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I'm an indie singer/songwriter. I'd like to record my debut album: a compilation of original folk music written and sung from the soul.
I'm an indie singer/songwriter. I'd like to record my debut album: a compilation of original folk music written and sung from the soul.
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Short story: 
I am raising funds to record my album in a professional studio, because I cannot afford to do this on my own. 

Long story:
I am an independent musician who would like to record my songs using high quality studio equipment which I cannot afford to buy on my own. 

I grew up in the deserts & foothills of California, cutting my teeth on jazz, blues, old country, bluegrass, and classical music. I played mostly in school bands and talked about getting bands together with my friends, but that never really panned out for me. In the early 2000's I struck out on my own, playing tiny shows in tiny venues (or just outside) and having tiny amounts of local success.

I then abruptly left the music scene with nary a farewell. 

 I ran away and hid from the world - I stopped playing music altogether. I longed to play music, but I could not find inspiration. I wanted to write but I was afraid to share my true emotions through songwriting. I stopped feeling my emotions and just shelved them away. It worked for a time, but after seven years, I could no longer hide.

I have reemerged in the forests of the north, plucking my strings and tickling my keys to the wind. 

The songs on this album are Me, written from my heart and sung from my soul. One can follow my emotional and mental growth over the course of the year it took me to recognize my personal obstacles and to overcome them - the year it took me to Transform.

I appreciate any assistance you can give me on this endeavor, your support will allow me another transformation: from hobby musician to serious musician. 

Please visit my website for more information and to check out low-quality versions of my music as well as video recordings of me singing:

http://www.janetanfei.com/bio.html

Thank you for your time.

Take care of yourself, friend, you're the only one who can change the world. 

:)

- Jane

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    You will receive a digital copy of the complete album and a note thanking you for your contribution.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album and a note thanking you for your generosity.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, and an animated .gif of my reaction to a silly situation of your choosing (ex: "Jane, how would you react to eating a chocolate-covered ant?") OR an animated .gif of me expressing my gratitude to you.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, and I will make your likeness into modern art and display it in my online gallery. You will also receive a digital copy of your portrait.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, and a limerick written about you, to be premiered in a video message. You will also receive a digital copy of the poem with an accompanying image. The image will be your choice of a hand-drawn sketch or digitized portrait.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, and a short story written about your life adventures, which I will reenact and immortalize on film. You will receive a digital version of the story, as interpreted by me, including a signed title page with an original drawing and a digital version of the film.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album AND I will send you a framed portrait of yourself as your alter ego with a poem documenting your transformation into character. I will make a video of myself speaking the poem and showcasing your portrait for the world.

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, a song written specifically for & about you, AND I will record a video of myself singing the song.

    (You will receive your song in mp3 format, and a digital copy of the lyrics. Included in the package will be your choice of a unique song image or digitized portrait. You will also receive a digital copy of the video.)

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album, a hand-knit scarf made specifically for you in your favorite color(s), a framed/hand-painted portrait of you as your alter ego, AND I will also write a song for/about you TO BE INCLUDED ON MY NEXT ALBUM.

    (You will receive a digital version of the lyrics, mp3 of your song, and I will incorporate some of the lyrics on your painting.)

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album AND a unique/personalized, handmade clothing item (shirt, hat, or bag) that I will make just for you.

    I will write a song for and about you, including an mp3, digitized song image or portrait, and video performance with a special message to you. YOUR SONG WILL BE INCLUDED ON MY NEXT ALBUM.

    Lastly, you will receive a phone call or video message (your choice) from me thanking you for being so kind/awesome!

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album (hand-delivered to IPNW US folks), tickets to all shows I play in 2013 OR a unique/personalized/handmade clothing item (shirt, hat, or bag) made for you. You will also get a song written about you WHICH I WILL INCLUDE ON MY NEXT ALBUM plus a video recording of me singing your song. (You will receive a copy of your song in mp3 format as well as a digital copy of the lyrics & video.)

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    You will receive a signed and personalized copy of the album which I will deliver to you personally. I will also write a song for/about you and play it for you at a private show. Anywhere in the world. I'm totally serious. I'll even give you a hug. And, I don't even like hugging strangers. :D The song about you will be included on my next album.

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