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$3,384
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
68
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 12 2019 12:46 AM UTC +00:00

About

It's my birthday month ya'll, so it's time to do a Kickstarter to celebrate my 25th year!!! Here is the information about my album:

My Story


Two years ago, I had every intention to get on a plane and never play music again. I was burnt out, ready for something new, and onto new adventures. While traveling 11 countries in 11 months, something happened in me. Every country I met a musician that brought me back to life with the sweet melodies and sounds. What I so boldly left behind, I found staring at me every continent I traveled. 

My heart changed. I began writing again, I was singing again. I was making melodies from deep within. I began to discover what home actually is, and I found it is not a physical place.

My piano students in Africa.
My piano students in Africa.
My guitar students in Guatemala.
My guitar students in Guatemala.

This album is written based on deep triumphs and struggles before, during, and after my travels. My ideas of dreaming were crashing into the reality of social injustice, yet also the reality of a materialistic world. My heart changed, my mind shifted, and I saw many worlds I had yet to see. But all of these experiences pushed me to write this album, to try and explain everything within me. Home looked different to me now than my past life. It looked like believing in my dreams again, it looked like pursuing the seemingly unattainable. It looked like peace that finally found its home in every area of my soul.

My music is for the musician. It is for the dreamer who has given up on their dreams, it is for the artist caught in the cycle of physical and emotional poverty. It is an anthem of hope. It is anthem of rawness. It is the reality that many of us experience when we feel the world does not understand. 

This album is also for the volunteer worker, the missionary, the person traveling overseas. I tried to put every significant experience into song, including the preparation and the repercussion, and my aim is to inspire you again too.

I pray this album touches your heart as I process everything I experienced out loud. I want to give this experience to you and I pray the dreamer is revived again.


Album Progress

This album is very musically different. With interesting chord changes, world music inspirations, and many nations represented in one place, there is a lot to be said about its diversity. We have mixed many different forms of music including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, and even African and Caribbean rhythms. And none of these dreams would have come true without several contributions made by almost 20 people so far, including my amazing band.

I am so blessed to have the Wasamara Trio joining me on the album. These guys have been the real deal. After writing my songs, they contribute their voice and their idea to create a project that they can contribute to and enjoy, one that inspires their creativity as well. 

We are officially halfway through the recording process, with mixing under way. We have 5 more songs to record. The guys and I are working hard, and we will not record until each song is crisp and ready. 

My current set back is finances. I need $5000 to pay off the album, and the other $3000 will go toward promotion of the album and compensation for the Trio, who gives up time with their families to come be a part of this regularly. Two thirds of the group of loving fathers, and dang good ones, too. I am blessed to have them backing me! Every contribution will be put to good use to make all of our dreams come true with this album.

I began the project in faith believing the money would come eventually and knowing that I  just needed to begin. This act of faith has been necessary to my growth while traveling, and it will be absolutely necessary for the album. For when I found home, I found peace. When I found peace, I found faith. And so far I have been taken care of every step of the way.

The band getting ready for recording.
The band getting ready for recording.

Alive

Since I was a child, I told my mother "I was created for something special. I want to be a musician when I grow up, I want to inspire others through this music." Now, as I turn 25, I am still in that place. My dream is to be a full time musician, to travel the world again, except this time playing shows and give back to those who gave to me.I am determined, I am ready, and I am excited. I cannot accomplish these goals until my own music is unleashed. I will continue to pursue my goals harder and I will have much more of a portfolio once it is released. And what a party that will be when it is finished!

With all of this, I say THANK YOU. For your kind words, your support, and your love. For you birthday wishes! :) Without community, none of us would have made is this far. Let's get this project finished! I'm halfway through the marathon, I'll meet you at the finish line! 

<3 Izzy Byers

Risks and challenges

My current set back is finances. I need $5000 to pay off the album, and the other $3000 will go toward promotion of the album and compensation for the Trio, who gives up time with their families to come be a part of this regularly. Two thirds of the group of loving fathers, and dang good ones, too.

My other set back is simply time. It will take some time to mix the album and prepare it for mastering, but I am determined to have it finished in 2019.

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    The Travel Day

    A handwritten thank you by yours truly <3

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    The Uber

    A handmade bracelet from Africa, plus a handwritten thank you.

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    The World Market Package

    My favorite things to collect overseas are patches. I'm going to send you one with a description of it's origin and meaning. In addition, you will receive the Uber Package.

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    The Flight Transfer

    Receive a digital Copy of the first single from Discovering Home! You will also get the World Market items.

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    The Layover

    Get a digital copy of my album, Discovering Home. It will be hot off the press to go along with your choice of gear!

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    The Takeoff

    A physical copy of the album, delivered right to your front door along with your choice of world market goodies and digital downloads.

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    The Passport Package

    An physical copy of Discovering Home, with a specific note for you. But that's not all, I'm sending you the one of a kind Izzy Byers merch!

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    The Continental Hop

    I'm going autograph my first ever album for you! Also receive the one-of-a-kind Izzy Byers t-shirt.

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    The Excursion - Album Package

    This package is all the gear you need to celebrate this project: A digital download of my album art, a t-shirt with the album artwork design, a picture of my favorite sunset, the signed physical album and all the digital downloads you need. It's like Christmas!

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    The Ferry Ride

    You get to take a 30-minute voice lessons from me! Plus you will receive the whole Album Package.

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    The Full Suitcase

    I'm going to multiply your t-shirts so you AND your friends can rock the merch! Then, you can split up voice lessons between you... or just keep them all to yourself and come study voice with me!

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    The Walkabout

    Get a shout out in my album credits, plus a beautiful globe signed by me. This will make a great addition to that empty mantle space or that table in your living room. Plus enjoy triple the t-shirts and triple the albums!

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    "You've Reached the Summit" Package

    Book the band for a house concert and get a shout out in the album credits. Plus, you'll receive 5X the t-shirts and 5 times the signed albums!

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