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Who Am I?

Hi! My name is Julie Haven and I am a singer/songwriter. Whether you already know me or have randomly found this project, thank you for stopping in!

A Little Background

I feel that the music industry today has conditioned us to only want to listen to happy, upbeat music that makes us forget about life and while it’s true that sometimes we need that element of distraction, my songs are different. I write to connect myself and others with expressions of our own life experiences and many people have reached out to tell me how my songs have helped them through difficult and tumultuous times in their lives. My music is full of raw emotion; it is passionate and honest. In a world where mental health and suicide awareness is at an all-time high, I believe my songs can help others realize that they are not alone and if my music can help one more person, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something important. 

I have been working to release a full-length studio recording of my original music for several years now, and the journey has been intense and challenging. I've written many, many songs, however, the twelve I want to put on this album are the nearest and dearest to me. They were all written between 2002 - 2014 and primarily deal with painful breakups, domestic abuse, and depression.
 This compilation of songs led me to title the album: "Dramatic Departures". While heartbreak may be one obvious meaning behind this title, it also references the forks in the road we encounter as we grow and change through life and the reality that we are not alone despite any depression or hopelessness we may feel. To be completely transparent, I have not written a song since 2014 and believe it is because these songs have never truly been captured as I envisioned them.

That is, until this year.

Stephen Leiweke - Jan 4th 2018
Stephen Leiweke - Jan 4th 2018

In January of 2018, I began recording with producer Stephen Leiweke at Yackland Studio in Nashville, TN. It has been an amazing experience as we have worked to pull ideas and sounds together to create these songs. I’ve worked through many roadblocks as an independent artist and personally invested around $10,000 to date on this project, and now I need your help to finish bringing it to life! 

Jan 11 2018
Jan 11 2018

How Does This Work?

Kickstarter is an ‘all or nothing’ platform. This means that if the project goal is not met, all backers will receive a complete refund (but no rewards) and I, the artist, will not receive any money. Those are some high stakes, right?

Setting a goal for this campaign has been VERY scary for me because of how much I have personally invested so far into the creation of this record, financially, emotionally, and mentally, but I BELIEVE that you are here because you believe in it as much as I do and you’re ready to help me achieve this goal. The record is about halfway completed, we have just 6 more songs to finish. Here is a ‘costs breakdown’ to explain what that looks like in Studio World:

  • Recording and Mixing 6 remaining songs ($1,000/Song) = $6,000.
  • Recording real Piano at a separate location = $1,000. 
  • Mastering all 12 songs ($75/Song) = $900.
  • Hiring core musicians for 6 songs (Drums, Bass, Guitar; $500/Song)  = $3,000.
  • Digital Streaming (ex. Spotify) and Purchases (ex. iTunes) = $100. 
  • Physical Distribution (Printing CDs) = $1,000.
  • Kickstarter Fee = 5% of funds raised if 100% funded = $400.
  • Additional 3-5% processing fee for each transaction = $240 - $400.
    Total: $12,640 - $12,800 

Additional expenses: 

  • Album Art = $100 - $1,000
  • Hiring String Quartet = $3,000
  • Promotion and Advertising = $100 - $3,000
  • Merchandise = $100 - $3,000

Grand Total: $15,940 - $22,800
 

Becoming A Backer

You may have noticed that my Kickstarter campaign goal is set at $6,000, significantly lower than the actual cost of finishing this record. I would LOVE to raise more than $6,000 towards this album and there is potential for that to happen if you are willing to become a Backer! I‘ve made incredible progress on this project and have worked so hard to make the best product I possibly can. I CANNOT wait until I’m able to share it with you! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about Dramatic Departures, I’m looking forward to having you on my team for the rest of this journey!

Jules :)
 

Risks and challenges

This section is required by Kickstarter and will provide a few extra details regarding potential challenges and risks associated with crowdfunding.
To reiterate, Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowdfunding platform. Meaning, if the goal I set is not met, nothing happens. That is a risk and a challenge.

If I only make the minimum goal, it will still be challenge to produce the actual physical rewards (CDs, shipping costs, etc). This is not to imply you will not receive your rewards, but to give you my promise that if we fund this campaign, everyone will receive their rewards, even if the timeline is delayed.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Limited Edition EP DOWNLOAD

    The full album will still be a ways away, but 4 of the songs on the album will be pre-released into a limited edition EP! After the full album is released, this EP will be history. You will get the digital download of the EP before the public! So it's kinda like the PRE-Pre-Release!

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    Signed Limited Edition EP

    With this reward you can own a signed physical copy of the Limited Edition EP. Not only will you get to download the digital copy of this before anyone else, but we are only pressing 100 of these!!

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    FULL ALBUM DOWNLOAD

    When the full album "Dramatic Departures" is finished, you get the digital download of it before anyone else! On top of that, you will already have the EP of the 4 songs downloaded months prior to this.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
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    Signed Physical CD "Dramatic Departures"

    You still listen to CD's?! You ROCK! In fact, I'm so excited that I'll even sign a copy for you! You also will get this full length album before it's released to the public!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
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    Sing Along With Me

    Read Between the What?!

    No more misheard lyrics for you! I will send you the lyrics to all the songs on the album in a digital format. This insures you will know every word I sing, and now you won't feel so dumb when you realize I was actually singing "Between the LIES" and not "Between the LINES" ;)

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Play Along With Me

    Now that you have the correct lyrics, I will also include the chords in a digital format to go along!

    Now you can show all your friends how cool you are when you show up to the next party playing all my songs on the piano better than I can! (I would love to see a video of this by the way)

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
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    2 CDs (BFF Pack!)

    So you want to share a CD with your BFF? You can get 2 signed copies of "Dramatic Departures" delivered to your door before it's released to the public!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
    • 2 Signed CDs "Dramatic Departures"
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    3 CDs (Share Pack)

    Look how generous you are. Not only are you contributing to a good cause, but you're showing your friends you have great taste in music ;) This reward entitles you to 3 signed CD's of the full length album "Dramatic Departures" before it's released to the public.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    4 CDs (The Family Sharing Plan)

    Need gifts for your family? Birthday coming up? Early holiday shopping? Or maybe you just enjoy a great sale. This one's for you! You get 4 signed CDs of "Dramatic Departures" before it's released to the public!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
    • 4 Signed CDs "Dramatic Departures"
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    Polaroids?! What are we in the 80's?!!!

    I love the 80's too! This reward is pretty rad I think, and you are totally awesome for pledging so much! This reward includes a handwritten thank you card, like we used to write before cell phones and email. AND even better: A dated Polaroid Picture (yes a real one) from "A Day in the Life of Julie Haven" (behind the scenes, studio, photo shoot etc.) I'll surprise you!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Handwritten Lyrics

    Pick your favorite song of mine, and I will hand write the lyrics for the whole song, or just your favorite line if you prefer, (probably very messily, because my handwriting is “artistic”). I will give it a little kiss and send it on it’s way!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    I'll Tell You A Thing Or Two

    Ok...so you have questions....I have answers. Ask me up to 20 questions about anything you want and I will send a video directly to you, answering all your inquiries. It could be things like: my favorite color (you probably guessed that one already), my favorite movie, if I could have any superpower what would it be, dating advice*, my songwriting process, why do I eat pizza rolls, corners first (Hey! I haven't had those in years! Now I really want some...thanks.)

    *DISCLAIMER:
    I am not a licensed therapist, but I have been through some stuff and I've learned a lot ;)

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Polaroid Picture
    • 20 Question Interview
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Keep It Green! (Digital Package)

    For those of you who don't own a CD player, or want to stay eco friendly, or even just want to skip the international shipping fees but still want all the cool stuff, this package is for you!! It includes
    the digital downloads of both the EP and Full Length Album, the lyrics and chords, PLUS your choice of the 20 question interview or the Coffee Chat!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Bonus Behind the Scenes Footage
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    Coffee Chat (Skype)

    Let’s have a chat over skype or facetime. Bring your favorite beverage and/or snack. Depending on the time of day mine may be coffee ;) We can talk about music, movies, or just life! Whatever you want! (30 min)

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Almost Famous!!

    You ROCK! Seriously! Thank you for believing in me. If you pledge this much, you're name will be printed as a special thank you in the CD liner notes. PLUS you get the plethora of goodies above!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    VIP Online Concert (Digital Package)

    This reward includes everything from the Keep it Green Digital Package! PLUS you have access to the Private VIP online concert! You can curl up on the couch in your PJ's in front of your computer with a hot cup of Tea, or invite some friends over and make it a night! You can request songs as well!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Private Online Concert
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    VIP Online Concert (Full Package)

    This Package has just about EVERYTHING! You get your name in the credits, your choice of the Coffee Chat or the 20 question interview, PLUS you still get all the super cool stuff like the autographed CD, Polaroid, Handwritten Lyrics, a Thank You Card, all the digital stuff! Whew! I'm out of breath! Oh... I almost forgot, you also get access to a Private VIP Online Concert!! Ok now I'm really out of breath!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Private Online Concert
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Private IN HOME Concert

    I will bring my PA and my keyboard and I will set up in your living room (or possibly outside if it's nice). You can invite your friends, family and neighbors and I will serenade you for a few hours. You can also collect donations from guests to help reimburse the cost of this event.

    *Please Note: This reward is only available in certain cities between Detroit and South Florida, when I do my usual tour through that area.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • In Home Concert
    • Private Online Concert
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    HAVENITE FOR LIFE!

    You are now E.I.P. (Extremely Important Person)! Not only will you receive the rewards above, but I will have a T-Shirt made just for you that expresses your loyalty. And even better yet, You will always have free admission plus 1 for a guest to any of my shows FOREVER! You are in fact a Havenite for Life!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Signed Limited Release EP
    • Free Admission to all Shows
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Private Online Concert
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    Adopt A Song

    It costs about $1500 to produce a song. If there's a song on the album that you feel a special connection to, your sponsorship would forever bind you to that song. You would be thanked in the credits as the person who helped bring that song into actualization.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • Adopt A Song
    • Free Admission to all Shows
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Havenite For Life!
    • Private Online Concert
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Your Choice of 20 Question Interview or Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Polaroid Picture
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    DUDE!! Are you for real right now??!! You just became my best friend! You are my hero. Your name will forever echo in my heart. You get EVERYTHING Listed above, PLUS you will be credited on the Album as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. That's a pretty big deal!

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of EP
    • In Home Concert
    • Havenite For Life!
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Free Admission to all Shows
    • Adopt A Song
    • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
    • My Humble and Everlasting Gratitude
    • Signed Limited Release EP
    • Private Online Concert
    • Credit in CD Liner Notes
    • Coffee Chat over Skype
    • Digital Download of Full Album "Dramatic Departures"
    • Signed CD of "Dramatic Departures"
    • Digital Lyrics for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Lyrics to song of your choice
    • Chord Charts for all the Songs On the Album
    • Handwritten Thank You Card
    • Polaroid Picture
    • 20 Question Interview
    • Exclusive Access to Updates and Behind the Scenes Footage.
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Funding period

- (23 days)