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Gina Chavez is on a quest for her second studio album. She's got the music. She's got the producer. All she needs is YOU!

Hey there, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Gina Chavez and I'm a bilingual singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. I'm on a quest for my second studio album and I need your help! I've got the songs to move you, the musicians to bring them to life, and an all-powerful producer (with a beautiful new studio in the hills). Now I'm hoping you'll join me on my qrazy quest!

I'm a bit goofy (like Monty Python) and it's been WAY too long since I last recorded a studio album, partly because I spent 8 months volunteering in El Salvador. It was an incredible experience and with your help we've kept the mission going through Austin 4 El Salvador, a college scholarship fund that has given two of the girls I lived with, Xiomara and Marta, full scholarships to a private university in San Salvador! There's MUCH more to that story, but let's get on with the quest...

When I returned to Austin I met producer Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin, The Rembrandts, John Mellancamp, The BoDeans) and he produced my first cumbia, "Miles De Millas," (audio file below). The single landed official showcases at SXSW and the International Folk Alliance and has been featured on National Public Radio's Alt.Latino and All Songs Considered. Needless to say, we knew we needed to embark on a bigger quest together: my second full-length studio album!

So here's the quest: Raise at least $10,000 by November 6 and you'll have some AMAZING music in your headphones. But, if we can raise more than my goal, we can take the music worldwide. That means radio and press, tv and film, official videos and MUCH more.

How Does Kickstarter Work?

  • Kickstarter uses Amazon Payments to process pledges.
  • Kickstarter is ALL or Nothing. That means, your card will only be charged if we raise at least $10,000 by November 6.
  • We can do it!

Where Does Your Money Go? 

  • $7,000 = recording, studio musicians, mixing and mastering
  • $3,000 = album artwork, photography, and replication

Where Would All the EXTRA Monies Go?

  • $8,000+ = publicity and radio promotion (U.S., Latin America, Europe)
  • $2,000+ = videography and editing for official video releases

You can never have too much for a promotional budget, so I encourage you to tour the page and see which thank-you package (on the right) makes you giddy. Then, grab some coconuts, an outrageous English accent and join me on this quest!

Abrazos!
gina "la chancleta"

PS: If you're wondering why the coconuts, the English accent and the pretending to ride horses, you should watch the movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail ;)

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    DIGITAL DANDY: Pre-release digital download of the new album and CD cover art

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    I'M NOT DEAD YET: Pre-release signed physical copy of the album + digital download.

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    POSTER CHILD: Signed poster for the album + personalized thank you note + pre-release signed physical copy of the album + digital download

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    SADDLE-UP COCONUT: A pair of coconuts used in the making of this (almost-award-winning) Kickstarter video + I will handwrite the lyrics to your favorite Gina song + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    WANNA SPOON: Get the full Gina bundle: Signed copies of Gina’s first studio album “Hanging Spoons” and live album “LIVE At Ruta Maya” + Gina’s first t-shirt (American Apparel) + vintage Gina poster + I’m Not Dead Yet package. *International orders, please add $10 for shipping*

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    HEY GOOD LOOKIN': Get your hands on a new limited edition t-shirt! + signed special album poster + I will handwrite the lyrics to your favorite Gina song + I’m Not Dead Yet package. *International orders, please add $10 for shipping*

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    *JAPANESE TOUR TREASURE: I’m touring Japan in early October and you can come, too! I will send you a postcard from one of the cool cities I visit + record and dedicate a song to you during one of my tour stops and put it on YouTube for your viewing pleasure + select a special treasure for you along the way + I’m Not Dead Yet package *Must be claimed before Sept. 30*

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    QUE CANTE, QUE CANTE! Tell me your favorite Gina song (or maybe a Spanish cover ;) and I will record an acoustic version just for you! + I will call and sing to you or someone you love on a special occasion (bday, holidays, etc) + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    GREAT SCOTT! Your name in Gina’s album liner notes! + tell me your favorite Gina song (or quizas a Spanish cover song ;) and I will record a special acoustic version just for you! + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    EL PLATO TIPICO (SALVADORAN SPECIAL): Handmade hammock from El Salvador + handmade Salvadoran purse (both selected, purchased and transported by Gina) + homemade pupusas delivered to you (inside Greater Austin Area) + 2 tickets to the next Austin 4 El Salvador Summer Party Barge on Lake Travis + I’m Not Dead Yet package. *Continental U.S. only*

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    BE MY VIP: Two VIP seats at Gina’s CD Release in Austin + on-stage recognition by Gina at the show + backstage passes + spend a day in the studio with Gina and Michael the Producer + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    LA LA LA LESSON: A one-hour lesson with Gina for voice, guitar, songwriting or charango. We can meet in person in Austin or via Skype anywhere in the world! + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    SERENADE You pick the topic/lyric/event/etc and I will write a song for you and send you an acoustic version! + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    SAY CHEESE! Snatch a two-hour photoshoot with professional photographer Gene Chavez (Gina’s dad) at one of two renowned Austin locations—Grafitti Park at 11th & Baylor (where Gina recorded her video) OR a hill country setting in North/Central Austin + a slideshow video OR 16x20 mounted metallic collage + your favorite shot matted to fit a 16x20 frame + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package

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    GINA-AND-HER-FLYING-GUITAR: A brand-new Epiphone dreadknot guitar signed by Gina + personalized thank you note + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package (Guitar specs: select Spruce & Mahogany tone woods, hand-scalloped bracing, SlimTaper neck profile, adjustable trussrod). *Continental U.S. only*

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    GOOD FOLK: A 45-minute solo performance by Gina at a private event of your choosing (wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday party, company party, etc.) + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package. (Travel and lodging not included for locations outside Greater Austin Area. PA provided by supporter.)

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    CONCERT AT CAMELOT: A 2-hour performance by Gina and her band at a private event of your choosing (wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday party, company party, etc.) + a thank you call + new limited edition t-shirt + I’m Not Dead Yet package + a few signed physical copies of the new album for your guests. (Travel and lodging not included for locations outside Greater Austin Area. PA provided by supporter.)

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    KNIGHTS WHO SAY NEE STUDIO PASS: Spend a day in the studio with Gina and all-powerful producer Michael Ramos + yell, sing or play an instrument on the album and get credit in the liner notes! + Hey Good Lookin’ package

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    THE HOLY GRAIL: Executive Producer credit on Gina’s new album + one day in the studio with Gina and Producer Michael Ramos (in-person or via Skype) + Be My VIP package

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