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My debut full-length record! Let's do this together!
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I've lived in southwest Ohio my entire life. I grew up in a huge, Kentucky lovin, bluegrass infused, good time of a family. Music has been a part of me since I can remember. There's never been a shortage of singing, clapping, or stomping around when our family gathers. 

I've been playing music for over 10 years now and you all have seen me go through different fads and phases musically- my interests ranging from blues to bluegrass and banjos to congas. Ultimately though, music is what I love. Good stories are what I love. And that's what I long to do- to write and tell a good story through the gift of music that we all share. 

Amazingly, I've realized that the best stories I can tell are the ones I see right in front of me, the stories of my home. Of my childhood. Of Middletown. Of Ohio. Of my family and friends. Their victories and struggles, and the mundane of our everyday lives. Home is where I've written and collected these songs.   

Now I have the opportunity to leave my home- to head WEST for a few days to finalize and document these songs and stories. I have the opportunity to make a full-length record. And that's not all. I have the opportunity to document this trip through picture and film! My dear friend and amazing photographer Mark Albain will be joining me to document the entirety of the trip!  

But, 

I need your help! As you've been a part of the journey thus far, I'm asking you to complete the journey with me, then we'll go start another one together.  

I'm not asking for your help so I can start a project, I'm asking for you to come alongside me and help me finish this. To make my first full-length record. A debut of sorts. 

I have the songs. I have the producer. I have a crazy opportunity. I just need the funds to make it happen. The money you give will go to the producer, mixing, mastering, travel expenses and physical production of the record. I'm offering some rewards too! The specific breakdown is as follows: 

10,000 - pays for studio time, recording, paying professional musicians, and production

1,000- pays for the pressing of 500 physical copies of record

1,150- pays for the making of and shipping of rewards and gas/hotels for trip to Utah

1,350 - kickstarter and credit card fees 

MEET THE PRODUCER

Joshua James

Joshua James is an incredible folk artist and producer who lives in American Fork, Utah.  I can't begin to explain the influence he has had on me musically as well as a person. I've been listening to his work for the past few years and it's continued to bless me. So when the opportunity presented itself to make a record with him, I couldn't help but start trying to figure out a way to make this happen! I assure you, this is an unbelievable opportunity! He has the experience, skill, and ear to make this record great! If you haven't before, check out some of his work: http://www.joshuajames.tv/

13,500 is a lot of money. I realize that. Together though, I TRULY believe we can make this happen!

Let's make an album together! 

all my best, 

Grayson 

if you've never heard anything of mine, check out this 5 song demo: 

hereamongthemountains.bandcamp.com

video created by - Red Sparrow Studio ( http://redsparrowstudio.com/ )

project consultant- Mark Albain

Risks and challenges

Risks involved in this projects will mostly be with deadlines-- I am planning to complete this project by the end of 2014 and have the physical product available in January of 2015. I believe this is more than enough time but I cannot predict the future and what could get in the way of that goal. Hopefully nothing should occur, but should something come up that puts me behind schedule I will make sure to keep my backers informed and notified as I work through the issues to still meet my goal.

I have gathered up and surrounded myself with a great team who will help me along the way, ensuring I get the rewards and the record out on time!

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    Digital download of the new record two weeks prior to release date - Signed physical copy of the new record - postcards from places we stop along the way on our trip - 3 unreleased demos

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    Digital download of the new record - Signed physical copy of the new record - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    We will design and send you a record/tour poster! - Digital download of the new record - Signed physical copy of the new record - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. -Signed physical copy of the record. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the record. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    Handwritten lyrics from the record made into a neat little package for you! - Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the record. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    Let's do a house show! (within 300 miles of me) - Handwritten lyrics from the record made into a neat little package for you! - Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the album. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    I'll write a song for you and record a legitimate demo of it- (nothing's off limits but let's not get too weird!) - Handwritten lyrics from the record made into a neat little package for you! - Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the album. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    You can come out west with me! And when we make a music video, you'll be in it! - Handwritten lyrics from the record made into a neat little package for you! - Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the album. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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    Free house/acoustic show! just me and my guitar with all the stories behind the songs! I don't know what else to offer here besides my undying affection and gratitude!! Plus you'll get everything else : Handwritten lyrics from the record made into a neat little package for you! - Video of the road trip and recording process (including the outtakes!) - Your name will be featured in the album credits! - 5 unreleased demos. - Record/tour poster - Digital copy of the album two weeks prior to the release. - Signed physical copy of the album. - 10 customized photo postcards from the 2 weeks in Utah and the road

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