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I wear my heart on my sleeve.This album is called 'Suit of Hearts'. Music dedicated to the dreamers, thinkers, carers, & risk takers.
I wear my heart on my sleeve.This album is called 'Suit of Hearts'. Music dedicated to the dreamers, thinkers, carers, & risk takers.
237 backers pledged $10,532 to help bring this project to life.

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It's been five years since I did a Kickstarter and I still feel huge gratutitude to those early backers and the people that believed in me even when I doubted myself. Many of you are still here online, coming to shows, and have become friends!

So here we are, 100's of shows, a full band, two records, and an international tour later!!

Most of you know I wear my heart on my sleeve. Possibly too much. It's the way I am, and this year I felt like I turned myself inside out exposing all of my sins, struggles, fears, and dreams. 

Instead of hiding that struggle, I want to celebrate the journey and the strength that can be found in honesty. I want to wear my 'suit of hearts' and face the world on it's own terms.

2016 was rough. After a few crushing years of physical and mental pain, I really had to take a break and hit reset. A chance arose to play two huge ukulele festivals in the UK, and I decided (With the encouragment of my family) to take the plunge and go for it.

This meant 6 weeks alone on the road (My family joined me at the end) and the hard work of booking shows in another country. Train rides, flights, hotels, house shows, and many, many emails, phone calls and leaps of faith later, I had a tour booked. For someone who gets nervous about taking the wrong turn when driving this was a big deal : )

I had never spent time completely alone. As a wife since my early 20's and a mother all of my 30's, it was time to reconnect and to where I came from and what I wanted to say.

So I literally travelled all over the UK. To many places I had never been, and back to places I hadn't seen since I was a child. In one 24 hour period I sang to patients at the London Hospice my mother spent her last days in, and then travelled to her childhood home and favourite beaches in Wales.

I learnt about the strong line of Celtic women that I came from. I have spent so much of my life grieving that I never allowed myself to truly learn about my roots.

I let the waves wash over me in Brighton, where I spent 9 days on a self imposed writing retreat. 

I learned how to get lost, and then find myself again. This isn't an album about pain or mistakes. This is an album about getting caught in life's undertow and making it out the other side. Learning to let go.

I think these are some of the best songs I've ever written, and I want to make an amzing album that will showcase them.

The amount I am asking for is for recording costs and musician expenses only. I have always paid my band, even if I wasn't getting paid. I sincerely value their time. I am also going to utilize the incredible Kevin Bowe again. We will be recording in the next few months and I hope to have a record by next summer. (Maybe sooner!)

I self funded my last record, but in order to tour and gig as much as I am currently being asked to I am only working part time. I am already pouring every amount of money I can into this deeply personal project but I need help. 

I appreciate the best wishes of you all and with your help I can make this record a reality.

Thank you for reading,considering or simply sharing this project.

Risks and challenges

The risks associated with this project are that I might not make my goal. I have used the same band members for several years, I have used the same producer before, so that's all a safe and exciting bet!
Anyone who knows me can see that I have made the albums I promised in the past and I have a track record of never cancelling a show.
If you are not in the US and you want to back this project... YES please.
All rewards can be mailed overseas and all currency can be accepted s
I can even line up a house show to coincide with my next tour if you are in the UK. I make a yearly visit to see my brother (for whom I am legal guardian) so I will make I think work.

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    Every little ripple of help helps. Just knowing that you read this, watched the video and shared part of this journey helps. Thank you

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    Tide Pool (Digital Pre-Release)

    I understand that money is tight, and appreciate any help you can give. Let's both tiptoe in together and I'll reward you with a digital download once the record is ready.

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    Shoreline (Signed copy of new CD)

    You'll be first in line to receive the CD. Pressed and picked up from my home to yours. Signed and dedicated to you or someone you love.

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    Swimsuit (Suit Of Hearts Tee)

    I will be making new super soft cotton tee's for this release. Design not finalized, but they will be sweet!
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    Coast (All the CDs Katy has made)

    Copies of 'Before I Forget', 'Present' and 'Suit of Hearts' Signed and dedicated to you or someone you love.
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    Sandbar (Handmade just for you Jewelry!)

    Some of you know that I love making jewelry. Want earrings, or a necklace? One of a kind, made just for you or someone you love. Message me and we can decide on earrings or necklace. Plus the other rewards.

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    Sea Shell (Singalong version!)

    if you're like me then you've always wanted to sing along to your favourite record without that lead singer getting in the way : )

    Typed lyrics to the album, plus your very own digital instrumental version of the record.
    Plus other rewards listed

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    Driftwood (Brighton beach Photography)

    I took some really beautiful photographs during my UK tour. My personal favourite was a boat on Brighton Beach. I would love to print a 16x20 print and sign it for your home.
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    Promenade (Let's shop!)

    I would LOVE to hang out and go shopping. How about we spend an afternoon together in the beautiful White Bear Lake, MN looking at all the cute stores and then round out our day visiting my own new little project 'Songbirds treasures'!
    The afternoon can be spent browsing, shopping having coffee, and just plain hanging out!! Fun
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    NEW REWARD (Lyrics) Read more..

    I cannot change a reward after launching BUT I can add a new reward.
    My most popular reward 5 years ago was the hand written lyrics for the album. It was a lot of work but I'm honoured that people care enough to want this. I also offered this as part of a $500 pledge level and that level will now also include the framed photograph.
    I wanted to make this more affordable.
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    Waves (As in sound waves baby!!)i

    Have you ever wanted to play on an album but never taken the leap!? Let me know if cowbell, hand claps, or even some backing vocals are your thing and we'll get you in the studio!
    MN ONLY
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    Message in a bottle (Handwritten Lyrics)

    My most popular reward 5 years ago was the hand written lyrics for the album. It was a lot of work but I'm honoured that people care enough to want this.
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    Written in the sand (learn 3 KV songs!)

    Have you ever wanted to play the Uke? Or perhaps you already play but want to learn some new (unreleased) songs and perhaps sit alongside me and learn them??? If you are in MN lets do it!
    If you are further away then message me and we will see what we can work out.
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    Sandcastle (Solo Private show - Local)

    One of my favourite new ways to play is in front of small gatherings of people in their own home! You don't need a big space, and I can bring all the gear. I'd love to put on a show for you. Indoors, Outdoors, whatever you wish. Midwest Only.

    In your home, inside or out, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors! It's your party, I just want to sing for you xx

    *Delivery date negotiable. I am happy to work around people's schedules and needs.

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    Surf (custom made ukulele)

    Local MN artisan Jeff Anderson will custom make a cigar box ukulele in a UK inspired design. He will sign it alongside my signature and you'll be ready to play along to all your favourite Uke tunes.

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    Brighton Rock (Band Show - Local)

    Have you always wanted to host a Rock Show? We can come to you and make that happen.
    MN Only

    *Delivery date negotiable. I am happy to work around people's schedules and needs.

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    Pearl (Private solo show - National)

    I'd love to take a trip and visit you. If you are in the US and have never been able to come to a show then lets chat! Let's make that happen.
    In your home, inside or out, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors! It's your party, I just want to sing for you xx

    *Delivery date negotiable. I am happy to work around people's schedules and needs.

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- (30 days)