In 2003, Broadway Inspirational Voices released our first holiday CD; Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas. A few months later, it received a Grammy nomination!
Now, BIV is ready to complete the highly anticipated follow up. Great Joy II: Around the World features holiday songs from around the globe, celebrating diverse holiday traditions.
Thanks to all who’ve already supported our follow up album. Because of your generous support, we were able to go into the studio and record all the songs with our award-winning band, choir and soloists. It was an incredible experience —and we know you’ll love the recordings! We’re so grateful because we could never have achieved this without your support.
Now, it’s time for Phase II.
BIV recorded part of the album in Fall 2014, and the new album release is scheduled for Fall 2016. We’re humbly asking for assistance to complete the project.
The money we raise will fund the CD completion. These much need resources include orchestra recording sessions, mixing and mastering the final tracks, album artwork, printing and packaging CDs, legal fees and more.
Once Great Joy II: Around the World is finished, all of the sales profits will go directly to our Outreach Programs. BIV wants to continue bringing the gift of music to children in schools and underserved communities.
To our amazing, loyal fans who’ve already supported us, we hope you’re able to donate again. For those who are new to BIV, here’s your chance to make something magical happen!
Please support Phase II of our campaign. Help bring Great Joy II: Around the World home.
BIV’s album project culminates in the creation of our second holiday CD. This new album promises an exciting assortment of carols and holiday tunes from countries including France, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and Germany.
In addition to these new gospel arrangements, Great Joy II includes original music by Grammy Award nominees, Michael McElroy and Joseph Joubert. ￼
They’re all being sung by more than fifty of Broadway’s best singers, accompanied by a first class orchestra, and the always brilliant BIV band.
Your participation will make this CD a reality.
"The top pick this year is 'GREAT JOY - A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS'... The group's sound is thrilling and McElroy's taste in material is superb." - David Hurst, Show Business Weekly
BIV is producing this entire album, from start to finish. With today’s technology, there are many ways to limit costs. However, there are still numerable expenses involved to make a first rate recording. That’s why we’re here.
The funds raised from Phase I of our Kickstarter went directly towards recording the choir, band, musicians, studio rentals and professional engineers.
Now, Phase II of our Kickstarter will help pay for orchestral recording sessions, mixing and mastering the final tracks, album artwork, printing and packaging CDs, legal fees and more.
Your partnership supports this entire process and allows us to produce the award-winning quality of music that you’ve come to expect from BIV.
WHERE YOU COME IN...
By taking a few moments to contribute and spread the word, you’re helping to bring our new BIV music to life.
Every contribution is sincerely appreciated and important. We’ve listed several new, fun and unique incentives on the right side of this page as our way of saying thank you.
Not only will you receive some extraordinary rewards (including unique gifts from BIV members and their friends), you’ll also become an integral part of the entire process. Together, we can make this happen.
By being a part of the creation of Great Joy II, you can proudly say, “I helped BIV make a CD!”
We’re grateful for you, and your part in helping BIV create music that celebrates life! Album updates will be posted here, and on all of our social media channels—so stay tuned for more information. You never know when we might add a new reward!
Risks and challenges
Recording a full album requires organization, scheduling and time commitment. BIV knows the difficulty of recording and releasing an album, and is fully prepared.
BIV is helmed by Founder and Director, Michael McElroy. Michael is a Drama Desk, TONY and Grammy Award nominee. He’s an accomplished Broadway performer and songwriter, as well as a full-time professor at N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts.
Michael’s co-writer/arranger is Grammy Award nominee, Joseph Joubert. Joseph has orchestrated Broadway’s Violet, Caroline or Change, The Color Purple and many more.
BIV's vocalist are all amazingly performers who volunteer their time, lending their gifts to BIV performances and outreach programs.
Funding on Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING. This means, in order for us to receive the money you pledge, we must meet or exceed our goal within our specified period. If not, we won’t receive any of your contributions.
However, a project can be over funded. If we exceed our target amount, all of your incredible donations will go towards our album project, Great Joy II:
Around the World. You’ll become a member of the BIV family and help us truly share the great joy of music around the world!