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$16,344
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218
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, January 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Hi, I'm Heather Mae.

I'm a social-justice songwriter and mental health activist on a mission to make the world a more inclusive place. I'm fat, queer, have Bipolar Disorder 2, and I'm done being ashamed of all of the above. 

I also love coffee, glitter, and long hugs. Nice to meet you! Let's be friends. :) 

Photo: Tash Sorenson
Photo: Tash Sorenson

In 2013, I was told I had vocal nodules and might never sing again. I vowed that if I got my voice back, I’d dedicate my career to writing music that’s honest, and that helps others who are marginalized feel seen. I’ve kept that promise. In 2015, I released my first record, I AM ENOUGH, and it reached #58 on the iTunes Pop Charts. For the last three years, I’ve been a full-time touring musician performing across the US, meeting hundreds of folx who’ve told me my music helps them feel understood.

Around the time I found out I had vocal nodules, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. But I didn’t write about it. I didn’t talk about it. I was too afraid to tell my fans, worried I might scare you off. But when I went on the road for I AM ENOUGH and I met the people who listen to my music, something happened: 

YOU TOLD ME YOUR STORIES. 

Look at these beautiful humans!
Look at these beautiful humans!

Around kitchen tables with coffee, on back porches or front stoops, on couches with wine or standing around my car, at my merch table or while helping me pack up my keyboard after the show. Amazing humans — you opened your heart, you told me your stories, you pulled up your sleeves, you showed me your scars. You told me your struggles with mental illness and self-love, bullying in school and PTSD, sexual assault and familial nonacceptance, gender dysphoria and abusive relationships, love and pain. Your truth was like mine. You made me realize that I wasn’t alone because I was surrounded by a group of weird, awesome misfits just like me. So, instead of ignoring the pain of living with Bipolar Disorder, I wrote through my darkness. The result was a collection of songs centered around one theme: finding the light in the struggle. The result is GLIMMER.

NOW I NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS RECORD.  

Photo - Tash Sorenson
Photo - Tash Sorenson

// MAKING G L I M M E R //

RECORDING: GLIMMER will be recorded at Suckerpunch Recording Studios, in Bethesda, MD, owned by Mark Williams, who produced my first record, I AM ENOUGH. I am so happy to announce Mark will also be producing GLIMMER! Mark is a close friend and very familiar with my story and struggle with mental illness. He’s been there for me in some of my darkest times. He's a good human, an ally with a big heart, and I feel these songs are safe in his hands. Everyone say, "Hi Mark"!  

LIVE BAND: I’m beyond excited to announce that I have a new backing band. Joe Stevens (bassist) is transgender, JJ Jones (drums) is a lesbian, and together we form what we’re affectionately calling an “epic queer band”. They play my music beautifully and our connection is powerful. Their belief in my mission is strong -- they play my songs as if they’re their own, and I'm honored to have them by my side. With your help, I can take them on the road NEXT FALL (see: $35K goal).

// BUDGET & GOALS //

The more money we raise, the more humans we can help. THE MORE MONEY WE RAISE, THE BETTER MY VIDEOS, TOURS, AND LIVE SHOWS WILL BE.

--> $25,000. THE ESSENTIALS. If the Kickstarter gets funded at this first level, I record GLIMMER and make a music video; I realize my vision of making a record for the sole purpose of empowering those who struggle with mental illness.

Photo - Tash Sorenson
Photo - Tash Sorenson

--> $35,000. THE NEXT STEP.  At this stage, I manufacture CDs and merch. I also create the live show of my dreams with a new stage piano, a drum machine, and…. *DRUM ROLL PLEASE*… a tour with my “queer supergroup”, featuring JJ Jones (of Girlyman) and Joe Stevens (of Coyote Grace)!  I love them. They make my music explode with sound, and I cannot wait for you to see this new live show. 

Photo - Tash Sorenson
Photo - Tash Sorenson

--> $45,000. THE BIG BANG. At this level, there’s more color, more fun, and more play. I make TWO additional music videos, GLIMMER gets pressed to vinyl (a dream come true), and I get to work with a digital promoter to help me get my music onto official Spotify playlists (HUGE FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS)!  

Photo - Tash Sorenson
Photo - Tash Sorenson

If we surpass $45K, the goals just get bigger: buy-ons to open for larger touring acts, a touring van for me and the band, extended full-band tours, and bigger and bolder music videos. I'll include these updated stretch goals as the Kickstarter rolls along, but our FIRST STEP is to reach $25,000. 

We can do this!!

// THE NEW MUSIC BIZ + HOW THIS THING WORKS //

DONATE. When you buy a ticket to a concert, I pay for gas to my next gig. When you donate to my Kickstarter, I make a record. No matter what amount you can give, every bit helps. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

YOU ARE THE FUEL FOR THE GLIMMER FIRE. Share the link, click it every day, and use the hashtag #BETHEGLIMMER. Who are five people in your life who need to know they aren't alone? Share the link with them and ask them to share it with five people in their life! I am just one person, but if 50 people share the link to 10 of their friends, that’s 500 humans looking at the Kickstarter every day!

// #BETHEGLIMMER //

I believe in these songs. I believe in my mission of mental health advocacy through music. I can see the next two years unfolding in front of me, singing these songs to thousands of people who need to know they aren't alone. I fiercely believe in this record.

Fighters and light-seekers, help me make this album.

xo HM

Photo - Tash Sorenson
Photo - Tash Sorenson

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    FAT GIRL DANCE PARTY

    If you wanna help but a fiver is all you can give -- in your honor I shall have a solo fat girl dance party, in my living room (probably in my PJs), while listening to Beyonce. $5 is a lot to some folx and I'm grateful for every dollar given.

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    This was a smash hit last time, so I'm doing it again! If the Kickstarter gets funded I will celebrate with a few libations (or ten) and proceed to write you a personalized postcard. Last time, I wrote some haikus about my cat.

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    CRYSTAL NECKLACE

    I wear sunstone and selenite when I'm feeling low. I carry citrine in my pocket to fight anxiety and hold pyrite for confidence. This reward: I'll send you a questionnaire, handpick a crystal for you, meditate with it for 30 minutes, and bind it in a necklace. I will include an info sheet about the crystal, explain it's purpose, and why I selected it for you. From my heart, to yours.

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    MENTAL HEALTH ARTWORK

    I love making artwork! I will make an original canvas for each pledge, and feature one of my favorite self-care phrases I use when I need a reminder to be easy on myself. I'll paint each by hand and envelop the artwork with love and positive energy while I am creating, infusing it with good juju.

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    YARN WALL TAPESTRY

    NEW REWARD TIER! My latest crafting obsession: yarn wall tapestries. I have a huge one, which I made, hanging in my apartment (see: my GLIMMER highlight on my Instagram) and I love to make them for my friends - AND NOW I WANT TO MAKE ONE FOR YOU! You pick the color scheme and I'll create a one-of-a-kind custom bohemian, natural chic, accent piece - infused with positivity and good juju - to hang in your home! Check out the updates for an example!

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    Two tickets to any show of mine!! Hear the songs live, in person, from the front row. I'll dedicate a song to you from the stage and give you an autographed copy of that evening's set list. Not sure if I'm coming to your town on my next tour? Message me, let me know where you live, and I'll let you know if I plan to tour through there! (USA exclusive, Hawaii and Alaska not included - sorry!, festivals/openers excluded).

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    NAME IN THE CREDITS

    For my fans who want the credit (GO ON! TAKE UP SPACE!), this gets your name in the credits on the "Glimmer" album liner notes.

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    DECEMBER HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGE

    From me to you, receive a handmade holiday card PLUS a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE holiday-song cover (in digital format - delivered on December 20th)! This is my favorite time of year and I'd love to bring you a little extra joy this holiday season. (ATTN: Pledges for this tier need to be in by 12/15!)

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    PERSONALIZED INSPIRATION JOURNAL

    Writing in journals has been a huge part of my life since I was 10. I would love to personalize a journal (purchased from my favorite stationary store in DC) for you. As you fill the pages with your own words and thoughts, you'll find inspiration from me along the way with hand-drawn positive affirmations, drawings and sketches, mental health/body positive quotes and lyrics. The first page will be a special love note from me, to you.

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    HANDPAINTED UKULELE

    I am endorsed by the awesome Amahi Ukuleles. I would LOVE to give away some of my favorite ukuleles to my fans -- but with a twist! I WILL PAINT ONE FOR YOU! I will sit by moonlight, with an evergreen candle and a bottle of wine, and paint magic on your brand-new, literally shipped-from-the-warehouse, Amahi ukulele. Every time you play it, good energy will soar out of it.

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    ONE-ON-ONE COACHING

    You have helped me, now let me help you. 2 HOURS of a one-on-one Skype or phone hangout sesh. Just me and you. Whether creative, personal, or career: I can listen, consult, or simply encourage. Take a voice lesson. Let's finish a song, talk body positivity and self-care, or music business and crowdfunding. I am here for you.

    (A great gift for the aspiring songwriter or singer in your life! Redeemable until the end of 2020.)

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    PHOTO SESSION

    My talented wife, Rah, is a professional photographer and she is offering 1-HOUR PHOTO SESSIONS! I will assist with posing and directing, and she will work her magic behind the camera. Couples, head shots, engagements, family sessions. You have the rights to all footage and she will send you a USB stick with 20-30 of her edited favorites. Check out her photography on her website: rahsallthat.com (Less than 100 mile radius of DC, session expires December 2019)

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    LESS THAN 300(ish) MILES FROM DC: I will perform an intimate, acoustic show for you and your friends IN YOUR HOME. We pick a date and you invite whoever you'd like (no minimum, no maximum)! House concerts are a HUGE act of love and I am SO grateful to every fan who helps me bring my music to their town. LET'S HAVE A PARTY! (Redeemable through the end of 2020, three-month notice required)

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    MORE THAN 300 MILES FROM DC: I will perform an intimate, acoustic show for you and your friends IN YOUR HOME. We pick a date and you invite whoever you'd like (no minimum, no maximum)! House concerts are a HUGE act of love and I am SO grateful to every fan who helps me bring my music to their town. LET'S HAVE A PARTY! (Redeemable through the end of 2020, three-month notice required)

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    EAT! DRINK! WRITE!

    If you're not the house concert type and just want to do something quiet and one-on-one, I'd love to come to your home one afternoon/evening and EAT! DRINK! and WRITE! We could meditate together, go to a yoga class, or just sit and drink good coffee. Eventually we will write a song together. Doesn't matter if you've never written a song before, I'll guide you with a gentle hand and together we will write the words aching to get out of you. I'll sing or you will. I'll play my ukulele or we'll use the guitar in the back of your closet. The whole shebang should take about 5-6 hours, and we can split the time up however you'd like. Afterwards, I will frame our handwritten lyrics and ship it to your home, where it can hang forever as an awesome thing you did for yourself. (US/Canada only - delivered by December 2020)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    I'll put your name on the cover as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You will have a say in creative decisions with this record. Examples include: helping me pick the song order on the record, choosing the photos, or even spending a day or two in the recording studio. As little or as much as you'd like to be involved, Executive Producer means you can help guide me as I navigate the creation of this album. Also, you get to pick and choose from all the other Kickstarter rewards. THIS REWARD MEANS YOU WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF THE LEGACY OF MY CAREER.

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