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Break Free: an  album about growing up, finding real love and leaving behind the past. Help Katie bring this project to life!
Break Free: an album about growing up, finding real love and leaving behind the past. Help Katie bring this project to life!
150 backers pledged $12,365 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

MY STORY  

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. 

Street Art in Burbank, CA by George Shalloob
Street Art in Burbank, CA by George Shalloob

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.

Stories from the Street Book
Stories from the Street Book

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! 

SAMPLE REWARDS

Reward #3 CD + Postcard 

Preliminary CD Design Cover Idea and Postcard
Preliminary CD Design Cover Idea and Postcard

Reward #4 Vintage Treasures Package 

Katie Ferrara Button (Artwork by George Shalloob) and Imagine Cat Tote Bag
Katie Ferrara Button (Artwork by George Shalloob) and Imagine Cat Tote Bag
Signed Polaroid
Signed Polaroid

  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 :-)  

Bottom left (Josh Arbour band) Top-Middle (Ricky Berger) Bottom Middle (Adrian Bourgeois)Top Right (Jacob Zuko) Bottom Right (Patrick Joseph)
Bottom left (Josh Arbour band) Top-Middle (Ricky Berger) Bottom Middle (Adrian Bourgeois)Top Right (Jacob Zuko) Bottom Right (Patrick Joseph)

Reward #6 Handwritten Chords and Lyric Book 

This is my Top Secret Diary of Songs and Lyrics!
This is my Top Secret Diary of Songs and Lyrics!

 Reward # 7 Mega Merch Package 

T-Shirt Option 1 (White) and 2 (Black) and Sample CD Release show poster
T-Shirt Option 1 (White) and 2 (Black) and Sample CD Release show poster
Stories from the Street Book
Stories from the Street Book

  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 :-) 

My Previous Releases: When Love's Not Around (2010), Naturally (2013), Dream Catcher (2016)
My Previous Releases: When Love's Not Around (2010), Naturally (2013), Dream Catcher (2016)

Reward #8 Custom Love Song

I will write a love song for you or a loved one! (It doesn't have to necessarily be romantic, just something special to tell that person you care ) I will put my whole heart into it.
I will write a love song for you or a loved one! (It doesn't have to necessarily be romantic, just something special to tell that person you care ) I will put my whole heart into it.

Reward #9 Private Performance with a Keepsake Photo

Framed 5X7 Photo Sample. You can be in it with me or I can take it solo after the performance :-)
Framed 5X7 Photo Sample. You can be in it with me or I can take it solo after the performance :-)

Reward #10 Acoustic Album  

Performance,  dinner at City Walk on me plus a Handmade CD!
Performance, dinner at City Walk on me plus a Handmade CD!

 Reward #11 Aspiring Artist Package

I will sign and give you my Seagull Entourage guitar + 3 guitar lessons!
I will sign and give you my Seagull Entourage guitar + 3 guitar lessons!

  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!. 

Raising Awareness of the Whole Planet Foundation with Planet LA Records
Raising Awareness of the Whole Planet Foundation with Planet LA Records

 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! 

When Stars Collide Live Music Video (2015)
When Stars Collide Live Music Video (2015)

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. :-)

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    Digital Download + High Five

    You have great taste in music... and my gratitude. Get the digital download of the new album *before* the official release. If you'd like, share your social profile and get a shout-out.

    Includes:
    • "Break Free" album digital download
    • Social shout-out
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    Autographed Copy of Album CD

    Get an autographed copy of the "Break Free" CD delivered to your door. Show your friends & family. Oh... they got one, too? Of course they did.

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    • "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
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    CD + Postcard

    I'll jot you a note—or maybe a recipe for lemon-herb chicken—on a postcard, soon after the campaign is funded. I'll follow up with a copy of the "Break Free" CD when the album is mastered, duplicated and delivered to me in bulk.

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    • Postcard (mailed at end of successful campaign)
    • "Break Free" album on CD
    • Digital Download + High Five (above)
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    Vintage Treasures Package

    Because you're "totes" a Katie Ferrara fan, you'll want the tote bag to prove it. On the bag: the logo of my publishing company, Imagine Cat Music. In the bag: goodies, including a copy of the "Break Free" CD, a signed Polaroid, a KF pin and a small bag of "Ear Candy" from a local shop called Sweety's Candies.

    Includes:
    • Postcard (mailed at end of successful campaign)
    • Imagine Cat Music tote bag
    • "Break Free" album on CD
    • Polaroid, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • KF Pin
    • Bag of "Ear Candy" from Sweety's Candies, in Burbank
    • Digital Download + High Five (above)
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    Performing Artist Promo Package Special

    Are you a musician, actor or creative person? Get a custom photo shoot for your brand or a live video.*

    Photo package includes a 2-3 hour shoot with you, 20 edits and all photos from session. Or, if you prefer, I can come to your next show and record up to 3 songs or shoot photos. Check out my instagram account @imagine_cat_productions to see my work.

    *Photo or video shoot can be scheduled as soon as this campaign is is funded. Location must be in LA.

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    • Custom photo or video shoot, plus editing (as described above)
    • "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Vintage Treasures Package (above)
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    Handwritten Chord and Lyric Book Package

    Have you always wanted sing and play along to my tunes? Now you can, with a book of handwritten chords and lyrics! We can also arrange a private 1 hour Skype or Periscope performance for those of you who don't live in LA so we can play the songs together!

    *Reward can be fulfilled before CD release. :-)

    Includes:
    • Handwritten chord and lyric book
    • "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Vintage Treasures Package (above)
    • Private Skype or Periscope performance
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    Mega Merch Package

    You're a true superfan (or, in my world, a "Lemoncat"). You want merch? You got it.

    I'll send you a limited edition album tee, a signed release poster, a copy of my "Stories from the Street" book, a copy of each of my previous releases, a handful of signed "Break Free" CDs and goodies from two other pledge packages.

    Includes:
    • Limited edition "Break Free" album T-shirt
    • Release poster, signed by Katie Ferrara
    • "Stories from the Street" book
    • "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • "Naturally" EP
    • "When Love's Not Around" EP
    • "Dream Catcher" EP
    • Handwritten chord and lyric book
    • Vintage Treasures Package (above)
    • Private Skype or Periscope performance
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    Custom Love Song Special

    *She* might not write you a love song, but I will. (You know who *she* is, right?)

    Schedule a 1-hour Skype interview with me so I can learn about you and/or your loved one. Then I'll write a custom song and send you a high quality MP3, plus lyrics. We can also schedule a private Skype or periscope performance of the song!

    Includes:
    • Custom love song, with MP3 and lyrics
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
    • Private Skype or Periscope performance
    • Handwritten chord and lyric book
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    Private Performance + Keepsake Photo

    I will do a one hour performance for you, a loved one or a person in need in a location of your choice featuring any songs you like from the album or special requests.
    At the end of the night we can take a special photo together and I will put it in a 5X7 frame and sign it. :-)

    *Reward can be fulfilled before album release. Does not include travel and housing expenses if outside LA.

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    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
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    Acoustic Album Music Package

    Acoustic Album + Dinner and Private Performance on me at Universal City Walk

    A lot of people like hearing my songs stripped down, especially when I busk at City Walk. Now you can get the best of both worlds!

    This one of a kind album of the songs will be recorded with just me and my guitar in an intimate space. Album will be available as a digital download as well as a handmade CD.

    Because I busk at City Walk, I am also including dinner for you and a friend at a restaurant of your choice at the park!

    I will also organize a special acoustic performance of 3 of your favorite songs from the album with a Q & A session for you and special guests. Performance can be the same night or a different one in a location of your choice. (If outside LA, does not include travel expenses)

    *Acoustic Album, performance and Dinner at City Walk can be fulfilled before official album release

    Includes:
    • Exclusive acoustic album for backers
    • Dinner for two at Universal City Walk
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
    • Invitation to private, pre-release listening party
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    Aspiring Artist Package

    Are you interested in learning how to play guitar or have a friend or family member who would like to start? This package is for you!

    Includes
    Signed Seagull Guitar+ 3 free guitar lessons:
    Can be taught on Skype or in person.

    *Shipping of guitar not included. Local pledges preferred. My guitar has been to the UK and Italy and used for busking on the Santa Monica Pier. You will have a guitar with a lot of history :-)

    Includes:
    • Seagull guitar, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Guitar lessons, in person (LA area) or on Skype
    • 10× "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Acoustic Music Album Package (above)
    • 2 Free Tickets to Album Release Show
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
    • Acoustic Album Package (Above)
    • Invitation to private, pre-release listening party
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    Gold Sponsor

    I will make you "Executive Producer" on a track of your choice. The song will be dedicated to You and your name will be written in gold in the credits. You will have an exclusive invitation to a private listening party before the album is released.

    Includes:
    • "Executive Producer" credit on track of your choice
    • Invitation to private, pre-release listening party
    • 10× "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Acoustic Music Album Package (above)
    • 2 Free Tickets to Album Release Show
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
    • Acoustic Album Package (Above)
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    Inspirational Benefit Concert

    Do you need help raising awareness for a cause or need an inspirational speaker at your event? I will play at your non-profit, corporate event, school or home and give a speech about the power of music in changing people's lives.

    Performance and speech can be up to 2 hours and I can bring 1-3 special guests to play depending on availability. You name the songs! They can be covers or originals.

    *If outside of LA, does not include transportation costs or accommodation
    *Reward can be fulfilled after this campaign is over.

    Includes:
    • Private concert (as described above)
    • Invitation to private, pre-release listening party
    • 10× "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Acoustic Music Album Package (above)
    • 2 Free Tickets to Album Release Show
    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
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    Music Video Executive Producer

    This is a reward for someone who would like to be part of my music video production. Because I am a street performer at City Walk, I have the opportunity to play my music video on the big screen in the park to over 40,000 people a day. Your name will be written in the credits and seen by a large audience on a daily basis. I'm also including 2 Silver Annual Passes to the park for you and a special someone :-)

    Includes:
    • "Executive Producer" credit on music video
    • Silver Annual Passes to Universal CityWalk
    • Invitation to private, pre-release listening party
    • 10× "Break Free" album on CD, autographed by Katie Ferrara
    • Acoustic Music Album Package (above)
    • 2 Free Tickets to Album Release Show
    • Mega Merch Package (above)
    • Handwritten Chords and Lyrics (above)
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