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Jonathan Reid Gealt's 4th Studio Album
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 "Archetype" was born out of necessity for me. Shortly after my last album was released, there was an election. An election that I, as well as almost everyone I know, thought would end very differently. I remember waking up the morning after the election and feeling numb. That numbness took over my mind and my creative soul for a solid year and a half. There's no lighthearted way to say it. I shut down. Each new day felt like I was just going through the motions and I had no desire to create. 

In an effort to rekindle my love of music, I started exploring the styles that initially made me fall in love with music as a child. Blues, Soul, Rock, R&B, and Gospel. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Journey, Aerosmith, Queen. These artists were instrumental to me, even before I found theater. They were the blueprint, or Archetype, of my love for music. And slowly, but surely, that passion started to reawaken. By mid to late 2018 I was back at it and the songs started pouring out... and unsurprisingly, they were mostly routed in issues stemming from the current political climate. So the double meaning in "Archetype" is politically charged regarding the blueprint of what America stands for to me. 

"Archetype" marks my 4th studio album as a composer. There are 10 world premieres on this album, many of which are some of the most personal songs I've ever written. The fact that I get to do what I love every day is more satisfying than I can convey through a digital fundraising platform. I couldn't be more proud of this collection of songs and I'm thrilled to get them out to you.  Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your support! Let's make an album together!

---- ALBUM TRACK LIST ----

  • SHADES OF GRAY
  • TIRED OL’ BLUES
  • OPEN
  • HEY, 45.
  • POWER (JUST A BULLY)
  • LET’S GET RIGHT DOWN TO THE POINT
  • ORDINARY DAY
  • BLACK HEART (BRING ME DOWN)
  • I SWEAR
  • I DON’T NEED ANYTHING TO KNOW I LOVE YOU
  • AMERICAN
  • WE’LL FIND IT IN YOU

*"Ordinary Day" was originally released in 2018 on an album benefitting Everytown and gun control. It will also be featured on "Archetype" with a new arrangement and a full orchestration. 

Promotional studio videos from Jonathan's first three albums, "THIRTEEN STORIES DOWN," "HERE FOR YOU (BALLADS FOR BROADWAY IMPACT)," and "WHATEVER I WANT IT TO BE."

Risks and challenges

With any artist or creative project you'll find an infinite number of obstacles to overcome. The biggest risk here is budget. To truly make this album the way I want to make it, with the vocalists I know could truly take it to the next level, with the musicians, arrangers and producers, recording studio space, videographers, photographers, rehearsals, reproduction, designers, promotion, etc... it's not going to be cheap. And while $25,000 is quite a hefty sum of money, it's truly the bare minimum it would take to get you the product I know it can be. With Kickstarter fees, processing fees and taxes realistically we'd have to raise about $40,000 on here so keeping to the budget will be the most difficult risk and challenge to overcome in order to pull this off. But if I know anything about myself... if I want something badly enough, I'll stop at nothing to make it happen. This album is no exception so there's no other option than to finish it.

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    DELUXE PRE-ORDER + SHEET MUSIC BUNDLE

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    Let's have a coffee date in NYC! Plus you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.”. The physical album will be autographed.

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    PRIVATE COACHING BUNDLE

    An hour long private coaching session with Jonathan! If you’re in NYC then it will be in person! If you’re anywhere else in the world have no fear. This bundle works for you as well because you can Zoom or Skype in for the full session. Plus you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.”. ***Please note this is a special incentive level and the private coaching is only available with this bundle. Also, the physical album will be autographed.***

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    VIP ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT BUNDLE

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    Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You and a guest will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date that week and you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.” The physical album will be autographed. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION ARE NOT INCLUDED***

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    Jonathan will WRITE YOU A SONG! Yes, you will have an original Jonathan Reid Gealt song written about any topic you want. The world is your oyster. We will also record an acoustic video of it for you to put on social media. You'll have a special personalized "thank you" in the album booklet and you'll receive everything in the previous bundle above. Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You and a guest will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date and you'll get digital copies of all 3 of my previously released albums as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for my first 3 albums. The physical albums will be autographed. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION ARE NOT INCLUDED. JONATHAN WILL ALSO RETAIN ALL COPYRIGHTS TO THE SONG. ***

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    PERFORM YOUR JRG ORIGINAL @ THE LAUNCH!

    Jonathan will WRITE YOU A SONG! Yes, you will have an original Jonathan Reid Gealt song written about any topic you want. We will also record an acoustic video of it for social media AND you will be able to join Jonathan on stage to perform the song for the album release concert in NYC! You'll have a special personalized "thank you" in the album booklet and you'll receive everything in the previous bundle above. Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You and a guest will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date and you'll get digital copies of all 3 of my previously released albums, advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for my first 3 albums. The physical album will be autographed. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION ARE NOT INCLUDED. JONATHAN WILL ALSO RETAIN ALL COPYRIGHTS TO THE SONG. ***

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!

    You'll receive full credit as an associate producer on "Archetype." You'll receive everything in all of the bundles above. Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date and you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.” The physical album will be autographed. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION ARE NOT INCLUDED***

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    You will be a fully credited Executive Producer on "Archetype." This also means that if we win a GRAMMY, you will win a GRAMMY! You'll receive everything in all of the bundles above. Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date and you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advancerd digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.” The physical album will be autographed. ***FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION NOT INCLUDED.***

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HOME CONCERT!

    Jonathan and a few friends will perform an acoustic set list in your own home for you and your family. You will be a fully credited Executive Producer on "Archetype." This also means that if we win a GRAMMY, you will win a GRAMMY! Get a first hand look at what a studio session is like by sitting in on one of the album recording sessions! You will receive a pair of tickets to the "Archetype" album release concert in NYC. We'll also have a coffee date and you'll get digital copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.” You’ll also receive PDF songbooks for “Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” and “Thirteen Stories Down.” The physical album will be autographed. ***TRAVEL, FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION NOT INCLUDED.***

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    COMPLETE JRG ALBUM BUNDLE

    Digital & physical copies of all three of my previously released albums (“Whatever I Want it to Be,” “Here For You - Ballads for Broadway Impact,” “Thirteen Stories Down”) as well as advanced digital & physical copies of “Archetype.”

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