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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 25 2019 4:39 PM UTC +00:00.

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* THE STRETCH!

First of all... YOU ALL ARE AMAZING!!! And I THANK YOU with all my HEART! The work is more possible now, and I will carry you all with me! There's a new song posted below that I want to record and put on the record with guest artists! When I perform it I want you all to sing along! DONATE NOW or RAISE a previous DONATION and get this song EARLY! And there are border trips being planned so far with two different organizations. I'm inspired more than I have ever been! We have until Thursday to reach for the sky and then ONWARD together! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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*WE DID IT!!! TOGETHER WE DID IT! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! Keep visiting and donating and look for a new song tomorrow!!! I'll be with you till Thursday! Scroll way down to watch a video of the BRAND NEW SONG and the STRETCH GOAL NEWS!

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*A Live version of one of the songs: Where We Are.

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 *BBC 4 Songwriter's Circle, London, UK

* FOR THOSE OF YOU NEW TO MY MUSIC ...

 I've been an internationally touring singer/songwriter since the release of my first recording, My Remembrance of You in 2006. Adopted as an infant I was raised on the East Coast and found my birthmother's family when I was twenty three in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. I met my grandfather who had played the Knoxville radio and barn-dance circuit with Chet Atkins when they were teenagers and my love of fiddles and banjoes and the sound of my own quirky voice finally made sense to me. Since then I've collaborated and shared the stage with many amazing artists including Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Peggy Seeger, Nanci Griffith, Ketch Secor, Mary Gauthier, Janis Ian, Steve Earle. Memorable television appearances include Later with Jools Holland, BBC Songwriters' Circle, and BBC 4 Folk America. To date I've released five original albums and have been fortunate enough to perform for many of you around the world. 


* WRITING THE NEW SONGS ...

Last summer I landed back in NYC after a tour with no new songs. The devastating election of 2016 had left myself and many of my artist friends unable to respond creatively. Then came news and more news of the deplorable treatment of asylum seekers at the US Mexican border and around the world. I'm known for writing songs that tell the stories of people from the past who didn't have a voice at the time they lived. In an attempt to make sense of what was happening last summer I began to write the stories I was hearing about, one voice at a time. My own need to “re-humanize” the people who were being dehumanized by our government and the press resulted in a flood of songs. By September I had twelve new songs and I decided to make a record. And now I'm asking you to be a part of it!

* STORIES OF REFUGEES, THE STORIES OF OUR TIME ...

Writing the songs is a beginning, telling the stories and getting them out into the world takes a village. Grammy Award winning producer and musician David Mansfield produced and played multiple instruments on the record. David's scores and music have inspired me for years (Songcatcher, Heaven's Gate, The Apostle, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez etc...) and I'm so grateful that he said yes! Guest artists include Richard Thompson, The Chapin Sisters, Jason Sypher on bass, Glenn Patscha on piano and Will Holshouser on Accordion. When the record is finished I'd like to have the freedom  to support my team of designers, agents, my manager, and PR both sides of the pond to make the arc of planning possible until the January, 2020 release. I'm thrilled to have Doug Yeager managing this project. Doug has worked in music and social justice for decades managing Josh White, Odetta and David Amram among others. Recently I played The Bluebird in Nashville, Tennessee. After the show a man came up to me and said, "Thank you for not being angry about politics and for telling the stories. I needed to hear them." I can't wait to tell the stories, to you, my friends, my fans, my family. Together we can begin the conversation. The rest will be history.

 * GRASSROOTS ...

At concerts I plan to partner with a local refugee organization and invite a spokesperson  to speak during intermission and connect the audience immediately with where and how they can help. Everyone will be able to donate to that organization directly after the show and learn more about other ways to be involved with their local and world refugee communities.  

*THE FUNDS ...

Some of the funds will be used for mastering, photography, design and packaging of the album as well as initial tour support. The biggest hurdle is promotion, letting more people know that the project exists, so the stories are heard and the larger connections and conversations can begin. PR opportunities for this project are new and exciting! As well as radio, print and online promotion we’re planning outreach to refugee organizations and churches that promote social justice and that’s just the beginning. I plan to donate songs to help these organizations spread the message and my time to organize and play benefits. It takes a village and together we can support a team that will spread these stories as far as they can go.

* WHATEVER YOU CAN DO WILL BE AMAZING

Any help means the world. I'm so grateful that you are taking the time to watch & read through this page. The next best thing to pledging is  sharing this page and campaign with others! I'm honored to have you join in the creative process with me! 


* NICE THINGS FOLKS HAVE SAID...

 “There’s some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on. I don’t know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious part of her soul.” -- Joan Baez

“Diana Jones is one of the best songwriters I have heard in a long, long time.” -- Steve Earle

“Diana Jones' "voice", both as a singer and songwriter, is completely her own - a rarity in today's world.” – Janis Ian

"(Diana Jones) writes her own songs, which she sings in such a haunting high lonesome that one can't help but wonder if she isn't the lost daughter of the Carter Family." -- Ann Patchett, NY Times

Risks and challenges

The music business is ever changing. As writers and performers the challenges are real. Realities such as the loss of CD sales, minuscule payment for streaming, the loss of venues, have made it more difficult to get the music to you, the audience, and also to make a living. I've thrown my heart before commerce in writing and recording this record because I believe that we will always need to hear our stories sung back to us. With your support you can make the difference as to how far Song To A Refugee will go!

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