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Katie, Patrick, Kai & Corey are thrilled to record their first record at the exceptional Wavelab studios in Tucson, AZ.
Katie, Patrick, Kai & Corey are thrilled to record their first record at the exceptional Wavelab studios in Tucson, AZ.
116 backers pledged $12,050 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello friends! Thank you so much for visiting our Kickstarter page. So here is the story...

I have been writing and performing music for about 13 years. Ever since I was about 5 or 6, all I wanted to do was sing. I used to plug in old big headphones into my parents old stereo system that had a mic jack and sing along to my kid records as I pretended the headphones were a real microphone and I was on stage in front of a captivated crowd :)

As an adult, I wavered in and out of taking music seriously as a craft and profession and had some difficulty in trusting my instincts as an artist. 

Last year my husband and I sold or gave away most of our possessions, quit our jobs and traveled around the world for 6 months. While we were away, I rediscovered my passion for making music and realized that my self-doubts were preventing me from living as my most authentic self. I unearthed the truth that what I wanted to spend this life doing was writing, performing and recording music and working as a life coach for creative artists.

On our return to the states, we moved to Tucson, AZ and I have been so inspired and invigorated by the thriving and dynamic music scene here!  I then met Patrick Morris (badass bassist) and Kai Lindstedt (jaw-dropping drummer) and Corey Cottrell (killer guitarist and vocalist) and we have formed a band that feels so easy, inspiring and collaborative. I am so blessed to have found these three special gentlemen to make music with.

I am also so grateful and excited to be working with Craig Schumacher as our producer and engineer at Wavelab Studios (Calexico, Devotchka, Neko Case) on this next record! Craig has a very special gift in the studio and we are thrilled to collaborate with him.  

The album will be entitled "The Leap Year" and many of the songs originated from an experience I had at a 10 day meditation retreat in Kyoto, Japan during my travels last year. After days of deep meditation, all of these memories from my past started floating up into my head and out into the room. It was as if I was releasing a past that was hurting me and holding me back in many different ways. Most of the songs on this record are like releasing a story that I was holding onto - maybe like watching a colorful balloon float up into the sky. Enjoying its path and shape and color but at the same time enjoying the sensation of releasing it. 

The $12,000 we will raise in this effort will help to cover:

- 7 days of recording
- 7 days of mixing
- Mastering of the record
- Hiring one or two local musicians to come in and work on the record

If you don't already know, with Kickstarter if we do not meet our goal, we lose all funding donated! So we tried to adjust our goal accordingly.  Any additional funds raised beyond our goal will help us to:

- Press the record and make real cd's that we can sell at shows
- Hire exceptional local musicians to join the project including players from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
- Create a website for our new band
- Provide tour support for our upcoming summer tour to promote the album
- Provide some additional wiggle room in the studio so we can follow our creative impulses more often

What I want to impart to you is that your donations are fueling our creative dream :) And that you as a donor become co-creator with us in this endeavor. Without your support, this project cannot get off of the ground. So your financial support is, in essence, manifesting and crafting these songs so they can be shared with a wide audience.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look over our project proposal. I hope we will be able to share The Leap Year  with you this Summer!

Gratefully,
Katie, Kai, Corey and Patrick

p.s. A HUGE thank you goes out to our friend Megan McLeod for shooting our video and to Trevor Crosby for shooting our lovely photos!

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  • You are not charged until the project is funded. If for some reason we are not able to reach our $12,000 goal (of course we don't need to worry about this....) you will not be charged for your donation...

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    SMILE: You just made the four of us smile wide, thank you! You will receive a personal email from us to thank you.

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    JUMPDRIVE: A digital or signed cd (depends on funds raised) version of the new record The Leap Year sent directly to you upon release with a handwritten note to thank you.

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    PAST & PRESENT: Katie's previous record Around the Bend will be signed and mailed to you + all of JUMPDRIVE.

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    CREATING THE FUTURE: Katie's first two albums The City and Face Down will be signed and mailed directly to you + all of PAST & PRESENT.

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    ON THE INSIDE: A jump drive including two new songs that will be unreleased on the new record AND your name will be on the guest list for our cd release show in Tucson + all of CREATING THE FUTURE.

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    CO-CREATING: Have a song you are stuck on lyrically or musically? Want to learn from Katie about her songwriting practice and/or need help working on writing your first song? Interested in a bass or drum/percussion lesson? This incentive offers you a half hour (maybe longer) of one of the following collaborations by skype or in person: A songwriting or voice lesson with Katie; A bass lesson with Patrick (yes he has studied with Victor Wooten); A drum lesson with Kai (yes that was him in Splitting Aces the metal band phenomenon of 2006) + all of ON THE INSIDE.

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    CO-CREATING ENHANCED: Receive two of the three lessons in CO-CREATING + all of ON THE INSIDE

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    ART IMITATES LIFE: Have you ever wanted a handcrafted clock made out of cracked drum cymbals? If so, this incentive is for you. Kai will lovingly handmake a unique and beautiful clock for you with his own two hands from cymbals he broke himself due to excessive rocking out + all of ON THE INSIDE.

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    COACHING: Katie has exceptional skills in life coaching and runs her own coaching business and will offer you one free hour long coaching session to help you get unstuck in any areas of your life you are feeling stagnant in (professionally, creatively, physically, emotionally, romantically, etc.) + JUMPDRIVE.

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    THE LIVENESS: Our band will perform an in-house or skype concert for you! You can control the set list and even request 3 covers you would like us to learn for the evening :) You and all of your guests receive CREATING THE FUTURE as well.

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    OBSERVATORY: You and a friend get to come to Wavelab Studios with us on a day of recording and observe the creative process in action! We may even need your help on a backing vocal, percussion track or handclapping part! Then join the three of us for dinner on our break for an enjoyable meal in downtown Tucson (cost of meal not included) + all of ON THE INSIDE.

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    MAKING IT HAPPEN: First of all, you will energetically sense that all four of our jaws have dropped and our hearts will be bursting forth with joy and appreciation! Second, you will be given executive producer credits on our record in our liner notes, third you can come to any future concert of ours for free forever, and fourth Katie will personally write a song for you on any topic you choose, record the song for you and send you a digital copy (please understand there are no rewrites after the recording is made) + all of ON THE INSIDE.

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    SPEECHLESS: Because that is what we will be. You will receive every reward listed here and know that you really made our creative dream come true. What that looks like is - the four of us laughing, smiling, crying and delighting in this crazy beautiful world that offers up such people like you :) Immeasurable gratitude...

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