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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! 

The Intention...

**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!

Love, Anne

Ps: Here's the budget, so you'll know what your preorder is going toward! 

Budget:

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

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Total: $25,050 

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.

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    EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE RECORD

    Receive My New Album digitally in advance of the album's release.

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    SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW ALBUM & STORYBOOK

    Receive 1 SIGNED COPY of My New Album + ACCOMPANYING STORYBOOK mailed to you IN ADVANCE OF THE RECORD'S RELEASE. Also receive Advance DIGITAL Copy in August!

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    2 SIGNED COPIES OF ALBUM & STORYBOOK

    GIVE ONE AS A GIFT! Receive 2 SIGNED COPIES of My New Album + Accompanying STORYBOOK mailed to you IN ADVANCE OF THE RECORD'S RELEASE! Also, when you pre-order at this $55 level or above, receive the "Donut Song" via email immediately!

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    ALL ANNE HEATON MUSIC - DIGITAL

    You'll receive every released or soon-to-be-released Anne Heaton song including all of the songs from "Black Notebook," "Give In," "I Know This," "Blazing Red," "Honeycomb, "Dora" and the New Album plus 10 previously unreleased song demos and live radio performances. Two of these albums and the unreleased material are not available on Spotify or online. Add them all to your collection!

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS + 2 COPIES

    You'll receive HANDWRITTEN LYRICS to one of my songs.

    Simply choose your favorite song!

    Plus, you'll RECEIVE 2 SIGNED COPIES of My New Album + Accompanying STORYBOOK.

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    DONUT DONOR PARTY & CONCERT

    Join the "DONUT DONOR CIRCLE" & ATTEND an intimate VIP DONUT DESSERT PARTY & CONCERT. Choose from a beautiful home on Chicago's Northshore -OR- an intimate venue in Ann Arbor, MI (your choice!) where you'll be treated to an evening of music by Anne & Frank with gourmet donuts & desserts! Simply choose your location!

    You'll also RECEIVE 2 SIGNED COPIES of the NEW ALBUM & ACCOMPANYING STORYBOOK!

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    HANDWRITTEN LETTERS DELIVERED TO YOU!

    I'm SO EXCITED about this reward!

    I will handwrite you ONE PERSONALIZED LETTER per month, for 6 months starting this August!

    That's six old fashioned letters delivered directly to your mailbox or front door :)

    You may not know this about me, but I have quite a few friends and family members around the country who save my voicemails because of the funny things I say and the stories I share. Whether or not they actually *are* funny, I'd LOVE to write you one letter per month sharing what's on my mind and in my heart.

    And of course, you don't have to write back, but you're welcome to write back if you want to!

    In this digital age, I am really missing good old fashioned mail (remember when it used to be fun to go to the mailbox?) so I'm really excited about writing these letters!

    PLUS, you'll RECEIVE 1 Signed Copy of the NEW ALBUM + ACCOMPANYING STORYBOOK

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    TALK ABOUT ANYTHING OVER CHOCOLATE

    Our time together can be a song exploration session, A VOICE LESSON, or anything you want. It's YOUR TIME! You're welcome to run creative ideas by me or to share your songs for feedback.

    Some ideas...Do you want help editing a song or uncovering the heart of your song's message? Do you want to explore different ways to make a living as a songwriter? Or, maybe you just want to talk about traveling in Costa Rica, or working with kids or the best coffee?

    We'll meet up for 90-Minutes in person or over Skype, connect and talk it through!!

    If we meet in person, then I'll bring the yummy chocolate or cheese and crackers, coffee/tea (my treat!). How fun!

    Plus YOU'LL RECEIVE 1 SIGNED COPY OF THE ALBUM & ACCOMPANYING STORYBOOK!

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    LET'S WRITE A SONG TOGETHER

    We'll meet over Skype or Zoom for two, 60-minute sessions (or in person if we live near one another) and create/co-write a song together on a topic of your choice or one we come up with together.

    Plus you'll RECEIVE 2 SIGNED COPIES of the New Album and Storybook!

    *No songwriting experience necessary

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    HOUSE CONCERT (in Illinois or Michigan)

    Enjoy a concert in your own home!

    Invite your friends and family and allow the music to come to you!

    Anne & Frank (we) will perform a concert in your living room and if you like, you can even help write the set list. We are happy to play an event you're hosting or BE the event :)

    Usually we'll perform two sets with a short intermission.

    You'll also RECEIVE 3 SIGNED COPIES of the NEW ALBUM & Accompanying Storybook!

    This house concert reward is for those who live in either Illinois or Michigan.

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    SPREAD THE LIGHT! EXEC VIDEO PRODUCER

    Dream with me for a moment!...My dream is to spread joy, light & kindness through these songs' messages but I need your help to do so!

    - Choose a song you like best (see list below) and sponsor its beautiful video creation.

    - YOU'LL BE CREDITED as the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE VIDEO and if you like, you're welcome to participate in its creative direction (or not, it's totally up to you!)

    - You'll also receive an invitation to the "DONUT DONOR PARTY & CONCERT"

    - You'll ALSO RECEIVE 3 COPIES of the New Album + Accompanying Storybook!

    - My intention is for these music videos to invite a conversation about how we can live with more joy, fun and compassion during these times of great transition on the planet!

    Here is the list of songs: Celebration Song, To the Light, The Donut Song, Let Yourself Be, Hannah, The Hope Song and Rise. Feel free to email me at info@anneheaton.com for the lyrics.

    For an example, see the "Joy" video in the Story Section of this Kickstarter Campaign.

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    HOUSE CONCERT (ANYWHERE IN THE US)

    Invite your friends and family for a special evening of music in your home!

    You can even help make the set list if you like!

    You'll also receive 3 COPIES of the new Record & Accompanying Storybook to keep or give as gifts.

    I can perform this concert solo or as a duo with Frank Marotta, Jr. in your living room or at your special event anywhere in the US (to discuss locations outside the US, please email me).*

    *This reward is for those in the contiguous US. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, let's talk to see if we can make it work! :)

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    CUSTOM SONG

    I will write and record a CUSTOM SONG FOR YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE.

    I LOVE writing custom songs(!) and have written many for weddings, anniversaries, big birthdays, engagements, as well as memorials.

    For years, my fee for custom songs has been $3000 because of all the time it takes me to collect the stories and write it in a way that feels just right. However, recently, I have become a bit faster, so, here's a new lower price!

    I'm excited to write your custom song for you or your loved one!

    - Plus up to 5 Copies of the NEW ALBUM & Accompanying Storybook!

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS

    You'll RECEIVE almost EVERYTHING!! OR, if you prefer, we can CUSTOMIZE A REWARD FOR YOU!

    Here's what it includes:

    - An invitation to the "DONUT DONOR PARTY & CONCERT"
    - A House Concert in your home
    - Executive Producer Credit on a Music Video
    - Your name in my NEW ALBUM & Accompanying Storybook
    - Handwritten Letters mailed to your home for 6 months
    - Handwritten Lyrics to the song of your choice
    - All Anne Heaton Digital Music (from all 6 past albums plus previously unreleased material)
    - 5 Copies of the New Album and Accompanying Storybook!

    You'll receive my UNDYING GRATITUDE and receive ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    Or, if you prefer, we can CUSTOMIZE A REWARD Just FOR YOU! :) Let's come up with something special that works really well for you.

    In the old days, record labels used support artists to make albums, now actual people do! Thank you!!!

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    LEGACY PROJECT

    Receive an 5-Song EP of songs about your family, your loved ones, your ancestors!

    Based on stories you share with me, I'll create a collection of songs about your family members, whether that's grandparents, great grandparents, parents or siblings so that these stories can live on for your children and your children's children.

    We'll hone in together on which stories are the ones you most want to share and/or bring to life through music to honor your family members, whether they are still living or have passed on.

    Over the course of the next year, I'll write up to 5 songs of the stories of your family. At the end, you'll have an EP of heartfelt songs of your family's history.

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