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'Open Road' is more than just a recording, it's an adventure. Written during a three month trip in a vintage RV.
'Open Road' is more than just a recording, it's an adventure. Written during a three month trip in a vintage RV.
34 backers pledged $3,925 to help bring this project to life.

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"This project is more than just an album or a recording, your support on Kickstarter helps enable me to continue to create music and art as an independent, instead of signing over creative rights to a label. It is really important to me that through my art, I can encourage other artists and creatives to keep the dream alive. After performing close to 800 shows in Chicagoland, I needed a break from the stage. It's amazing to perform and share your energy with the room, but it can be draining. Writing is my way of recharging my creative battery. I decided to take to the road so I could be endlessly inspired by my surroundings. I was nervous of course. Traveling alone as a young woman, sleeping on the side of the road, it was scary at times. But I met so many amazing people that were so helpful and supportive. The experience was so rewarding and truly jumpstarted my songwriting. I like to describe the feeling of this album as Acoustic Soul. I made a name for myself as a 'Jazz' vocalist and guitarist, but this trip had me digging deep into my musical roots. Inspired by artists like Etta James and Joni Mitchell, this album welds the world of singer-songwriter in with that heart wrenching soul that gets your heart singing! I am so excited to share the feels with you all! 

The trip started in Chicago and drove through the southern states, stopping in places like New Orleans and El Paso. There was so much diversity. From the landscape to the live music, I was so impressed with this country and it's beauty. I would love to continue this project and take the album on tour in my little, vintage rig! I would never have been able to sustain my career as an independent musician without the support of followers and music lovers like you! Thank you so much for the love!"

-Annalee

Risks and challenges

The only risk is that I may not meet my goal.
And the truth is, I am placing it at $3,500 but the actual costs will be closer to $8,000.
That is why I am aiming to reach more than my minimum goal and really take this thing on tour! I am confident that you guys will come through and support the endeavors of an independent artist.

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    An 'Open Road' pin!

    If you pledge $5 to help make this dream a reality, you will receive a vintage RV pin to make any outfit awesome! What a deal!

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    A 'Open Road' vintage RV Sticker!

    If you pledge $5 to help make this dream a reality, you will receive a vintage RV sticker designed by Annalee! approx 3"x5"

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    An 'Open Road' poster of the album art

    Just $25 gets you a standard size poster of the album art, designed by Annalee and the rewards listed above! Amazing!

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    you got it, The Vinyl record! Signed!

    This is the best yet! Donate $60 and you get a copy of the vinyl record itself, signed by Annalee. Don't forget, that donation also lands you the rewards listed above!

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    an 4"x6" water color painting

    Yep! It's for real. Annalee painted a bunch of designs by hand before she painted the RV itself. One of these original art pieces can be yours by donating $125

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    A 6 album collection of Annalee's music

    Annalee has been performing for 13 years and this Vinyl record will be her 6th recording! Pledge $250 and you will take home a full collection of music, including her Christmas album!
    'Color Blind Love', 'Summertime', 'Merry Christmas Darling', 'Facets' and 'Open Road'!

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    A 16"x20" original painting

    By giving $500 to help keep creativity alive, you will receive one of Annalee's original, acrylic paintings. Add some art to you walls!

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    A private performance!

    Donate $800 to help support Annalee, and she will put on a 60 minute private performance for you and your guests. Annalee has played over 400 private parties during her career. Make your event a remarkable experience by adding live music (travel fees apply outside the midwest)

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