About this project
Who Am I ? http://www.jenniedevoe.com/video.html
Hi, my name is Jennie DeVoe and I live the circus life of a singer/songwriter. It's a strange existence, but I'm grateful everyday that I'm doing something I love. I don't have kids, but I do have dogs and cats. A lot of them. Sometimes I speak in a French accent around the house when I'm alone with the animals. I even wave to them from my kitchen window when they're out back. I admit this to you only in case I ever get caught, so you can say you knew way ahead of time that you weren't surprised and you already knew all about that and "yes, but isn't her music great" and we can get on with it. You don't have to admit it, but I'm absolutely positive some of you speak in bad British accents to your animals as well. I like it. I like you and I think you should be my friend. Maybe you already are. If so, thank you and I love all the stuff we've already done together. Please don't show anyone those pictures. I should have known better.....we should not have taken those pictures!!
I began writing and performing about 15 years ago, then started my own label, called Rubin The Cat Records, and I never looked back. I was lucky enough to arrange distribution through Sony/RED, which is a great start to getting my music out there, but there's always more to do!! I write all the time and the thing that fuels me to keep going are the people at my shows, the people who 'hear' my music and see themselves in my songs and write to me about things that have touched them in my lyrics or in my performances. I try to use my music for good causes, and as you may have noticed animals rank #1 in that department, through benefits and donations, from shows and fundraisers. I can honestly say Rubin the Cat Music has saved 1000's of creature's lives. I'm so lucky to be able to sing and write, and I get to continue to do that because of people like you, who truly love music, big and small, who support efforts like this Kickstarter campaign, and who come out and buy records or see shows!
I'm getting ready to record my 5th studio cd with Producer John Parish in Bristol, England. Since this is my 5th studio cd (not to mention two live cds and one dvd) I already know what I'm doing. People ask me all the time how I go about writing, recording and making a cd come to fruition, or get radio live in this little independent world that I do. So I'm going to let people in on how it happens and show the work that goes into it by making you part of the process.
I have some great experiences already under my belt that include songs on radio, a Billboard Songwriting 1st place award, song placements on shows like Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia and a song licensed to national ad campaigns. I love to write and I am thrilled about Kickstarter because it let's me remain independent, with help from people like you who care a little or a lot about music and giving a little love. Some of you already know me and have supported me for a long time. So Thank You! For those of you just finding out about me, THANK YOU, TOO, and hopefully you know me a little better now! I hope you will consider being involved. Kickstarter is so important to independent artists that have a voice to share, and with your help, I plan to make a GREAT record that WE can all be proud of!! So thanks........Here's how it works!!!
Kickstarter is the best thing since.....I dunno dog biscuits, and it doesn't get much better than that, right? It's a fan-funded campaign that helps artists, poets, authors, photographers, and yes musicians.....circus folk in general....have a chance to realize, in some little way, their dreams! Kickstarter has helped many an artist - small and large - that want to create on their own terms, to finance and embark on their own artistic journeys and create art the way they envision it. I've learned what it takes to write, create, produce, manufacture, distribute and promote a record. It takes a lot. You could say I'm a grass-roots success which I'm extremely proud of. But with fans like you, we can go even further with a push behind a project. Kickstarter has created an environment where artists team up with their supporters to make art possible. And a little more art in the world can't hurt! I write all of the time, but in order to make a great record, it takes time and money and some business sense. I know what needs to be done! It also takes "road-work" to give wheels to a project, get it to the fans and tour around to play the songs you are so proud of. My last two records were made in England with John Parish (Tracy Chapman, PJ Harvey, The Eels and more) and they garnered national critical acclaim in pop, folk and blues arenas. I get grass-roots and independent radio as well. I've even gotten emails from French and Italian radio playlists that show I'm getting played there. There is nothing more thrilling than having music you're proud of be heard, felt and loved. It is what fuels me. With Kickstarter and your support, I promise you will not be disappointed in the final results...... and you'll be the first to know.... cause you get the record before anyone!!!!
Here's HOW it works...
Here's how it works. We set a goal amount of what we want to raise to help us do our project. You choose a tier that works for you -whether it's one dollar, twenty five, two hundred or more. You make the call. There's something for everyone. We set the number of days to complete our goal, and we spread the word! You choose a tier level that you like!!! Depending on the tier you choose, you receive something from us!! Digital downloads, new signed cds, phone calls, skype chats, shows in your house, and a few other surprises. Here's the important thing for us: If we don't reach our goal….we don't get even one dollar. All of the money is returned to the backers - that's you and anyone who donated to our project. Yeh, I know, so spread the word, twitter your ass off, post it everywhere!! We've got a lot of new songs, and music to share. My fan base has continued to grow over the years. I have fans all over. But they have to find out about the Kickstarter campaign. I have a great team and, as an artist, I know what I'm doing. If you're a fan, you already know what music means to me and I know what it means to you! I hope you'll consider being part of this with me. Together we can make this come alive. We only have short amount of time to reach our goal so please jump in, tell your friends, pass this idea to anyone and everyone you know! Every dollar counts and every dollar adds up and can help make a huge difference. We plan to use our own money, too, so we have a vested interest in this project, but with the genius of Kickstarter and your help, we plan on taking this project to places we could never go, alone! I thank you, my band thanks you, all the creatures we hope to help thank you!! Please go see my video and be entertained!
Peace n Love,
Risks and challenges
This project will be a lot of work and concentration but I love it and I'm up for the challenge. Remember, I've done this before and I have a great plan. Making music fuels me, is my fuel and my audience fuels that, that's you! The risk with Kickstarter is simple...if we don't meet our goal, we don't get a dime and all money goes back to you the contributors. However, if we kick major butt and exceed our goal, all good things happen: more ability to make the best project ever! Kickstarter rocks and we're glad you wanna be part of it and my new project. Let's rock it, shall we! (Don't forget to watch our fun video at the very top of the page, just press "play" button on my photo. I think this says it all!) Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Jennie xoxoLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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