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In 2014, with the help of Kickstarter and you, my fans, friends, and family, I released my first full-length album, Not Nearly Home. It was an exciting time.

But soon after the album's release, the excitement waned. I was waiting tables, playing gigs to empty rooms, and staring at ten boxes of unopened CDs stacked in my closet. Self-promotion has always been difficult for me- and since it’s an essential element to success in the music industry, I wasn’t seeing any progress. So in August of that year, when I was offered a job as a worship leader near my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, I decided to take it. 

Three years went by. I married my husband, Chad. We moved back to Nashville and bought a house.

All of my life up until that point, I had a clear direction. But after I moved back to Nashville, for the first time in my life, I didn’t know where I was going. I had all but given up on my dream of making music a career. On top of that, I began experiencing a lot of doubts in my spiritual life. I had always been a leader in the church- I was very interested in theology, constantly digging deeper into my faith, striving to understand more about God- and one day I realized that I had all of these answers, but I had never really asked the most fundamental questions. All of a sudden, going to church, praying, and reading the Bible gave me an almost crippling anxiety.

So essentially, the two most defining aspects of my identity- my faith, and my music- came to a grinding halt.

As I’m sure other creative people will understand, it was at this lowest point that songwriting found me again. Writing became my way to process and release all of the chaos going on inside of me. That’s where this project was born, why it’s the most raw and honest I’ve ever been in my music, and why it feels so important to get it out there for people to hear. These songs brought me a lot of comfort and helped me process through many complicated thoughts and emotions, and I want them to have the opportunity to do the same for others who may be going through the same struggles I have. 

Evening and Morning is all about dichotomies. It’s about living in the tension between confusion and understanding, doubt and faith, restlessness and peace, cynicism and hope, frustration and contentment. So I’ve broken up this album into two EP’s. Evening is made up of those songs that I wrote in a state of tension, confusion or longing, whereas Morning is all about new understanding, acceptance, and peace. Together, they tell stories of facing our demons, and choosing to accept who we are and where we are, knowing that it won’t last forever. And no matter where we are right now- whatever darkness, whatever evening we’re in- there is always a new morning coming just over the horizon.

So I’ve teamed up with some vastly talented people, and I’ve set a goal of $6,000, the bare minimum that I need to make this project happen. For 25 days, you have the chance to make a pledge and claim one of the fantastic rewards we have available. Remember- your card won’t charged until the end of the campaign, IF we’ve hit our goal of $6,000- but if we can’t raise the full amount by then, you'll never be charged, and we won’t get a penny. So, once you’ve made a pledge and chosen your reward, the last thing I’ll ask you to do is SHARE this page with your friends and family! Even if you don’t make a pledge, spreading the word is so much more helpful than you know. 

My friends, thank you! Your endless support means the world to me and I cannot wait to share these songs with you!

All my love,

Emily S 

Risks and challenges

Scheduling:

We’re all busy people, and it can be difficult at times to get everyone together in the studio at once. This can sometimes cause delays in the recording process. Thankfully, we have a very dedicated team of people who are often able to work and record remotely, sharing ideas and files over the internet.

Equipment Damage:

Recording music requires a good deal of expensive equipment, and it’s always possible for items to get damaged. Should tragedy befall one of our precious instruments, mics, etc., you can rest easy knowing that an arsenal of guitars and a studio full of back up equipment remains at our disposal.

General Catastrophy:

In the event of a tsunami, dust bowl, or hostile artificially intelligent overlords, we assume that the delay of our EPs will be the least of your problems. However, we vow to provide your rewards as soon as humanly/robotly possible.

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    The Music

    Enjoy pre-release downloads of both EP's, Evening and Morning.

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    The Music and More

    -Early Digital Downloads of Evening & Morning.
    -A signed download card with album artwork and liner notes.
    -A sticker for your laptop, water bottle, or forehead.
    -A signed copy of my previous album, Not Nearly Home.
    -Access to exclusive content like behind the scenes footage, photos, early demo recordings, and more from the making of Evening and Morning.

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    Music and More + Lyrics & Polaroid Pack

    Everything in reward #2, plus a handwritten lyric sheet of one of the songs from Evening & Morning and a pack of 5 one-of-a-kind polaroids taken during the writing/recording process.

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    Music and More + Party at the Castle

    Everything in reward #2, plus one ticket to an exclusive event at the Castle Recording studios in Franklin, TN on Saturday, November 9th. Watch and listen to a real recording session for the Evening EP, take a guided tour of the historic Castle Studios, and cap off the night with a bonfire party with me and my band. (Travel not included.)

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    Music and More + Video Chat

    Everything in reward #2, plus a 30-minute Skype or Facetime call with me. Ask me questions about the album. Tell me your life story. I just want to see your face.

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    Music and More + Songwriting Session

    For the songwriters out there-
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    Music and More + Custom Music Video

    Everything in reward #2, plus a special music video that I will record just for you. I can make an acoustic cover of your favorite song, wish your friends a happy anniversary with their wedding song- you name it, I'll play it. And I'll give you a personal shout out, of course!

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    Music and More + House Show

    Everything in reward #2, plus a private concert at your house! (Anywhere in the greater Nashville area.)

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    Music and More + Golden Ticket

    Everything in reward #2, plus two tickets to any and all future shows from now until 2 years after the Morning EP is released.

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    Everything in reward #2, a handwritten lyric sheet, unique polaroid pack, macrame wall hanging, a video chat, and pick two of the following:

    A songwriting session, a custom music video, a house show, two tickets to an exclusive recording session and party at the Castle Studios on November 9th, and two tickets to any and all future shows from now until 2 years after the Morning EP is released.

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    You deserve everything.

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    Everything in reward #2, plus my first ukulele, signed by me.

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