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We've put thousands of miles onto our Hyundai Accent to share our stories and songs in person. Now we're hoping to get back in studio!
This campaign for our new EP funded at 108% on March 21, 2017. "Things We Don't Talk About" officially released on July 11, 2017.
This campaign for our new EP funded at 108% on March 21, 2017. "Things We Don't Talk About" officially released on July 11, 2017.
151 backers pledged $10,844 to help bring this project to life.

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Chasing Lovely - New EP

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Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter campaign! We can't believe it's been nearly two years since we released new music. We've put thousands upon thousands of miles onto our Hyundai Accent to share our stories and songs in person. Now we're hoping to get back in studio to share them with you on a new EP—but we need your help to make that happen!

Backstory

There are two types of inspiration. There is divine inspiration, which feels like it was sent straight from the heavens into your lap. Then there is defiant inspiration, which mercilessly pins you to the ground, demanding to be pried open like an oyster for its pearl. This is a story about my encounters with both. But mostly the latter.

There's a lyric from one of our songs that goes: we are poets, wrestling the thunderstorms. That is how it felt to write this EP. These songs did not comply or surrender willingly. It was like inspiration had sucker-punched me against a wall, knocking the air right out of my lungs. 

Like wrestling thunderstorms.

I was so frustrated. Every time I sat down to write it felt like an insurmountable struggle. The songs seemed scatterbrained, with no clear direction. But creativity works in mysterious ways...

On June 30, 2016 I spent the early morning hours lying belly-down on my bed, absentmindedly leafing through pages of my songwriting notebook. I grazed the lyrics with my fingertips, feeling the indentation of the ink, chuckling at little notes I'd scribbled in the margins and shoddy verses I'd carved big X's through. Halfway into a song called Skeletons, I stopped. There it was. Right there, at the top of the chorus, clear as day: There are things that we don't talk about, messes that we've made...

That was it! These songs I'd struggled with—songs I'd once believed to be "random"—actually all pointed to the same theme: things we don't talk about. They were songs about silent conflicts. Secret lives. Secret lovers. Horrors we omit from our history books. Our extraordinary existence. A longing for romance. Self-doubt.

This EP was not easy to write. One song took us seven whole months to finish. But we learned an important lesson: to leave nothing unsaid. To wrestle the thunderstorms.

Your support encourages us to keep going, to keep writing and to continue pursuing lovely in our music and in our everyday. We want to keep making music for you because we have so much to say—so much we do not want left unsaid.

Will you help us say it?

-Taylor & Chloe

One Song On New EP

Logistics

Being able to record new material is crucial for our career as independent artists. But making music costs money. We have to hire a producer and musicians. We have to pay for studio time, mixing, mastering, photography, graphic design, manufacturing of the physical CDs, and shipping supplies/costs. Without the financial backing of a record label, these combined costs are more than we can afford on our own. That's where you come in. In exchange for helping us cover our expenses, we're offering you some pretty nifty rewards. 

Rewards

Unique postcards from 5 tour stops. Phoenix...Los Angeles...Salt Lake City. Who knows—maybe we'll even write you from London! Let's dream big!!

Handwritten lyrics to your favorite Chasing Lovely song in Taylor's Picasso-esque penmanship. Hang it. Frame it. Or write your own killer tune on the back!

Want to see your name when you open our CD? We can arrange that.

Own 3 one-of-a-kind Chasing Lovely polaroids taken during our time in studio!

Take a spin with us in our Hyundai Accent "Tour Bus"! You can ask us any burning questions while we listen to the new EP and cruise off into the sunset.

We'll come play a private acoustic concert for you and your friends. Magical fairy twinkle lights and all. 

Hailey Marie Photography
Hailey Marie Photography

 "Push" Goals

Our funding goal covers the costs for a 5-song EP, which we definitely need to keep on creating and touring. But we do have one more song we would LOVE to add to this EP if we are able to raise a bit more. 

Push Goal #1:

If we are able to exceed our goal and raise $11,400, we will turn this 5-song EP into a 6-song EP! We have such big dreams for this sixth song and would love the opportunity to create it! 

Push Goal #2:

If we are able to raise $13,500, (which is $3000 above our original goal) we will not only be making a 6-song EP for you all, but we will also record a 5-song acoustic Christmas EP! We embarked on the first Chasing Lovely Christmas Tour this past winter and it was so well received that we are going to do it again this year! Because everyone at these shows asked—we would love to have a Christmas EP available, so spread the word! LET'S MAKE CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!!

 

Risks and challenges

Risks: If we don't reach our funding goal, we cannot make this EP. That is the only risk that could jeopardize this project. If it funds, we will get to work immediately!

Challenges: Honestly, the biggest challenge for us will be making frequent posts on social media about this campaign—but not too frequent that it annoys people. That, or calming our overwhelming anxiety as we resist the urge to constantly refresh our Kickstarter page to see if it has funded. We will likely cope by simultaneously meditating in the Downward Dog pose while consuming copious amounts of chocolate chip cookies. Pray for us. Or support our campaign (that helps more).

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    Digital download of the new EP!

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    Signed CD

    Signed copy of the new EP delivered to your doorstep!

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    Handwritten Thank You Note

    A heartfelt handwritten thank you note from yours truly <3

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    Postcards From 5 Tour Stops

    We'll mail you a postcard from 5 rest stops on tour, complete with a handwritten message from us!

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    Handwritten Lyrics

    Handwritten lyrics to a song of your choice—signed by us!

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    Autographed Set List

    We'll mail you the set list from one of our live shows—signed by us!

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    Your Name in Liner Notes

    Your (individual) name will be listed in the liner notes of our new EP!

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    It's a Date

    Will we be sipping fancy lattes? Or lacing up our bowling shoes? Your choice of either a coffee or bowling date with us in our city or yours (if we're there on tour)!

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    Your Family Name in Liner Notes

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    Your Company Name in Liner Notes

    Your company name will be listed in the liner notes of our new EP! (ie: Smith & Company Ltd. or Smith House Concert Series)

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    Skype Q&A or Lesson

    We'll take up to an hour on Skype to play songs and answer any burning questions
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    We'll email you a chord sheet to one of our songs and teach you how to play it! Invite as many friends as you'd like on your end of the Skype session.

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    One-of-a-Kind Polaroids

    Own a unique set of 3 signed Polaroids taken during our time in studio + handwritten lyrics to your favorite Chasing Lovely song!

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    "Tour Bus" Ride

    Join us for a spin in our infamous '08 Hyundai Accent "tour bus"! Ask us any burning questions while we listen to the new EP and cruise off into the sunset.

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    A Day In Studio

    Spend a day in studio in Nashville with us as we bring this new EP to life! Depending on the day, you may even get to add claps or background vocals to a song.

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    Tentative studio dates are April 10-15, 2017. Dates subject to change, not responsible for scheduling conflicts. If it doesn't work with your schedule we'll exchange for above "Tour Bus" Ride.

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    House Concert

    We will play a private acoustic house concert for you and your friends! You'll hear all the new EP songs LIVE in your living room. It doesn't get more up-close-and-personal than that. :-)

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    Pick Our Poster

    We will send you 2 potential poster photos, and you will get to decide which photo is THE ONE! We'll send you an autographed poster featuring your choice.

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    Choose Our Album Cover!

    We will send you 2 potential album cover photos, and you will get to decide which photo is THE ONE!

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    Executive Producer Credit

    Have the opportunity to be crowned with the title of Executive Producer in the liner notes on our new EP! It is the very highest honor.

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Funding period

- (21 days)