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A fresh solo album from Alejandra O'Leary joins a new two-song single with The Champions of the West. Plus: Christmas.
A fresh solo album from Alejandra O'Leary joins a new two-song single with The Champions of the West. Plus: Christmas.
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Alejandra O'Leary 2015 Music Projects

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Hi everybody out there inspiring all this music. My name is Alejandra O'Leary and I make original rock n' roll records. I write songs and create unique textures in the recording studio with amazing creative collaborators. 

I recently moved from Michigan to North Carolina, and I am making a new full-length record here in the land of Tarheels. I am excited for you to hear the new songs and be a part of my record-making process.

New Projects (2014-2015):

1) The new full-length record: I'm currently recording a new album at studio m in Durham, North Carolina, in collaboration with my talented friends Mark Simonsen and Thom Canova (you may know them from their work with The Old Ceremony). So far, it is raw and rockin and musically blasphemous. If you like deep explorations in rock n' roll, strange slinky-like melodies, pushing the envelope in every direction, occasionally ripping through the envelope, lots of kinds of chaos, you will enjoy listening to it. 

There's something cool for your eyes, too: for this new record, I am honored to be working with Klaus Voormann on the art and design for the album cover. Klaus is a designer and musician I have looked up to my whole life; his body of work speaks for itself.

2) BURN ME UP /// ALL OF THIS TIME: the new two-song single from Alejandra O'Leary & the Champions of the West

This single is a double-A-side representing our best work. It is a companion piece to our 2014 record HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECEand a stand-alone release designed to climb the hit parade, hurdling elegantly over the competition. 

In its review of HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECE, Innocent Words Magazine wrote: 

Probably without trying to do so, this group has managed to put out a soundtrack for an indie film that has yet to be made. The songs on this disc have that same listless, yet wistful, tone that captures the lighthearted grittiness found in so many movies of that genre. It swings between every pace of the human condition.If Ms. O’Leary and her like-minded compatriots continue to fuse their skills the way they did on this disc, then it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll be champions of places far beyond the West.

So we've got two more songs for you! If you have seen us perform live in the last year, you have heard these songs. This single was recorded at ReelSound Audio in Novi, Michigan by Jamie Ascenzo, produced by Jamie Church and myself, and features performances by The Champions of the West, including standout tracks from Martin Maginity, Jimmy Sindelar, and Rachel Common.

The art and design for the single are in the hands of the incomparable Marvin Astorga. Marvin is an artist and musician who has created many memorable pieces for the band over the years. Marvin and I were in a band together when we were both little:

3)  HoHoHo: I've been asked to record a Christmas song. I'm gonna do it. It will be like no Christmas song you have ever heard in your life. 

For You

Check out the rewards: there are several levels at which you can support and rock out to this new work. The $60 level gets you the full subscription for the year, by the end of the year you'll have in your possession all of the finished projects listed above.

Recent Work (you can skip this part if you already know us!)

Alejandra O'Leary & The Champions of the West just released a Kickstarter-funded album called HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECE on August 26, 2014.  Here we should step out and thank our original team of Kickstarter backers from the bottom of our collective band hearts. We would not be here without you. We are so grateful you put your trust & support behind this record! 

Just WOW.

And then we threw a blowout concert at Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor to celebrate the album's world debut. You can read all about that performance here, and it's like you were there.

Heartspace Timepiece show poster (2014), art & design by Marvin Astorga
Heartspace Timepiece show poster (2014), art & design by Marvin Astorga

HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECE has been receiving exciting reviews in the local and national music press. But don't take their word for it: hear the songs for yourself! We think you will like it. It's available on iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp

"Heartspace Timepiece" (2014), album art & design by Marvin Astorga
"Heartspace Timepiece" (2014), album art & design by Marvin Astorga

How You Can Help Us Rock Harder

An excellent way you can help this all-or-nothing album funding campaign succeed is to share it on your social media pages and email it around to your friends and introduce it to other fans of independent music. It's just a three-week campaign, and we're aiming to reach as many potential new fans during this brief time as we can.

Beyond these simple acts of sharing, any amount you can donate will be put right to work, going directly into these projects. We're not here to make millions - we're just here to make music.

Thank you.

Alejandra O'Leary

October 2014

Hillsborough, NC, USA

Risks and challenges

The new full-length album, the two-song band single, and the Christmas single are all currently in states approaching completion. I do not see any obstacles to completing these projects. They are the main focus of my work life in 2015.

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    Your name on our backer list on our website & digital liner notes. Exclusive access to new songs, art, & photos through our Kickstarter backer updates. How easy was that???!!

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    A surprise December delight: a full-throttle rock n' roll seasonal single from Alejandra's latest recording project in Durham, NC. Delivered as a hi-fi digital download.

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    Exclusive digital download of Alejandra's new full-length album months before its official release & a surprise December delight: a full-throttle rock n' roll seasonal single.

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    New album + Xmas song. Plus!: the beautiful compact disc featuring original artwork by Klaus Voormann, mailed to your door with a note from Alejandra.

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    The full subscription for 2015: Everything above (new album + Xmas song + 2-song single (((download and/or CD single))) +note). Sorry, no cassingles!

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    Everything in the full subscription package, plus a beautiful CD of HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECE mailed to your door in early December 2014. Stuff it in a loved one's stocking, or keep it for yourself to brighten the days.

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    Everything in the $75 package, plus a cool band t-shirt from American Apparel (mailed in December)! Very limited edition reward.

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    Everything in the full subscription package, plus three beautiful CDs of HEARTSPACE TIMEPIECE mailed to your door in early December 2014. Holiday shopping = done!

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    The $100 package, plus a luxurious lunch with me at your favorite joint in NC, MI, NYC, or ME, & I'm buying.

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    You get everything from the $100 level (later, holiday stress), plus a mix CD handmade for you by Alejandra based on a short questionnaire about the things you like in music and life. Comes with a detailed letter explaining the track list and its inspiration and + includes any Alejandra O'Leary albums you don't have yet. A heartfelt holiday gift from me to you, with guitars.

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    NEW REWARD! I write all my lyrics by hand. If you have a favorite song, I probably have the original lyrics (with crossouts, edits, etc.) in my files. At this reward tier, you get everything from the $100 level, plus the original lyrics to the song of your choice, framed & mailed to your door.

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    NEW REWARD! A made-to-order single, cooked up in the studio just for you or your boo. The $100 package, plus a CD & digital download of me performing a song you choose. Will be recorded on beautiful microphones at studio m in Durham, NC, & will include a dedication written by either you or me.

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    The full subscription for 2015, with your name listed as an executive producer in the album credits.

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    Everything above + Command Performance: We will put on a fantastic record release show/party at the location of your choosing. Keep it small and intimate for just you and your friends, celebrate your birthday, give it as a gift to your love, or throw a big fun party. Includes travel up to 300 miles from either Durham, NC or Detroit, MI.

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