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This project is aimed at getting a free album of great Christmas music into the hands of strangers, friends, family, you.
49 backers pledged $1,370 to help bring this project to life.

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[Special thanks to Ken Komiya at Head in the Cloud Productions (kenkomiya82@gmail.com) for putting this NEW video together for us!]

Although we've reached our goal with 11 days to spare, we still need as much help as possible - please continue to support this project and share it with your friends. Remember, you get rewards for whatever you donate!! See the rewards on the list to the RIGHT >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Below is a detailed description of our project:

Josh Atkinson and Sam Billen are teaming up this year to release a Christmas album in the true spirit of Christmas. Our goal is to raise enough money to press a thousand CDs to hand out to strangers, friends, and family for free - no strings attached, just good music with good intentions.

Sam successfully undertook a similar project 2 years ago and was able to hand out hundreds of copies in the Lawrence/Kansas City area as well as sending hundreds of copies to friends overseas in Japan, France, and Hong Kong for them to pass out to people in a similar manner. We're hoping to repeat that success this year.

The album will be a mix of original songs and our renditions of some old Christmas carols. To check out some of the Christmas music we've put together in the past, visit http://sambillen.com/2008/12/04/merry-christmas-album/, http://soundcloud.com/joshumusic/tracks..., http://www.lawrence.com/news/2009/dec/14/themorethemerrierchristmas/.

We have the deadline set so early to make sure we can get the CDs out in early December. We'll be planning the artwork, mastering the CD, and having them pressed at the end of November.

Please help us get this project kickstarted by telling your friends about it.

Our plan is to press as many CDs as we can with the funds raised - there will be no monetary profit in this for Josh or Sam. Any leftover funds will be donated to a humanitarian charity.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album and one physical copy of the album.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album & two physical copies of the album.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album & five physical copies of the album & a personalized thank you note or thank you phone call (your choice) from the songwriters.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album & ten physical copies of the album & personalized thank you note from the songwriters & a Christmas picture of the artists in beautiful Christmas garb.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Pre-release digital download of the album & twenty physical copies of the album & a collection of previous Christmas albums by Josh and Sam & a personalized thank you note from the songwriters & an autographed Christmas picture of the artists in beautiful Christmas garb (OPTIONAL: with you photo-shopped into the picture) & a Christmas mug personalized with pictures of artists.

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    Everything at the $100 level & a SET of Christmas mugs personalized with pictures of the artists & we’ll sing a Christmas song to you via skype.

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    Everything at the $250 level & a copy of every album either of the musicians have ever taken part in (including bands: the Billions, Kelpie, Laredo, Insects and Spiders, etc) & 10 extra copies of the Christmas album & a lock of Josh's hair and a lock of Sam's beard.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Everything at the $500 level & we'll write a song about whatever you want us to write one about - your love story, a story from your childhood, for a spouse/significant other, for your grandma - whatever! & an extra 20 copies of the Christmas album.

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    Everything at the $1000 level & we’ll perform a Christmas concert for you and anyone you choose to invite AT YOUR HOUSE (within a 150 mile radius of Lawrence, KS – otherwise, everything at the $1000 level, plus a Christmas concert via skype).

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