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By Kit Holmes
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About

Time can slip by pretty quickly when you’re in pursuit of that thing you just can’t seem to put your finger on, that longing that seems to pull you in a thousand directions until you come to the brilliant realization that it was all about the journey.

In the five years since my last album release, I’ve created a pretty sizable catalog of songs - enough to do several recording projects. But for now, the ones that end up on the Look Closer album are the ones that have been letting me know - via you, the fans – that they need a much bigger audience. Thus, the next leg of the trip involves taking a huge leap of faith. It also requires moving away from playing small.

Big dreams are realized when lots of smaller dots get connected. And this is where you come in. This is where I ask for help in getting this project completed. Most of you supporting this campaign have believed in me and my music for many years. I am eternally grateful for that!

For those of you who are new to my music, welcome! The music in the opening video is just a tiny snippet of some of my instrumental work. It just seemed to fit as a backdrop to the Look Closer campaign. And that’s the invitation: Look Closer. 

The songs on this album travel through the lands of pop, jazz, R&B, folk, New Age. I'm thrilled they'll be getting elegantly dressed up with shimmering strings, lush backing vocals and an occasional kick-butt horn section! Above all though, is the message: Music has the power to change lives and to change the world. I love to open hearts in order to open minds.

THOUGHTS FROM A FEW FANS

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This campaign will fund the recording, mixing and complete production of my 6th studio album (approx. 12 tracks) targeted for released in June 2016. (Yeah, that's a tight turnaround!) It will also fund all the rhythm section (piano, bass and drums) tracks for the next album slated to be released in early November 2016. It's more cost effective to do the bulk of the recording on the front end when the studio is set up and all the musicians, the engineer and the studio are available for an uninterrupted block of time. Like they say, time is money!

Recording at Blue Rock!

The project will be recorded at the world-renowned Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studios (with custom Neve console!) in Wimberley, Texas.

Main Tracking Room - (image used with permission)
Main Tracking Room - (image used with permission)
Control Room at Blue Rock (image used by permission)
Control Room at Blue Rock (image used by permission)

100% of the funds raised are going into the project! Here's how the budget breaks down:

$25,000

40%  Studio and Engineer/Producer

24%  Musicians

11%  Mixing & Mastering

  6%  Artwork, Duplication & Packaging

10%  Promotion & Marketing

  9%  Kickstarter and Credit Card Processing fees (yeah, it's a necessary part of the process...)

Obviously, there's a lot of investment in a project like this. Gone are the days of six-figure advances and record deals for independent musical artists. You, the fans are now the record company, which is really cool because it means you're involved at the level of determining whether or not this project happens.

Yep. It's an all-or-nothing deal. I believe in the success of this campaign and I trust you do, too! Thanks a million!

SHOUT OUT TO SOME SPECIAL FRIENDS

Because they were there for me when I needed them most I would like to thank and acknowledge the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and the SIMS Foundation.  With the support of the entire Austin community these two organizations provide much needed physical and mental health care for working musicians.  I am so very grateful. 

www.myhaam.org
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www.simsfoundation.org
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Risks and challenges

I've put my heart and soul into every aspect of this project from writing and choosing the songs, to fleshing out the logistics of production and funding, to release and beyond. So, with a big happy-dance song in my heart and you, my amazing and wonderfully supportive fans, there is no challenge that can't be overcome.

Dream big, live big, and love big!

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    HIGH FIVE

    There’s no amount of support too small! Thank you for jumping into the Look Closer campaign. You’ll get a digital “High Five” of gratitude via Email, Facebook or Twitter.

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    YOU'VE GOT (e)MAIL!

    Advance copy of the Look Closer digital album download. This will be released to Kickstarter backers weeks before the world premiere. You’re making this music with us so you’ll get it before everyone else!

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    LOOK CLOSER

    Signed copy of the Look Closer CD
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    SPECIAL DELIVERY

    Signed & numbered copy of the limited-edition Look Closer CD with special artwork
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    THE C-NOTE

    Plain and simple. Want to donate but don’t really want a reward? That’s okay! We’ll still send you our unending gratitude...and some kind of surprise!!

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    CURSIVES!!

    Who wouldn't want an autographed, handwritten lyric sheet with recording session notes from the Look Closer project? These one-of-a-kind gems could snag you a some big buck-a-roonie$ on eBay someday...
    You also get a signed & numbered limited-edition CD
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    LUMINARY

    You’re helping to make his album possible, so get the credit you deserve! Your name will be included in the album credits, and recorded for posterity by Kit on the “shout out” track on the Look Closer CD!
    + You get a signed & numbered copy of the limited-edition CD
    + A copy of the advance digital album download

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    HOP TO IT!

    Did you know that Kit is a pretty knowledgeable and skilled home-brewer? She’ll facilitate a craft-brew education session for up to 8 people in your home (within a 50 mile radius of Austin, Texas only).
    You and your guests each receive a limited-edition, custom Kit Holmes Music glass, a signed copy of the Look Closer CD and a few hours to hang with Kit and chat about all manner of lofty pursuits. If you’re hankerin’ for the cool glassware, just know this is the only way to get it!

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    No bells, no whistles. Just a next-level place for you to support the Look Closer project.
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    TOTALLY IN TUNE

    Get a private Kit Holmes house concert anywhere in the contiguous United States (travel not included). Kit provides the intimate, private concert (solo 90 minute show); you provide the house, guests and refreshments. Hear the stories behind the songs, where and why they were written or request your favorite tunes.
    You also get your name in the Look Closer album credits and recorded by Kit on the “shout out” track, plus an advance digital download copy of the album and a signed & numbered, limited-edition CD.

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    One + One = Oneness

    Kit will come to your city and lead a two-hour workshop/Q&A/hangtime session. Topics might range from “Creativity and Spirituality” to “The Life of a Songwriter: Beautiful Gift or Deadly Affliction?” ….seriously….Kit will customize the event to your preferences. She’s an engaging and skilled speaker with a wicked sense of humor. Want to incorporate meditation, a musical keynote, maybe dog-whispering? This is a very special opportunity to get one-on-one access to Kit and her insights on how to live a life of true purpose and passion.Gather your friends to pitch in for a once-in-a-lifetime event. (Travel not included).

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    STELLAR!!!

    You’re a patron of the arts and an all-around amazing and generous human being. You’ll get a 90 minute, solo house concert with Kit anywhere in the contiguous US (travel not included), “Underwriter” credits in the Look Closer album liner notes; your name recorded by Kit on the “shout out” track; 10 signed copies of the limited-edition CD for your guests and yes, some of that nifty one-of-a-kind glassware (set of 4). And of course, our unwavering and overflowing gratitude!

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Funding period

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