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!
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!
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 :)
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.
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!
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!
- (30 days)