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Fresh arrangements of 90s R&B classics using only acoustic instruments and voice.
Fresh arrangements of 90s R&B classics using only acoustic instruments and voice.
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Do you often reminisce about what it was like "back in the day"? Have you ever thought to yourself... 

"Wow, I sure do love this old school slow jam, but it would be nice to get a fresh new spin on it -- really flip the script and hear what it could sound like with vocals and guitar... maybe a few tasteful harmonies."?


ME TOO.

I present to you Acoustic Throwback. Naked arrangements of your favorite 90s R&B jams. Let's take a ride on a six-string time machine back to when MTV still had videos, and you still had a landline phone (and an answering machine).

As much as I love to cover songs, I'm not a fan of most cover songs, because the majority just copy the original without adding anything new, and that's not what I'm after. Take this Mariah tune for example.

Honestly, I wasn't planning to Kickstart this project since I didn't want to overwhelm you, my biggest supporters, or make you feel like my hand was always out. But strangely, a lot of you asked me to launch on Kickstarter and I realized something. Crowdfunding isn't just about raising money, it's about the community and being invested in something WITH the artist. It's about being a part of the whole. 

Also, let me add how grateful I am to have a job I love, where I get to dream up ridiculous stuff like this and have you along for the ride. It means more to me than you probably will ever know. 

I have you to keep me grounded -- to remind me not to go chasing waterfalls.

Trying to narrow down my favorite 90s R&B songs is no easy task. I'm aiming for tracks that are recognizable with the occasional "deep cut", but would also translate well to a new acoustic arrangement. So, here's what I'm thinking. If the project is successfully funded, I will pick 6-7 songs, with 3 more songs being chosen by popular vote, and up to 3 additional songs chosen from the "Custom Song Request" backers for a total of at least 10-12 tracks. Here's a HUGE list of songs with YouTube links to get some ideas from. 

I plan to have a LOT of cameos and have already started lining them up. As tempting as it is to tell you who all has agreed to do this, it's way more fun to leave you guessing  : ]. Stay tuned throughout the funding period as I'll be announcing new guest artists every few days. 

FIRST HINTS:
Melissa Polinar
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See if you can guess. These are just some of the people that *could* do it and have expressed interest. There's no guarantee all of these will work out due to scheduling and logistics, but I'm gonna try!

Stretch goals are rewards that everyone gets when the project funding reaches certain levels. So, if the project reaches...

$1,990 (REACHED) CARLTON DANCE - I'll post a video of me doing The Carlton Dance! (Couldn't fit it all on Instagram so decided to make it an official backer update).

$10,000 (REACHED) - EXTRA BONUS SONG not available anywhere else. Just for you lovely people!

$20,000 - NASHVILLE CD RELEASE SHOW. If we cross the $20k mark I'll throw a Nashville Release show. Backers at the $20 level and higher will get an invite and a plus one. 

Here's a photo of me, from 1993, at my senior prom. My friend Samantha thought it would be fun to "do my hair", so I let her. Not sure what the bolo tie is all about. 

Anyways, just wanted y'all to know you're in good hands.

UPDATES

Update #3 [6/24/14] - Passed the $16,000 mark, WOW! Revealed 2 of the special guests (Melissa Polinar, and Tony Lucca). Released a video update for backers only. Also, I started officially recording. Why wait until the funding deadline? I'm ready to do this!

Update #2 [6/11/14] - Added some hints to the special guest section below. See if you can figure out some of the cameos. Also, not even 24 hours yet and we just might pass the $10,000 mark! Unreal!

Update #1 [6/10/14] - Holy crap! Initial funding goal is history! We're at the 300% mark and it's still the first night! This project has got some legs. THANK YOU for getting involved and spreading the word! As promised I did The Carlton Dance as the first stretch goal reward. Check the UPDATES section for the video. Also, be sure to check the STRETCH GOALS section below as I'll be adding more of them as we reach them TOGETHER. Ok, now group hug. Bring it in....

Risks and challenges

An endeavor such as this won't be without certain challenges. Since I am not the copyright owner of these songs, proper steps must be taken to license the works so that the original authors get paid. (The statutory mechanical rate is currently 9.1 cents per song per unit sold). Fortunately, I'm familiar with the process by now.

I am REALLY excited and passionate about this project, for real.

LET'S DO THIS!

-E$

PS.
Big thank you to my friend Stephanie Orefice (@stephanieamber) who helped me shoot this Kickstarter video, and to many of you who've offered great feedback and suggestions along the way, you know who you are.

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    THE FAN-E-PACK packs a phat punch and includes a CASSETTE VERSION + LIMITED EDITION SLAP BRACELET + SOME SWEET SECRET GOODIES, and oh yeah, it all comes in a HELLA FLY NEON FANNY PACK, PLUS color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Keep more of that scrilla in your pocket, dawg.

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    90S R&B INSPIRED CUSTOM RINGTONE - You know, like in some songs during the breakdown, the guy's voice gets all low and says something like "Girl....". Basically that, but with custom written lyrics just for you or your boo, on top of a smoove track, with some dope harmonies (Bone Thugs not included). + handwritten thank you card PLUS everything in the "Fan E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Off the CHAIN, yo!

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    THE "ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS" includes YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES + updates with FIRST LISTENS TO THE SONGS as I record them PLUS handwritten thank you card + everything in the "Fan-E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Who's flossin now? WORD.

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    THE "GINUWINE" ORIGINAL includes a private SKYPE CONCERT of your favorite jams to wig out to plus EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CRED on the album liner notes + updates with FIRST LISTENS OF THE SONGS as I record them PLUS handwritten thank you card + everything in the "Fan-E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Thanks for being bout it bout it!

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    CUSTOM SONG REQUEST means YOU PICK A SONG ON THE RECORD and I'll include a PERSONAL DEDICATION in the track title (Ex: "Song X - For Sarah"). The rules are it has to be 90's R&B, sorry no Hip Hop (different record), and you pick 3 options and I get to choose which one. [Here's a long list of songs to get ideas from: http://bit.ly/90sjamz]. All that PLUS exec producer credit + first listens + handwritten thank you card + everything in the "Fan-E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Keep keepin it real!

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    CONCERT IN YOUR CRIB! More than just a house show. I'll come dressed in head to 90s wear and perform a 2 hour private concert for you and your homies, playing your favorite requests from the record. [Must be within 1,000 miles of Nashville, Tennessee and I'll cover travel expenses] PLUS exec producer credit + first listens + handwritten thank you card + everything in the "Fan-E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Hooty HOO!

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    NASHVILLE KARAOKE PARTY! I will take you and up to 3 of your friends for a night out in beautiful Nashville Tennessee and be your personal tour guide. We'll start with dinner downtown and end with a divey karaoke bar. (I don't know about you, but I'm gonna sing all slow jams.) You cover travel/hotel/beverages, I'll cover meals and be your designated driver so you can "wile out". PLUS you get exec producer credit + first listens + handwritten thank you card + everything in the "Fan-E-Pack" + color changing t-shirt, signed CD, digital download, backer-only webcast, and online props! Somethin tells me you got mad skills! Holla!

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