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A powerful and intimate solo album about endings and beginnings, grief and resiliency. Help make it happen - be my record label!
A powerful and intimate solo album about endings and beginnings, grief and resiliency. Help make it happen - be my record label!
A powerful and intimate solo album about endings and beginnings, grief and resiliency. Help make it happen - be my record label!
274 backers pledged $15,896 to help bring this project to life.

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Rachael Kilgour | I'll Put My Own Self Back Together

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It's true, the video isn't the best quality...but if you want the real me, you get me at home alone with my Macbook Pro! Wonder what I look like all dressed up with great audio and video quality? Here's a song for you:

The Album:

This album is a snapshot of the last year and a half of my life - a journey through love, loss and healing. Following a divorce and the heartbreaking life changes that came with it, I wept out each of these songs (and I literally mean wept), alone in my room. 

The work is raw and honest. It will make you feel things.

Songwriting is my way to process the world around me, to sort my feelings and experiences and make sense of them. My songs come out of thoughts that won't let me sleep at night, problems that need solving and emotions I can't figure out how to express in real time. In turning these ideas into something tangible, something that resonates with others, I find release.

I wrote these songs to heal myself, and now I'm sharing them in hopes that they will help heal you too.

By sharing my story in such a vulnerable way, I hope to give listeners permission to pull their own stories out of their pockets and have a good look at them. Face it, we all need a good excuse to cry.

The Recording and The Costs:

These songs mean the world to me. In an attempt to give them the respect they deserve, I'm pulling out all of the stops and doing this BIG. I have recorded two full length albums and one 3-song EP in the past ten years, but I've never done it quite like this. I am recording the album in Boston, MA and have a dream team of folks lined up to help make the magic happen!

Catie Curtis, me, Paul Wright and Crit Harmon!
Catie Curtis, me, Paul Wright and Crit Harmon!

I'm so excited to announce that my friend and mentor, nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Catie Curtis (www.catiecurtis.com) is producing the album! We are recording with award-winning sound engineer/producer Crit Harmon (www.critharmon.com) and we have an incredible line-up of musicians including guitarist Duke Levine (www.dukelevine.com) and cellist Paul Wright (www.tallheights.com).

Last week we spent four days in the studio and got to work laying down tracks. (THEY SOUND AMAZING!!) I've invested the initial funds to get the project off the ground, and in order to finish it, I'm going to need your help!

Here is a rough breakdown of the costs:

  • $4,000 for studio musicians
  • $3,000 for studio time
  • $5,000 for producer fees, mixing and mastering
  • $1,000 for album artwork and photos
  • $2,000 for manufacturing first round of CDs

$15,000 is the minimum I need to raise in order to pull off this recording project. The tricky part about Kickstarter is that I MUST reach my goal of $15,000 in order to receive any of the money, but the fantastic part is that if we exceed the goal, I can put the extra funds toward improving and expanding the project!

I have a stretch goal of $20,000+ and here are some of the things I'd like to do with the money if we make it there:

  • Hire a radio promoter and publicist to promote the new album
  • Help fund a national tour to promote the new album
  • Record a professional music video
  • Record a single - a new song addressing white privilege and the Black Lives Matter movement - to be released after this album!

It's a lot of money, but it's far from impossible. Help me create something insanely beautiful and then help me share it with the world! Be my record label!

Please give what you are able and share the campaign with your friends and loved ones!

About Me:

Based out of Duluth, MN, singer-songwriter Rachael Kilgour has built a devoted following over the last nine years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence.

Kilgour began writing and performing her own songs in 2005. She was invited to join recording artist Catie Curtis on a tour of the Midwest as an opener and backup musician in 2006 and again the following year. Her original music was received well enough that she decided to break from the pursuit of a Music Education degree in order to focus on a career as a performer.

In 2007 Kilgour married and enthusiastically took on the role of step-parent to her wife's young daughter. She released her long-awaited debut album in December 2008 and a second release, "Will You Marry Me?" in January 2011. Both albums give an earnest glimpse into the life and politics of a young woman turned wife, mother and advocate for a generation of dissatisfied global citizens. In 2013 Kilgour released "Whistleblower's Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution." The three-song EP focuses on issues of social injustice and showcases her innate ability to challenge and inspire listeners.

Kilgour has performed across the country in coffeehouses, concert series and radio studios as well as protests and picket lines. She’s shared the stage with such folk luminaries as Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler and Holly Near and earned a local reputation as “everyone’s favorite, spirited folkster.” In 2015 Kilgour took fifth place in the Telluride Troubadour Competition and was named the winner of the LEAF Newsong Contest in North Carolina.

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The Perks:

Use your imagination...

CDs - They will look something like this...with pictures of me and some words on them!

 HANDKERCHIEF - Like this but with words on it! My words! In a tasteful font! "When your heart aches and won't bend, let it break wide open."

 T-SHIRTS - Surprise! A t-shirt with words. Specifically "When your heart aches and won't bend, let it break wide open." Once the campaign ends I'll be in touch to get size and color preferences.

 EARRINGS - I have real pictures of these! Yahoo. Beautiful and handmade by my friend Elena Bantle out of my old guitar strings!

Teardrop Earrings
Teardrop Earrings
Hoop Earrings
Hoop Earrings

HOUSE CONCERT - These are so fun!! Doesn't matter if your house is big or small, a good time will be had by all. That rhymed. :)

 EARLIER CDs - I look so young.

"Rachael Kilgour" 2009
"Rachael Kilgour" 2009
"Will You Marry Me?" 2011
"Will You Marry Me?" 2011

THANK YOU! I'm so very grateful for your love and support. xo

www.rachaelkilgour.com

Risks and challenges

There really are no foreseeable risks with this project! If I can raise the funds, I can do anything. The initial tracks for the album are already laid down, so even if I don't wake up tomorrow (because I'm human and sadly, it could happen) the record could still be finished without me! It's definitely a project worth betting on.

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    ALL RACHAEL KILGOUR RECORDINGS - A copy of the new CD, "Will You Marry Me?", "Rachael Kilgour" and a digital download of "Whistleblower's Manifesto".

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    GUITAR LESSON - One 60 minute guitar lesson in Duluth, MN or via videochat. I can teach you to play any of my songs or help you work on something your writing yourself! Plus, a signed copy of the CD!

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    SERENADE - I'll sing you or someone you love a song of your choice, in person (within 30 mins of Duluth, MN) or over video chat. Plus, a signed copy of the CD!

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS - The lyrics to your favorite Rachael Kilgour song, handwritten (by me) and beautifully framed! Plus, a signed copy of the CD!

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    LOCAL HOUSE CONCERT - Rachael will perform a private (and awesome) house concert for you and your friends anywhere within thirty minutes of Duluth, MN. Concert date must be mutually agreed upon. Plus, you get to help choose the set list and you get a signed copy of the CD!

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    MIDWEST HOUSE CONCERT - Rachael will perform a private (and awesome) house concert for you and your friends anywhere between 30 mins to 6 hours drive from Duluth, MN. Concert date must be mutually agreed upon. Plus, you get to help choose the set list and you get a signed copy of the CD!

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    COMMISSION A SONG - I will write you a custom song and record it! I will retain the song ownership and publishing, but you keep the recording and are free to reproduce as much as you like! We will schedule a phone call/video chat to discuss the details of your topic. Plus a signed copy of the CD!

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    HOUSE CONCERT IN THE US - Rachael will perform a private (and awesome) house concert for you and your friends anywhere in the continental US. This one is for folks who live too far away for me to drive from Duluth, MN! Concert date must be mutually agreed upon. Plus, you get to help choose the set list and you get a signed copy of the CD!

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