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,
Risks and challenges
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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