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'Home is Here' ...
... is the first Worship Album produced by Crowned, a new collective led by Andi Norton, Matt Bridle and Gary Todd. It is the culmination of a shared dream each one of us has independently had for more than 15 years. Like so many of us, we have often put to one side the dreams we have for one reason or another. But now, with the right support network in place, we believe it’s time to follow these dreams that God put in our hearts all those years ago.
Here is a small clip from a demo track of Track 1. We produced this for the Kickstarter video and, although not the finished product (most of this recording will not make it onto the album), it should give you a sense of the music we are making.
The primary aim of the collective is to help bring fresh revelation of the reality of God being our Father and us as Christians being His royal sons and daughters. We will produce a full 12-track album, funded through Kickstarter, featuring songs written by members of the collective. Based at GodFirst Church (in Dorset, UK) we have been leading worship for many years, writing original songs whilst on our journey with God, and some of these songs will feature on the album.
God is royalty. He is the most royal being who ever existed. No power in the cosmos can challenge His authority. No other title is greater than His Name. He has in His hands the power of life and death. He reigns with justice. He rules with dignity. He holds His head high and laughs. He has the final word.
As Christians, we are sons and daughters of God. We are brothers and sisters of King Jesus. We have been chosen and adopted into God’s family because of His unprecedented love. We are honoured princes and princesses, seated with Christ as He reigns in complete authority. We are cherished children of the Most High. We have a Father who is crowned King over all, and our Father has crowned us with His love.
Why 'Home is Here'?
Part of the journey we’ve been on as a church has been simply to realise that what the Bible says about God’s love for us is actually true (that’s a shocker, we know, but bear with us). God is entirely good. He doesn’t have a mean streak. He doesn’t have 'bad moods'. He doesn’t have 'off days'. He is love - and He always will be. God’s anger against our sin was totally taken away from us by Jesus. He doesn’t keep a bit of wrath in His 'holy back pocket' to get out and wave threateningly at us when we make a bad decision. Every last scrap of our guilt and our shame was removed by Christ. God has personally and permanently adopted each of us. He is a good Father. Everything He does in our direction is because of His love for us. In everything that happens to us, He is working determinedly to do us good - and nothing is going to stop Him. Our Father accepts us. Our Father approves of us. Oh, and our Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. We are His, and we can rest secure - at home in His love.
It is our desire, as a collective, to produce this album for the reasons we have stated above. In order to make the album, we need to reach our goal. The majority of these funds will go towards studio time and manufacture of CDs. We have also been able to utilise the substantial skills within the wider team to keep costs down, as shown in the breakdown below.
£175 - Kickstarter fees (relative to total pledged)
£145 - Payment fees (relative to total pledged)
£1300 - Music production & studio time (reduced rate)
FREE - Artwork, web design & marketing materials
£1200 - CD production
£480 - Other rewards (subject to rewards selected)
FREE - Music video filming and production
£100 - Online music distribution
£90 - Postage (subject to rewards selected)
TOTAL = £3,500
Please note: If anyone wishes to fund a significant portion of this project, but wants to ensure others are involved, do not fear; if we meet our target quickly, we have some additional value we would like to bring to backers through further 'stretch goals', allowing more people to back the project. Additional funds would also allow us to produce more music within the collective in the future.
From all of us, we want to thank you in advance for your support in making a dream we've had for so long become a reality.
Who's at the head of this Album?
Andi Norton is an enthusiastic songwriter and musician (primarily guitar). He has led worship for 15 years and played in secular bands since he was 15. He is well-versed in organising large youth music events and is also a whizz with a camera/video-editing suite.
Matt Bridle is a musical swiss-army knife! As our Musical Director, he brings years of experience both in musicality and visionary composition. With his wife Rachel, Matt runs a community choir and puts this whole album on a firm footing.
Gary Todd has produced several albums and, as a multi-instrumentalist, is used to filling in the musical and technical gaps. A designer, publisher and tech expert, he gives the project a professional quality that takes the whole album to another level.
In addition, we have the input and support of a variety of gifted singers and musicians, which will serve to tantalise the eardrums and bring the listener into closer worship with our Lord and Saviour.
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Risks and challenges
Where as we hope to have a quick turn around within this project and have a clear strategy for doing so, we are aware that some processes can take longer than expected at times. In the nature of this, we would keep all backers updated with regular, ongoing progress and any changes to the deadline. We hope we can finish the album earlier, rather than later.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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