We hit our £15,000 goal! ALL STRETCH GOALS NOW UNLOCKED!
I've been overwhelmed by your support so far. I'm so excited for you all to be a part of this album release - thank you so much team! At 100% I promised to unlock some stretch goals so take a peak below! The campaign ends on Friday May 12th - additional pledges towards these stretch goals could enable me to take the album out on tour outside of the UK. Thank you for being a part of my journey!
'B.R.A.V.E' is a full length pop album that echoes themes of adventure, love and discovery - inspired by personal life stories and spurred on by the very people who I've written it for - the supporters. The writing process started around 2-3 years ago. I’d slowly began writing in between my job as a graphic designer and livestreamer. It wasn't until last January that I recognised my writing had fallen into an alignment - the stories and songs I had written felt connected to one another. So I finally pulled my notepads, scraps of paper and other ideas together to create the concept album I'd always wanted to release. It's been a loooonnng grind. But I'm finally at a stage where the finish line is in view! I'm happy to say that 'B.R.A.V.E' is set for release at the end of July 2017 - and you'll even be able to pre-order the album two months beforehand!
I wanted to encapsulate the mottos I've found myself living by in the albums title (hence the acronym). These mottos support the rooted theme that runs throughout the entire record and are the essence of what I believe it means to be brave:
B - Believe in yourself
R - Resist the urge to give up
A - Acknowledge your capabilities
V - Venture into the unknown
E - Embrace what makes you feel alive
Some of you may also wonder why I'm calling 'B.R.A.V.E' my debut album when I released an album back in 2010 called 'Start the Show'. This was actually just a simple 10 track project for my university degree and was never really intended as a debut album - that's why it was later taken down from iTunes and Spotify to make room for fresh releases. If you still have a hard copy of that album though... I consider you a die hard fan!
Since 'Start the Show' I've released a number of singles independantly. Including this single which was released last year - 'Second Chances'. Watch the music video below:
All tracks for 'B.R.A.V.E' have been recorded between our home studio and in a second studio in Liverpool, where the majority of the vocals and guitars have been put down.
I've enlisted some of the most talented people I know to help bring the album to life:
• James Plester - Producer and Engineer
• Tom Harris - Guitarist
• Matt Overton - Studio Hand
• Aidan Hall - Studio Hand
• Will Stanton - Tracking Engineer
• James Hart - Creative Director
• YOU - The Pledgers
... our pet pug Roxy helped where she could too.
£15,000 is A LOT of money. But it is the bare minimum I need to make this album a success. So where will the money be going? Here's a visual breakdown of exactly where the funding will be used:
So what about the production, the mixing, the mastering, the studio time… and what about the album artwork? Well, all of that is handled between myself and my partner, James. So no funding from the campaign will be required for these things. All funding is solely for the marketing, physical CD printing and reward costs - then Kickstarter take an 8% fee on top.
The 67% for marketing and PR works out at around £10,000 - and that's a pretty low budget for promoting an album effectively. It really is the bare minimum. But we're confident that with our knowledge of releasing in the past we can stretch that funding as far as we need to gain as many opportunities as possible.
While the full track listing won't be unlocked until we (if we) reach our target, die hard fans may be able to spot some Easter eggs left in the album artwork above! They'll give you an idea of just a few of the songs that will be on the record.
UNLOCK BONUS CONTENT
Here's a look at what you'll be able to unlock through-out the progress of this campaign:
50% (£7,500) - (REACHED) Album Artwork Walk-through
75% (£11,250) - Acoustic video for one track from the album
100% (£15k+) - Unlock Stretch Goals
For those interested in the Executive Producer Credit, here's a preview of where you can expect to see your name printed on the Album Poster. Your name will also be included on the credits of the physical album and vinyl also.
For those pledging towards the VIP Tickets - this show will be taking place on the 12th August at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa.
Want to help me climb up the iTunes Album Charts too? At the end of May, you'll be able to pre-order the digital album. Each digital pre-order will count towards the iTunes Charts. Having experienced the recognition you receive from landing in the Top 15 on iTunes we felt it was crucial to try and make this to happen again if we could, to further the exposure of the record and hopefully gain some press and recognition along the way. Here's a link to some exposure I received in the past for hitting the iTunes Chart. And some more here.
James is a fantastic freelance engineer and producer. We've always worked brilliantly together. And as you can hear by the audio tracks below... he's a natural at what he does. Here's a few we made earlier.
'Cherry On Top' - Emma McGann (2014)
'Summer Romance' - Emma McGann (2014)
'You Mess Me Up' - Emma McGann (2015)
'New Year's Eve Kiss' - Emma McGann (2014)
While I'm looking forward to releasing the album, I'm equally excited to bring it to you live on stage. Look out for show updates after July!
How Do You Add Extras To Your Pledge?
If you'd like to combine multiple rewards, select your first reward as normal and then just add the cost of the second reward Item plus the shipping cost to your total pledge amount.
To add 'Signed CD' to the reward you want, just add £25 + country shipping costs to your total pledge.
To add 'Signed Album Artwork Poster' to the reward you want, just add £25 + country shipping costs to your total pledge.
Once you have done that send a message through the Kickstarter private message system with details of what your wanted extra. (You can find this through the 'contact me' link on the main project page)
Risks and challenges
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