I hope you all are having a great start to 2012! As you all know, I've been practicing being quiet for the past 7 weeks or so, and still working on recuperating my voice. In the meantime, I've also been working with my engineer on finishing the final mix of "Every Little Thing," and I'm happy to say that despite the delay due to my voice surgery, everything now is finally mixed and ready to be sent to the duplicators. I approved the final mix of "Can't You See He's Gone" earlier this week and have just finished downloading all 10 tracks from the studio's server.
I'm currently wrapping up all the artwork for the final physical and digital releases of the CD, and there should be no further impediment to a physical release date of March 6th, 2012! The CD will be released digitally on all the usual outlets (iTunes, Amazon, etc) and the physical CD will be released via CD Baby. I'm going to have to get with CD Baby to figure out how the "advance" releases of the CD can be made available, as I am not sure how to make downloads available ahead of a release date from iTunes, etc...In fact, I'm sure that's not possible, so I am hoping I can send out advance download instructions to get the release from CD Baby on Sunday, March 4th. I do not want to simply upload raw files to a dropbox and allow people to download them - A) I would like to avoid having an open source to freely download the CD in advance, and (B) the final mastered release will also include the digital booklet, etc, with lyrics, credits, and the thanks to everyone involved. So I just need to figure out how to make sure you all get all that downloaded - Not just raw tracks of the songs. If that makes sense.
Lastly, the physical copies of the CDs and those eligible for t shirts and the lyric journals will go out the week of 2/27, so I anticipate everyone will have their copy of the CD in hand before the physical release date of 3/6.
Other than the CD/Journal/t shirts, there are 2 other pledge rewards I'm aware of that need to be fulfilled - The first was the release of the original song. Obviously I am still recuperating from my surgery and unable to record any new material. I will have a new song for those who chose that as a pledge as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of April. The other rewards are the meet and greet rewards, which are redeemable at any point this year. Please continue to check my Frontiers schedule and you will have first choice of any dates available in your area.
I'm thrilled that you all have made this music possible despite all of the setbacks I've been through over the past several months. This project and your support has made a world of difference in my recuperation and my mental well being - It's been a much longer process than I would have ever expected; you all have been gracious and patient and encouraging and for that I thank you.
Hello Friends! Just sharing a quick cut and paste from my website, but with an extra bit of information for my Kickstarter supporters tagged onto the end, so please take a look! =)
I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. As you can tell by my page, things have been relatively quiet here lately, but behind the scenes things have indeed been quite busy. I wanted to get everyone a little update on my health and the release status of the CD.
First, as most of you are aware, I will be going into surgery next Tuesday at Duke University Hospital to have a polyp removed from my right vocal cord. It's a long and nasty story, but the short of it is, I was not giving myself proper rest earlier this year when I had a voice injury, and it just did not heal. As a result, I've had to cancel shows these past couple of months, and when it was clear it wasn't going to fix itself, I had no choice but to schedule this surgery.
It's a very common procedure, and the prognosis for 100% recovery is excellent. The bad news is I will be on voice rest for at least 6-8 weeks, and I will be unable to even speak for at least two weeks.
Additionally, my engineer in New York has recently taken a new full time job and his availability to mix has shrunk down to just a few hours a week. We've only had three songs left to mix for the past month or so, but it has been nearly impossible to try to get a quality, finished product done in the time he has available, and meet the deadline of releasing the CD digitally on 12/20.
So the lack of time available to dedicate to properly finishing the job, combined with my total inability to promote the release later this month, has made it necessary to delay the release of "Every Little Thing" to coincide with my return to the road early next February. The very last thing that I want to do is release a CD that has a couple of rushed and incomplete songs, while being totally unable to promote it, sell it at shows, do interviews or anything for another month and a half after it's release. That would absolutely be flushing a year and a half's worth of my life down the toilet.
The songs on this CD deserve to be heard, and heard in the best state possible. I know, as I've been listening to the entire CD in demo form for the past two weeks now, and I WISH I could release it tomorrow in it's finished state. To say I'm proud of how it's turned out would be a huge understatement, and the last thing I want is for this work to be denied the attention and promotion it deserves. It's also much different and much improved over the demos I shared with my Kickstarter buddies a couple months ago. When you get this CD, it will be fresh and new and it will not be something you guys have knocked around with for the past several months. I really, really think you guys are going to enjoy it.
So next week I'm going in for throat surgery, and I'll be down for at least a few weeks, then on voice rest until February. I won't be able to work, I won't be able to sing. But I will keep everyone posted and be working extra hard behind the scenes to give "Every Litte Thing" the reception it deserves.
Additionally, I won't be working - I won't have any income, and as the sole household source of money in a family with two toddlers running around the house, I'll be doing whatever I can to make ends meet between now and February. I may release one more single in the meantime, and I may expand on swag and merchandise in this time frame to try to make a few extra bucks as well. If I come out flogging some new tee shirt or single, I'd sure appreciate the support and promotion you guys are great at doing.
I cannot thank everyone enough for the support and well wishes over the past month or so. This has not been an easy decision - having the surgery done, or delaying the release of the CD. The delay in the CD release was especially difficult, being so close to having it finished, and knowing the anticipation that everyone has shown. But I know it's the right thing to do, and I hope that everyone feels that it was worth the wait.
Kickstarters!!! One thing that is relevant to you here is the distribution of the rewards. My original intent was to send the journals, tee shirts, and CDs all together in one package when it was released. Concert meet and greets and other small unique rewards will be still be handled as scheduled. However, since the delay of the release, I am wondering if I should send out the tee shirts and journals first and then send the CD out when it is released in February, or would everyone still want to get everything all at one time? My preference is still to make it a nice bundle all at once, but if the consensus is to spread it out between now and February, I will do whatever you all wish. I will try to do a survey to that effect and see what everyone wants to do. If I can't do another survey, I'll make another update here looking for your comments. Thanks again everyone. Your faith and belief in me and this project has kept me going over the past couple of rough months, and I will not let you down.