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Universe Unknown is a collection of synth-pop, guitar-rock mash-ups resulting in a high-energy pop experience.

Chad Steahly has recorded his first album, Universe Unknown, and needs your help to release it.

Hello friends and welcome to my "Universe Unknown" Kickstarter project.  Universe Unknown is an album which I've been writing and recording from my home in Columbus, Ohio for the better part of a year and a half.  Guess what?  I'm finally finished.  Now I need your help to digitally distribute the album online.  Here's a little info about the album to help introduce you to the project.

Universe Unknown is a collection of ten tracks containing synth-pop, garage rock, indie rock, traditional pop, and blues music.  I was influenced by a ton of different sounds while writing and recording this album, including The Staples Singers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Dr. John, The Black Keys, Rihanna, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Pink Floyd, Sam Cooke, and on and on we go.  It's an amalgamation of everything I love about pop and rock music.  The subject matter ranges from the "Why are we here" type questions of "Universe Unknown," to the "attaining the unattainable" of "Grasping for Ghosts," to the financial and economic woes of "Get Cha Coming, Get Cha Going," to the "I will always be there" sentiments of "Forever Hello."  Every song is a piece of me and, if I did my job well as a writer, a piece of us.  I sincerely hope you all enjoy the music, and I can't thank those of you enough who decide to pledge your hard-earned money to help make my album come to life.

Now, I know what you're thinking.  "This all sounds great, but I would really love to hear the album before I pledge toward your project."  Don't worry.  I've got you covered.  I want you to have the opportunity to know exactly what your supporting before you support it.  So good news - you can stream the entire un-mastered album right now on SoundCloud before pledging a penny.  Check out the SoundCloud Playlist below and simply hit play to listen to the entire album right now!

My pledge goal of $2,000 will go towards:

  • Copyrighting both the composition and the sound recording of each song
  • Mastering the album through Chris Graham's mastering services
  • Digitally distributing the album across all major digital music retailers and streaming services, including iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Spotify, and Rdio
  • Download codes (to help those of you pledging $5 or more receive your digital copy of the album)
  • Custom posters + Shipping Costs (to provide those pledging $40 or more with a custom signed poster and to allow for poster distribution after the project is funded)

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Mastering of the Album: 

Chris Graham has agreed to master this album, check out his mastering services online.  

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Stream the Entire Un-Mastered Album Right Now on SoundCloud:


Universe Unknown Album Art:

The Universe Unknown Sessions Album Art and Playlist (included in the "Sessions," "Social," and "Poster" rewards packages):


Cover Art for Knowing the Unknown: Behind the Music of Universe Unknown Digital Companion (included in the "Digital," "Sessions," Social," and "Poster rewards packages):

12" x 12" Semi-Gloss Custom Album Art Poster (included in the "Poster" rewards package):

Front of Poster
Front of Poster
Corner of Poster
Corner of Poster

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Here's what's great about my project. It's extremely low risk. Why? Because it's already finished. I've already completed the writing, recording, and mixing of the album. I've also completed writing, compiling, and creating the digital companion along with the Universe Unknown Sessions album, and the custom poster design is ready to be ordered should I reach my pledge goal. Every aspect of my project is complete and ready to be brought to life with the help of you!

Still, I understand that there might be a legitimate concern, especially for those of you pledging who don't know me personally, concerning the "If I pledge my money towards this project, can I trust that I will receive the promised rewards?" This is a completely understandable and valid concern, and I assure you that I will not let you down. Every thing promised to you within the rewards package you choose while pledging you shall and will receive promptly following the project completion date. As I mentioned, the album and all rewards have already been created and they are simply waiting to be ordered/emailed to you. All I need is your help to reach that pledge goal and these incredible rewards will be yours in no time!

Of course, if you have any questions regarding my project, please do not hesitate to send me your question by clicking on the "Ask a Question" button below. I'd be more than happy to answer any inquiries you may have. Thank you all so very much for taking the time to check out and/or pledge towards my project! I sincerely and greatly appreciate you and your support!

FAQ

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  • Pledge $1 or more
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    THE SINGLE PACKAGE: You will receive a high-quality download of any two tracks of your choosing from the album upon release. You will also have access to any Backers-Only rewards, such as bonus songs and original demos.

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    THE COMPLETE ALBUM: You will receive a digital download of the complete album upon release. This is a Kickstarter-exclusive price.

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    THE DIGITAL PACKAGE: You will receive a digital download of the complete album upon release as well as a copy of the digital companion - Knowing the Unknown: Behind the Music of Universe Unknown which includes: Gorgeous lyric sheets displaying unique cover art for each song / Chord charts for each track / A detailed look into the writing, recording, and arranging of each song / A peek inside the home studio / Information on the equipment used to make the album

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    THE SESSIONS PACKAGE: You will receive a digital download of the complete album upon release, everything offered within the Digital Package, as well as a digital download of The Universe Unknown Sessions which includes 8 unreleased songs recorded during the making of Universe Unknown

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    THE SOCIAL PACKAGE: You will receive a digital download of the complete album upon release, everything offered within the Digital and Sessions packages, as well as a personalized mention on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and a special video "Thank You" on YouTube. Most importantly, you will also receive a handwritten Thank You note telling you how grateful I am that you were willing to contribute your hard-earned money to making my album a reality. Handing over any amount of money these days, small or large, isn't easy. Believe me, I understand this, and I greatly appreciate your kindness, generosity, and encouragement.

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    THE POSTER PACKAGE: You will receive a digital download of the complete album upon release, everything offered within the Digital, Sessions, and Social Packages, as well as a limited-edition signed 12" x 12" custom poster containing the Universe Unknown cover art with a personal message thanking you for helping me make all of the music behind the album a reality.

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    Ships within the US only
Funding period

- (30 days)