UPDATE!: Hello everyone! We have reached our kickstarter goal for TWO new albums AND our stretch goal of making a children's book!! AHH!!! There's been some questions on the stretch goal so we just wanted to make a quick clarification:
- Everyone at the "Incredible Backer" level ($35) and higher will receive the children's book along with their other rewards. The book will be entitled "Gray Flowers," based on one of our earlier songs (listen here)
- Everyone at the "Casual Backer" level ($20) and higher will receive a digital download of the new Live Album(!) at the completion of the Kickstarter. It will be made available to the public at some unknown and mirky date in the distance...so you should just go for it now! Preview video below!
Thanks to everyone who has backed us - we keep saying it, but we're totally blown away by your support. Thank you!!!
Hello and welcome to our Kickstarter page! We are Dave and Licia Radford, aka The Gray Havens, a husband/wife narrative-pop-folk duo out of Nashville, TN. We write songs that aim to enchant the listener, awakening wonder and joy for the Lord and his glory through song.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
We got our start playing shows about four years ago, just after getting married. We played the same coffee shop every week (for a free, delicious bag of coffee), to the same faithful crowd of family members and friends. We kickstarted our first record, put it on Noisetrade, and asked those who downloaded the album if we could tour in their living rooms across the country for our first ever tour! (in our blue Taurus, Tina). *Fun fact - we were actually called Subjects and Heralds for one night, but couldn't remember it when people, who also couldn't remember it, asked to have it repeated. Not a good sign for any band-name.*
Community has been a huge part of The Gray Havens over the past four years. Our listeners (if you've been one of them, thank you!) have hosted us in their homes, churches, colleges, kickstarted ALL of our records to date, entertained our little 2 year old (Simon) during sound-checks (thank you!!), written us emails, letters, sent us packages, and prayed for us. Thank you!!
WHAT THIS KICKSTARTER IS FOR
Our last record was called Ghost of a King, and was produced by Ben Shive. Think of a producer like the construction manager and the artist as the architect who comes to the studio with a rough set of blueprints to start building with. Both are equally important and essential to the success of any given recording project, and Ben happens to be a ninja-level producer (steel-belt, 25th degree).
The FIRST part of this Kickstarter is to help fund OUR NEXT RECORD, produced by Ben Shive!! Woot!! We've already spent some time in the studio together, whittling down a list of song sketches and rough ideas to our absolute favorite to make this the best record we possibly can!
But wait! There's more!! The SECOND half of this Kickstarter is for our first ever LIVE RECORD! Woot! We had the honor of touring our Ghost of a King album last fall alongside a band and string sections from colleges around the country! We had this crazy idea to score all-new string parts, get some band members together, and hit the road to bring the fullness of Ghost of a King to the stage! It worked!, and we caught it all on audio. The record is currently being mixed for listening ears like yours to hear, and we can't wait to share it! The album will feature all the songs from Ghost of a King PLUS an additional three encore songs with the band (Silver, Far Kingdom, and Train Station). **All backers at the Casual Backer level and above will receive a digital download of the Live Record as soon as the Kickstarter concludes on May 2nd at 11:59pm!
GOALS AND TIMELINE
The project goal is set at $35,000 will help cover (for both projects) production, studio time, musicians, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, and graphic design.
The production timeline is thus: we're scheduled to record with Ben over the summer should have everything finished up in time for all of your rewards to arrive in your mailbox by mid-December! (Christmas presents anyone!??? Just saying).
OUR STRETCH GOAL! - $40,000
If we exceed our original funding goal, we will produce a children's book entitled Gray Flowers, based on one of our earlier songs (listen here). We have lots of ideas for this book (with Licia as illustrator-in-chief) and are hoping to make it a fun and enchanting read for both children and parents! **All backers at The Incredible Backer tier and up will receive the children's book if funded.
Speaking of backer tiers! Take a look to the right and you'll see all our goofy-named backer tiers. There's something here for everyone, from the Budget Backer on up. We'd be honored if you joined us in backing our next studio album and first ever live record! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Risks and challenges
The risks will be many, the challenges great,
The songs may stink, Dave's arms may break,
But whatever the trials, we'll weather them all,
Down chimney's by Christmas, your CD's will fall!
- (29 days)