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Be the record label for my next album with $40k in 30 days! Let's make this thing together!
Be the record label for my next album with $40k in 30 days! Let's make this thing together!
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In this stage of our journey, we have found ourselves in a unique position. We are momentarily not tied down to a specific record company. We've tossed around countless options looking ahead, but none seem as exciting as the possibility of doing this album with the people that we exist to serve. Instead of borrowing money from a corporation to fund this next project, we think it would be far more exciting if you guys would be our record label!

The people who take our music into their homes and churches are not simply "fans." You are people we've shared our lives with, and you have given us permission to step into yours. It's this ongoing relationship that inspires us to return the studio. With your help, we have 30 days to raise the necessary funds for pre-production, our producer, studio time, additional instruments & artists, mixing, mastering, printing, artwork, etc. Anything we're able to bring in over $40k will allow us to record more songs/music and will be used for promotion & playing shows to support what we believe will be the best album we've put out to date!



Music, by nature, is communal. The only true difference between simple contextualized sound and "music" may be the fact that "music" is comprised of sounds we intend to share with other people. It's this human element that draws us to the sounds we call music. Both the songwriter and the listener are looking for a sympathetic heart. ("Sympathetic," by the way, is originally a musical term.) We both want to know that someone else in the world feels the way we feel about... well, anything. These sounds let us know that we are not alone. 

Please join together with us and our community by becoming our record label and allowing us to bring you the songs that I'm most excited about. We will give you a front row seat on how things are progressing through the process and we promise to work hard to make you proud. Help us fund this next album together!

love, 

JM

Preview a few of the rewards below!

JMM T-SHIRTS ::

"Harbor Me" Tee
"Harbor Me" Tee
"If Grace is an Ocean" Tee
"If Grace is an Ocean" Tee
"Like a Lion" Tee
"Like a Lion" Tee
"Seen A Darkness" Tee
"Seen A Darkness" Tee

DREAMBEARD ::

John Mark's favorite American-made, hand-crafted, scented beard oil
John Mark's favorite American-made, hand-crafted, scented beard oil


JHS PEDALS ::

JHS Little Black Buffer used by John Mark on the new record :: Plug your guitar straight into the input then out into your pedal chain. No need for a switch. It runs on any standard 9v supply.
JHS Little Black Buffer used by John Mark on the new record :: Plug your guitar straight into the input then out into your pedal chain. No need for a switch. It runs on any standard 9v supply.
JHS Prestige Booster used by John Mark on the new album :: This super small 1.5"x3.5" booster can do what needs to be done no matter what the task. If you need a little magic in your life, look no further!
JHS Prestige Booster used by John Mark on the new album :: This super small 1.5"x3.5" booster can do what needs to be done no matter what the task. If you need a little magic in your life, look no further!
JHS Morning Glory used by John Mark on the new album :: With enough clean headroom to be used as a boost as well as a hefty amount of drive, this may be your go-to pedal for good.
JHS Morning Glory used by John Mark on the new album :: With enough clean headroom to be used as a boost as well as a hefty amount of drive, this may be your go-to pedal for good.
JHS SuperBolt used by John Mark on the new album :: With 3 simple knob controls named Volume, Tone, and Drive, you will have the ability to make any guitar rig drip with vintage soul and attitude that no pedal has ever delivered- until now.
JHS SuperBolt used by John Mark on the new album :: With 3 simple knob controls named Volume, Tone, and Drive, you will have the ability to make any guitar rig drip with vintage soul and attitude that no pedal has ever delivered- until now.

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    Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Vinyl album + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    JMM T-shirt (Your choice of either "Harbor Me," "If Grace is an Ocean," "Like a Lion" or "Seen A Darkness" tee) + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + A page of handwritten lyrics to your favorite JMM song (written and signed by me!) + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    INTERNATIONAL OPTION (Outside U.S. only): Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + A page of handwritten lyrics to your favorite JMM song (written and signed by me!) + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Epic Dream Beard Package! One bottle of John Mark's favorite American-made, hand-crafted, scented beard oil by "Dream Beard" + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Personal record collection! I will personally hand pick 3 of my favorite vintage vinyl records just for you + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Private Listening Party/Acoustic Set with John Mark! Attend a private listening party of the new album in Charlotte, NC, and enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance and meet & greet with John Mark. (Date TBD. You must provide your own travel & expenses.) + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    One-on-One with JM! Have a 20 minute Q&A with me over Skype or phone call + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + advanced digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    I'll be your songwriting coach! I will personally review and discuss YOUR songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Songwriting Coaching / Musician Package :: I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of Planet Waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Guitar Pedal / Song Coaching - Package #1 :: Get my JHS LITTLE BLACK BUFFER as soon as I'm done using it on the recording + I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of planet waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Guitar Pedal / Song Coaching - Package #2 :: I'll give you my JHS PRESTIGE BOOSTER as soon as I'm done using it on the recording + I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of Planet Waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Guitar Pedal / Song Coaching - Package #3 :: I'll give you my JHS MORNING GLORY as soon as I'm done using it on the recording + I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of planet waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Guitar Pedal / Song Coaching - Package #4 :: I'll give you my JHS SUPERBOLT as soon as I'm done using it on the recording + I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of planet waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Guitar Pedal / Song Coaching - Package #5 :: I'll give you my JHS ALL AMERICAN DISTORTION PEDAL that I used on my "Economy" album and that will be used on this recording! (This pedal is discontinued!!) After I use the pedal on the recording, I'll sign it and ship it to you as soon as we are done! + I will personally review and discuss your songs with you via Skype or telephone for 30 minutes + Get custom guitar picks with a line from YOUR favorite song, a set of planet waves cables and a 10 pack of the D'addario electric guitar strings + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Open for John Mark! One 15-minute acoustic opening slot for John Mark McMillan at a future acoustic show. (Dates of shows are TBD. You must cover personal expenses, lodging & travel to the show location. Acoustic only.) + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    Dinner or Coffee date (for 2) with me and my wife Sarah at one of our favorite restaurants. Our treat! (You must cover your own travel to the Charlotte, NC area) + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    In-person one-on-one songwriting coaching session with JM! I will personally review and discuss YOUR songs with you for a 2-hour coaching session. (You must cover personal expenses & travel to Charlotte, NC). + Everything in the Worship Leader/Musician and Songwriter Packages + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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    JMM Acoustic Concert in YOUR Home! (You must provide travel expenses for 2 people from Charlotte, NC to your hometown for house show) + Have YOUR name featured in the album credits for making this record possible + Digital chord charts to all the songs on the album + Signed vinyl album + Signed physical CD + Digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the release date + Digital download of FIVE acoustic demo tracks from the new album several months before the release date.

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Funding period

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