"What we really want to do is what we really are meant to do."
Hello. I'm Jessica Ketola. Singer-songwriter and recording artist. A few years ago I might not have introduced myself as such - mom of four, wife, working full time - life has a way of crowding out your dreams if you let it. But destiny wrote on the wall when I attended a sound check party at the Police concert and was asked by Sting himself to share the mic in front of 20,000 people at the Gorge Amphitheater. Somehow in the electricity of that moment, standing on that stage, I found the courage to be an artist, and I came home to a part of myself I had exiled for far too long.
Since this rock star moment, I determined to follow my dreams and pursue my music, launching a fan-funded project to record my first debut album. We call it The Ketola Project and have successfully raised over $10,000 from supportive fans. I found me a great producer, Justin Johnson, some outstanding musicians, and went ahead and belted it out in the studio. And I have been absolutely blown away by the journey. It has been a dream come true for me and a chance to record the songs that have been poured out with tears and with passion at my piano over the past few years. I have loved the creative process and am so thankful for the generosity and faith others have put in me. What started as a modest EP has turned into a full-fledged project and I am close to ecstatic (though paradoxical I know) to be nearing the release of Sea of Tears.
What I need now is your help to finish the mixing, mastering and reproduction of the album.To do this, I need an excess of $3000, and I need it now. The album is scheduled to release the first part of September and so we need to get this show on the road! (Literally!) The kickstart goal is much lower than the actual costs so please give generously even after the goal is met. All proceeds over goal will go towards The Ketola Project and the release and marketing of the album. As a thank you, we are offering some one-of-a-kind rewards, that's right folks, we are offering autographed cds, t-shirts, credits and more! Better yet, with ANY donation, you will receive a free download available now as a preview of the album. So don't miss out on your chance to support indie music and be a part of this project!
Thanks to everyone for making it possible to pursue my artistry and produce my first album. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
- (21 days)