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Arielle Jacobs has starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights, Wicked,  & Disney's ALADDIN. Now: She's making her first solo album.
Arielle Jacobs has starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights, Wicked, & Disney's ALADDIN. Now: She's making her first solo album.
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Hi everyone. 

I am VERY excited to announce the launch of my first solo album: A LEAP IN THE DARK!

-What's going on?-

As an actress I've been blessed to spend my career traveling the world performing in Broadway shows and, my favorite part, meeting incredible people. From New York City to Tokyo, Australia to Puerto Rico, and all across America, I am always moved and inspired by the warmth, humor, passion, life, beauty, spirit, and dreams of the people I'm so lucky to meet all over the world. Audiences around the world have given me so much. This album has been a 2 year long passion project to give audiences a gift back. To answer the questions and give the advice I'm often asked for, make gorgeous recordings of my most well known roles that people tell me they wish they'd seen, and more. It's not about me. This album was written, and created, for you

-The Album-

The Album, called A LEAP IN THE DARK, was written like a musical, where scenes lead into songs and there is a story that runs through the entire album. It's told through the story of my life, but, it's so much more than that. The album shares my ups and downs, my moments of triumph and failure, my dreams and moments of doubt and despair, the miraculous surprises and devastating pitfalls, and the lessons that I learned along the way.

When creating this album I knew we had to do something totally different than what's been done before. I couldn't imagine leaving my favorite part of singing 8 times a week out of the album....You! So, to capture that experience, I decided to:

1) Make the album as a LIVE recording.

2) To perform it, in it's entirety, as a show for a live audience at New York City's legendary Feinstein's/54 Below over two nights. And...

3) To have the audio professionally recorded LIVE as I did it. No retakes. No do overs. All or nothing. Live. 

The album includes not only all of the songs but, also, all of the scenes. My dream is for you to be able to close your eyes and really feel like you're there with me, watching the entire show live. & then, once you know it, you can just jump around and listen to your favorite tracks! The show was funny & uplifting, inspiring and moving, totally raw, and made to take the audience on an epic journey. My dream is that this album will do the same thing for you! 

-What did I learn while creating this show?- 

Everything. 

I learned that how we respond to dark times is what shapes who we really are. Whether we are paralyzed by our fear or despair or fight to leap forward even if we don't know exactly which way forward is. And, I learned that my struggles were meant for me, and maybe even designed for me, to help me grow into the person I always knew I could be.

I hope that my album will help you feel like your dreams, no matter how far out of reach they may seem, are always just a single leap of faith away. But you do have to leap. Again and again. That even your struggles have a bigger purpose for you too.  I hope that it ignites a fire in you and reminds you of who you are and what you really want to create for your life! 


-Where exactly is the money going?-

We are lucky to have the interest of a Grammy award winning record label to put the album out! 

But to make this album a reality, I will need your help. 

Because we recorded it live, it's actually significantly less for us to make this album than it would have been had I done it in a studio. Rather than $30,000, we can make this album at INCREDIBLE quality for $18,000.

 This number takes into account predictable expenses like "Extra hours in the studio mixing & mastering" & the fees that come along with them. The support that you give will help cover the cost of editing, mixing, and mastering the professionally recorded live tracks (each instrument had it's own microphone and was recorded separately so that they could be mixed together later as if we'd done it in a studio) so that it can sound as beautiful as you all deserve for it to. It will also pay our musicians, for the physical printing of the albums, the graphic designers who work on the artwork & cd booklet, the creation & printing of thousands of physical copies of all of the above, for shipping and packaging, for the legal rights to all the songs, AND THAT’S NOT ALL. Every single cent you pledge will go directly toward the making of this album & honoring the pledges made here on kickstarter. 

The recordings from/of "High School Musical", "The Secret of Being", "I Have Nothing", "The Wizard & I", the Sara Bareilles and Sara McLachlan songs, and "On My Way" in the VIDEO above are all the ACTUAL live recordings from the show. So, as you can hear, the sound quality of it is already incredible...and that's before a Grammy Award winning record label dives in and starts doing their own professional mixing of each song! It's going to be really special.

Thank you for your support. It means so much to me. I hope that you know it, & that you support yourself and your dreams too. 

Take risks. 

Believe that your dreams are really prophecies of your inevitable success. 

Leap into the unknown. 

I believe in you.

Thank you. I can't wait for you to hear it.

xoArielle

Risks and challenges

It's hard for singers to get financing for recording projects these days. But, rest assured, we will get this done.

Like I said above: We already have an incredible Grammy winning record label and an award-winning editing team who are excited and ready to work on, and release, the album. But, we need the funds to pay them. (Think of this like the album version of an indie film. Instead of a big studio putting up 200 million for a big blockbuster movie and then distributing it, this is where they've told an artist that they believe in their indie film and that, if the artist gets it produced and paid for themselves, the big studio will use it's power to DISTRIBUTE it to theaters around the world. This is EXACTLY like that...but with an album!). They're going to do AMAZING things with the album. But, the finances of it are 100% on me. This is why I need your help.

And: You CAN Help! Tell your friends! Post the link on your facebook page. Tweet about it, mention it in your snapchat, blog or on reddit. Get a group of friends together and join forces to make the album and share some of the awesome prizes!

Spread the word and the love, and let's make the most amazing album possible!

Again, THANK YOU!

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    Digital download of ONE song!

    I appreciate you! You will get a digital download of one song from the CD AND my endless gratitude!

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    Name in the the CD booklet!

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    $15 Digital pre-order of the Album!

    The album will be $20 when it comes out. But you can get it for $15!

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    Signed Physical CD!

    For $25, plus the cost of shipping to wherever you are in the world, I will sign a copy of the CD & make the inscription out to you personally; AND thank you on social media!

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    Signed WICKED or ALADDIN Promo Photo

    For $55, plus the price of shipping, You get a personalized photo of me as Nessarose OR Princess Jasmine, and a signed copy of the CD! Limited quantity.

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    • Signed Press Photo of me in either Wicked or ALADDIN
    • Signed physical copy made out to you personally.
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    Invite to Private Album Release Party!

    As a supporter of this album, you will get an invitation to a special ALBUM RELEASE Concert & party in NYC!

    Come meet me while you're there, mingle with the Broadway community, & have a great night!

    You will also receive a signed CD when you arrive at the party & will get a social media thank you!
    Date and Location TBD. Limited to one invite per donation (but you can donate more than once if you want to bring a date or group).
    Dress sharp!

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    • Signed copy of "A Leap In The Dark"
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    Original 4x6 Watercolor Painting

    Arielle Jacobs will paint one of her beautiful original pieces just for you! Will also come with a handwritten thank you note AND a Digital Pre-Order of the ALBUM!

    Shipping & handling fee includes Arielle wrapping it so that it is safe when it travels from NYC to wherever you are in the world!

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    Online Private Voice Lesson

    Let's sing! I'll give you one 1 hour private voice lesson via Skype or Facetime. We can also talk about your career. You will also get a social media thank you AND a digital pre-order of the ALBUM!

    Scheduling of the lessons will
    1) Be on a "first come, first serve" basis
    2) Will be scheduled in relation to my schedule and availability. And...
    3) Can begin as soon as this week & as far out as April of 2018.

    My schedule books up several months in advance. So, book these early so that we can sing soon!

    (You can buy more than one.)

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    ARIELLE JACOBS VOICE STUDIO Enrollment

    After this special event of teaching many voice lessons as a reward (see the prize above for more information) Arielle will not have the time in her schedule to accommodate so many students. However, she is excited to pass on her craft and plans on taking on 6 full time students (which can be either in person or on Skype) to train and potentially mentor. Students can be of any age, gender, and level of previous experience. Because the studio space will be so limited, people will need to apply to be accepted as full time students. As a thank you for your support, Arielle is opening THREE of the Six total slots for pre-enrollment here. This will also pay for your first lesson. You will also receive a personal thank you on social media AND a digital pre-order of the ALBUM!

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    Associate Producer

    You will be an Associate Producer on the album and will be listed as such in the CD booklet! You will also receive a social media thank you, a signed hard copy of the CD, a hand written thank you note from Arielle, an invitation for you, and a plus one, to the CD release party/concert in NYC, AND a Special once in a lifetime BROADWAY EXPERIENCE (please message Arielle for details! Serious inquiries only.)

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    • Special once in a lifetime BROADWAY EXPERIENCE for you & yours!
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    Producer + Private Living Room Concert

    Let's have a wonderful night of music! You will be listed as a Producer on the album, AND, I will come to your house, with my music director, and sing a private concert for you and your friends!

    You will be a PRODUCER on the album and will be listed as such in the CD booklet! You will also receive a social media thank you, a signed hard copy of the CD, a hand written thank you note from Arielle, an invitation for you & 3 guests to the CD release party/concert in NYC, AND a Special once in a lifetime BROADWAY EXPERIENCE (please message Arielle for details! Serious inquiries only.)

    Conditions are:
    1) If you live outside of NYC: Costs of transportation (& a hotel if it requires a flight) for myself, my music director/pianist, & my security need to be covered to make the trip possible.
    2) Guest list can be as long as you'd like. However, the location & guest list need to be cleared by my security team.

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    Executive Producer Credit & Concert

    You will get an Executive Producer credit and ALSO receive a private Living Room Concert for you and your friends.

    You will also get a thank you on social media, your name in the CD Booklet, a signed copy of "A Leap In The Dark", an invitation to the Album Release Concert in NYC for you & a party of 5 personal guests of yours, AND a Special ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME Broadway Experience for you and your family! (Please message Arielle for more information. Serious Inquiries only.)

    Conditions are:
    1) If you live outside of NYC: Costs of transportation (& a hotel if it requires a flight) for myself, my music director/pianist, & my security need to be covered to make the trip possible.
    2) Guest list can be as long as you'd like. However, the location & guest list need to be cleared by my security team.

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    • Hand written thank you note from Arielle to you
    • Signed physical copy made out to you personally.
    • INVITE ONLY Album Release concert in NYC
    • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    • Special once in a lifetime BROADWAY EXPERIENCE for you & yours!
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