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I’ve spent 5 years learning to embrace my inner freak and create a debut album that speaks to the mind and the “Mad One” in all of us.
I’ve spent 5 years learning to embrace my inner freak and create a debut album that speaks to the mind and the “Mad One” in all of us.
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Stretch Goal #3: $22,000 covers an additional music video that will be the focus of my PR campaign and with videographer Bryce Johnson on my team, I can guarantee that it will be awesome. ADDED BONUS: I'll get the album pressed on vinyl. (I'll give details on how to upgrade your reward to include vinyl when we hit this goal!)

This album is dedicated to the Dreamers, the Oddballs, the “Mad Ones.” For those with a voice inside waiting to be found, fighting to be heard and understood, this music is for you.

For the past 5 years, I've been struggling to find my true voice and make it sound in the world. I delved into my soul to write these songs, spent countless hours refining them, and assembled the perfect team to bring them to life. This album is the result, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever created. Help me get it heard!

Here's one of my favorites, a song called "The Arsonist & The Thief":

The Story

Five years ago, I thought I was living the dream. I had a studio apartment in New York City, was working professionally in musical theater and waited tables between acting gigs. As much as I loved theater and NYC, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was in the wrong place, both physically and artistically. I struggled with anxiety, insomnia, and massive insecurities. I felt an intense need to "speak to people" in my own unique way.

Defying my self-doubt, I reached out to a music producer. As a child, I'd had significant successes as a composer, and I thought maybe, just maaaaybe I was meant to be a songwriter. I somehow managed to convince this producer to sign me, and the first song I wrote was called “Burning Now." Terrified of getting discouraging feedback, I only shared it with a few of my closest friends and family. The reaction was unanimous- I had found my true calling

I rearranged my entire life, moving from Manhattan to the mountains of Park City, Utah, where I share my backyard with moose, deer, elk, and other wildlife. I'm close to my family now, and I married a man who supports my music, inspires me, and calls my bluff anytime I try to get away with being less than 100% genuine. Music is my full-time job. Every day I’m honing my craft and finding my voice, both as a songwriter and a singer. I’ve made friends with the darker side of my Gemini personality, and now it manifests beautifully in my music, not in my life. I’m happier, more creative, and more driven than I have ever been. 

My music mentor Cari Cole says "Fall in love with what makes you different. Don't try to fit in- stand out!" I’m learning to accept my eccentric self, to embrace my inner freak, rather than trying to hide it away. Let’s face it, I was born with my head in the clouds- I belong among my fellow Dreamers, Oddballs and "Mad Ones!"

The Music

This is officially my debut full-length album. It’s the culmination of the past five years of my life, and for the first time, I’ve created something I truly believe in. I recently released the first half of the album as an EP called Tales of a Thief. Over Thanksgiving, I’m going back to L.A. to record the second half of the album with a team of INCREDIBLE musicians. 

I have to brag about the team:

Dan Burns: Producer, Mixing, Engineer

Two-time Juno Award-winner and Grammy-nominee, and I’m extremely fortunate to be working with him. From our first conversation, I knew Dan could get the sound I wanted for the record. Dan is crazy talented, respectful, a wine and whiskey connoisseur, and just an overall super good guy. Has worked with Michelle Branch, Carina Round, and Lenka. 

Zac Rae (AKA Grumpy Beard): Multi-Instrumentalist

This guy is a freak of nature in the best way. On Tales of a Thief he played: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar (I didn’t even know that existed!), wurlitzer, synth, tack piano, hammond organ, mellotron, marxophone (didn’t know that existed either!), theremin, a metal sign, and a box of broken stuff (for “Theatre Noir,” of course). Has worked with Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Jason Mraz, and Santana. 

Curt Schneider: Bass

While tracking Tales of a Thief, Curt and I bonded over a shared love of mountain biking. Has worked with Sara Bareilles, Five For Fighting, Lissie, and Natasha Bedingfield. 

Sean Hurley: Bass

I haven’t met Sean yet, but just looking at his resume it’s obvious that he’s a total badass. When I saw who he has played with, I immediately emailed my friend Amanda to say “John Mayer’s bassist is going to be playing on my record.” She totally freaked out.

Blair Sinta: Drums

Another super cool guy, Blair also worked on Tales of a Thief, although I’ll miss him this time around because he is on tour with Melissa Etheridge. Blair has also worked with Alanis Morissette, James Blunt, Idina Menzel, and Annie Lennox.

Scott Seiver: Drums

I can’t wait to meet Scott. He’s worked with some of funniest and coolest people in the business, including Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords, and I’m gonna need to hear stories. He has also worked with one of my favorite songwriters, Aimee Mann.

The Bank Recording Studio
The Bank Recording Studio

The Design Team

Bryce Johnson Visuals

I can't believe my own good fortune that Bryce is a Park City local. He filmed my music video for "Burning Now," braving 100 degree heat, gale force winds, driving rain, and, of course... FIRE! Despite the challenges, he created a mind-blowing work of art. Also, check out his video for Alex Boye's cover of "Let it Go" with 54 MILLION views!

Carla Boecklin Photography

Another Park City local, Carla joined us for the "Burning Now" music video shoot, and her photos of the piano in the desert in the Tales of a Thief album art are BEYOND EPIC. Also, her gorgeous photos from our portrait session are all over my website. Not only is Carla a genius photographer, she's also a branding & publicity specialist and a brilliant writer. 

Image by Shaun Anders

Shaun did more than just take the cover photo of Tales of a Thief- he was the visionary who essentially created the whole look. Shaun wouldn't let me play it safe in our session, and urged me to let my artistic inner freak shine though!

Devore Artistry

Amy Devore was the hair & makeup artist behind the "Burning Now" music video and my photo sessions with both Carla and Shaun. Amy works wonders with makeup, and she's always super willing to adapt to different directions and ideas. A true artist. Sometime soon, I'll have to make use of her talent with face painting and special effects makeup!

"Tales of a Thief" album artwork by Carla Boecklin Photography
"Tales of a Thief" album artwork by Carla Boecklin Photography

The Money

First, the new songs need to be mastered, then packaging designed, and CD’s pressed. Then come the music videos, which will be filmed by Bryce Johnson, the incredible videographer who shot my video for “Burning Now.” I can’t believe my own good fortune that Bryce is a Park City local!

My goal of $10,000 is just enough to get the album released into the world and supported by a basic promotional campaign.

Here’s a breakdown of where the money will go, if the project is successfully funded:

Alright, LET'S DO THIS!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, and as always, love wastefully, for love is never wasted.

xoxo,

Robyn

Robyn Cage Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt
Robyn Cage Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt

"A top-notch find! Wonderful songwriting that takes the right amount of risk to sound different but wonderfully so."  - CDReview

Art Nouveau Robyn Cage Poster
Art Nouveau Robyn Cage Poster

"There’s a dreamy, sultry quality to Robyn Cage’s vocals and style of music- sort of a cross between classic piano rock with a near-Vaudevillian undertone. It’s quirky without being gimmicky and relays a personal touch that’s immediately endearing." - Indie-Music.com

Red Carpet Silliness at the Utah Music Awards
Red Carpet Silliness at the Utah Music Awards

“Brilliant, piano-led character study and cautionary tales of mismatched desire. Fantastic writing across all the songs, and a real skill for the melodramatic and haunting chorus. Superb vocal work, too!”  -MikeWhitePresents

"Theatre Noir" T-Shirt design by Isobel Von Finklestein
"Theatre Noir" T-Shirt design by Isobel Von Finklestein

Risks and challenges

These songs deserve a fighting chance in the world, and I’m not taking any shortcuts. I’m working with a team of people who are at the top of their game because they are the very best at what they do. It’s a huge investment, but it’s worth it to create something truly great.

Today is a crazy time in the music industry. In many ways, it’s a better time now that it has ever been to be an independent musician. However, that also means that there are tons of indie artists out there struggling to be heard. Music lovers have to sift through a lot of noise to find the music that really appeals to them. Help me reach the right people.

The funds that go to publicity, radio promotion, making videos, and spreading the word are a vital part of the plan. Your pledge of support is the first step, but there is so much more you can do to help beyond your donation. Please share this project with your friends, on social media, with anyone who you think may enjoy my music. Word of mouth is incredibly powerful. Together, we’ve got a good shot of getting this record noticed.

Thank you, thank you- I can’t say it enough! Thank you, I love you!!

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