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I'm very happy to announce that after 3 years of writing and performing I am now planning another full length, studio album.
I'm very happy to announce that after 3 years of writing and performing I am now planning another full length, studio album.
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ABOUT...  My name is Corey Nolen. I’m a songwriter living in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m a husband, dad of three and a photographer by day. I consider myself very fortunate to have found a way to continue to write, record and perform original music in a sustainable way in this season of life.

The support I’ve received as a singer/songwriter has allowed me to continue to consistently create and play my own songs. Because of that, I’ve been able to produce 5 projects over the past 5 years and am once again in a position to capture new songs.

As I have been working hard playing live shows, creating a network of musicians and recording, I’ve also been paying attention to which of my songs connect the most with others and which ones I connect with the most. I’ve come away with 11 songs that I think need to be produced and captured in order to give them an even broader audience. These are songs I believe are worth all the effort of this campaign.

THE PROCESS...  I’ve played a role in recording over 20 projects in my life. Through those experiences I’ve recorded in just about every possible way. With that experience I’ve learned what works best for my music. For this project we will record all parts together in a studio built for this type of recording.  This will allow us to create quality music that has character and conveys honesty. This means all the players will be in the same place at the same time responding to each other but with isolated parts, ensuring the highest quality recording. It will be a group effort. It’s how albums used to be made.

The project will be recorded at Boutwell Studios in Homewood, Alabama in August 2017. It will be produced by Brad Lyons. I’ll be joined by the finest musicians in Birmingham and Nashville including Jesse Suttle, Nathan Guhmeinhart, Clint Wells, Collin Newberry, Chandler Parker, Wilder Adkins and Bethany Borg-Martin. As in our live shows, Ashley Spurling will share the lead vocal role with me.

ALL OR NOTHING...  If you support this project then you are buying this album in advance as well as receiving something from me in return (depending on the Tier). This is not charity but rather the purchase of a product. I intentionally chose Kickstarter because it puts the pressure on me to be serious about the project and to provide you with something credible and worth what I’m asking. IF I DON’T RAISE THE SUPPORT, THE PROJECT DOES NOT HAPPEN.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES...  The money I am raising will go entirely toward production costs. The funds will go towards studio time, engineering, producing, and the musicians who are working on the album. There will be additional expense beyond what I’m asking for in this campaign which I am prepared to fund myself.

TIER PRODUCT SAMPLES...

TIER 2 - T SHIRT (SAMPLE PHOTO)

 

TIER 7 - COFFEE TABLE PHOTO BOOK W/ HANDWRITTEN LYRICS (SAMPLE PHOTO)

 TIER 9 - PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS (Portfolios)

www.coreynolenphoto.com

www.erinnolenphotography.com

www.nolenphotography.com

VIDEO CREDITS

I owe a huge thanks to Rob Briscoe and his team of filmmakers for making my Kickstarter video.  It was produced and directed by Rob Briscoe.  It was shot by Catherine May, Will Green and Gray Lloyd. 

Risks and challenges

We are estimating that the completion of this project will be January 2018. There is always a potential for obstacles when coordinating something of this magnitude. Many people will be involved in this album and there is always a chance of delay in scheduling. However I'll be working with friends who are professionals so I am confident that we will be able to move smoothly past any obstacles that may arise in order to keep in line with our target date of completion.

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    JUST THE MUSIC

    Prerelease, digital download of the album.

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    TIER 1 - ALBUM & SHOUT OUT

    Pre-release Digital Download. Signed CD. Social Media Shoutout with handpicked lyric from a song on the album.

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    TIER 2 - SWAG

    Tier 1 + “I Supported Local Music.” (Corey Nolen Music) T-shirt. (Sample in "About" section.)

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    TIER 3 - DIGITAL LIBRARY

    Tier 1 + Every song recorded (live and studio) by Corey as well as the rough cuts of the new album.

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    TIER 4 - VIP @ ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

    Tier 1 + Ticket for you and 1 guest to attend a private party & LIVE full band performance of the album at Moonlight on the Mountain. This includes dinner, VIP seating, and an opening set.

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    TIER 4.5 - SWAG & MUSIC

    Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Tier 3 + Physical copies of all of my previous recordings (2 albums, 2 EP's). AND the FIRST person to choose this tier also gets my last remaining "In The Meantime" & "Following the Song" vinyl!

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    TIER 5 - COVER SONG

    Tier 1 + Tier 4 + I will learn, arrange and perform at my album release my own version of ANY cover song you pick.

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    TIER 6 - STUDIO HANG

    Tier 1 + Join the artists in the studio while we make the album. Dinner included.

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    TIER 7- PHOTO BOOK W/ HANDWRITTEN LYRICS

    Tier 1 + I will photograph our time in the studio, assemble the photos into a flush-mount coffee table photo album. On the pages I will hand write the lyrics to each song we are recording. (Sample in "About" section.)

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    TIER 8 - HOUSE SHOW

    Tier 1 + A couple of musicians and myself will come to your home and play a live show for the company of your choosing.

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    TIER 9 - PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

    Tier 1 + Me or my wife will provide up to 2 hours of lifestyles family or commercial photography along with digital rights. (Samples in "About" section.)

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    TIER 10 - YOUR SONG

    Tier 1 + Tier 4 + I will write and record YOUR song. We will set up a meeting and I will listen to your story, family's story, a love story.... whatever story you would like to have captured. I will then craft it into a great song and make a recording of it for you to keep.

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