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All I've ever wanted was to share my music with the world. I am a one-woman band making a CD to achieve this dream!
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The Musician

My name is Allison Merten, and I have always had a strong passion for music.  In elementary school I participated in choir and band (where I learned the flute). I started writing songs in the fifth grade. In elementary school, I started teaching myself piano and began writing songs on the piano. In high school, I  continued with band and choir. When I was 16 I started taking lessons for guitar, but then I stopped with lessons because I wanted to focus on writing songs on my guitar. Last year I bought a drum set (because I love instruments!), and I started teaching myself the drums.

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Photo by Khaled Alyousef

I write songs because music is my escape. Life isn't always full of rays of sunshine (sometimes it is of course!), and my songs help me get through life and accept life as it is. My songs help me process what is going on in my life or in someone else's life. They help me process the past and present. I started performing some of my songs for friends, and they  shared with me that they had experiences similar to the ones I was singing about. I want to make a CD because I want anyone to be able to listen to and relate to my songs. Whenever I hear that someone has experienced something that I am singing about, I develop this happiness that I can't even put into words. To know that someone else can relate to my songs is just...AMAZING!

This last year and a half that I have spent working on my first album, TEMPTATION, has made me feel more alive than I have EVER felt!

Photo by Maison Meredith Photography
Photo by Maison Meredith Photography

The Music

I would categorize my music as a mixture of indie rock, pop, folk, and bluegrass.

These are the songs on my album, TEMPTATION:

"Beautiful Agony"
"Goodbye"
"Grow Up"
"Like They All Did"
"Missin' You"
"Much to Your Dismay"
"One Woman Ain't Enough"
"R.I.P.Our Love"
"Temptation"
"That's Life"
"Worth the Wait"

The songs above feature vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and drums.

Photo by Maison Meredith Photography
Photo by Maison Meredith Photography

Why Am I Doing a Kickstarter?

I've been working on the songs for this album for years, and I started the recording process in September of 2012. I'm getting close to finishing, but I need your help. I work full-time as a teacher and administrator at a private school, and I have been investing all of my free time, energy, and savings into this project. There is a lot of work that goes into writing my own songs and playing all of the instruments. Also, there are a lot of costs that go into making a CD, like recording, mastering, album photography, album art, making the physical copy of the CD, and registering my songs through the Copyright office. I ask for your donation so that I can finish my project by the end of 2013.

Photo by Maison Meredith Photography
Photo by Maison Meredith Photography

How Will Your Donation Change My Life?

I ask that you help me achieve my dream because music is my passion, and there is nothing greater than sharing what makes you feel most alive with others! My life long dream has always been to make a CD and share my music with the world. With your help, I will be able to achieve this dream by the end of this year. Once I finish TEMPTATION, I look forward to focusing my time and energy on performing the songs from my album.

Photo by Khaled Al Subaie
Photo by Khaled Al Subaie

Risks and challenges

Since 2012, when I started recording this album, I have faced many challenges. Recording an album requires inspiration and patience, as well as a substantial investment of time and money. Life has a habit of throwing the unexpected at you. However, I always pick myself up and keep trying to achieve my dream. I will keep you informed about the album's progress and any potential delays. If all goes well, I aim to finish the CD by the end of the year. I feel more motivated than ever to finish my album! No matter what challenges I face, I will absolutely finish my album. There is nothing I have ever wanted more!

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