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A new album from Alexander James Wallace exploring the depths of human emotion through worship and lament.
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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!

The Project

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!

The Goal

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.

Stretch Goals

$3,500 - Listening Party for all backers!

At this amount, all my fees will be covered completely, and I’ll even have enough extra to print out lyric sheet inserts for the LP and make “Love & Sorrow Meet” stickers to give to all backers. As way of thanks, I'll host a Listening Party for all backers!
At this amount, all my fees will be covered completely, and I’ll even have enough extra to print out lyric sheet inserts for the LP and make “Love & Sorrow Meet” stickers to give to all backers. As way of thanks, I'll host a 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!) 

At this milestone, I’ll give away an extra 4 song EP, titled So Rich A Crown, to all backers already receiving Love & Sorrow Meet.
At this milestone, I’ll give away an extra 4 song EP, titled So Rich A Crown, to all backers already receiving Love & Sorrow Meet.

$7,500 - Album Release Show (Full Band)

If we get crazy support, I’ll be able to hire a backing band and put on an album release show when the album drops!
If we get crazy support, I’ll be able to hire a backing band and put on an album release show when the album drops!

$10,000 - Full Production Music Video 

Shooting for the stars here folks. At 10k, I’ll be able to hire my friend Josh Herum to do a full production music video, including shots with a full backing band.
Shooting for the stars here folks. At 10k, I’ll be able to hire my friend Josh Herum to do a full production music video, including shots with a full backing band.

The Money

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: 

Schedule

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!

The Rewards

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!

yesssssss.
yesssssss.

Pledges of $10 and up will get you Love & Sorrow Meet in some form or fashion.

whoo!
whoo!

Pledge $50 and up get the Maddie Rose EP as well!

Official Release not until May
Official Release not until May

Extremely Generous Pledgers can choose from rewards like a home cooked meal, recording services, or even a road trip!

Road Trip Yeah! Limited to the first 3 people!
Road Trip Yeah! Limited to the first 3 people!

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.

This beautiful piece of manliness is on the line folks.
This beautiful piece of manliness is on the line folks.

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! 

Thanks

Thank you for taking the time to read, pledge, and share. Check out the video below and my website for some more music examples. :)

-AJW

ajwallacemusic.com 

 "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.

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    "You Are Not Alone" Single

    My sincerest thanks for being willing to back my project! — and — Digital download of the first single off the album, "You Are Not Alone"

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    Song Sampler

    Digital download of 3 songs off the album. Get "You Are Not Alone" instantly, and 2 other songs from the album closer to the release date.

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    Digital Download

    Get a high resolution digital download of the album before it releases to the general public.

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    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Physical CD

    Receive a physical copy of the Album on CD along with a Digital download. Oh, and receive it before the official release date!

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    • Physical CD in Digipak Case
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Vinyl Record

    Black vinyl pressing of the record, with a digital download of course :)

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    • Black Vinyl Record
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Pay it Forward CD

    2 Copies of the CD — 1 to enjoy and 1 to share!

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    • Physical CD in Digipak Case
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Vinyl + CD Bundle (Bonus Maddie Rose EP)

    Get the vinyl and CD, along with digital downloads of everything. **Plus** Download Maddie Rose EP after the campaign for free!

    Includes:
    • Black Vinyl Record
    • Physical CD in Digipak Case
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Special Edition Vinyl (Limited Qty-25)

    White Vinyl in a special screen-printed white record jacket.

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    • White Vinyl Record with White Screen-Printed Jacket
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Special Edition Vinyl + CD (Limited-25)

    White Vinyl in a special screen-printed white record jacket + CD + Digital Download and Freebies

    Includes:
    • White Vinyl Record with White Screen-Printed Jacket
    • Physical CD in Digipak Case
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Amazing Home Cooked Meal (Limited-4)

    For the first 4 people who back this reward, I will cook one of my most favoritest meals. Pick from Hasche Sauce (German meal kind of like spaghetti, but with beef gravy sauce and macaroni noodles) or Chicken Pot Pie (does it need an explanation?). And obviously receive any version of the album you'd like — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

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    • Amazingly tasty home cooked meal
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    AJW Music/Audio Services (Limited-4)

    Choose from 4 hours of tracking, mixing, or session musician-ing and get the album thrown in fo' free! Pick any version of the physical album — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

    Includes:
    • Audio Tracking, Mixing, or Instrument Recording
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Road Trip (Limited-3)

    First 3 people to pledge for this reward get to take a road trip with me to pick up the vinyl records in Louisville, KY! Plus get signed copies of whatever version of the album you want — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

    Includes:
    • Road Trip to Louisville, KY (and back)
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
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    Record & Mix Your Song (Limited-2)

    Book a 4 hour tracking session and 4 hour mixing session with me and get the album as my way of thanks! Pick what version of the physical album you want — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

    Includes:
    • 4 hour tracking session + 4 hour mixing session of your song
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
    • Beard Vote (vote whether or not I shave my beard)
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    House Show (Limited-1)

    I'll come to your house and play an acoustic set in your living room. (Limited to STL metro area only.) Plus pick what version of the physical album you want — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

    Includes:
    • House Show Acoustic Performance
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
    • Beard Vote (vote whether or not I shave my beard)
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    Executive Producer Credit (Limited-3)

    If you're pulling out the big guns for this, then you deserve producer credit, just saying. Not just a thank you, you'll be listed with me as an executive producer in the album credits. **Plus** Obviously choose any version of the album you'd like to have signed — you'll choose at the end of the campaign when you enter your shipping address and other info.

    Includes:
    • Your name listed as Executive Producer in the album credits
    • Any Version of the Album (CD, Vinyl, Special Edition Vinyl)
    • Digital Download of "Maddie Rose" EP at End of Campaign
    • High Resolution Digital Download of Album
    • Instant download of the single "You Are Not Alone" off the album
    • Songbook PDF — chord charts and lyrics for all songs
    • Beard Vote (vote whether or not I shave my beard)
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Funding period

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