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This project was successfully funded on January 17, 2013.

Our new album, ABOVE IT ALL, is almost done! And now, we are looking to involve our fans in the final stages of the process...

David Ornelas
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The duration of this Kickstarter is only 9 days.

THIS IS THE STRANGER BAND ALBUM THAT PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER KICK-STARTING THE BAND'S SUCCESS. ABOVE IT ALL CONSISTS OF SEVEN SONGS THAT WERE ALL RECORDED OVER THE COURSE OF 2012 SEPARATELY AS SINGLES. THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE ALL UNIQUE AND A LOT OF TIME WAS SPEND IN THE INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT OF EACH TRACK.  SO, UNLIKE MOST ALBUMS OUT THERE, THIS ONE HAS NO FILLER TRACKS, EVERY SONG IS MEANT TO UPLIFT THE LISTENER, TUG AT YOUR HEART-STRINGS AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, PUT YOUR PROBLEMS BEHIND YOU AND GET YOU UP AND MOVING.

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ABOVE IT ALL Release Schedule:

January 26th - Official Release Date (at our House Of Blues, San Diego CD Release Party)
January 29th - Official iTunes Release Date (International Online Release)
January 19th - Kickstarter Release Date (exclusively to Kickstarter backers of this project)

We are also including some exclusive items and one-of-a-kind opportunities that we hope you will appreciate. This stuff will cost well in excess of $5,000, but we are really just trying to offset the amount.  We are very grateful for your continued support and we can't wait to get this album and/or swag out to you!

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WATCH THE VIDEO RIGHT NOW!
The video says it all. We are in the final stage of the album, putting the finishing touches on the recording, creating the album artwork, Limited Edition T-shirts, 12" LPs, Decals, and more.

All songs featured in the video are from the "Above It All" album.  Check out the video message from David Ornelas below to hear a taste of the title track.

The original art, including the CD and LP artwork was painstakingly painted by our friend Jimmy Ovadia, recently featured on the cover of CityBeat Magazine, and designed by our friends at Dark City Designs in San Diego.  They are the same team that designed the World Underground album!

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MORE ABOUT THE ALBUM:
The new album is titled ABOVE IT ALL. This was a concept brought to life through the title track "Above It All" as communicated through the freedom that one can feel rising above the day-to-day trials and tribulations that we all go through and get past it for even just a moment.  ABOVE IT ALL, the song and the album, means realizing that life is a gift and whether you want to go out and have a little fun with it or try and make some kind of change, it is worth the effort and to be able to see that is sometimes the hardest challenge.

Check out preview audio "You Got It" and "All Yours" at STRANGERBAND.COM           

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ABOUT THE BAND:

Based out of the South Bay of San Diego, neighboring the highest crossed border in the world, the members of Stranger draw inspiration from their diverse surroundings. It is multicultural and musical diversity that grants Stranger a soulful blend of reggae roots, rock and jazz infused with conscious lyrics.

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MESSAGE FROM SINGER DAVID ORNELAS:

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ABOVE IT ALL PAINTING DEVELOPMENT:

Check out more art by Jimmy Ovadia:
Facebook.com/TheArtofJimmyOvadia

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MORE ABOUT THE BAND:

Touted as San Diego's #1 Reggae Band, and winning the Best World Music category at the San Diego Music Awards in 2009, STRANGER is an up-and-coming force, not only with its multifaceted audio recordings, but also because of the band's stellar and amazingly versatile live performances that have constantly thrilled fans in both the US and abroad. Based out of the south bay of San Diego, neighboring the highest crossed border in the world, STRANGER is turning heads through multicultural and musical diversity with a soulful blend of reggae roots, rock and jazz combined with conscious lyrics and unparalleled musicianship.

On the heels of their Hawaiian and Guamanian radio successes with the songs "Like a Dream" and "The Only One", the band has embarked on several tours and expanded its fan base in both areas and on the mainland US through touring and festival appearances focused in the western states. As their new ep "Above It All" is on the verge of launch, STRANGER is primed to uplift and entertain the world in extensive touring, documentary films, music videos, and upcoming new music recordings.

In addition to the eclectic mix of music and styles present in the recordings, seeing the band live is what really sets them apart from other groups in their genre and in Southern California in general, blending a fusion of influences and a mind-blowing talent for switching between styles and songs.

The name says it all: STRANGER does not fit into a mold. Even from the inception of the group, its diverse mixture of influences set the band apart from the other acts in the reggae genre and led to the band’s mysterious, yet creatively appropriate name. From the beginning STRANGER was outside the box. The band formed at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista as a nameless four-piece act consisting of guitar, hand drums, vocals and bass. After only a few short months the boys recorded their first demo consisting of 10 original songs including favorites "Woodlands", "Hometown" and "My Life", which appeared on the "STRANGER EP" in 2004 and are still heavily requested at the group's hometown shows. Over the next 4 years the band recorded two full-length albums, “Life Lessons” and Shelter from the Storm” while continuing to built their fan base to point of starting to fill large San Diego venues. This is when the STRANGER started to really make an impact on the Hawaiian Islands with radio and fan favorite "Like a Dream"

It was in 2006 that the band’s lineup was completed, adding the horn section from the “Shelter from the Storm” album recordings to the group’s live performances and song-writing, ushering in a new sound and creative input that led to major successes, not only in San Diego, but throughout the west coast, in the Hawaiian Islands and Guam, especially with the radio success of "The Only One". This sound is present on the band’s next two albums “Some Kinda Sign EP” and the full-length album “World Underground.” The soulful vocals and conscious lyrics of David Ornelas, hip-hop and punk rock bass influences of Arthur Tilley, ripping blues and rock guitar style of Daniel Montgomery, virtuosic hard-hitting drumming of Nolan Clark, and Jazz & Ska horn background of Don Carter and Aaron Hudson are what make STRANGER the dynamic and eclectic group that is making waves on the reggae scene in the US and abroad.

LINEUP
• David Ornelas: Lead Vocals
• Daniel Montgomery: Guitar
• Arthur Tilley: Bass and Vocals
• Nolan Clark: Drums
• Aaron Hudson: Saxophones and Vocals
• Don Carter: Trumpet and Trombone

If you haven't heard Stranger Band yet, check out these tracks.

"The Only One / Your Recipe" (Acoustic by: David Ornelas)

"Under Control" Live at The Wavehouse (San Diego, CA)

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Remember that we need to be fully funded for this Kickstarter to be successful and we are only offering these rewards for 9 days, so please go ahead and take advantage of one of the opportunities on your right. Right Now!

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Jimmy Ovadia Featured on the cover of San Diego's CityBeat Magazine

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter wants us to write about the challenges, but there aren't many. We've done this before on smaller orders, so it's just a matter of stepping it up and doing a little research for some things. I had to check on the printing times for the Vinyl, which come mostly out of LA and also how to ship 12" LPs. Since the album is near done already, it's mostly a matter of printing and shipping. I found a local company to make the art prints and we're already set up for the T-shirts. We have the finished painting by Jimmy Ovadia and have already turned it over to Don Carter to work on the album art while we put the finishing touches on the album and decide the order of songs. As we said earlier, this kickstarter project isn't to make the album it's to expand it as art and personalize it.

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    AUTOGRAPHED LP: For the first time ever a 12” Vinyl LP of ABOVE IT ALL personalized and signed by the band. This includes a digital download and your name in the Online Shout Out digital poster.

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    LIMITED T: 
Start with the “Advance Signed CD” Package and add a Limited edition, screen-printed ABOVE IT ALL t-shirt: Design includes a selection of hand-written lyrics from the title track, see description on left.

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    ART PRINT: Extremely limited edition individually numbered and signed ABOVE IT ALL professional print on 20”x24” canvas roll. Limited to 75 posters. This also includes the advance audio music download and your name in the Online Shout Out digital poster.

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    THE ART OF LYRICS: David will handwrite and sign a sheet with the lyrics of your favorite Stranger Band song. David is a painter so he'll make it artsy. Also, you get everything from the Limited T package and signed and personalized copies of the previous 2 Stranger Band CDs.

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    ALBUM CREDITS: Get your name in the supporters thank you in the album artwork on both the LP and CD for this printing of Above It All and all reprints. Get signed and personalized copies of the CD and LP with the advance digital music download plus your name included in the Online Shout Out digital poster.

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    MERCH PACKAGE: Limited T (with new music), plus LP and the 2 previous albums signed and personalized, plus 2 decals, 2 stickers, 2 basic stranger head Ts and a signed and personalized tour poster.

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    SUPERFAN PACKAGE: Merch package plus 2 guest list spots at a show near you (must be a show on our tour routing), photo with the band at the show posted on facebook and our website, plus an autographed photo of Stranger Band and a stranger-designed & personalized Thank You Card from David and the band to you and yours.

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    BACKSTAGE PACKAGE: Superfan package plus backstage access for you and a friend so you can see the magic behind the curtain and hang out with the band. First to donate gets first pick of shows. Get photos and bottle service with the band.

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    YOUTUBE DEDICATION: You’ve seen David’s YouTube versions of our songs. These are some of the most popular Stranger Band online attractions. For this donation, David will dedicate an upcoming video acoustic performance to you before he launches into the song.

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    ACOUSTIC SONG PACKAGE: David will write and record an acoustic song just for you. Give him an idea or a phrase and the song will come to life Stranger Band style and be considered for release on the next album or as a single. This is your chance to be involved in the inspiration that a musician starts with at the inception of the song-writing process and forever have a song that you made possible. Also included is everything in the Superfan package.

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    PAINTED ACOUSTIC GUITAR: 

Stranger Band will donate our official band acoustic guitar that we have toured and written songs with and just all around jam on. We will also commission our band artist and local legend Jimmy Ovadia to paint an original one-of-a-kind piece based on the Above It All album artwork onto the entire body of the guitar, signed by him and the band. Also included is everything in the Superfan package.

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PRIVATE PERFORMANCE: A private 2-hour concert for you and up to 100 of your friends. Must coincide with tour routing or cover travel expenses. This package also includes everything in the Backstage Package plus the Art Print and a Special Thanks in the album credits.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You are the Above It All executive producer for all time. This means that you made the album possible plus the success of Stranger Band that comes from the album. Yours will be the only name in the executive producer credit on the album LP and CD along with the digital album for all reprints for as long as the album is in circulation worldwide. This package also includes everything in the Backstage Package plus the Art Print and a framed album display with plaque to hang on your wall.

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    STRANGER DOCUMENTARY: You’ll be on tour with Stranger Band. We will fly you out for three dates on tour with the band. You will be part of Stranger Band’s road crew, but with none of the responsibility with full backstage band access, transportation with the band and your own hotel room, plus we will document the trip and include it in the Stranger Band documentary entitled “The Right Direction” which is currently being filmed and you will forever be a part of the Stranger Band legacy.
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