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Songs to reach deep and point up, to sympathize and make you smile. Glimpses of joy, junk and all the glorious stuff we're made of.
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Hi friends!  Or, if we're not friends just yet:  Hi, I'm Jennifer.  I'm a singer/songwriter/mom/chocolate-enthusiast in Fort Worth, Texas.  

For the past eight months or so, I've been working my little fingers (and laptop) to the bone to create eleven new songs for you, and they are finally completed.  Now we just need one final push to get these beauties pressed into shiny little circles for you to own and love and listen to.  And that's where we need your help.

Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).  These new songs were born over the last little while out of times of trial, seeking, celebrating and just dealing with a whole lot of LIFE.  Maybe you can relate. I find that sometimes sorting things out and settling truth comes with a rhythm and a rhyme.  I actually love when that happens!  From the poem by George Herbert, a "soul in paraphrase" quickly became the refrain and the focus -- to put into words those things deepest within us.  Now I can't wait to share these songs with you, so that maybe we can dance, commiserate and finally sort it all out together.  

Here's where you come in:  In order to put a bow on this endeavor, we need to secure the final costs of duplicating and printing the actual physical CDs and getting the downloads prepped and ready to go.  This can be quite costly.  Most of you know that we are truly a grassroots recording operation around here, depending a great deal on some makeshift ingenuity, the kindness and skills of talented friends and family and mostly the merciful grace of our God to carry each project through to fruition.  We're almost there, and we would treasure your support to help finally wrap Soul in a nice package.

So if you like, just consider this Kickstarter campaign as a sort of pre-sale for the new album.  Basically you can "purchase" your copy of Soul in Paraphrase with your support at the $15 level during this campaign, and you'll get yours before the release date.  Of course, beyond just the new album, we're also offering some fabulous perks at various support levels, and we'd love for you to take advantage of those if you wanna!  

We only have a few weeks to meet our goal.  Kickstarter is a fantastic entity, but it's an all-or-nothing set up, so we cannot receive partial funding.  We either make the goal or we don't -- no halfway around these parts, partner!  (So, don't worry,you will not be charged if we don't meet our goal.)  If you do choose to jump on board and sponsor this project, we promise to do our best to make your support worth your while.

Throughout the coming days, we'll be sharing some audio snippets, glimpses of the new songs, maybe even a Lego stop-motion presentation (those have been really big around our house this summer) or just a funny dancing dog video (really, she's pretty good) -- lots of things to keep you entertained while we tally the total and wait to see if this happens.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

Jenn

Risks and challenges

For those supporters who request the t-shirts or lyric journals, we will likely ship the CDs first, so you will have the music in hand in a timely manner, and then send the shirts or journals separately ASAP. With regard to the higher reward levels, we will work to schedule online concerts and house shows in a time and manner that works for all involved. If you are one of those supporters, we will contact you personally to get everything lined out and scheduled.

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    You get a virtual high-five and the greatest of gratitudes! Thanks for your support!

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    The new CD! You wonderful people will be some of the first to get your ears on a copy of Soul in Paraphrase! And I think we can all agree that being first is much better than . . . uh . . . NOT being first.

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    Build-your-own-combo-pack! You'll get the early copy of Soul in Paraphrase PLUS another one of my albums of your choosing (SHINE or Tying Heaven and Earth Together), or you can pick up an extra copy of the new album to share with a friend. You're such a giver!

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    Are you a t-shirt junkie like me? Well, hows about I send you a limited edition Soul in Paraphrase tee? They are very versatile -- appropriate for your next black tie gala or just to wash your car. Like I said, versatile. Plus, we'll throw in the 2-disc combo pack, so you'll have some tunes to jam along with on your way to that gala.

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    I'll get writer's cramp just for you. This support level gets you a beautiful, personally hand-written lyric journal with all of the songs from the new album (I'll try to limit the poorly drawn doodles on the margins), plus the t-shirt and the two albums of your choosing.

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    Your very own personal online show! You'll get a concert just for you (and anyone else you want to invite) via the fabulous interweb. I'll even let you help pick the set list. No dress code required -- wear your Mickey Mouse PJs if you'd like. I'll never know! Plus you get the t-shirt, lyric journal, the 2-disc CD pack and the knowledge that you yourself are a super star supporter! We'll get together to find a date and time that works for you.

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    House concert (travel expenses not included). Why, thank you, I'd love to come for a visit! House shows are always relaxed, intimate and super fun. We'll bring the songs and stories, the limited edition tee, lyric journal and FIVE copies of the new CD that you can share/sell at your house show. Again, we'll find a date that works for you.

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