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Singer/artist/author Bryan Duncan answers your questions and shares his spiritual and creative journey, his music and his books.

  (Click the "Bryan Duncan: Conversations" graphic above to play the video)

I am a conversationalist. Sure, I am an author, singer, songwriter and recording artist (13 solo albums - one more on the way, six with Sweet Comfort Band and three with the NehoSoul Band). But conversations are at the core of everything I do.

I've been recording and performing for years in part because I spend a lot of time talking with my audience. My two latest books -- Spoke To God. He Said... and  Dear God...Really? -- are based on conversations with God.

This Kickstarter project is about having conversations in new ways (click the graphic above to watch the video about it). I'll be sitting down in studio for some video conversations with award-wining producer Christopher Redner

Ready, as I call him, has been a friend for decades -- I met him when he was still a teen and he's been involved in a lot of projects with me -- a trip to Peru, the Slow Revival Tour, my Blue Skies album, the Big Voice Tour, my last Kickstarter campaign, my concerts on Stageit and more. Ready will be getting an assist on this project from YOU. Check out the That's Me On TV reward over there --> to see how you can ask questions and even appear in the video. My answers to your questions and Ready's will be the core content for the Conversations DVD.

I'm also hoping to bring the conversation to your town. Check out the Host "Conversations With Bryan Duncan" In Your Town reward over there --> (this reward is ideal for local businesses, charities, churches or other groups hoping to generate publicity) for details on how I can come to your city to answer questions, talk about what you're doing and autograph copies of my books and latest music album. If you know people at good charities doing great work that could use promotional help, please share this article with them.

Speaking of my latest album -- I hope to release it early this summer. I’m loving sharing the writing and recording process with Kickstarter backers. I'm doing several online concerts for Kickstarter backers where I sing and talk about new songs that I'm considering for the album.

Many people who missed my first campaign have asked if you can still be a part of the album project. You bet! I’d love to have you involved. Check out how in the rewards -->. 

I'm excited about the new songs and can't wait to record and release them. By backing this project you'll help me produce the best music possible and ensure that more people get to hear it. Plus you'll receive behind-the-scenes access as I do that. See details below on some special concerts I'll be doing for Kickstarter backers.

You may already know I'm a social media enthusiast. I love the interaction with you on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeStageit, ReverbNation and here on Kickstarter. If we can surpass the goal for this project I'll use some of the funds to find other ways to connect with you - like a mobile app. The app would allow you to listen to my music, watch videos, get ideas and inspiration for your conversations with God, etc.

So, please join the conversation. It’s just won’t be the same without you.

Gratefully,

Bryan Duncan

You can be a HUGE help by sharing this page and other related stories with your friends and family on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. There are some links right under the video above that make it easy. The more people we reach before the deadline the better chance we have of making some good music together. So start sharing today!

Here's an example of what I share in the Sneak Peak. This is an unfinished version of the song, ICU, that I'm working on for the new Conversations album.  We recorded this at one of my online concerts - this is how they look and sound. I'll be doing some more concerts for Kickstarter backers, where I sing and discuss new songs I'm considering for the album.

Here are Christopher Redner's behind-the-scenes reports from the Slow Revival tour for ZMusic.

Christopher Redner and Ray Ware produced the Big Voice Tour. Here's Joy Is A Singable Thing performed on that tour. You can also read my reflections on Anointed, Crystal Lewis and Israel Houghton.

I've been writing songs with Phil Keaggy - what a talent he is. Here's Phil and I working out a song live on stage.

I'll be offering some special concerts for Kickstarter backers on Stageit. Check out myStageit concert schedule.

I’m planning to record "No Words," a song that's been around for several years but never officially finished and recorded. It has been an ice breaker for concerts in front of people unfamiliar with me.I’ve performed it with a humorous approach but the more I sing it the more I see the sophistication of the chord structure. My local band leader, Kelly Cowan, suggested I slow the progression down to hear it. The song is taking on a very sincere tone in offering to God thanks for his graciousness! 

I've been working with John Schreiner to remix and embellish my basic version that has keyboard, drum loop and vocals. He will make a real finished production out of it. John is a spectacular arranger and producer with perfect pitch too.He’s written several songs with me including "Strollin' on The Water."

Here's a clip of my describing my new book.

FAQ

  • Absolutely! I’ve had such great experiences with my international audience and I want you involved. Plus, the guy who helped me put this campaign together is a Canadian and he’s helped me figure out how to make it easier for you be a part.

    You can choose any of the perks that are delivered by e-mail (The Sneak Peak, I Heard It First, etc.) without any extra cost.

    There are some extra shipping costs, compared to mailing the same items to an address in the United States, if you choose a pledge that is rewarded by mailing you something -- CDs, shirts, etc. So, you can simply add a bit to your pledge to cover those costs. I’ll trust you to be fair when estimating that amount.

    If you choose a reward package that involves travel you’ll be responsible for the travel costs.

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  • In a word - nothing.

    Kickstarter uses an all or nothing model. So, if we don't reach the goal the project isn't funded. Nobody who pledged support will be asked to provide it. None of the fun rewards will be produced or shipped. It will be as if we stepped back in time only we won't look any younger. In fact, I'll probably have more stress lines.

    What do you need for concert rewards? It's pretty basic: You provide a sound system suitable for the size of audience and venue, along with a keyboard, an acoustic/electric guitar and two direct in boxes/connections.

    My accommodation needs are simple too: One hotel room (two for Christmas concerts), meals and transportation to/from the airport.

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  • You'll provide travel to your town or cover the costs for it. We'll try to route travel to Conversations in several cities together to save costs. The most you would pay for travel is one round-trip airfare from Orange County, CA (SNA). I'll also need food and accommodation (one hotel room, two meals) for the day. I'll provide you with $400 (retail) of books and CDs to sell at the event. You can use the sales to offset your event costs or give the proceeds to a charity. If your event will be large enough to need a sound system you will need to provide it. If you want me to sing a couple songs from the new album (optional) before having a conversation with the audience at your event you will need to provide a suitable keyboard, reverb for vocals and two direct in (DI) connections to the sound system. If I'm able to set up a full concert while I'm in your area you'll receive guest passes to it. Feel free to use the "send a message" link on this page to ask any questions you have about this reward.

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  • We'll send you guidelines for capturing your question on video. Once you've got your video done to meet our guidelines you send it to our producer for use in video.

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  • It's pretty basic: You provide a sound system suitable for the size of audience and venue, along with a keyboard, an acoustic/electric guitar and two direct in boxes/connections.

    My accommodation needs are simple too: One hotel room (two for Christmas concerts), meals and transportation to/from the airport.

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  • At minimum we'll describe and acknowledge your charity as a backer on the Conversations video and include your contact information. We'll also provide you with guidelines for including a short video about your work. If you've got a video that meets the guidelines you send it to our producer for use on the Conversations DVD.

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  • I’ll be communicating with you through Kickstarter during the project and once it is funded. If I can deliver your rewards earlier than estimated cost-effectively, I will. Some perks, especially those that involve travel, may need a bit more time to schedule but we’ll work that out together.

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  • You can use the "send message" link near the top of the page. It's above the project graphic - above the "COMMENTS" tab.

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    Dancin' or Christmas Download: I'll email you the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas as a digital download. Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek.

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    I Heard It First - New Music Album: I'll email you my entire new music album as a digital download to enjoy before it's available in stores. You'll also get bonus audio, including me talking about the songs and album. Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek.

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    Dear God...Really?: I'll mail you an autographed copy of my book Dear God...Really? If you’re like most of us, your personal prayers sound much less “spiritual” than what you say in church. I share unedited steps from my personal prayer journey. Poignant, sarcastic, and grit-and-grime real, my prayers reflect sentiments felt by each of us (“Dear God… I need you to kill someone.”). I tackle some of the most weighty theological issues of our day, including, “Dear God… do you believe in atheists?” and “Dear God… you fish?” Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and groan. Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost).

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    Spoke To God. He Said...: I'll mail you an autographed copy of my new book "Spoke To God. He Said..." It’s Oswald Chambers meets Gary Larsen’s Far Side! Done in calandar date fashion, it’s a “Five second Devotional" mostly of humorous comments attached to God’s perspective. Here’s the first devotional that won’t feel like homework, designed to keep your mind stayed on God’s purposes for your life. Think of it as God’s fortune cookies! Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost).

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    Bright Shiny Circle - New Album: I'll send you an autographed CD of my new album to enjoy before it's available in stores. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost). Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek and I Heard It First.

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    Literary Award: I'll mail you autographed copies of my books Dear God...Really and Spoke To God. He Said... Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost).

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    Sights, Sounds and NehoSoul: You'll receive a downloadable copy of the Conversations video before it is available elsewhere. I'll also email you my entire new music album to enjoy before it's available in stores and your choice of the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas album as digital downloads. You'll also get bonus audio, including me talking about the songs and album. Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek.

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    Sights, Sounds & Shiny Things: You'll receive a DVD copy of the Conversations video with a note of thanks. Plus You Get: The Sneak Peek, I Heard It First and Sights and Sounds. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost).

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    Take The Shirt Off My Back: I'll send you an exclusive shirt only available to supporters of this project and a handwritten note of thanks. Plus You Get: the Conversations DVD, downloadable versions of the video and the new music album and The Sneak Peek.

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    Your Name In Lights: Your name will appear in the credits of the Conversations DVD and in other backer tributes (Facebook, etc.) and you'll receive a personal note of thanks. You'll also get The Sneak Peek, the exclusive shirt, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video and the new music album.

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    That's Me On TV: You ask the question and I answer it. Our producer will help you submit your question and we'll use your question and my answer in the Conversations video. Read the That's Me On TV FAQ for details on how you can appear on the video asking your question. You'll also get The Sneak Peek, the exclusive shirt, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video and the new music album and your choice of the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas.

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    Credit Where Credit Is Due: Your name will appear in the credits of the CD packaging for the new album and on a special Facebook tribute to supporters. I will personally hand-write and autograph the lyrics to one of your favorite songs. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost). You'll also get The Sneak Peek, the exclusive shirt, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video, the new music album and your choice of the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas.

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    Host "Conversations With Bryan Duncan" In Your Town: You will host a "Conversations With Bryan Duncan" public event in your town which I'll promote through the web, social media, etc. This reward is ideal for local businesses, charities, churches or other groups hoping to generate publicity. I'll answer questions from the audience and autograph copies of my books and latest CD. I'll provide you with $400 (retail) of books and CDs to sell at the event. You can use the sales to offset your event costs or give the proceeds to a charity. Limit one event per market. Send a message if you want to do more than one within a 60-mile radius and I'll build a custom reward for you. Read the Conversations With Bryan Duncan FAQ for technical and travel requirements. You'll also get The Sneak Peak, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video, the new music album and your choice of a download of the the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas album.

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    Conversations Event + Your Name In Lights: You'll get the backer rewards from Your Name In Lights (Your name will appear in the credits of the Conversations DVD and in other backer tributes) and Host "Conversations With Bryan Duncan" In Your Town. Limit one event per market. Send a message if you want to do more than one within a 60-mile radius and I'll build a custom reward for you. You'll also get the Sneak Peek, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video, the new music album and your choice of a download of the the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas album. Read the Conversations With Bryan Duncan FAQ for technical and travel requirements.

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    Conversations Event + That's Me On TV: You'll get the backer rewards from That's Me On TV (You ask the question and I answer it. Our producer will help you submit your question and we'll use your question and my answer in the Conversations video) and Host "Conversations With Bryan Duncan" In Your Town. Limit one event per market. Send a message if you want to do more than one within a 60-mile radius and I'll build a custom reward for you. You'll also get the Sneak Peek, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video and the new music album and your choice of a download of the the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas album. Read the Conversations With Bryan Duncan FAQ for technical and travel requirements.

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    Featured Charity Backer: Your charity or non-profit will be acknowledged as a backer on the Conversations video, which will include information about your charity. Read the Featured Charity Backer FAQ for technical requirements.

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    Video Executive Producer: You will be listed as an executive producer on the Conversations video. You will help select questions for the video and will be invited to the final taping and have lunch or dinner with me. (You will cover travel costs for your trip). We'll have photographer to shoot photos and a video of your time with me at the taping. You'll also get The Sneek Peak, the exclusive shirt, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video and the new music album and your choice of the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas.

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    Phone App Executive Producer: You will be listed as an executive producer on the Bryan Duncan phone app (I hope to offer it for iPhone and Android). You will help select content for the app release and, if you wish, be included in the promotion for the app. You'll also get The Sneek Peak, the exclusive shirt, the Conversations DVD and downloadable versions of the video and the new music album and your choice of the Still Dancin' album or A NehoSoul Christmas.

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    Concert In Your Home: I will do a full concert in your home for you and your guests and hang around to visit afterwards. I’ll also send ALL your guests a FREE download of the new album. Please allow time for scheduling. If you live more than three hours from Los Angeles we'll need to schedule this when I'm already in a city reasonably near you or you can cover travel (to/from SNA preferred) and one hotel room. Please see the Performance FAQ for my minimal equipment and accommodation needs. Plus You Get: Your Name In Lights, Take The Shirt Off My Back, Two Bright Shiny Circles, I Heard It First and The Sneek Peak. Note to International backers - you will need to cover travel costs.

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    Share The Publicity: By becoming a Share The Publicity backer you will be making it possible for me to have a publicist for the Conversations DVD, the Conversations With Bryan Duncan tour and for my new album. But I'll also share that publicist with you. We -- the publicist, the Conversations producer and I -- will work with you to publicize what you are doing through media events and national press releases for several months. We'll work hard to help you get more publicity than you would on your own. This is an ideal reward for an artist, charity, ministry or business. Plus You Get: Your Name In Lights, Take The Shirt Off My Back, Bright Shiny Circles, I Heard It First and The Sneak Peek.

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    Special Concert: I will do a full concert at your church or other suitable location. You'll join me on stage for an introduction or even join me on a song. You and 10 of your friends will receive backstage passes to hang out with me before the concert. This reward includes my travel. Additional travel costs will apply only if you do not live within 90 minutes of a major U.S. airport. Please see the Performance FAQ for my minimal equipment needs. Please allow time for scheduling - not available between Thanksgiving and Christmas. See the Joy to the World Christmas Concert below to schedule a Christmas concert. Plus You Get: Your Name In Lights, Take The Shirt Off My Back, Bright Shiny Circle, I Heard It First and The Sneak Peek. Note to International backers - you will need to cover travel costs.

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    Joy To The World Christmas Concert: This is a great option for a churches and people who want to have a greater impact on their communities and around the world (read more about this event at http://christianmusic.org/joytotheworld.html). We will help you plan a promotional and social media campaign to increase the impact of your event. I will do a full Christmas concert at your church or other suitable location. You'll join me on stage. You and other vocalists from your community can join me on several songs. You and 10 of your friends will receive backstage passes to hang out with me before the concert. This reward includes my travel and the promotional support listed at http://christianmusic.org/joytotheworld.html. Additional travel costs will apply only if you do not live within 90 minutes of a major U.S. airport. Please see the Performance FAQ for my minimal equipment needs. Please allow time for scheduling - only available between Thanksgiving and Christmas. See the Joy to the World Christmas Concert below to schedule a Christmas concert. Plus You Get: Your Name In Lights, Take The Shirt Off My Back, Bright Shiny Circle, I Heard It First and The Sneak Peek. This reward is available only in the United States.

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    Record Together: I will sing a duet with you or backing vocals on a song your album (my vocals recorded in the Los Angeles area and transferred digitally). I will offer feedback on least six of your songs. I will share my songwriting, performing and recording experience and advice by phone or videoconference. You'll also be invited to join me for a day when I'm recording my album. (You'll cover travel and accommodation). Please allow time for scheduling. Plus You Get: Credit Where Credit Is Due, Take The Shirt Off My Back, Bright Shiny Circle, I Heard It First and The Sneak Peek.

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    New Music Album Executive Producer: You will be listed as an executive producer on my new album. You will be my guest for some of the recording process. We'll have photographer to shoot photos and a video of your time with me in studio. You’ll received a special framed commemoration of the recording with photos, handwritten notes, the CD, etc (think of a framed platinum album, only cooler). You will cover travel costs for your trip. I'll also send you 10 copies of the new album signed by me before it's available in stores. (International backers see the FAQ for additional shipping cost). Plus You Get: Credit Where Credit Is Due, Take The Shirt Off My Back, I Heard It First and The Sneak Peek.

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