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This is IT! My very 1st REAL album of songs I've written & produced with the best talent in Nashville. Let's Set This World On Fire!
This is IT! My very 1st REAL album of songs I've written & produced with the best talent in Nashville. Let's Set This World On Fire!
186 backers pledged $17,060 to help bring this project to life.

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54 hours!!! 54 HOURS!!!! WE DID IT!!! YOU DID IT!!!! I am so insanely overwhelmed and humbled and grateful and BLOWN AWAY!!!! THIS IS NUTS!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! I cannot even believe the support and the love. 

The funding period will continue until the 12th of May. Anything that we raise over the original amount will go towards additional songs on the album!!! I can't even believe this! I never thought, in a million years, that this would be happening!! That I could maybe ADD MORE songs- MORE MUSIC for the world to hear!!! YOU DID THIS!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

I have picked out another song that I wrote a few weeks ago that I would love to add to the album. It's called "That's What You Get". Ironically enough, my mom texted me this morning: "Just had an ah-ha moment! St. Anthony has NEVER failed me yet! So I thought I would pray that you find "exactly what you are looking for!" Couldn't hurt!"

My response: "Do you realize that I debuted a brand new song last night at Tin Pan South called "That's What You Get When You Find What You're Looking For"?

I now know, without a doubt, that this song needs to be on that record! You guys are so fantastic! I seriously called my mom crying when I saw the numbers roll in! Unbelievable! 

You should know that this is NOT NORMAL! Kickstarter projects usually take the ENTIRE funding period and there is usually a HUGE push at the end. YOU ARE NOT NORMAL! YOU ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!  

Love Beyond Love.... Danika

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Welcome friends, family, and fans!!! 

You have no idea how excited I am that you're here- on MY Kickstarter page! I love you already! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 

As you probably have gathered by now, I'm FINALLY making an EP! A REAL ALBUM!!! Like, it's going on iTunes and EVERYTHING! The hard copies will come with shrink wrap! SHRINK WRAP -I tell you!!! That is legit.

The skinny: I have come a long way since I moved to Nashville almost 3 years ago. I've been patient- which has been a challenge at times...But I have been patiently watching, learning, and exploring. I started writing- daily. I started performing out- not just in Nashville but around the country. I started recording demos and getting comfortable in a studio. And... I worked like a dog. At one point I was working 5 different jobs, 7 days a week, all while still writing and recording and playing. I was and still am relentless because I believe in what I'm doing. I know I'm on the right path- but I can't do this- make this amazing EP- without your help. 

Unfortunately, it is going to take a lot of money to pull this off. I mean A LOT of money. Like 1 million dollars.

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Just kidding. Had you sweating there, didn't I? Okay, so not quite a million dollars- but my goal is to raise $10,000. That money will go towards the studio, musicians, background singers, engineering, mixing, mastering, producing, printing, album design, videos and promotion. 

But here is the kicker... Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, which means if I don't reach my goal by the end of the funding period, I don't get to use any of the money you have pledged and you won't be charged.... which obviously...makes me super nervous because the stakes are quite high.

But not to fear- I'm not simply asking for a handout. On the right hand side of the page I've got some pretty cool rewards for my backers: everything from a signed copy of the EP, to a personal song written just for you, to a private house concert! Anything you can do, helps TREMENDOUSLY! No amount is too small and every dollar counts! 

I would love to have you be a part of this amazing project with me! I've hired the best of the best in Nashville to work on this EP with me and I cannot wait for you to hear the end result! I'm ready- my songs are ready-now I just need the recordings and production to do them justice so some of the big wigs over at the record labels will say, "We HAVE to sign this Danika girl!" 

This is the next step; the next thing that's going to change the trajectory of not only my life, but my career. I can't do it alone. So, I am cordially inviting you to go on this journey with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you- from the bottom of my heart. Your support means more than you'll ever know. Now, let's go set this world on fire!

Love, Danika

Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges we may face in completing this project include production delays in the studio or delays in the printing of the physical albums. If setbacks arise, I will personally keep all backers informed on what is going on with the project so we're all on the same page!

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    Reward #1: Thank you for your support! Every dollar makes a HUGE difference! All backers will receive EXCLUSIVE email updates as well as a shout-out on Twitter and Facebook- because I already know how cool you are, but we need to let the rest of the world know too!

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    Reward #2: Okay, you are seriously awesome. You will receive a free digital download of the album as soon as it's available! (You'll probably hear it before my mom! ... don't tell her that!) PLUS...Your name is going to be listed on my website!!! All backers in this category ALSO receive Reward #1!

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    Reward #3: I love you. There. I said it. You will get an autographed copy of the album delivered right to your front door! PLUS and autographed poster as well as your name on my website PLUS Reward #1!

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    Reward #4: You are pretty special! Ah!! You will receive autographed physical copies of my first 2 demo compilation CD's: Chapter One AND Chapter Two (20 songs total)! PLUS your name on my website and EVERYTHING from Rewards #3 and #1! You rock-star, you!

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    Reward #5: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! YOU, my dear friend, will receive a handwritten lyric sheet to any song (that I've written) of your choosing! I'm even breaking out the fancy paper for this puppy! (Sorry in advance for my 2nd-grade-boy-like-handwriting!- I get it from my dad!) PLUS get your name on my website and receive everything from Rewards #4, #3 and #1!

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    Reward #6: Let's chat. No really. I'll call you on the phone or via Skype and let's chat for 15 minutes! I'll tell you everything about the EP project, or life in Nashville, sing you a song, or contemplate the weather! PLUS, get your name on my website and receive everything from Reward #4, #3 AND Reward #1! THANK YOU!!!!

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    Reward #7: This could get embarrassing... real quick, folks! I'm going to send you the original work tapes for all of the songs on the EP. No one else will have these recordings (thank goodness for that)! PLUS get your name on my website as well as Rewards #4, #3, and #1!

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    Reward #8: Pick 3 songs and I'll surprise you with a recorded cover of one of them, put it on YouTube and personally dedicate it to you on my YouTube channel! PLUS get your name on my website as well as Rewards #4, #3, and #1

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    Reward #9: I will personally write a song JUST FOR YOU. You give me the topic/storyline/idea and I'll personally write and record a 60 second song and send you the mp3! (I will retain the copyright and 100% of the publishing of the song. Kickstarter rules forbid rewards to offer "financial returns or investments.) PLUS get your name on my website as well as Rewards #4, #3, and #1!

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    Reward #10: This is going to be fun! Private 30 minute concert via Skype (or in person if you're within 30 miles of Nashville)! PLUS your name on my website as well as Reward #4, #3, and #1. But wait, there's more... PLUS your choice of one of the following: Rewards #7, #8, or #9.

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    Reward #11: Two hour songwriting workshop. I'll teach you everything I know about songwriting! Either via Skype or in person (Nashville only). OR- if you're not an aspiring song-writer, let's get lunch and coffee! Nashville, Central or Northwest Iowa only (date and time to be determined by both parties, cost does not include your travel expenses). PLUS get your name on my website and receive Rewards #4, #3, and #1!

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    Reward #12: A day in the life of... Danika? Yes, that's me! Get the Nashville experience! See what I do on a day-to-day basis as a singer/songwriter in Nashville. I will be your personal tour guide for a whole day! We can even write a song and record it in the studio, if you're up for it!! (Cost does not include your travel expenses to Nashville). PLUS get your name on my website and receive Rewards #4, #3, and #1 AND your choice of one the following: Rewards #7, #8, #9 or #10.

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    Reward #13: The mother-load... HOUSE CONCERT!!! YES. YES. YES!!!!! 2 hour show for you and all your friends!!! (Cost includes my travel within the Continental US only: Outside the US, you’ll have to pay my travel costs. Please allow 2 months in advance to schedule.) This is pretty much as cool as it gets. PLUS I will attempt to help you cook dinner for your guests (although, I will let you know that my specialty is... cereal- I WILL TRY MY BEST! I'll even call up my Grandma and get some SERIOUS homegrown-home run recipes!) PLUS get your name on my website and receive Rewards #4, #3, and #1!

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Funding period

- (45 days)