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Hello Fabulous People!

Some of you know me from my 2 decades and 11 albums worth of touring and recording.

I have toured all over the U.S., Europe, UK, Ireland, Canada and Japan on my own and with folks like Arlo Guthrie, Carlene Carter, John Fullbright and many other incredible artists known and unknown.

"Back to My Green" is my first new album in FIVE YEARS. 

In the music business, that is a lifetime.

I feel like I've lived a whole lifetime since 2014 when I released "Learning Faith." In that time, I fell in love, got married to fellow singer-songwriter Mike June, moved away from Austin, TX and my musical community of eight years to Hillsborough, NC, a tiny town where I'd never been.

Then the 2016 election happened and everything that came with it. Like a lot of people, I was terrified. As a result I developed an RSI in my arms that made playing guitar and writing very painful.  I felt isolated and restricted and depressed.

But "no" is death for artists, so I had to come up with new ways of doing things, new ways of conceptualizing music, and be willing to put myself out there and collaborate more. 

As a result, "Back to My Green" is about becoming someone new. It's about facing challenges and rising. It's the musical equivalent of standing unprotected with my arms and my heart wide open. It's terrifying...but it's real!

I had the pleasure of working with Producer Mark Simonsen and Engineer Thom Canova at StudioM in Durham, NC, an extremely creative and uplifting couple of dudes. Mark was the lead producer and Thom and I co-produced.  This is the first album I have ever co-produced!  I had to learn to take charge in new ways, but also to let other people in in new ways.  The result, to my mind, is a different kind of album for me, expansive, hopeful, out on a limb.

Although Mark, Thom and I played most of the instruments, we had help from Jonathan Byrd (who also co-wrote 'In Dreams' with me) and Gaelynn Lea on vocals, Mike Grigoni on pedal and lap steel and our string trio: Laura Thomas, Aubrey Keisel and Leah Gibson.

I am asking for $10,000 to help with the release costs of the album: CD & Vinyl duplication, radio promotion, publicity and marketing all cost mega bucks as you may know.  If we reach my stretch goal of $15,000, I will be able to start paying back my recording costs and will offer MY ENTIRE DIGITAL CATALOG (9 albums) PLUS an EP of 3 extra unreleased songs to all backers!!

This album was partly inspired by my love for and connection to the natural world.  To offset the carbon footprint of CD production and shipping I will be donating $.50 per CD sold to the Environmental Defense Fund.

Many thanks for you help -- if you can't afford to donate, please help by sharing the link!  

Love,

Jess

Risks and challenges

I have already completed the recording of the album. The only risk in this project is that if I do not hit my fundraising goal of $10,000, I won't be able to offer these lovely rewards! But I know together we can do it so I'm not too worried : )

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    Back To My Green Album Download!

    Keepin' it simple! Get the brand new album for download!

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    Back To My Green - Signed CD + Download

    Get a signed copy of my CD! The artwork, beautifully designed by Raleigh-Based graphic designer Skillet Gilmore includes a foldout lyric booklet plus photos by Mike June! To offset the carbon footprint of shipping I will be donating $.50 per CD sold to the Environmental Defense Fund.

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    Back to My Green T Shirt

    Designed by local graphic artist Skillet Gilmore, brand new T shirts inspired by Back to My Green

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    Back to My Green Vinyl Album + Download

    A Signed copy of the album, beautifully designed by Raleigh-Based graphic designer Skillet Gilmore and featuring photos by Mike June! Plus the album download!

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    Combo: Signed CD + T Shirt

    Save on shipping! Signed copy of Back to My Green on CD + T Shirt - please specify your size. Plus the download!

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    Jess Klein Full Digital Catalog*

    My full catalog digitally - including Quarter for the Jukebox, City Garden, Bound to Love, Bootleg, Behind a Veil, Learning Faith, Shy Girl, Wishes Well Disguised and Back To My Green, plus my spoken word piece "Chicken Soup", which I wrote to honor my grandmother's life after the Jewish Cemetery where she and my grandfather are buried was vandalized in 2017.

    *Not included in this reward: Draw Them Near & Strawberry Lover - my old label still owns the digital rights to these : (

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    Full Catalog on CD + Signed Poster!

    CD copies of Quarter for the Jukebox, Bound to Love, Behind a Veil, Shy Girl, Learning Faith, Back to My Green AND limited release promo single w/Little White Dove, Ireland and my cover of "I Second That Emotion"! Plus the download of the new album!

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    Songwriting Lesson

    We will meet for 60 minutes over Skype and talk about a song you have started & would like feedback on. I will offer my guidance on how you might tweak your lyric/melody/structure to take it to the next level. I do this with my songwriter friends to get feedback on my songs I progress and I am excited to be able to offer this to you! Plus you get the Back to My Green Album Download!

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    Signed CD, Vinyl, T-Shirt & Poster!

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    I Cover a Song of Your Choice!

    Got a favorite song you think my voice might sound good singing? I love this kind of challenge! Send me your idea, and I will learn the tune and make a video of me performing it for you! Please allow 2 months for delivery.

    Plus you get the digital download of the new album!

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    Life Coaching - 3 Sessions

    I am certified as a Life Coach - it's a 2nd career I took on in 2015 when I wanted find a new way to use the unique skill set that I’ve acquired in my life as a professional musician - connecting with people in a genuine way, giving what I have with all my heart.

    If you are feeling stuck, are having trouble identifying or taking the next step in your relationship or career...if you feel unable to communicate with a partner, are pushing people away with anger issues...if you struggle with constant guilt or are living with an empty feeling of "I don't know if anything I do matters", I can help

    My goal as a coach is to help you fully embrace life and relationships. Any issue that gets in the way of that is a good starting place for our work together. We will work over Skype.

    Feel free to see my Coaching Page with more info and testimonials here: https://www.jessklein/life-coaching

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    I Write You a Song!

    You send me a subject, a line, or a story and I will create and record a demo version of a song for you! It's old school patronage! Please allow 3 months for delivery. And poetic license.

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    House Concert

    I, or I & Mike June will perform a show in your living room the next time we are in driving range of your town! House Concerts are fun, community-building and your friends will think you are super cool. Plus you get the full album download!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + Exec Producer Credit!

    My full digital catalog, signed CD catalog, T Shirt, signed poster, a Songwriting Lesson (giftable to a friend), 3 Life Coaching Sessions (giftable to a friend), a House Concert in your home, a Video of a Cover Song of Your Choice, PLUS Executive Producer Credit AND Guest List For Life!

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    Your House, Mike's Cooking, Our Music!

    Back to My Green was partly inspired by me falling and love and getting married to Mike June. When Mike and I met, I had a VERY long list of food allergies. Mike's opening move as a boyfriend was to ask me to write down a list of all the foods I had been missing because I was unable to eat them. THEN HE FOUND A WAY TO COOK EVERY SINGLE ONE. Bam, To help you understand why this one action made me think "I could marry this guy", Mike is helping me offer this special reward when you donate $3000: 1) Mike June and I will fly/drive to your home, ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL US. 2) Mike will cook a meal for you and your friends - food sensitivities or omnivore, menu to be agreed upon beforehand - in your home. Then WE WILL PLAY A DUO SHOW IN YOUR HOME! Plus you get the album download, a T shirt, signed poster, two signed vinyl albums or two signed CD's. (Please allow a few months for scheduling).

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    MIke's Cooking, Our Music - non-US

    Back to My Green was partly inspired by me falling and love and getting married to Mike June. When Mike and I met, I had a VERY long list of food allergies. Mike's opening move as a boyfriend was to ask me to write down a list of all the foods I had been missing because I was unable to eat them. THEN HE FOUND A WAY TO COOK EVERY SINGLE ONE. Bam, To help you understand why this one action made me think "I could marry this guy", Mike is helping me offer this special reward when you donate $5000: 1) Mike June and I will fly/drive to your home, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE US! 2) Mike will cook a meal for you and your friends - food sensitivities or omnivore, menu to be agreed upon beforehand - in your home. Then WE WILL PLAY A DUO SHOW IN YOUR HOME! Plus you get the album download, one signed vinyl album or two signed CD's. (Please allow a few months for scheduling).

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    • 1 Signed Copy of Vinyl Album or 2 Signed Copies of CD
    • Mike June's Cooking & Jess Klein/Mike June Show In Your Home
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    • Full Digital Catalog
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