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My first Christmas album combining original songs and covers of several of my Christmas favourites.
244 backers pledged CA$ 26,490 to help bring this project to life.

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Every year people ask when I’m going to release a Christmas Album. My response has been, “I love Christmas music . . . perhaps one day I’ll get to enter that special company of artists who have recorded a Christmas album.” I know what I was waiting for. I was waiting until I had something to say. I feel like that time has finally come. I have original songs that sound like me, sound like Christmas and they say what I want to say. I also have some favourites carols that I’m longing to cover. 

My Christmas album blends themes of joy, peace and even a hint of sadness. My mother passed away in November five years ago and going through that first Christmas without her was very difficult. Out of that experience I wrote ‘Saddest Season.’ The album also includes a new version of my well known song 'Hope of the Nations' with special Christmas lyrics as well as songs of joy and worship at the heart of the Christmas story. 

One of our traditions when our children were younger was listening to 3 Christmas songs each December evening before bedtime. (This was long before streaming services with playlists so I had to physically change the album for each song.) Amy Grant’s ‘Home for Christmas’ album from the early 90’s was a staple in our home (isn't ‘Breath of Heaven’ amazing?) and we all celebrated the joy of this festive season with her version of ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ which got our girls doing just that! Perhaps some of you have similar traditions . . . Christmas music helps bring our families together. 

My Christmas album will feature 8 original songs and 4 of my Christmas favourites. It’s being produced by Philip Janz, producer of my JUNO award winning album HOLY GOD and my best-selling album TODAY. I’m joined by good friends Brian Thiessen on guitars, Matt Weeks on bass and Flugel horn, plus the amazing Calvin Dyck on violin (I love the sound of real violins mixed in with a full modern band!) The song arrangements and production direction are similar to my recent album ‘Grateful’ as well as my earlier album ‘Today’; a solid band, some soaring violin parts and some beautiful female vocals and various special guests. The album will be relaxing and meaningful.

Each song costs approx. $2,500 CDN to record. This covers preproduction (creating the arrangements, writing the music for the violin section), studio time, engineering, producing, mixing, session fees for the musicians and singers and final mastering. Producing the audio master for a 12 song album and then adding the costs of photography, design and manufacturing the first units means the total project will cost between $35,000 - $40,000 (with marketing costs on top). As I don’t have a record label funding this project you have an opportunity to be my partner. 

Here’s what you can do:

1. Pledge to pre-purchase the physical or digital album and get the first 2 already recorded songs now as a digital download and get an early Christmas present in 2019 when it arrives on your doorstep in the lead up to next Christmas. This is something that virtually everyone can do, because we all can afford to spend a few dollars on music that we value. 

2.Become a patron. Art has always been supported by patrons; people who value artistic expression enough to fund its creation. We're living in a time where friends and patrons literally make the difference between albums getting made or not, partly because the streaming model does not generate enough income to pay for a professional recording budget. There are various levels of patronage open to you, including opportunities for you to connect with me personally. 

Thank you in advance for joining me on this journey to the heart of Christmas. I can hardly wait to share the finished album with you!

With love and anticipation,

Brian Doerksen

Risks and challenges

This will be my my 8th full length solo album, the most recent one being Grateful which was released 1 year ago. Grateful was completely self funded and met all our own timeline deadlines. You can be confident that I'm determined to see this vision through and as I've given myself a full year to record this Christmas album, I know I'll beat the deadlines we have set.

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    Christmas Single

    Get a custom curated 3 song digital 'Single' from the Christmas album

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    Christmas EP

    Get a custom curated digital EP with 6 songs from my Christmas album.

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    Chord Charts for full album

    Get the complete set of Brian's chord charts for all the songs on the album (sent via email in PDF format)

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    Brian's CHAI Recipe

    Brian loves his daily ritual of making CHAI from scratch. Become a patron and get his CHAI recipe and an instructional video of how to make his Chai. (Includes the digital download version of the album.)

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    5 Pack Autographed CDs

    There's no Christmas gift like music for the music lovers on your list. Do some of your Christmas 2019 shopping early with this 5 pack of CDs. (Note - shipped to a single address.)

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    10 pack autographed CDs

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    CHAI with Brian

    Come over for a visit. Brian will make you his CHAI from scratch and you can sit and sip Chai and swap stories by yourself or with up to 4 people. (You are responsible to get yourself to Brian's place in Abbotsford, B.C. - Chai time with Brian could happen anytime in 2019.)

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    SKYPE / Phone Call

    If you can't swing by for CHAI with Brian because of geography, you can make your own cup, set up an appointment anytime in 2019 and have a personal visit with Brian via the wonders of the internet. Swapping stories still included!

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    Songwriting Consultation

    Brian's other passion and skill set is helping other songwriters discover and hone their mother-tongue in songwriting. Book a 60 minute slot via SKYPE (or in person) and play Brian 2 or 3 of your songs. Brian will coach you on how to improve those songs. Anytime in 2019.

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    Listening Party Invitation

    Receive a personal invitation for you plus one to join Brian and his musicians, friends and family listen to the unveiling of the album for the very first time. (Travel to Abbotsford B.C. not included) Final date to be determined.

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    Vinyl (Autographed)

    Vinyl is amazing. It's physical, tangible and sounds so good. But it's very, very expensive. To get into the game with an entry level run of 500 units costs about $5,000. If you are passionate about vinyl like I am, help me underwrite the cost of the first run. If a few of you could do this, I'd have vinyl available for years. (I decided to make this a patron level pledge because if I pre-sold vinyl for say $30 - $40 and only a few people chose it, I'd be obligated to spend the $5,000)

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    House Concert

    Brian and 2 other musicians will come to your home and put on a private house concert anytime in 2019 within a 90 minute radius from Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver BC, Canada region (unless you want to pay for extra travel costs) This doesn't need to be a 'Christmas Concert' but it could be. You get to choose.

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    Sponsor a song

    Sponsor the cost of recording one of the songs on the album. Have your name printed in the liner notes thanking you for your patronage and have a specific song dedicated to you.

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