We are Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris: songwriters, performers, artists and creators of the Americana Soul band Freddy & Francine. We tour over 150 dates a year and have released six independent records since 2008. When we sat down to plan for our seventh album, something happened. We had written the songs, chosen a producer, crunched the numbers but our gut instincts kept telling us to PAUSE. Recalibrate. We heard an inner voice say “you can produce this one yourself."
As independent artists, we decided it was time to learn how to record on our own and invest in the future of Freddy & Francine.
Some of our favorite albums were made by artists who decided to go inward and scrap the traditional recording process. Starting in May 2019 we began to research how to make an album from scratch. We sought the advice of our favorite musicians, producers and engineers to guide us through. We invested in the materials necessary to make our own professional quality recordings. What have we learned so far? We have the capability, knowledge and support to create an intimate, deeply authentic, soulful record in the comfort of our own home.
There’s still more work to be done. That’s where you come in. Thankfully, artists today are able to exist and flourish independent of record labels because of the modern phenomenon of crowdfunding. Many of you helped fund our last two records Moonless Night EP (2018) and Gung Ho (2016). Thank you! YOU are our record label, our collaborators, our cheerleaders, OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TEAM. YOU are the reason why we keep making music. To finish the record and release it, we need to raise $25,000. Here is a breakdown of where that money will go…
The money you donate will help to complete the recording of the album, pay the artists involved a fair wage and finance the costs of getting it into your hands. Songs like "Budget", "I Just Wanna Listen to the Band Play", "Slow Down", "Meet Me Halfway" and "Something Good" are just a few of the tunes we can't wait to share with you. No matter the size of your donation, you’re helping to make our dreams a reality. It is our intention to deliver you a product that is fresh, honest and full of joy. OUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS!
Risks and challenges
Time is money. The biggest challenge in making this record at home is that we have to take time off from the road. If we’re not on the road, we can’t pay our bills. We need to be home in the studio for a dedicated amount of time this fall in order to give the album our complete concentration so that we can meet our projected release date of MAY 2020. Then we can get back on the road and tour this new album! If we do not raise the funds, we cannot guarantee when this record will be completed and released.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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