My name is Rachael Kilgour and I am a songwriter and nationally touring performing artist. I write songs about my life and my relationships and the world around me and I share them in hopes that they mean something to somebody else.
This fall I release a new recording:
We all know that being an artist these days, in this society, isn't the most financially reliable career choice. More and more we are relying on this kind of person-to-person support. While I wish we had a better system in place to encourage art making in the U.S. (after all, art is such an integral part of a healthy, functioning society) I think it's kind of beautiful that individuals have the power to fund what they believe in.
I believe in what I do as a songwriter and as a human being committed to connecting with others and building emotional literacy and resiliency through stories and songs. I am hopeful that you believe in me too.
In a less poetic sense, with this pre-order campaign I'm hoping to fund four very integral pieces of a successful release:
- A three-month publicity campaign
- Radio promotion
- A music video to accompany the first single premiere
- Vinyl copies of the EP
The simple act of ordering your copy in advance (or...10 copies if you have friends to gift them too!) will help tremendously in giving the album the lift-off it deserves. And giving me a kickstart toward the next step in my career.
What Is Needed & What You Get
I need your help! I've set a goal of $8,000 for this campaign and here's the financial breakdown:
A three-month publicity campaign -- $4,500-5,000
- A knowledgable and well-connected publicist is such an important part of an album release. With my last album, Rabbit in the Road, the publicist was able to secure reviews and premiers in some major publications, including Billboard, Impose Magazine and Ravelin Magazine. Those moments of visibility put my work in front of a whole new crowd and quotes from those publications add a level of credibility to my booking inquiries, press releases, and more.
Radio promotion -- $1500
- A radio distributor uses their relationships with DJs and radio stations across the country to get the album on air and into the ears of new listeners. With this record, we will be specifically aiming to increase radio play on the Folk DJ Charts.
Music Video -- $500-1,000
- The Minneapolis based videographer I've hired is compiling footage now to accompany the single Holy Are We. Song premieres are much more likely to garner attention when paired with a beautiful video.
Vinyl -- $1,200
- As technology continues to push the limits of convenience and immediacy, many of us are longing for a slower time. Research shows that, while the record industry is flailing, vinyl is making a comeback. Sure, you can find my music on Spotify and listen for free any time you like - but wouldn't you rather take this piece of art home with you and take a nice slow listen?
Now, the last time I ran a crowdfunding campaign I pulled out all the bells and whistles - earrings and handwritten lyrics and commissioned songs (oh my) and guitar lessons... This time around the deal is a little more clean cut:
- Order your copy (or multiple copies) of the new EP - digital download, CD or vinyl!
- Choose to pay the listed price or increase your donation in support of this project if it's something you believe in!
- Share the news! Encourage your friends to get a copy of their own!
Other Ways You Can Help
I know what it's like to be low on cash. If supporting this campaign financially is out of your reach, please take a moment and share it with your friends and family on social media and via email!
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
Married in her early twenties, Kilgour devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time (Self-Titled 2008, Will You Marry Me? 2011, Whistleblower’s Manifesto 2013) chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. Kilgour’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.
In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the aftermath, Kilgour found solace in songwriting. Her third full-length album, Rabbit in the Road, was born out of that time.
Called “...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others” by Billboard, Rabbit in the Road took an intimate and often painful look at the failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Ravelin Magazine observed "this sort of metonymic ability to evoke the whole of someone or the entirety of a feeling is typical of Kilgour’s poetic songwriting."
In the fall of 2018, Kilgour follows up with the release of her new EP, Game Changer. The aptly titled work examines the artist’s tentative first steps into a new world, post-heartbreak. With a clear head, Kilgour touches on the complicated nature of romance and relationship, sets up a stunning defense of queer love, and reassesses her priorities as a citizen of a changing wider world.
Recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Gar Ragland, the EP will be released on NewSong Recordings and features captivating string arrangements by violinist Sara Pajunen.
Risks and challenges
The riskiest thing about a Kickstarter campaign is that, in order to collect any of the funds, we must achieve the goal. What happens next is up to you: the more support this campaign receives, the more I will be able to invest in promoting the project and getting it into the hands of new listeners.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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