NEW STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! PLUS NEW REWARDS!
I can't imagine myself as anyone other than a singer-songwriter. During the past two years my dream of being a musician has become more a reality than ever. While singing and writing songs most of my life, I didn't see momentum in my music career until committing to perform everyday on the street. Before starting to “busk” or “street perform,” I hoped for that "magic moment" when some music industry professional in suit and tie would "discover me" and sign me to a label. Have you ever wished for a “magic moment” to be realized in your life?
Street performing taught me that a "record label" model was not the only road to success. Being a problem-solver, I put the challenge of becoming a full-time musician in my own hands. Last year, driving back and forth across southern California with my music gear stuffed in my car, I realized the creative freedom to express myself artistically, grow my music, and discover the life I wanted to live.
As a street performer, I developed my musicianship learning and writing new songs, and using technology to improve my live set. Most importantly, I formed real connections with people, creating meaningful friendships in places I never would have been able to visit if I hadn’t committed to my craft. With the support of social media fans, I won the international “Feeling the Street” busking competition sponsored by TOYOTA, performing and touring across New Zealand in June 2015.
The success I've achieved in my music career would not have been possible without your help. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about my new album, Dream Catcher EP!
WHAT IS DREAM CATCHER EP?
This album is a collection of 5 of my best songs written last year while busking in Los Angeles, songs that need to be heard. It is being produced by my very good friend and collaborator, Patrick Joseph!
This EP features some of the best musicians in LA, including Paul Redel (Guitar) Jesse Cross (Guitar) Mark Mckee (Keys) Ken Oak (Cello) Samuel Murphy (Drums) Mike Smirnoff (Drums), Lucas Martinez (Guitar) Cory Tramontelli (Bass), and Tim Butterworth (Keys) among others.
I call the EP “Dream Catcher" because I often feel as though I'm chasing after something I can’t see. That “something” only appears when I close my eyes and feel the situation I’m in at the moment. When singing outside I feel my breath, see what is around me, feel people's emotions, and live out the moment in my music.
With this album I hope people will connect with the idea that art is something we have to work hard for, especially as inspiration isn't always easy to find. In order to make dreams reality, you have to seize the moment, never give up, and keep your eyes focused on the road ahead.
MY MISSION / YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
I am so grateful to have been able to create music with your previous support, contributions, and encouragement throughout my career! I want to release this album in its highest quality form, featuring songs arranged and recorded with a full band of the best musicians in my music community.
This album is important because when I play live out on the street or in a venue, I will have something tangible to give my fans which represents my current songwriting ability. Having high quality music as opposed to something I create on my own in my bedroom will also bring me closer to my goal of being played on the radio, touring and placing my music in TV and film. I will also be able to share my music directly with fans from this campaign before it's release on mainstream streaming sites like Spotify. Your contributions will help me take my music to the next level, and most importantly, help me get to know YOU.
Recording and releasing a high quality album at this level comes with many expenses typically covered by a record label. However, I am doing this entirely as an independent artist. I've managed to fund about 50% of this project through busking, live shows, and private events last year. Now I need your help to finish this album.
By pledging today, you are helping me make my dream a reality - to release inspirational music for the world to enjoy. In addition to the rewards you receive from this campaign, your contributions to my $5,000 goal will go toward:
* Finalizing the Album Artwork
* CD Duplication in bulk
* Worldwide PR and Radio campaign
* Merchandise (T-shirts, Bracelets, Postcards, etc)
* Cost to cover 8% fee that Kickstarter takes from this campaign
If I reach my goal of $5,000 before this 30 day campaign ends, your contributions will be going towards my stretch goal of $10,000. I've included this stretch goal as part of my Kickstarter in hopes of spreading my music to you beyond the production of just the physical CD. Funds from the stretch goal will go towards:
* Professional Music Videos
* The album release show
* Touring+ Travel expenses
* Mixing and Mastering of Bonus Songs
This campaign will end on June 10th, 2016. I will have 30 days to reach my goal, which is why it is so important that as many people know about the project as possible! There are many different ways you can support this Kickstarter. Please check out the details of the rewards below. I had a lot of fun brainstorming them. If you can’t afford to contribute at this time, you can share this project on your Facebook page and invite your friends to watch my video. Your support is truly appreciated. :-)
To stay updated on my progress over the next 30 days be sure check the "Updates" tab of this campaign or subscribe to my facebook fan page at facebook.com/katieferraramusic
"When Stars Collide" is a single I released last year which will be part of this album! At the end of this campaign, be the first to receive another NEW song from the EP. Included in every pledge above $5.
"Thank You" Postcard is included in every reward above $50 and sent out right at the end of this campaign. On the back I will hand write a personal "Thank you" for all your generosity! :-)
DREAM CATCHER T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOPS
Included in every reward above $75. All shirts are printed on highly comfortable Bella + Canvas apparel. Sizes Come in S, M. L, and XL. Artists featured in photos are my talented musician friends Jenni Alpert (Left) and Charles McDonald (Right).
I've got several options for T-Shirt designs. I will email you once the campaign is over for your preference. :-)
NEW REWARD! Charming Cat Bracelets!
I am adding these handmade beaded bracelets to every reward at $50 and above! Colors come in purple, black, green or blue. Optional charm. I will email you at the end of this campaign to customize your bracelet :-) Sizes vary depending on person.
LEAD OR BACKING VOCALIST FOR YOUR MUSICAL PROJECT
Pledge $250 and I will sing lead or backing vocals on your song! I can also write lyrics and come up with harmonies on the spot. Send me your songs and I will make it come to life! :-)
FULL BAND PERFORMANCE
I will be playing with a full band for the CD Release show! Pledge $100 and get a VIP ticket to the show. Pledge $1000 and I will bring my band to your private event. I'd love to invite you onstage to sing a song with me. :-)
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk I am taking with this project is if I do not meet the $5,000 goal, I will NOT be funded. It will be hard for me to complete this project.
To ensure that I meet my goals, I’m not only putting my efforts into sharing the word about my online Kickstarter on social media, but also in person! I will be busking everyday during this 30 day campaign.
There are remaining challenges that I may encounter even after the project is successfully funded. It may take some time to send out all the post cards, CD's, and merchandise generated from this Kickstarter. I will do my very best to make the CD release show happen in September and get you this new music ASAP. Thank you in advance for your generosity and patience. I hope to see you out on the street!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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