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Hey backers!!! The T-shirt Design is here!!! This T-shirt is avail to everyone at the $50 level and higher! Each shirt is available in black or grey as a Tshirt or tank top. See below image.
Hey backers!!! The T-shirt Design is here!!! This T-shirt is avail to everyone at the $50 level and higher! Each shirt is available in black or grey as a Tshirt or tank top. See below image.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Hi, my name is Joy Ike. Chances are that if you're reading this, you know me in some capacity - maybe you've come to a few shows over the years, follow me on social media, or maybe you came across a few videos, downloaded a few songs, and have been following from a distance.

Whoever you are, thanks for visiting this page, watching the above video, and reading this! 

I've been trying to figure out how best to share my vision for this next project without feeling the pressure of trying to 'convince' you into giving me your money. I prefer 'excite' :) Admittedly there's a lot of pressure with these things. But I guess here's what I want to say... 

THE MAIN THING

Music is an odd thing. It's one of the few things that we can't physically touch, but it affects us more deeply than anything else. Kind of like love. This is why I will always argue that every song is in some way a love song - maybe to a person, maybe to God, maybe to something else. 

9 years ago I quit my job to make music more seriously. I had NO IDEA what i was doing. But I felt absolutely compelled to do it. This is why I know I am still here...making music. 

 That compelling feeling that got me started is still just as strong and alive in my heart right now. 

There has never been a moment when I didn't expect a song (didn't have to be mine) to soften someone's demeanor, pacify a tense situation, give a mother permission to mourn, comfort in times of loneliness, and empower a weak spirit. This intangible thing somehow magically moves mountains and can wreck a persons life in every possible good way! 

 And it's why i make music. 

THE ALBUM 

This album is different... Each time I think of how to describe it, "raw" is the only word that hits the nail on the head. The theme is big and bold and the songs are lush and vibrant. Very rhythm-heavy and full of movement. 

This is the first album that has nothing to do with me! Instead, this batch of songs, written over the past 3 years, explores the affect our personal relationships have on us and how that in turn alters, enhances, and influences how we move through the world, respond to injustice, and love our neighbor. It's a political album that has nothing to do with politics! And it's a completely different sound! One I can't wait to share with you all!!! 

THE GOAL 

The goal is big! I am raising $15,000 to fund the production, mixing, mastering, hiring musicians, album design, and duplication. There is alot going into this to make this album the best it can be, give these songs their best opportunity, and create something that will tell the story of an age. 

Kickstarter is All or Nothing! So if I don't reach the total goal, it means I don't get to keep any of the donated amount.

THE HOPE 

When people hear my music, I want them to feel at home in it - to sit in it, rest in it, and feel known...understood. But lately I've especially been wanting to light things on fire...figuratively speaking, of course! I want listeners to get a little fire in their bones. These songs are like a piece of newspaper in a stack of wood - starting the flame that makes the whole thing burn. They exist to rumble and inspire. I've nicknamed many of them "kickboxing" songs because i want the music to empower listeners and give them their second wind. I want you to be a part of this project b/c these songs are for you! They always have been! 

With love,
Joy

 

Risks and challenges

This project WILL be completed! However, my projected fall completion date is depending on how well everything comes together in the studio, if we are able to finish tracking, mixing, mastering, artwork, duplication, and publicity according to the timeline I've mapped out.

I promised you will be the first to hear the music before everyone else. Some rewards may take longer. For example, if you pick a house concert level we will need to coordinate that based on when i will be in your city. If you choose a custom- made song, those will take time to create. Hurrying them would cheapen the final product. Quality is my highest pursuit! :)
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    You get an mp3 digital download of the album single before anyone else does.

    This level is for anyone who would like to donate $5 or higher but doesn't really want a specific reward. You'll get to follow along in the journey with regular email updates and videos.

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    INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS + ALL OF THE ABOVE

    Are you one of those people who comes up to me and says, "your music puts me to sleep!" Don't worry, I'm not offended.

    How about I send you the full instrumental download of my last album, All or Nothing. That means you get lyric-free, lush instrumental versions of everything! Lots of string quartet arrangements, and fun percussion poppiness! It's the perfect soundtrack to a party or work day and a whole new way to experience the music. (Not for video licensing purposes)

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    I KICKED JOY IKE! BACKER T-SHIRT + MORE!

    A Limited Edition "I Kicked Joy Ike" T-shirt. This will be printed ONLY for backers.

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    THE STORY...

    At this level, you will get an audio recording with an in-depth description of every song on my previous albums (All or Nothing, Rumors and Good Morning). I will dissect each song, explain why i wrote each song, explain what was happening at the time, explore my writing process for each song, and talk about my more recent thoughts towards each song. This will go beyond the 1-minute song intro you get at shows. This will be loaded!

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    PERSONAL SKYPE CONCERT

    Can't make it to a show? Haven't been able to make it to a show in like 5 years!? That's ok! Let's switch it up. Why don't I come to you!? I'll do a 1 hour concert for you and your significant other, or a group of you and some friends, or maybe for a family night. I'll sing some songs, or we can talk about whatever you want! Maybe your 6-yr old just wants to have a one-one "what is the meaning of life" conversations. We can do that! Honestly, we could play Taboo over Skype if you wanted. The sky is the limit!

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    SINGING SERENADE for YOUR VALENTINE

    Two options! You pick:

    Why not send the one you love a special personalized singing serenade on your anniversary, their birthday, or on Valentine's Day? I'll call their phone, sing them a portion of your special song or an original love song. If they don't pick up, I'll leave it on their voicemail and they will always have a way to remember how much you love them!

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    Want me to write a little jingle for your voicemail? I can make it light and pleasant, disgruntled and annoyed (for all those telemarketers who keep blasting your phone), or simple and funny. Leave a donation at the beep!

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    SKYPE COACHING or SONGWRITING SESSION

    You might not know this, but I used to be a publicist, I ran a music business blog for 7 years (www.grassrootsy.com) and I also teach workshops on branding, self-promotion, social media best practices, and how to follow your passions. If you wanna talk about some stuff, your ideas, your dreams, I can be your ear. We can hash out ideas, make plans for next steps, and come up with some strategy. Sometimes you just need to flesh this stuff out with another human. If you've got 2 hours, I do too!

    OR

    Lets sit down together and work on one of your songs. Think of it as a songwriter session. We'll talk out the parts you don't like, try a few different lyrical arrangements, maybe change a few chords, and do surgery on the song until it sounds like you envision.

    If you're in Philadelphia, we can definitely meet in person!

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    SUPER FAN JAM + AND THEN SOME

    4 tickets to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or tickets to any live show in your city over the next year)

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    + an advance mp3 download of the new album before anyone else gets it.

    + an autographed hard copy of the new album

    + access to the 48-hour exclusive album stream before anyone else hears the album.

    + instrumental download of All or Nothing album

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    WHY DON'T I MAKE OR TAKE YOU TO DINNER?

    Do you like to eat? Good, me too! If you follow my Instagram, you know I love to cook! I'd love to cook dinner for you and a friend!

    If you live in Philly, come on over to my pad for some good eats and conversation. If you're not in Philadelphia why don't we try out a new restaurant! Foodies unite!

    You can come solo or bring 1 additional person - a friend, partner, or son/daughter...etc.

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    MAGIC HAPPENS HERE!

    What's this level for? I dunno...you tell me!

    Have you ever asked yourself, "Hmmm, i wonder if Joy would be up for that?"

    This is the level of ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Shoot me a message, let me know what your idea is, and if I can make it happen, I will!

    + your name in the liner notes

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    HOUSE CONCERT AT YOUR PLACE!

    I will come to YOUR house and do a house concert for your group of family and friends (90-minute solo set). You bring the people and I'll bring the music!!!

    If you live in the Northeast, Midwest, or South, we can make this happen. Regardless, shoot me a message before choosing this level to make sure we can seal the deal! House concerts are my favorite thing about live music, so I will do everything in my power to make it happen!

    Will travel internationally if housing and lodging are covered. (please contact me if you have questions about what this looks like...especially regarding non-local shows)

    + 2 tickets to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or tickets to any live show in your city over the next year).

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    A SONG WRITTEN JUST FOR YOU

    I will write and record an acoustic, piano-based song just for you. You pick the topic! It can be for you, a loved one, a friend, that girl you really like in your office, or a song to commemorate a special occasion. You are also welcome to write the words or give me a poem to put to music if you already know what you'd like to say.

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    BOOK ME!

    Need music or entertainment for a corporate event, a wedding, a public concert, etc? I'm your girl! You can book me and my piano to set the tone for your special, classy evening while guests arrive, mingle, and eat...or to share special music during a themed event. The sky is the limit.

    Will travel internationally if housing and lodging are covered. (please contact me if you have questions or ideas about about what this looks like...especially regarding non-local shows)

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    "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" ALBUM CREDIT

    Congratulations, you are the Executive Producer producer of this album!

    Your name will appear with special thanks in the album liner notes.

    + 2 tickets to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or tickets to any live show in your city over the next year).

    + a singing voicemail to make all your fans jealous!

    + the instrumental download of All or Nothing.

    + the mp3 download of backstories from each song on my last 3 albums.

    + everything from the $50 level.

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    JOY'S 88-key KEYBOARD - AUTOGRAPHED

    You can have my dearest companion. I'ts my one and only Yamaha P-85, 88-key weighted keyboard. This keyboard is responsible for every song I wrote on my All or Nothing album and a few from the project before that. It's endured over 5 years of rigorous touring and has been everywhere I have. It's definitely got it's fair share of nicks and scratches, and a key that's been "played" more than the others :) But everything still works and it's equally perfect for playing in your living room or performing in public places. It's lightwieight, super portable, and has inputs for midi and stereo live performance.

    (U.S. Only. / Shipping not included. Only for hand delivery. I am happy to hand-deliver this to you when touring through your area or region. If you are in a part of the country I do not tour through, lets talk and figure out a game plan with shipping!)

    + 2 tickets to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or tickets to any live show in your city over the next year).

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    THE BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS

    "Hi my name is [INSERT NAME HERE]. I've recently come into some money due to an inheritance from my very wealthy uncle twice removed, and I would like to donate it to your album, Joy. I am so very excited to support you and hear the final project. I love what you do and just want to be a part of it."

    Will travel internationally if housing and lodging are covered. (please contact me if you have questions about what this looks like...especially regarding non-local shows)

    You will also be lovingly mentioned in the album credits as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

    + 2 tickets to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or tickets to any live show in your city over the next year).

    + a house concert for family and friends in the comforts of your living room. We can also brainstorm an alternative reward idea if not in the U.S. (email me with your ideas).

    + a singing voicemail to make all your fans jealous!

    + the instrumental download of All or Nothing.

    + the mp3 download of backstories from each song on my last 3 albums.

    + a special gift from my trip to Greece this July.

    + everything from the $50 level.

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    EVEN BIGGER HEART + EVEN BIGGER DREAMS!

    "Dear Joy, I understand that there is no difference between this level and the $2500 level...except that it requires me giving you more money...which i trust you will use wisely :)

    Oh and I realized I get EVERYTHING listed in the $2500 level as well" :)

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    EXCLUSIVE ONLINE STREAMING EVENT + MORE!

    This level is only available for 48-hours!!!

    Before the album comes out and before anyone else gets their download, you will have access to a 2-day online-streaming event where you can hear the whole album top to bottom! This is for all those Spotifyers who don't like hard copies or downloads anyhow.

    + 1 ticket to the CD release show in Pittsburgh or Philly (or to any live show in your city over the next year)

    + your name will also be added to the album's liner notes

    + you'll get a limited edition "I Kicked Joy Ike" T-shirt proving that YOU are the reason this album exists! This will ONLY be printed for backers.

    After this reward level closes, only those at the $100 level or higher will have access to the online stream and having their name in the liner notes.

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    JOY'S BARITONE UKULELE - AUTOGRAPHED

    I originally got this b/c I wanted an instrument that was easier to travel with and a way to share my music in places that didn't have a piano. I've taken it everywhere, on the road, and trips abroad including Ecuador, Dominican Republic, England, and Nigeria. It's had near fatal deaths and has a strong neck scar to prove it. But that just adds charm. It plays acoustic and has a pickup, so you can also plug into a sound system. This uke is also the author of the 2 new ukulele songs that will go on this next album. It would make me happy to give this thing a good home.

    (U.S. Only / Shipping not included. Only for hand delivery. I am happy to hand-deliver this to you when touring through your area or region. If you are in a part of the country I do not tour through, lets talk and figure out a game plan!)

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