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West End and international cabaret artist Gary Williams seeks investors for star-studded big band Christmas Album.
Follow our progress as we  record the new Christmas CD Big Band Wonderland with Clare Teal, Michael Feinstein and special guests.
Follow our progress as we  record the new Christmas CD Big Band Wonderland with Clare Teal, Michael Feinstein and special guests.
86 backers pledged £17,859 to help bring this project to life.

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“Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive” The Times

Ten years ago I dreamed of recording a world-class Christmas album with refreshing new versions of the best loved holiday classics. This year, with your help, that dream can finally become a reality.

Big Band Wonderland promises exciting new versions of the world's best loved Christmas classics like Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride and Let It Snow. 

I'm thrilled to welcome two world-class singers as my special guests - New York cabaret star Michael Feinstein and Radio 2's Clare Teal. As well as two of my favourite singers in the world they're acknowledged as two of the best. I couldn't hope to sing duets with anyone better.

The best in the business

I'm lucky enough to have some of the best in the business helping me make this album. The producer, Chris Traves has worked with Natalie Cole, Sacha Distell, Shirley Bassey and Alison Moyet. His musical theatre credits include Crazy For You, Shrek, Oklahoma and On The Town.

The arrangers include Paul Campbell (Marti Pellow, Russell Watson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Callumn Au (Ronnie Scott's Big Band, Katie Melua), Andrew Cottee (Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Bryn Terfel, Kevin Spacey, San Francisco Symphony) and Phil Steel (Syd Lawrence Orchestra).

This album has the potential to become a christmas classic, played for years to come. This is your chance to make it possible and be a part of that legacy.

This is going to be an incredible album but the challenge is finding the money we need to get it finished. I've put in £10,000 of my own money but need more and that's why I've decided to ask for your help. The UK's brightest arrangers have been busy working their magic, the musicians are ready and the studio's booked but unless I can raise the remaining £15,000 by the end of March it's not going to happen. It really is make or break time. That's where you come in!

“The jolliest sleigh ride in town.” London Evening Standard

Fancy singing on the album? A professional photo shoot? A luxury London hotel/show package? Going backstage with the Hallé Orchestra?

Your generosity will be rewarded. For as little £20 we've got some fantastic rewards on offer. Check out the list on the right and you'll find cool goodies like advanced signed copies of the album, a luxury Christmas hotel and show package, a chance sit in on the recording sessions, VIP concert packages and even the opportunity to sing on the album yourself!

Make a pledge of £400 and your generosity will be immortalised with a special credit in the album sleeve notes.

See what you fancy and please make your pledge today

As a performer, I travel all over the world and by making a pledge you'll have the satisfaction of knowing this album will be heard internationally in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Japan.

Thank you so much for getting involved in this special project. I hope you can join me and be a part of creating something special - not only for this Christmas but for many more to come!

Click on the GREEN button now to make your pledge.

Risks and challenges

As an independent recording, the challenge is raising the money to complete this incredible album. I've invested £10,000 of my own money but need an additional £15,000 to make this dream a reality.

We need to get everything recorded as early as possible and on budget. That's why I've planned everything so carefully. Making last minute changes can be expensive so we need to get it right first time. With 14 other albums under my belt and a great team around me I'm confident we'll avoid any dramas.

So far we're in good shape. I was in the recording studio a few weeks ago to lay down some guide vocals and check the arrangements we have so far. This was my chance to check everything was in the right key and sign-off the tempos. We did correct a couple of things so now it's just a matter of getting the band in the studio to record the tracks. I'll then do the vocals and once we're happy it will be mastered and ready to press. During this process we'll be choosing designs for the album cover and planning the launch.

I'll be sharing every step with you so you can see the highs and lows of making an album!

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    An advanced signed copy of the album. Enjoy Big Band Wonderland weeks before anyone else!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    An advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland PLUS a signed copy of Gary's acclaimed book Cabaret Secrets.

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    Pledge £95 or more About $124

    Celebrate with Gary. Enjoy an invitation for two people to attend the album launch party in London.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - a signed copy of his acclaimed album The Best of Abbey Road.

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 196

    VIP ticket package for Sinatra Jukebox.

    Enjoy two tickets to see Gary and Harry The Piano in Sinatra Jukebox at London's Crazy Coqs on 5th-9th May.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - an invitation to the album launch party.

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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 261

    VIP ticket package for the Halle Orchestra.

    Enjoy two VIP tickets to see Gary in Happy Birthday Mr Sinatra with the Halle Orchestra. It's at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 11th July. You'll meet conductor Roderick Dunk and sit in on the rehearsal with the full orchestra to see how the magic happens. After enjoying the concert with a signed programme you'll be escorted backstage to meet Gary and enjoy exclusive hospitality.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - an invitation to the launch party.

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 327

    Luxury Spring hotel and show package.

    Enjoy a night at London's exclusive SLOANE CLUB in Chelsea and two tickets to see Gary in Sinatra Jukebox 5-9th May at London's Crazy Coqs.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - an invitation to the album launch party.

    Visit www.sloaneclub.co.uk for more about this exclusive and wonderful London club.

    Hotel room is subject to availability.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $327

    Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with a VIP ticket package for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Enjoy two VIP tickets to see Gary in Happy Birthday Mr Sinatra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. It's at Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on New Years's Eve, 31st December 2015. You'll meet conductor Roderick Dunk and sit in on the rehearsal with the full orchestra to see how the magic happens. After enjoying the concert with a signed programme you'll be escorted backstage to meet Gary and enjoy exclusive hospitality.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - an invitation to the album launch party.

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    Pledge £400 or more About US$ 523

    Your name immortalised in the album sleeve notes as a VIP donor.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the album launch party,

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 654

    Five star luxury summer hotel and show package.

    Enjoy a night at London's exclusive 5 star BEAUMONT HOTEL hotel in Mayfair and two tickets to see Gary in Sinatra Jukebox at London's Crazy Coqs 5th-9th May.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of Big Band Wonderland,
    - an invitation to the album launch party.

    Visit www.thebeaumont.com for more about this very special London hotel.

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    Pledge £600 or more About US$ 784

    Come visit the studio!

    Sit back and watch the magic happen as we record Big Band Wonderland.

    You'll also receive:

    - your name in the album sleeve notes as a VIP donor,
    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the album launch party.

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,046

    A song recorded just for you.

    For this special reward Gary will go into the studio and record a song, of your choice, especially and exclusively for you.*

    It's a great a gift idea for a special person in your life. Have Gary record "your" song, the first dance for your wedding perhaps?

    He'll even record a special dedication message for you or your loved one.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the launch party,

    * It's probably a good idea to choose a big band style song (think Michael Bublé or Frank Sinatra). Gary's not so strong on rap and he does neither hip nor hop.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,307

    Sing on the album!

    A once in a lifetime chance for you or a friend to join Gary on the album as part of his professional choir. A great chance for anyone who loves to sing to be a part of a professional recording project alongside Gary, Michael Feinstein and Clare Teal!

    You'll also receive:

    - a professional credit in the sleeve notes as backing vocalist,
    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the launch party (of course),
    - two tickets to see Gary and Harry the Piano in Sinatra Jukebox at London's Crazy Coqs 5th-9th May.

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    Pledge £1,150 or more About $1,503

    Singers package! Sing on the album plus professional London photoshoot and one-on-one performing masterclass from Gary.

    What you receive:

    - A once in a lifetime chance for you or a friend to join Gary on the album as part of his professional choir. The studio is near Kings Cross in London and the recording date is set for June 6th.
    - a professional credit in the sleeve notes as backing vocalist,
    - a professional photo shoot in London with Gary's photographers Josh Brandao and Nicolai Korum www.joshbrandao.com,
    - a signed copy of Gary's book, Cabaret Secrets,
    - a two-hour, one-to-one performers masterclass with Gary,
    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the launch party (of course).

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    Pledge £3,000 or more About $3,922

    A private concert for you and your friends.

    This special reward is a private intimate concert with Gary and his pianist in a venue of your choice*.

    Gary performed at Buckingham Palace, Sinatra's home and the Royal Albert Hall to 1000s. With this Reward you can enjoy Gary singing just for you and your friends. It's a great way to celebrate a special occasion with a tailor made program of songs just for you.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the launch party,
    - two tickets to see Gary in A Swingin' Christmas at London's Crazy Coqs 15th-19th December.

    * If it's outside London UK, you'll will be responsible for additional travel expenses.

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    Pledge £4,500 or more About $5,882

    A private concert with Gary and his band for you and your friends.

    Our top reward is a private intimate concert with Gary and his quartet (piano, bass, drums and sax) in a venue of your choice*.

    With this Reward you can enjoy you can enjoy Gary and his band singing just for you and your friends. It's a great way to celebrate a special occasion with a tailor made program of songs just for you.

    You'll also receive:

    - an advanced signed copy of the album,
    - an invitation to the launch party,
    - two tickets to see Gary in A Swingin' Christmas at London's Crazy Coqs 15th-19th December.

    * If it's outside London UK, you'll will be responsible for additional travel expenses.

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