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A brand new full-length record from singer-songwriter indie pop artist.
44 backers pledged $9,310 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Garrett James, and I'm a singer/songwriter/musician based in Dallas, TX. 

Last March, I released my completely self-funded debut album, Looking Up, and received incredible support. Looking Up was streamed over 55,000 times from all over the world, and was sold over 500 times (which, in the age of Spotify, is wild). This response was insanely awesome, and I want to press on.

My aim is to create music that is beautiful and fun, and pair it to catchy lyrics that bridge the gap between internal feelings and public statements. While my songs vary in subject, the gospel of Jesus Christ is always the point. I feel a strong pull to write songs that will be heard by people who wouldn't hit up Hillsong United on Spotify, but they might run across my record in the singer/songwriter showcase.  With a marketing budget of $500, my music reached 6,800 unique listeners from 62 different countries on Spotify alone - people who heard about hope in Jesus that may not normally seek it out. 

I truly believe in this music, and over the past 14 months (since I was last in the studio), I've been writing and refining a completely new set of songs. This time around, however, I want to balance the over all budget of the album to reflect the value I believe it has, and spend 40% of the total costs on marketing. This will help me reach exponentially more people all around the world with this message of hope. 

Being able to create music is such a privilege, and I am humbled that so many people have listened to my deepest thoughts and stories. It really means the world to me, and I truly can't thank you enough for supporting me and getting the word out about this fundraiser. 

If you can't give, please consider posting the link to this Kickstarter on Instagram or Facebook. An ask goes a long way!

Notes: The process for designing for the T-shirt, album artwork, and overall branding for this record will begin when the funds are received, and will be part of the overall marketing portion of the budget for this project. I promise the T-shirts will be cool. 

Recording Vocals for Looking Up
Recording Vocals for Looking Up
Recording acoustic guitar for Home
Recording acoustic guitar for Home
Album Release Concert for Looking Up
Album Release Concert for Looking Up
Full Band Show at The Prophet Bar
Full Band Show at The Prophet Bar
Live and acoustic at GatherFest 2018
Live and acoustic at GatherFest 2018
First show of 2019 at George: Coffee and Provisions
First show of 2019 at George: Coffee and Provisions

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform, which means if I don't get the full targeted amount, I won't receive any of the funds. Exposure is key here, and I intend on using every platform/means of communication within my power to get the word out.

Scheduling times to record, and produce the record, as well as coordinating musicians, can be difficult. Major schedule conflicts between all parties involved can cause set backs. Printing T-shirts and Cds, along with shipping time, can cause issues as well. That's why I've given plenty of lead time before the target release date of Got It Good (June). The rewards orders will be sent to production as soon as the Kickstarter is complete and the funds received.

The other risk is, of course, being attacked by squirrels and thus, being left petrified in fear of the outdoors. This would cause me to produce an album that is entirely about squirrels, which may or may not be a downgrade from the quality I intend to produce. They dominate the North Texas trees, and are evil. So far, no one has been directly attacked by these squirrels, but it could happen.

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    Warm Fuzzy Feelings

    You'll receive warm fuzzy feelings knowing that you're a part of something great.

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    Looking Up LP and Home EP Download

    Immediate download of the two existing projects by Garrett James: Looking Up and Home, which is a total of 13 songs!

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    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
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    Early signed copy (+ Digital download)

    You'll receive a digital download prior to release. In addition, Garrett James will send you a copy of LP2 hot off the press, signed with his one-of-a-kind, hardly-legible signature.

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    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
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    Album Release Concert Tickets

    Receive 2 tickets to the Album Release Concert in Dallas, TX.

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    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
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    Garrett James T Shirt

    Got It Good exclusive fundraiser T-shirt.

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    • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
    • 2 Tickets to album Release Concert in Dallas, TX
    • Exclusive Fundraiser T-Shirt
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    Join Team Garrett James

    Your name will be featured in the booklet for LP2 as an honorary member of Team Garrett James forever.

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    • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
    • 2 Tickets to album Release Concert in Dallas, TX
    • Exclusive Fundraiser T-Shirt
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    Pick a song! Any song!

    Choose a song for Garrett to cover in a back yard acoustic show in DFW area!

    Note: Garrett reserves the right to refuse to play songs that are not appropriate or beneficial to humanity (i.e. Through the Fire and the Flames, Wonderwall, anything by Nickleback) and ask you to choose a new one.

    Includes:
    • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
    • 2 Tickets to album Release Concert in Dallas, TX
    • Exclusive Fundraiser T-Shirt
    • Name in LP2 Album Booklet
    • Choose backyard concert cover song for Garrett to perform
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    Listening Party Experience

    An invitation to an exclusive listening party hosted by Garrett James in Dallas, TX BEFORE the official release.

    Includes:
    • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
    • 2 Tickets to album Release Concert in Dallas, TX
    • Exclusive Fundraiser T-Shirt
    • Name in LP2 Album Booklet
    • Choose backyard concert cover song for Garrett to perform
    • VIP invitation to listening party in Dallas, TX
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    Executive Producer

    Be featured on the album booklet as an Executive Producer (or choose ANY name, like John Mayer or John McClane, if you choose to remain anonymous), receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates on the recording process, and an invitation to visit the studio while Garrett is tracking LP2.

    Includes:
    • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    • Immediate Download of Looking Up LP and Home EP
    • Early signed hard copy & digital download of album
    • 2 Tickets to album Release Concert in Dallas, TX
    • Exclusive Fundraiser T-Shirt
    • Choose backyard concert cover song for Garrett to perform
    • VIP invitation to listening party in Dallas, TX
    • Listed as Executive Producer in Album Credits
    • Behind-the-scenes updates on LP2
    • Exclusive invitation to studio day during the tracking of LP2
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Funding period

- (30 days)