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It’s time to finish creating my first full-length record, and I need my fans to help make it happen! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 1, 2011.

It’s time to finish creating my first full-length record, and I need my fans to help make it happen!

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Update- New Goal: $10,000

I am overwhelmed by the generous support this project has garnered. To those of you who have pledged towards the making of this album- THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being as excited about this debut record as I am. Please know that every dollar pledged goes right back into the cost of this project, which I can now do more with because of your generosity! Mark & I are already making plans to finish mixing and mastering very soon.

To those of you who are still debating whether or not to be a part of this campaign, know that even a very small pledge goes a long way. Only $10 gets you a digital copy of this drop dead gorgeous record. And "Foot Soldiers"- which has been an audience favorite for years- is only available to backers of this project. I am excited for those of you who'll get to finally have it. ;)

I am very blessed. Thank you for being a part of this record.

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With a toy piano-based EP and two music videos under my belt, I wanted to finally capture the lush, orchestral experience that my fans in Los Angeles have witnessed at live shows for the last two years.  Several months ago, I approached Chicago-based engineer Mark Greenberg (Andrew Bird, Wilco, Mavis Staples), and he enthusiastically agreed to record & co-produce the songs that my fans have been patiently waiting for.

For our project, Mark enlisted the help of bassist Tom V. Ray (Neko Case, Jakob Dylan) and percussionist Kevin O’Donnell (Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire).  I decided to save the trouble of finding & rehearsing with local musicians, and flew part of my magnificent band to the city.  At the height of Chicago’s freezing winter season, we undertook what was for me the most magical, fulfilling experience of my life. 

An achingly beautiful, spooky piece of work is now waiting to be heard.  I must now recoup at least some of what it cost to create the album before we can proceed with post-production and its release.

The cost of making my first album is great, but I believe the expense will be well worth the investment. For those of you who don’t know my story- last fall, I decided to give up my apartment, job, stability, and even gave my cat to friends for an indefinite period of time so that I could throw myself into my work. I decided to trust that great things would happen if I were true to my artistic vision of writing, recording, touring & connecting with music lovers such as yourself. So far, great things have indeed begun to happen, my music has been supported by wonderful people and I have been blessed. This record will take me even further down the path I have chosen and help me get there faster than I could otherwise.

My fund-raising goal on this site is $6000. That is actually less than half of the project’s actual cost*.  But these are tough times, and even $6000 would help tremendously. In exchange for your generous donation, you may choose from a number of rewards that I have put much time, thought & energy into. THANK YOU for considering this project, and please spread the word to your family & friends!

* Break-down of the record's actual cost-

Studio time (recording & mixing) + payment for musicians:      $9,000

Transportation (plane tickets, train passes & cab rides):          $1,500

Meals:                                                                                          $500

Mastering:                                                                                    $500

Mechanical license for “Into My Arms”:                                       $100

CD Replication:                                                                        $1,200

Artwork by Kathryna Hancock & Mister X:                               $1,000

                                                                                           =  $13,800

Check out more of my work here-

*Info regarding the Eliza doll ($1500 reward) by Melacacia can be found here.

**INTERNATIONAL BACKERS, PLEASE NOTE- you may be required to cover additional shipping costs to applicable selections.**

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    Pledge $10 or more

    10 backers

    A digital download of the album before it's available anywhere else.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    67 backers

    The above, plus the exclusive non-album track "Foot Soldiers". This song is epic- you want it!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    83 backers

    The above, plus a physical copy of the album in the mail (signed if you like).

  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    9 backers

    All of the above, plus a download containing exclusive photos & videos taken with my cell phone of me & the band while recording the album.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    3 backers

    All of the above, plus a mix cd of 15 of my favorite jams.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    14 backers

    All of the above, plus your name gets a "thank you" in the album's liner notes.

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    Pledge $150 or more

    9 backers

    A "fun box", which will contain everything from the $100 level plus one or more surprise random treats selected just for you by yours truly. You might get a vintage hat, a bird call, hand-written lyrics...

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    1 backer All gone!

    Everything from the $100 level, plus the mini Blythe doll we used in our music video for "Black Rose".

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    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer

    Everything from the $100 level, plus I will come to your house and play a private concert for you & your friends in your home! (Continental US only & within the next 6 months.)

  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    Everything from the $500 level, plus I'll record the cover song of your choice & send it to you.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    Everything from the $100 level, plus the adorable, one-and-only custom Eliza Rickman Blythe doll made by the amazing Melacacia! http://www.melacacia.com/

  • You selected
    Pledge $2,000 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    Everything from the $500 level, plus the Schoenhut toy piano used in Eliza's IShootRockStars! photo shoot.

  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Everything from the $500 level, plus you get to decide which song from the album will be made into my next music video.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers

    Basically, I owe you my soul & blood... Everything from the $100 level, eternal gratitude, plus a private concert for you & your friends in your home WITH MY AWESOME BAND!!! (Continental US only & within the next 6 months.)

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