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I'm recording a new folk music album aimed at lighting up pathways for people who struggle. Through empathy, honesty, and openness.
I'm recording a new folk music album aimed at lighting up pathways for people who struggle. Through empathy, honesty, and openness.
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LIFE UPDATE. I've been in conversation with Emily Graham-Handley at Lightning Bulb Productions about shooting a music video for my song Not Okay, and I'm setting a stretch goal of $5,750 for this project to accommodate that. YAY.

I'm recording my next album, False Foundations. My goal is to put honest and soulful music into the world to light up pathways towards firmer foundations for all of us who struggle. With anxiety, depression, grief, heartache, change or transition, whatever it may be.

Joe Jencks (one of my favorite songwriters) wrote a verse in his song “Sad" "I've never been one to sing about my troubles – I figure most of the world has enough of their own. But now and then I think that when we sing about our truth, maybe we light up the pathway for somebody else." And that about sums up why I think music is important.

The core team here consists of myself, Bill Hall (who I met over ten years ago at Godfrey Daniels) engineering and producing, and my daddy-o on acoustic bass guitar. And of course some special guest stars. Edith Braggiotti-Painting and Louie T. Velez are also on the scene helping to bring you some really cool rewards. 

This year I'm planning to launch myself fully into doing music as a career, and this album is my first step. With a new album, I can submit to radio, venues, and festivals, and I can use an album as a basis for a tour and hopefully many tours to come. 

Thank you for your support so far, and thank you for hearing me and seeing me. It means the world. Thanks for being part of my foundation.

Risks and challenges

This album is my platform to launch myself out of my day job – at this point, I'm still working full-time. A lot of this project has been completed in day-long bursts between Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Coffee, podcasts, and amazing friends and parents are helping me through it, as is knowing what an awesome album is waiting on the other side.

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    Album Download

    A digital download of the "False Foundations" album before it's available for public purchase!

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    Album Download and All Old Material

    A digital download of the "False Foundations" album before it's available for public purchase, as well as downloads of my albums "There is Love" and "Rachel Marie" (baby Rachel). You might find some fun ancient recordings in your inbox, too.

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    Signed CD, Sticker

    A signed copy of "False Foundations" and an adorable weather-resistant sticker to accompany it.

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    "Not Okay" T-shirt

    High-quality, pre-shrunk cotton screen-printed t-shirt reading "I am not okay ... and that's okay" in my handwriting – serving both as an advertisement for my music and a "k bye" to the stigma against mental health issues.

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    Handwritten Lryics

    You choose a song of mine, I write out the lyrics carefully and cute-like. My lyrics are up on www.rachelmarie.com – and if I've forgotten a song that you think you've heard live, let me know!

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    Hand-Knit Hat, Scarf, or Cowl

    Tell me whether you want a hat, a scarf, or a cowl, and I'll knit it for you by hand, with love, in time to keep you warm next fall. If it's not done by the time the album comes out, I will send you the album FIRST, never fear!

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    Cover Video

    YOU choose what one of my next cover videos will be! Think my cover of Hard Times by Paramore (https://youtu.be/lQf5oa51Zbk) but shinier and with your input, and a shoutout to thank you for the suggestion and donation. And of course you get the album when it comes out.

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    Four Exclusive Signed Photos

    I don't know if you've met Louie, but he takes way more amazing photos of me than end up online. You'll get 8x10 glossy prints of four awesome photos of me that I have not and will not post online. And I'll sign 'em.

    (I was tempted to offer you twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against me. But that's a bit much.)

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    Custom Lyric Poster

    You choose a lyric of mine (I recommend 5-12 words). Edith Braggiotti-Painting (of "There is Love" album artwork fame) and I will collaborate to bring you an 11x17 piece of mixed media artwork that she will matte for you herself. This original is yours to keep.

    My lyrics can be found at www.rachelmarie.com, and if there's something I wrote that isn't there and you want it, let me know! Of course you get the album as soon as it's released.

    We reserve the right to sell prints later.

    http://www.edithbraggiottipainting.com/2449815-there-is-love-album-artwork

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    Song Commission

    This is how "Rededication" was born, based on Matthew 25:31-40. Give me a story, an inspiration, a scripture, whatever – I'll write you a song.

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    Production Credit

    A lot of artists are saying it nowadays (because it's true) – You are my label. I'd love to put your name in the album jacket and offer you many thanks.

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    Private Concert in the Northeast

    A private concert in your home within 500 miles of Boston, MA or Bethlehem, PA. Feel free to invite as many friends as you like. Heck, you could even get them to chip in! I'd love to come play for you. Of course, the delivery of this depends on your schedule and mine, but we'll get it in the works right away.

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    Private Concert in the Northeast: Deluxe

    A private concert in your home within 500 miles of Boston, MA or Bethlehem, PA. PLUS EVEN MORE BONUS STUFF THAN THE OTHER LEVEL (see below). Feel free to invite as many friends as you like. Heck, you could even get them to chip in! I'd love to come play for you. Of course, the delivery of this depends on your schedule and mine, but we'll get it in the works right away.

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    Private Concert in the US

    A private concert in your home anywhere in the Continental United States (and if you're in Canada at all close to the border, let's talk). PLUS BONUS GOODIES. Feel free to invite as many friends as you like. Heck, you could even get them to chip in! I'd love to come play for you. Of course, the delivery of this depends on your schedule and mine, but we'll get it in the works right away.

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