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My third album features my original music with words from Arthurian legends, and I'm singing two pieces of Scottish Gaelic mouth music!
My third album features my original music with words from Arthurian legends, and I'm singing two pieces of Scottish Gaelic mouth music!
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My name is Jessica Victoria. I live in Pennsylvania, but I'll always be a New Mexican at heart. Though Songs of the Summer Realm will be my third album, it is the first for which I have written almost all of the music. I am asking you, my audience and supporters, to help make it a reality.

Songs of the Summer Realm takes us into the world of King Arthur, showing him to us as a true model of the Servant Leader--a leader who has much to teach us in the twenty-first century. I wrote some of the lyrics myself, but many of them come from familiar Arthurian legends.

The idea of the Summer Realm itself comes from the Arthurian world of Steven Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle. These are some of my favorite books; you really should check them out. I cannot thank Mr. Lawhead enough for his kind permission to use his title, and some copyrighted excerpts from his books, which I have used as lyrics for several of the songs. I also set to music G.K. Chesterton's poem, "The Myth of Arthur." An excerpt from "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" provides the lyrics of "Christmas at Camelot," and Alfred Tennyson's Idylls of the King is the basis of two more songs. 

To complete the album, I will be singing some Scottish Gaelic mouth music, which is traditionally known as Puirt à beul. I am doing this because I love languages; I wanted to learn some Gaelic in my free time; and I thought mouth music would be an awesome addition to a live show! 

My Background

Recording an album of Celtic fusion music is an exciting, new adventure for me! I am a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano with a doctorate in voice from the Catholic University of America. I have sung with orchestras in the United States and Europe. In the opera world, I have appeared as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata and as the queen in Mozart's The Magic Flute. I have performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and I had the honor of singing for Pope John Paul II in a private audience. 

While singing with orchestra will always be one of my greatest passions, I also love Celtic music, and I love stories--to read them and to tell them.

Our Team

I am working with my husband, Jason Ewell, who is managing the business part of the project. He designed the Kickstarter campaign; he is managing the logistics of the recording process; he is organizing the promotion of the album and the concerts that will support it. He has also contributed a few musical ideas. 

We are planning to record the album working with Nick Turner and his team at Watercolour Music in the Scottish Highlands. We will be collaborating with the best Scottish musicians, including internationally-known classical and jazz pianist Euan Stevenson and award-winning piper and whistle player Lorne MacDougall

Our team includes several friends who have assisted us in very important ways. First and foremost is my cousin, filmmaker Jordan Pacheco, of Denver, who made the project video. Invaluable assistance was also given by our web designer and friend, Kristen Dorn, of Baltimore, and by our friends Sandy Bennett, of Norwalk, OH, and Peter Argentine, of Mt Lebanon, PA. 

Finally, a critical part of our team is you--my audience! I have received much support and encouragement over the years from family, friends and audience members who have enjoyed my concerts and my two previous albums. With this project, Jason and I are producing an album on a scale far beyond any recording I have previously made. This is a substantial undertaking, but I have already written all of the music, and we believe that there is still a place in 2015 for the album as an artform, whether downloadable or in physical format, especially one that tells a timeless story in a new, exciting way.

Risks and challenges

The biggest potential risk when recording an album of original music would be if the songs weren't done by recording time. My songs are all finished! My husband, Jason--who is also my business manager--and I are now giving fulltime to the planning and promotion of this project.

We chose our recording studio, Watercolour Music, in the Scottish Highlands after researching many U.K. studios. Nick Turner and his team work constantly with the best Scottish musicians, and they have produced numerous projects for the BBC. I mention all this to say that we do not expect any significant delays in the recording and production process. On the slight chance that we do have a problem during this process, we would find another studio or mastering engineer.

We set a fundraising goal for this project that would cover only musician and studio costs. It does not include the cost of our airline tickets and other travel to Scotland; it does not include the cost of album artwork design; it does not include CD manufacturing costs. We did this to demonstrate that we believe in this project enough to make sure that we have a financial stake in it, whether we meet our goal or not.

Although we are planning to produce Songs of the Summer Realm no matter what, the Kickstarter is important to help us promote the album in a 21st-century way, and to help us avoid going into debt while doing it! :)

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    A Braille copy of the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    A 21st Century Singing Telegram: I will Skype or FaceTime you or a loved one (or call, or use two cans and a string, if you insist) on a birthday, graduation day, Christmas or other special occasion to sing a song of your choice.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    Learn to Sing! One Voice Lesson from Me: This could be a live, in-person lesson, or a lesson over Skype. In-person lessons are an option if I am performing in or visiting your area.
    A 21st Century Singing Telegram: I will Skype or FaceTime you or a loved one (or call, or use two cans and a string, if you insist) on a birthday, graduation day, Christmas or other special occasion to sing a song of your choice.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    Cover Song: I will record for you a cover version of one of your favorite songs. It needs to be a song within my vocal range--I'm not much of a baritone!
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    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    Join the Round Table!: Donors at this and higher levels will be featured in the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, as members of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Learn to Sing! One Voice Lesson from Me: This could be a live, in-person lesson, or a lesson over Skype. In-person lessons are an option if I am performing in or visiting your area.
    A 21st Century Singing Telegram: I will Skype or FaceTime you or a loved one (or call, or use two cans and a string, if you insist) on a birthday, graduation day, Christmas or other special occasion to sing a song of your choice.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
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    Really Learn to Sing! Three Voice Lessons from Me: Do you want more than a one lesson intro? These could be live, in-person lessons, or lessons over Skype. In-person lessons are an option if I am performing in or visiting your area.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    A 21st Century Singing Telegram: I will Skype or FaceTime you or a loved one (or call, or use two cans and a string, if you insist) on a birthday, graduation day, Christmas or other special occasion to sing a song of your choice.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Receive a Personalized Song: I will write a song for a special occasion for you or your loved one.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm, as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Host a House Concert: I, along with one or two instrumentalists, will perform for you a 75-minute concert including material from my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm. This could be at your house, at your church, or for your corporate or charity event. Possible instrumentalist combinations could be piano and cello, or harp and cello. I tour frequently, so a House Concert will be scheduled to take place when I am in your area, or if I have enough advance notice, when I can arrange to schedule another concert in your area.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Participate as a Session Musician on my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm: Would you like to sing background vocals, play percussion, or appear in some other way on an album? This could be your chance to be a star! Sorry, we have already hired someone to play the bagpipes! Also, if you sing on the album, you will be required to take a voice lesson from me first. :) Travel to Scotland is not included, so if you can't arrange to be with
    us in the studio, we will record your part separately and mix it with
    the track during the final editing process.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Host a Small Ensemble Live Performance: I, along with three or more instrumentalists, will perform for you a 75-minute concert including material from my new album, Songs of the Summer Realm. This would be a great option to provide entertainment at your corporate or charity event, or at a convention, or if you have a very large house! I tour frequently, so a Small Ensemble Live Performance will be scheduled to take place when I am in your area, or if I have enough advance notice, when I can arrange to schedule another concert in your area.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Two Concert Package: Host a Small Ensemble Live Performance, as described above, and Host a House Concert, as described above.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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    Retro Package: Get a signed 180 gram vinyl copy of my new album, Songs of the Summer realm. After all, what better way is there to listen to music than in this classic format. It's what King Arthur would have done.
    Choose a Concert: You have the choice to Host a Small Ensemble Live Performance or to Host a House Concert, as described above.
    Participate as a Session Musician on Songs of the Summer Realm: Would you like to sing background vocals, play percussion, or appear in some other way on an album? This could be your chance to be a star! Sorry, we have already hired someone to play the bagpipes! Also, if you sing on the album, you will be required to take a voice lesson from me first. :) Travel to Scotland is not included, so if you can't arrange to be with
    us in the studio, we will record your part separately and mix it with
    the track during the final editing process.
    Receive a Personalized Song: I will write a song for a special occasion for you or your loved one.
    Join the Round Table!: You will be featured in the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm as a member of the illustrious Knights of the Round Table.
    Learn to Sing! One Voice Lesson from Me: This could be a live, in-person lesson, or a lesson over Skype. In-person lessons are an option if I am performing in or visiting your area.
    A 21st Century Singing Telegram: I will Skype or FaceTime you or a loved one (or call, or use two cans and a string, if you insist) on a birthday, graduation day, Christmas or other special occasion to sing a song of your choice.
    Back Catalog: Get 1 signed CD copy of each of my two previous albums, Christmas Presence and Illumination
    VIP Studio Access: In addition to A Peek Inside the Studio as the musicians plan their recording session, you will get exclusive access, with daily video updates during the recording process.
    A Braille copy of the liner notes to Songs of the Summer Realm, lyrics included
    2 signed CD copies of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, featuring extra songs, including a second piece of Scots Gaelic mouth music: Use one as a gift!
    An Advance Digital Download copy of the deluxe version of Songs of the Summer Realm, available before the CDs are released
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