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Join me in creating my first studio album to be released on KRISHNA DAS MUSIC. Together, we can keep it in the family !

It's that time again.... the posse and I are headed back to the studio to record new melodies for us to share. This will be the first project on the KRISHNA DAS MUSIC label !

We are excited about the new music, already in the works. There's a sneak peak in the video of KRISHNA WALTZ and I PHONE GOVINDA (and the story around how that name came to be !) We will bring you these chants and new melodies to the Devi, Hanuman and more ! Without giving too much away, these new chants are coming alive as you read this. Updates will be posted here, so stay tuned for more information as we go deeper into the zone! We will be in full swing this fall and plan the album release for the Spring 2014.

Of course there are many costs involved to do this and that's why we are here. This campaign on Kickstarter is in lieu of taking money from a record company. The funds we raise will go directly toward studio rental expenses, professional engineers and producers, our awesome musicians, mastering fees, artwork & design, CD manufacturing costs, and legal/production/management staff. Your partnership supports this entire process and will bring the album to life !

If Kickstarter is new to you... here's some information that will help you participate:

Kickstarter provides creators like us with a platform from which we can raise funds to make our projects happen by the direct support of people like you.

We have listed several several "rewards" on the right side of this page. If you choose to back this project, you will need to set up an account and click on the green button to the right of the video that says "back this project". After this, you can either select a level from the reward list or you can enter your own amount in the box provided. If you want to pledge an amount in between two levels you can do this - we will consider the amount above our preset level as a donation. We sincerely appreciate every dollar contributed here. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means in order for us to receive the money pledged to this project we must meet or exceed our funding goal within the funding period. If we are not able to do this ... we don't get anything at all.

A project can be over-funded too. If this is the case we are given all the money pledged. Our funding goal is considerably less than the total cost for this project. If we exceed our goal, these additional resources will go toward the total budget and making everything about this album even better.

So please join our project for whatever feels right and together we will make this happen.

For more information on Krishna Das please click on these links :

http://www.krishnadas.com/

http://www.facebook.com/krishnadasmusic

http://www.youtube.com/krishnadasmusic

http://www.twitter.com/krishnadas

"Because you chant with me, I can do my practice" - Krishna Das

Yoga For Peace, Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo by Renata Mendes)
Yoga For Peace, Sao Paulo, Brazil (photo by Renata Mendes)
Yoga of Chant, Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas (photo by Ana Ban)
Yoga of Chant, Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas (photo by Ana Ban)
Barcelona Yoga Conference (photo by Wari Om)
Barcelona Yoga Conference (photo by Wari Om)
Bhaktifest, Joshua Tree, CA (photo by Cathy Scholl)
Bhaktifest, Joshua Tree, CA (photo by Cathy Scholl)

"Chanting just hits you and you want to be a part of it. That’s the point of this whole thing. That’s what cuts through all the ‘stuff’. You get lit up. You don’t have to know what it means." - Krishna Das

Miami, FL (photo by Nina Rao)
Miami, FL (photo by Nina Rao)
Webster Hall, Bus Tour, NYC (photo by Nina Rao)
Webster Hall, Bus Tour, NYC (photo by Nina Rao)
Bhajan Boat, NYC (photo by Nina Rao)
Bhajan Boat, NYC (photo by Nina Rao)

"You can’t manipulate a heart open, you can only allow it to open, in the right circumstances, and this is what chanting is for me." - Krishna Das

Dubai, UAE (photo by Alok Puri)
Dubai, UAE (photo by Alok Puri)
Zurich, Switzerland (photo by Willy Generotzky)
Zurich, Switzerland (photo by Willy Generotzky)
Garrison, NY (photo by Zivar Amrami)
Garrison, NY (photo by Zivar Amrami)

                         "All blessings of your own heart" - Krishna Das

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have released 16 albums and books so far. To date, we have not had any major delivery issues. We are totally confident that our experienced team will see this through. For this new album we are using the same trusty studios, professional producers, engineers and musicians that have worked with us in the past. We have applied for and received the required permits for the tracks.
Every now and then there are delays in the overdubbing, mixing and mastering processes. This could add a little time to the schedule, maybe a couple of weeks. Also, sometimes KD gets new music ideas and inspiration while in the recording studio and we may need to add a day or two here. We have allowed for these possibilities in our scheduling and hope to stay on track with our release date in Spring 2014. If there any unforeseen delays this could become Summer 2014. We have considered all the rewards offered carefully and do not expect problems in getting them to you around the estimated delivery date we have noted. As a backer, you are our partner. If there are any issues along the way, we will be sure to keep you updated.

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  • In the past, we always took an advance from a record company to record a CD. In return, the record company would share substantially in the income from sales after the cost (which they advanced) of producing the CD was recouped. The record company would also do publicity, promotion, and distribution so that people would know that the CD was available. This income and the income from touring and chanting with people is what I live on and is what supports the people that help me tour and help me make the music. The record companies helped us get this far and I am grateful for their support. The music industry has evolved and because of the internet and our ability to communicate with you directly, and the fact that I am fairly well-known in certain circles, we want to give it a go ourselves and take on this business ourselves - but where will the money come from to make a new CD?
    In the old days, when people still bought CDs, I would have been able to support the touring and some rest time, from the sales. But as you know these days, many people don't buy CDs (or legal downloads) anymore; they find "alternate" ways of getting the music. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on this 66 year old body to be on the road more than is really good for its health. This is why we are essentially selling the album in advance to the people that would probably buy it anyway. And that is why we formed our own record label and are putting out my first studio album on this label. As you can imagine, making an album involves the costs of producers, recording engineers, musicians, studio rentals, administrative/legal/distribution staff, and more. Please note the total budget is double of what we are trying to raise here. If we raise more than our goal amount , the money will still go toward the production of the CD.
    Let me tell you a story…
    Back in the mid-eighties I was sitting in the jungles of India with a very old Baba. This yogi was 163 years old at the time. He's older now!!!
    One day he looked at me intensely and said, "You are going to be famous." Even though it was 120 degrees out there at the time I still
    had my wits about me, so I replied half jokingly, "and rich!" The Baba cracked up laughing and leaned over really close to me...eye-to-eye...
    nose-to-nose, and said, "Famous!" So that was that.
    So to just to be clear, I am semi-famous, but have no extra money. We keep touring so that we can keep touring and pay the bills, so that we can keep touring. When I take a break to go to India to recharge and quiet down, by the time I come back and start singing with people again we are in the red. And to be clear again, it is perfect the way it is. Chanting with people is the one thing that keeps my heart singing and alive and I am blessed to be able to do this.
    It is all in the service of the Chanting. I am still experimenting and trying to find the best way to do this.... to chant with the people who want to chant with me; to be able to make this offering to and from my own heart to the hearts of all and stay healthy to do it again and again and again.

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    DIGITAL MP3 DOWNLOAD - An advance download of the album for you to sing along to. Thank you for joining our project !

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    SIGNED CD - An advance copy of this new CD signed by yours truly, Krishna Das. Because you chant with me I can do my practice. My thanks to you for creating this album with me. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT - We have designed a special Tshirt just for you for backing this project + You will also receive the SIGNED CD. Thank you, thank you thank, thank you ! *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    SHEET MUSIC BOOK OF CLASSIC KRISHNA DAS CHANTS - Never before released. So you can play and sing many of KD favorites from Live on Earth & Pilgrim Heart, at home, this sheet music will give you the notes to many Krishna Das tunes. + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD for you too. Sing from your heart, from all your heart ! Thank you. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    TULSI WRISTMALA - Tulsi wristmala from Vrindavan with a special charm, blessed at Maharaj-ji's temple, where it all began. Wear these beads well, smooth them out and soften with them with your japa for years to come. + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD and my gratitude are yours too. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    10 WORKSHOP AUDIO DIGITAL DOWNLOADS -Download 10 digital audio recordings of Krishna Das spoken-word workshops filled with my thoughts, your thoughts and the times we shared hanging out in the heart space. Have a listen, as we walk our spiritual path... and life... together. A TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD for you. As always my gratitude to you for joining me. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    LAST PRINT COPIES OF FLOW OF GRACE BOOK & DOUBLE CD PACKAGE - The very last print copies of my book + double CD package Flow of Grace, to deepen your Hanuman Chalisa practice. Signed over to you with much appreciation. These are extremely limited edition, no longer in print. Of course, TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD are yours too. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    KRISHNA DAS' SIGNATURE PLAID SHIRTS FROM HIS PERSONAL COLLECTION - We all know how KD loves his plaid shirts, right? If you are mad about plaid too, here's your chance to literally take the shirt off KD's back!! Of course he's most willingly sharing a few shirts (still in good condition) worn at his concerts around the world and the Samsara By Bus Tour. Quantity is quite limited. The TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD are yours too. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you.

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    PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY - Let's party! KD will host a private party in NYC, just for you, our backers. Details with exact location will come via email. We can chat and of course, we will sing the new melodies together. The TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD will be sent to you too.... come dressed in your Tshirt and we will take a great group photo to share with the rest of the family and best of all, I will get to thank you, in person, for bringing this project to life. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    WORKSHOP DVD - Never before released professional video recordings of 5 Krishna Das spoken-word workshops offered for the very first time. Video workshop recordings are not available on DVD... so this is just for you, our backers, as a token of my appreciation and yes, the TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD are for you too. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    COMPLETE SET of 13 KRISHNA DAS DISKS - All 13 CDs from KD's music catalog (not including books) .... all 13 of them, spanning all 13 years of singing together since the first CD release. We will send you the TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD too. All accompanied by a special thank you note from me to you, my family of chanters. *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    ONLINE CHAT WITH KD - Lets talk. I'll have an hour. We can share some Q&A (maybe you have some answers for me! ) We'll keep it down to earth and up to heaven and everything in between. If you like I can show you how to play some harmonium chords for my chants... We will reach out to you via email, to schedule a time that we can connect within 12 months of the end of this project. Please join us at the PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a TULSI WRISTMALA + EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRT + SIGNED CD too. Thank you! *note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    GARRISON INSTITUTE WEEKEND w/ PRIVATE TIME WITH KD + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Come meet me at Garrison Institute, NY for a weekend retreat in Feb 2014. I will have a room and meals for you and a friend. Be my guests at this beautiful former monastery for asana, workshop and kirtan. We will have chai in this tranquil setting overlooking the Hudson river, a one-on-one chat (we will reach out to you via email with more details and to set up the time) and we'll cheer our new CD! You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFETIME + please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + 2 SIGNED CDS will make their way to you too. Please visit krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    SIVANANDA BAHAMAS WEEKEND w/ PRIVATE TIME WITH KD + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Come meet me in balmy Bahamas at the Sivananda Ashram for a weekend retreat in Feb 2014. I will have a room and meals for you and a friend. Be my guests at this island paradise for asana, workshop and kirtan. We will have chai in this sanctuary amidst a white sandy beach, a one-on-one chat (we will reach out to you via email with details and to set up the time ) and we'll cheer our new CD! You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + Please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + 2 SIGNED CDS will make their way to you too. Please visit krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you

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    BHAKTIFEST WEEKEND + PRIVATE TIME WITH KD + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Come meet me at Bhakifest Joshua Tree, CA for a long weekend festival in Sep 2014. You and a friend will be my guests for 4 days in this desert setting for asana, workshop and kirtan. We will have chai in this haven amidst Joshua Trees, a one-on-one chat (we will reach out to you via email with details and to set up the time) and we'll cheer our new CD! You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + Please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + 2 SIGNED CDS will make their way to you too. Please visit www.krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: accommodations and transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you.

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    LONG WEEKEND RETREAT AT YOGAVILLE, VA + PRIVATE TIME WITH KD + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Come meet me at Yogaville for a Memorial Day Weekend Retreat in May 2014. I will have a room and meals for you and a friend. Be my guests for 4 days in this beautiful oasis on the banks of the James River in Buckingham, Virginia for asana, workshop and kirtan. We will have chai here with the Blue Ridge mountains as our backdrop, a one-on-one chat (we will reach out to you via email with details and to set up the time) and we'll cheer our new CD! You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + Please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + 2 SIGNED CDS will make their way to you too. Please visit www.krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you. Please visit krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat.

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    PRIVATE IN-HOME KIRTAN + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Okay, so we really wanted this level to be $10,008 to keep the flow... but even Kickstarter has its limits! A private in-home kirtan with Krishna Das and accompaniment in any city in the Continental US and Canada. Call a few friends and we will gladly join the party to sing to Maharaj-ji, talk and hang out with you for a unique (non-commercial) evening together. Tell KD your favorite melodies, ask questions, share your thoughts or we just take it easy. We will organize a date for this with you within 12 to 18 months after the close of this campaign via email. You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + Please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + SIGNED CDS for you and your guests will all make their way to you too. Please visit krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: accommodations and transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you.

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    ONE-WEEK RETREAT IN COSTA RICA + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT - Join me in Nosara, Costa Rica for a retreat in Feb 2014. I will have a room and meals for you and a friend. Be my guests at Blue Spirit for 7 nights, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean for asana, workshop, and kirtan. We will have a private table for a meal together here, surrounded by a lush jungle on the edge of a white sandy beach, (we will reach out to you via email with details and to set up the time ) and we'll cheer our new CD! You will be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on this CD for your gracious support. You will receive 2 signed copies of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + You and a guest are invited to join us at our port. You will receive a signed copy of KD's book CHANTS OF A LIFE TIME + Please join us at our PRIVATE KICKSTARTER BACKER PARTY in NYC, and you'll also get a 2 TULSI WRISTMALAS + 2 EXCLUSIVE BACKER TSHIRTS + 2 SIGNED CDS will make their way to you too. Please visit www.krishnadas.com for a full description of this retreat. *note: accommodations and transportation not included. **note: for some non-US countries taxes and duties apply on delivery which are payable by you.

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