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a piano, a ukulele, a voice, a cello, a bass, some drums, a glockenspiel, snaps, claps, foot stompin, lots of love, & YOU!

                                                                                                     www.joyike.com

UPDATE 3
Hello Everyone!!! We have 4 days to go and the project is fully funded! What a victory! Woohoo!  Thanks to everyone who donated. Need I say more? Actually...YES! So here goes...  http://youtu.be/HJCOfXQU7II

UPDATE 2

Hey all! Just finished brainstorming T-shirts for the $50 level.  This is the basic design but I need your help to vote for the wording. There are a few variations of this image. So please vote on your favorite and that will be printed. 

UPDATE 1
hey folks! i just wanted to share the first update video of the project.  We spent 6 days in NYC tracking drums, bass, and working on song structures. This is just a brief video that will give you a look into the process.  THANK YOU for your support!  I really can't make this happen without you :)

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WHO AM I

My name is Joy Ike and I love people! I love music too! I create music to reach the hearts of people, to create lasting and worthwhile change in our world, and to do what God has made me to do!

WHAT I DO and WHY
I travel, I perform at universities, coffeehouses, theaters, churches, clubs, listening rooms, music festivals, special events, and art festival. I talk to middle school and high school students. I write real songs about real things.  I am passionate about what I do. I am passionate about connecting with people through the arts. I am passionate about creating lasting change in our communities through the arts. I believe that the arts are a lifeline to community revitalization. I believe words, when shared thoughtfully, and with love and conviction, are powerful and can change a heart.  I just want to live my life fully alive!  And I am about to record my 3rd Full-length album! And I can barely wait!

A LETTER FOR YOU

Dear Friends!

The time has come!   As I write to you, I'm currently overflowing with so much anticipation. I am truly, truly excited for the things to come even though I don't exactly know what they are . 

I am 3 weeks away from starting a brand new project and have been writing these songs for nearly 2 years now.  This album will be a bit different. It will be produced by Saul Simon of The Lovely Light studio in NYC.  It will be a album of primarily love songs. And i don't know how to say this except that "I put alot of tears into this album."  This album and its songs hold a very special place in my heart and i really want to share them with the world...and YOU!

This album, in full, will take roughly $10,000 to record. $8,000 seemed like a good place to start when recording the video, but after the doing the math, it was necessary to set my Kickstarter goal at $10,000. The funds will be well be spent on producer, musicians, tracking, mixing, mastering, CD duplication, and rewards for funders.  You can bet that I will put ever last cent to good use!

My "ask" is that you would support this venture and that you would tell the people in your networks about it, in return for some incredibly, excellent rewards(look to your right)!   And the biggest reward is that you can finally stop asking me "So hey, when do we get to hear your new stuff?"  :)

Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last 7 years and to God be the glory in all that we do!
-Joy

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) 

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    A pre-release mp3 download of the album. You will get it before anyone else does...and when you do, you will be very very happy + you will also get your name in the liner notes.

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    All of the above! An autographed hard copy of the final product + an mp3 download of the album before it releases + a handwritten letter expressing my gratitude + your name in the liner notes.

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    All of the above! An autographed hard copy of the final product + an mp3 download of the album before it releases + a handwritten letter expressing my gratitude + a ticket to the CD Release show + your name in the liner notes

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    A Limited Edition "I helped Joy Ike Make Her Album" T-shirt. This will be printed ONLY for backers. You will also get All of the above.

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    I will bake you cookies OR fry plantain for you and mail it to your doorstep!!! And you will also get all of the above! Yum!

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    Hey! 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 /// you'll also get everything in the $50 dollar level.

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    A KEEPSAKE: I will bring you back a small piece of Ecuador! I will be spending the 2nd half of July in Ecuador and would like to bring you back something - perhaps a pair of handmade earrings, a maraca, or something unique to the city of Quito. Think of this as a "blue plate special" - you wont know what it is, but you can bet it will be good! // you will also get everything in the $50 level.

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    FOR MY FELLOW ARTISTS: need a professional bio written, a press release, advice on how to make your website NOT ugly, or some tips on how to best promote yourself? Lets talk! This is for my Grassrootsy readers (www.grassrootsy.com),

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    I LIKE IKE: This is the "I Like Ike" Level. You will receive All of Joy's Albums - Good Morning, Rumors, the new album + an "I Like Ike" t-shirt + an "I Helped Joy Ike Make Her Album" t-shirt.

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    THE STORY: At this level, you will receive an audio recording (mp3 or hard copy) with an in-depth description of every song on my previous albums (Rumors and Good Morning). I will disect 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! // you also get everything at the $50 level.

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    SONGRAM! It is your honey's birthday? Are you planning a romantic dinner, or want to do something special for Valentine's Day? Myself and my keyboard will come to the both of you and sing 2 of my love songs for the both of you. Just let me know which songs, and contact me 6 weeks prior to secure the date (Pittsburgh Only) // you also get everything in the $50 level.

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    I will design your Business Cards for you or your business! Let me know what you want on it and we'll go from there! /// you'll also get everything in the $25 level. Here are some samples of my artwork: www.joyike.com/artwork

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    LETS MAKE A VIDEO! You, me, and a song you've written. We'll get together, run through it a few times and I'll sing backing harmonies while providing hand snaps, claps, and foot stompin. Or if you'd rather...we can sing one of my songs and you can lead on the verses, chorus, or whatever. If you really wanna go crazy we could lip sync a hip hop song or really any song :) This will be fun as long as we keep it classy. It will also be rather bootleg (think flip camera) /// you also get everything at the $50 level

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    FRAME IT! You will receive everything at the "I Like Ike" level including an album of your choice matted and framed with a personal note included within the fram. It will look like this: http://tinyurl.com/6nzqfv7

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    B-SIDES: A very very bootleg disc with Unreleased songs and things from my very early days...things i would NEVER put on iTunes! But sure, I'll let you have it :) /// you also get everything at the $50 level.

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    FOR TEACHERS: I will come to your grade school (K-12), summer music program, or college classroom and talk to your students about music and/or or the arts in general. I will also be happy to play some songs for your students...so lets do it! // you also get everything at the $50 level.

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    YUM! I will cook and invite you and a friend over to my house for dinner. I would love to have you and I sure do love to cook in unnecessarily large quantities :) And you will also get everything in the $50 reward

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    I will come to YOUR house and do a house show with you and your friends. ARE YOU A STUDENT? If you are a student, I will do a dorm show in your resident hall. You bring the people and I'll bring the music!!! This should be fun :) (please contact me if you have questions about non-local shows) /// you also get everything in the $50 level.

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    A CASIO: my vintage Casiotone keyboard from the 1980s. Yes, I am willing to kiss it goodbye...and sure...i will autograph it if you like :) /// you also get everything in the $50 level. Keyboard looks similar to this: http://tinyurl.com/6vd8mdy (must be hand-delivered. too heavy to ship)

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    my UKULELE! Yes, I am giving away my ukulele! Why not? If you would like, I will even autograph it! /// you also get everything in the $50 level.

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    Need music or entertainment for a corporate event, a wedding, a festival, a public concert, etc? I'm your girl! (please contact me if you have questions about non-local shows) // + you will also get everything in the $50 level.

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    I will write and record an acoustic, piano-based song 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 in your life. Here is a song I wrote for someone's wedding during my last Kickstarter campaign: www.joyike.bandcamp.com/track/time-past 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. /// you will also get everything in the $50 level.

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    They sky is the limit! Have an idea? Ask Joy...and we can probably make it happen! You'll also get everything in the $100 level.

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    You may have EVERYTHING ON THIS PAGE!!! (with the exception of the ukulele b/c there is only 1) You will also receive the title of Executive Producer!

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    Hi my name is [INSERT NAME HERE]. I've recently come into some money due to the death of my very wealthy second uncle and I would like to donate it to your album, Joy. I am so very excited to support you and hear the final outcome. I'm sad that there is only one ukulele and that I cannot have it, but I am excited to get every other reward on this page...including the title of Executive Producer! I also understand that there is no difference between this level and the $1000 level...except that it requires me giving you more money...which i trust you will use with integrity. I love you, Joy.

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