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Launch "America Religious," the new album by Caroline Rose and Jer Coons. Be a part of the journey and get them on the road!
178 backers pledged $10,115 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 11/11/12 - THANK YOU!!! We've surpassed our goal with flying colors, and couldn't be more grateful.  Your support is so incredible.  For more info on what we'll be up to next, check out www.carolinerosemusic.com

-C&J

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Hey all,

Caroline and Jer here! We'd just like to say thank you for checking out our Kickstarter. It means a lot to us you're taking some time to find out what we've been working on and where we hope to go next!

"America Religious" is our third studio record and a collection of songs we'd like to put out as our official debut. It's taken us two albums to truly find our sound and we must say, we're quite pleased with the direction they've taken us and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 

As you know, without the backing of a major record label, musicians essentially become their own advocates, either funding their work out-of-pocket or finding clever ways to raise the money without having to sacrifice or dilute a creative vision. With our Kickstarter campaign we have devised a budget that allows us to do all the things a record label would normally pay for, but on a much more reasonable scale.

Our Budget: $8,000 (click HERE for a detailed description)

  • $2,000 - Mixing/Mastering
  • $2,500 - CD/Vinyl Duplication
  • $2,000 - PR Campaign
  • $1,500 - Tour Support

If we reach our goal together, we can fulfill our promise to give these songs the life they deserve…and it all starts with YOU! Let's hit the road!!

* * * IF we do NOT meet our goal, the project will not be funded (your credit card will NOT be charged) and no packages will be sent out… So let's do this!!

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:  

  • Check out our exclusive Pledge Packages & pick your favorite!Take a look at our chart below for a visual of each package.
  • HELP US SPREAD THE WORD through Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, Texts, Email, Smoke Signals...Your  shout-outs are supremely helpful in making this all possible!

IF we exceed our goal, the funds will be split three ways between additional tour support (the more we have of this, the greater the likelihood we will play your city!), a longer/more involved PR campaign (so even more people can hear these songs) and a music video fund (so there can be a visual piece of art to go along with a song from this record).  The more you help us raise, the further along we get!

What others are saying:

"...This is the way songs are supposed to be written. Delicate, beautiful, and full of heart.  The world needs more of what she is putting into it."                   -Jesse Ruben

"She has talent... No doubt about it. Cleverly funny, too… Both she and her bud who played mando!"                                                                              -Claire Lynch

"Listened and loved… You have a gorgeous voice and are writing some stunning songs… Go get em - You sound great!!!"                                         -Rachael Yamagata

"…Love the songs and Caroline's arresting poetry and voice.  She is really good--and makes my sad song list so much happier/sadder."                          -Diane Sawyer

Risks and challenges

The obvious risk is not reaching our goal, which would mean that we would hold off on pressing the record and touring to promote it. If we do not reach $8,000 in pledges no one's credit card will be charged. The other risk involved, and may in fact be far more important, is that we would lose a lot of momentum. Without being able to print the record or tour we'd have to put it on the shelf for a while, take on other projects and jobs to save the proper amount of funding, and ultimately run the risk of not being able to tour or promote the record at all. Since most independent artists actually lose money touring and opening for more established bands, our Kickstarter fund would be the way in which we could do all that without coming away with thousands of dollars in credit card debt or dwindling away our measly savings.

One major challenge, and probably the biggest of all, is making sure people come away with a proper understanding of what it is we're doing and why it's important. We realized that in order to fully convey our passion about this project we'd have to prove that this record is unique and that it needs a voice. In an industry that seems only to support mass-produced music with increasingly shortened expiration dates, it is extremely important to make sure that music made in this fashion be preserved.

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    "The Casual Observer"

    Thanks for your help! Every little bit counts.

    Access to all our exclusive updates throughout this campaign and a genuinely heartfelt hug at any of our shows.

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    "The Facebook Friend"

    One mp3 download of the new record in its entirety, plus the illustrious honor of becoming Caroline's facebook friend! (And Jer's too, if you feel so inclined!)

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    "The Friendly Neighbor"

    This entitles you to a silky smooth physical copy of our album on 1996's format-du-jour, the nu-wave Compact Disc (also known as the "CD"). In addition, it will be packaged within a folding, cardboard sleeve full of nifty photographs and poetic musings!

    +Digital download!

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    "The Collegiate"

    With this gorgeous package, you will receive aforementioned Compact Disc, SIGNED for posterity by Caroline & Jer, as well as a super-sleek POSTER (boy, that sure sounds swell!) perfect for hanging on your dorm room/parents' basement wall. +Digital download!

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    "Ye Olde Fashioned"

    This price point enables you the wondrous, tactile experience of feeling our musical grooves on Vinyl record. Rub your fingers on its dark and dangerous surface, feast your eyes on its more legible font and large artwork. Perfect for the senior set, no Lasik required. Plus, we'll SIGN it! +Poster & Digital download!

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    "The Extended Play"
    This entitles you access to our members-only song-a-week club for 6 weeks, with our exclusive, unreleased tracks e-mailed straight to your inbox EVERY week! (for 6 weeks) +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download!

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    "The Hallmark"
    Caroline and Jer will clothe you with our luxurious cotton screen-printed T-shirt! Plus, we will write you a personalized note OR handwritten lyrics to the song of your choice (please choose a song...or we will choose one for you). +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download!

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    "The Martha Stewart"
    This is one precious, personalized package. Included is a limited edition print by illustrator Phil Rose (Caroline's Dad), one T-shirt screen-printed by hand using our very own design, one SIGNED CD in a hand-printed deluxe box, a handwritten lyric sheet (the song of YOUR choosing), AND!!!...Caroline's favorite thing in the galaxy...a postcard sent from our van on the road addressed to YOU. +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl + Digital download!

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    "The Awkward Phase"
    This is a rather, eh hem, special reward package. For this pledge amount you will receive Caroline and Jer's previous records, including Caroline's self-titled EP and acoustic record, and Jer's LP "Speak". +T-shirt +Personalized Note or Lyrics +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download!

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    "The Facetime"
    Caroline and Jer will perform an hour-long Skype concert/Q&A for you and yours. No more leaving the warm glow of your computer screen to see live music! A completely unique experience, catered to you. +Previous Albums +Postcard +T-shirt +Personalized Note or Lyrics +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download!

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    "The Nor'easter"
    We will bring our lowly van right to your driveway with this special deal. A house concert! For those living in the Northeast. Invite your friends and family, and we'll make it a folkin' awesome evening. +Previous Albums +Postcard +T-shirt +Personalized Note or Lyrics +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download! Transportation fees may apply, contact for details!

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    "The Full House"
    With this package, we will finally fulfill our lifelong dream of meeting the original cast of Full House, that is, assuming that you are already friends with them and can get the entire cast to reunite at your House concert ANYWHERE in the Continental USA. If not, at the very least Caroline & Jer will be there. Want Jer to sing the Full House theme song as a consolation prize? You got it, dude! +Previous Albums +Postcard +T-shirt +Personalized Note or Lyrics +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download! Transportation fees may apply, contact for details!

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    "The Tom Collins Express"
    For the music fan with a taste for the finer things in life. Enjoy a brisk, sunny ride in Tom Collins, Caroline's 1975 MGB convertible. Since this is weather and location dependent, we may be unable to fully fulfill this pledge until the springtime. In the meantime, enjoy the Album and goodies at their regularly scheduled release date. +House Concert +Previous Albums +Postcard +T-shirt +Personalized Note or Lyrics +Song-A-Week Access +Vinyl +Signed CD +Poster + Digital download!

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    "The Executive Producer"
    Wanna (metaphorically) roll with music and Hollywood's elite and rub elbows with such acclaimed E.P.'s as Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mark Wahlberg? Yeah, we thought you did. With this package, you will launch us (and subsequently, YOU) into the stratosphere! You can even use it as a verb-"I E.P.'d the living heck out of that record!" Just imagine the social capital you'd garner by having your name inside and/or outside (you're EPin' the thing!) the folds of our album cover. Plus literally everything above. And some candy. And a bunch of signed copies of the record. So you can build a fort. The world is your oyster!

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    "Tom Collins Forever"
    With a measly pledge of $10,000 you can HAVE Tom Collins. Here's a Caroline Rose-restored vermilion red 1975 MGB convertible, people! Complete with upgraded "beauty" rims. Named Tom Collins. What could be better than that? A house concert. Anywhere on planet earth. +Executive Producer Credit +10 T-shirts +Personalized Notes, Postcards & Handwritten Lyrics to the whole album +Previous Albums +Song-A-Week Access for you and yours +25 Vinyl + 50 Signed CD's + 25 Posters + As many Digital downloads as you can shake a stick at! We will cram all this stuff in Tom Collins' trunk and deliver the car to you ourselves!

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