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I’m making an album! This is my first experience making a professionally recorded studio album, and I need your help to make it happen.
I’m making an album! This is my first experience making a professionally recorded studio album, and I need your help to make it happen.
216 backers pledged $8,809 to help bring this project to life.

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MY STORY

I'm so excited that my musical journey has brought me to this point-- recording an all-original album! I grew up singing harmony with my mom, competing at old-time fiddle contests, and singing and playing instruments at school. But it wasn’t until I was 18 that I started loving music. I taught myself how to play guitar, saved up for a year to buy one, and moved to Beloit, Wisconsin for college where I started taking classical voice lessons, jamming at open mics, and writing songs about everything around me. 
Now, I've been writing and performing my own music for over six years, and I finally have the opportunity to record and share my songs with the world.

THE PROJECT

This album will be called Temporary Things, and is a collection of 12 original songs. I chose these songs because together they tell a story-- a progression of love, loss, connection, self-discovery and reflection. The journey of writing these songs has filled me with joy, understanding, honesty, fear, frivolity, and growth. After performing these songs during the past five years, I’m ready to bring them to life and share them with you!

THE BUDGET

I'm asking for $6,000 from family, friends and fans to fund this album, but the actual cost to make this happen is much closer to $7,500. All the money I raise here will go directly toward:

  • Studio time at Big Owl Studios in Salem, OR
  • Compensating studio musicians and album artists
  • Mixing and mastering the album
  • Printing and pressing the album
  • Mailing albums and making and mailing other Kickstarter rewards

By donating $10 or more, you are pre-ordering the album, helping to make this project possible!

THE TEAM

I am thrilled to be recording with Dale Adkins and Suzanne Pearce Adkins at Big Owl Studio in Salem, OR. Dale has been recording since 1999 and is a phenomenal, supportive engineer and musician.

I'm equally grateful that some of the best Northwest acoustic musicians I know have agreed to play on this album as well!

  • Martin Stevens (The Bluegrass Regulators) is playing fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin, and singing harmony on several tracks
  • Josh Adkins (The Bluegrass Regulators) is laying down sweet bass tracks, as well as singing harmony
  • Dale Adkins (True North, Brokentop) is playing banjo, guitar and octave mandolin
  • Kelly Bosworth will be adding her beautiful harmonies on a few songs, too!

As for art, Brittney West, an extraordinary visual artist and great friend, will be creating the visual artwork for this album.

Rehearsing before we record!
Rehearsing before we record!

THE JOURNEY, TOGETHER

Please join me on this journey. Anything you pledge helps make this project and dream a reality. But since Kickstarter is “all-or-nothing”, I need to raise $6,000 to get any amount of the money pledged. If I don’t reach that goal, your account won’t be charged, and CDs won’t get pressed. 

Please donate what you are able and share this project with others who you think might enjoy the music. There are lots of rewards you get for donating, including tickets to my CD release concert/PARTAY (TBA when/where), physical copies of the CD, album art prints, a song written for you, house concerts and more! I'll also be making weekly updates with Kickstarter backer-exclusive content.

Thank you for checking out this page and my story! I hope you’ll join me on this creative journey and help bring this album and my voice into the world. Through creating music, I get the amazing opportunity to connect with other people, and I am grateful and excited to partner with you on this project.

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THANK YOU:

I am so grateful for all the support I have received throughout this journey. Thank you for your encouragement and support! Let's stay in touch:

facebook: facebook.com/clarabakermusic

instagram: @clarabakermusic

twitter: @clarabakermusic

Risks and challenges

This is my first experience recording an album, and with all firsts, I expect there may be some surprises along the way. Luckily, I'm working with an amazingly supportive team of engineers, musicians, artists and mentors! I've already spent some time in this studio, learning how to best track my vocals and guitar, and I'm feeling comfortable using their equipment. I'm confident that I'll be able to record and deliver a quality product to each of you-- and if I hit any road bumps, I'll be sure to update you.

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    You will receive a digital download of the album and you will be on the list for the CD release party! Plus my gratitude!

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    DOUBLE IT!!

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    "Double It" + Eco Art Print + Thank you note

    You will receive all of the above rewards (2 signed CDs, 2 lyric booklets, 2 release party tix) PLUS a limited edition eco-print of the album art, AND a handwritten thank you note filled with gratitude and stories from the recording process!

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    Cover Song + All of the above!

    I’ll record a cover of a song you like and send it to your email inbox + all of the above rewards (2 signed CDs, 2 lyric booklets, 2 release party tix, a limited edition eco-print of the album art, and a handwritten thank you note).

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Your Name In the Liner Notes!

    You’ll be listed in the album liner notes as an Executive Producer of the CD for supporting me in this way, + you will receive all of the above rewards (cover song, 2 signed CDs, 2 lyric booklets, 2 release party tix, a limited edition eco-print of the album art, AND a handwritten thank you note).

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    HOUSE CONCERT + All of the above!

    I’ll play at your wedding/event/house concert/birthday party (limited to within a 3 hour drive from Portland or Corvallis) + all of the above rewards. (Cover song + Executive Producer listing, 2 signed CDs, 2 lyric booklets, 2 release party tix, eco-print of the album art, and a handwritten thank you note)

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    I'll Write You A Song + CDs Galore!

    You will receive: 5 copies of the signed CD + 5 lyric booklets (to keep or give away!) + an ecoprint of the album art + 2 tickets to the CD release party + handwritten thank you note + Executive Producer credit + a cover song recorded and sent to your inbox + I’LL WRITE YOU A SONG!

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    House Concert anywhere USA! + all above rewards

    With a 1000 donation-- I'll come play a house concert anywhere in the continental USA within the next year! We’ll find a time that works for both of us and make it happen!

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