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An all new recording from Christian music veteran Crystal Lewis...songs that will stir your soul and heal your heart.
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i have this memory of my dad coming home after work one day and handing me 2 things: a last days ministries little booklet and a keith green record. i was maybe 9 or 10 years old. i vividly remember sitting in front of the record player and listening to that album again and again. those songs affected me. the music moved me. my heart heard something in it beyond what the music itself was saying. it shaped me.  

music does that, you know. it inspires. it stirs. it takes us places and creates moments and memories that can literally last throughout a lifetime. in addition to my musical foundation being built on keith green, i also have distinct memories at the opposite end of the musical spectrum that involve michael jackson and whitney houston and aretha franklin. those moments, too, are sealed in my mind, with all the details of where i was, who i was with, even what i was wearing in some cases! 

if music can stimulate our minds and our memories and our bodies so dramatically, so distinctly, how much more our hearts and souls. i think that's why i'm so grateful for the early influences in my life. keith green, of course. andrae crouch. amy grant. the winans family. bebe and cece. even hymns played a huge part in my initial musical foundation. though musically speaking, my experience with hymns was like most of yours, if you grew up in a traditional church... it involved simply the piano and organ (of course my mom was playing one or the other so you know there were some crazy chords being thrown in!) but still.... it was the WORDS that made the lasting impression. the music was somewhat superfluous.... the lyrics carried the truth straight to my heart. that's why they continue to affect me today. it's why i still sing them. 

God used those early influences to shape and steer me onto the path i've been on for over 25 years. and now... the music industry has changed so completely, it's an altogether different animal. between the vast amount of social media outlets, itunes, spotify, pandora etc... the opportunities for self-employed, independent artists like me are endless. the fans and music buyers also now have immeasurable options open to them. to pick and choose, to support and partner in ways that deepen the bond between artist and fan beyond the music. 

i love singing about Jesus. i wasn't forced to, nobody chose that path for me. the doors of opportunity were opened to me on multiple levels. but i believe in what i'm singing about. and in the same way those artists that i loved and listened to in my younger days helped to shape my heart in those early years, i want to give that same gift to people. and i suppose i have along the way... to a certain extent. but i'm not done yet. i've got more to give. more to say. another song or two to sing. 

so... i'm asking for your support. the goal of this kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for a new record. an album of songs that i trust will make you happy, assist in making life long memories, give you hope. inspire you, move you, affect you. shape you. but most of all serve to help build your foundation on the rock of truth

i can't thank you enough for your friendship and support over the years. take a look at the great reward packages we've put together and please please consider partnering with me in this. we can't do it without you!

Risks and challenges

once our project is funded the potential delays or obstacles we could possibly encounter are as follows:
we do live in Montana, which is somewhat remote. so the fact that it's not as easy to fly to different places (as easy as it would be if i lived somewhere like L.A. for instance) could potentially extend recording time. in addition, i'll be working around other artists/musicians schedules as well as my own. we've all got pre-arranged dates and commitments, that could possibly mean recording could take longer to accomplish. we won't be wasting any time... it just might take a little longer to get things complete. but we will be setting a release date with our distributor and be doing everything in our power to meet that release date.
we are a mom and pop organization! literally. our label, Metro One, currently has 3 employees: me, Brian (husband) and izzi (daughter...who is also an artist on our label!) i'm hoping to recruit a couple of friends to help with fulfillment of all the orders and rewards! otherwise, we could encounter delays based on our limited number of hands.
sometimes independent artists/labels have a harder time creating momentum... that's where YOU come in! THATS the beauty of social media and the freedom of independence... you get to take to the streets, to the airwaves, to the internet, to the world and spread the word!

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    this option is for anyone that simply wants to support this project without receiving anything in return... you can fill in any amount you'd like. thank you from the bottom of my heart

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    //REWARD #1//
    Digital download of the first single from the new album prior to it's release to the public + access to a private, acoustic online show that will be streamed LIVE here in Montana! (date of show TBD)

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    //REWARD #2//
    Digital download of the new album prior to it's release to the public + access to the private, online LIVE show! (date of show TBD)

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    //REWARD #3//
    Signed CD! + the digital download of the new album + access to the private, online LIVE show!

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    ($ 25) RECOMPENSA # 3A / / ¡CD en ESPAÑOL autografiado por Crystal Lewis! así como la descarga digital del futuro álbum en español + acceso al ¡show en vivo y privado en línea!

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    //REWARD #4//
    15 minute downloadable audio vocal lesson + signed CD + digital download of the new album + access to the private, online LIVE show!

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    //BONUS REWARD // BOTH English AND Spanish CD's signed! + digital download in BOTH English AND Spanish + 15 minute downloadable audio vocal lesson + access to the private, live, online show!
    ($ 50) / / RECOMPENSA PLUS / / ¡CDs en INGLÉS y ESPAÑOL autografiados por Crystal Lewis! + Descarga digital de los versiones en Inglés y Español del futuro álbum + 15 minutos descargables de audio de una lección vocal pre-grabada, dictada por Crystal Lewis + acceso al ¡show en vivo y privado en
    línea!

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    //REWARD #5//
    ALL accompaniment trax to the songs from the new album! + 15 minute downloadable audio vocal lesson + signed CD + digital download of the new album + access to the private, online LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #6//
    Montana Breakfast Package// a set of STANDard cards*+ a bag of coffee beans from one of our family's favorite local coffee roasters (BlackCoffee Roasting Co., Missoula, Montana) + a white coffee mug, personalized with a line of lyrics from one of my songs + the recipe for my husbands famous frittata! in addition you get everything from the previous rewards
    *The STANDard cards are a set of 12 4x6 cards that have been designed by 5 different local Montana artists... that happen to also be friends of mine! These cards are for you to write your memory verse on each month... visit my blog for details! (http://crystallewis.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-standard.html)

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    //REWARD #7//
    you will have your name in the credits of the album as supporter! + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll throw in the Montana Breakfast Package as well + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #8//
    Be my guest at an EXCLUSIVE CD release party in my old stomping ground...Orange County, CA!!! you and a guest will join me in celebrating the release of the new album... i'll sing some old classics and debut some of the new songs as well. we'll have sweets and coffee and even a photo booth where we can take pictures together! (date TBD) in addition you get EVERYTHING else from the previous packages! (the CD release party is open to those outside the Orange County area, however you will be responsible for your own travel/lodging expenses)

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    //REWARD #9//
    30 minute LIVE (via Skype) vocal lesson with me!! + access to the CD release party!! + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll throw in the Montana Breakfast Package as well + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show! (we can set up a time that works with both of our schedules in the next couple of months for the lesson)

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    //REWARD #10// your choice of 25 accompaniment trax from my catalog + MY CD CATALOG! Everything i can get my hands on... + one piece of vintage CL merch + access to the cd release party (if you're in the orange county area) + your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll throw in the coffee, mug and STANDard cards + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #11//
    The Cowgirl Package// your choice of a pair of my vintage cowboy boots (size 7) + the Montana Breakfast Package (reward #6) + access to our private CD release party!(if you're in the OC area) + your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #12//
    The Orange Dress + a signed/framed photo of me wearing said dress at the Harvest Crusade! + your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll throw in the Montana Breakfast Package + access to the CD release party in OC + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #13//
    I'll be your shopping buddy for the day!! one of my friends and i will join you and one of your friends for an afternoon at the mall! we can discuss music and life over coffee or lunch plus get some shopping in! (this reward is CA or MT only based on my availability and travel plans... unless you want to cover travel costs to your area in addition) + you also get your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll throw in the Montana Breakfast Package + you'll be my guest at the CD release party! + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    CL acoustic concert at your house or school or church! (you must provide airfare for 2) + in addition you get your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + i'll send you the Montana Breakfast Package + if you're in the OC area, i'd love to have you at the cd release party as well! + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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    //REWARD #15//
    CL full band show for your wife's birthday? your daughter's sweet 16? your wedding anniversary? your church's special event? (details TBD according to booking requirements/schedule) you must provide travel expenses for 6 (myself, my husband and 4 band members) + you get your name in the credits of the album + i will hand write the lyrics to your favorite CL song + the Montana Breakfast Package + access to the CD release party if you live in the Orange County area + all accompaniment trax to the new songs from the new record + the 15 minute downloadable vocal lesson + the signed CD + the digital download of the record + AND access to the private, online, LIVE show!

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