The Ginger Snapped!
**UPDATE! Jinkx will be doing a live periscope, Thursday March 2nd, at approximately 8am Pacific Standard Time, and she will be previewing songs from the new album! Follow her periscope @JinkxMonsoon, and get your first sneak peek at the music on the new album**
*ALL Donations of $15 or more will receive a copy of "The Ginger Snapped"*
(By donating at least $15, we will be sure to send you a CD copy of the new album, once it is created! We are sorry this is not in the rewards section! We accidentally forgot to add it to the rewards because we thought- "OF COURSE we are going to send you a copy of the new album as thanks for donating!")
Any Jinkx Monsoon fan knows that she loves to sing her little heart out for any and every reason. For over 8 years, she has been teamed up with her music partner Major Scales, a lyrical genius.
Jinkx and Major are well known for their ragtime covers of pop songs as performed in their critically acclaimed cabaret show, The Vaudevillians! However, the duo also love to create original music between their two magical minds.
The Inevitable Album was their first venture into the studio to create a feature length album; a cabaret style odyssey through the unique mind of Jinkx Monsoon. The album features jazz and blues originals by Major Scales and Fred Schneider (of the B-52's) as well as big band covers of some great jazz and show-tune standards. Inspired by Bette Midler's early bathhouse days with Barry Manilow, The Inevitable album was a passion project of Monsoon and Scales' and has become a staple in the Drag Race community.
The Inevitable Album was a complete passion project of Jinkx's. It was something she wanted to do, not just since winning drag race, but since she was a nerdy, teenage, gender confused, queer-ass young thing, listening to Bette Midler albums every night as she'd go to bed. She wanted to create an album and I wasn't going to take no for an answer.
So, having just won RuPaul's Drag Race, She used her winnings and she funded her first album completely out of pocket. She paid for everything that went into that album (studio time, production and distribution, and publicity,) entirely by herself, and was happy to do so!
After the success of the Inevitable Album, Jinkx and Major employed their producer, Diego Sanchez, to reimagine select tracks to be transformed into dance remixes, and thus, Reanimated was born. Reanimated features some of the favorite tracks from The Inevitable Album redone as discotheque dance fantasies.
Now that Jinkx's cabaret fantasy has had its life, she and Major have decided to take a bit of a departure form the jazz, cabaret style to bring you new and original songs with a distinct 90's garage band throwback sound.
The Ginger Snapped is Jinkx and Major's homage to 90's rock, ska, and grunge. Featuring original music by Major Scales, Jinkx Monsoon, and Fred Schneider, The Ginger Snapped brings a whole new sound to the world of Drag Queen music.
Not only are Jinkx and Major going in a new musical direction, but they're bringing some friends along with them!
This album will feature vocal performances by
Lady Rizo- A cabaret goddess and style icon. Lady Rizo is a visionary performer and activist with a voice like velvet smoke, we are excited to announce her involvement on this album.
Fred Schneider- Of the B-52's is returning to the studio with Jinkx and Major, bringing his iconic shout to the album. In addition to performing on the album, Schneider and Scales are bringing an original collaboration for your musical enjoyment.
Amanda Palmer- Amanda F*cking Palmer will be joining the album in the original track "Boys in the Band". Amanda Palmer is a personal hero and huge inspiration to Jinkx Monsoon and this collaboration was a dream come true. Whether you know her from her time as half of The Dresden Dolls, or her concept album Evelyn Evelyn with Jason Webley, or her solo career including her recent ventures with The Grand Theft Orchestra, Amanda Palmer is a rock legend and her presence on this new album is an amazing addition!
The Ginger Snapped is sure to be an epic new album from the brassy, saucy soul of JInkx Monsoon.
Jinkx and Major have already spent many hours in the recording studio with their amazing producer Yair Evnine, and the tracks are all laid down! Your donations will allow Jinkx, Major, and Yair to pour more and more effort into the production of this album. We are dedicated to using live instrumentalists to bring an authentic rock sound to this music.
Jinkx already began paying for this album out of pocket, which is why the base of the tracks have already been recorded. (Sneak peeks and samples to come!)
This Kickstarter isn't to ensure that the album happens, it is to ensure that the album happens well!
The amount that this Kickstarter asks for isn't even half of the costs of creating the album. This Kickstarter was created to specifically fund the production and distribution costs of creating the album. That means that the money raised will go directly to making sure that the album has the post production and editing means that it needs to be the best possible finished product it can be.
The bar has been set by high the musically inclined Drag Race sisters and we want to keep holding ourselves to higher and higher standards.
Drag musicians are making a huge wave in the music community and are finally being respected as the inspired artists that they are. This album will be unique in this booming realm of drag music, as it leans to a true rock edge and brings enchanting new music and lyrics from the mind of Major Scales.
Your donations will help this dream be fully realized and reach the level of refinement that will make this album truly special.
Risks and challenges
Luckily for you, the donator, the album tracks have already been recorded.
This means that we are raising money to produce and distribute the completed project.
The more money we raise, the more production value we can put into this project.
this will help make the project sound like a fully realized rock album, versus a drag queen in a basement with a Casio keyboard.
We are determined to make this project happen, and we will do it to the best of our ability. If we are able to raise our target goal for this album, we can create something that sounds professionally produced and worthy of our audiences. The bar has been set high for Drag music as of late, and with your donations, we can meet and exceed the expectations set for a drag queen chanteuse!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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