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By A Thousand Miles
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About

We were so oblivious when our planes touched down in LA for the infamous “Hollywood Week” of American Idol Season 11… 

Naturally the odds were not in our favor to become stars on a major reality television phenomenon, however, as fate would have it, we met each other and 5 years later we became A Thousand Miles; a Country/Rock Duo operating out of Nashville, TN and Brooklyn, NY — nearly 1000 miles apart. 

We hope you’ve seen the video above that shares a little about the amazing response since we released our single “Sirens” and became an official band on September 11, 2016, as well as more of the exciting things we have planned in 2017!

 

 

It all started with a song and a common thread. “Sirens” is a song written by Joey & Rachel Banua as a tribute to Rachel’s late husband who was a firefighter and volunteer police officer. He suffered an accidental death off-duty, but he served his community faithfully and wholeheartedly before his passing. 

With only a few lines written, Joey immediately reached out to American Idol friend Nikki Dee in NYC whose uncle was a firefighter assigned to the roof of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Sadly, he never made it home that tragic day. There was no doubt that Nikki needed to be a part of this song once it was completed. 

In 2016 Joey & Rachel paid to record and promote “Sirens” as a single out-of-pocket with a price tag over $10,000 for just the one song. It was worth every penny because the song spawned A Thousand Miles and it’s music video (courtesy of Executive Producer Johannes Loutsch & Director Jon Stone) was viewed over 800,000 times in it’s first few weeks. 

Messages, comments, shares and likes have poured in since 09/11/16 and the first responder community, especially, has been so incredibly kind, welcoming and encouraging to us! And we have been so blessed to pour our hearts into showing first responders the gratitude they deserve. Among many wonderful messages, the prominent question we have been getting… 

“When are you guys going to release more music?!?!”

The resounding answer is, NOW!

We were so grateful to hit the road and visit cities all the way from Nashville to LA introducing ourselves to a few country radio stations and writing our first 5 song record, and we are ready to head to the studio!!!

Like our first single, we want to deliver you a record that is meaningful and created with an amazing producer (David Zaffiro) who produced “Sirens” and has a long list of other well known artist he’s worked with including Little Big Town & The Band Perry

We plan to use the best musicians, best engineers at one of Nashville’s best studios just like before, but this time we want you to join us on the Journey of A Thousand Miles. We don’t have a major label backing us and pouring money into our music, and in today’s music industry we won’t get any love from any labels until they see how powerful our people are! 

This is our big chance to show the industry people how amazing YOU have already been to us by reaching our goal. 

For the sake of transparency, we want to show you how this $50,000 is broken down. Keep in mind, these numbers have been rounded down, and this is an abbreviated list of expenses:

  • Session Musicians (1 week) ---------------------------- $8,500
  • Recording Studio (5 days) ------------------------------ $4,400
  • Mixing & Mastering ------------------------------------- $17,000
  • Band & Crew Travel (Milage & Flights) ---------------- $3,000
  • Band & Crew (Hotels & Food) -------------------------- $4,000
  • Equipement Rentals ------------------------------------ $2,000
  • Merchandise (Rewards, CD's T-Shirts, etc) ----------- $7,100
  • Photography (Promotional & Album Art) -------------- $1,000
  • Graphic Designers (Promotional & Album Art) -------- $1,500
  • Website & Social Media -------------------------------- $1,500
  • ESTIMATED TOTAL ------------------------------------- $50,000

 

Our Stretch Goal is $75,000. If we raise more than our goal, we can keep going! If we meet the Stretch Goal, it will help us continue to promote, market and tour to support the record. More importantly it will afford us more opportunities to see you face-to-face and get to know you better and make amazing memories together!

Seriously, this is the best part of doing a KickStarter campaign. It gives us amazing chances to hang out together whether it’s one-on-one like our lunches together or the amazing Bahama Cruise with the band -OR- really fun events with you and your friends like our house concerts or local venue concerts! Please read each description of your pledge level carefully.  (Keep in mind that for many of the prizes that are "experiences", you'll have the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 to schedule.  We'll work it out!)

We also love our FIRST RESPONDER PLEDGE level. This is our salute to all of the men and women who risk their lives to save and protect strangers everyday. This is all too often a thankless job, and we want to show them our undying support by recognizing the final tally of these pledge backers who stand together with arms linked and carry a message of unity and peace. 

While A Thousand Miles wants to create timeless, feel-good music on a wide array of subjects, it is part of our mission to raise awareness for PTSD in the first responder fields and to walk beside the families who are affected. Our first responders have chosen an occupation that has them running out the door to situations that they don’t know the outcome everyday, and often times they see such difficult things; things no person should ever have to see and then have to act normal like it never happened. 

When you support A Thousand Miles you are also allowing us to support the countless families who are peacemakers in their communities by making music and selling merchandise that we can then leverage to provide opportunities healing and proactive education in dealing with PTSD and it’s many challenges. 

We are so incredibly grateful to have you on this journey with us! Welcome to the team! xoxo

Joey & Nikki
A Thousand Miles

more info on A Thousand Miles at:
https://www.athousandmilesduo.com 

Risks and challenges

We are 100% dedicated to delivering the absolute best music we can muster. Sometimes there are unforeseen obstacles during the process of recording an album, but this is completely normal, and we will work through anything that comes our way.

One of the risks, and the one thing that can stop this campaign in it's tracks, is if we do NOT reach our goal. If this is the case, no money changes hands and we are out the money. Kickstarter will not charge anything from any backer's account, and we walk away with $0.00

Our hope is that you will be as excited as we are to make this album and we will see backing that we never imagined possible! If this is the case, please be patient as we fulfill all of the amazing incentives we've set out for your enjoyment. WE WILL KEEP EVERY PROMISE. But it WILL take some time. But we will work with each backer to make sure your experiences are amazing!

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    Virtual High Five!

    Thank you! Every little bit counts!

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    #GotYour6Challenge

    Take a stand for our nation's heroes and help A Thousand Miles in their two focused efforts to raise awareness and support for families who come face-to-face with PTSD everyday, and play shows to bring communities together and raise funds for volunteer departments who have suffered severe budget cuts all over the U.S. // These men and women have our backs everyday! Let's show them we've GOT THEIR SIX!!!

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    The Goods

    Receive a copy of the new CD & Digital Download

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    FIRST RESPONDER PLEDGE!

    You receive a copy of the new CD & Digital Download, but your pledge will be counted along side others who support the First Responder community. This reward level will reflect your support for A Thousand Miles' advocacy to raise awareness for PTSD in the first responder fields and the final tally of backers will be a powerful love tap for a community who often goes unthanked and unrecognized.

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    Autographed Album & T-Shirt

    A Thousand Miles will autograph both your copy of the new CD and a T-Shirt (includes Digital Download).

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    HANG TIME

    Pre-Show Meet & Greet to any show (of your choice) that you attend. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    VOICEMAIL GREETING

    A Thousand Miles will record a personalized voicemail greeting exclusively for you! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    YOUR NAME ON THE ALBUM ART

    You helped make this album happen and you deserve credit! A Thousand Miles will personally list your name in the liner notes of the album. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    DEDICATED COVER SONG

    Pick your favorite cover song and A Thousand Miles will film it, mention you in it, and post it on YouTube for the world to see! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    THE SONGWRITER

    Tell us your story and A Thousand Miles will write a song about your story, film it, mention you in it and post it on YouTube for the world to see! Could be funny, heartbreaking, inspirational, sassy... anything! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    THE HACKER

    Provide A Thousand Miles the passwords to your social media and we'll let your friends know we've hacked and taken over your page to post pics and statuses for a day! This could be really fun... if you dare!(Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    THE CALL

    A Thousand Miles wants to show their appreciation by having a private 30 min. conference call with you! You can enjoy Nikki's thick New York accent and Joey's Aaron Neville impressions. But mostly they want to get to know you and your story. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS (Framed)

    Choose your favorite A Thousand Miles tune and they will write out the lyrics by hand, sign it, and frame it. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    SKYPE CALL

    Nikki & Joey will enjoy 30 mins. of face-to-face time with you on Skype! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY

    You'll be invited to our private catered listening party in Nashville, TN. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download) *Travel is not provided.

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    AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR

    Nikki & Joey will sign a shiny new acoustic guitar and and take a personalized video of Joey playing and singing a song on it for you! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download)

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    NYC LUNCH

    Fly to NYC and enjoy lunch with Nikki Dee at one of her favorite spots! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download) *Continental US only

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    NASHVILLE LUNCH

    Fly to Nashville and enjoy lunch with Joey B. at one of his favorite spots! (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download) *Continental US only

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    MUSIC VIDEO

    You're invited to come hang with A Thousand Miles in Nashville as they film a live acoustic performance of one of the new songs. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download) *Continental US only

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    I'M WITH THE BAND

    Meet A Thousand Miles on the road and spend the day with the band. Be a part of the action, help us get setup, come to soundcheck and go anywhere the band goes! Management will find a tour date that works well for you and make sure you have a hotel to crash the night of the show. (Includes autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt & Digital Download) *Continental US only

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    ACOUSTIC HOUSE CONCERT

    Nikki & Joey will pack a guitar and come play a full Acoustic Concert in your living room for you and 25-50 of your closest friends and family! You'll also have an extended time before and after the show to just shoot the breeze and relax. All attendees will also receive an autographed CD & Digital Download. *Continental US only

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    BEACH WEDDING

    Joey will perform your wedding ceremony and A Thousand Miles will perform their new song "Beach Wedding" Live during your special day!  Also, you don't have to have a beach wedding to make this happen... We can do this anywhere and you can pick from an array of great love songs! We'll go the extra mile to make sure your day is amazing... so technically A Thousand+1 Miles. Joey & Nikki will probably bring a great Wedding Gift, too ;)

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    FULL BAND CONCERT

    We'll bring the whole band and our production crew to your favorite local venue and have a blow out concert! All attendees will also receive an autographed CD & Digital Download. *Continental US only

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    4 NIGHT CRUISE w/ A THOUSAND MILES

    Join A Thousand Miles on a 4 Night cruise for 2 to the Bahamas! Drink packages included and A Thousand Miles jam sessions on tap! We'll also take you on a $500 island shopping spree!  (Includes invitation to private listening party, autographed CD, autographed T-Shirt, autographed guitar, handwritten lyrics, a HUGE thank you on our album artwork & Digital Download)

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Funding period

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