Friends... we are so excited to have the opportunity to record our first full length album with Joel Hamilton at Studio G in New York City. We've been working our butts off writing and arranging original music and traveling all over New England to play shows, make fans & make a name for ourselves. In 2015 (for the second consecutive year) we were honored to have been voted Best Funk/R&B Artist AND voted Best Jazz/Blues Artist by VT's Seven Days Newspaper. We were also nominated for a New England Music Award under the category "Live Act of The Year" - (the winner will be announced April '16 wish us luck)! So it's high time we got back into the studio and made a record that reflects the last 5 years of touring and hard work. With your support 2016 will be our most successful year yet.
And well... there is no way to sugar coat it. We frankly cannot do this without the help of our friends, fans & family. We need to raise a minimum of $26K, which is a lot of dough... and it is really the bare minimum we need to raise in order for this album to have a fighting chance at being truly successful.
Our passion for creating the highest quality product for our careers and our fans means a significant investment. Everything under the sun costs money, from booking the studio, to printing the cds, making the shirts, stickers & bags for the rewards, to hiring a legitimate publicist etc etc.
We want to do this thing RIGHT. We want to create the best sounding album possible and we want to be able to afford to get it WAY out there in the world, in front of industry professionals, in front of TV people, in front of licensing companies... in front people we would never be connected with without the help of a professional publicist.
The money you pledge to this campaign will go towards all of our production costs:
- Recording and producing the album at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY
- Mixing & mastering
- Photography & design for the cover & liner notes
- Printing & duplication of the album
- Compensating guest musicians
- Reward production costs: shirts, bags, stickers etc
- Kickstarter fees - *They take a whopping 10% of whatever we raise!*
The music industry is changing, and we think that Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding platforms are a really great response to that. Crowdfunding is how so many musicians are able to make albums these days, especially when they don’t have the support of a record label. In fact, we think this might be better– YOU, our listeners who have been supporting us already, can be our record label. YOU can help us make the record that we have dreamed of making. Without your support, we won’t be able to bring this project to life!
You can pledge as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Remember, every dollar counts – if everyone who read this pledged just $10, or pre-ordered the album it would add up pretty quickly! Even if you can’t contribute, you can still help out by sharing our project with your pals and frenemies, your family, your Congressional representative, your dog walker, your dentist etc.
Every backer will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes content: photos, videos, updates, amusing anecdotes, first looks at the album design, clips of rehearsals, outtakes of our songwriting process and more!
We are going to have so much fun making this record and we want to share the process with you. Of course, we have a bunch of rewards for you to choose from as well.
If you don't see a reward combination that you like, shoot us a message and we'll gladly come up with something that tickles your fancy. The rewards are our way of saying that we are indescribably grateful for your support, we hope you have fun with them. From the bottom of our pockets AND hearts...
Please help us spread the word via bike messenger, carrier pigeon, and through all of your favorite social media outlets. We love sharing our escapades with you! If you haven't already please "Follow" & "Like" our Facebook page for updates.
Thank you, thank YOU, THANK YOU!
Not all of the rewards can be pictured or explained at this time, (album artwork is still in process etc etc) but some can, and here are some details/teasers! Please send us a message if you have any questions at all.
As mentioned - the album art is still in process but here are a few of the posters you can choose from- if there is a poster you are curious about from a memorable show you attended that you don't see here just drop us a line, we may have it in the archives.
GLAMOUR SHOOT WITH KAT:
Let's play dress up! The possibilities are endless! This could be YOU!
BIRTHDAY SONGS BY BOB
- CLICK HERE to hear Sabrina's Birthday song
- CLICK HERE to hear Jane & Jenny's Birthday song
- CLICK HERE to hear Lisa's Birthday song
If you're feeling generous and would like more than one reward, we can do that! For example; want to go to hire us for an acoustic set in your home and get a t-shirt? Absolutely! Just select the 'Unplugged set' reward to secure your place, and add $30 to your contribution. Then, send us a message saying you'd like to add the t-shirt to your bundle, and we will make sure to get your t-shirt to you too.
Have a different idea but still want to be supportive? Would you rather give Kat a haircut, go hiking with the band in the Himalayas, or hear the band cover your favorite Justin Beiber classics? Just message us! We're very open to ideas, and always up for adventures.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. This means that if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the campaign, your credit cards won’t be charged, your rewards won’t be sent out, and our record won’t come to fruition.
If we surpass our goal, we will use the funds to promote the album and to help finance this summer’s album release tour. We'd also very much like release the record on VINYL! Once again– we truly can’t say it enough– THANK YOULearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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