Hi, I'm Anne Heaton, and I'm 75% of the way through making my first record in 7 years!
The last time I made an album, our first daughter (now 8 years old) was still growing in my belly, and our younger daughter just turned 6 this year, so it means so much to be able to share these songs with you now!
**Connection & Collaboration** There's a *Pema Chodron quote, where she talks about how we no longer live in the time of the lone wolf. Instead, she advises that we look and see who is around us. To me this means that it's more important than ever to create and live collaboratively. I used to write songs alone often, but now I have a deep desire to create WITH other people almost exclusively :) and my new record reflects this.
I worked with some AMAZING MUSIC FRIENDS in creating this album, including Alex Wong who writes gorgeous songs (and writes/performs/produces with Vienna Teng, Delta Rae & Amber Rubarth), the indefatigable Mona Tavakoli (percussionist/vocalist from Raining Jane & Jason Mraz's band), & incredible Chicago songwriter & producer Liam Davis.
The list of musicians/songwriters who contributed in one way or another is long and includes Frank Marotta, Jr., Natalia Zukerman, Greg "Stryke" Chin (who made my first ever electronic track!), Meg Hutchinson, Duke Levine, Mai Bloomfield, Chaska Potter, Justin Hergett, Steve Dawson, Jennifer Kimball, Beth Wood, Shannon McNally, Laura Donohue and many others. Even our daughters contributed! And I plan to continue in this collaborative spirit as I finish the record, make music videos for these songs, and share this music with you.
What's the Record Like?
**Depth of Emotion + Humor + Dancing + Storybook**
If you know me, you probably know that I LOVE to travel into the heart of a feeling, mood, or question, so, like past records, the songs have a wide breadth of emotion. The record includes reflective songs like "To the Light," "Hannah," "Joy," &"Let Yourself Be," as well as the upbeat "Celebration Song," the rockin' moody "Rise," and the ridiculously silly "Donut Song!"
You never know what will show up when you sit down to write songs, but what I believe has come through on this record is an invitation for us to connect to our essential joy and sense of celebration even when we are going through challenges, personally, in our communities or globally.
One way this record is slightly different from my past records is that the songs are more danceable, more "in the body!!"
And, it also INCLUDES A STORYBOOK!!! In additional to the music, I'm creating a book of stories, one story to go with each song. Each song will have a tale of how it came to be in a beautiful book! I'm SO EXCITED FOR THIS NEW LINE OF COMMUNICATION!
How You Can Help
When you PRE-ORDER the record, you become an integral part of what makes it possible for me to bring these songs into the world! Now that music is free over the internet through services like Spotify and Apple Music, these preorder campaigns make all the difference, because although music is free, the making of music, is not.
Your PRE-ORDER of my record helps support the creation of these songs by helping to pay for studio time, duplication of the CD and book, mastering, graphics, musicians, all of the recording, gear and plane tickets to travel to collaborate with some of these amazing folks!
What Are the Rewards?
There are many offerings in this Kickstarter campaign! You can simply order the music and receive it long before it will be available on streaming services like Spotify. Or, you can order the music & the storybook!
Or you can host a house concert, sign up for the Legacy Project where I write songs for, and in honor of, your whole family. You could receive a songwriting lesson, come to a Donut Dessert Party and any or all of the above!
Whatever resonates with YOU...and,
Whoever orders at the $55+ level, receives the "Donut Song" immediately via email!
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm so grateful to those who have been on this journey with me, to those who have preordered in the past and have been a part of sharing this music all along.
It's really the people closest to songwriters and musicians that make it possible for everyone to hear and share in this music!
Ps: Here's the budget, so you'll know what your preorder is going toward!
Duplication for storybooks = $2800
Studio time = $3000
Musicians = $900
Mixing & Mastering = $1450
Graphics = $500
Layout = $500
Digital Distribution = $100
If we do a run of actual physical CDs...CDs 500 = $1000
ReOrder Honeycomb CDs = $1000
Travel to record (plane tickets, etc) = $2000
Music Videos (it is my dream to create one for each song to spread the joy and light!) = approx $7000 (See below for an example of a music video)
Administrative help = $1000
Promotion = $2000
Vinyl = $1800
With this Kickstarter, my FIRST LEVEL GOAL is: $11,777
My Stretch Goal with all of the Music Videos is: $18,500
My Second Stretch Goal which will include Vinyl (wouldn't that be great?), promotion, reorder of Honeycomb CDS (which are sold out) and administrative help is: $25,050
PS: *The Pema Chodron quote is based on a Hopi Prophecy (you can Google it!)
PPS: All rewards only include what is in each reward description.
PPPS: Here's an example of the kind of video I'd like to make for the other songs. This is the video for Joy:
Risks and challenges
About 75% of the record is already complete. Any risks and challenges are based on timelines for duplication and graphics for the storybooks. I have always delivered on my preorder campaigns and feel confident I will do so again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (45 days)