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I am putting my heart and soul into every song on this album. Music connects us.
I am putting my heart and soul into every song on this album. Music connects us.
172 backers pledged $9,269 to help bring this project to life.

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All my life, I have been creating and performing music. Music is a part of me - it's how I feel alive. My parents didn't send me to music school, I sang with the radio in the car. I taught myself to play guitar. I'm the kind of person who bursts into song all the time. I sing when I'm happy; I sing when I'm sad. I write music when the world feels too big, or too small, or too beautiful.

I sing and write songs to tell the world who I am. I believe in music. Songs help us heal. They give us hope and inspiration. They keep us from feeling alone.

I'm creating my dream music album. The musicians on my album are the best around - pedal steel, piano, organ, mandolin, bass, drums, percussion, guitar, vocals, trumpet, and violin. The songs are heart-felt and true. My sound engineer is a genius. The album is going to be like an eleven-course meal for your ears.

My music is my gift to you, but I need your help to record it. Every dollar helps. If you have already contributed, thank you! If you are able to increase your pledge just a little, I could reach my extended goal.

My extended goal is to fully fund this project, which is $12,000. Those costs include: $3,000 for the cost of the recording studio and sound engineer; $4,500 for the cost of other musicians - drums, bass, lead guitar, organ, violin, etc - that help bring these songs to life (approximately $100 each x 11 songs on the album); $1,500 for CD pressing and packaging; $600 for mastering; $1,200 for the cost of creating and mailing the rewards for the campaign; $1,200 for transaction fees (10%) to Kickstarter and Amazon for credit card transactions.

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My name is Allison Shirk and I'm doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for recording and distributing my debut country-rock album. Break My Heart is an album ten years in the making. These are the best of my original songs written over the last decade. The songs tell the story of my life. I poured my heart and soul into every single song and held nothing back in recording them.

I have already recorded the basic tracks for all eleven songs including bass, drums, guitar, and vocals. Funding will go directly towards studio costs, hired musicians, mixing, mastering, pressing the CD, and distributing it. This album is a diverse collection and no song sounds like another. Some will make you tap your feet and want to get up and dance, others will tug at your heartstrings.

I was born in Texas and spent a good chunk of my life there. Country music is in my bones. I think that this album is best described as folk country, but there is rock and blues in there too.

Like any little girl, I grew up singing but my Mom kept talking me into performing in front of people at parties and took me to elderly homes to sing Christmas carols for people. I realized early-on that music is a way to help people heal and to bring attention to important issues our society is facing.

One song on my album is an auto-biographical song about being a child in a home with domestic violence. It tells the story of what it is like for children when they face violence in their home. It was a painful part of my life, but I want to turn it into something good. I'm donating all the proceeds of the download of this song to domestic violence organizations that advocate for survivors and bring this dark issue into the light. Prepare yourself for goosebumps! During this campaign, you will find out more about each of the songs on the album. Stay tuned!

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The recording studio time is booked, musicians have been scheduled, everything is going perfectly. But unless the world ends metaphorically or literally, this project will be completed and I will fulfill my commitments.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM: Full digital download of the album. I send you a link that let's you download the album to your computer, smart phone or other devices.

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    PHYSICAL CD: Physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude and a digital download of the album.

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    DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: Physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, digital download of the album, and two tickets to the album release concert on Vashon Island. Date TBD.

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    OUT-OF-TOWNERS: In addition to the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude and digital download of the album, you will also receive a handwritten postcard from the studio about how it's going and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me. (Songs on mixed tape CD will be purchased specifically for your copy to support the musicians whose music was chosen.)

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    COLLECTION: You will receive a digital download of the album plus you'll receive a box in the mail that includes a Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the songs on the album. You will also receive the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    NEW!!! I'll record any cover song you choose and post it on YouTube or SoundCloud for you to listen to whenever you want! Plus you'll receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    NAME IN THE CREDITS: Because I won't be able to do this without amazing supporters like you, your name will be written in the liner notes of the physical album thanking you for your support.

    You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    HOUSE CONCERT: I will come to your party and perform the songs on the album, plus my favorite cover songs. (This does not include travel costs. Some restrictions apply)

    Of course, you'll receive a digital download of the album. You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    BE A PART OF IT: Join in the fun by recording percussion on one of the songs and hanging with us in the recording studio for one day. Your name will be in the liner notes as one of the musicians. Of course, you'll receive a digital download of the album. You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    RECORDING STUDIO: A 4-hour recording session! Record your own music with my amazing sound engineer/ producer Don Farwell at Earwig Studio. If you like, I'll be there with snacks and cheer and I'll lay down any harmony, guitar, or percussion parts you like.

    You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    US CONCERT: I will come to your party anywhere in the US and perform the songs on the album, plus my favorite cover songs. Of course, you'll receive a digital download of the album. You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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    WORLD CONCERT: I will come to your party anywhere in the world and perform the songs on the album, plus my favorite cover songs. Of course, you'll receive a digital download of the album. You'll also receive a box in the mail that includes a beautiful Lyrics & Sheet Music Booklet designed by me of all the all the songs on the album as well as the physical copy of the CD signed with a personal note of gratitude, two tickets to the Album Release Party, and an old school mixed tape (on a CD) of my favorite songs by musicians that influenced me.

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