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Her best work yet, these two EPs reach new heights for Mae and feature backing performances by some of NOLA's most esteemed artists.
Her best work yet, these two EPs reach new heights for Mae and feature backing performances by some of NOLA's most esteemed artists.
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After the successful Pennies in Hand project of 2011, Kelcy Mae is back with new songs and a progressing sound. This year, she is teaming up with several New Orleans artists/musicians and two local producers on two new recording projects. The two projects are slated for release as two digital EPs (short albums). A CD compilation of the two with bonus track(s) will also be available upon completion of both EPs.

The EPs will consist of new, original material and will feature Alex McMurray, Alexis Marceaux, Andrew Campanelli (The Revivalists), and Alexandra Scott among other New Orleans musicians. Jason Rhein, of Rotary Downs and Elephant Qulit Productions, and Rick Nelson, of Polyphonic Spree and The Afghan Whigs, will co-produce and perform on the EPs with Mae. 

Each digital EP will be released online once it is completed, estimated to be April/May 2013 and Fall/Winter 2013. The compilation CD with bonus track(s) will be released at the completion of the second digital EP.

While the recording/production alone will cost between $10,000-$12,000, the post-production costs of proper promotion and distribution will up the cost of the entire project to between $16,000-$20,000. Kelcy Mae has already personally invested over $5,000 in this project, and we are modestly asking friends and fans to support at least $10,000 in additional  costs...and hopefully plenty more! No matter what you can afford, every bit helps. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding site, so we have to reach our goal to receive any backers' contributions. In the event that we do not reach our goal, no credit cards will be charged and the project will be put on hold. 

Please help ensure a successful project from start to finish by supporting and sharing this project, and keep an eye on the calendar (kelcymae.com) as Kelcy Mae intends to tour between and after the releases.

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Risks and challenges

Timing is the biggest challenge. Since this is a Double-EP Project, recording sessions will be spaced apart. The first recording session is under way, though we need your support to return to the studio and complete the full project. We have set estimated delivery dates of the rewards to begin in April of 2013 and go through December 2013, but depending on variables such as studio and musician availability, it is possible that the project's completion time could take less or more time.

Rewards requiring scheduling (e.g. Producer Experience, Parent/Educator, Personal Performance, etc.) will be negotiated between Kelcy Mae and the backer. The estimated delivery dates do not necessarily apply.

We understand that backers not in or around New Orleans may not be able to attend certain events, though they will still receive their physical rewards. Depending on the reward chosen, Kelcy Mae will do her best to make up for a backer's missing a New Orleans event with guest list entry to a show in/near his/her town or through added merchandise if possible.

Thank you sincerely for your faith in Kelcy Mae's efforts and supporting her artistic endeavors!

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    1) Mini-Reward: Digital Download of the EP's Single + a Thank-You Postcard

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    2) Digi-Reward: First-Available Digital Downloads of Each EP (The Fire I & II) - Estimated deliveries of April 2013 (EP#1) and Fall/Winter 2013 (EP#2)

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    3) Super Signed Disc Reward: Personalized, Signed Double-EP CD with Bonus Track(s), plus Reward #2

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    4) Lagniappe Reward: "The Fire" Guitar Pick Necklace OR Keychain, "The Fire" Drink Koozie, plus Rewards #2-3.

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    5) Exclusive "Tee" Party Reward: Invite to a Private CD Listening Party in New Orleans with complimentary snacks, beverages and a "The Fire" T-shirt, plus Rewards #2-4.

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    6) Executive Reward: Backer's Name in CD Liner Notes and Entrance for 2 to the CD Release Party, plus Rewards #2-5. (CD Release Party will take place at the completion of both EPs)

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    7) Rockstar Reward: Perform on Stage with the Band at the CD Release Party (1 song), Plus Rewards #2-6.

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    8) Producer Experience Reward: Experience the Recording Process with a Day in the Studio during the Recording of The Fire, plus Rewards #2-7.

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    9) Parent or Educator Reward: 1-Hour Music Lesson or Q&A Session with the Backer's Musically Interested Child or School Class in/around New Orleans, plus Rewards #2-7.

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    10) Couple/Best Friend Reward: Rewards #2-7 times two(!), plus two numbered "The Fire" poster-sized prints signed by both Kelcy Mae & the artist. Purchase this deal and make sure a special someone in your life gets all the same goodies & opportunities as you.

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    11) Song Reward: Personal Song Written for or Inspired by Backer, plus Rewards #2-7.

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    12) Surprise Song Reward: Personal Song Written for or Inspired by Backer's friend/family member and a Surprise Solo Performance of Song in/around New Orleans by Kelcy Mae, plus Rewards #2-7.

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    13) Acoustic Trio Performance Reward: Personal Kelcy Mae Acoustic Trio Performance or House Show within 350 Miles of New Orleans, plus Rewards #2-7.

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    14) Full Band Performance Reward: Personal Kelcy Mae Band Performance or House Show within 350 Miles of New Orleans, plus Rewards #2-7.

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