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Relatable, honest lyrics atop fresh, fun production. Donate to this project and I'll give you my favorite collection of songs yet!
Relatable, honest lyrics atop fresh, fun production. Donate to this project and I'll give you my favorite collection of songs yet!
273 backers pledged $30,089 to help bring this project to life.

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PROJECT UPDATE (07/31/17) Final Stretch: Hey friends! Because we are rounding the corner to the end of this campaign, I decided to add a new reward! Once we reach $28,000, all backers who have contributed $15 or more will get their NAME posted in the digital album credits on my website. I would love to share with everyone exactly who made this project come to life.  Reminder, total project expenses are $40,000 so we have a lot of ground to cover this final week... but we can do this! :)

Human. It's what I am, it's what you are. We all go through ups and downs, seasons of great joy and seasons we wish we could erase. Writing songs from all of these moments has been the heartbeat behind my music from the very beginning. It's my passion. Why? Because if I'm real with you, you might be real with me. And it's in that tender place of vulnerability that relationship happens, where loneliness is cast aside even for a moment, and where unity and mutual understanding can be found regardless of external experience. 

What if I was able to create an album with more honesty than I have before? 

This is Human. 

If you didn't know this already, I am an independent artist. That means I pay out of pocket for everything that keeps this ministry running. What exists today exists not because of any funding from a major label but because of the generous support of people like you over the years buying my albums, coming out to shows, bringing my band and me into your church and community for events, and word of mouth. In other words, your support has held and still holds a vital role in the existence of this music ministry. And because of your support, I have been able to share about the goodness of God with more people than would have been possible without you. This project is an effort to keep that going! 

As I sit here writing this for you, my heart swells thinking of how people like you have individually and collectively encouraged this small-town girl's passion to share the gospel across the country (and made that a reality) over the past 10+ years. And as I said before, I want to keep at it for many more years to come, but I'm going to need your help to do that. If you have been touched at any point by what my team and I are doing and want to see it continue, too, can I be so bold and ask you to donate today?

 

When you give to this project, you get fun items in return! To see the complete list of rewards, look through the column on the right (or if on your phone, turn it to landscape/horizontal). Below are a few of the rewards at a glance (in pictures, yay!): 

 

The YES Necklace.  All components are 14/20 gold-filled, tarnish-resistant, and hypoallergenic.
The YES Necklace. All components are 14/20 gold-filled, tarnish-resistant, and hypoallergenic.

  

 

Loose-Leaf Tea: Custom blends selected and packed by Holly! 5 flavors: Apple Pie (apple-cinnamon), Green Paradise (tropical green tea), Chai This! (decaf), Relax (chamomile), and Peach It!
Loose-Leaf Tea: Custom blends selected and packed by Holly! 5 flavors: Apple Pie (apple-cinnamon), Green Paradise (tropical green tea), Chai This! (decaf), Relax (chamomile), and Peach It!

 

Rubber Slap Bracelet - A little piece of 90's nostalgia
Rubber Slap Bracelet - A little piece of 90's nostalgia

 

 

A tour of my family's onion farm with my dad and me (tractor ride included)!
A tour of my family's onion farm with my dad and me (tractor ride included)!

 

You can take the girl outta the farm but you can never take the farm outta the girl! #lovemysiblings #farmtour
You can take the girl outta the farm but you can never take the farm outta the girl! #lovemysiblings #farmtour

 

 

Our initial goal with this Kickstarter is to raise $20,000 to help fund about half of expenses of the album.  However, we have decided that it could be fun to have some "stretch goals" if together we go above and beyond the original goal of $20,000:

  • $30,000 STRETCH GOAL: If we reach $30,000, we will record more songs!!!!  There are a few songs that I would love to get on this album, but we have chosen to set them aside in an effort to be wise with our money.  For example, one of the songs is a song I wrote for my grandma just days before she unexpectedly passed away. It's a song for anyone who has lost a loved one -- something I believe most of us can relate to. That being said, if we can get to this goal, it would mean the world to me.  We are in a bit of time-crunch to get these additional songs on the album by the time September rolls around, so here's what we will do. In September, we will mail backers the 7-song album as originally planned... and then in following few months (as studio time allows), we will wrap up the remaining songs and ship you a WHOLE NEW album with all the additional songs. Think of it like a Deluxe Edition! :)
  • $40,000 STRETCH GOAL: YAY!! We are fully-funded!!! If we reach $40,000, I will not only send you the "deluxe" album, but I will also record two of my favorite worship songs and send digital downloads of those to you as well! Many of you have requested the worship songs I play for Sunday morning worship services. This would be the perfect opportunity for me to do that for you...finally! *Note: due to tour schedule and time constraints, delivery of these worship songs will likely be in November sometime.
  • $50,000 STRETCH GOAL: If we reach $50,000 (seriously, if we got to this I wouldn't even know how to say thanks!), then we have some filming to do! We will let you vote (kickstarter backers only) on two of the songs off the album and we will do music videos for the two songs that get the most votes! How fun!!
  • $50,000+ PIE IN THE SKY STRETCH GOALAny additional money raised beyond $50,000 will go towards updating some of our travel gear. We have toured hard with the equipment we have had for a long time, and it's time to update before it's too late :P A couple things that will need replacing/purchasing in the near future are: Wireless in-ear system, Hitch and trailer for our car (so we can have space for my keyboardist to fit on drive dates, haha!), Keyboard, and Miscellaneous cables, microphone stands, etc. If we go crazy and raise more than we need for these things, we will put the money into purchasing a new travel vehicle so we can stop putting miles on our personal cars.
 
In the studio being silly with David Thulin and Matthew Parker - Producers and Friends!
In the studio being silly with David Thulin and Matthew Parker - Producers and Friends!

 

Photoshoot Fun!
Photoshoot Fun!

 

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

 

 

 

 With this Kickstarter project, our initial goal is to raise about 1/2 of the support needed to fund the album in full. This means that the $20,000 Kickstarter goal is only about 1/2 the cost of the full project ($40,000 expected total costs). Where is all that money going? Here is a quick breakout of what we expect for project expenses:

If we do reach our fundraising goal of $20,000, we will still have more financing to cover for us to complete the whole project. Consequently, my husband Chris and I will have to personally fund the remainder if we don't reach our stretch goals (above). And as you can imagine, personally covering $20,000 of additional expenses would be a difficult undertaking for us right now. That being said, every dollar you can give to the project before (and after) we have reached our initial goal means the world to us.

In addition to this, you should know that Chris and I try our hardest to not take any money from the ministry for our personal expenses so that there is no additional burden on the ministry on account of us. That's why Chris runs his own business on the side. You can rest assured that money donated to this Kickstarter will go directly into the album.

 

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    Digital Download

    Get the album 1 week before release day via a digital download! It's like sneaking a look at your Christmas present before Christmas... which of course I would have NEVER done that growing up.... :)

    Also includes free, immediate download of Run the Race and the Run the Race Remix at the conclusion of the kickstarter!

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    Signed Physical Copy

    Physical copy of the album -- hand-autographed by me and mailed right to your doorstep!

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    Slap Bracelet & Custom Loose-Leaf Tea

    You know what sounds good? Sipping on a cup of tea while listening to some new tunes! ;) This year at live events we are hoping to kick off our very own tea-line to benefit widows. This is the tea I plan to be selling, so this is your opportunity to get a taste test! I have selected five different three-ounce custom blends you can choose from. Oh - and remember slap bracelets from the 90's?! We're bringing them back! :D You'll get one of those, too!

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    SURPRISE REWARD: $50 level and above

    Anyone who donates (or has donated) at the $50 reward tier or higher will now also receive an additional autographed copy of Human and an exclusive, autographed poster for kickstarter backers only!

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    Custom T-Shirt for Backers ONLY!

    I had my amazing friend Zach Lezniewicz (zjldesigns.com) design a t-shirt just for those backers who gave to the kickstarter! After the kickstarter is over, we will gather t-shirt sizes from each of you.

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    The "Yes" Necklace

    This reward is the most dear to my heart. So many times I struggle to say "Yes, I trust you, God", so I created this necklace as a reminder. I gave one to my Grandma last year in the final months of her life, and it was extremely meaningful to see her still wearing it during her final breaths on this earth. It stirred me to share this simple declaration of faith amidst trial with more people. Can I make one for you?

    All materials are gold-filled 14/20, which means the gold won't tarnish and it is safe for those with metal allergies. Necklaces are hand-stamped and assembled by me and my team!

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    Acoustic "Run The Race" + Full Catalogue

    We'll create an acoustic version of "Run The Race" at our good friend Jarin's studio just for you! We think it'll be a fun "organic" approach to the normally electronic single from the new project!

    And if that wasn't enough, we thought you might like signed, physical copies of the full catalogue of Holly Starr albums: Tapestry (2010), Focus (2012) and Everything I Need (2015)

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    Get a 10lb Bag of... Onions!!?!?

    Have I mentioned before that I grew up on an onion farm?! Well, we thought it would be fun to send you a bag of my family's onions, autographed by me and.... my dad!

    WARNING: This reward tier may make you cry...

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    Let's Video Chat!

    Wanna hang out? Reward includes a 30 minute video chat with me and my husband, Chris. Once the Kickstarter is finished, we will connect with you to arrange a date/time.

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    SECRET album from when I was 15!

    Talk about embarrassing myself! I mean, come on, I was 15 years old and my friends and I made this album in my basement. I can't promise it will be the prettiest music you've ever heard, but then again, I wouldn't be where I am today without it! Only a handful of friends and family have ever heard this gem...This is probably your one-time opportunity to join the fun (squeal)! Lol! :)

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    Family FARM TOUR!!!

    There are few things more dear to my heart than the open farmland I grew up on. Who I am as a songwriter and "musicianary" has been deeply impacted by growing up there. Bring whoever you want to bring and together we will join my dad as we show you around our fourth-generation family farm.

    PS: It also just might include a John Deere tractor ride! ;)

    Please Note: Backer will be responsible for travel costs to and from our family farm in Central Washington State (United States).

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    Holly Starr Concert

    Want me to come to your area and do a concert? This is a great opportunity to do that! At this reward level, WE will provide travel, lodging, food, car rental and any other additional accommodations for myself and two band members to get to your venue and back home. All we would need is a sound system and your friends and family to show up! The rest is up to us!

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    Home Tour!

    Is there really anything we could do to say thank you enough? You really went above and beyond... THANK YOU!!! When we come to your area for a concert, my husband Chris & I will come to coffee with you (coffee on us!).

    Please Note: The location must be agreed-upon beforehand.

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