After the election broke our hearts, I released a song to speak my mind, and I was told to "shut up and sing." This is not the time to shut up. It's the time to use our voices.
I won't shut up, and neither should you.
Welcome to my new album! Please take a look and spread the word. #JulianaWontShutUp
For the past few years, I’ve been a full-time artist, creating The Bedhead Music Series on YouTube and playing online streaming shows. I’ve played iconic venues like Eddie's Attic in Atlanta and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, festivals like the Rombello Cruise, Nashville Pride, Ladyfest South and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and fan-hosted house concerts across the United States.
I make people cry. (In a good way.)
- “There is a somewhat somber quality to Finch’s voice as she pulls her listener along, but in her rollicking guitar playing and soaring choice of melodies there is a sense that music is in fact good for your soul whether the subject matter is hopeful or despairing.” – The Carolinian
- “When she sings, her voice emerging in a hail of whispers and bellows, Juliana Finch shines.” – Mountain Xpress
- “There’s no pretense in her musical career…she takes timeless and evocative raw material and, through careful arranging and her signature sweet-as-molasses voice, refines something far beyond the whole of its parts.” – Rhett Aultman , Weatherlight Productions
I’ve been writing and performing for almost two decades. In that time, I’ve never quit (even when I wanted to). Right now, it feels hard to keep going as an outspoken, unapologetic woman in society. Earlier this year I wrote a song in solidarity with those attending the Women’s March (“Nasty Weather”) and in response, I got my very first “Shut Up And Sing” comment online. Comments like this are meant to make artists afraid and silent, instead of doing what we’re here to do.
Well, shutting up and singing are opposites of each other. I won’t shut up, and neither should you. And that's why I'm making this album.
THE ALBUM: $6,500 (Unlocked!)
"Way Down" will be my FOURTH full-length album. It’s an album about staying strong and grounded in the face of adversity, and finding hope in hard times. It’s the result of some intense introspection coupled with my desire to help others feel seen and heard when they feel lost.
- Nasty Weather: a song for the Women's March "A single snowflake is just a drop in the fountain, but avalanches move mountains" Listen to this song (in a nearly-final form) on SoundCloud!
- Way Down: a song about meditation and Impostor Syndrome (and the title track)
- Rules of Engagement: a song about men holding each other accountable. "You have a key to my heart, but I own the land/ You get to hold them sometimes, but these are my hands"
- Different Now: "You may want forgiveness, But I don’t owe you witness"
- Just the Start: a song about moving forward when the world is ending. "I know the world is falling apart / I know the edges are sharp / but this is just the start"
I want to give this album a full, elevated sound, so I'm going to the professionals. This album will be recorded with Nicholas Niespodziani and Tim Smith at their studio in Atlanta, GA.
Nick is a fantastic musician, the co-founder of Please Rock (the music company behind tribute band Yacht Rock Revue), and an extremely skilled producer. Tim is a guitarist, bassist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. He's toured and recorded with many amazing artists over the years, including The Producers, Jellyfish, Sheryl Crow, World Party, The Finn Brothers, Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Sarah McLachlan and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. (He also played most of the bass tracks on my 2007 album How to Take the Fall, and that was before I found out he was my cousin! That’s a whole other story…) These two guys are going to be my partners in crime to help me make these songs sound the way they sound in my head when they get to your ears.
This album is being released in partnership with Doubleclicks Records —Angela M. Webber is helping me with this Kickstarter and connecting me to the rad umbrella of indie Internet artists on that label including The Doubleclicks, Lucia Fasano, and PDX Broadsides.
UPDATE: This project funded in 12 hours and, with your help, I am creating bigger and better things—an album with more instruments, some fun cover songs, and more! Read about these Stretch Goals by clicking here and see the chart below for our progress!
Crowdfunding means I can focus on making the art I want to make without gatekeepers. I can be in direct contact with my fans and feel supported by them. Because I am a full-time artist these days, it also means I can make an album without having to save up for several years to do it.
I've used crowdfunding for several other projects over the years, but this project is a huge one. I want to hire the very best collaborators to make this album sound great! That means studio time, engineers & producers, and some of my favorite studio musicians being a part of the project. I want to pay everyone for their time, talent and skill, and that adds up quick!
The last time I did this, I had a "day job" and wasn’t entirely dependent on my income as an artist to make the album. Now that I’ve been a full-time artist for a couple of years, it’s a little trickier. So I'm coming to you, and asking for your help.
In exchange for your support of my art, I've cooked up some awesome rewards for you! I have enlisted the services of some incredible artists to make these neat things, and I hope you like them! If you have questions about reward levels, please don't hesitate to contact me via Kickstarter message or email.
THE ALBUM: We aren't printing a physical CD for this project. CDs aren't selling anymore, and it just doesn't make financial sense for us to make them, when that money can go towards making the music that much better! Backers get a digital copy of the album to use on any of your devices (including in lossless formats).
Meghan Murphy has created two pin designs for this campaign! "Avalanches Move Mountains" is inspired by "Nasty Weather" ("A single snowflake is just a drop in the fountain, but avalanches move mountains"), and "I Will Not Shut Up" is based on me (and you), and our strength and perseverance in dark times. These pins will measure approx. 1.5" on a side.
I'm really excited to be working with kick-ass printmaker Lennie Gray Mowris on a set of hand-crafted prints containing my own personal creative mantras. These poster prints will be 11 x 17 on cotton paper, created with handset wood and lead type.
One print is based on my online handle and personal motto, "write. play. repeat." The other is a summary of the Three Rules I use to guide my creative life: "Do Good Work. Be Generous. Don't Quit."
The bedhead videos are a YouTube series of mine where I play music right when I get out of bed. It's something I started because I wanted to make videos without feeling like I had to be glossy or "fancy" in terms of production (or makeup). It reminds me to just Do The Thing even when it's not perfect.
Perry Zombolas designed this incredible mug to keep our coffee contained, and also remind us that we don't have to wait until we feel totally ready to get stuff done. We can just start where we are.
My pug Pavlov and I will put on our holiday pajamas and record a custom holiday video greeting for you or a pal! This will include a little snippet of a holiday carol and a personalized message. (If you're getting this one as a gift for someone else, I'll work with you on including some fun details for your recipient!)
My very favorite kinds of shows to play are house concerts. I love having the extra time to chat with folks in a relaxed setting and to do a more "Behind the Music" style set. If you live in the contiguous United States, we can set up an intimate show for you and your friends while I'm on tour next Spring and Summer!
Thank you for supporting independent art! Please share this project—every voice helps right now to cut through the noise.
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter project, and my biggest one to date. To help manage the rewards, promotion, logistics, and budgeting for this project, I have a secret weapon:
DOUBLECLICKS RECORDS. Angela M. Webber of Doubleclicks records has managed many Kickstarter projects for indie artists like myself. She is rockin' the spreadsheets and the google docs on this project to make sure we can get this project out to you on time and on budget.
Of course, problems may arise—printing delays, shipping problems, and illness are always a possibility. We have already written the songs and sourced the art for this project, so we're not expecting creative delays. But anything could happen. We appreciate you supporting this project and putting your faith in us. We simply couldn't make an album this rad without you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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