The creative part is done! :) The songs are written, recorded and fully produced. This funding is for the next and most important phase. Mixing, mastering, distribution and promotion.
About me, why this album means so much... and why now.
Since I was a little girl, music has always been my rescue, a safe place when I was sad or lonely. Writing songs was how I processed things. I was a very insecure girl, and struggled with self-acceptance, body image and fitting in.
Writing music and singing allowed me to sense of my emotions. I never considered it as anything more than just for me and those little family events or at church in choir.
I was not confident to share my music beyond those spaces. However, a few years ago I summoned the courage to hit the streets and started busking. The people I met and connected with made me believe in what I was doing and to finally call myself a musician.
I’ve grown as an artist and performer, and my voice and writing have evolved.
Fun facts about what I’ve done so far :)
- Released 2 EPs through the help of friends
- I absolutely love performing live. I did over 300 gigs in the first year I moved to London
- I've been running my own shows that support women in music "Soul Stripped Sessions"
- Met my man crush Idris Elba when I sang at Buckingham Palace :)
- Been a TV judge on BBC One's "All Together Now"
- I work with music charities to mentor young musicians
- I committed to being a full-time musician almost 2 years ago, turning down a seemingly more 'sensible' career choice. Best scariest decision ever!
- Last year I started with a mission to tour, and self-organised multiple shows in over 17 cities around the world
Why an album?
I've had an album in me for so long but I've been unable to afford the costs hence, I’ve continually put it on hold.
I wrote about 50 new songs over 9 months. These 10-tracks were not only the best and strongest ones, but also told a story as a collection.
Having a full set of my best released songs for headline shows would be dreamy. There is a tour in the planning stages and I can't wait to share details.
Why do I need your help?
Simply put it's a lot of money. The balance between what a full-time artist at my current level earns, and the cost of making an album and furthermore promoting it well, is disproportionate.
Essentially, I'm an unsigned independent artist and sadly without a label behind me to foot the bill, it's expensive for one artist especially for a whole Album. PR, media and radio promotion especially are so key, but costly and along with studio costs, musicians etc.
The largest cost of this process is Recording (self-funded) followed by...
PR and Mixing & mastering.
To date, I haven't been able to fund the PR aspect of any release and the limitations without it are undeniable. Investment in a PR company can release radio opportunities, key blogs and playlists, exposure beyond of all the work I will be putting in myself. Some of the tracks especially are so radio-friendly.
Quality is non-compromisable, I'm sure you'll agree. The dream for this album is to be a quality that matches the best.
Breakdown of kickstarter funding:
What's different this time?
Meet the team. Oh my gosh. I've never had a team before. It makes all the difference knowing you're not doing this on your own.
How we met: I was researching who produced some of my favourite songs and the same name kept coming up, like 'meant-to-be'. That's how I met Fez (producer & owner of OL creative). Time in the studio only PROVED that to be more true. He's an exemplary musician who's worked with the likes of Jake Isaac, Jorja Smith, Virgin Atlantic to name a few.
I remember in our first meeting, he said to me "The thing that excites me the most is what you said about hearing your voice like you've never heard it before"
In this album I think you'll hear my VOICE in a way you never have before.
The team really believe and bring out the best in me. These musicians will also perform the album live in my band.
Reaching this target means support from my friends, fans, family, supporters. This means the absolute world!
What I'm asking is for you to believe in me as much as I believe in myself and the success of this album.
I have some fantastic rewards for every contribution made!
If there is a reward you want to see let me know :)
Reminder: you can start getting rewards from July 2019 when the first single is scheduled for release. This is included in all Album rewards too.
For International orders, please allow for 'up to' 7 days in advance if any post office delays.
Please note if the target is not reached, no rewards will be given and you receive your money back.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully the music has been created which minimises a lot of risk with a project like this.
The biggest risk is not reaching the financial goal. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform so if the goal is not reached, I receive nothing and sadly no rewards will go out.
Please share with family, friends and anyone that you know. I'd really appreciate it. Thank you :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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