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John Schlitt sets out to create the rock album you’ve been waiting for – be a part of it!

THE PROJECT

 I’m in the process of creating the new rock album you’ve been asking for and I’d like you to join with me and be a part of “The Greater Cause!”

 I’m an independent artist now; in the past, a record label funded “Shake” and “Unfit for Swine,” my first two CDs. My third CD, “The Grafting” was an independent venture, but for my next album I’d like to call on you to help bring my new vision to life.

 I’d like to do something different by asking you to be involved in a unique way. No labels, no managers, no corporations – just me and you – my friends and supporters – helping to make this project a reality.

THE VISION

 “The Greater Cause” will be the title of my fourth solo album. The project is intended to be a fresh and powerful tool to accomplish what God has been doing through me for many years: connecting and encouraging people through my music. I’ve learned a lot since the release of “The Grafting” as an independent artist on my own label and I want to take it to the next level with this new album.

 In these days filled with uncertainty and insecurity - both economically and politically - we as Christians need to remind each other who Christ is and who we are in Him. We need to use common sense in this world and awaken to the fact that Jesus is Lord, no matter what those around us may say – or do. This is my goal with “The Greater Cause.”

THE REASON

 I’ve been in music for the greater part of my life… it’s what I do. I have been given a musical platform to speak from; I pray the message has been and will be heard through the lyrics of my songs and through my life.

 The message is – and always has been – to encourage the listener to grasp the reality that we are on the winning team. The enemy is escalating his tactics, using every possible means he can to keep people from the truth - the truth that they are made in the image of God and are designed for a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Our Lord is alive and through Him we are to be victorious in His perfect plan for us - a plan that was designed for us from the beginning of time.

THE DOLLAR AMOUNT

 To make “The Greater Cause,” including recording costs and expenses, CD design, graphics and manufacturing, etc., will take a lot more money than I could come up with on my own. The goal of $35,000 is only part of what goes into making a quality recording that lives up to the professional level you have come to expect from me.

 The unique thing about Kickstarter is that after you make your pledge, your credit card will only be charged after we reach our target goal of $35,000, ensuring that you'll only be contributing toward a project that will actually happen. It also means that if we fall short of the goal I won’t receive any of the contributions. So it's all …or nothing!

THE THANK YOU

 I’m asking you to help it be “all.” “The Greater Cause” needs a team effort in order for this concept to come to life. Just like a seed, it takes one person to plant, many more to water – and God to shine on it and make it grow.

 I have been truly blessed by the love and support I have been shown throughout the years and I pray you will continue as we all work together to bring life to “The Greater Cause!”

...John

Prefer to donate by check or Paypal?

I would be happy to send you the information! Please e-mail john@johnwschlitt.com for details.

Many thanks to Andrew Manzano of "The Sound Tank" for his amazing video production; and Jonathan Leslie and Terje Rodland for their excellent graphic work!

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    NEVER BEFORE SEEN DVD PACKAGE: GET THE VIDEO PORTRAIT OF MY EUROPEAN TOUR 2009. Follow me on the Sweden leg of the tour, with live music performances of solo & Petra songs, behind the scenes footage, intimate moments, historical photos/videos of Head East and Petra --- and much more! ***SEE PREVIEW HERE: http://youtu.be/MBFOGWYK474*** ++Details++ "Keep Your Light On" DVD, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download. *Foreign Supporters: please add an additional $10 for shipping costs.

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    HERE'S SOMETHING UNIQUE - I'M INCLUDING A PERSONALIZED HAND-WRITTEN THANK-YOU NOTE AND I'M WILLING TO SHARE ONE ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK FROM MY OWN SOLO COLLECTION. ++Details++ Personal Thank You Note, 1 Accompaniment Track (1 song from any of the solo albums including the new release), Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download. *Foreign Supporters: please add an additional $10 for shipping costs.

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    AFTER YOU GET THE CD, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU THINK OF THE PROJECT - AND LATER, MEET YOU PERSONALLY AT ONE OF MY CONCERTS AND LET THE AUDIENCE KNOW THAT YOU'RE PART OF MY TEAM. ++Details++ Personal Phone Call, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download. *Foreign Supporters: please add an additional $10 for shipping costs.

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    HERE'S A CHANCE FOR ME TO SAY THANK YOU WITH A PLAQUE THAT I MYSELF AM MAKING TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I'LL ALSO SEND YOU A PERSONAL THANK YOU BY VIDEO AND INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE LINER NOTES ON THE CD. ++Details++ Custom Plaque, CD Insert Thank You, Personal Thank You Video, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download. *Foreign Supporters: please add an additional $20 for shipping costs.

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    COME ON DOWN TO NASHVILLE! JOIN ME IN THE STUDIO SESSION TO OBSERVE THE MAKING OF THIS PROJECT, WHICH WILL ALSO ALLOW ME TO GIVE YOU A PLAQUE THAT I'VE MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE EVENT. ++Details++ Time in the Studio for 2 (travel & lodging not included), Custom Plaque, CD Insert Thank You, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download.

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    ATTENTION ALL MUSICIANS - THIS ONE'S FOR YOU! LET ME HELP YOU BY SHARING MY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND TOGETHER WE WILL STRIVE TO REACH YOUR VERY BEST! IN ADDITION, I WILL CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR NEXT PROJECT BY ADDING MY BACKING VOCALS TO ONE OF YOUR SONGS. ++Details++- 1 hour Consulting/Vocal Lesson (travel & lodging not included), Backing Vocals on 1 Song of Donator’s Project (my vocals recorded in Nashville, digitally transferred by July 1, 2012), Time in the Studio for 2 (travel & lodging not included), Custom Plaque, CD Insert Thank You, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download.

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    YOU WANT ME - YOU GOT ME! I WILL PERFORM A FULL CONCERT IN YOUR CITY, IN ANY SIZE VENUE, RANGING FROM A HUGE AUDITORIUM DOWN TO YOUR COZY LIVING ROOM - IT'S YOUR CHOICE! YOU PROVIDE THE VENUE ALONG WITH THE SOUND SYSTEM AND LIGHTING... I'LL DO THE REST. ++Details++ Solo Concert (track date) includes travel/hotel within the continental U.S. (sponsors outside of the continental U.S. must cover travel/hotel), Custom Plaque, CD Insert Thank You, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download.

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    A KEEPSAKE PIECE FOR YEARS TO COME... I WILL CREATE A CUSTOMIZED FURNITURE PIECE SUCH AS AN AMOIRE, TABLE, HUTCH, ETC., DESIGNED ACCORDING TO YOUR NEEDS (if you're in the Nashville area I can even come to your home to create a built-in). AN ENGRAVED SIGNATURE PLATE IS INCLUDED. FOR EXAMPLES OF MY PROJECTS, SEE: http://johnwschlitt.com/fans/familywoodworking.htm. ++Details++ Furniture Piece (sponsor to pick up; 6 mos. build time), CD Insert Thank You, Backstage Pass & Recognition from Stage, Limited Edition Autographed Supporter Poster, 2 pre-release autographed CDs, Pre-release digital download.

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