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Fresh musical take on favorite Disney classics, from Nashville-based musicians under direction of arranger Jason Lyle Black
Fresh musical take on favorite Disney classics, from Nashville-based musicians under direction of arranger Jason Lyle Black
136 backers pledged $8,031 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Jason Lyle Black.  I'm a full-time songwriter, pianist, and comedic entertainer.  I've been blessed to make my living as a full-time performing musician.  

My dream as an artist is to share my music with people all over the world on tour - to leave a mark on people individually and on their communities.  

This project, this Disney record, is my effort to do that - to expand my fanbase dramatically by creating a record of songs that can touch people all throughout the world, and to tell those songs in a new way.  I'm so grateful for you being part of it!

MY STORY  

I started playing piano 23 years ago, at age 8.  When I was 15, my passion for music really exploded.  I started writing music regularly and learning to record my own music.  I put out my first CD in 2004, called Flood of Keys.  It was 12 songs of original music.

Over the next ten years, I put out three more albums, and began performing as a comedic pianist.  By 2016, I was able to quit my day job and pursue music full-time, and have since performed as far as Tokyo, Japan, and even off the coast of Africa!

My "upside down" and "backwards" piano routines are some of my fans' favorite moments when I perform.
My "upside down" and "backwards" piano routines are some of my fans' favorite moments when I perform.

THE DREAM

While I am blessed to make a living as a performing artist, I want to reach more people with my music.  My mission is really to be a global touring artist and use that brand to put a smile on people's faces all over the world.  

Me with the three pianists from a video I did for Down Syndrome awareness.  They were amazing!
Me with the three pianists from a video I did for Down Syndrome awareness. They were amazing!

This new record is my effort to move my career to that next level, to help expand my fanbase globally so that I can introduce my music to tens of thousands of new fans across the world.

THE RECORD

This is a full-length album of Disney classics, of my own arrangement.  The songs are inspired by Disney arrangements I previously did for Hal Leonard, the world's largest sheet music publisher.  Here's a picture of that book: 

My recent book of Disney arrangements was published throughout the US in 2018.
My recent book of Disney arrangements was published throughout the US in 2018.

This album is a fully orchestrated recording of some of my favorite arrangements from that book.  It is a cross-genre album; it includes jazz, dixieland, pop, latin, and classical styles.  There's no Disney album like it, with this blend of genres and styles.

YOUR SUPPORT / FUNDING / TIMELINE

Here's the kicker.  I don't have a record label for this release.  It is being done completely independently.  I worked with Hal Leonard on the Disney arrangements book, but Hal Leonard doesn't put out albums. This is just me.

So your support makes the record possible, both the production and the release.  The following is the breakdown of how we will use the funds.    

Now you may notice that we have set the Kickstarter minimum at just $7,500.  That's because I already pledged all $7,500 of my savings to the producer four months ago to start working on the record, because I was determined that this music would be produced.

I am asking for your help now so that we can finish the record, covering not only our production costs above, but also bringing on a publicist to help this album reach tens of thousands of new fans worldwide.

THANKS / ALBUM PREVIEW

I want to personally thank you for supporting this project.  It means the world to me - I live for the connection that my music makes with fans.  That's what brings joy to me personally, and is why I do what I do. 

Meeting fans at a recent show on tour in February 2018.
Meeting fans at a recent show on tour in February 2018.

If you have questions about the Kickstarter, please don't hesitate to message me personally.  You can contact me here on Kickstarter, or on Facebook here, or on my website here.  

You can hear a preview of many of the songs in my Kickstarter video!  Included are Friend Like Me, Bare Necessities, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Beauty and the Beast, and Part of Your World.  Enjoy!

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges for this project are low, considering that the album has already been recorded and mixed in the studio. The main issue at this point is getting the funding for the mastering, manufacturing, and release of the record, as outlined above.

We will of course keep you informed if there are any unexpected delays in manufacturing or shipment. We have accounted for extra time already in the project's timeline.

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    Sign my Digital Guestbook!

    Thanks for supporting me! For just $5, add your name to my album history and get a free single.

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    Digital Download of the Album!

    Get a digital download of the album in early October, a month before the official release. Plus exclusive backer updates!

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    Signed, Personalized Disney CD!

    Get a SIGNED, PERSONALIZED copy of my new Disney CD in October, a month before the official release!

    Plus, get the album download and my exclusive backer updates.

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    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of album
    • SIGNED DISNEY CD w/personalization
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    VIP Fan Package (w/Behind-the-Scenes!)

    Oo la la! Basically what you’re saying is you love me like you love your grandma. (My grandma thanks you, by the way). You’ll receive all the below!

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    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of album
    • SIGNED DISNEY CD w/personalization
    • LIMITED EDITION signed poster
    • "MAKING OF" DVD (w/exclusive artist interview)
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    Premium VIP Package (w/Disney Book)

    Get the VIP fan package above, plus a SIGNED, PERSONALIZED copy of my Disney Piano Book (Disney Medleys for Piano Solo, published by Hal Leonard).

    Includes:
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of album
    • SIGNED DISNEY CD w/personalization
    • LIMITED EDITION signed poster
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    Five Signed CDs for Family and Friends!

    Wowzers! (As my dad would say). Thank you for getting my album as gifts for your family and friends! I'll send you five copies of the album, personalized as you like.

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    • FIVE SIGNED CDs (w/personalization as you like)
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    VIP + One-hour Skype Mentoring Session!

    We will spend an HOUR TOGETHER ON SKYPE covering whatever you would like!

    We can do a piano lesson, go over your music career goals, discuss songwriting, or just chat and I can play songs for you. Plus receive the other items below!

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    • HOUR-LONG SKYPE session
    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
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    Patron - TEN Signed CDs for Friends!

    Wowzers! Thank you so much! If I could bestow knighthood or lady-hood upon you, I would. In the meantime, I’ll say thanks with all of the below items!

    (The two BONUS CDs are your choice - Disney, Piano Preludes, Christmas, or Another Point of View.)

    Includes:
    • TEN SIGNED CDs (with personalization, as you like)
    • TWO BONUS JLB CDs (of your choosing)
    • 15-min SKYPE CALL
    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
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    I Will Write & Record a Song For You!

    Seriously! We'll have a 60-MINUTE SKYPE SESSION to chat about what you want, then I'll WRITE AND RECORD a CUSTOM PIANO SONG for you.

    This could be for your wedding, could be a soundtrack for your life, or just because you want a song written for you!

    If you want a vocal song, just provide lyrics to me, and I will compose the music to that.

    Note: This reward is for individual use (not commercial). Does not transfer copyright.

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    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
    • CUSTOM SONG written and recorded just for you
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    Own Part of My Viral Video!

    My “Frozen” video reached 10+ MILLION PEOPLE worldwide, including features on Good Morning America and Huffington Post.

    OWN THE SHIRT FROM THE VIDEO—a recognizable enough blue t-shirt that there is a Google autosearch for it. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhJK6CV8oeo

    I’ll autograph the shirt if you like, and send you all the below!

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    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
    • T-shirt from "Frozen" Viral Video, signed for you
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    Own My Silver Suit!

    One of my trademarks in my show is the SILVER SUIT that I wear onstage. I have worn this ever since 2015. For this pledge, it will BE YOURS!

    I will wear that suit one last time onstage, take it off, and send it to you (dry cleaned, if you’d like). You will own a piece of my career history!

    Then after I get fitted for a new silver suit, we'll set up a 60-MINUTE SKYPE CALL so I can say thanks to you personally!

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    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
    • Own my iconic SILVER SUIT, worn onstage from 2015-2018
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    Private Disney Concert in Your Home!

    Talk about “to infinity, and beyond!” Wow! I want to fly out and personally thank you. And as long as I’m town, I’m going to do a PRIVATE CONCERT for all of your friends!

    AGENCY NOTE: This opportunity is a discounted booking rate only for Kickstarter, for US house concerts only, for mutually agreed upon date in Nov 2018-Aug 2019 (Dec is very limited).

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    • PRIVATE CONCERT in YOUR home
    • TWENTY signed Disney CDs
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    Fly You to Nashville & Sell You My Soul

    They say everybody has a price. Well this is mine. You will now officially OWN MY SOUL (complete with a signed certificate).

    Along with purchasing my eternal future, to do with as you please, you will get a ROUND-TRIP, ALL-EXPENSES PAID trip to NASHVILLE for three days, to join me in the studio and see Music City!

    My management will coordinate the trip with you. Available from North America or Western Europe.

    NOTE: Soul ownership becomes valid upon my entrance into the afterlife. Premature death may void ownership; you must wait patiently for my soul.

    Includes:
    • OWN MY SOUL (w/signed certificate)
    • ALL-EXPENSES PAID trip to Nashville
    • PREMIUM VIP BUNDLE (signed CD, DVD, book, poster, download)
    • HANG OUT WITH ME in the studio
    • DINNER with my management/me
    • TICKETS to the Grand Ole Opry (iconic Nashville show)
    • SIGNED CD/BOOK of everything I have ever released
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