We did it! Actually YOU did it! Thank you to everyone who has made this album a reality. Since there is still time, I have decided to add a stretch goal to the project in these final 3 days! If we reach...
$20,000: I am committing to release the album on vinyl!
$23,000: I am committing to do something people have asked me to do for years - record and release an album of cover songs with my band. Backers will get the album for free, of course. And you pick the songs!
WHAT WILL THE ADDITION FUNDING GO TOWARDS?
Every bit of extra will go to the most important part of this project - PROMOTION - specifically a capable publicist who can do the album justice and get it to the right media outlets so that this album travels as far and wide as it possible can!!! Anything additional on top of that will go towards a music video to help launch this album at the beginning of it's shelf life.
WITH EVERYTHING IN ME...THANK YOU!
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.
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 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.
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!
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! :)
Thank you again for donating.
- (30 days)