We Hit The Minimum, But Let's Keep Going!!
We successfully hit the minimum goal of $3000, that's so amazing and I can't thank everyone who helped get here enough! But we're not done yet! You can still pledge to the campaign to make it even better. Each Stretch Goal unlocks new rewards for ALL backers.
Stretch Goal #1 — Check!!!
You guys were able to hit the first Stretch Goal in just a few days! Amazing. Every single person who backs this project will now get an invite to chill and listen to the album before it officially releases!
On to Stretch Goal #2
Stretch Goal #2 is an additional 4 song EP. I reeeeallly like these songs guys, and I think you will not be disappointed if we can hit this goal!
One day you may be on top of the mountain, only to find yourself in the lowest valley the very next. I believe that no matter how great or how bad we’re feeling, God is there with us, so I wrote an album that explores both lament and sorrow, but also praise and worship.
Love & Sorrow Meet is a collection of songs set to release December 2019. My goal with this album is to connect through (hopefully) shared experiences ranging from joy and faith to regret and shame. We all walk our own path, but our paths intertwine and have similar twists and turns. Check out the first single, You Are Not Alone, which I think captures this idea:
Pledge and Help Make This Record!
Guys, the songs are all but finished — just need to wrap up some recording and mixing before getting the masters done. But I can't finish this project without your help!
Rather than doing a regular album Pre-order on my website, I’ve specifically chosen Kickstarter because of the built-in interactive and communal features it has, like the ability to keep you updated on project progress, as well as receiving feedback directly from you and other backers. Your pledge directly affects the ability to make this record a reality, but you can also affect the outcome by sharing the link to this page with your friends!
My initial goal is to raise $3000, which will cover mastering, artwork, CD and vinyl manufacturing, digital distribution and other administrative fees. However, the following "Stretch Goals" would take this project to whole new heights.
$3,500 - Listening Party for all backers!
$5,000 - So Rich A Crown EP (4 songs that I reeeeally love but couldn't fit on the vinyl!)
$7,500 - Album Release Show (Full Band)
$10,000 - Full Production Music Video
So even though I’ve been able to DIY most of this album by recording and mixing the songs myself, the initial $3000 goal is what I need to cover the basic costs of artwork, mastering, manufacturing and admin fees.
Here’s a basic cost breakdown of the minimum goal and a tentative timeline leading up to the release date:
April - Campaign Ends, and...
- You Are Not Alone available to all backers
- Maddie Rose EP available to backers of $50 or more
- Beard Vote tallied & announced
August - Masters sent to CD/Vinyl Manufacturers
Sep/Oct - Listening Party (if we hit the $3500 Stretch Goal!
November - Road Trip to pick up vinyl records!
December - Release!
Check out the reward tier descriptions for details, but here are some of the highlights:
Everyone who pledges gets a Beard Vote and download of You Are Not Alone!
Pledges of $10 and up will get you Love & Sorrow Meet in some form or fashion.
Pledge $50 and up get the Maddie Rose EP as well!
Extremely Generous Pledgers can choose from rewards like a home cooked meal, recording services, or even a road trip!
PS — My wife will try to lobby you to cast your beard vote in favor of shaving — do not listen to her, listen to your heart! I know you'll make the right decision.
Still Have Questions?
If there are any other details I can provide to help you make a more informed decision, please reach out to me and let me know! Check out the FAQ section, or feel free to leave a comment here on the page, and I'll get back to you ASAP!
Let's Make It Happen!
With Kickstarter, this project only happens if we meet the initial goal. Please pledge and share the project link so we can not only make sure this happens, but also hit the stretch goals to help make it even better!
It can sometimes feel kind of crummy trying to market something yourself — you don’t want to be annoying or seem like a used cars salesman. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get the word out to as many people as possible, but am really counting on you to spread the word, too!
Thank you for taking the time to read, pledge, and share. Check out the video below and my website for some more music examples. :)
"You Will Go Far" is on my Maddie Rose EP, which comes free with Love & Sorrow Meet when you pledge $50 or more!
Risks and challenges
I can't stress enough how much risk I'm taking by allowing a vote to decide whether or not I shave my beard. These things don't grow overnight, and I'm hoping that the type of person who will back this project is the type of person to make the right decision (guys, I'd really like to not shave my beard.) But alas, the power is in your hands — be gentle!
A more serious potential risk of this project is that manufacturing vinyl records can sometimes have unforeseen delays. My plan is to be done tracking and mixing by end of spring so that I can get it mastered for vinyl mid-summer and sent to the vinyl manufacturer 5 months ahead of the tentative release date in December. This should be plenty of time (recommended lead time is 16 weeks), and if we're lucky, might even mean an earlier release. But it's a risk nonetheless. No matter what, I'll keep you guys posted on progress here as we go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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