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I stand firm in the knowledge that I am here to amplify the stories of those who feel silenced, unheard and forgotten.
I stand firm in the knowledge that I am here to amplify the stories of those who feel silenced, unheard and forgotten.
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As an artist, it is my job to say what I see, and it is my purpose to give that a voice. In these coming weeks, I will be walking into the studio to record a full length album. This record will be an honest reflection of the stories that are often unheard and the voices that are often unsung.

As far back as I can remember, I never felt as though I really “fit in” anywhere. I was always too tall, too quiet, too big, too shy; I talked too fast or talked too proper. Even as a singer/songwriter, I often feel as though there is not a space for my voice. The things that are heavy on my heart are not the things that I hear on mainstream radio. In a world where I feel angry and marginalized, I need a space to create meaningful art out of my burdens, concerns, and feelings.

The reason I started writing music was because I needed a way to express and release the heaviness and struggles that I witnessed everyday as a music therapist. The first songs I wrote on my own were based on the stories of people I would meet in my day-to-day. My first cowrites were with people who were institutionalized. My purpose was always to help them say what they felt in the simplest, most raw way possible. There were no rules, no form: we were just writing their truth. It looks like I’m finally taking my own advice.

In these last few years of doing music, I have tried so hard to distance myself from the “music therapist story.” No matter how hard I try, I keep coming back to my natural ways.

I stand firm in the knowledge that my purpose is to be a voice and a vessel for those who feel forgotten. I am here to amplify the stories of those who feel silenced.

I’m making this album because it's time. I’m ready. There was always something holding me back. I was always holding something close to myself out of fear of rejection.

Every time I walk on a stage, I am actively overcoming my fear of allowing space for my own voice. But in allowing my voice to be heard, I am able to tell the stories of those who may not have the power or privilege to be understood.

I need your help in getting these songs and stories out to a broader audience.

Your help will prove that there is a place for music that has a purpose.

Risks and challenges

Album: If we reach the goal and the campaign is funded, there WILL BE AN ALBUM. I will be posting frequent updates to let everyone know how far along the album is. However, while recording the album, I will be dealing with a lot of other people's schedules; For example, the studio, engineers, producers, musicians, etc.. I will work diligently to release the album as close to the delivery date as possible. Everyone who contributes to the Kickstarter will receive updates on the recording process regularly. Should I expect any delays regarding the album release, I will let you all know as early as possible.

Cover Songs: Audio and Youtube covers will be delivered after the album is completed so that I can stay focused on getting the album done on time.

Private Shows: I will do my very best to get private shows scheduled for a date within one year of the date that the campaign is funded. Private shows will have to take place on a mutually agreed upon date. Dates may need to be scheduled well in advance in order for me to avoid any scheduling conflicts with the album release or touring plans.

International Shipping: Some countries have restrictions on packages from other countries. In the event that a package cannot be shipped safely to your country via USPS, we'll have to work together to see if we can find a solution either by finding alternative shipping methods or replacing certain items with other more shipping-compliant options. In the event that there are any problems regarding international shipping, I will be sure to reach out to you and get the issue taken care of.

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    Signed Poster/ Handwritten lyrics

    A signed Kyshona poster OR Handwritten lyrics from a song of your choosing from Kyshona's catalog.

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    Kyshona T-Shirt

    Kyshona T-shirt design for the new album.

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    Kyshona Poster Pack

    A Collection of Posters from past Kyshona albums, shows and tours.

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    UK Exclusive EP/ 5 demos

    Exclusive UK ONLY Release Acoustic EP. For my UK contributors, you can choose 5 unreleased songs from my secret vault of fully produced songs.

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    • Autographed Album
    • Signed Album Poster
    • Kyshona T-shirt
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    A Cover Video

    1 Cover video of your choosing (Keep it clean please!)

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    2 Skype Voice Lessons

    Have a 1 on 1 private voice lesson with Kyshona via FaceTime or Skype. Two 35 minute sessions included.

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    • Autographed Album
    • Signed Album Poster
    • Handwritten Lyrics of a song of your choosing
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    VIP Passes to a venue show

    VIP Status to a show of your choosing gets you access to soundcheck and a Pre-show hang with Kyshona (and the band when applicable)

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    • VIP Show Pass
    • Digital Download
    • Autographed Album
    • Signed Album Poster
    • Kyshona T-shirt
    • UK Exclusive Acoustic EP
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    Voice Lessons AND VIP Show Pass

    2 Skype Voice Lessons AND VIP PASS/Pre show hang at a show of your choosing

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    • VIP Show Pass
    • A Cover Video
    • Digital Download
    • Autographed Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics of a song of your choosing
    • Kyshona T-shirt
    • UK Exclusive Acoustic EP
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    Songwriting Sessions

    2 Songwriting sessions via Skype or FaceTime (We’ll write a special song together for either you or a loved one)

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    • VIP Show Pass
    • A Cover Video
    • UK Exclusive Acoustic EP
    • Kyshona T-shirt
    • Signed Album Poster
    • 5 Unreleased demos from Kyshona's separate catalog.
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    Private House Show (Solo/Duo Acoustic)

    Private house show (solo/duo acoustic)

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    • Handwritten Lyrics of a song of your choosing
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    • Autographed Album
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    Private House Show (Full band)

    I'll bring the band with me to serenade you and your closest friends and family. House not big enough? No worries. Let's work together to find a venue that will allow us to throw a private show for just you and your closest.

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    • Private House Show (Full Band)
    • VIP Show Pass
    • Autographed Album
    • Digital Download
    • 5 Unreleased demos from Kyshona's separate catalog.
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    Sing on stage with Kyshona for 2 songs

    Join Kyshona on stage for 2 songs of your choosing (we’d have had voice lessons, so there’s no reason to be scared)

    Includes:
    • Join Kyshona on stage for 2 songs
    • 2 Skype Voice Lessons
    • Autographed Album
    • Digital Download
    • Handwritten Lyrics of a song of your choosing
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    Unlimited Voice and Songwriting Sessions

    You've got access to unlimited Voice and Songwriting sessions via Skype/Facetime if you donate 10,000 or more. I'll also tattoo your name on my ring finger. (i'm kidding)

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    • Unlimited Skype Voice Lessons
    • Unlimited Skype Songwriting Sessions
    • Private House Show (Full Band)
    • Autographed Album
    • Digital Download
    • Handwritten Lyrics of a song of your choosing
    • Kyshona T-shirt
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Funding period

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