The stretch goal is $15,000! Now that we've hit the minimum required to master, manufacture, ship, and promote the record, I'll be putting the remaining funds towards videos, tour expenses, and a short run of cassettes which hopefully will be available later this year.
All digital downloads will now include 2 Kickstarter Exclusive bonus tracks. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!
Hi, my name is Tomo Nakayama and I am a musician. I was the singer and songwriter of the band Grand Hallway, and I am a former Artist in Residence at Seattle’s Town Hall, where I recorded my first solo album, “Fog on the Lens”. You may also know me from the 2013 Lynn Shelton movie, “Touchy Feely”.
My newest solo album is called "Pieces of Sky", and it's the first one I've produced and mixed almost entirely on my own in my home studio (my good friend and "Fog on the Lens" collaborator Yuuki Matthews of The Shins played some keyboards and helped me mix one of the songs, and the talented Alex Guy from Led To Sea played violin and viola on a song as well.) I've decided to try something new by self-releasing this album through Kickstarter. I've been an independent artist pretty much my entire career, but this is the first time I've tried asking you directly for help. I'm nervous but hopeful! The $12,000 goal is the minimum necessary to pay for mastering, artwork, manufacturing, and promotion. If we can reach that amount, I'll be able to set stretch goals to pay for fun stuff like videos, cassettes, and tour expenses.
Since my first solo album came out, I’ve been performing non-stop to make a living as a full-time musician. “Pieces of Sky” is a reflection of that experience, the time I’ve spent performing all across the US, Japan, and Europe, as well as a regular gig at SeaTac Airport singing for travelers from around the world. I wrote these songs to find comfort and peace during dark times, and to find a sense of purpose in my life. I hope it can do the same for you. I'm really proud of how this album turned out, and I can't wait for you to hear it!
Thank you always for your support.
1. Bright and Blue
3. Undying Light
4. My Life is Better Because You Are In It
5. Pieces of Sky
6. Fourth of Julivar's
7. I Will Not Be Moved
8. Walking for Two
9. Make Me a Bird
10. All Entwined
Written, Performed, Produced, and Mixed by Tomo Nakayama
except "Bright and Blue" mixed by Yuuki Matthews
Alex Guy played violin and viola on "Roma"
Risks and challenges
The album is just about finished and ready to go, so the only challenge is the long wait for pressing vinyl. Please be aware that it may take up to six months after the Kickstarter is funded to get the records delivered to you. If it doesn't get funded, I'm not sure when it'll see the light of day!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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