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Baptized By Fire - Elisa Smith's Debut Full-Length Album

An all-original country music album with a rock n roll soul to be recorded in Nashville produced by Eddie Bayers and Caleb Gilbreath.

Baptized By Fire - Elisa Smith's Debut Full-Length Album

An all-original country music album with a rock n roll soul to be recorded in Nashville produced by Eddie Bayers and Caleb Gilbreath.

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About

My life changed forever when I was "baptized" by Garth Brooks. "Well, this is what we call being 'baptized by fire.' Get on up here and play us a song," he said. I was so nervous when he invited me up on stage to play a song for him and the 400 other people in the room that day, but when Garth Brooks invites you to play, you better play! As I played, I felt my fear of failure, my fear of people not liking what I had to say, my fear of playing the wrong chord or singing the wrong words all wash away. When I struck the final chord, I was different. I had been reborn. I had been baptized by fire. It was then that I knew what I wanted to title my first full-length album. 

It's been over 3 years in the making: listening to people's stories, traveling, writing, becoming a mother, playing, and singing, and I am finally ready to hit the studio and record Baptized By Fire. I fell in love with the guitar and that country sound when I was a little girl listening to my dad play gospel songs on Sunday mornings and my grandmother tell stories about seeing shows at the Opry in the 40's and 50's. And since Garth lit that fire under me, I've toured throughout New England, I've headlined festivals, and been featured on international country music blog and nationally syndicated radio like the Bull.

I want to invite you on this journey with me, and I won't be able to tell this story without your support. I am so excited about this project and I really hope you'll join me in making this record together!

Here's a little bit more about Baptized By Fire.

BBF will be a rock n' roll country anthem for everyone who has had to work hard for what they have. For everyone who has been burned and lives a fuller life because of it. The album will be a patchwork of stories, triumphs, and failures that praises what we all have in common: a life lived.

THE SONGS

Want a little preview? Here are a few acoustic demos of some of the tunes that will be on the record:

"You Look Like":  I wrote this song after watching a Buzzfeed video (one of my favorite pastimes) and I heard someone say their pick up line for a DM, "You look like you're going to ruin my life." What a brilliant idea for a song! When we record this in Nashville, my vision is to bring a little bit of that vintage Motown soul to it. I'd love to have a horn section on this one.

"Tomorrow": Every night when I lay my adorable 13-month old son in his crib, I get a little teary-eyed. I miss him so much that it's hard to say goodnight to him. But as I give him a little kiss on his forehead and quietly sneak off to turn out the light, I know that when I see him the next day, I will love him even more than I did the day before. This song shares that feeling of not wanting to let go, but knowing that you have to, and having the faith that your love will only grow.

"Lord, Have Mercy on Me": This is the most recent song I wrote and will be the last track on the album. It's a short gospel tune that deals with forgiveness and redemption. When we record it, we'll have 4-part harmonies, maybe a cappella? Who knows! We'll see what we come up with.

For this record, we're going to do a modern twist on that classic vintage country sound. The tunes will be driven by guitar and piano and will feature the usual suspects - fiddle, banjo, and pedal steel guitar. But we're planning on spicing it up a bit with a few strategically place beats, and maybe even a horn section on one of the songs!

THE PRODUCERS

I am super excited to work with two producers for this project: Eddie Bayers and Caleb Gilbreath.

Eddie Bayers 

Eddie is a session drummer who has played on over 300 gold and platinum albums and is the official drummer for the Opry. He received the Academy of Country Music ‘Drummer of the Year Award’ for fourteen years, and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards ‘Drummer of the Year’. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eddie's main contribution to BBF will be bringing together a killer crew, including legendary guitarist Brent Mason and engineer Mike Stankiewicz.


Caleb Gilbreath 

Caleb and I knew each other when we were both students at Berklee and I'm really looking forward to working with him as a producer! Caleb is a Nashville-based drummer, percussionist, and engineer. He has performed all over the world as the drummer and Music Director for Brett Eldridge. Caleb will also be the Music Director for BBF, working with me on song arrangements and helping me to ensure we get the right sounds and textures throughout the record. 

THE BUDGET

I want to do this right, and that means hiring producers, recording in a professional studio, and hiring killer musicians. My overall budget for this project is $12,000. About 80% of that amount will be the cost to pay for the studio, producers, and musicians. The other 20% will be put towards printing and distribution of the record. 

THE TIMELINE

My plan is to release BBF in early summer of 2020. I'll hit the studio sometime between late 2019 and early 2020 (If you opt for the "Super Fan" reward, I'll see you there!). Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, we'll work on mixing and mastering (and I can't wait to hear your thoughts if you opt for the "Your Two Cents" reward). People who back this project will hear BBF for the first time in late spring of 2020 (months before the rest of the world) and the official release party will be sometime in early summer 2020!

I am so excited about this project and I really hope you'll join me in making this record together!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is this project not getting fully funded. If that's the case, I'll wait 6 months, re-group, and try again!

I've given myself ample time to get the record right and so I'm not concerned about the timeline. I also recorded my first EP in Nashville and so I have a good understanding of the process and what it takes to get things done. With the funding, I'm confident I'll be able to deliver this project to my supporters and that the project will exceed their expectations :)

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    Elisa will write a song just for you! Give her anything you've got - lyrics, a chord progression, a melody, or even just an idea and she'll write a custom tune. You'll receive a chord and lyric sheet, an audio file, and a video file of the song. She'll also post it on instagram and facebook and tag you for the whole world to see.

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