Nearly six years ago, I released my very first album called, 'Melodies of the Spirit,' an instrumental album of all original violin-led music. Using my violin, I would paint pictures and tell stories using only music. It was a powerful experiment and an experience in my life that I highly value to this day. But today, I turn a new page as I begin to discover and uncover my voice as a leading instrument to tell a different story.
All too often I feel that people are afraid. Afraid to get real, afraid to allow themselves to feel, and afraid of what might happen if they actually let go of their hurts. Trial and struggles in life are often the things that become the most beautiful parts of our story. Music and stories can help build a bridge to healing and I trust that within the recording of this album, some extraordinary things will be accomplished.
Anchor of Hope will be an album of songs that deal with the reality that life isn't always easy, but that hope can always be found. These songs on the album are inspired by things that I personally or those close to me have walked through and by songs that are very close to my heart and will bring life to the listener.
Firstly, I want to see those going through the midnight hour of life, be lifted up. The stories in these songs are not mine alone. Everyone knows what pain feels like on some level, my prayer is that the eyes of those walking through the storm would begin to see their focus and thoughts shift from the circumstance onto the light of the world who is coming to bring hope and restore joy to the hearts of men.
Second, it's my desire that people would find reflection in these's songs and look back on their own lives being reminded of how God intervened and showed himself faithful. Lastly, through these experiences, I hope this album draws people to a place of gratefulness and worship, while establishing the character of God on the inside.
Lastly, it's important to note that the album is ultimately about preparing our hearts to be forever connected and anchored to hope. Having hope produces life and the ability to shape the rest of our days along this journey in time, for the better; as we impact others with the light and hope that we have now found.
The songs are written, the music is being tweaked, and the recording studio is waiting to be booked, but I can't do it on my own, nor do I want to. I am always inspired by collaboration and by working together with people to accomplish something great. I can't record my album and release these songs all by myself, and I need your help to bring the music to life.
This goal covers most of the recording, mixing, mastering, duplication, and musician fees needed to make this a reality. If we don't reach at least this benchmark, no one who backed my campaign will be charged and the album doesn't go to production. It's that simple.
Once we pass our initial goal, extra funds will help expand the horizons of the 'Anchor Of Hope' project. From creative development, to orchestral strings, to added studio time, and the possibility of a music video; our goal of $13,000 would cover some of the desired bonuses that the musician inside of me longs to see accomplished.
While I know many of you are not investing to get a reward in return, it gives me the opportunity to express my gratitude in a real way for your sowing into me. I've worked on exclusive rewards such as a "listening party package" for instance which are designed to give to a level of return on your investment and a fun way for you to share your investment with others around you.
I pray that you find value in what is happening here and in partnering to release a strong message of hope to a world that is in dire need. We all have a story, and the music and songs within this album will undoubtedly pave the way for many to find common ground and begin to find the healing that comes in the true eternal hope that only Jesus Christ has to offer.
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My estimated delivery date for each bonus level is October 2013, coinciding with the estimated release of my album. In the event that delays are incurred, I will communicate directly with each backer. And again, if together we do not reach the minimum funds, nothing will be charged to you, and of course, bonuses will not be given.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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