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Let's make a record together! I need YOUR help...I've written 13 songs that I love and want you to hear. We need $30k in 40 days! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 17, 2014.

Let's make a record together! I need YOUR help...I've written 13 songs that I love and want you to hear. We need $30k in 40 days!

Athens, GA Music
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Hello my dearest friends, family and supporters -- 

First, I wanted to tell you that I've missed you! My sweet husband, Michael and I have been traveling all over the country playing my music, seeing so many new faces, and experiencing so many new cities for the past 2 years! Being a full time musician has always been my goal, and even though it has its tough moments, we really feel like we are living our dream. We've been able to completely support ourselves as independent artists, without a record label. 

Although there are many positive aspects of being an independent artist, there are definitely down sides as well. The main thing that holds me back when it comes to pursuing my career is finding the funding to make it all happen. EVERYTHING in music is expensive, and as an up-and-coming artist, there aren't many opportunities for me to make the kind of money that I need to cover the extensive costs of making a record.  

I've written a handful of new songs that are so very important to me and fully explain where I am in my life right now. I've been thinking and writing about love (as usual), but for this first time in awhile I've been writing about life, about growing up, about traveling, about friendships--and I love singing about these things. I'm so passionate about these songs, and I want to turn them into a record!

So here's where you come in...

In order to make a record this summer WE NEED (and want) YOUR HELP!

Sadly, making a full-length record is incredibly expensive, mainly because it takes a LOT of work, a LOT of time, and requires the skills of the most talented people. Record labels often give artists over $100,000 to make an album, but I've found an amazing producer who has committed to a price that is much more affordable to us--we need $30,000 in order to make this album happen.

Here we are at KICKSTARTER.COM -- It is a place where you can safely donate money to a creative project that you believe in, and in return the artist can offer incentives and rewards for your donation.

So if you'll take a look to the right, there's a list of incentives and rewards that I've posted for anyone who wants to be a part of making this record! I've spent a lot of time trying to make these things feel incredibly special, because I believe that if you are donating ANY of your money to help me accomplish my dream of making a record, you should receive something priceless and exclusive in return. 

You'll notice there are some exclusive "Kickstarter Backer" items like a t-shirt, an art print, a coffee mug, and the chord book that were designed specifically and only for you backers. ALSO there are some special items like the the Skype call, the double date, the house show and the songwriters day that are unique because we'll get to spend some time together. It boils down to this -- I'm not just looking to take your money, I want to give you something FUN, valuable, and enjoyable in return. I want you to ENJOY being a part of this process just as much as I will enjoy (and be incredibly grateful) to make the record.

So if you would like to make a record with me, just click the "back this project" button above and get started.

THANK you for reading this post and considering donating some of your money to make this music come to life. ALL Kickstarter backers will receive exclusive updates about the whole recording process, insider information on the songs and the album, a digital download of the new album before it comes out and a digital copy of an unreleased song.  

However, HERE'S THE CATCH. If we don't raise all of the money in the 40 days, I DON'T GET ANY OF THE MONEY at all. That's right, none of your credit cards will be charged, and I'll have to cancel the studio time.

So if you do decide to give, it would help me infinitely if you would also help spread the word! Anything works from email, twitter, facebook, to phone calls or gym conversations. 

 If you're unsure, but you think that you would buy the album once it comes out, you can always donate $10 (the price of the album) to my Kickstarter, and you will receive MORE than just the album. So you can see it like a pre-order with some perks (unreleased songs, email updates, etc).

Even if you can't give, which I understand, please help us spread the word!

That's all for now! Thanks so much for your time, and 

LET'S MAKE A RECORD TOGETHER

Emily Hearn 

p.s. For those of you who have never heard my music before and are interested in taking a listen, check out the music video for my song "Found A Heart"

CLICK HERE TO HEAR SOME OF EMILY'S MUSIC

Also, here's a sneak peek at some of the rewards that I have hand-designed just for you!

Limited Edition "I Made A Record with Emily Hearn" T-shirt, designed by Emily!
Limited Edition "I Made A Record with Emily Hearn" T-shirt, designed by Emily!
Limited Edition "Like Ships Need The Sea" mug, designed by Emily!
Limited Edition "Like Ships Need The Sea" mug, designed by Emily!
Limited Edition "Found a Heart" art print, designed by Emily! *8x10 *frame not included
Limited Edition "Found a Heart" art print, designed by Emily! *8x10 *frame not included
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Risks and challenges

If my project is funded, we will go into the recording studio from July 1-July 19. My part of the recording will be done at that point, but then several other important aspects come in to play before we can get the album to you, and then release it. First the producer will finish any recording, then the songs will be mixed and then sent to mastering. The final step will be getting the album duplicated and shipped back to us. At that point (we are estimating around September or perhaps August) we will be able to send your packages to your house.

From the moment you pledge until October (the month we are hoping to release the album) we will be keeping you updated with every aspect of the recording process and the status of your rewards.

It is possible that somewhere along the way we could get set back from our timetable, but at the very least we will be releasing the album before the end of 2014, and NO MATTER WHAT you will receive your advanced digital copy of the album before we release it to the world.

One of the main obstacles we will face when it comes to getting you the physical rewards to you is the Post Office. It's expensive to ship, so we definitely want to ship everything in your package at once (rather than sending them as they come in, which would result in multiple packages to individual backers). So your physical rewards will come at once, as soon as possible. I've already designed everything from the tshirt to the mug and the print, and I've set up a printing time to make these happen quickly. But it is true that mail can get lost, or it's possible that it could get back logged. In addition to that, it depends on the number of backers we have on how quickly I can get all the rewards out. So it is possible that you might receive your physical rewards before OR after the public release date. I will do everything in my power to get them to you beforehand.

When it comes to the rewards that include some quality time with me, THE SOONER YOU CONTACT ME TO SET UP DETAILS, THE SOONER IT CAN HAPPEN. We're counting on you guys to provide us with the information we need to mail you your rewards (accurate addresses, email addresses, and responses when we send you the kickstarter survey concerning your sizes for t-shirts etc). If we cannot reach you, we cannot do our part to make sure you get what you paid for. So we will try our very hardest to make sure no disconnects happen, but we would be so thankful for you keeping your information updated and readily checking your messages.

I'm working alongside a dedicated team of people working hard to make this album happen with excellence, which includes keeping you extremely updated on how your money is making my dream possible, and getting your rewards to you as soon as we can. Thank you so much for your time and your effort to make this record possible. I can't wait to make his record with you!

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  • You selected
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    170 backers

    "The Special Thank You" --

    You’ll receive exclusive email updates, AND a digital download of the new album BEFORE it is released.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    154 backers

    "The Hard Copy" --

    You will receive an autographed hard copy of the new album + The Special Thank You

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    8 backers

    **NEW REWARD >> "The Lyrics"-- You'll receive a (beautiful, hand-designed) digital booklet with the lyrics to each of the new songs! You'll be able to sing along from the first moment you click play. In addition to the lyrics, you will also receive an autographed hard copy of the new album!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    27 backers

    *NEW REWARD* >> "The Backstory Booklet + The Hard Copy"-- You'll receive a digital booklet, designed by me, filled with the detailed stories behind each song from the new record. I'll add in personal touches like pictures from writing trips & handwritten notes about songs that NO ONE else will ever see. In addition to the booklet, you will also receive an autographed hard copy of the new album!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    68 backers

    "The Cozy T-Shirt" --

    You’ll get a limited edition, SUPER cozy "I MADE A RECORD WITH EMILY HEARN" T-Shirt.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You +The Hard Copy

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    21 backers

    *NEW REWARD* >> "The Cozy Music Lover"-- You'll receive the limited edition cozy t-shirt, PLUS the digital Backstory booklet, designed by me, filled with the detailed stories behind each song from the new record. (I'll add in personal touches like pictures from writing trips & handwritten notes about songs that NO ONE else will ever see) PLUS the digital, Limited Edition lyric booklet! In addition to the booklet, you will also receive an autographed hard copy of the new album! So while you cozy up in your new t-shirt, listening to new songs, you'll immediately understand what I'm singing about, and know the story behind it.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    42 backers

    "The SHIPS Mug" --

    You’ll receive the special edition coffee mug designed by Emily! These will only be available to you, very special Kickstarter backers.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + The Cozy T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $85 or more

    9 backers

    "The Art Print" --

    You’ll receive the special edition "Found a Heart" art print designed by Emily! We will only print one batch of these, so they will only be available to you, very special Kickstarter backers.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + The Cozy T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    12 backers

    *OPTION A*-- "The Cozy, COFFEE-DRINKIN' Music Lover"-- You'll receive the limited edition cozy t-shirt, PLUS the digital Backstory booklet, designed by me, filled with the detailed stories behind each song from the new record. (with personal touches like pictures from writing trips & handwritten notes about songs that NO ONE else will ever see) PLUS the digital, Limited Edition lyric booklet! AAAAND you'll receive the LTD Edition "I NEED MY COFFEE Like Ships Need The Sea" mug (designed by Emily). In addition to all this, you will also receive an autographed hard copy of the new album! So while you cozy up in your new t-shirt, listening to new songs and drinking coffee (or tea) you'll immediately understand what I'm singing about, and know the story behind it.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    3 backers

    *OPTION B*-- "The Cozy, DECOR SAVVY Music Lover"-- You'll receive the limited edition cozy t-shirt, the digital BackStory booklet, the PDF Limited Edition lyric booklet, AAAAND you'll receive the LTD Edition "Found A Heart" 8x10 Art Print (designed by Emily). You can frame it and put it on your dresser or bookshelf, hang it on the wall with a bigger frame and colorful mat, OR you can tack it up on the wall with no frame for a more casual look. This print is a little token to remind you that you are understood by someone, whether it's a family member, a friends, or a life-long crush.
    In addition to all this, you will also receive an autographed hard copy of the new album! So while you cozy up in your new t-shirt, listening to new songs and hanging your new print you'll immediately understand what I'm singing about, and know the story behind it.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    22 backers

    "The Vinyl" --

    You’ll receive a copy of the new record on vinyl!
    (This is my first EVER record to be printed on vinyl, eee!)

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    17 backers

    "The Vinyl + The Ships Mug" --

    You will receive the new record on vinyl! While you're relaxing and listening to the new music, you might want to grab a cup of coffee in you LIMITED EDITION, hand designed (by Emily) mug with lyrics from her song "Like Ships Need The Sea"

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You +The Hard Copy + the cozy T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers

    "The Skype Call" --

    You’ll receive a 25 minute skype call from Emily! She’ll take song requests and be your best friend for half an hour!

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    (For questions and coordinating, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    4 backers

    "The Chord Book + The Emily Hearn Catalogue" --

    You will receive a bound booklet of the lyrics and chord charts to the entire Emily Hearn catalogue. The cover will be hand-designed by Emily, with a personalized thank-you letter in the back. While you’re learning some songs, you might need to reference the original recordings, so you'll also receive an autographed copy of each previous albums (Paper Heart, Red Balloon, and Promises)!

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $400 or more

    1 backer

    "The VIP Tickets + Backstage Passes + More" --

    You’ll receive 2 VIP tickets to any FOUR shows of your choice! This includes a backstage pass for before the show, photos & hang time with Emily + Michael, and your choice of seating. You can bring different guests each time, or even give away both tickets!

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    (Travel + Hotel are not included. We will do our best to meet up with you when it’s best for you! If you select a concert with standing room only, we will reserve your seats as best as possible. Festivals not included. For coordinating and more details, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    **For questions and coordinating, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $450 or more

    0 backers

    "The (Aspiring Songwriter's) Hangout"--You'll receive an hour-long Skype call from Emily. The options are endless--If you're an aspiring songwriter, we can write a song together (I'll even post up in my own writing room at home), you can ask any of questions about writing songs, the music business, making a record, etc. and I will give you my best advice, I can teach you how to play ANY of my songs, and we can just hang out and be besties for an hour! In addition to our Skype session you will also receive the Special Thank You, The Hard Copy, The Cozy T-Shirt, The BackStory Booklet, The Lyrics AAAAAAAND The LTD Edition "Found a Heart" print (because we are clearly twin hearts if you love to write songs)! Yay!! (*To coordinate a time & details please send an email to emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers

    "The Catch All Basket" --

    You'll receive The Special Thank You, The Hard Copy, The Cozy T-Shirt, The Ships Mug, The Art Print, The Vinyl, The Chord Book, The Autographed Emily Hearn Catalogue (Paper Heart, Red Balloon and Promises) AND 2 VIP Tickets (including backstage passes) to any one Emily Hearn show of your choice!
    (For coordinating and more details, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $750 or more

    0 backers

    "The "Oh Hey, I'm Skyping In The Studio with Emily Hearn AND I got The Catch All Basket!"--That's right. When Emily is in the studio this summer, she will Skype you during one of the recording sessions! You'll get a close up view of how things go down in the recording process. Emily will give you a tour of the studio, you'll meet the producer (Chad Copelin), and you'll get to watch LIVE as we track part of a new song! We will also let you select an item from a few exciting pieces of studio memorabilia (like the guitar picks we use, set lists, notes, you might even be able to convince us to send you over a download of the scratch tracks). In addition to this you will also receive the Catch All Basket (The Special Thank You, the Hard Copy, Backstory Booklet & The Lyrics, The Cozy T-Shirt, The Ships Mug, The Art Print, The Chord Vinyl, The Autographed Emily Hearn Catalogue, The Chord Book AAAND 2 VIP (include backstage passes) to any show of your choice!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    "The Double Date" --

    Emily and Michael will take you on a double date in Athens, GA! We'll coordinate the perfect time to show you around their favorite local spots, including dinner and a fabulous dessert.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    (No worries if you don’t have a “date”! Bring a friend. This is a getaway for two. Travel + Hotel not included. For questions and coordinating, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    "The Athens Songwriter" --

    We'll coordinate the perfect time for you to come over to Athens, GA and spend an afternoon writing a song with Emily and Michael! We’ll order in some Athens-famous “Marti’s At Midday” for lunch (our treat of course) and record a demo of your song to send home with you.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Special Thank You + The Hard Copy
    + the Cozy T-Shirt

    **Travel and Hotel not included

    **For questions and coordinating, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,000 or more

    1 backer

    "The House Show + The Catch All Basket" --

    Emily and Michael will come TO YOUR HOUSE and play a private acoustic show! Details are up to you--this can be a small private party, a 200 person backyard bash, or a living room gathering of just family. We will hang out, take Emily Hearn original requests, and are happy to learn a favorite song of yours to serenade you!

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Catch All Basket

    (Travel is an additional cost if further than 200 miles from Athens, GA. For questions and coordinating, please email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    0 backers

    "The In-Studio Guest + The Catch All Basket" --

    You’ll be invited out for one day in the studio in Oklahoma while we’re recording the album in JULY. We will give you the studio tour and you’ll perform (anything from background vocals, to percussion, or an instrument) on one of the new tracks! Then we’ll dine at the famous pasta joint across the street.

    In addition, you will also receive...

    The Catch All Basket!

    (Travel not included. Our studio dates are between July 1-18. Email emilyhearnmusic@gmail.com for coordinating and details).

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

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