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"God of Fireflies" intertwines the whimsical and the edgy parts of faith and love. Elevated production for radio/film/TV ~ Needs you!
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"Your song changed me today.  You pulled me out of misery, across the nation, with a song.  You can help people feel the truth of the Light when they're lost. I know because you just did this for me. ...I cannot thank you enough."

Last week, I was humbled to get these words in my inbox about "Human For Me," a song from this new album, "God of Fireflies." 

I've named this Kickstarter campaign "Release the Light" for this reason.  It seems little songs like to float all over the world, sneaking through locked fences (of the heart-aww), seemingly appearing out of nowhere - sometimes after the coldest winters - to share their light and hope. 

I took the songwriting very seriously on this album, rewriting line after line of each song, trying to get across what I believe are inspired ideas, meant to reach a broader audience... but you are the base audience/the grassroots/the most important audience, that makes it possible!

I'm excited to partner with you guys in the release of "God of Fireflies!"  $7,800 is half the cost of this full-length CD, (I'm funding the rest) - and it may seem like a huge number... the video explains more about why the total cost is so ambitious - but this goal is more than possible! 

*Even if half of you generous people (let's go w/ FB fan page number) gave only $30, it raises way more than this!  But...if the goal is not met, the money returns to everyone and it all goes back to zero!  The coach turns back into a pumpkin....the horses into mice...the dress back to rags... what a great movie, though.  Chubby little Gus is my favorite.  But I digress.  This campaign is all you, fairytalers!

More about the reasons/financial setbacks/ why I'd love your help (that is not my fancy house, by the way, lol), and the opportunities for these songs to be used for movies/TV/radio/commercials - in the video above!  
Video by James Webb ~ he did a fantastic job.  Website:  storycellar.co

Thanks so much, you guys.  Please check out the creative gifts and incentives to the right!  I worked hard coming up with ideas I thought you might enjoy.  :)

Stay tuned for updates and fun contests!
*See below for prize descriptions/photos, and btw, here's the 11-song track list for "God of Fireflies"

- Katy

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Re: Jar of Fireflies! -gifts over $50 
You'll receive a 16oz jar with warm white fairy lights (replaceable batteries)  I added flowers for you for daytime beauty.  (otherwise just looks like wires in a jar)  :)

Re: Prizes #9-12: (Cindy Dyer Photography, and Tammy Rochelle's Art/Products, and Zoe Lilly's Art), here are options below:

CINDY DYER'S PHOTOGRAPHY (comes as 5x7 w/ an 8x10 mat):

Photos 1-3 (last is original photo for USPS waterlilly stamp!)
Photos 1-3 (last is original photo for USPS waterlilly stamp!)
Photos 4-6 (first is original un-cropped USPS waterlilly stamp!)
Photos 4-6 (first is original un-cropped USPS waterlilly stamp!)
Photos 7-8
Photos 7-8
Photos 9-11
Photos 9-11


TAMMY ROCHELLE'S PAINTINGS AND FIREFLY EARRINGS!

Painting Options 1-3
Painting Options 1-3
Painting #4, Firefly Earrings
Painting #4, Firefly Earrings


MEN'S SHAVING GIFT SET:
(cocoscrubs.com products from Tammy Rochelle Bamber)


ZOE LILLY'S ART!

Paintings 1-2
Paintings 1-2
Paintings 3-4
Paintings 3-4

Risks and challenges

The hope is that all rewards will be mailed out by the mail-out date specified. In case of delays in manufacturing "God of Fireflies" or the love song CD (10 business day turnarounds), it could take up to one extra month to get all packages assembled and mailed out to you wonderful people!

*The mail-out date is for CDs, firefly jars, friends' artwork, and firefly-canvas-print... not for more time-consuming endeavors like hand-painted artwork by me, personal songs/recordings, or services offered! If it's ok, we'll discuss and agree on a good deadline? :)

*Currently, I am out of "Headed Back" CDs, but it doesn't mean you won't get one if it's a physical CD you choose as a reward! I'm also running low on "You're Still Better" CDs - and FOR BOTH, I'm trying to get them slightly remixed (mostly vocal volume louder, as some have mentioned straining to hear lyrics over the music) ;) so I'm trying to get that done before re-manufacturing more! When they come in, I will ship these to you ASAP for no additional shipping.

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    "God of Fireflies" album download ~ and my eternal (er, strong) gratitude displayed to you via social media! ;)

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    "God of Fireflies" physical CD! (signed copy, unless you reject this presumptuous penmanship) and much thanks to you via social media!

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    "God of Fireflies" physical CD! (signed copy), PLUS any one full-length CD download from the 4 albums (katykinard.com/music) and much thanks to you via social media!

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    #4 - SURPRISE SONG

    "God of Fireflies" signed CD ~ PLUS any/all full-length CD downloads from the past 3 albums (katykinard.com/music)
    *AND exclusive love song, "eH Express" (#onlinedating) ;) not on "God of Fireflies"

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    BEST VALUE!
    (Exclusive songs and jar of fireflies!)

    ~ "God of Fireflies" signed CD
    ~ Extra copy for a friend OR any one physical CD from past albums
    ~ Full-length CD downloads from the past 3 albums (katykinard.com/music)
    ~ EXCLUSIVE NEW CD simply titled "Love Songs" - This is a 10-song CD including 5 love songs from past albums and 5 songs never before recorded! (includes eH Express)
    ~ *Personalized JAR OF FIREFLIES - see picture in kickstarter update! (Replaceable battery)-operated tiny lights in jar: outdoor/indoor accent. :)

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    #6

    ~ Two jars of fireflies! (symmetry for your porch, sun room, windows, etc) ;)
    ~ ALL prizes listed above, PLUS one more physical CD - your choice of any of the 4.

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    #7 - KATY'S SKETCHWORK

    ~ "God of Fireflies" signed CD

    ~ 2 extra CDs! Mix/match between new and past albums. Great gift ideas...)

    ~ Full-length CD downloads from any albums (katykinard.com/music)

    ~ *EXCLUSIVE NEW CD simply titled "Love Songs" - (5 love songs from past albums and 5 songs never before recorded! - includes eH Express)

    ~ *Personalized JAR OF FIREFLIES - see picture in kickstarter update!

    ~ A 5x7 piece of art by Katy!
    Firefly outline/logo on canvas

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    ~ All Rewards from #7 above, PLUS

    ~ A personalized video of thanks (including a performance of your favorite few lines or chorus of any of my songs!) posted to your social media page(s).

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    CINDY DYER PHOTOGRAPHY!

    ~ All Rewards from #5, PLUS

    ~ How many of you bought the USPS waterlilly stamps last year? The photographer, Cindy Dyer, is offering prints of these and her vibrant up-close photos of dragonflies and damselflies!
    There's a theme here... ;)
    *See update to the left (scroll all the way down) and you'll see picture choices. You would get a 5x7 photo in an 8x10 mat.
    Two degrees of separation from a famous photographer! :-D
    Cindy took the photo under the "stories behind the songs" text on my Lullaby Hymns album. I'm a big fan! Check out more of her work at: http://cindydyer.zenfolio.com/p270076135 !

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    TAMMY ROCHELLE ART & JEWELRY!

    ~ All Rewards from #5, PLUS

    ~ My best friend and prolific painter/songwriter/artisan is generously donating canvas prints of her paintings and handmade firefly earrings!
    *See 1st kickstarter update (and scroll down) and you'll see choices of paintings and the firefly earrings!
    If you're interested in a painting, let me know which one and which size canvas you'd prefer (*size option availability varies, up to 12x16")

    Fun side note - Tammy also sings backup vocals for "God of Fireflies." :)

    Check out all of her artistic and musical websites: tammyrochelle.com -as a solo musician / art.tammyrochelle.com -artist / chasingsummer.us -duo with her husband! / cocoscrubs.com -all-natural bath/beauty products

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    ZOE LILLY ART!

    ~All Rewards from #5, PLUS

    ~One of my very best friends and anointed artist/musician Zoe Lilly, is donating canvas prints of HER paintings!
    Specks of light and colors show through trees and a night sky...keeping with the theme here! ;)
    *See 1st kickstarter update (and scroll down) and you'll see choices of paintings!
    Let me know which one - and which size canvas you'd prefer (*size option availability varies, up to 12x16")

    Follow Zoe on twitter: @zoelilly and check out her music/art page: facebook.com/zoe.lilly/?fref=ts

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    MEN'S SHAVING GIFT SET!

    (so your face won't be on FIRE-and you'll look FLY) meh...that's the closest this gets to fireflies :-p

    ~ All rewards from #5, PLUS

    Oat and Clove Shaving Soap ~ and
    Mint and Tea Tree Oil Aftershave Balm
    from Tammy Rochelle Bamber's homemade Coco Scrubs products!
    *See 1st kickstarter update (and scroll down) until you see pictures below Tammy's artwork! Includes list of ingredients

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    YOUR PERSONAL CHEF

    ~ ALL prizes from Reward #5 PLUS...

    Some of you don't know that I love to cook!
    ~ What if I were your personal chef for a (4-person family-sized) meal of your choice one day?
    Maybe you have a special occasion coming up and don't want to have to worry about that one detail...
    I would do all the shopping, buy all of the ingredients, and either cook at your place or deliver.

    ~ Out of towners - Let me bake you mailable goodies of your choice! Feel free to get creative! We'll chat about options while I get a run-down of your favorite TV shows and current pets...

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    YOUR PERSONAL ASSISTANT

    ~ ALL prizes from Reward #5 PLUS...

    Some of you don't know that I'm a personal assistant, among my many jobs! This could be the smartest kickstarter pledge you've ever made... :-D
    ~ What if I were your personal assistant for one, two, or three days? (up to 10 hrs of work)
    Cleaning? Organizing? Gardening? Cooking? Babysitting? Packing/Moving? Know someone who needs service as a gift?

    ~ Out-of-towners - What about computer work? Data entry for mailing lists? Creating an online scrapbook or collage? Updating an online address book/recipes? Listing items on Ebay/Craigslist?
    *Hey older folks - What about simple computer help/social media training, etc?

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    YOUR PERSONAL SONGWRITER

    Wow! I will personally write you a song!

    This will be full-length song...a simple recording sent to you via mp3 or video and includes a lyric sheet with a handwritten note.
    (Doesn't mean it won't be fully produced later or make it on an album someday! Who knows? If it ever does, I promise you a YouTube video posted to your social media, telling the world that you are the reason the song exists! You can take a screen shot of this promise - but I won't forget.) ;)

    I only ask for inspiration in the form of a theme/topic for the song (OR - you might want me to write a song for someone you love! - good gift idea?)
    We can discuss - who knows, I might have a cool idea on my own as a song for you. But you have ultimate control!

    ~ Includes ALL prizes from Reward #7

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    KATY THE PAINTER

    You're amazing!!

    So *I like to paint as well! Haven't done it in a long time (that's not a good disclaimer, haha...) but I was hired to paint two murals back in the day, so I can't be that bad!

    I'm not painting you a mural, though :-D Artwork may be up to 12x16 inches.

    Let's discuss a theme for this painting or drawing - something that would fit the decor in your house, or an idea/scene that you're passionate about - or maybe this will be a gift for a friend!

    ~ Includes ALL prizes from Reward #7

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    HOUSE PARTY!

    ~ ALL prizes from Reward #7 PLUS...

    How would you like me to come to YOU and play a personal house concert for you and your friends?
    I'll bring a sound system and my guitar and keyboard and we'll get the party started!
    I'll even buy snacks/desserts for your guests!

    This is for the U.S. of course, up to 5 hours driving distance. A plane ticket will need to be purchased by you for anything beyond that - unless I'll already be in your area soon (can check with me) - OR, if we can get a church show nearby (maybe your church), then I will cover the plane ticket costs!
    *Maybe you don't feel comfortable holding a concert in your home. Have someone else host! - Or let's plan a cool concert at a venue close by - The night will still be in honor of you!

    ~ Includes ALL prizes from Reward #7

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    MY FIRST GUITAR

    ~ ALL prizes from Reward #7 AND...

    ~ My first guitar! (Yamaha FG-110)
    This was a gift when I was 15.
    It's a little rusty, figuratively speaking...might need a neck adjustment for better pitch stability. But it's yours! haha.

    ...And I'll sign it for you, so people can say, "Who is Katy Kinard?" when you pull it out. :-D

    ~ Would you rather have this as a piece of art? I could paint a picture on it for you! Artwork for your walls or a great gift.

    ~ Comes with guitar case! (thin, economic...nothing to write home about) ;)

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    What. Are you serious?? I WILL paint you a mural!! (for real)

    And I will write you that song! You're the executive producer of my heart.

    ~ Includes ALL prizes from Reward #7

    PLUS one additional CD of choice!

    Shoo, you the king of this jungle.

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