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Andrea Perry is making her 4th album. It will be as unique as her previous albums, but with more rich and colorful instrumentation.
Andrea Perry is making her 4th album. It will be as unique as her previous albums, but with more rich and colorful instrumentation.
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Take a look at my rewards and see that I'm willing to work hard for your money! All contributions are happily accepted, but if you like a lot of value for your money there are bargains to be had. And there's the simple act of pre-ordering the CD. One-dollar donations (students, artists, people who gave all their money to Obama and Sandy, random people who don't care so much about this project but just like to give people a dollar) are more than welcome.

The Kickstarter Goal

12k would enable me to make this album all I want it to be, but I've set my fundraising goal at half of that. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model, which means you must raise the entire amount of your funding goal in order to receive any donations. If I reach 6k, I can get this project out the door. If I raise more, I can make it more fancy and elaborate, take more risks, promote it. If I raise a ton more, I can start the next CD!

The Artistic Goal

To make an album that is magical, whimsical, beautiful, interesting, surprising, and compelling. One that will take you away from all your concerns for 40 minutes and leave you with a headful of pretty melodies.

What I Do

I'm a songwriter/producer and my instruments are guitar, bass, piano and vocals. I have self-recorded all of my albums. On my first 3, I played all the instruments except for drums (Chris Searles). On this album, though I'm still playing the core instruments myself, I'm expanding to introduce a greater variety of instruments and players. Funds from this campaign will pay for musicians, mixing, mastering, art, manufacturing and promotion.

Some of the musicians who have already laid down tracks on this album are KC Bowman of the bands Agony Aunts and The Corner Laughers; Whit Williams of Cotton Mather; David Matheson of Moxy Fruvous; Jason Bell of Stars of Track and Field; Troupe Gammage of the band SpeakRed Young; Joel Guzman and Danny Levin.

How These Songs Came About

In February 2010 I was invited into a songwriting group, The Song Game, led by creative bombshell Bob Schneider. Participants wrote one song per week. Each week Bob sent out a word or phrase, and the song had to include that word or phrase. Almost all the songs on this album came from that game and were written quickly, spurred on by a desire to save face in the company of some very talented and accomplished songwriters. Writing this way was a brand new scary (and fun!) experience; and it resulted in some songs that I would never have come up with without the starting phrase and quick deadline. Having no time to over-think had its benefits. I stayed in the group for a year and a half and whipped up a lot of songs, which I then began to dress up with more rich arrangements. The time has come to finish dressing these darlings up and let them see the light of day.

The Last 3 Albums

Here are samples from my last 3 albums

1. Leaves of October from Rivers of Stars

2. Bursting Through the Clouds from Two

3. Saturn Lights My Way from Saturday Morning Sweet Shoppe

4. Simple from Saturday Morning Sweet Shoppe

5. Time to Say Hello from Two

6. Take Me Where the Lions Roar from Rivers of Stars

One journalist (no, I do not know the guy) named my debut album Saturday Morning Sweet Shoppe one of the 10 Best Female Albums of the Last 25 Years. (!!!)

A music reviewer for PopMatters named my album Two as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2002

My 3rd album, Rivers of Stars, was named Best Album of 2006 by Collected Sounds.

Born This Way

Within weeks of being born you can see I was already playing air guitar:

Infant Andrea playing air guitar in preparation for her future career.
Infant Andrea playing air guitar in preparation for her future career.

The Skills that Pay the Bills

To make a living I write music for PSAs, commercials, games, internet campaigns, etc. You can check some of that out here:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL67C97320B7F90BC6

One of my rewards is to produce a song or more for you if you are a singer/songwriter. Here are examples of my work as a producer/instrumentalist. 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3i5E8_xbrZ7gcaPvqbWhmKJldKQ_arCA&feature=mh_lolz

Another of my rewards is to sing backup vocals on your song. I will do this from my home studio and deliver the files via the internet. Here are some songs that feature a lot of backup vocals:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3i5E8_xbrZ6nz2N8SkYs_GvLzFhM2ixj

And another reward is to play bass on your song. I will do this from my home studio. I come from the McCartney school of bouncy melodic bass lines. Here is a playlist of songs where the bass plays a prominent role.(On the playlists above, I'm also playing bass on all the songs.):

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3i5E8_xbrZ7wGfT0E3vjlCHS-mgD96wO

Andrea at 10 or 11.
Andrea at 10 or 11.

What Have You Ever Done to Help the World?

I've donated my music to a lot of good causes, including a spay/neuter campaign; a video to raise money for an organization (SafePlace) that helps survivors of domestic violence; no-budget filmmakers who need music. I've done PSAs promoting flu shots, seatbelt wearing, breastfeeding, environmental causes, and the like. Except for one mosquito (West Nile Virus), I haven't intentionally killed a bug in years. I even take scorpions outside.

where it all goes down
where it all goes down

Wrapping up

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about this project or my music. If you're interested in a particular reward but feel you need more info before committing to it, just ask. I'm here to help.

PLEASE SHARE THE LINK TO THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC. AND IF YOU KNOW ANY MUSIC BLOGGERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT, SEND 'EM THIS WAY.

If you decide to get involved by contributing and/or spreading the word, I will be truly grateful. Thank you! -Andrea

Producer Face
Producer Face

Risks and challenges

Most of the work on this project has already been done, so the risk of it not being completed, once funded, is low. I have further reduced the risk by developing a large network of players, so if anyone drops out I have ready replacements at hand. I am highly motivated to complete this work and have a demonstrated track record to prove I finish things. Though the unexpected could always occur, I have done and will do everything in my power to deliver this album and your rewards to you. And I will post regular project updates, letting you know how things are progressing. The delivery dates of my rewards are conservative estimates. Things are more likely to be delivered before than after the listed dates, unless a TON of people happen to order the more work-intensive rewards. That could cause delays, but I am accessible and we can communicate with each other about it.

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    Digital download of the CD + signed copy of the CD + personalized videotaped thank you message sent by e-mail + stripped down demos of 3 of the album's songs + digital copy of 2 of the outtake songs + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    I will PLAY BASS on one of your recordings (recorded from my home studio and sent to you digitally) + digital download of the CD + signed copy of the CD + personalized videotaped thank you message sent by e-mail + stripped down demos of 3 of the album's songs + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    I will digitize 2 hours of your old audio cassette tapes or VHS video tapes (appropriate content only, if you know what I mean) + digital download of the CD + signed copy of the CD + personalized videotaped thank you message sent by e-mail + stripped down demos of 3 of the album's songs + a digital copy of a bonus track + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    I WILL CREATE A 60-SECOND PERSONALIZED RECORDED JINGLE ON THE SUBJECT OF YOUR CHOICE + digital download of the CD + personalized videotaped thank you message sent by e-mail + digital copies of 3 bonus tracks + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    I will record a COVER SONG of your choice. (No Frank Zappa songs.) + digital download of CD + signed copy of the CD + personalized videotaped thank you message sent by e-mail + digital copies of 3 bonus songs + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    For Singer Songwriters - I will PRODUCE/ARRANGE a song that you've written. This is a savings of $100 off of my current rate. You will retain complete ownership of your song. If you don't live in Austin, you must provide me with your vocal track. (Check out my production demo to see if this is right for you.) + digital download of the CD + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    I will write a song for you on the subject of your choice. (Should the song ever generate income, I will give you 10% ownership of the song.) + digital download of the CD + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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    For people in the branding business, I will write a piece of instrumental music up to 3 minutes long for your video/product/marketing campaign. + digital copy of album + your name on the "funded by" section of the CD or website. Delivery when needed.

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    You will be named EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the CD + signed copy of CD + videotaped thank you message + 2 outtake songs + 3 stripped down demo songs from the album

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    For Singer Songwriters - I will PRODUCE 2 songs that you've written. This is a savings of $300 off my current rate You will retain complete ownership of your song. If you don't live in Austin, you must provide me with your vocal track. (Check out my production demo to see if this is right for you.) + digital download of the CD + your name on the "funded by" list on the CD and/or website.

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