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25,000 miles, 130 shows + 31 states in our VW van helped inspire a brand new album. Will you help us get it out into the world?!?

UPDATE: Monday, April 2nd - 2 DAYS LEFT!

Thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal and beyond!!  We can now move forward with having this album mixed, mastered, designed and duplicated.  AND we can actually promote the album -

Are you wondering - "WHERE WILL THE MONEY YOU RAISE BEYOND YOUR GOAL GO?"

The money we raise beyond our goal will help us to professionally promote this album.  In other words, we hope to not only be able to afford the publicist or radio promoter who is best suited for this album, but to be able to hire them for long enough to actually get the job done - aka, get reviews, interviews and radio play! - That would be amazing.  It will also help make the 'Brighter Than the Blues' tour this fall possible.  All the radio play and promotion we will get goes hand in hand with what we hope is an amazing tour to promote the album!

UPDATE: Sunday, March 25th - WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

Unbelievable. With 9 days still to go, our Kickstarter project is 100% funded. I’m seriously blown away by all the generous support we have received.  Thanks so much to everyone who has helped us achieve our goal – both by giving so generously and by telling friends and family about our story and this new album.  Thank you for posting on Facebook, tweeting and emailing your community on our behalf.  It’s been such an unbelievable year of going all in for the music and it just wouldn’t be possible without your belief in what we’re doing.  Thank you for all the Love and Support and Belief in the music. 

I am so thrilled that we get to move forward with these new songs and get this album to you and to everyone we meet night after night on the road.  This album has been the missing link for us and it makes me so happy to have the opportunity to take this huge step forward.  Thank YOU for making that happen!!  I just can't tell you how much it means!

And we unbelievably still have 9 days to go!  Anything we raise beyond our goal will go towards promoting the crap out of this album.  We would LOVE to continue to be able to play music full time and our hope is to reach a bigger audience with this album.  You have made that possible: We will be hiring a publicist and a radio promoter, too!  And anything we raise beyond those cost will go towards the 'Brighter Than the Blues' tour this fall.

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Last March my husband Matt and I took the huge risk of leaving our home and our jobs in the hopes of pulling off a crazy dream: to play music full time.  And with the help and support of so many of you, we did just that.  'The Great VW Camper Van Tour' ended up traveling 25,000 miles and playing 130 shows in 31 states!

And in the process, we were inspired to write a ton of new songs.  So this winter we spent three months in Knoxville, TN recording a new album.  It's recorded, we love it, and we can't wait to get it into the world!!  We've started this Kickstarter project to try to raise the money needed to finish this new album, which is going to be called 'Brighter Than the Blues.' 

The money we raise on Kickstarter will go towards having the album mixed, mastered and duplicated.  It will also cover the cost of album photography and art.  And it will go towards helping to hire a publicist and hopefully a radio promoter. 

Anything we raise beyond our goal would go towards the 'Brighter than the Blues' Tour this fall!  We'd love to be able to do a long tour in our VW to support this new album. 

Photo Credit (for van pic): DuckDuck Collective

Photo Credit (for profile pic): Shervin Lainez

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Here is the RAD T-Shirt Design!!!  (Design by Clark Orr)

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    HAVE A COVER THAT YOU’RE DYING TO HAVE THE ‘KELLEY MCRAE’ VERSION OF? I will do a professional recording of it just for you! You’ll get an MP3 + a LIVE VIDEO RECORDING of the song! + 3 unreleased Kelley McRae songs + demos for all the songs on the album + handwritten lyrics + executive producer listing + the t-shirt + the signed CD + the prerelease download

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    I WILL MAKE YOU DINNER (OR BUY YOU A DELICIOUS DINNER, WHICH MIGHT BE A BETTER IDEA)! I WILL TAKE YOU TO A MOVIE! I WILL BUY YOU POPCORN! WE WILL GIVE YOU A PRIVATE CONCERT! OR AN IN PERSON SONGWRITING OR GUITAR LESSON! (within the Continental U.S.!) I WILL SEND A VIDEO OF ME SINGING THE SONG OF YOUR CHOICE TO YOU OR YOUR BOYFRIEND OR YOUR MOM + 3 unreleased Kelley McRae songs + demos for all the songs on the album + handwritten lyrics + executive producer listing + the t-shirt + the signed CD + the prerelease download -Whew!

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