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Lebanese-American artist wants to release her first professional record, and she needs your help!
113 backers pledged $12,073 to help bring this project to life.

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My Story:

Hi everyone, and welcome to my campaign! I'm a 22-year-old pop singer, songwriter, pianist, and acoustic guitarist who draws from both classical and cultural roots. My piano studies with The Royal American Conservatory of Music have provided the technical foundation from which I pull perseverance and understanding, while my Lebanese heritage and multilingual education have been integral in stretching my artistic horizons.

I've been crafting and performing original songs for the past five years, a process that reached new heights in college thanks to the incredible network of artists I had the privilege of learning from at USC's Thornton School of Music. Since graduating in May 2015, I've been living in Los Angeles and performing at private events and local venues, doing a variety of piano recording work, and tapping into Southern California's vibrant Lebanese cultural community. I'm pursuing my love for music full-time, and I wouldn't want it any other way! 

My Project:

This album is deeply important to me. My ultimate goal as a musician is not only to contribute something special, something cathartic, and something uplifting to others, but also to translate my passion into compassion, my expression into connection. Taking original music to collaborators, who in turn add their tasteful instincts to bring it to life in intricate and cohesive layers, is, in itself, an indescribable thrill. I've been longing to capture the magic with a concrete collection that will represent my identity, my growth, and my indispensable relationships with those who've shaped my work along the way. But that's only the first step - releasing an album is ultimately about the impact it carries, and I want nothing more than to leave a lasting one. My plan is to record 7-9 songs with the help of USC Thornton faculty members who've become my mentors, and Popular Music alumni who've become my go-to band members (and some of my best friends). We've already delved into rehearsals and pre-production sessions, and we're eager to take on the studio!

Funding Details:

I am excited to have the unique opportunity to truly involve you all in this process. I've set my target campaign goal as $6,000, which I calculated according to this budget breakdown:

If I don't reach this number by the end of the 30-day period, all of your kind donations will be sent back to you, and I'll be left with $0! In order to ease the pressure, I've included some fun gifts that you are guaranteed to receive in exchange for any amount you contribute. Be sure to check those out on the right :) 

UPDATE: 

We've exceeded my initial target, with 20 days to spare!! I am infinitely grateful, and I can't wait to take this project to new heights. I've added an extra something to spice things up: 

STRETCH GOAL: $10,000

Reaching this new amount would enable me to accomplish several important things:

  • Film a professional music video for one of my original songs
  • Enhance the quality of my album (e.g. hiring a string quartet vs. programming digital instruments)
  • Bolster branding, marketing, and community-building strategies to ensure a successful album release and a more lucrative career.
Let's continue the stellar progress and see how far it can take us!!

What Your Support Means To Me:

My debut album will serve as the launching pad for my career. Being able to present and circulate a professional product within the entertainment industry (record executives, blogs, publishing/licensing companies, TV/Film representatives, etc.) and beyond (live audiences, multimedia showcases, nonprofits, and your very homes) will make all the difference in expanding my reach and fulfillment. 

I am confident that our joint effort in building this project will pay off in a beautifully rewarding way. Thank you so much for your valuable support, and I can't wait to share my music with you very soon!

Love,

-Leila

This project is dedicated to Yara Nabbout, our sweet angel and my inspiration to keep creating. We miss you every day. 

Risks and challenges

Once my album is complete and sent off into the world, I'll be facing the exciting yet challenging process of promotion and branding. For an independent artist, this means many extra and sometimes unanticipated costs, which are essential to the delivery of a marketable, stand-out package. If we happen to exceed the $6,000 target for this campaign, your generosity will go towards my continued professional investments, and my ability to expand and diversify my reach beyond what I thought was imaginable.
Thanks again for everything from the bottom of my heart, and please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments!

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    PROJECT UPDATES: Stay in the loop with exclusive week-to-week project updates along the way! I will also send you an online thank you message and a virtual high-five.

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    EARLY DIGITAL ACCESS: Be one of the first people to download my digital album, pre-release! Comes with project updates, an online thank you message, and a virtual hug.

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    PRE-RELEASE PACKAGE: I will send you a signed physical album, as well as a hand-written thank you note. This also comes with the updates and digital download link :)

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    MILKI SWAG: I will deliver an exclusive "Got Milki?" mug to you, which is certain to add some flair to your morning routine. I will also send you the download link, a signed physical album, project updates, and a handwritten thank you letter.

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    CUSTOM PLAYLIST: I will make you a personalized digital mixtape in any style or for any occasion of your choosing!
    You will also receive everything listed in the $25 category.

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    PIANO TRACK: I will record and send you an instrumental piano cover of any song in any genre of your choosing! It could be a customized karaoke track, a ballad version of an upbeat pop tune, or simply my interpretation of your valued request. If you'd prefer something spontaneous and original, I could record you an improvisational piece. Up to you!
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    MUSICAL PHONE CALL: In addition to sending you an instrumental piano track, I will call you or a loved one with a special musical voice message, singing you a day-brightening tune. Think Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Edith Piaf, and even The Backstreet Boys. Anything goes!
    You will also receive everything in the $25 category.

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    MUSICAL SKYPE SESSION: Receive a 1 hour Skype session with me, including a music lesson (piano, voice, songwriting) and/or a virtual hangout!
    (Note: If you're in the Los Angeles area, or the San Francisco Bay Area when I'm in town, I can come give you the lesson in person.)
    *OR* if you'd rather sit back and relax, I'll transform our Skype meeting into a virtual concert, performing original music and a few cover songs on piano and guitar - coming to you live from my room!
    This reward also includes everything at $25, *AND* special access to behind-the-scenes studio footage you won't want to miss.

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    COVER REQUEST: I will dedicate a cover video to you, playing and singing any song you request (in English, Arabic, French, or Spanish).
    You will also receive everything at $25, behind-the-scenes footage, *AND* unreleased songs that didn't make it to the album.

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    YOUR SONG: I will write you a song and record it - it could be silly, poignant, and anything in between. You choose!
    You will also receive everything at $25, behind-the-scenes footage, and unreleased songs.

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    LIVING ROOM CONCERT: I will perform a solo private concert in the comfort of your own home, for as small or large of an audience as you'd like! The setlist (and length) is completely up to you.
    (*Note* Travel costs are not included, if you are located outside of California, USA).
    Additionally, you will be sent two complimentary tickets to my album release show, and you will be mentioned in the liner notes of my album!
    You will also receive everything at $25, behind-the-scenes footage, and unreleased songs.

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    THE FULL EXPERIENCE: I will perform a *full-band* private concert in the comfort of your own home (or nearby setting), for as small or large of an audience as you'd like! We are gladly open to performing anything your heart and guests desire, and we will play for as long as you request.
    (*Note* Travel costs are not included, if you are located outside of California, USA).
    You will receive two free tickets to my album release show, and you will be mentioned in the liner notes of my album.
    You will also receive everything at $25, behind-the-scenes footage, unreleased songs...and eternal gratitude.

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Funding period

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