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Judith Avers has a new album. 
It's called WALK STEADY.
It's Mixed.
It's ready for mastering.
Will you help by pre-ordering?
Judith Avers has a new album. It's called WALK STEADY. It's Mixed. It's ready for mastering. Will you help by pre-ordering?
134 backers pledged $10,891 to help bring this project to life.

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"What if this is the last show you ever play?"

I asked myself this question one snowy night in Pittsburgh at a show in Squirrel Hill. It was right around my birthday in 2016. The stage fright that started after my mom passed away had only been getting worse; I was ready to hang up my hat and take a break.  My first live show was in 1996 and I'd been touring or performing in some capacity since then.  

I made my set list and played the songs I would play if it was my last show. It was an awesome night. I relaxed. I breathed into it. I let go.  

Which brings me to now.  

The news can be dire. There seems to be trouble afoot everywhere I look. But now is not the time to surrender to the grief. To hopelessness. To doubt. Now, more than ever, artists are needed to rise up and do their part to bring comfort, passion, love, a voice of the resistance, rage, hope and even despair.  

Daniel Marcus and I took THE set list from THAT snowy Pittsburgh night and set to work. We hunkered down in his studio late at night after his daughter was asleep and before his new baby was born.

We worked with several trusted musicians and friends who respected our vision and helped me get the sound I envisioned.

It's almost done. I saved up and paid for it up to this point, but I hope you'll join me in paying the folks who are helping me finish this album.  

These are my "I don't want to quit music without playing these songs live one more time" songs. This album made me fall in love with art all over again. I hope they'll make you happy (and sad and mad and hopeful) too. Thank you for being part of this project.  

 This goal includes payment for production of the CD (aka: paying Dan for all of his hard work), mastering with Maria Rice, CD artwork (I am making a very limited number of physical copies - pre-ordering here is your best chance of getting one), and fees for Kickstarter.  

Stretch Goals - 

I will break even with the $10,600 goal, meaning all the other artists and the co-producer and the masterer will be paid.

MARKETING/PROMOTION: I'd love to hire a professional who can help me promote this album for radio and film work. I estimate an additional $3000 for this.

PAYING MYSELF: It's funny... I feel weird asking to get paid. I can't exactly count the hours I have spent working to create these songs, because they are part of the fabric of my life. I'd love to be able to pay myself for my work on this project. And I'll take anything beyond the $13,600 mark as payment for myself. (PS - this is Frances. Hi everyone! I am very excited about this FREAKIN' AWESOME album, and Judith deserves equal pay for equal work! Woot! Show some green!)

Oh. My gosh, Frances.

Thank you!!

Love, Judith

Risks and challenges

I purposefully waited until we had the album recorded and almost finished before launching this campaign. It's already made and with your help, we can get it digitally distributed and in your hands.

I'm not sure what risks there might be, but the sound is a little different from what I've done before so maybe there's a chance you won't like it? (this little box is asking me about risks and Frances and I both agree that there are few risks. It's already done so as long as I can pay Daniel, visual artists, and our mastering engineer fairly, we're good!)

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    The Poot

    Physical copy of CD, digital download card, a handwritten letter about whatever is on my mind at the time (many musings....many), and a sheet of adorable stickers that my wife will pick out especially for you. (Frances came up with this idea and yes, she puts stickers on everything.)

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    Hey, Jude

    2 copies of Walk Steady, a digital download card of the new album, and a poem written just for you - handwritten and mailed with a sheet of stickers and a pack of Pixie Stix.

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    The Judith

    2 copies of Walk Steady, digital copy of the new album, a limited edition Walk Steady Tote Bag and your name in the liner notes.

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    The Jibber My Timbers

    2 physical copies of Walk Steady, digital download card, and a care package filled with things our cats think you should have. (Seriously, they are Ahmeowzing care-package-pickers.)

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    The I Heart Judy

    5 copies of Walk Steady, 5 digital download cards to share with your friends, a limited edition Walk Steady tote bag, and a hand-picked care package of our childhood favorite things. (This will include embarrassing original copies of photos, poems from my junior high years, stickers, candy, and treats that make our teenage and child-like selves smile.)

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    The Jib Jom

    Everything from the I Heart Judy package PLUS my wife will make you a mix CD of her favorite obscure Judith Avers tracks. (We're talking the songs NO ONE has ever heard and some that I am mortified you may hear, but you mean a lot to me and Frances really wants me to do this.)

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    The Baby Sweetheart Sugar Darling

    5 copies of Walk Steady, Digital Download card, limited edition tote bag and I will write a custom song for you or a loved one in time for the holidays. Check out www.thesongjar.com for samples of some of my commissioned work. (This is what Frances - my wife - got me for Christmas last year. My business partner Brooke Annibale wrote a song; I cried my eyes out...I'll write one so your sweetie will too.)

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    The Queen Jude

    In addition to 5 copies of the CD, digital download cards, and a limited edition tote bag, this reward also entitles you to a 2-3 night stay for you and a friend at the Tree House! (Also known as the sweet lil guest house in our back yard in Northern California.) It's 30 minutes from the Sacramento Airport and all kinds of peaceful.

    (*You can request a super-deluxe Cat Care Package from our kitties if you'd rather.)

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    The Babe, Are You Serious?

    The I Heart Judy PLUS ---

    Although my wife is looking at me with that "umm..babe?" look, I mean it when I say that if you donate $3500 or more to this project, I will tattoo the name of your favorite pet somewhere on my body. Yes, I mean it and yes, I get to decide where.

    (*If your favorite pet happens to have the name of a certain sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot, then I do reserve the right to kindly decline, of course.)

    Also, Frances is asleep and it's late so I'm just going to hit "save" on this one and take my chances.

    Side note: you will also receive CDs, totes, presents galore. But mostly, you and I will go down in infamy because no one ever does this level of rewards and we'll be legends. Okay, YOU will be the legend and I will be the one silently judged by all her friends, but I don't care if you don't.)

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