Hey. I'm Joey, I'm a songwriter. Over the last year, I have written 150+ songs. I took those songs and chose the top ten songs to create my second full length album called 'TRUTH'.
Recording takes time, money and energy - my goal is to raise $10,000 to offset the cost of tracking, mixing and mastering. Beyond that, here are some stretch goals as well!
BASE GOAL - Tracking, Mixing and Mastering - $10K
- This would cover the cost to produce the album, including musicians compensatio, studio time and engineering.
STRETCH GOAL - Production, Distribution and Release - $17K
- This would cover all costs related to production and allow us to promote and push the release
Now, for the story behind 'TRUTH'
I quit my 9-5 office job to pursue storytelling and music over two years ago. By the flip of a coin and calling it tails three straight times while on a lunch break, NOW we are here.
Over the past two years I've been able to grow in so many ways through music, I am blessed to have created somewhat of a following and I am very thankful for the close ties to the Columbus community with friends and family here. It truly has been a great two years.
But, I am moving on.
This Fall I will be moving to Seattle, Washington with my soon-to-be-wife, Emily, to continue to pursue songwriting and storytelling along with more life adventures. After I released my first record, I came away with some lessons learned and also noticed some things in my life that needed to change. Through different life changes and situations over the past year, I became obsessed with the notion of truth and finding a purpose in life. For me, that calling is music.
I wrote over 150 songs in the last year and created this record by choosing the most impactful 10.
The 'TRUTH' album is meant to encourage the listener to find the truth in their life.
The truth can come in all shapes and sizes, it can be the soft honesty of a friend or a harsh look in the mirror. Truth can be a river never flowing upstream and even an unforgiving voice in your head. Most of all, truth is REAL.
Through my life and in this album I felt it was important to acknowledge the TRUTH. When you are able to be fully open and honest with yourself first, and others as well, that is when you find true love and happiness.
The album is my journey from lies and pain to truth and love. It tells a very personal journey of growing up and leaving what you once knew, places, people, thoughts and ideas all behind in order to become the truest and best version of yourself.
Now, the fun part!
Over the past three months, I have been working with a team of over 15 talented people found mostly local to Columbus, Ohio. These musicians and engineers have spent countless hours on a huge album project! They have helped me build all of these songs and I cannot wait to share them with you.
It started in Ireland!
This is where I had the realization that I needed to create another album based around the premise of truth. From there, I got to writing. Over 150 songs later I chose a team of five core band members to help me get the songs off the page and into a full band! Here's that cast of musicians.
Luke Ashmore - Guitarist
Steve Kemper - Guitarist
Matt Luebbers - Bassist
Dave Vanlaningham - Drummer
After multiple sessions with this core group and the other musicians on this album, it was time to hit the studio! We tracked for four straight days, layering horns, guitar, strings background vocal and more at Oranjudio Studio in Grandview. This is where the songs and the album started to take flight. Here are the other vital players that helped out with this record!
Lead Engineer - Brandon MacLean (Caamp, Doc Robinson, and more)
Co-Producer - Eric Craunstein (Jonathan Burgess, Bummers, Lemon Sky)
Mastering Engineer - Chris Keffer (Miles Davis, Black Keys, Al Jerreau)
Horns - Terrance Farmer, Elaine Mylius, Nick Simko
Strings - Kristen Marie, Kristen Elliot, Jasmine Tunac
Aux Percussion - Joey Gurwin
Lead Guitar - George Barrie
Background Vocals - Carole Walker, Sydney McSweeny
Organ - Aaron White
Vinyl Press - Musicol, Columbus, Ohio
Now, we have 'TRUTH'
After that we had a record! Here is the track list!
- White Lies
- Believe Me
- Put It On
- Hope It Doesn't
- Next To You
- Moving On
- Come On Home
- Ida Lee
Can't wait to share it at the album release party August 16th - location TBD. Come there to pickup your pre-order! Looking forward to seeing everyone! Thank you so much!
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