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Chely Wright is making a new studio album and wants YOU to be a backer. Join Chely's Kickstarter campaign and become part of her team!
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Chely Wright's Brand New Studio Album

Update #2

Hey everybody! 

 We have nearly 1100 backers and we are over 60% funded. You all know how to make a gal feel loved.

There is still so much you can do to help.

1. Share my Kickstarter link on all you social media outlets. 

2. Keep sharing your ideas for rewards with me. 

3. Back my rewards such as:

*Sing background vocals on my record. You will be listed in the album's liner notes as back up vocalist.

*House concert-. This is a fun reward you can split with 20 your friends.

*Skype with me- you know my story and I'd love to hear yours. Or we can talk about music, motherhood, pop culture.

*Come to NYC and we can do dinner and see a Broadway show.

*Be a guest at my album pre release party in NYC. Be the first to hear the record and we can celebrate! 

 * Lunch with me in Nashville, TN during 2015 CMA Fest. 

 * Dinner with me in NYC!

At any time during the life of this campaign, you can increase your original bid.

If you have questions please message me through Kickstarter and I or someone in my team will get back with you ASAP. 

As I prepare to record a new album, I'm going through piles of songs that I've written. Here's a live recording of a song that I wrote for my wife, Lauren. I got the title from the inscription that I'd had engraved inside Lauren's wedding band. That's what inspired me to write the song. Who knows, maybe this one will end up on my new record.

Listen to live version of "I Am Yours Forever" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKOug6la__c

I can't thank you enough for making this happen for me. Let's make our goal so I can make this album! 

 xo c

Video Update #1 - We're HALF WAY THERE!

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My last album, Lifted Off The Ground was released 2010. It was also the year that my memoir Like Me was released and the year that I came out of the closet. So much has happened since then.

I got legally married in 2011 and in 2013, my wife Lauren and I doubled the size of our family by having identical twin boys—Everett and George. They’re fifteen months old and doing great. 

Hopefully, you viewed the video above in which I share what I’ve got planned for the rest of 2014 and 2015.

I’ve been writing a lot of songs in the past few years and I'm ready to start recording my next album. I need your help.

We’re officially kicking off my Kickstarter Campaign. I will make a record in the same way I’ve always made records—using the best musicians, the best engineers and recording in the best studios available. The only difference this time around is that we are choosing to harness the “power of the people” to fund my album.

For my past couple of releases, the budget for simply producing and manufacturing my records has been around $200,000. And then, the record label invests hundreds of thousands more in marketing and promotion. When I was on major labels, these dollar amounts were nearly doubled.

So what I’m saying is that I want to make a great album of great songs and to do that, we need to reach our goal.

Stretch Goal of $200,000. If we raise more than our goal, we can keep going!  If we reach our Stretch Goal, all that we raise will go toward marketing and promotion, original video content and tour support. This tour support will allow me to do shows in more places and that means I’ll get to meet you out there on the road. All of the funds we raise will go right back into engaging with you, the fans. 

I think we’ve compiled a cool list of items and experiences to fund this project. Check them out. I’m particularly eager to ride bikes with you, go to Broadway shows with you and to co-write a song with you. Also, the house concerts offered are going to be so much fun. Please read each description of your pledge level carefully.  (Keep in mind that for many of the prizes that are "experiences", you'll have the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015 to schedule.  We'll work it out!)

I love the EQUALITY PLEDGE level. Here's why.  When I came out of the closet and began using my public platform to advocate for the LGBT community, I was blown away to learn just how big our community is. All those years in hiding, thinking that I was alone. Gosh, was I wrong! 

And to compound the emotions of it all, I discovered that there are SO MANY straight allies out there in the world who have stood up publicly to voice their support for EQUALITY. Many of you have told me that you’d like to show your support for my coming out, but you’re not sure how. Well this is how. The EQUALITY PLEDGE will reflect your support and your pledge will be counted along with other pledgers who support LGBT Equality. I think it'll be powerful for folks to see the EQUALITY PLEDGE'S final tally. 

This year marks my 20 year anniversary of making records. I have been really fortunate to have dedicated fans who’ve been with me since very early on in my career and together we’ve accomplished great things. 

I have always considered myself lucky to have been able to make records in Nashville with the best musicians, producers and record labels in the business and to have relationships with some of the greatest radio stations in the country. I cherish the hit records and triumphs that I was blessed to have. 

But the thing that I've always been most proud of is my relationship with the fans.  We accomplished so much together.  Let’s make some new memories!

This is the new chapter of my life and my career and I can’t thank you enough for your support.

xo chely

more info about Chely at www.chely.com

Please learn more about these great organizations that do so much to further equality for the LGBT community. 

LIKEME.org

GLSEN.org

HRC.org

NOH8

NCLRights.org

GLAAD.org

FaithInAmerica.org

FamilyEquality.org

Risks and challenges

Of course, as most of you know, making records is more of an abstract endeavor than a scientific one. Therefore, there could be circumstances that cause a delay in the completion and release of the project. It could be due to mixing/production issues or any number of reasons. I've asked you (my fans) to be patient before, as I buckled down to do my best work and hopefully, you feel I've never let you down. We will address any obstacles in a timely fashion, as it is our mission to not only release this record, but to have success with it as well.

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    Listen to Chely's record that YOU helped make possible on your iPod while at the gym, or in your pjs in front of your laptop. Receive a digital download of the new record.

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    EQUALITY PLEDGE! You'll receive a digital download and a copy of the CD, but your pledge will be counted alongside others who support LGBT Equality. Whether you're part of the LGBT community or an amazing straight ally, this reward level will reflect your support for Chely's advocacy and the final tally of this pledge level will be a powerful statement.

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    Receive a digital download and Chely will autograph copy of the new CD for you.

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    LIKE ME. Receive an autographed copy of Chely's memoir, LIKE ME book and digital download of the new album.
    *Book will be delivered to you by Oct 2014

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    WISH ME AWAY. In 2011, a documentary film was made about Chely's career, her life and her coming out journey. You'll get an autographed copy of the Wish Me Away DVD and digital download of the new album.
    *DVD will be delivered to you by Oct 2014

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    Pre-show Meet & Greet to any one show (of your choice) that you attend and a digital download of album.

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    YOO HOO! Chely will record a personalized voice mail greeting exclusively for you. Includes a digital download of the CD.
    *Voice recording will be done Oct 2014.

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    You helped make this album happen and you deserve credit. Chely will personally list your name in the liner notes of her album. Includes a copy of the new album and digital download.

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    MEDIA BUNDLE. Like Me book, Wish Me Away DVD, New CD-- all AUTOGRAPHED by Chely. Includes digital download of the album.
    *Book and DVD will be delivered Oct 2014

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    CHELY'S ENTIRE DISCOGRAPHY-- AUTOGRAPHED.
    You'll receive every CD Chely's released in her 20 year career. *Some are out of print, so they're rare and valuable.
    Chely will autograph
    1. Woman In The Moon
    2. Right In The Middle Of It
    3. Let Me In
    4. Single White Female
    5. Never Love You Enough
    6. Everything (includes DVD)
    7. Metropolitan Hotel
    8. Lifted Off The Ground
    9. NEW ALBUM

    *as a bonus, you'll get the CD Single of:
    1. Damn Liar -- remix
    2. Bumper Of My S.U.V.

    Will be at your door in time for the holidays.

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    LET'S CHAT! To show her appreciation, Chely will have a private, 30 minute phone call. If you've ever met Chely, you know she loves to talk and she'd love to hear your story too. Includes digital download of the new CD.

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    I WILL BE YOUR HACKER, BABY!
    Provide your social media passwords to Chely and she will write your status updates and post pictures from YOUR account for a day. Of course, it will be clear with your followers that Chely has hacked you. FUN!!
    *Digital download of album included.

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    PICTURE THIS!
    Chely will spend a couple of days taking pictures for YOU on a disposable camera. She'll send you the camera when she's finished. You might get photos of a day in the studio with Chely or a day on the road or maybe even a day at home with her kids. Chely lives in NYC, so there's a lot to photograph.
    *Digital download of the album included.

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    You pick the song and Chely will hand write the lyrics to your favorite song that she's written. Pick from any of Chely's records. Includes digital download of the new CD.
    *Handwritten Lyrics will be delivered Nov 2014

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    You and a guest are invited to a meet and greet and a pre-release listening party in NYC with Chely. Includes digital download.

    *This party will happen the week of album's release.

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    Let's Skype. Chely will Skype with you for 30 mins. Includes digital download of album.

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    AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR!
    Chely will sign a beautiful, brand new acoustic guitar for you.

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    LUNCH! Chely will take you to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants in NYC.
    Includes copy of CD and digital download.
    *Lunch will take place before the end of 2014 unless arrangements are made.

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    LUNCH IN NASHVILLE
    Chely will take you and a guest to lunch during CMA Music Fest 2015 in Nashville, TN.

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    Have you ever wanted to co-write a song? You and Chely co-write a song. This can done in person in NYC or on Skype. Includes copy of CD and digital download.
    *This will take place before the end of 2014 unless arrangements are made.

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    BIKE RIDE!. As you might know, Chely loves riding her bike. You and Chely will ride bikes in Central Park. Two hour bike ride-- or however long it takes. Chely will sign your bike or your helmet if you'd like. Includes digital download.
    *Bike ride will take place before the end of 2014 unless arrangements are made.

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    I'M WITH THE BAND!
    Meet Chely on the road and go where she and the band go. They'll put you to work. Come to soundcheck and be part of the crew. If you've ever wondered what it's like to tour, you'll get a crash course. *Your hotel room will be provided.
    Of course, you'll get 2 tickets to the show and the digital download of the new album.
    Chely's mgmt team will work with you to find the tour date in 2015 that works best for you.

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    SING ON MY RECORD
    Chely will work with you in the studio to put your vocal on a song she records. To quote Chely, "This won't be a throwaway vocal, we will work on your part and find the best way to use your voice." Chely will be recording in a few different locations, so her mgmt team will work with you to schedule your session when/where it works best for you. Recording will be in early 2015.

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    DINNER IN NYC
    Chely will take you and a guest to dinner in NYC while her wife Lauren stays home with the boys.
    This dinner can be scheduled for 2014 or 2015-- whatever works best for you.

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    DINNER AND A SHOW. Chely will take you out to dinner and then to see a Broadway show in NYC. (2 guests)
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    DOUBLE DATE: You and and a guest will have dinner with Chely and Lauren at one of their favorite restaurants in NYC. Must love food. ;)
    *Dinner will take place before the end of 2014 unless arrangements are made.

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    FLY ON THE WALL EXPERIENCE- Come spend a day in the studio with Chely as she records and/or mixes. Sessions are usually closed, so this will be a rare treat. Just hang out, eat lunch and see how it all happens.
    *The studio date will be available in 2014 and 2015, per scheduled sessions.

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    KANSAS CITY HERE WE COME! Chely co-founded The LikeME Lighthouse in her hometown of Kansas City. She will take you out to lunch and give you a tour of the LikeME Lighthouse and tickets to the Fall event, 2014. (2 Guests)
    Your hotel room will be provided by Chely.

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    MARRY YOU-- Okay, Chely won't be marrying you, in the sense that she'd be your new
    wife... Instead, Chely will be marrying you and your significant other. She will
    get ordained and will work with you to make certain your ceremony is
    special and perfect for you.

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    HOUSE CONCERT! Chely will perform a private, 60 minute acoustic concert in your home for you and up to 20 of your friends.
    Chely will provide signed CDs for all of your guests on night of party. Includes digital download. Concert must be at a private home, no clubs or music venues.
    *Will take place in 2014 or 2015, per scheduling.
    Concert within the U.S. only.

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