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Michelle Citrin's making an album of original music that delivers ancient wisdom through a soulful pop-folk sound.
Michelle Citrin's making an album of original music that delivers ancient wisdom through a soulful pop-folk sound.
Michelle Citrin's making an album of original music that delivers ancient wisdom through a soulful pop-folk sound.
293 backers pledged $27,718 to help bring this project to life.

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Help Michelle Citrin Make a New Album!

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Welcome to my Kickstarter Page! This is a CrowdSource Campaign to help raise funds for my next album! You know, like a good 'ol fashion PBS-a-thon..only via the interwebs!

For those of you who have just stumbled upon this page - Hi I'm Michelle Citrin! A Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and producer who loves creating a soundtrack for people's lives and using music as a vehicle for connection. For those of you who have been with me on this musical journey for the long haul...Hi, I'm still Michelle Citrin and it's great to see you!

As a child, while my Grandmother was teaching me traditional Jewish melodies on the piano, my Grandfather, Aba would share stories and lessons from ancient texts like the Talmud and Torah. I didn't know it at the time, but my Grandparents offered me the two greatest gifts in my life that would eventually turn into the impetus of this project. 

I have always turned to songwriting as a platform for expression of longing, yearning, hope, peace, celebration, and joy.  Ironically, this is exactly what prayers are based on.   

It turns out I LOVE collaborating with writers of our ancient past and have found the experience completely fulfilling both spiritually and artistically.  I'm very excited to have completed a collection of songs that fuses together Hebrew and English, infusing ancient wisdom and prayer through a contemporary interpretation and soulful pop-folk sound.  It has been such a rewarding experience to share these melodies with communities around the world and now it's time to get them recorded beyond voice memos on my phone!  

 

This campaign is about creating something together.  Have you ever wondered how an album is made? From making my last album, "Left Brained, Right Hearted," I can tell you that it’s a magical ride to see the creative process unfold and one that I think you’ll highly enjoy.

But, rather than 'witness', I want to invite you to participate!  You have all been a tremendous support in making this musical journey possible. I would be most humbled and honored to continue this journey with your help and enthusiasm in creating my next album, TOGETHER! 

I have the songs. I have the studio.  I have beloved band members who I've been playing with for years who really know how to bring the groove and are ready to bring an album's worth of inspiring new sacred music

Making an album requires a lot of peoples' hard work and talents and is a very expensive process. So plain and simple, I can’t make this album without YOU...... In order to make it possible, I’ve teamed up with Kickstarter to offer some very fun rewards as a thank you for each of your contributions. 

My fundraising goal is $25,000 which is the bare MINIMUM needed to fund this album's production.

Minimum breakdown of recording costs:

  • $5,600 - Studio, Tracking, Production 
  • $10,000 - Musician Fees
  • $6,000 - Mixing & Mastering 
  • $1,200 - Manufacturing CDs 
  • $250 - Equipment, Misc.

My hope is that with your help, we REACH and EXCEED this goal. The more funds invested into this campaign, the more content I can offer right back to you.  

If we exceed the goal (which would be INCREDIBLE !!!)  I would be able to:

  • Hire videographers, photographers, and an editor to help document the recording experience
  • Bring in some seriously talented string players for the album 
  • Produce music videos for the songs
  • Create a printed songbook featuring the album's music.

And speaking of giving back to YOU...I've come up with some really fun "Thank You's" for all of your help

As a contributor to this project, you will receive exclusive behind the scenes updates complete with photos and video documentation – I will turn to you for your opinions along the way and by the end of this process, you will receive a copy of this album and know that you’ve been a part of bringing it to life from the very beginning! It takes a village and I’m really excited to do this with you!  Reward packages include:

  • A Pre-Released copy of the album *Be the first to hear the album!
  • A "Sip of Gratitude" ceramic mug designed especially for this campaign to help you bring gratitude with each sip of your morning "covfefe" Featuring the Hebrew words "Modeh Ani" inside which means, "I give thanks"  (Here's a graphic mock-"cup" so please note it may look slightly different in physical form)"
  •  A Large Format Print of an original photo capturing the magical starry skies and spirit of the Israeli desert that helped inspire music of this album.

 And much more! For the full list, please have a look to the right ------->

I only have 30 days to reach this goal of $25,000 or I DO NOT GET ANY FUNDING. It's literally ALL OR NOTHING.  To be clear, if we don't meet this goal, I do not receive any contributions.  It feels very exciting, scary, nerve-wracking and very possible and very necessary all at once.  The success of this campaign relies on two things:

1.  Financial Contributions - Your generous support will make this album come to fruition by funding the expenses related to recording the album.

2.  Spreading the word!  In addition to financial contributions, you can best help make this album possible by sharing the link to this Kickstarter via social media platforms and emailing a link to someone you think would enjoy this project. I so appreciate you doing what feels most comfortable for you.

If you have any questions about anything regarding this campaign, please send me a note HERE and we will get back to you immediately with answers. 

I am so grateful and feel completely blessed to be able to do this work. I have enormous faith that TOGETHER we can make this album possible!

Please know how deeply I appreciative your help and kind support.  None of this is possible without you and every bit helps. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your belief in me and this project and for being a part of this journey with me!  

I invite you to visit my website at www.michellecitrin.com for further information, music, videos & more!

Much love, 

Michelle 

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges? Well, it's certainly risky to ask for help and I realize it's no small ask. I do have full faith in this project and its greater purpose and potential for bringing positivity into this world. I am fully committed to making this album the very best it can be and feel blessed to be surrounded by a dreamteam of people here in New York City who believe in this project and have dedicated themselves to help make it sound fantastic. As soon as we raise the funds, we are ready to go!

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    Pre-Released Digital Album Download

    Be the first to receive a digital download version of the album.

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    Early Bird Special! - Pre-Released CD

    Be one of the first to pledge and enjoy this reduced rate for an autographed CD ahead of the release date! After 20 are claimed, this reward becomes $25

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    Signed. Sealed. Delivered I'm Yours!

    Be the first to hear the new album! Receive a autographed copy of the CD pre-official release date.

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    Two is better than one!

    Two autographed CDs plus digital download options. One for you, one for a friend!

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    Ancient Wisdom through a Modern G'FILTER

    Aside from composing music, one of my favorite pastimes is channeling characters through Snapchat face filters. Tell me a situation you are seeking advice on and I'll deliver you some words of wisdom through a Snapchat filter to bring a smile to your face.

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    Early Bird Special! Sip of Gratitude Mug

    I designed a mug just for you! Celebrate each new day with the "Modeh Ani" prayer for gratitude. This one of a kind adorable ceramic mug is sure to bring you gratitude with each sip of your morning coffee or tea. After the first 20 are claimed, this reward will be $125

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    Sip of Gratitude Mug

    I designed a mug just for you! Celebrate each new day with the "Modeh Ani" prayer for gratitude. This one of a kind adorable ceramic mug is sure to bring you gratitude with each sip of your morning coffee or tea.

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    • Digital Album Download
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    Yo DJ Pump this Party!

    My friends don't call me "Ambiance Patrol" for nothin' - Need new tunes for meditation? Going for a run? Throwing a dance party? I take great joy in crafting playlists for people and would LOVE to make you! You tell me the occasion, and I will send you a playlist via Spotify. (*Spotify is free to download & easy to use!)

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    Limited Edition Original Print Photo

    Did you know I used to be a photographer as a day job? I love capturing moments and in this package, I am offering a large format print of a photo I feel particularly proud of - taken at a campsite in the Israeli Negev Desert on a particularly magical starry night. This site inspired songs on this new album and I hope that after hanging this photo on your wall, you too can enjoy the serene spirit of the desert. (*Only 10 of these available.)

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    Merch Pack!

    In this package you will receive the full "Michelle Citrin" merch line including digital .PDFs of sheet music for all songs on the new album!

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    • Digital Album Download
    • Sip of Gratitude Mug
    • Signed physical copy of Michelle's"Left Brained Right Hearted" CD
    • "If Not Now Then When" T-Shirt
    • Digital Sheet Music .PDFs of album's tracks
    • Michelle Citrin Pin
    • THANK YOU - Your name listed in Liner Notes section of the CD
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    Let's Skype! - Creative Consulting

    Need some creative consulting? Perhaps some advice on a song you're working on? Want to study a piece of text together? Need interior design advice? A voice lesson? Want to ask me all the questions you have about how to make dreadlocks? This is YOUR 30min Skype session - you tell me :)

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    Lend me your Ear, I'll sing you a Song!

    Have a fave song you'd like me to cover? Your choice, my spin! Recorded at my studio & delivered by .mp3.

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    Jingle Single

    Tell me about yourself or perhaps someone you'd like to offer a unique gift of song and I will write and record you a sweet little ditty singing your/their praises.

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    Shabbat Service or Acoustic Concert

    I will come to your community to present a soul nourishing, creative, musicalized service featuring original music and contemporary poetry and interpretations to bridge the ancient prayers to modern times.(*Expenses like sound-system, accommodation & transportation are NOT included.)

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    Eat.Pray.Sing

    A Shabbat experience fusing together the three pillars of tribal living - food, prayer & song. A soul nourishing Shabbat service followed by a community-wide dinner and kumzits (sing along) with songbooks provided or mini acoustic concert. (*Expenses such as community dinner, sound system, accommodation & transportation NOT included)

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    Bring in the Band!

    The band and I would be very excited to come and perform an upbeat and engaging concert for you and your community to get you up and dancin'! (Expenses like sound-system, accommodation & transportation are NOT included.)

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    Artist in Residence Weekend

    Let's spend a weekend together! I will be excited to join you in leading Friday night Shabbat services + Saturday workshop & evening concert. ( *Expenses like travel, sound system & accommodation are NOT included.)

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    VIP Producer Package

    WOW!!! Thank you for being my greatest supporter! Aside from my lifelong gratitude (and right after I pick my jaw up off the floor...) you will be listed as a producer for making this project possible and we will celebrate over dinner & a Broadway show on me. We'll talk arts, culture, ancient wisdom & laugh a lot! PLUS an invitation to spend time with us in the studio and enjoy watching the music come alive.

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    • Sip of Gratitude Mug
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