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Spreading happiness, love, and connection through MUSIC! Creating a music revolution one note at a time!
59 backers pledged $5,920 to help bring this project to life.

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FLEX GOAL #1: $7,545 (Mastering & Replication)

THIS WILL ENABLE ME TO MASTER THE ALBUM WITH JOE LAMBERT MASTERING, WWW.JOELAMBERTMASTERING.COM (JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI, BLACK CROWS, JOHNNY CASH) AS MASTERING CAN MAKE OR BREAK AN ALBUM + REPLICATE "FRAME OF MIND" (1,000 COPIES), SET UP DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, AND A BARCODE AS WELL. I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE VERY BEST PRODUCT I CAN AND THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO DO THAT.

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THANK YOU VIDEO FOR REACHING GOAL #1:

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WE'VE REACHED OUR 1ST GOAL OF $5,000!!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! I really can't explain how much it means to me that you support me with this project! It really does mean THE WORLD to me! I am so grateful to you all! Now we can really focus on some powerful next steps. SO, LET'S DO THIS!

FLEX GOAL #1: $7,545  (taken w/ drone...lol)
FLEX GOAL #1: $7,545 (taken w/ drone...lol)
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Music has a healing effect on everyone as I've seen it first hand on many occasions. To see people's smiling faces when you're playing a show and the sound you are producing is spreading happiness and LOVE is one of the BEST feelings an artist can experience! I'd like to share a story of one of those experiences with you: One time we were performing at Sunken Meadow Park and this lady in a wheel chair literally stood up and started dancing! Her caregiver told us on our break (almost in tears) that she hadn't gotten out of her wheel chair in over 2 years and she was dancing to the music we were playing! That just shows me the POWER of MUSIC!

Here's a couple pictures from that show:

Lady in wheel chair standing up and dancing
Lady in wheel chair standing up and dancing

 

with the lady dancing
with the lady dancing

MUSIC has and will ALWAYS be my THERAPY, especially since my father passed away on Feb. 15, 2008. Unfortunately, I was the one who found my Dad and as you can imagine it totally changed me forever. I literally went into a tunnel-vision of MUSIC as it has helped me cope with my loss. My last album "No Turning Back" (www.cdbaby.com/archdeacon2) is dedicated to my father and I put my HEART & SOUL into that album like never before! I honestly don't know where I'd be or how I would deal with the loss of my father without playing and creating music. Music has a calming effect not only on me, but on everyone, and I've had first hand experience in seeing how music can truly help people deal with their own problems they are facing. 

So, I need YOUR HELP to create my 2nd professional album entitled "Frame of Mind."  Here is the front cover of the album as I just recently created it. PLUS, the 6-camera HD shoot of the song "Frame of Mind" I recorded in Canada while I was on vacation visiting my good friend Thorn:  

Frame of Mind Front Cover
Frame of Mind Front Cover

 

Let's take this journey together and create something that has never been created in the history of mankind! PLUS, when you pledge you'll know that you helped CREATE that music! 

It's my goal to sing the National Anthem at a NY football GIANTS game at MetLife Stadium one day in dedication to my father. A little over 2 weeks ago, on April 23rd, I got the opportunity to sing the anthem at MetLife Stadium for Monster Jam in front of about 50,000 people. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and this was just God's way of preparing me for the day I actually sing the anthem at a GIANTS game! Here's a pic and the video if you want to listen:

National anthem at MetLife Stadium for Monster Jam 4/23/16
National anthem at MetLife Stadium for Monster Jam 4/23/16

 

                                   ABOUT THE ALBUM "Frame of Mind":

We all go through changes in our lives from year to year and this album to me represents those changes and progression in life. New songs, new experiences (good or bad), new people, and new beginnings. I was always comparing every song I wrote to my last album and one day I realized that it's totally different writing songs now then when I wrote the songs from my last album "No Turning Back" (which I love every single song on that album) because I'm at a totally different place and "frame of mind!"

Also, my good friend and AMAZINGLY talented musician, Sean Dolan (drums/vocals), will be on this album too! If you've never heard him play check out this video as he is a Juilliard graduate and plays the drums and sings at the same time!:

Here's how you can help:

  • PLEDGE!  Of course I wouldn't ask you to pledge without offering great incentives in exchange! You can read about them all to the right of my video, pick the one that you like that best suits you, and pledge! I am offering pledge levels as small as $1 and as large as $10,000 - something for everybody.
  • SHARE!  Even if you can't pledge at this time, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share this video on Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Linked In, Google+ and any other sites you use! Getting the word out is as important as pledging, and yet as simple as a click of your mouse. 
  • PAY IT FORWARD! Simply just do something nice for someone else and just ask them to pay it forward to someone else. Ex.) Pay for someone's meal at a restaurant, pay for the next car's toll, etc. When we do these type of things it not only makes you feel good to GIVE to others, but it also makes others feel appreciated and LOVED and more willing to give to others too! Keep spreading LOVE and keep smiling! :)
                       "Living a life of music is living a life of love." -S.J.A.

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The $$ BREAKDOWN:

Making an album takes a lot of time and money. My last album "No Turning Back" means more to me than anything I've ever done and I even cashed out the life insurance policy my Dad took out for me when I was 5 years old in order to complete the album.

We are starting by raising $5,000. 

What we need in order to complete the album, replicate it (with 1,000 copies), and market the album is $11, 293. Here is the chart for the FULL breakdown for everything:

Breakdown for entire goal
Breakdown for entire goal

$5,000 Recording & Mixing at PMA Studios (www.pmarecordingstudios.com)

$1,350 Replication from Disc Makers (www.discmakers.com)

$1,120 Mastering from Joe Lambert (www.joelambertmastering.com)

$1,000 Marketing the album (JDI Marketing-www.facebook.com/jessediditllc)

$2,823 Kickstarter fees and Reward Fulfillment

TOTAL: $11, 293

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Also, Here's the pic montage I put together from our performance in the Veterans Day Parade in NYC with the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 11, 2013. It was an honor to spread happiness to those who served this great nation!

CLICK ON THE PIC TO SEE THE 3 MIN VIDEO FROM THE PARADE:

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HOW IT WORKS:  

KICKSTARTER is an ALL OR NOTHING funding campaign. If you pledge during the campaign, your credit card will NOT be charged until after the last day of the campaign, and ONLY if we reach our goal by that date. If not, no cards are charged, no money is exchanged, and sadly, no album will be created. 

THANK YOU so much for helping me continue to spread LOVE through playing music! I TRULY appreciate all the support and AMAZING experiences as I wouldn't be able to do this without your help! :) Life is all about this one word:

So let's spread as much love as humanly possible! Pledge today! God Bless!

Sincerely,

Steven Archdeacon (www.ArchdeaconMusic.com)

A quote to sum it all up:

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don't see it yourself.”   ― Edmund Lee

Risks and challenges

There are many RISKS I'm taking by doing this fundraising campaign. One of the BIGGEST risk is that I put all my time and energy and I don't reach my goal and the album doesn't get created.

If I ever encounter problems, which happens from time to time, I always deal with them as they come and NEVER let it deter me from accomplishing my goal, ESPECIALLY when it comes to my MUSIC! I have 110% confidence in my ability to overcome ANY obstacle thrown my way! So please pledge today and help me create my 2nd professional album and help me keep spreading love and connection through playing music!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Digital download pre-release of the song "Frame of Mind" (mp3) and a personal thank you e-mail from me.

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    [3-SONG DIGITAL DOWNLOAD]

    You'll get a digital download of my favorite 3 songs on the album + and a personal thank you e-mail from me.

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    [DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF ENTIRE "FRAME OF MIND" ALBUM (mp3's) + ACOUSTIC VERSION OF "VETERANS DAY]

    Digital download of album + a personal thank you e-mail from me because you simply ROCK! + an acoustic version of "Veterans Day" (which is on the album).

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    [AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL COPY OF "FRAME OF MIND" Album]

    I'll mail you the album before the OFFICIAL release date + an e-mail with album artwork (in .jpeg form) + a personalized "Thank you" card for helping to create this album] + Digital download of entire "Frame of Mind" album, and a virtual hug because you are awesome!

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    [YOU'RE VERY OWN VIDEO THANK YOU GREETING + t-shirt]

    I'll make a video specifically for YOU (with your name) thanking you for being a part of this musical journey you are helping to create + digital download of entire "Frame of Mind" album + I'll send you a LIMITED EDITION "FRAME OF MIND" T-SHIRT too!

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    ["FRAME OF MIND" + "NO TURNING BACK" ALBUMS]

    Autographed physical copies of "Frame of Mind" album as well as my previous album "No Turning Back" (2010) (which is dedicated to my father and means more to me than anything else I've ever done) + a signed poster of the front cover of "Frame of Mind."

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    [SMORGASBORD REWARD: THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE]

    1. Autographed physical copies AND Digital downloads of "Frame of Mind" & "No Turning Back" albums.
    2. Your very own video greeting thanking you for helping me create this album.
    3. Signed poster of front cover of "Frame of Mind."
    4. "Frame of Mind" t-shirt.
    5. Acoustic version of "Veterans Day."
    6. Personal thank you card.

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    [KARMA CONTRIBUTION!]

    This is if you just want to help out without receiving a reward as whatever we give will come back to use 10-fold. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I'm sending you love and good vibes!

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    [ANY COVER SONG YOU WANT RECORDED]

    I'll record an acoustic cover of ANY song you want and in the beginning of the video I will PERSONALLY thank you for backing my project + Digital download of "Frame of Mind" album.

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    [ALBUM CREDIT + COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE] for "Frame of Mind" album + Digital download of "Frame of Mind" album.

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    [1 DAY IN THE STUDIO + 1 hour show]

    You just simply rock! I appreciate your generosity more than you know because as long as I'm doing music and making people happy that makes me happy too! I'll do hour and a half acoustic show for you and your co-workers AT your work (either during lunch or after work) OR a house concert---(your choice)... + at the concert you get an autographed copy of "Frame of Mind."

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    [CUSTOM MADE SONG WRITTEN FOR YOU]

    I will write a song specifically for you. I'll record it, send it to you as an .mp3 over e-mail, and even play the song (with a shout out before we play the song) at the CD Release Party + an autographed copy of "Frame of Mind."

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    [CUSTOM MADE GUITAR BRACELET!]

    A custom made guitar bracelet (click link to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbZq50V2iLk with your name engraved on it, numbered, and fitted to your wrist + an autographed copy of "Frame of Mind."

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    [BOOK OF LYRICS, POEMS, + BOOK I'M WORKING ON]

    I will put together all the lyrics from "Frame of Mind" AND "No Turning Back," original poems, quotes, and stories about my musical journey and each song + what I've written so far in my book I've been working on about my musical journey. Only 1 available and it is the only one I'll probably ever put together too + an autographed copy of "Frame of Mind."

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    [I'LL FLY YOU TO NY TO SPEND 2 DAYS IN STUDIO]

    You are just simply AWESOME and I appreciate you being so generous! I'll fly you to NY to spend 2 days in the studio while I'm recording, a picture with me that will go in the album, and I'll also put your name in the credits as "Honorary Producer." Of course I'll provide a place to stay and food for the entire time you are here + an autographed copy of "Frame of Mind."

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