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Kendra Chantelle's making a new album! Kendra hasn't released original music since 2011. Be a part of her long awaited return.
90 backers pledged $17,392 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! I am Kendra Chantelle and I am beyond excited to be making a record!!! I have had the pleasure of living in Nashville, TN and working in the music business for the last 11 years. During that time, I have worked as a vocalist in many capacities- I have done studio sessions, demos,  backing vocals, taught voice lessons and written songs. I have been honored and blessed to have performed with and/or recorded with a wide range of artists including: Tom Keifer, Will Hoge, Lzzy Hale, Zac Brown Band, Robben Ford, Lindsay Ell, Elvis "BlacElvis" Williams, Harold Lily,  Caylee Hammack, Cheap Trick, The Oak Ridge Boys, STS9, Damon Johnson, Kip Winger, THE Queen Maureen Murphy, Brad Sample, Ricky Skaggs, Andy Wood, Paul McDonald, Taylor Hicks, Radney Foster, Brennin Hunt, Red Wanting Blue, Stephen Kellogg, Scooter Brown Band, Chase Bryant, Melanie Faye, Lamont Dozier, Big Kenny, Frank Giovetti, Eddie Heinzelman and so many more. A few years ago, I was chosen as a semi-finalist on season 10 of American Idol. I am so inspired by the magical people I get to work with, and I am finally ready to unveil my own music. 

I started writing songs with my long time (and ridiculously talented) buddy Brad Sample a while back and we wrote a tune called "Past Life" and looked at each other and said "We HAVE to record that! Let's start writing for a record!" From the moment we wrote that first song, I knew Brad had to produce it. As plans developed, we agreed that it needed to be a co-production with our amazingly talented friend Bobby Holland (give him a google, I mean DAMN) and we kept writing. One day, Brad said "hey Kendra... we were trying to record 7 songs, right? You have 15 "keepers" in the dropbox folder!" and we realized we better make this record, ASAP.

We have been able to whittle down to 9 songs (*IF there's any extra over in the budget, I will cut more!) and we need your help to give them life! Making music is such an expensive craft, and it is worth every penny and then some, but to do it the right way you really need cold, hard cash. The money for this kickstarter campaign will go toward studio time, musicians, production, mixing, mastering, engineering, CD printing, distribution, web design, photos, videos, working to get singles added to Spotify playlists and making sure this music gets heard. Kickstarter also takes a fee for offering this platform to help fund projects. Yes, this is a large amount of money BUT for a full length album like this, it's a very humble approach through and through. Nobody involved is getting rich, we just want to be able to share this with you, and create it in the quality way that it deserves.

I love these songs and the sound they've created for me. I want to share the music with you so badly. The artistic path is almost never a straight one and my quest as a songwriter has had so many turns during my time here in Nashville. I have eliminated a lot of sounds via trial and error and this is the first time I have ever truly not needed outside validation because I know in my bones that this music represents exactly who I am today. I believe songwriting is true magic- how amazing is it that we get to take a feeling, put sounds and words to it and share it with the world?! I whole heartedly trust that everything happens in its own time and I appreciate the timing that led me here. I had a lot of life to live and experiences to grieve and grow through to write these songs and be the woman capable of embodying them. It is time!

THANK YOU for visiting this page, thank you for reading my story, thank you for following my journey and thank you for your belief in me and your contribution. You are so appreciated. 

Risks and challenges

The major risk here is failing to get the funding needed. Without it, these songs won't get recorded and I won't be able to share them with you and that is a heartbreaking thought. When I think about the team I have assembled and the songs we have chosen, I don't feel like any of the recording process will be a challenge. I can't wait for that!

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    Thank you so much!

    Be the first (if you ain't first, you're last!) to have a copy of the new music, along with a handwritten thank you letter to express my gratitude.

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    Good Old Fashioned CD

    You get your very own CD (that stands for compact disc, kids) and I will sign it (if you want) and you can use it in any old CD player you may come across in your adventures. You will also get a handwritten thank you note from me and a digital download (so you still feel relevant).

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    Photo Ready

    Get first access to the digital download of the music, a handwritten thank you letter and a signed photograph from the album shoot.

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    You're the Write One, Baby Yeah

    Be the first to get my new music in your ears, a handwritten thank you letter, a signed photograph of yours truly AND some one of a kind handwritten lyrics for a song (of your choosing) off the record. I hope you're a fan of my doodling! It's a big part of my creative process and no two lyric sheets ever look the same.

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    Every Song Has A Story

    Get everything previously mentioned AND access to a private video that tells the stories behind the songs on the project. I will tell you who I wrote the song with, what inspired the lyrics, how we got the idea, how long it took, etc. I will also play some unreleased snippets of the original work tapes that inspired the record. The creation of songs is hands down my favorite part of the recording process, this will help you understand why.

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    Exclusive First Listen Private Party

    Before any of the music is available, there will be an exclusive listening party at the studio where we make the album. You will get to come hear the songs first, hear the stories behind them, see where the magic was made, share your opinions on which songs to consider as a single and eat SNACKS (YES!!!!) This will be an exciting night and you won't want to miss it.
    This will take place IN Nashville and you will have to get yourself there and arrange your own accommodations. We will entertain you for the evening and feed you (AND your beautiful soul).

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    Your voice/Your Story

    Get the early access digital download, handwritten thank you letter, handwritten lyrics, exclusive video of the story behind the songs AND either a personal voice lesson with me or a co-writing session for YOUR song. Before you stop yourself, you don't have to be musical to benefit from either of these- we all have a voice, we all have a story to tell. You never know what you might uncover! If you aren't in the Nashville area, we can do this via Skype.

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    House Partay

    Oh my gosh, I am coming over! If you choose this option, I will come play an intimate acoustic storyteller style show at your house for you and your friends/family/who ever you want to invite. You'll get to hear the songs on the record and the story behind each of them. Since I'm gonna be there, I will make you some of my gluten free desserts because what is a party without allergy friendly snacks?! IF you are more than 200 miles from Nashville, you will have to cover the cost of travel and lodging for me and my accompaniment (2 people total) and we will make extra desserts.

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    I'll See You In The Studio!

    First of all, WOW thank you for your contribution. You're clearly a serious fan and you should probably come hang out at the studio the day I cut vocals! See the process, get to be in the control room and see the ins and outs of the recording process and watch these songs come to life!
    You will have to be in the Nashville area on the day we do vocals to make this happen- we will give you plenty of notice so you can make arrangements.

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Funding period

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