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Classically trained jazz violinist-vocalist Diane Perry makes romantic debut CD & hosts songwriting contest. Listen and fall in love! Read more

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Classically trained jazz violinist-vocalist Diane Perry makes romantic debut CD & hosts songwriting contest. Listen and fall in love!

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Hello music lovers and potential project backers! Thanks for visiting my project.

I need your help to finish what promises to be the recording that will take my career to the next level. Please check out the video, listen to clips on my website, tell others about my project via email, facebook or even just talking, and contribute to get some cool personalized rewards for helping.

If my funding goal is met, contributors like you will receive great rewards at the levels listed at right. Rewards like copies of the recording of course, birthday greetings, writing a song with me, special access to extra materials etc., plus the possibility of a surprise bonus reward to all if I exceed the original funding goal and reach $10,000!

I AM ALSO ADDING A TWITTER SONGWRITING COMPETITION TO THE PROJECT! If you want to enter, all you have to do is become a backer by pledging at least a dollar to my project for each submission, and then contact me through the site to submit either your lyrics, your melody, or a complete song. I will select at least one winner, and the winning submission will be arranged by me and recorded. You and the other backers will receive a copy of the finished song. By submitting a song, song lyric, or song melody, you agree that your submission may be used for recording and distribution to the backers, and that we each will have rights to our own contribution to the finished product. I look forward to your song submissions, and hope they will be in the jazz or pop vein appropriate to the style of music I perform, but they don't have to be to win. After all, a good song is a good song, right?

SEE UPDATE #4 FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SONGWRITING CONTEST INCLUDING HOW YOU MAY WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK FOR THE RECORDING SESSIONS!.

Also, you can follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute info about the competition. On twitter, I am DianePerryJazz.

Anyway, you want to hear about the project, right? Well, here's the gist of it. Although I have been a professional gigging musician all of my adult life, have produced, co-produced, and helped produce recordings for others, and have been featured on recordings for others, I have never issued a recording of my own.

My initial funding goal is for actual recording costs (studio, engineer, and the other instrumentalists on the recording sessions), but the need for funding doesn't stop there.

After the recording sessions I will still need to mix the tracks, and master the project. I will need photos and artwork for the CD itself. Then there is CD replication costs, mechanical licenses for the songs, and finally promotional materials and a proper CD release party and performance. I will cover these costs, but every additional dollar I get over the initial funding goal will help with these additional expenses. That is why I am offering additional bonuses to all backers if the funding goes over $10,000.

I have a seven song demo which I recorded last year. The song you hear on my video is one of them. I want to "fix and mix" some of what I already have, and record some more tunes, including possibly a few originals, to expand this rough-mixed demo into a full-fledged, professionally packaged CD that can be sold both on the web and at my shows.

Although I am proud of what I have accomplished on my demo, it is not entirely finished. I need to represent more of the different types of music I do, show off my abilities at scatting, and showcase some of my original songs. I also need to remix the already recorded material. I want this, my debut recording as a solo artist, to represent the very best of what I am able to do, and so it must be world-class in terms of quality.

So, this is the way it works: You can pledge any dollar amount to help me finance the production of this recording, and if the project is successfully funded by the deadline, you will get, along with my gratitude and the satisfaction of being a backer and helping my career, the reward that is listed at that dollar amount at right.

If the funding goal is not reached by the deadline, you will be charged nothing, and I will receive...

nothing.

BUT that won't happen, right?

In fact, if there is some reward that you think you'd like to have that is not listed, I would relish getting some more ideas, you creative genius, you!

My new CD, when finished, will be sent to clubs and festivals, both local and world-wide, as I look for more opportunities to share this music that I love so much, and sold at my gigs, and on the web.. Gig sales are especially important, they subsidize the sometimes inadequate pay so I can afford to hire the best accompanists while still sharing my talent with more and more people.

After all, music is really about communication. I can sit and sing and play to my heart's delight in my living room, but self-expression, as nice as that is, isn't really accomplished until what you want to express has reached someone else.

This is why I reach out to you, Kickstarter community. I will be writing frequent updates so you can track and follow the progress of the planning and execution of the whole process. ALL REWARDS WILL BE AUGMENTED BY BONUSES IF I REACH THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING GOAL OF $10,000.

Please take a moment to check out the video above; you will be able to hear one of the tracks on my demo. You can listen to more of my music, including tracks that feature my violin playing, on my website, dianeperryjazz.com. and check out my blog, dianeperryjazzviolin.com.

I would be so grateful if you will support my efforts to finally release a beautiful CD of my own. My project begins the night I open for jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, at The Minstrel Concert Series, 26 Normandy Heights Rd in Morristown, NJ, Friday, March 4, 2011.

So please, listen to the music, help spread the word about my project, send me your comments and let me know what you think, and contribute if you can. Thanks for checking out my project!

Sincerely,

Diane Perry dianeperryjazz.com

dianeperryjazzviolin.com

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    STAR!-TER BACKERS PACKAGE! Thank you for considering helping my project along. This pledge will give you access to backers-only updates, including video from my last show, and occasional free downloads, as well as the possibility of a surprise bonus! Plus, I'll be able to keep in touch with you through the site. This is also the MINIMUM backers level for entering your song, lyrics or melody to the songwriters competition. All this for just a buck! Thank you!

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    PERSONALIZED THANK YOU! A beautiful signed photo/postcard mailed to you from me, Diane Perry with my thanks! You will also receive special offers, and all backers-only updates, including video from my last show and occasional free downloads.

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    7 DOWNLOADS & THANKS! Digital download of seven songs (my selection) from the finished CD plus a signed photo/postcard with my thanks!

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    10 DOWNLOADS! Digital download of ten songs (my selection) from the finished CD project!

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    10 DOWNLOADS AND THANKS! Digital download of ten of the songs (my selection) from the CD plus a personal photo/postcard of thanks!

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    1 backer

    COMPLETE DOWNLOAD AND THANKS! Digital download of the entire CD, plus signed photo/postcard with my thanks!

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    11 backers

    THE REAL THING! The actual finished CD, sent to any US address.

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    THE REAL PERSONAL THING! The finished CD, signed by me, sent to any US address, and a personalized photo/postcard of thanks!

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    DOUBLE HAPPINESS! Two autographed copies of the finished CD and two photo/postcards! (sent to a single US address) Only $8 more than the real personal thing!

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    BIRTHDAY GREETINGS! I will call, on the day specified, any US phone number and serenade that person with a violin solo of Happy Birthday, on your behalf! First ten at this low price!

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    SPICY DINNER MIX!!! Along with 2 copies of the CD you will also receive a generous container of my amazing personal blend of delicious roast chicken seasoning! Make the absolutely most delicious roasted chicken you ever tasted! Also great on steak, pork, and grilled portabello mushrooms for you vegans, too. Invite someone over for an evening with a special meal and romantic music, both mixed by me!

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    BIRTHDAY GREETINGS! Don't worry if you were not among the first ten, you can still get Birthday greetings for your beloved (or for yourself) at the $60 level.

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    FOREIGN DOUBLE HAPPINESS! Two autographed copies of the CD and personalized photo/postcards sent to a single address outside the US. Ooo la la! (duty may be extra)

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    1 backer

    BIRTHDAY GREETINGS PLUS! The birthday greeting plus TWO copies of the CD, one to enjoy and one to give as a gift! Plus two photo/postcards, one autographed thanking you, and one included to accompany the gift. (sent to one US address)

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    SPECIAL ACCESS! Get access to video clips from the recording sessions, plus two signed copies of the CD, access to unreleased tracks, progress reports, and personalized photo/postcards of thanks.

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    2 backers

    POWER PRE-ORDER! You want to help out, and spread the word? Pledge $100 and get four copies of the CD, one to enjoy and three to share, signed or shrink-wrapped, (your choice,) plus 10 photo/postcards, and personal note thanking you for helping out!

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    1 backer

    SERENADE! I will play and sing for you, live, at an event within 120 miles of me, unaccompanied, for 30 minutes, plus 2 gift-wrapped copies of the CD. Date venue and time must be mutually agreeable. Great idea for a romantic dinner with a loved one, marriage (or other) proposal, or surprise Mom, Dad, or your boss!

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    LET'S WRITE A SONG! I will write music to your lyrics, or lyrics to your music! Send me your part, and you will get back a finished lead sheet, plus an informally recorded version of the finished song and a copy of my CD. I reserve the right to amend your work slightly, or refuse any lyrics I deem objectionable.

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    DUO DELIGHT! A one hour private concert. Diane Perry and an accompanist to be named later at your home, a nursing facility, your office, your backyard, your music room, man cave, favorite dining spot, or other space, plus two gift-wrapped CDs. Mutually agreeable date to be worked out. If beyond 120 miles from me, I will negotiate travel expenses for me and my accompanist separately. Please contact me first if that is so.

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    TRIO TEMPTATION! Diane Perry Violin and vocals performance, accompanied by bass and either piano or guitar. Four gift-wrapped CD's, 2 signed posters, forty photo/postcards to invite people with, and invite for four to the CD release party. Date, time and location to be worked out. Contact for additional details if you are over 120 miles from me for additional expenses.

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    QUARTET PERFORMANCE! All of the rewards (and restrictions) in Trio Temptation but obviously with a quartet performance. Either piano, bass, drums and me, or piano, bass, guitar and me, your choice. I guarantee it will be an unforgettable show, just for you and whomever you invite.

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    PRODUCERS PACKAGE! A special framed plaque to thank you for your crucial help in the production of the CD, four signed copies of the CD, four additional CDs, personal note of thanks, 50 photo/postcards to announce your role to your friends, a framed poster, special thanks and listing in the CD insert as producer, and invitation for you and four guests to CD release performance. (includes dinner)

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