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Busking on the Santa Monica Pier
Busking on the Santa Monica Pier

 MY STORY

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.

Dreamcatcher EP
Dreamcatcher EP

 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

* Photoshoot

* 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 

THANK YOU! 

 SAMPLE  REWARDS 

"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.

Dancing in the LA River (Photo by Abe Velarde)
Dancing in the LA River (Photo by Abe Velarde)

"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. :-) 

Dream Catcher Tank Top and T-Shirt Size Small
Dream Catcher Tank Top and T-Shirt Size Small
T-Shirt Design Option Artwork by Rachel Walker
T-Shirt Design Option Artwork by Rachel Walker

NEW REWARD! Charming Cat Bracelets!

Sample Charming Cat Bracelets
Sample 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 

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Singing "Keep it Up" at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, NZ for "Feeling the Street" Band

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 

Full Band Performance at Room 5 Photo by Justin Higuchi
Full Band Performance at Room 5 Photo by Justin Higuchi

 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!

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SINGLE

    When I meet my goal, I will email you an exclusive digital download of a brand new song from the album the day the campaign ends.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    Download the album 2 weeks before the release date! PLUS get a new single when this campaign ends!

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    SIGNED CD + DIGITAL ALBUM

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    SIGNED CD + THANK YOU POSTCARD
    Postcard sent to you at the end of this campaign.

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    Digital Album
    Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    ** If I reach my stretch goal of 10k by June 10th you will receive a digital download of a BONUS COVER SONG arranged in my own style at the end of this campaign!

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    SIGNED CD + T-SHIRT OR TANK TOP

    See the reward section for more details on the shirt and tank top :-)

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    +Thank you postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter exclusive single

    **PLUS If I reach my stretch goal of 10k by June 10th you will receive a digital download of a BONUS COVER SONG arranged in my own style at the end of this campaign!

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    VIP TICKET TO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW+ CUPCAKES

    Be the first to see me live with a full band! There will be cupcakes for my Kickstarter backers. Come hangout backstage and take pictures with my band :-)

    ALSO INCLUDES:

    +Signed CD
    +Dream Catcher T-Shirt or Tank Top
    +Thank you postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter exclusive single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

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    LIMIITED EDITION " STORIES FROM THE STREET BOOKLET"

    A 10 page booklet filled with fun stories about my experience busking to raise funds for this album! Includes my artist story, photos of the musicians who played on this project, photos of all the locations I played in LA and the people who supported me along the way. Also available as a High Resolution PDF.

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    +Signed CD
    +Dream Catcher T-Shirt or Tank Top
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    * I will email you for your size once the campaign ends!

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    LEAD OR BACKING VOCALIST FOR YOUR MUSICAL PROJECT
    Are you a producer, recording engineer or singer/songwriter who needs female vocals on your upcoming project? Send me an mp3 of the song you are working on and I will sing the main vocal, harmonies, or even help with lyrics. I will travel to any studio in LA. Does not include travel expenses or accommodation if located outside the city.

    ALSO INCLUDES:

    +Signed CD
    +Dream Catcher T-shirt or Tank Top
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    * I will email you for your size once the campaign ends!

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    KATIE'S LOVE SONG SPECIAL

    I will meet with you (if you live within the LA area) or set up a a skype session to write you a personalized love song for your loved one. Send me a story, ideas, or even your own lyrics and I will come up with a song and send you a high quality mp3!

    ALSO INCLUDES:

    +Signed CD
    +Dream Catcher T-shirt or Tank,
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    * I will email you for your size once the campaign ends!

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    KATIE FERRARA LEMON KITCHEN SESSION

    I will make a video featuring a new song or a cover of your choice played in my kitchen. The video will also include a cooking tutorial on how to make "lemon infused" cuisine. Includes an optional upload to YouTube and Facebook.

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    +Signed CD
    +Dream Catcher T-shirt or Tank Top
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    * I will email you for your size once the campaign ends!

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    KATIE'S CORNER CONCERT

    Ever watch the NPR Tiny desk series? Now you can start your own! I will come and perform a 1.5 hour solo acoustic set at your home or business*. Invite your friends or employees or clients!

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    +10 copies of the signed CD
    +2 Dream Catcher T-shirt or Tank top
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    *Date subject to availability. I will fly anywhere in the USA and provide my own personal PA!
    *Reward does not include travel and accommodation if outside Los Angeles.

    * I will email you for your T-shirt size once the campaign ends!

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    BAND PERFORMANCE
    Book me for for your special event, wedding, etc. I will bring my band and a sound system for a 1.5-hr set.

    ALSO INCLUDES:
    +10 copies of the signed CD
    +2 Dream Catcher T-shirt or tank top
    +Thank You Postcard
    +Digital Album
    +Kickstarter Exclusive Single

    Plus get a BONUS COVER SONG this fall!

    *Date subject to availability. I will only travel within LA or 50miles outside the city limit. Does not include travel or accommodation costs.

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    BONUS ORIGINAL SONG + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT-LIMITED -MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE 6/10

    I will record a bonus song with a band to be on the EP. In addition, I will include special acknowledgement for you in the album credits/liner notes. You will receive title of "Executive Producer", on the bonus track letting everyone know that you helped bring this project to the world!

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    +10 copies of the signed CD
    +2 Dream Catcher T-shirt or Tank top
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