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Committed artist, songwriter, and performer, dares to make the next move in a budding career. You gotta see this!
I am preparing to release my second professional recording. Thanks to you, I have the means to record these songs as I have imagined them. I am humbled by your support. Thank You.
I am preparing to release my second professional recording. Thanks to you, I have the means to record these songs as I have imagined them. I am humbled by your support. Thank You.
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Hello!

My name is Kirsten Maxwell and I am a full-time Singer/Songwriter from New York.

Visit https://soundcloud.com/kmaxwellmusic to get an idea of what I do!

I am coming to you with this campaign to fund my second recording project.

You know all those new songs I've been playing that folks keep hoping are on the CD I have, and then I say, "No, I'm sorry, 'Prism' is a newer song, it will be on my next recording..."

This is that next recording!

But first, let us pay homage to my debut.

Original Painting // 'Crimson' Album Art // Painted by yours truly
Original Painting // 'Crimson' Album Art // Painted by yours truly

In 2015, I released my debut album, 'Crimson'. A LOT has changed since then, and I couldn’t have done it without you. Many of you made generous donations to the project, bought copies of the CD, shared with friends, came to performances, and generally encouraged me not to stop. THANK YOU.

Some things that happened after Crimson:

• Winner of the Rhode Island Songwriting Association Contest • Winner of the South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Contest • Folk DJ Showcase artist at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) • Official Showcase at SERFA (South East Regional Folk Alliance) • Kerrville New Folk Finalist • Opener for – Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Bill Staines • Tricentric Showcase at NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) • Official Showcase at SWRFA (South West Regional Folk Alliance) • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist

You know you've made it when... Photo Cred - The Long Islander
You know you've made it when... Photo Cred - The Long Islander

I've also joined the "Great Singer/Songwriter Migration", which is a term I just made up for traveling by land, sea, or sky to wherever the next gig takes you. This has mostly happened on the East Coast so far, but I did dip my toe in Texas.

Luckily, I enjoy driving, and being on my own (but not for too long of course)
Luckily, I enjoy driving, and being on my own (but not for too long of course)

 

Why Are We Reading This Again?

I have number of new songs out and I’d really like to record them professionally so you can listen whenever you want!

One of my favorite blazers (I have an ever growing collection) Photo by Criso Kardia
One of my favorite blazers (I have an ever growing collection) Photo by Criso Kardia

Oh Right...New Songs...Carry On!

Once recorded, these songs can turn into more contest and live performance opportunities, radio play, features in TV and Movies, and also attract the attention of Managers, Agents, and Record Labels.

I will be making an EP (Extended Play), which will contain 5 or 6 songs. 

I was Bob Dylan for Halloween if that means anything to you
I was Bob Dylan for Halloween if that means anything to you

Why not make a full album??

This project is about making a smart career move.

If I were to make a full album right now, it is likely that all the funds would disappear rather quickly into the making of the album itself and I'd have almost nothing left to get the music out into the world.

Your contribution will not only help the recordings get made, but also help them get heard.

Don’t forget, the work really begins after the recording is done.

So Where Exactly Is All This Money Going?

It will cost about $5,000 for the initial recording $3,000 Mixing and Mastering $3,000 Radio Promotion $2,000 Artwork and Packaging.

I am also interested in making a Music Video to release with the EP. If we can hit a reach goal of $20,000, more doors can open to make something memorable and professional.

Anything beyond that will contribute to Tour budget (food, lodging, travel, etc..) Contest Entry Fees, My personal Jet (Just kidding), etc...

That's my mom and me after seeing Joan Baez's 75th Birthday Concert. We were obviously having a terrible time.
That's my mom and me after seeing Joan Baez's 75th Birthday Concert. We were obviously having a terrible time.

This is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign, so don’t make me nervous, help me reach the goal before the time runs out!

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival // Main Stage // Photo by Neale Eckstein
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival // Main Stage // Photo by Neale Eckstein

And remember, your contribution is not only funding the creation of an EP, but investing in a career. The next leg of my journey will be a direct result of you.

Thank you for your time and consideration. It has been a pleasure sharing my story with you. If you are as excited about this next step as me, and you want to help, SHARE away!

Sincerely,

Kirsten Maxwell

Risks and challenges

Truly, there is no telling exactly where this next move will take me but I'm willing to give it a shot.

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    I will learn a song of your choosing and record it and put it on youtube. You will also receive a signed CD and T-Shirt.

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    If you love to give gifts and share music with your friends, choose this reward and receive 10 signed copies of the new EP.

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    Prism Package

    Two hand crafted jewelry items made by Amy Volchok with a lyric from the song Prism.

    (For those of you who don't know the song)
    Chorus:
    I look to the Green Hills
    I look to the Sky
    I look to your Wisdom Mother
    You're a Prism
    And you Spread The Light

    plus 2 Signed CD’s and 2 T-Shirts (one for you and one for mom)

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    A Song For You

    We will communicate about the topic and themes of your song and then I will retreat into my secret lair and write you something that will last forever!

    Signed CD + T-Shirt

    Note: All rights to publish, record, and recreate will be in my ownership.

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    House Concert

    I will come do a house concert for you and your friends!

    (Concert location must either be in the Northeast or coincide with a tour if I'm passing through your area)

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