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Jazz-influenced vocalist creates beauty out of tragedy. An evocative & soulful project headed by a Grammy winning executive producer.
Jazz-influenced vocalist creates beauty out of tragedy. An evocative & soulful project headed by a Grammy winning executive producer.
271 backers pledged $18,000 to help bring this project to life.

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THE “CAGED BIRD” EP PROJECT

I'm Chelsea Davis, a jazz-influenced vocalist & songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. My project, the "Caged Bird" EP, is a journey of struggle to find words for deep loss and the terrifying vulnerability that love requires. It is about learning to open your heart again after unspeakable betrayal. My hope is that the music inspires people to LIVE FREE.

When you fund this project: 

 Initial Goal: $15K will help us record this soulful 6 song album. (7/8/14 Update: We did it! Thanks everyone! We're in the process of making the album right now!)

Stretch Goal$16-30K Give voice to the voiceless. You’ll make it possible for my band to take "Caged Bird" on tour in India & raise awareness about sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. Many women will have an opportunity to share their stories for the FIRST TIME EVER with the staff of a local non-profit. We are also connecting with 7 Sisters International-- the only safe house for victims of human trafficking in NE India (population: 40 million).

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THE TEAM & the MUSIC:

I have an AMAZING team assembled to record with us. My executive producers are GRAMMY-WINNING Bill Cunliffe and 10-TIME EMMY-WINNING John Henry. The project sessions will be engineered by GRAMMY-NOMINATED composer\arranger Tom Zink. My arranger is the PHENOMENALLY-TALENTED USC graduate David Stal. All of these outstanding musicians and artists are going to take this to the next level, and I am fully committed to making this an amazing piece of art for all of you to enjoy!

Listen to the piano\vocal version of the song "Caged Bird"

A FEW OF THE BACKER REWARDS:

"LIVE FREE" FB COVER PHOTO ARTWORK: ($1 & UP)
"LIVE FREE" FB COVER PHOTO ARTWORK: ($1 & UP)

SIGNED HARD COPY OF THE CD ($25 & UP)
SIGNED HARD COPY OF THE CD ($25 & UP)
WOMEN’S “LIVE FREE” RING-SPUN COTTON V-NECK TEE ($100 Level)
WOMEN’S “LIVE FREE” RING-SPUN COTTON V-NECK TEE ($100 Level)
GUYS' “LIVE FREE” RING-SPUN COTTON V-NECK TEE ($100 Level)
GUYS' “LIVE FREE” RING-SPUN COTTON V-NECK TEE ($100 Level)

HELP OTHERS LIVE FREE:

I’m taking “Caged Bird” on tour to India this October. I will be using my concerts as a platform to raise awareness about child prostitution in a place where vulnerable girls are being trafficked into sex slavery every day. Most ordinary citizens are unaware that these girls are disappearing into brothels where they experience unspeakable trauma. When people don't know, they can't be part of the solution. Find out what we're doing & who our local partners are HERE.

HOW $15K WILL BE USED TO MAKE AN AWESOME ALBUM:

Many bands on Kickstarter create inexpensive albums because they already have the instrument parts covered amongst themselves or are self-producing the album. As a solo artist, I need more musical & technical support. 

How I’m saving money: I can do some recording & mixing for free at John Henry’s studio, saving $2000 - $2500. I’ve negotiated a lower day rate for a larger studio to record piano and string quartet, saving $1800 in studio time.

Here’s the breakdown of expenses for “Caged Bird”:

STRETCH GOAL of $30K: Exactly how the extra $15k will be used to help us tour in INDIA:  

The trip is $3500\person for 4 band members. This covers:

  • 1 International and 3 domestic flights
  • Lodging in a guest house  
  • Meals  
  • City transportation

Thanks for visiting my Kickstarter page! Thanks for helping us make the {Caged Bird} EP!  As of today (7-8-14), your donations will now help us take this LIFE CHANGING MUSIC to India!

With gratitude and love,

Chelsea

Risks and challenges

I have a team of administrators to help keep this project on deadline and in budget. I’m also married to a highly detail oriented accountant-by-day-drummer-by-night who will wisely manage the finances for this project.

With this EP, our choice to go acoustic was not only a creative decision but also a business decision, as acoustic albums require less time (and $) to mix.

In the industry, there is a risk that production will be delayed by needing to re-track instruments or that a project cost exceeds initial budgets. To solve this, I am working very closely with a Production Coordinator that ensures funds are used efficiently and effectively. My Arranger and Producer will carefully prepare mock-ups of all the songs BEFORE we begin recording. This means we will MAXIMIZE EVERY RECORDING SESSION to avoid needing to retrack. When instrumentalists are adding an improvisatory element to the music, I am hiring SEASONED players who can knock it out of the park in FEWER TAKES. They cost a little more, but SAVE A LOT of time (thus money) on the back end.

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    “LIVE FREE” SCREEN SAVER & FB BANNER
    + A sincere Thank You

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    INSTANT DOWNLOAD OF TITLE TRACK: "CAGED BIRD" + "LIVE FREE" Screensaver and FB Cover Photo Art + Sincere thank you

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "CAGED BIRD" EP
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + A sincere Thank You

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    EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE DIGITAL EP:
    Download of "Caged Bird" EP
    + 2nd Digital download of EP emailed to a friend.
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + A sincere Thank you

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    SIGNED HARD COPY OF CD
    + Digital download of the "Caged Bird" EP
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + A personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    2 CONCERT TICKETS TO A SHOW OF YOUR CHOOSING IN SOCAL IN 2014:
    + Signed Hard copy of the CD
    + Digital download of the "Caged Bird" EP
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + A personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    LIMITED EDITION "CAGED BIRD" RING SPUN COMBED COTTON V-NECK TEE: (Men & Women’s, sizes XS-4XL) + Digital download of "Caged Bird" album + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver + A social media shout out on FB or Twitter (unless you don't want one) + personal acknowledgement on my website

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    LIMITED EDITION "CAGED BIRD" RING SPUN COMBED COTTON V-NECK TEE:
    (Men & Women’s, sizes XS-4XL)
    + Signed Hard copy of the CD
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + A personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    ONE-ON-ONE SONGWRITING REVIEW:
    60 minute Google hang-out with songwriter Chelsea Davis
    + Share your original song or idea
    + Get personal feedback from Chelsea Davis to take your song to the next level
    + Signed hard copy of "Caged Bird" EP
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver + A personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    GOOGLE\SKYPE HANG-OUT Q&A WITH THE SONGWRITERS to talk about the creative process, vulnerability & healing, & the stories behind the songs + 2 Signed hard copies of the CD + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver + Personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    2 PRE-RELEASE CONCERT TICKETS:
    2 Tickets to an exclusive pre-release show in Fountain Valley, CA
    + 2 Limited edition “Caged Bird” t-shirts (delivered at show)
    + Signed hard copy of the CD (delivered at show)
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + Personal acknowledgement in the liner notes & on my website.

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    RECORDING STUDIO VISIT:
    Spend an afternoon in the recording studio with Chelsea & the team in Long Beach, CA this August. Join us in the control room and experience the inner workings of recording magic.
    + 1 Limited edition “Caged Bird” T-shirt
    + Signed hard copy of the CD
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + Personal acknowledgement in the liner notes & on my website.

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    Chelsea & her band will give a special pre-India tour concert in the Southern California venue of your choice (coffee shop, bar, church, theater, etc.) & the band will bring fun giveaways for the audience + 2 {Caged Bird} V-Neck T-shirts & a signed hard copy of the EP + a personal acknowledgement on my website.

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    PERSONALIZED YOUTUBE VIDEO:
    We’ll film Chelsea singing a cover song of your choice*, dedicated to someone you love, for a special occasion (or just because).
    + 1 Limited edition “Caged Bird” T-shirt
    + Signed hard copy of the CD
    + “Live FREE” FB Cover Photo & Screensaver
    + Personal acknowledgement in the liner notes & on my website.
    (*some restrictions apply)

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    PRIVATE CONCERT AND SONGWRITER Q&A:
    Chelsea Davis will perform an intimate concert in your home.
    + “Caged Bird” songwriters Chelsea Davis & Ana Sanchez will facilitate an in-depth conversation about their creative process & the stories behind the songs.
    + All attendees will be given signed CD's
    + 2 {Caged Bird} V Neck Cotton T-Shirts
    +You will be listed as a Producer in the album liner notes & my website.
    (Travel restrictions apply for performances.)

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    WE'LL WRITE YOU A SONG:
    Chelsea Davis & Ana Sanchez will tell your story through an original song. Includes a 2 hour get-to-know-you meeting in person or via Skype.
    + Chelsea Davis will professionally record a piano\vocal demo of your song
    + You will receive a digital download code to share with your friends. Hey--if we love it, it might even end up on the next album!
    + Producer credit in the liner notes and on my website.

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    ONE-DAY INTENSIVE MUSIC & HEALING WORKSHOP:
    Chelsea Davis (a board certified music therapist) & seasoned facilitator Ana Sanchez will host a one-day intensive workshop for your group or the organization of your choosing.
    +Designed to help attendees explore their stories in new ways.
    +We will uniquely design the workshop for your specific context (at-risk youth, churches, women’s groups, people dealing with grief, abuse, addictions, cancer and life-defining illnesses, etc.)
    + For more information on possible topics, please message me!
    + Signed CD's for all attendees
    + Executive Producer in the liner notes & promotion for your business website or blog on Chelsea's website.
    (*Travel Restrictions Apply)

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