAINTING on canvas by Tammy. Plus you will get the DIGITAL MUSIC LOVER PACKAGE! US Shipping Included.

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    RECORD ON THIS ALBUM - Come to Nashville with your family or friends and add your voice to the record - sing along with people from around the world! Get your name in the credits of the album! Travel to Nashville not included.

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    THE WORKSHOP! Bring us to your Church, School, Non-Profit, or Business to do a fun MUSIC and ART WORKSHOP! For kids or adults. We will set up a mini studio so you can record on the CD with us as well! (Flight cost must be added for locations more than 4 hours from Nashville, TN or a European tour date)

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    The FULL EXPERIENCE - Want us to come to YOUR HOUSE and put on a PERSONAL CONCERT + MUSIC and ART WORKSHOP for you and up to 25 friends?!! OK! You got it! We will set up a mini studio so you can record on the CD with us as well! Plus you will get the MUSIC LOVER PACKAGE! (Flight cost must be added for locations more than 4 hours from Nashville, TN or a European tour date)

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    DAY IN THE STUDIO: Come hang out at Dark Horse Recording with us for a whole day! Record in the very same studio where Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Matchbox 20, Michael W. Smith, and others have recorded! You can sing along with our songs or play your own - the choice is yours! We can record with you if you want, and we will make you a gourmet meal and have a fun time together. PLUS get the MUSIC LOVER package! (Hiring other studio musicians and travel to Nashville not included.)

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    CORPORATE SPONSOR! Be an official sponsor for this project - we will put your company logo on the CD and Website as an official sponsor, as well as the credits of any videos for songs from this album. PLUS get any 2 rewards you want - DAY IN THE STUDIO, FULL EXPERIENCE, and more!

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    The EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! We would be eternally grateful for your support - get your name listed as an executive producer of the project, PLUS get any 3 rewards you want - DAY IN THE STUDIO, FULL EXPERIENCE, and more!

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