Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
My notebooks are full, my songs need a home.  It's time to get this music out of my head and into the world...
My notebooks are full, my songs need a home. It's time to get this music out of my head and into the world...
286 backers pledged £13,641 to help bring this project to life.

About

New Album Recording project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

£13,641

286

Hello

I've been travelling, I've been thinking.  I've been writing.  I've been writing alone, and I've been writing with band members and new friends.  I've been writing in Edale and Glasgow, Nashville and New York, Kunming, Yunnan, Sydney, Colorado and California.  So many songs with nowhere to go.  I'd like to record an album.  But I need help from you to do so.

I'm writing this at the very start of a long journey, and asking you to be with me right from this beginning, while the album is just a spark of hope for me.  As a brief history of my music making, I've released seven albums to date, all made on my own label 'Noe Records' (named after the river in Edale).   My last album 'With The Dawn' was called "...nothing short of a masterpiece" by The Sunday Times (thanks Sunday Times).  

But, here's some nitty gritty honesty; making ends meet has been really tough this year.  I've had the most amazing opportunities.  I've seen China and America, and even Australia (for a whole five days!), and I've been so inspired.  But breaking even has been a challenge. 

Making and releasing records is not a cheap business.  And pitching an album to larger labels to gain outside help has become near impossible in the music industry.  So here's my plan:  With your help, this January, I will head for the studio, and create the recording of my new album.  Just the audio files.  This means paying for the studio, an engineer, a producer, musicians, mixing and mastering.  The absolute minimum I can do this for is £8000.  I really hope to raise more than this if at all possible.  In the short term, it could be spent on making this recording as good as it can be.  In the long term, any extras could be spent on making videos and promoting the album.  The possibilities are endless.

The record will be released in autumn 2017.  If a bigger label is interested in the music, I might be tempted by a deal.  But I'm very protective of my work.  And the highest probability is that I'll release it on my own label 'Noe Records' as I have done successfully many times before.  Either way, you are guaranteed to receive any pledges relating to the album (CD, signed CD, album download) in autumn 2017 on the album's release date.  

I've pledges that you'll receive much faster too.  Some of them in time for Christmas!   I've created Bundle options incase you'd like more than one thing, but if there's a combination you would like which you can't find, please contact me and I'll make it happen.  

So in short; if you can help to make the creation of this new musical creature possible, I would be so grateful.  Or if you just want to get your pre-order of my next album in as early as possible, here's your chance!  

Thank you.

Bella x

Risks and challenges

This project is full of challenges. Making and releasing albums is a task full of unpredictable obstacles. But I've navigated these choppy waters seven times before, and I can do it again.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Merry Christmas Thank You!

    Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £8 or more About $10

    New Album Download (Autumn 2017)

    A download of Bella's new album.

    You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.

    PLEASE NOTE: You'll receive the exclusive acoustic song (mp3) straight away, but the album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the digital download of the album until this time.

    Includes:
    • New Album Download
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    17 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    New album! (Autumn 2017)

    A physical copy of Bella's new album! AND a download version too.

    You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.

    PLEASE NOTE: You'll receive the exclusive acoustic song (mp3) straight away, but the new album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the digital download of the album, or the CD, until this time.

    Includes:
    • New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    71 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About $20

    Signed New Album! (Autumn 2017)

    A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.

    You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.

    PLEASE NOTE: You'll receive the exclusive acoustic song (mp3) straight away, but the new album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the digital download of the album, or the CD, until this time.

    Includes:
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 47 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £18 or more About $23

    The Christmas Cracker!

    For you, or the perfect gift (cards can be made out to anyone...) A copy of Bella's Festive CD 'Bright Morning Star' (2012). AND a CD of Bella's Christmas single 'I Would Bring You The Moon' (2013). AND a personal Christmas Card, AND a mp3 download of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders! All with you before 25th December! Merry Christmas!
    PLEASE NOTE: Order's outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • Bright Morning Star - Bella's Christmas Album (CD, 2012)
    • I Would Bring You The Moon - Bella's Christmas Single (CD, 2013)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 9 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £18 or more About $23

    Bundle1: Signed CD & Christmas Thanks

    A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the CD or digital download until this time.

    Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 52 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    Bundle2: Signed CD & Christmas Cracker

    For you, or the perfect gift (cards can be made out to anyone...) A copy of Bella's Festive CD 'Bright Morning Star' (2012). AND a CD of Bella's Christmas single 'I Would Bring You The Moon' (2013). AND a personal Christmas Card, AND a mp3 download of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders! All with you before 25th December! Merry Christmas!
    PLEASE NOTE: Order's outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    And... A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive this CD or digital download until this time.

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    • Bright Morning Star - Bella's Christmas Album (CD, 2012)
    • I Would Bring You The Moon - Bella's Christmas Single (CD, 2013)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 45 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Handwritten Lyric Sheet

    The lyrics of one song of your choice, handwritten by Bella (and signed). You can request a song from any previous album for delivery in the new year, or wait until the new album is released and request a song from that (Autumn 2017).

    Includes:
    • Handwritten Lyric Sheet
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £53 or more About $69

    Bundle3: Lyric Sheet + Bundle1!

    The lyrics of one song of your choice, handwritten by Bella (and signed). You can request a song from any previous album for delivery in the new year, or wait until the new album is released and request a song from that (Autumn 2017).

    And... A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the CD or digital download until this time.

    Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Handwritten Lyric Sheet
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 16 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £150 or more About $196

    Cover Song of you Choosing!

    Any song you'd love to hear Bella sing? She'll learn it, and record an acoustic version to video and email it to you!
    PLEASE NOTE: Song requests within reason please...

    Includes:
    • Cover Song of your Choosing (video)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge £168 or more About $219

    Bundle4: Cover Song & Bundle 1!

    Any song you'd love to hear Bella sing? She'll learn it, and record an acoustic version to video and email it to you!
    PLEASE NOTE: Song requests within reason please...

    And... A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the CD or digital download until this time.

    And... Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Cover Song of your Choosing (video)
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge £250 or more About $326

    Fiddle Tune of your Naming!

    Did you know that Bella's loves to write tunes on her fiddle in her spare time? On her recent stay in Nashville, she wrote a hornpipe for her host's dog (It's called Lazy Layla's). She'll write a tune for you if you like! Just send a tune name, and a preference of type if you have one (waltz, jig, reel, hornpipe...) and she'll write you a tune, and send it to you notated (by email and post, signed) and recorded as an mp3 download.

    Includes:
    • Fiddle Tune of your Naming!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge £268 or more About $349

    Bundle5: Fiddle Tune & Bundle1!

    Did you know that Bella's loves to write tunes on her fiddle in her spare time? On her recent stay in Nashville, she wrote a hornpipe for her host's dog (It's called Lazy Layla's). She'll write a tune for you if you like! Just send a tune name, and a preference of type if you have one (waltz, jig, reel, hornpipe...) and she'll write you a tune, and send it to you notated (by email and post, signed) and recorded as an mp3 download.

    And... A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the CD or digital download until this time.

    And... Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • Fiddle Tune of your Naming!
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge £300 or more About $391

    A Year in Postcards!

    Bella loves to write postcards to family and friends. And she'll send you one postcard a month for the whole of 2017! They'll be from Edale and Glasgow, and all the places she calls into in between.

    Includes:
    • A Year of Postcards from Bella
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge £318 or more About $415

    Bundle6: Postcards & Bundle1!

    Bella loves to write postcards to family and friends. And she'll send you one postcard a month for the whole of 2017! They'll be from Edale and Glasgow, and all the places she calls into in between.

    And... A copy of Bella's new album, signed by her own fair hand. AND a download of the album too.
    PLEASE NOTE: The album will not be released until Autumn 2017, and you will not receive the CD or digital download until this time.

    And... Thank You! And Merry Christmas! A personal Christmas card is in the post, and will be with you before the 25th! You'll also receive an mp3 of a new Bella Hardy song, acoustically recorded exclusively for Kickstarter funders. It will be a stripped back, unique version of a song featuring on the final album.
    PLEASE NOTE: Cards to people living outside of the UK are unlikely to arrive before December 25th, sorry.

    Includes:
    • A Year of Postcards from Bella
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge £750 or more About $978

    Bella's Top Supporters

    This is where you can make a huge difference. Become a Top Supporter, and really, really help Bella out! As a thank you, you'll receive:
    * A personal thank you letter for your support (and a Christmas Card).
    * A 'Bella Hardy Top Supporter' Badge
    * A named thank you within all new work (sleeve notes of the new CD and on any other new projects...), and a named thank you across all social media and Bella's website.
    *Free copies of everything Bella makes during the year (new music, poems, videos).
    *4 Free Tickets for you or companions to (headline) gigs during the year, with a meet and greet with Bella prior to the performance (festivals not included).
    *Free copies of any and ALL merchandise available with the release of the new album in Autumn 2017 (Vinyl if there is vinyl, t-shirts if there are t-shirts, tote bags... there'll be merch, I just don't know what yet!)

    You'll also receive a heap of the other pledges (listed below), and 3 x handwritten and signed lyric sheets of your choosing.

    Includes:
    • Top Supporter's Package (see listing for details)
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    • I Would Bring You The Moon - Bella's Christmas Single (CD, 2013)
    • Bright Morning Star - Bella's Christmas Album (CD, 2012)
    • Handwritten Lyric Sheet
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge £1,400 or more About $1,826

    The JUST SEND IT ALL Christmas Bumper

    Yep. ALL OF THE ABOVE! For yourself, or as a very big gift for someone, or a very big gift for the whole family! PLUS receive a one of a kind Christmas 'hello' video recorded especially for you or your family! AND you'll receive handwritten lyric sheet for the full new album when it's released next autumn! Become a Top Supporter, and also receive a postcard a month for a year, a fiddle tune you name yourself, a cover song of your choosing, a Christmas Card and Christmas CDs, the exclusive new song, and when next September comes around, a signed CD of the new album, and the album download. You'll need big and very musical stockings.

    As a Top Supporter, you'll really, really help Bella out! As a thank you, you'll receive:
    * A personal thank you letter for your support (and your Christmas Card).
    * A 'Bella Hardy Top Supporter' Badge
    * A named thank you within all new work (sleeve notes of the new CD and on any other new projects...), and a named thank you across all social media and Bella's website.
    *Free copies of everything Bella makes during the year (new music, poems, videos).
    *4 Free Tickets for you or companions to (headline) gigs during the year, with a meet and greet with Bella prior to the performance (festivals not included).
    *Free copies of any and ALL merchandise available with the release of the new album in Autumn 2017 (Vinyl if there is vinyl, t-shirts if there are t-shirts, tote bags... there'll be merch, I just don't know what yet!)

    Includes:
    • One of a kind, Christmas 'hello' video just for you!
    • Top Supporter's Package (see listing for details)
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    • New Album CD
    • A Year of Postcards from Bella
    • Fiddle Tune of your Naming!
    • Cover Song of your Choosing (video)
    • Bright Morning Star - Bella's Christmas Album (CD, 2012)
    • I Would Bring You The Moon - Bella's Christmas Single (CD, 2013)
    • Handwritten Lyric sheets for the full new album!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,608

    Private House Concert & Top Supporter

    Become a Top Supporter, AND hear all of the new songs first with a private house concert for you and your friends. Bella and one accompanist will come to your home, and perform a 2x45 minute show. She'll also include 5 songs of your choosing from her back catalogue.
    PLEASE NOTE: PRIVATE CONCERTS ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VENUES.
    This is where you can make a huge difference. Become a Top Supporter, and really, really help Bella out! As a thank you, you'll receive:
    * A personal thank you letter for your support (and a Christmas Card).
    * A 'Bella Hardy Top Supporter' Badge
    * A named thank you within all new work (sleeve notes of the new CD and on any other new projects...), and a named thank you across all social media and Bella's website.
    *Free copies of everything Bella makes during the year (new music, poems, videos).
    *4 Free Tickets for you or companions to (headline) gigs during the year, with a meet and greet with Bella prior to the performance (festivals not included).
    *Free copies of any and ALL merchandise available with the release of the new album in Autumn 2017 (Vinyl if there is vinyl, t-shirts if there are t-shirts, tote bags... there'll be merch, I just don't know what yet!)

    You'll also receive a heap of the other pledges (listed below), and 3 x handwritten and signed lyric sheets of your choosing.

    Includes:
    • Private House Concert! Bella and an accompanist.
    • Top Supporter's Package (see listing for details)
    • Bespoke Thank You Christmas Card from Bella
    • Exclusive Acoustic New Song Download
    • Handwritten Lyric Sheet
    • Bright Morning Star - Bella's Christmas Album (CD, 2012)
    • I Would Bring You The Moon - Bella's Christmas Single (CD, 2013)
    • SIGNED New Album CD
    • New Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United Kingdom
    Limited 2 backers
    £
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (29 days)