I’ve got a brand-new album coming out called 2nd Chance. I believe in 2nd chances. I’ve had about 8 of them so I know what I’m talking about. The more I write about my own life, the more I hear from fans how the songs reflect on their lives too. We’re all the same, we’re all in the same situations, same places. It ultimately leads back to family and friends. And you guys have gotten me though a lot of my sadness, my hurt, my sicknesses, but also you got me though the good times, happiness, faith, and love. I appreciate you guys. And I’d love to have you be a part of this album.
“I woke up one day and said to myself, ‘I’ve really got to turn the page here – really need to start writing a new book.’” This admission, courtesy of Brian Leighton, singer-songwriter and leader of regional mainstays GB Leighton, his widely-admired namesake band.
Leighton delves deeply into that next page in his forthcoming release, 2nd Chance – his 10th studio album, and first in almost five years. Despite his reputation as a rousing and unmistakably positive live performer, Leighton has seen his fair share of personal problems over the years – bouts with divorce, rehab and even cancer – and 2nd Chance signifies his most heartfelt effort at addressing those private issues in the most direct way he’s ever attempted.
“It’s by far my most personal record,” says Leighton, who has – in the past – spent considerable time in the co-writing chair with luminaries from Nashville and beyond. “This is the first album where every track is an original, by me alone. I wanted to stop worrying about potential hit songs and focus instead on writing about things I believe; things that are most important to me, and to which I feel most connected.”
As it turns out, despite certain worries exposing those aspects of himself, what Leighton came to discover through the songs is something he’s known all along – one of his biggest connections is to his fans.
The more Leighton came to write intimately about his own life – the more the songs evolved as he was working through things – the more he came to see how central his fans are to it all. “Sometimes it’s embarrassing airing this stuff out in the open. But I realize the extent to which everybody is thinking or feeling or going through so much of the same – how universal it all can be. The songs aren’t just about me. They’re about everyone, and what bonds us.”
In its ten tracks front to back, 2nd Chance runs a thematic arc beginning with heartbreak and hurt, and emerging on the side of meaning, faith and even a good dose of fun. Expertly co-produced by Patrik Tanner (also Leighton’s lead guitarist), the sound is timeless American rock-n-roll marked by equal parts grit and polish. Leighton was afforded the luxury of being able to use the studio as a creative tool, working on the songs throughout the course of over a year. “The songs got to take root and evolve – we were able to try our hand at varying arrangements and different lyrical approaches,” says Leighton. “The benefit of that really shows.”
While Leighton hopes the album is well received, his foremost priority is letting fans know how thankful he is for their support; how instrumental they’ve been in helping him get through to the other side. An enthusiastic proponent of live-music-as-therapy, Leighton declares, “one of the primary ways I work through this stuff is ‘shouting it out.’ I simply couldn’t do that if I didn’t have people still coming to see me play, year after year.”
Over the past year, 10 songs were transformed from Brian's iPhone demos consisting of acoustic guitar and vocals to full blown, multi-track productions at Patrik Tanner's professional recording studio. It's been mixed and mastered and next up is the artwork. When 2nd Chance is funded, the album will immediately go to manufacturing. LPs will be pressed in France and CDs and will be produced locally in Minneapolis. Product should be back 8 weeks later. If we keep everything on track, the album will be released at the end of March and a release party will be planned!
To celebrate the the start of our Kickstarter campaign, we are releasing the new single Further on Up the Road!
$20,000 BY DECEMBER 14th!
- Production Fee
- Studio Time
- Additional Musicians
- Album Mixing
- Album Mastering for Vinyl and CD
- Art Design
- Vinyl Manufacturing
- CD Manufacturing
- USB Flash Drive Manufacturing
- Promotional Materials
- Kickstarter and Credit Card Transactions Fees
BE A PART OF 2ND CHANCE!
The album is ready but we need your help. In order to release 2nd Chance, we must meet our $20,000 funding goal by December 14th. It's all or nothing! We do not get any funding if our goal isn't reached.
We put together some awesome packages. CDs, LPs, original artwork, meet & greet party, your name on the album, join the band on stage, release party VIP, dinner with Brian at Bunkers, and so much more! There's something to meet all budgets. You can back 2nd Chance once, or make multiple pledges! And once you do, please tell your friends and share our Kickstarter page!
Check back often! If you back 2nd Chance, you will have access to exclusive behind-the-scenes updates, photos, and messages from Brian and GB Leighton that no one else will have access to. Be in the know before anyone else!
Back early, back often! We are on pins and needles over here! You can imagine the stress and anticipation we're all feeling. If we hit our goal sooner then we can take a big sigh of relief and get going on the next steps!
2nd Chance must be funded by 12/14/2018 at 11pm!
Throughout the campaign we will be highlighting the great reward packages! Check back often since we will be updating this page frequently!
2nd Chance Executive Producer | $5000 Pledge
Get the credit and the perks too! Become the Executive Producer of 2nd Chance. Along with the notable title, you and a friend will be on the guestlist of any/all 2019 GB Leighton club shows of your choice. Bask in a gift basket stuffed full of official GB Leighton memorabilia and merchandise too.
GB Leighton Full Band Performance | $5000 Pledge
Throw a private party with your closets friends. GB Leighton will come perform at your party. The band will play two 60 minute sets, and will provide a small PA as needed. Sing along and dance the night away on a special night just for you!
GB Leighton Duo Show with Brian and Patrik | $3000 Pledge
Be the envy of your neighborhood when Brian and Patrik play a 60 minute set at your private party, and a small PA will be provided as needed. Throw a backyard shindig and Brian and Patrik will provide your entertainment.
Bonfire with Brian | $2000 Pledge
Throw some logs on the fire, call your closest friends because Brain is coming over with his acoustic guitar to sing you some songs. Request your favorites, roast some marshmallows. This will be a summer night to remember!
Acoustic Studio Session | $1000 Pledge
You and a guest will sit in on an hour long studio session with Brian and Patrik where they will record an acoustic guitar and vocal version of a GB Leighton song just for you. Sit in on the process, see how it's all done, you be the producer! Take home a CD that day and brag to all your friends!
Original Brian Leighton Lyrical Art | $1000 Pledge
Besides being a prolific songwriter, did you know that Brian is also a great artist? Brian will create your favorite GB Leighton song lyrics into a beautiful, one of a kind art piece just for you. The art will be presented in a frame that once hung on the walls of GB Leighton's Pickle Park. Find a special place on the wall, you'll want to show this off to everyone that visits your home!
The Most Important Night of My Life | $300 Pledge
Become an honorary member of GB Leighton and join the band onstage for Most Important Night of My Life at the 2nd Chance album release party. Grab a shaker and warm up your vocals because baby, you're a star! You will also be on the VIP guestlist for the show and get a VIP laminate.
Private Meet & Greet Listening Party | $250 Pledge
You and a guest are invited to an intimate listening party with Brian Leighton and Patrik Tanner in February, 2019 (Date TBA). We will be spinning the album before it’s released, you'll hear stories behind the songs and recording process, and pose for some pictures too. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Brian & Patrik will also perform a few songs acoustically live!
Backstage Burgers at Bunker with Brian | $225 Pledge
You and a friend will be on the guestlist for a Bunker's show in 2019. Come early to have dinner backstage with Brian. If you're lucky, Brian may even make the burgers for you! Then go upstairs to dance the calories away.
Risks and challenges
We can't do this without you. It's all or nothing.
If we don't meet our goal by December 14th, we can't put the album in your hands. We need you to be a part of the GB Leighton team.
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