Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 22, 2012.

Update #2

100% Funded In Under 24 Hours!!!

Guys this is amazing. I could freakin cry right now. WE ARE DOING THIS! The 52 Songs Club is born. History in the making!!! As promised, since we achieved full funding the first day, I'm giving every backer an extra unreleased track, and will do this for every milestone. Plus more fun rewards to unlock! So you don't have to stop spreading the word. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. From my family's heart. Wow. This is awesome! E

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      Creator Ernie Halter on September 21, 2012

      never again will I just consider the "averages". thanks Jeff. : ]

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      Creator Jeff Wilson on September 18, 2012

      No longer look at the "averages." :)

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      Creator Melissa Harrison on September 17, 2012

      Let me clarify, I am not a musician, just a music lover. I just like knowing this $ is going directly to the artist himself, since you're the one making the music we all love!

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      Creator Melissa Harrison on September 17, 2012

      So thrilled to be a part of this! As a musician, I know that's how you choose to support you family, and my family (husband, myself, and kids) all loves your music, so we are happy to help support you and yours! Plus, this gives you the ability to keep making music, and the exciting thing about this is that it's entirely listener funded, so there is no middle man really. That way I know it's going directly to you to help you and your family out. I just love that!!

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      Creator Weston Hawkins on September 16, 2012

      It was on your MySpace page at one time.

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      Creator Heather Melick on September 16, 2012

      Proud to be part of this! Congratulations on being fully funded in record time! Pardon the pun. Ahem.

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      Creator Ernie Halter on September 16, 2012

      Thank you all so much! Also Weston, I'm hoping someday we can track that version down. Was it a youtube video?

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      Creator Weston Hawkins on September 16, 2012

      I want to have a copy of every song you've ever recorded on one ginormous Ernie Halter playlist on my iPod so OF COURSE I have to back this project. I'm still missing the original acoustic version of My Heart Is With You that has a different chord progression though. One day... :P

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      Creator Kary Bauer on September 15, 2012

      We love you Ernie!!

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      Creator Matt Kneale on September 15, 2012

      What makes you special, Ernie, is that I truly believe you'd be doing this whether you barely scraped the $8500 or if you were a millionaire. That combined with your talent is why it's worth paying for this project; I see it as an investment because the songs will inevitably be played a billion times on my iPod and give me years of entertainment -- all for $52. Congratulations and every success in the future, I'll be watching! :)

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    {YOUR NAME IN A SONG} --- YOU (yes you!) immortalized forever in a thank you song! I will be writing a song using the names of all my backers, to be released via YouTube. ("What rhymes with Zuriani Marakarpeshkia...?")

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    [52 ORIGINAL SONGS] --- You are IN! You get a BRAND NEW song mp3 per week delivered by email every Thursday starting Nov 1). That's just $1 PER SONG. Will include a little note telling you something about how, where, or why that song was born. ("They grow up so fast!"). PLUS, personal phone call or video, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song! AHHH THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!

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    {JOIN ME ON STAGE!} - I'll invite you to join me on stage to sing a tune! Preferably a song of mine, or one that I might already know : ]. Or I'll put a chair on stage and sing right to you. Like uncomfortably close even. Perfect for someone you're trying to embarrass. I'm open to ideas. Will be trying to keep this limited to 2 per show, so first come first serve! Plus you'll be on the guest list for that night's show along with 1 guest. PLUS, the 52 new songs, the handwritten CD, personal phone call or video, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song!

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    {CUSTOM SONG INSPIRED BY YOU} --- That's right! 30 minute Skype or phone conversation where I ask you questions about your life, and use it as inspiration for a new song. (FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to use *some* creative licence, and you release ownership or rights to the song in any way.) The song will be recorded with vocals/guitar in my home studio and mailed to you in a custom CD jacket with a handwritten dedication from me. PLUS, 52 new songs, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in the thank you song!

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    {PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT} --- I will travel anywhere in the WORLD to play a private concert for you and your guests. [NOTE: If farther than a 600 miles radius of Nashville Tennessee, you cover airfare and hotel]. I hang out for the evening, take requests, tell some bad jokes probably, lots more requests, and maybe even write a spontaneous song. As a fun party trick, I'll memorize the name of every single guest. PLUS, 52 new songs, personal phone call or video, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song!

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    {SIGNED GUITAR AND SKYPE LESSON} --- A brand new beautiful mahogany Baby Taylor 3/4 guitar. Signed with a personalized dedication from me. Small enough to fit in an overhead bin but with a rich sound that Taylor is known for. I own one and love it! Includes a 30 minute Skype guitar lesson. PLUS, 52 new songs, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song!

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    {YOUR OWN STUDIO SESSION - 1 SONG DEMO} -- I write a custom song for you, and spend a day recording YOU singing the song in my home studio. If your singing voice isn't the best, I've got a few tricks to help you sound as good as possible! You cover travel and hotel to Nashville, TN. Final product will be delivered as a CD in a custom jacket with a handwritten dedication. PLUS, 52 new songs, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song!

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    Will arrange to meet anywhere in the US wearing a head-to-toe bear costume, juggling 3 fruit of your preference, while a trio of Elvis impersonators gyrate behind me singing your choice "All Shook Up" or "(Hunka Hunka) Burning Love" PLUS, the signed guitar, 52 new songs, personal phone call or video, twitter shout out, unreleased music, and your name in a song! I'll cover travel expenses for us both (US residents only), procure the bear costume, and make arrangements with said Elvis impersonators.

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