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Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights are putting out a new kids album called BANDWAGON. Get up on it and help make it a reality.
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights are putting out a new kids album called BANDWAGON. Get up on it and help make it a reality.
283 backers pledged $15,278 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey Everyone! My name is Joanie Leeds and I am a nationally touring singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY specializing in Kindie-Rock (that's kids music for y'all not hip with the lingo...yet).

I am what you call an DIY artist (do it yourself). Though I have released 4 kids CDs, a DVD and 2 grownup CDs since 2000, I have never been signed to a label and I've done it all on my own... until NOW! I am excited to invite you to be my label.... to help create my next project- My 5th Kids CD of original music- BANDWAGON. Please watch the video above for info and funny band bloopers and read on for the full story.

Once upon a time, a two year old birthday girl grabbed the microphone away from the party performer and sang Annie's "Tomorrow" to all her party guests at the top of her lungs. I never once looked back. Countless voice lessons and musicals through out my childhood led me to attend the Musical Theater program at Syracuse University where I started writing original music. During my senior year, I recorded my first original CD and headed straight to NYC the day after graduating. After countless day jobs supporting my singer/songwriter career, my whole world turned around when I took at job managing and teaching at Gymboree Play and Music and realized, (light-bulb!) Kids are hilarious, honest and adorable. I was hooked and never looked back.

In 2006, I started a birthday party business, took several jobs teaching music in nursery schools and wrote music for kids, nonstop. I found my calling!  In 2007- I released City Kid,  2008- Challah, Challah,  2009-City Kid Live DVD, 2010- I'm A Rock Star and 2011 What A Zoo. In 2012- I got married!!!! (No, that's not a CD but it was worth the wait).

With my amazing booking and publicity team, we've reached National audiences by appearing in tons of 'TOP 10' lists and 'Best Kid CD' lists in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, Washington Post, Time Out NY Kids, NY Times, NY Post and many others...

So now, I am working on my newest album, Bandwagon, and I need your help to make it happen.  I've set the goal at $15,000 but the actual costs will be more like $30,000 when it's all said and done. With all the amazing listeners, supporters, teachers, students and fan families I've met over the years, I am optimistic that we will meet and SURPASS my set goal. (Currently crossing fingers and toes) The catch: Kickstarter is all or nothing! If I DON'T meet my goal, I won't get anything (and your card won't be charged either) so please consider some of these amazing THANK YOU PACKAGES to the right    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

The $15,000 (but really $30K) will help pay for the following:

Kickstarter Fees- 8-10% of my goal goes directly to Kickstarter and Amazon for hosting and transaction fees.

Recording- Grammy Award WINNER Dean Jones will be producing, engineering, and mixing Bandwagon. Studio time and all hours spent there recording 15 tunes will add up for sure.

Musicians-
These songs won't play themselves. Dean has put together the most amazing group of musicians who will rock the 15 tracks. I also have to pay for their meals. They are boys, they get hungry all the time.

Mastering-  I only work with the master of mastering and that is none other than Alan Douches with West West Side Music. He has been my go-to guy for most of my albums.

CD Duplication- Oasis Duplication has manufactured every project I've ever done since the year 2000. They make all the CD copies and print the artwork and CD booklets.

Publicity- Elizabeth Waldman Frazier with Waldmania PR is the Queen of publicity for children's artists. I'm not sure when she sleeps because she is the hardest worker I know. She will tell the world that Bandwagon is awesome.

Photography- Shervin Lainez is THE photog right now. He has photographed Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara, OK GO, The Shins, Ani DiFranco,  Andrew Bird and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, WHAAAAT!?

Graphic Design and Art- Gabrielle Gewirtz of Inside Wide Designs is an old dear friend of mine from the ole' Bitter End days. She will be coming up with all the beautiful designs for the CD Cover, Booklet, T-Shirt designs and updating my new press page.

Merchandise- New awesome T-Shirts are in the works and this will help cover cost of printing in all the sizes I'll need for kids and adults.

Printing Updating Press Materials- I will be sending all my press material to the the printer for high quality printing for my publicist to include in my press packages along with my CD for the fine folk at radio stations, newspapers, magazines and bloggers to read. They use fancy paper and it ain't cheap.

Website Updates- My fabulously talented web designer, Mac Cauley, will be updating my website with all the new music and content.

Rental Car to the Studio- I live in NYC and don't own a car.  Each time I drive to and from the studio in upstate NY, Alamo gets a small fortune from me. Grrr.

Music Videos- I want to release more music videos for your kids to watch. They are expensive to produce and you need a professional to make a good one (case in point, did you watch the video I made above? That was 100% Joanie made, can you tell?, Ha!)

I forgot to mention some special guests you will hear on Bandwagon:
Jonatha Brooke!!!! (my idol), Justin Lansing of the Grammy Winning kids group, The Okee Dokee Brothers and beautiful folk singer, Rachel Loshak.

FAQ's

Q- What can I do to help if I can not afford to donate financially?
A- Good question! You can absolutely help by spreading the word. Please share this Kickstarter link with all your friends and family over email and post the link on Facebook, Twitter and any other site you can think of!If you tell 50 people who tell 50 people, you can see how this can work! If you tell 50 people who tell 50 people, you can see how this may just work! Remember the Kickstarter only goes for 30 DAYS so don't delay, please!

Q- I have $$ and I want to help but I don't have kids! What should I do?
A- Are you an Aunt? Uncle? Grandparent? Do you have a friend or co-worker with kids? Gifting them with one of these awesome prizes would be the best present ever. Any prize you see is TOTALLY transferable. I will get all the information from you and will send it to wherever and to whoever you'd like!

Let's KICK this thing out of the park!

Risks and challenges

If I meet my financial goals through Kickstarter, I am confident that this project will release in late June or July as intended. If there are any delays, I will be in touch immediately with donors however we have a very rock hard schedule in place with a wonderful team. If I do not raise the funds through Kickstarter of course, it will be difficult to release on time.

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    DOLLA DOLLA BILL Y'ALL! Along with your donation, If you link to any social network site and tag me, I will send you a never released track called "Joanie's Top 10 Rock & Roll Songs" as a thank you.

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    KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE!

    Gain access to our “Supporters Only” Kickstarter email list with video blogs from the studio and as the album progresses. It's like a window into our soul. Everyone who donates something will get the golden ticket into JL & NL Kickstarter update-land and a shout out on FB and Twitter about how awesome you are!

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    YOU ARE SO ON THE BANDWAGON Y'ALL!
    Receive an advanced digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon" and be the first to hear the album even before the official release! You are going to buy it anyhow, why not now?

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    THE REAL DEAL! Receive 1 advanced autographed physical copy (yes, they still make physical CDs, kids love to hold em) + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    THE REAL DEAL PLUS! Receive 1 advanced autographed physical copy (yes, they still make physical CDs, kids love to hold em) + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon" and some temporary tattoos.

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    NOW IT'S GETTING FANCY! An autographed photo and an exclusive personal thank you card + rockin' temporary tattoos to prove just how rockstar you really are + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    NICE THREADS! One limited edition T-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    SERIOUS PENMANSHIP FOLKS!
    Handwritten lyrics to the "Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights" song of your choice along with pretty artwork by moi (my husband says I'm crafty and I have fab handwriting) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    ACOUSTIC FANTASTIC!

    I will record an acoustic version of one of my tunes (just lil' ole me & the guitar), and custom make and mail a CD/label for you/your family. + One limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    I'VE BEEN FRAMED! Beautifully framed handwritten lyrics to the "Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights" song of your choice along with pretty artwork by moi + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    EXTENDED SAY MY NAME, SAY MY NAME! You get a thank you in the CD liner notes, your name and everything!! (Must have the names before March 9th so my graphic designer can include you) + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    SAY MY NAME, SAY MY NAME! You get a thank you in the CD liner notes, your name and everything!! (Must have the names before February 27th so my graphic designer can include you) + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    YOUTUBE, ITUBE, WE ALL DIG THE YOUTUBE.
    We can discuss song choices via email and I will cover you or your child's favorite song and will dedicate it to you/your child on YOUTUBE for all the world to see. Any song you want (non explicit only of course. Come on, I'm a kids singer y'all!) + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    THE KITCHEN SINK!- Get a copy of ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + two limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    LET'S TALK IT OVER! You or your child will get a 30 minute phone call or skype session with Joanie Leeds! I can sing you/your child songs, just chat or give you a virtual music lesson! + get ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + two limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    BACKSTAGE ACCESS! Get put on the guest list, front row seats AND get backstage passes for you/your family at an upcoming show in your area. Your kids will join me on stage for a song during the concert!! This will not expire. + ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    'BACK TO SCHOOL' NAME DROP!
    I will put your child's name in the recording of my new song, "Back to School". (MUST have names before February 22nd in order to be included in the recording so act fast!!!) + ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC LESSON!
    Hop on the L train and head to what some say is the coolest neighborhood in the country. Meet Drummer Dan and I at his studio and get a private 45 minute drum and guitar lesson. (Grown ups and kids welcome, transportation is not included, scheduling to be arranged) + one limited edition t-shirt (choose from kid or grown-up size) + An autographed photo and an exclusive thank you card + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 1 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    YOUR OWN ORIGINAL TUNE!
    Joanie write and record an ORIGINAL song for you or your child. You send me some ideas of what you'd like the song to be about and viola- your own personal tune to keep! + ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + two limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    TEA FOR YOU AND ME! Joanie will take you, and your kids for tea and cookies at Alice's Tea Cup (NYC- UES or UWS location, your transportation is not included). I'll even wear a fancy hat. You can too! (scheduling to be determined) + ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + two limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    GET YOUR ZZZZZ'S! Want Joanie to sing your child to sleep? Read their favorite book? Joanie will bring her guitar and cookies & milk to your home and sing a few of her tunes before nap-time or bed-time. (45 minutes)
    *If I can get there by subway, transportation is included. You are responsible for zipcar car costs if not accessible by subway. + Personal delivery of ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + two limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - After I stop crying tears of happiness, you and your family will have a special dinner with Joanie + Drummer Dan (place, scheduling & details to be determined) + four tickets to your next Joanie Leeds show + your name as an Executive Producer in the credits. + Annnnnnd of course... ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + 3 limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    15 MINUTES OF FAME! You or your children will STAR IN ONE OF MY UPCOMING MUSIC VIDEOS (NYC only, your transportation is not included) + ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + 3 limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 3 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    HOOTENANNY! You secure the spot and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights will put on a big private concert for your child and all their friends. (scheduling & details to be determined)
    * If you live more than 50 miles from NYC, you must provide travel and accommodations for the band and I. + Annnnnnd of course... ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + 5 limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 5 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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    NYC VIP!! I will fly 4 people to New York City (coach/domestic only), and cover up to two hotel rooms for one night. I will make all the arrangements! You and your family will be my personal guests for a full day of NYC fun -- We will do all of the touristy fun kids stuff we can fit in. Choose from Natural History Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan, FAO Schwarz, Central Park Zoo, Empire Stare Building... And lunch at either Serendipity, Katz's or Shake Shack. (Or if you are grownups, I'll have totally awesome grownup NY day and night planned- bars, music and fun) And as if that's not enough before you arrive I will have written you or your child an original song which I will perform for you live and in person in NYC along with a private concert at your hotel! Plus, your name will appear in the Credits of "Bandwagon" as Executive Producer. Plus my eternal gratitude for your incredible generosity. + Annnnnnd of course... ALL of Joanie's previous CDs and DVD to date: 'What A Zoo', 'I'm A Rock Star', 'Challah, Challah', 'City Kid Live'- DVD, 'City Kid' and Joanie's grown up CD 'Soul From My Footsteps' + 5 limited edition t-shirts (choose from kid or grown-up sizes) + An autographed photograph and an exclusive thank you card from the band + some rockin' temporary tattoos + 5 advanced autographed physical copy + a digital copy of the new album, "Bandwagon".

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