WHAT IS BREAK FREE?
Break Free is an album of songs about growing up: leaving behind the past, learning how to love and being yourself. It is an album filled with vulnerability, passion and lyrical depth. As a songwriter I tell stories, turning something profound I've learned about life into a song that others will relate to. My duty as a singer-songwriter is to voice what people feel but don't have the courage to say themselves, and to help someone feel he or she is not alone. This album does just that.
Professionally, the past 2 years of doing music full-time have been filled with rewarding activities. I continue where I started my music career—busking in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Downtown Burbank—and now I am part of the Universal CityWalk Street Performer program. I’m also booked into paid gigs in upscale hotels and restaurants.
Thanks to your generous support of my last Kickstarter project, I recorded an EP of 6 original songs about pursuing your passions, called "Dream Catcher." I performed with Shani Rose on a tour from LA to Austin, sponsored by Whole Foods, and we raised a micro-loan for their Whole Planet Foundation. I participated in busking events at Edinburgh, Scotland’s Fringe Festival and Ferrara, Italy’s Busker Festival. Based on my busking experiences, I wrote and published a 110-page photo essay book called "Stories from the Street" about street performance, to help inspire other entrepreneurs and indie musicians to follow their dreams.
WHAT ARE THE SONGS LIKE?
Traveling, gigging and building a sustainable music career have made me realize what Is most important in life: true success lies in the relationships we foster and what we give to this world. I've fallen hard for people who didn’t love me back, didn’t work through certain relationships successfully, wondered about society's expectations of me, said goodbye to my childhood home and started investing in my own home. That, and I dealt with a fear of turning 30. Looking over the new songs I've written for this album, the same theme pops up: "breaking free" from childhood, forgiving others and emerging as the person I am at heart. I believe this new album will connect with people who also are going through periods of change and emotional growth in their lives, as I have been.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Break Free heads in an Indie/Pop direction, emphasizing the use of organic instruments in a majority of tracks. I will be working again with talented artists I've written and recorded with this past year, including:
Patrick Joseph: singer, songwriter and producer, who did an incredible job on my Dream Catcher EP, and is my great friend and mentor!
Fernando Perdomo: singer, songwriter and producer, and multi-instrumentalist well known for his work with Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt and Rebecca Pidgeon.
Tom McNalley: talented session guitarist and band member in my live shows.
June Caravel: amazing singer and songwriter from Paris, who co-wrote "Weightless" with me while I was touring in Italy last year.
Emma-Jane Thommen: great friend and singing partner who is part of my duo project called Luka.
WHY BACK THIS PROJECT?
There is value in creating original music. If I can say something new and fresh in a song that helps someone feel better about himself or herself and understood, then I've done my job as a songwriter. Also, a large portion of the 3-4-hour gigs I do are dedicated to playing cover songs. The money I earn from playing background music is just enough to keep my musical chops up and pay for basic expenses. However, it doesn’t cover the cost of making and releasing a high-quality, professional album.
Your contributions will allow me to focus solely on creating original, meaningful music this year. It’s the push to the next level, and eventually moving away from cover performances to playing my own material. If successfully funded, this will be my FIRST full-length album, which is a big milestone to my songwriting career.
Most importantly, I want to meet all of you in your city. Some of you I already know through Periscope, Facebook Live, YouTube or Instagram. It would be amazing to meet you in person and to perform these songs for you!
$10,000 GOAL BREAKDOWN
The minimum amount I will need to record this album, and pay the musicians and producers, is $10,000. As an unsigned artist, I have slowly self-funded this project over the past year. So far, I have tracked 4 songs out of a total of 10 and mixed 3. By acting as my record label, your contributions through Kickstarter will speed up recording the remaining 7 songs for the album and go towards the following:
- 70% - Studio production of all 10 songs (recording, mixing, mastering)
- 3% - Album artwork
- 10% - CD duplication, in bulk
- 2% - Photo shoot
- 7% - Merchandise (T-shirts, tote bags, Polaroids, etc)
- 8% - Kickstarter's fee
$15,000 STRETCH GOAL BREAKDOWN
If I reach my $10,000 goal BEFORE this 27-day campaign ends, your contributions will go towards my stretch goal of $15,000. This amount is what is really needed to do a proper album release and share the music with a wider audience. Additional contributions towards my stretch goal will be apportioned approximately as follows:
- 50% - Professional music videos for 3 singles from the album
- 15% - Album release show
- 20% - Touring, plus miscellaneous travel expenses
- 15% - Short PR campaign to promote the release
This Kickstarter campaign will end June 1st, 2018. I will have only 28 days to reach my goal, and funding is either ALL or NOTHING. Without the funds, it will be harder for me to complete this album. This is why it is so important that as many people as possible know about the project!
To help ensure that I meet my goal, I will be live streaming everyday on Kickstarter, Facebook, Instagram or Periscope. And of course, I'll be in public, busking at CityWalk, Burbank or Santa Monica.
There are all kinds of ways to support this campaign. If you can’t afford to contribute at this time, you can share this project on Facebook and other social media, and invite your friends to watch my video. Please check out the details of the rewards! I had a lot of fun brainstorming ideas for them.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
To show my thanks to all of you for your generous support, all Kickstarter backers will be invited to a special meet and greet party 2 weeks after this campaign is over. Look out for an email from me. I would love for everyone to meet and get to know each other! Your help is deeply appreciated. <3
Special Thanks to Gyasi Ross for helping me film the Kickstarter Video!
Reward #3 CD + Postcard
Reward #4 Vintage Treasures Package
Reward #5 Performing Artist Special
I use a Cannon Rebel T5i to take photos of live shows, or do photoshoots. I also have filmed a documentary on this camera and shot live performances with it. If you are an artist, actor or creative brand, let's work together! Follow @imagine_cat_productions to see more of my shots :-)
Reward #6 Handwritten Chords and Lyric Book
Reward # 7 Mega Merch Package
Here are my releases! You will hear young Katie from 2010 when I was just starting my career as a singer-songwriter. These EP's will be released as a special edition CD just for you :-)
Reward #8 Custom Love Song
Reward #9 Private Performance with a Keepsake Photo
Reward #10 Acoustic Album
Reward #11 Aspiring Artist Package
Reward #13 Inspirational Benefit Concert
I will come give an inspirational speech and performance in your home, school, non-profit or corporate event to help raise awareness of a cause benefit people in some way. I will also bring special guest musicians to play as well!.
Reward #14 Music Video Executive Producer
Help me create a professional music video from the recordings off the record. The video will be played in front of a large audience at Universal City Walk!
Risks and challenges
It may take some time to mix and master the recordings, and to send out all the rewards generated from this Kickstarter. I will do my very best to make the album-release show happen by April 2019 at the latest, and to get my new music to you ASAP. Thank you in advance for your generosity and patience! Your support is truly appreciated. :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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