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Your pledge helps put Erica Leigh's heartfelt music in the hands of all those whom it was MEANT FOR... including YOU! :-)

Funds raised before the deadline will go directly into launching my career forward & help me achieve some important musical goals... (BELOW)

So far we have funded the completion of Puzzle Heart by raising our initial $6,000 goal in just 2 WEEKS!!!

Thank you for your support & belief in me.  I’ve been so touched and inspired by your contributions.  I promise to work tirelessly & passionately to live up to this incredible gift you have given me.  This is a memorable and meaningful way to begin my career… Thank you.

Here are my specific goals:

  • Complete my first-ever album, "Puzzle Heart"
  • Recoup remaining costs of making this album (Start to finish, I will spend between $8,000-$9,000.)
  • Promote the album & CD Release Show.
  • Produce 1 (or more) professional music video(s) for the album.
  • Tour. Shows, Shows & More Shows. I can pay for travel costs & hire a regular band to rehearse/perform my songs.
  • Equip my band properly so we can perform ANYWHERE & play ANYTHING!
  • Develop one-of-a-kind “Puzzle Heart” merchandise for fans & give-aways at live shows!
  • Enter word-renowned songwriting contests with costly entrance fees.
  • Collaborate with industry professionals who can give my music exposure.
  • Polish my website to enhance communication with fans.
  • Record MORE music in the near future to share with you!

…And that is just the beginning.

Please help me continue to spread the word about this project!

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Additional Information:

How Do I Help?

Every dollar counts!  Please browse the rewards (to the right), Make a pledge & Spread the word to your friends! How it works.

Sharing is Caring!  Whether or not you can afford to donate, word of mouth is vital for success... Any way you can help me share this on Facebook, or via Email, etc. is SUCH a huge help!

Why is 'Puzzle Heart' Important to Me?

It's about introducing myself as a musical artist and beginning a career doing what I love most- making music and connecting with others.  This album will allow me to accomplish the following:

  • Book more gigs with a band.
  • Grow a fan base.
  • Make a personal connection with my listeners.
  • Sleep more peacefully...
  • Make cool new music videos for YouTube.
  • Be taken seriously as a musical artist.
  • Attempt to get my songs on Commercials, TV or Film.
  • Finally move forward and write new music for you. 
  • Get my career off to a solid start.
  • Establish a unique voice as an artist.
  • Sell CD's at shows & save up for further projects/equipment.
  • ...the possibilities are endless!

How Much Does it Cost to Make an Album?

Making an album as an independent artist (meaning unsigned & without financial assistance from a record company), takes a HUGE commitment of time and money.

It costs pop superstar Rihanna roughly $18,000 PER SONG to make a hit record, according to NPR.

For me however, fresh out of school & making an album for under $10,000 is an exciting journey, forcing me to be creative and resourceful...

Imagine this: my funds are somewhat limited, BUT creative control isn't! No pressures from a label. Puzzle Heart is going to be 100% authentic & very unique.

What are YOUR expenses?

  • Recording 6 songs in an affordable studio (115 hours) = $1,350
  • Hiring sound engineers, a mixing/mastering engineer & project manager for 6 months = $4,500
  • Hiring studio musicians = $1,800
  • Professionally packaging 1,000 physical copies & Getting songs on iTunes etc. = $900
  • Plus miscellaneous taxi fares for moving equipment, feeding the crew, art supplies for album art, promoting the album, etc.

Start to finish, making the album will cost me a minimum of $8,000.

We've already recorded the tunes, now we need to finish paying everyone involved, mix & master the album, duplicate CD's, and package the CD's with my original album artwork. 

Tell me more about Puzzle Heart.

  • For regular updates in your Facebook Newsfeed about Puzzle Heart, simply hit the "like" button when you visit the Erica Leigh Fan Page.
  • To receive the Erica Leigh Newsletter for exclusive monthly updates, downloads & videos, sign up at EricaLeigh.com.
  • PUZZLE HEART will be a 6-song EP comprised of my own tunes, PLUS my original artwork.  You wont be able to find something quite like this anywhere else. With the funds raised, I will be creating the cover art AND paintings to correspond with each track on the album. This concept artwork will eventually be turned into posters for fans & on display at the Fall 2012 CD release show, for an all-encompassing Puzzle Heart experience. The series will be on display at several Boston-area coffee shops throughout the coming year. 
  • The album has many cool layers of sound which I know you'll enjoy hearing... Instruments include: Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drum Set, Percussion, Clarinet, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals, String Ensemble & some other hidden elements you'll have to listen closely to pick out!
  •  Some of THE most talented & accomplished musicians I have ever met are featured on this record, not to mention every inch of this album is being recorded in a pristine Boston-area studio with top-of-the-line recording equipment.
  • I am thankful for the immense contributions of my talented team of engineers & musicians.  We have worked together to make this album an intricate patch-work quilt of influences and ideas.
  • A couple samples from the album are featured in the video above. I can't wait to share all of this album with you!  These songs are meant to touch you & deeply connect with you as a human being.  They are vulnerable and meaningful.  You could call them snapshots in time, reflecting upon experiences that myself and others have had.

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REWARD DETAILS:

Email me personally at any time to ask specifics about any of these prizes at erica@ericaleigh.com OR you can post your questions on the comments page right here, so that others can see them too!

"Our Love" TESTIMONIALS:

  • “You are amazing! We can’t thank you enough for all that you did. You and your lovely voice added so much to our wedding! We truly believe that God hand-picked you to be part of our day. We wish you the best of luck in your future. May you continue to bring as much joy to others as you did us…” -Sam & L.A.
  • "You performed this at my son's wedding! I MET you!!  He and his partner got married October 9, 2011.  It was pure beauty.  Thank you so much for making their special day even more memorable.  And the song......well, perfect does not begin to describe it. Thanks so much." -Amanda
  • "We heard Erica perform this song in New Hampshire and loved it so much we HAD to have it at our wedding. She was gracious enough to travel up and hide out for hours between the sound check and the performance because it was a surprise for my new husband. It was so amazing and memorable! Such a beautiful song and so meaningful and special! I can't even tell you how many people have written asking for Erica's info. Thank you so much and we are spreading your name and work far and wide! It was truly a unique and joyful addition. I really don't have words to express how perfect the performance was and how touched we were by it! Thanks again!" -Jason
  • ERICA!!!! I love you so much.  I can not thank you enough for writing this beautiful song... You are an amazing songwriter/performer/friend. Our wedding would not have been the same without you. <3" -Julie
  • "Erica, we saw you perform "Our Love" in honor of Trevor and Jason's wedding at their reception at Gunstock ski area.  Not a dry eye in the house!  You're amazing and we can't wait for your CD to be released!" -The Boltons

CLICK HERE to hear an acoustic demo of "Our Love" & Read the back story on how it was written. Preview a sample of the Puzzle Heart album version of "Our Love" in the video above!

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    Get a complete digital download of Puzzle Heart, BEFORE it is released!

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    Pre-order your very own physical copy of the album, sent right to your door! PLUS: receive a digital download of Puzzle Heart before it is released!

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    All of the previous award, PLUS I will thank you (or whoever you wish) with YOUR/their name printed in the liner notes!

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    MAKE IT A DOUBLE! One CD for you & one as a gift for a friend, both signed by me with both your names in the liner notes, mailed to your door & a digital download of the album before it is released.

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    2 Passes to my official PUZZLE HEART CD RELEASE SHOW in Boston, featuring my talented band! ...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of Puzzle Heart prior to it's release. (Date/Time/Venue of release show TBA; if by chance you can't make it, you'll get 2 free passes to any one of my gigs in the Boston area, or wherever I perform and you show up)

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    A limited edition Puzzle Heart SONGBOOK (designed by me!) with Chords & Lyrics to all 6 Songs, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about the songs... PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of Puzzle Heart prior to it's release.

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    A limited edition Puzzle Heart SONGBOOK (designed by me!) with Chords & Lyrics to all 6 Songs, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories about the songs... 2 tickets to the Boston CD Release Show (TBA)...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of Puzzle Heart prior to it's release.

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    I will cover ANY song of your choice (keep it clean) & publish a video of me performing it in my unique style on YouTube, dedicated to you with a friendly shout-out...(OR dedicated to someone special of your choice, from you!) I'll send you a DVD copy of the video to your door, too. ...PLUS the signed CD with your name in the liner notes & a digital download prior to the release!

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    A 2-Hour Voice Lesson OR Songwriting Lesson. (Makes a great gift!) I'll give you a FUN & educational session, designed just for you and your goals! I'll share some of the most helpful tips I learned while I studied at Berklee College of Music, earning a degree in Voice & Songwriting. We can cover topics like proper vocal technique, performance tips, lyric writing, or whatever you'd like... Cross something off of your bucket-list! ***Lesson must take place in the general Boston Area. Date/Time/Specifics are negotiable!*** ...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of the album prior to it's release.

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    A personal Erica Leigh concert in YOUR living room for you & your guests! Make your next house party a unique and unforgettable experience! All of your guests will go home to find a digital download of the EP in their inboxes. Optional: Request a couple of your favorite cover songs in advance & I will include them in the performance. (Hour in length. For Massachusetts Residents Only, unless travel expense is compensated...message me for details!) ...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of the album prior to it's release.

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    A CUSTOM painting by ME! ANYTHING, be creative! (Just keep it PG). (I've brushed up my painting skills as a freelance-artist & mural painter, with several murals on display at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston!) ***Subject matter is your choice. Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas. Maximum size: 500 sq. in. (dimensions negotiable; we can negotiate larger sizes & shipping in the case of an increased donation)*** ...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of the album prior to it's release.

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    Have Erica Leigh perform at your wedding! I will show up on your special day with my guitar, dressed to the 9's, and serenade your wedding guests with "Our Love", the tender & emotional wedding song from my album... AND I will give you the option of adding an additional song of your choice to the performance. ...PLUS a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAMES in the liner notes & a digital download of the album prior to it's release. .................TESTIMONIALS from previous wedding performances of "Our Love" LISTED TO THE LEFT! Sample the song, too! (Additional travel/hotel accommodations must be provided for weddings outside of MA. Message me for more details & check my availability.)

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    A custom song written & recorded FOR YOU by Erica Leigh... You'll get to choose instrumentation: Either Guitar/Voice or Piano/Voice, with an option of adding background vocals. This includes a revision, if there's something missing from the song you'd like to add! ...PLUS you get 2 tickets to the CD Release Show, the limited edition songbook, a signed physical copy of Puzzle Heart, YOUR NAME in the liner notes & a digital download of the album prior to it's release!

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