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Heading to El Paso for 1 week to record my new EP @ the famous Sonic Ranch Studios with Ross Ingram
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I've been given an opportunity, and I need your help to live it.

I have a chance to record the new Our Sleeping Giant EP (first since March of 2012) at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studio in El Paso, TX. I need help to pay for the trip out to El Paso, the week of staying and recording at Sonic Ranch, the mastering and mixing of the EP, the concept artwork/layout of the album, the mass production of the records, and other auxiliary costs that go into making a record.

Music has been everything to me; acting a therapeutic tool I use to work my issues out and deal with things and I can't find the words to. From an early age I've struggled with depression and anxiety, and for some reason, things I couldn't say or talk about seemed to pour out of me in the form of chords and lyrics. From dealing with depression, to the struggle everyone faces with adolescents, to being diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and undergoing chemotherapy treatments after an extensive surgery at the age of 16. Music has been that outlet for me, helping me to cope by writing it and showing me that I was not alone by listening to it. If I can write about what I've been through and help others get through the way I've been helped by the power of music, well that's what life is all about to me, the human experience.

I'll be heading to El Paso the week of March 31st - April 4th to record with my dear friend Ross Ingram (Paperwork). Joe Ramos (The Panic Division/Cassetta) has agreed to take time out of his schedule and record the drums for me, and Colton Holliday (The Panic Division) will be designing the packaging/art concept for the record. I'm shooting for a mid-late summer release, and will be throwing a big EP release party at the Ten Eleven in San Antonio, TX.

I talked to a lot of people about what you want as far as rewards, and I think I came up with some good ideas and packages for everyone and every budget! 

Take a look, give what you can, and I can't wait to share the next chapter of my life, in songs, with you.

Risks and challenges

There's always the risk that Mr. Eko (my 2012 Kia Forte) doesn't make it to El Paso, but he's a trooper! I guess there's a risk that Joe, who will be playing drums, becomes unavailable the week we're set to record. Perhaps I get sick or maybe Ross has a family emergency; hey, life happens.

No matter what the obstacle, I'll find a solution; adaptability is one of my top 10 strengths! This EP will get made and you'll be part of it, and for that I can never thank you enough.

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    Digital download of the EP.

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, and constant updates.

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, and digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives).

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, and digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives).

    You will also get a live studio Skype session with me while I'm in El Paso recording so I can personally thank you and update you.

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, and digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives).

    You will also receive either hand written studio notes from producer/engineer Ross Ingram, or hand written lyrics.

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, and digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives).

    Also, I will record the cover song over your choice (acoustic guitar and vocals only) as an MP3, as well as a YouTube video for you or whomever you wish to share it with.

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, a digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives), and you're on my guest list (attend any OSG show you'd like for free!) until December 31st, 2015.

    I will also come to you and play a house show/party at your home (Texas residents ONLY; some exceptions may be arranged) for you and up to 30 of your closest friends. You can even help me write the setlist!

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    Digital download of the EP + physical copy, an Our Sleeping Giant t-shirt, constant updates, a hand written 'thank you' note, admission to the EP release show in San Antonio, TX (sometime in August, 2014), your name in the liner notes as a special thanks, a digital copies of my first 3 EPs (Streetlights & Failures, Hardest Year to Date, Fragments From Former Lives), and you're on my guest list (attend any OSG show you'd like for free!) until December 31st, 2015.

    I will also write a personalized song written for you, by me, about anything you want. You tell me what you want it to be about, I write the song. Plain and simple, it’s yours and yours alone.

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