Two years ago I traveled across the country to promote my album Words Left Unsaid. It was an incredible two month stretch of shows, interviews and appearances. Along the way I took a one week detour that would change my life. Far away from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, nestled in the luscious green Colombia Gorge I walked into a small recording studio. The green carpet matched the trees, the walls were decorated with photos, Grammy nominations and guitars. The computer monitor shined brightly, while the elegant baby grand piano stole the show. Sitting in a rolling chair in the center of the room was my host, my new teacher. Legendary singer, songwriter and producer Gino Vannelli had hand-selected me for his Art of Voice Masters Class.
Throughout the class Gino worked with me on my technique. We talked about expression, dynamics and the intricacies of music. I learned more about myself as an artist and a musician in that one week than I ever had before.
A year later I found myself together again in the studio with Gino working on a new song of mine called "One Moment". The sessions were incredible! He pushed me to the limit, put as much pressure on me as he could and the results were remarkable. He emphasized a new approach to my songwriting and allowed me to explore the process in a new way.
Now Gino and I are about to embark on another studio adventure, but this time it's not part of a class and it's not just a single... we're making an ALBUM!
Recording an album is no small undertaking. It takes an incredible amount of time, energy, patience and money. Every project is special and unique, but I am thrilled, humbled and honored to have the opportunity to not only work with one of my musical idols, but arguably the most talented and knowledgeable artist of the last 50 years. This is the biggest opportunity of my young career and I relish every bit of it!
That being said, it will also be the most expensive opportunity of my career. Working with such an accomplished producer will not come cheap.
I WANT YOU!
I want you along for the ride of making this album! Backers of this Kickstarter will get exclusive webisodes and behind the scenes videos from inside the studio. You'll be a fly on the wall and go inside the process! On top of that, pending on your donation level you will be getting a bevy of exclusive and unique merchandise!
I'm on an incredible ride in part of the outpouring of love and support you all have given me since I started performing! From dive bars to singing at Fenway Park, I've had the joy of singing for thousands of people from all over the world! But what truly touches me is when I get to speak with you after a show. Maybe it was your first time seeing me and you like what you heard. Or you heard a song of mine on the radio and reached out to me online to tell me a story about what that song means to you. I couldn't do what I do, without you!
The music industry has changed. Throughout my career I've been known as a DIY/independent artist. That means that I don't have a record company behind me pumping in funds to get my music out to the masses. Making an album is only half the battle. Now we need to take this great product and get it out there for people to hear! By passing the $20,000 goal you help insure a promotional campaign that will get my new music in the ears of more people than ever!
$35,0000 - Publicity Campaign
This is the first stretch goal; to work with a great team of advertisers and publicists to get the music in as many ears as possible. I've been fortunate enough to have already been played on numerous FM radio stations across the country, but this would go towards a full radio campaign including FM, satellite and college radio, for not only spins, but also on-air interviews. National magazines, local and national news program in-studio performances, late night television and national magazines.
$45,000 - Video Production and Merchandise
Music videos have had a renaissance in the digital era and with a new album brings new video production. The success of "Beautiful" and "Crawling Back To Me" off Words Left Unsaid opened many doors for me and I will continue this success with several new videos off the new album. I am also looking to try new video production ventures that will include commercial spots, live video and even more behind-the-scenes. Merchandise is also a key component and a new line of t-shirts as well as new gear such as hats, guitar pics, cell phone cases, buttons/pins and more will be in the works!
$65,000 - Tour Support/Additional Publicity
With a new album, I'm ready to hit the road. Touring is a HUGE expense and I've heard the cries for me to perform in your town. Reaching this stretch goal will go a long way in having a larger touring schedule that reaches more regions of the country! Promotion and publicity is crucial to a tour's success. The more people that know I'm performing near by, the more people that will come out and see the show! Much like you need to advertise an album and single, you must also advertise concerts.
I work hard day in and day out to produce music that I'm proud of, but it's thanks to all the love and support you've shown me that I've been able to achieve the success I have. I know this new album will be something we'll all be proud of! Thank you for all the support and backing this project!
Risks and challenges
As I have mentioned before, this opportunity is a dream come true and I am fully committed to making this album. I believe in this project, in these new songs and in this purpose. Having Gino believe in me equally as strong puts those feelings over the top. These songs are special. This is something new, something unique! I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel, but I'm certainly going to make it run better.
I put my faith in you, the backers, to help fund this album and achieve these stretch goals to get the album heard. Getting heard is what an artist wants and needs most. Many of you have said to me how you feel I'm ready to take it to the next level. I know I'm ready to take it to the next level and you can help me get there! You've all done such wonderful things in spreading my music around the web, around the world! Driving hours to see a show, sending notes of encouragement and appreciation and so much more. For that I'm eternally grateful. Join me on this new journey, this new adventure to create something we will all be proud of.
We are looking at Spring/Summer 2015 recording dates with an estimated Holiday season release. Please understand that schedules may change and though I hope not to incur any production delays, they do sometimes happen. As a backer you will be receiving consistent messages regarding the production of the album and be completely up to date on our schedule.
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