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  • ( LOCKED )  $ 75,000  :  As a thank you for helping us reach this milestone, King Of Hearts has created a limited edition digital album of some of their favorite songs from previous albums curated just for you. This Free Digital Album Download will be made available to everyone who has pledged $35 or more to the campaign. 

King Of Hearts Rides Again 

Dear Kickstarter Friends - It’s Tommy Funderburk and Bruce Gaitsch here, founders of the band King of Hearts. We’re coming to you to say "Thank You!” for your amazing support over the years and to tell you WE HEARD YOU! You kept asking us for new music and so, today we’re announcing, King Of Hearts will ride again! Bruce and I have written 17 new songs, recruited a who’s who of our music friends, booked one of the best studios on the planet and we’re recording our new album in January 2019 at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville! 

We’re going to have a blast, and we want you to be a part from the very beginning. And yes, we did assemble some serious swag for everyone who helps us make it happen! 

First: THE BAND (these guys are dangerous):

CJ Vanston: Keyboards, Arranging, Writing – produced Toto’s critically acclaimed, Toto XIV CJ is reuniting with the band (he played on our first album) and then went on to write record and produce for Prince, 'NSync, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, Bob Seger, Richard Marx, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Spinal Tap and many more.

Keith Carlock: Drums –  Currently on tour with Steely Dan, Keith was our first call. Keith’s drumming can be heard on records by Toto, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, John Mayer, Sting and many more.

John PatitucciBass.  John’s Back! John’s played brilliantly with us on the Joy Will Come album. His credits include Grammy Award Nominee, Most Valuable Player, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences: Best Jazz Bassist, Guitar Player magazine Readers' Poll, Best Bassist, Bass Player magazine Readers' Poll and on and on.

And for all you fans of West Coast Music: If you look through the credits of our earlier work, you will see and hear some of the best players and singers on the planet…and we’re inviting all our friends to join us on this record as our very “special guests” - details to be announced at a later date. 

Anyone up for hearing Bill Champlin, Timothy B. Schmit and Tommy Funderburk together again?  Everyone involved with this project is “over the moon” and we hope that you will join us in what will be an amazing musical event. 

A Bit Of History 

Bruce and I have enjoyed successful careers as songwriters and studio musicians for many years. If you listen to Rock and Pop songs on the radio from the 80’s thru today, you’ll hear us all the time. From Boston to Eagles, to Whitesnake and Michael Jackson; Airplay, Michael McDonald, Motley Cru, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Rick Springfield, Roger Waters, Chicago, Celine Dion, Heart, Yes and many others - even Spinal Tap! We’ve produced, played, written and sung on dozens of number one hits. You also might be a fan of our songwriting and not know it. Bruce has had several hits for other artists, including the number one song La Isla Bonita for Madonna and the hits Right Here Waiting For You and It Don’t Mean Nothin' for Richard Marx and I had a big hit with Starship called It's Not Enough. Some of you might know my work as lead vocalist for groups like Airplay, Boston and The Front.

What’s Our Story?

Playing and writing for others was a lot of fun but we’re most proud of our band, King Of Hearts.  The first edition of King Of Hearts included members Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, George Hawkins of Fleetwood Mac and Kenny Loggins and Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger. Like so many others, we thought we were going to be the Next Big Thing. But then Polydor bought Chrysalis, all the people who signed us got fired, the new A&R guy worshiped Goth music and hated the Eagles and, of course, thought we sounded like the Eagles...you see where this is headed? But we were troopers. It took Bruce and me almost three years to get out of that contract, but we did and went on to record several more King Of Hearts albums until life took us in different directions for a while. Bruce continued writing hits for others and toured with Chicago, Richard Marx, Peter Cetera, and others. While Bruce was traveling the world, I was building a fan and artist friendly big data technology company - Muzit - that connects artists directly to their P2P fans. Sometimes, it seemed like getting back into the studio would not happen – until we engaged a new way. What if we went straight to our community of fans? So here we are.

Hope You’ll Join Us 

When you join our community of family and friends, you’ll be first to get the latest news, exclusive offers, signed CDs, guitar give aways and more!  Also, look for some free KOH music downloads and the chance to grab some cool one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia. We’re excited and know with your help, we’ll make some beautiful music together. 

Road Warrior Package

Customized GUITAR BAG, with artwork created exclusively for this new album and only on the merchandise fans who pledge to support the new King of Hearts 2019 release, 

Don't forget to check out our Special All Access and Diamond Packages.  A very special offer for truly special fans. These are the real deal. Imagine these on the wall of your office or music room!  Custom made just for you, with your name engraved on a special "Thank You" message inside the beautiful glassed frame. For those fans who want that "extra special keepsake" and to be a part of history... King of Hearts Rides Again!

Diamond Reward  

45 rpm Gold Record Award - Actual size framed  11" x 14" 

All Access Pass Award

12" Platinum Award -  Actual framed size  16" x 20"  

Press and Media Inquiries: Stay updated on all the latest information and events for King of Hearts. Please visit our website, subscribe to our email list and follow us on Social Media https://kingofheartsband.com

Risks and challenges

We're creating music. We expect our music to be a hit. We recruited a who’s who of our music friends, booked one of the best studios on the planet. We hope you'll love and share our project around the world so we can make this a success for all our fans to enjoy.

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    ONLY the best travel with a bag like this...A King of Hearts exclusive...Limited Edition Customized GUITAR BAG, with artwork created exclusively for fans who pledge to support the new King of Hearts 2019 release, PLUS Your Name Printed in "SPECIAL THANKS" credited on the CD, 2 Bonus tracks PLUS Advanced Digital Download before the worldwide release, Studio Album NEW King of Hearts CD. SHIPPING paid Separate

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    Lesson with a Legend

    A 30 minute guitar lesson with Bruce Gaitsch. This is a unique opportunity to study with one of the most acclaimed guitarists in the world. Professional, Intermediate or Beginning guitarists can all benefit from a lesson with Bruce in a one on one Zoom setting. You will receive a commemorative certificate from Bruce memorializing the lesson. We will send an email and arrange dates and times for your incredible experience

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    All Day Concert Experience -For One

    For those of you who want to do the ultimate meet and greet, this is for you! King Of Hearts is offering a limited number of Special VIP All Day Passes to a 2019 concert near you. From the load in until the lights go out, hang with King of Hearts and see what it takes to put on a great show. Experience soundcheck, the pre show prep and have all access back stage after the show. Bruce and Tommy will sign all your collectables including the new KOH T-shirt featuring our new Logo, for supporters only! PLUS You will also receive the limited edition CD with your name printed in "SPECIAL THANKS" credited inside the CD, PLUS 2 additional Bonus Tracks. And because we want you to know all the lyrics so you can sing along with us, you’ll get an advance digital download of the album before the worldwide release. King of Hearts will be hosting these events around the world. You can choose the concert that’s right for you. Paris anyone? All you have to do is get there and the rest is on us!

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    All Day Concert Experience - For TWO

    For those of you who want to do the ultimate meet and greet, this is for you! King Of Hearts is offering a limited number of Special VIP All Day Passes to a 2019 concert near you. From the load in until the lights go out, hang with King of Hearts and see what it takes to put on a great show. Experience soundcheck, the pre show prep and have all access back stage after the show. Bruce and Tommy will sign all your collectables including the new KOH T-shirt featuring our new Logo, for supporters only! PLUS You will also receive the limited edition CD with your name printed in "SPECIAL THANKS" credited inside the CD, PLUS 2 additional Bonus Tracks. And because we want you to know all the lyrics so you can sing along with us, you’ll get an advance digital download of the album before the worldwide release. King of Hearts will be hosting these events around the world. You can choose the concert that’s right for you. Paris anyone? All you have to do is get there and the rest is on us!

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