M Y * L I F E
There is so much I could share with you about my life, my story and God's redemption weaved through all of it, but we don't have the whole day...and I'm excited to get to the point : ) So, here are the essentials: I am a singer/songwriter and worship leader from Indiana. I've been married to my amazing husband for 7 years, and we have a beautiful son and daughter. I'm chasing after God's story for my life. It's bigger than my own capabilities, but the call in my heart outweighs the fear. So with your help, we're going for it!
M Y * S T O R Y
I’ve been singing my whole life, and leading worship since 2008. In 2013, I began to dive deeper into writing my own songs. For the last 3 ½ years, I’ve been on staff as a Worship Director and have had many opportunities to share my songs with the church. The songs have been received with such support and encouragement and followed with questions of ‘Can I get that recording, or is your music on available on itunes?’ to which I would reply….. ‘Not yet, but hopefully someday!’ Its been stirring in my heart for some time to pursue recording the songs that I’ve written, but I believed that God would make His timing evident. After a Young Life Africa retreat that my husband and I attended this past January, I felt God say go. Somehow I wanted to use my gifts for His glory. Particularly related to supporting Young Life Africa, a ministry near and dear to my heart since I came to Christ through YL as a teen. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but began moving forward in faith. Each step, God would open the door and show me the next place to set my foot. He led me to Nashville to work with the super gifted and all around awesome producer Ben Shive who has worked with a few artists you may have heard of….Ellie Holcomb, Rend Collective, JJ Heller….(if you haven’t, go check them out, they are amazing : ) In August, I had the opportunity to record a single called ‘Never Told’ with Ben, and with your help I will record a 5 song EP later this fall! ‘Never Told’ (the song in the video) is a song about telling your story. It is my heart that this EP would encourage and inspire you to pursue God's story for your life. No matter what you've walked through or how little you think you have to offer, He wants to share His story of love and redemption through you!
M Y * M I S S I O N
What is it?:
Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that will allow my EP to be brought to life through your support! There is a catch, we have to raise the entire goal of $25,000 in 30 days or …. we don’t get any of it : (((
How it works:
If you want to help make this music happen, you can pledge money to the campaign and receive amazing rewards including a signed copy of the CD, t-shirts, beautiful jewelry, leather and more! (descriptions to the right and pics below- scroll all the way down). Not only will your pledge help fund my campaign, but I have partnered with Karama, which means dignity in Arabic- a company that directly alleviates poverty by restoring dignity through creative, purposeful work for artisans, beginning in Africa. AND on top of that, they invest in African teens through Young Life Africa camp sponsorships!
So, let’s recap…When you pledge to Maria Roate’s EP you will:
1. Support amazing music
2. Receive amazing rewards
3. Support dignified work and YL Africa!
= Win, Win, Win!!!
My campaign goal is $25,000 in 30 days. I know that is a big number, but with the help of some very spreadsheet savvy people we have crunched numbers and calculated the costs to give this EP every chance of being the best it can be and to hopefully reach many ears and hearts.
Where does all of the $$ go? I’m so glad you asked! The majority of the funds pays for the production of the EP. This includes paying for studio, mixing and mastering engineers, session players (drums, bass, piano, guitar…etc), and an 8-piece string section on the first single that will make you want to cry- in a good way : ) We have also factored in: design/ photography, manufacturing (the CD’s), rewards/shipping, Kickstarter fees and payment fees and hopefully some PR.
This is always my favorite part of any meeting…what do we do with all of this information?! HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP!!!1. Pledge to the campaign! I have reward tiers beginning at $15. That costs less than going to a movie these days!
R E W A R D S
Once we hit the goal, we don't have to stop there!!!
Alright ya'll, ready for some stretchin?!
STRETCH GOAL # 1: $30,000 - As many of you know, I have led worship for some time, but playing shows and events is a newer venture for me. One that God is opening a number of doors for. So a very real need is some new equipment! The funds will be put towards a keyboard, and other various recording items.
If we reach this goal, every $25 backer and higher will receive a pdf of each song story, handwritten by me and a special video of a live performance of 'Never Told'.
I am soooooo excited for the second stretch goal!
STRETCH GOAL # 2: $40,000 - Will provide the funding needed to host 'Arts for Africa', the dream that really began this entire venture. The Lord has put a dream in my heart to host an event that will showcase beautiful music and art all benefitting Young Life Africa. This stretch goal would allow us to begin making plans for this event to happen in 2017! If we hit this goal, every backer will receive free admission to the event, and every Tier 6 and higher backer will receive VIP Admission.
You all have been the fuel behind this fire, and we need your help to continue spreading the word! If you have been blessed by this song and campaign, please share the link with your friends and family!
Risks and challenges
It's always risky to venture into new territory, but I am ready to do everything in my capability to make this project happen. I am working with very gifted people, and feel confident that we will overcome any unforeseeable challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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