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I'm a songwriter, making a CD full of feelings that you can play anywhere your feelings go with you.
I'm a songwriter, making a CD full of feelings that you can play anywhere your feelings go with you.
90 backers pledged $6,218 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey Friends!

This is my first full length CD.. and it's about time! I've been making a CD almost every year since 2007, but now that I am a solo artist; it is time that I do it on my own- well, almost on my own. I'm on a mission to turn "Do it yourself" into "Do it with YOU".

I'm asking for your help to get these 10 tunes recorded, and I've created some really fun incentives that you could choose from in order to make this project a success! I aim to please!!

I've already recorded two songs off of the CD. Here they are, to give you a taste! They're also for download, as an incentive over there ----->

In case you don't know me, please let me introduce you to the weekly covers I've been doing on my Youtube. 

I'll tackle anything that is voted for on my facebook page's weekly poll. Anything from Macklemore's "Thrift Shop"..

to Hall & Oates "Rich Girl"...

Or maybe you want to see my old band, Black Kettle.

I've got the songs, I've got the team, I just need the funds to do it! This has been a long time coming, and I am so excited to share with you all the hard work I've put in while writing this. 

Will Kennedy trackin some goodness!
Will Kennedy trackin some goodness!

I am aiming to raise a part of the money that I will need to make this album. All costs considered, it will be far greater than $1,500 but right now I need some assistance to get me there! I've done everything on my own thus far, but I just need a little help from my friends!

The money I raise will go towards paying for the engineering, studio costs, musicians who will be playing on the album, mixing, and mastering. So far I've had the incredible time of working with Eric Holden on bass (The Weepies, Colbie Caillat, The Bloody Lovelies, Vertical Horizon, Josh Groban) and Charlie Paxson on drums (Colin Hay, The Format, James Blunt, Meiko) and Producer/Engineer Will Kennedy. Any money raised above $1,500 will go towards further footing my recordings costs, which will likely be closer to $9,000- still a tight ship to be running in terms of recording 10 songs. I anticipate tracking to take place sometime in June ideally, and for the album to be finished by September although those are guestimates (its a word, I SWEAR!) With all of the updates and social networking sites that I live on, I know that you, as backers, will NEVER be out of the loop as to what I am doing with the money I receive.

At the end of this process there will be a big CD release party here in LA and then some awesome Stageit shows for everyone who can't come to LA! It'll be a great time, you can wear you're underwear and I will clean my room. After that, tours and tours and band fun and tours and music videos and tours and more and then I'll do it all again!

I've spent a lot of late nights, Friday nights, and wee hours writing this. I know you're going to love it. Sometimes making an album can make you feel like this guy:

"This Guy"
"This Guy"

but I know with your help I won't be doing this alone!

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Thank you to the people who have helped to make my kickstarter project! Graphic Design work by Mark Ranft and Video help from Taylor Allen

Risks and challenges

I've made all my incentives things that I can definitely handle! It'll take time of course but nothing will go unfulfilled!

I'm very confident that no contributor will go unnoticed. From my weekly video releases, I try incredibly hard to thank everyone who shared my video on their social network and if I miss someone.. extra thanks is in store the next week for my mistake. I am SO grateful for everyone who believes in my music, I know that whatever comes up we can work out through some good ol' fashion discussion.

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    VIDEO UPDATES! Exclusive video updates, behind the scenes experience! Come along on the journey of recording my album. Witness the crying, smiling, laughing, and all the times I embarrass myself. Think: blackmail material.

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    A SONG! I'll personally email you a song I've already recorded for the album within 24 hours of my Kickstarter backing! That's months before the CD comes out! Its like I went back to the future to do this! You'll also get video updates!

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    TWO SONGS! I'll personally email you two songs I've already recorded for the album within 24 hours of my kickstarter backing! It's like I went back to the future TWICE to do this! You'll also get video updates!

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    DIGITAL CD! I'll get it to you as soon as I get it back from mastering. A handwritten thank you note from me saying how awesome you are! You'll also get video updates and two tracks emailed to you within 24 hours of successful Kickstarter backing.

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    PHYSICAL CD with PERKS!: It comes with an individual, hand-written lyric booklet and each of them will be hand painted and customized. Each CD will be different and unique and completely made with love from start to finish by yours truly. I'll send you a digital copy of the album as well as soon as it gets mastered so that you can have it right away. I can't stress enough the made-with-love aspect that will go into the making of this artwork and design! It'll be like you're holding my creative baby in your hand. You get all of the above rewards as well!

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    YOU'RE IN IT! I will put your name permanently in my liner notes of my lyric booklet that comes with the hardcopy of my CD. Let everybody know that you're the reason why it exists! You get all of the above rewards as well!

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    Live in LA or close to LA? I will hand-deliver a hardcopy of my CD to your door. I'll come with my french bulldog, Burger, and we will together thank you for being such a help to making my album. Lets keep it within 40 miles of LA please. I don't love you less, though. You get all of the above rewards as well!!

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    PERSONALIZED SONG! An acoustic video performance of one of my songs dedicated and sent personally to you! I will make you a video, and send you the recording so that you have it! It'll sound real nice, too. You get all of the above rewards as well! You'll also get video updates and two tracks emailed to you within 24 hours of successful Kickstarter backing, digital copy as soon as it's mastered and a hardcopy CD with your name in the liner notes!

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    SESSION GOODIES! I will write you a personal thank you letter, along with a goodie bag of fun things I used on the session This means guitar picks, some polaroid pictures from the session, tracking notes, song charts, etc! I'll give you some of my lyric sheets from my music video shoot (See: What Am I Gonna Do Official Video)! You get everything in the $75 level too!

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    SKYPE GUITAR LESSON! Let's hang out online for half an hour or so and talk shop! We can talk about gear, guitars, recording equipment if thats what you want to know about- mixing, or I can teach you some scales and guitar theory! You'll get everything from $100 level as well!

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    Hand decorated CD of 5 demos from the record, including one that didn't end up making the cut! That means only you (and whoever else orders this) will have it! I'll also give you a phone call to thank you for your contribution, and an exclusive DVD of a show I played when I was 16. I'm awkward, and awesome. You'll get everything from the $100 level as well!

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    I will write a song with your name in it, dedicate it to you, while wearing a shirt I made with your name on it, put it on the internet for all your friends to see so they know how cool I think you are, and then I will send you the shirt! Make sure to let me know what size you wear so it can be YOUR shirt when I'm done with it. GO TEAM YOU! (also, INSTANT reward!) You'll be getting the special demo CD as well as everything from the $100 levell! I hope someone does this because it would be awesome to do!

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    I will call you and leave a voicemail on your phone of one of my infamous voicemail raps about how cool you are and how awesome of a day you should have. I don't know if you know that I do this, but you do now. You'll be getting the special demo CD and everything from the $100 level as well!

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    I will write a song about whatever you want. You can supply the lyrics if you'd like, or I can work it out myself if you give me a topic and I will send it to you. (Nothing hateful please!) Please specify which $200 level you'd like me to complete for ya, and you'll also get the demo CD and everything from the $100 level and below! WOO!!

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    At my CD release show (TBA) I will dedicate a song to you on stage, record the dedication from my cell phone as well as the song, get the crowd to clap and wave to you, they'll probably shout how awesome you are and we will celebrate you as an entity and then I will put it on youtube. Complete with $500 reward, $200 reward of your choice, the demo CD and everything from the $100 level and below!

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    Like how my album sounds? My lovely co-conspirator Will Kennedy will mix a song that I record for you. THATS RIGHT! I'm an engineer. I'll produce and record a song of yours, and HE will mix it. It will sound totally pro. Together, my team will become your team, and we will make one of your tunes bump so hard. Free access to my personal studio, Travel expenses and extra studio time/players other than me should be paid by donor. You'll get the demo CD and everything from the $100 rewards and below as well! As far as mixing goes:

    -Digital mixes only. No tape. 96K/24-Bit .AIFF files.
    -1 round of fixes. Either via email, or live via Nicecast.
    -4 versions of the mix. Master, Lead Vocal Up, TV, and Instrumental
    -Final mixes will be delivered via FTP.

    Any incidental costs (shipping, drives, discs, etc.) to be covered by client.

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