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I'm so excited about this fresh batch of songs for the Church. But I need your help to record the album. Let's make it happen together!

Hey friends, Evan Wickham here.  I am hoping to create a new album of fresh songs for the Church.  I am an independent artist, which means I don't have a label backing my projects.  I am also a husband and father of four amazing kids (we finally got our first girl 9 weeks ago!).  I am asking you to partner with me.  Here's the story...

"Holy Father, keep them in Your name... that they may be one even as we are one." - Jesus

I absolutely love the Church.  I believe I am called to serve her as best I know how.  Which is why, as a worship leader within the Church, my heart is heavy.  We can offer up songs all day long, but if we have anything against our brother or sister, then our words of praise are only empty phrases (Matt 5:23-24).  Jesus prayed in John 17, "that they might become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."

I have written a fresh batch of songs with followers of Jesus from all over the denominational map who simply love the Lord and desire His glory to be revealed in the world through His Church - Matt Maher, Michael Gungor, Pete Kipley, Chad Bohi, Tyler Chester, and others.  One of these songs is entitled "Make Us One" - I wrote it with Aaron Keyes, Michael Gungor, and Bryan Brown.  It will likely be the title track of the album, and I think it captures the overall theme of the project.

So, in this spirit of unity, I am reaching out to you.

This is shaping up to be my best record thus far.  I've never been more pumped about a batch of songs!  I am partnering with a super talented producer (Tyler Chester) to make sure we do this thing right.

With your help, I have 30 days to raise the needed funds for the producer, engineers, studio time, players, orchestral copyist (for string quartet arrangements!), mixing, mastering, CD artwork, and manufacturing the physical CDs.  We (my producer, my wife, and I) have prayerfully counted these costs, and we have set our goal at $30k. Anything you pledge over that amount will go right back into creating more music for the Church - and quite possibly a full follow up album!

My prayer is that this project serves to further unite the Church around the Lord Jesus by holding Him high and revealing a glimpse of how beautiful He truly is.  I hope I get the opportunity to sing these songs with you.  Please consider supporting me: We've put together some pretty fun rewards too.  Can't wait to make music with you.  Thank you!

Much love,

Evan

P.S....

The Studio

This is the studio where we could hang for a day! (See $500 reward)
This is the studio where we could hang for a day! (See $500 reward)
Meet Daniel. He owns and operates my favorite coffee house.  This is the best coffee in SD, IMHO. (See $70 reward)
Meet Daniel. He owns and operates my favorite coffee house. This is the best coffee in SD, IMHO. (See $70 reward)

Annnnd...

Here's the banjo I used on my Christmas record and Phil's Heaven&Earth record.  Sound guys love this thing :).  Of course, Phil and I will personally autograph it to you once it's yours.
Here's the banjo I used on my Christmas record and Phil's Heaven&Earth record. Sound guys love this thing :). Of course, Phil and I will personally autograph it to you once it's yours.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

For you, the only potential risk is not getting your rewards on time if there is a snag on our end in the fulfillment process. However, I have a solid team of friends and family who will help make sure everything gets shipped out smoothly!

FAQ

  • Well, yes! Don't forget, the rewards are unique to this 30-day campaign. The Limited t-shirt will NEVER be available again. There are only a few 'Inspiration Packages' left. So, there is still time to get behind this project and enjoy some pretty cool rewards!

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  • Absolutely. For one, Kickstarter takes 5% off the top. So any pledges over the 100% mark will go toward my Kickstarter fees. Also, there are some really cool things we'll be able to do with an extended album budget... like hire a better mixing engineer, plan for extra studio time, contract a couple extra string players in the ensemble. The point is, the extra funds will NOT go toward living expenses :). They will ALL go toward making this album the best it can be.

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  • I will be sending out 'backer surveys' upon successful completion of the campaign. The survey will ask you all the questions pertinent to fulfilling your reward. So if you have super awesome T-Shirt coming, the survey will ask for your T-Shirt size.

    ~PLEASE NOTE: ALL T-SHIRTS WILL ME MEN'S SIZES ONLY~ So answer accordingly :)

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    A One-Day Worship/Creative Conference/Seminar at your church! I will lead/teach a worship seminar for your local church or worship ministry. Topics to be discussed can include theological and practical issues pertaining to worship/creative ministry. Collaboration with local church leadership is welcomed. Time for Q&A is encouraged. I will close out the day with a one-hour worship/concert. Admission may be charged to recoup your costs! (Must be scheduled to fit my 2013-2014 calendar. You must provide travel/lodging expenses for 2 from my hometown to yours.) + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital Chord Charts to all the songs on the new album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Record YOUR 3-song acoustic EP (no drums) with me! During this 1-day recording session, I will coach your songwriting and guide you through the process of producing your own acoustic EP. I will even play and sing with you on your EP! I will mail you the master CD of your EP after it gets professionally mixed and mastered by none other than Chris Greely -- mixing engineer of Bethel Music (live & studio), Jesus Culture (live), Rock & Roll Worship Circus (live & studio), The Listening (live & studio) -- Chris is a beast! Your EP will sound awesome! You must cover personal expenses & lodging/travel to my hometown for the recording session + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital Chord Charts to all the songs on the new album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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