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A new full length record from singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kristen Ford
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Greetings Kickstarter Friends! Let's make some MAGIC!!!!!

Gee I can't wait to record this new album!
Gee I can't wait to record this new album!

Hi! If we don't know each other already, my name is Kristen Ford, and I am a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, looper, and one woman band who is head over heels in love with creating, crafting, performing, and sharing music. 

 I've been making records since 2008, and this winter I'm headed into the recording studio to make my fourth, full-length album and my first studio album since 2014! 

I have been busy playing about 150 shows a year, whether as a solo act, with a backing band, or in my hip-hop group, The Blu Janes. Life is crazy and fun! I've performed coast to coast in the USA, throughout Europe, South America, and sometimes even at home in Nashville, Tennessee.

 So here's the deal. I'm making a new record! Over the past 5 years, I have learned so much about live performance, collaboration, and songwriting. I've been doing co-writes in Nashville and getting feedback from professional songwriters. I've gone so much deeper with my guitar playing, looping, and harmonies after hundreds of shows and higher profile festivals, and by touring listening rooms across Germany. 

Hanging out a window from the greenroom above the LiveMusik Club in Bamberg, Germany
Hanging out a window from the greenroom above the LiveMusik Club in Bamberg, Germany

I made past albums, like Rend & Render and Tighten it Up by live looping in studio. I recorded Travel Songs all myself at home. For free. But for this album, I am raising the bar! I have plans to work in 3 different studios across the country (how else would I roll!?) as well as hire a cast of super talented musicians, a full band, and great producers who can help take my vision to the next level.

So what’s my vision? I can't give away too much, but I have a concept album in mind - a journey from found to lost to found again - songs hyper-personal, yet universal, exploring love, life, passion, one's calling, disillusionment, purpose. Grandiose stuff! I have about 15 songs in mind for this concept, and a backlog of 40 or so other tunes that may be dropped into the mix.

 The result will be a cohesive album, released for the first time ever on Vinyl (as well as every other format one might use to enjoy music)! There will also be an instrumental version of the record, and for the deluxe and fan exclusive release, a pile of B-sides and demos from the mountain of songs I’ll comb through for best possible fit: a bridge from this tune, a riff from that one, a change of words to this verse to pair it with that chorus...it's going to be an adventure for sure!

 Before heading into the studio, I will be playing these songs and road testing them with different configurations as a solo artist, with a band, or live looping to ensure I've got the best possible feel and vibe for each one. 

So folks! $20,000 is the goal! Here's where those funds are going:

-Studio time in world class studios in Nashville, Minneapolis, and Massachusetts

 -Hiring the best possible team of producers, engineers, and musicians (Brett Bullion and June Millington)

-Mixing and Mastering

-Stunning album art from Black Wolf Arts (feathered dinosaurs and outer space themes have been discussed) on the vinyl, stickers, T shirts and more.

-Manufacturing of merchandise, Vinyl Records (bucket list!!), CDs, T shirt printing, Digital distribution

-Produce an epic music video from director Michelle Ehlen (abandoned zoos and urban apocalypse themes have been discussed)

-Reward fulfillment, packaging and shipping (plenty of caffeinated beverages to get that done).

-Processing fees

Any funds left over, or should we exceed our goal, will go right into Marketing for the record. 

This may include

-A publicist to reach out to blogs, magazines, and streaming playlists

-Social media advertising

-College and alternative radio promotion

-Tour support (you KNOW I'm going to be on the road here, there and everywhere)  

This new album is going to be epic! I can't wait to share it with you, and I hope you'll be part of the process. The rewards are amazing! There will be a covers record of whatever song you want! Tour the studio! Vinyl records, T-shirts and all the great things in life! 

This is your chance to help make some more magic in the world. If you can give a few bucks, if you can share this campaign, if you can get together with some friends or buy a reward for someone else, let's do this! 

Let's make something not because it's easy, but because we love it and we want more of it! Thank you, thank you! 

Kristen

11/24 Update! I'm stoked to announce that Brett Bullion out of Minneapolis will be producing and mixing several tracks on this album, we will record in his studio with some awesome musicians who play in some of my favorite bands. Brett's sound is one I am a huge fan of. Synth-heavy, indie, pop, avant-garde, electronic friendly, and simple drum parts that feel huge.  His skills and ear as a producer are going to be a great fit with my earthy, guitar driven tunes. 

Brett Bullion has also worked with such bands as Now Now, Bad Bad Hats, Chastity Brown, Allison Weiss, Low and for such labels as Sub Pop, Trans-Records, No Sleep and Rainy Day Records. 

I am over the moon to announce that music legend June Millington will be collaborating, arranging and performing on several of the albums tracks. June Millington was in the band Fanny, the first all female group to be signed to a major label and who ruled the California rock scene of the early 1970s. Scoring performances all over the world, on The Tonight Showand Sonny and Cher, she is a true electric guitar and women's music pioneer.

"Fanny was extraordinary... they're as important as anybody else who's ever been, ever; it just wasn't their time." - David Bowie

As a solo artist, guitarist, producer and arranger June has worked with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Cris Williamson, Bitch and Animal, Tret Fure and Naia Kete to name a few, and such labels as Warner Bros, Olivia and Righteous Babe Records. 

I first met June when I was 15 years old attending the IMA's Rock n Roll girls camp. Since then, June has been a major influence on my playing and development, she produced my 2008 debut Filthy Nasty, we have shared the stage at National Women's Music festival- (no pressure) playing with Guitar Player Magazine's "hottest female guitarist in the music industry."

I am so thrilled to head back to Western Massachusetts to record at the Institute for the Musical Arts, in their seriously epic recording studio which has slowly taken over the "big red barn" where we made my first album and I spent many late nights learning to play the guitar, and many frantic moments trying to keep up with the teacher who so graciously shared her secrets.  

Filmmaker (seriously! Netflix and all) Michelle Ehlen will film a music video for the new record
Filmmaker (seriously! Netflix and all) Michelle Ehlen will film a music video for the new record

Here's what a one-woman- looping-band live in the studio looks like! (and a $0 budget music video!)

Here's my last single, recorded, performed, filmed all for $0 by yours truly! Just imagine with a Kickstarter budget!

The last time we were here (2014!) The Kickstarter funds went towards making the album Dinosaur and this tune "El Camino" which has opened some serious doors for me, interest from a german label (who booked my last tour of Germany), a deal as a writer with SESAC and festival bookings! Thank you! Let's keep it up for this next album.

Collaboration is awesome! Here's a song I co-wrote with Dianne Davidson, recorded in Nashville at Left Plus Right Studio with a full band. 

"Rakasha" painting by Black Wolf Arts
"Rakasha" painting by Black Wolf Arts
This giraffe is in outer space! We could put a dinosaur up there too.
This giraffe is in outer space! We could put a dinosaur up there too.

Thank you for sharing! Thank you for listening! Thank you for giving! Viva la Musica!

Risks and challenges

I don't feel too much risk heading into the studio to make album number 4. I feel fairly experienced. It's wonderful to focus on music full time, and I know I can make this album my priority and get it done right!

One challenge is potential involvement with a label. Should they decide to pick up this album and have different ideas about release timeline, the fulfillment dates may shift from where they currently stand. But rest assured, the content is going to be great, and I'm going to get it to you as quickly as possible! And I will certainly stay in touch as the recording and release process unfolds.

Another challenge is "option overload" with so many songs being considered. But I trust my team of producers and studio magic makers to choose 10-15 great songs. The ones that don't make it will make stellar content for B-sides and the "Deluxe" record!

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    Post office stamped joy in your mailbox

    Kristen will pop a limited edition, greatest hits, German export digital download card, a new vinyl sticker with album artwork, plus a handwritten flash card (A poem? A bad sketch? Something unique just for you!) in an envelope mailed to your address. You'll also get a shout out on social media and updates about the project.

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    A physical copy of the new album on CD, popped in the mail along with a vinyl sticker and hand drawn dinosaur. You'll also get the record as a digital download, pdf of album art, liner notes and lyrics. Aw, heck I'll send you an instrumental download of the album as well. Couldn't do it without your help! You sure are neat.

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    Soft new rock n roll T-shirt in your size (XS-XXL) ladies or unisex. Featuring a brand new design which compliments the new album. Wear it out to the show during the record release tour for brownie points.

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    You'll get the new album as a digital download along with all the B-sides, demos and alternative versions of the songs that didn't quite make it on the record. You also can have a text exchange or quick phone conversation where Kristen will answer any question you have about a song meaning, or life, or whatever!

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    Vinyl Record + Download & Sticker

    This album will be the first ever Kristen Ford release on Vinyl! One record from this limited run will be yours, complete with 12" album artwork, liner notes, a digital download and sticker from the new record.

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    Studio shout out and set list

    You'll get a face time call from the recording studio, be involved with the recording process a bit, plus a hand written set list from a Kristen Ford show. Along with your set list, you'll get some rad physical and digital items.

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    Exclusive listening party! (Nashville)

    Nashville peeps (or travel there) join Kristen and some of the musicians who played on the record for the super exclusive listening party! Listen to the whole album in a cool environment, on a great sound system with super fun party hats, fancy snacks and drinks. You also will take home the record on the digital and physical format of your choice, before it's even out!

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    Vinyl-or-CD & T Shirt & Bonus Songs

    Snag yourself the new album on physical format of your choice, soft new rock n roll T-shirt in your size (XS-XXL) ladies or unisex, with a design inspired by the album. Digital download, instrumental album AND super secret bonus songs! There are so many demos, songs written and not quite making the cut of the album, deep cuts and alternative versions of the tracks, it's a must have for any true fan.

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    Coffee & Cowrite in person or on Skype

    Let's get a coffee. I'm buying! We can connect on tour (USA) or in Nashville, or we can meet over Skype for an hour. This could be a lesson on looping, beatboxing, we could collab on a song, or if you just want to talk about life and dinosaurs I'm into it. You'll also get all the digital delights from the new record and bonus songs!

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    Cover song of your choice recorded!

    Kristen will learn and cover a song of your choice, complete with a high quality recording. Hear one woman looping band versions of your fave song, or a chill unplugged version, you decide the tune, the style, she'll do it. You'll hear the song weeks before anyone else, and have your tune on the "covers album" which will be a forthcoming Kristen Ford release (shout out to the coolest musician Camille Bloom, this was her idea). In addition, you'll get all the digital goodies from the new album and bonus tracks.

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    Boston party! Blast from the past!

    Join Kristen for a blast from the past, see the best spots to get ice cream, the freedom trail, a picnic in Boston Common where she used to busk, catch an Americana show and explore some of the dives she played over 6 years in Boston. I'll drive us, and cover the costs of our food and Harpoon's along the way. It's going to be such fun!
    Plus I'll have in person goodie bags with physical rewards from the new record. Must be in Boston.

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    Nashville hipster party

    Join Kristen for a romp around the hot spots in Nashville, get some hipster food, vintage clothing shopping, hear country music, or not country music, culminating in some karaoke or a jam session. I'll drive us around and cover your food and dranks! Plus I'll have a goodie bag with rad stuff from the new album. Must be in Nashville!

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    House Show

    Kristen will tour to your house (continental USA only) and rock an all request house show for you and all your friends. You can also do an exclusive online performance if you don't feel like hosting. She will also have a goodie bag with all the new record's physical rewards (Vinyl or CD, T shirt, Sticker), and you'll get hooked up with the digital stuff too (bonus tracks and all).

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    "The Grindstone" original album artwork

    The one and only, this is the actual hand drawn illustration from Kristen's sophomore album 2011's "The Grindstone". It will arrive in a nice frame ready to display! Also in your goodie bag The Grindstone on CD (now out of print) and physical goodie bag (Vinyl or CD, T-shirt, Sticker) and digital (bonus tracks, instrumental,
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    Executive Producer

    Executive producer on the album. Be a real part of the process, check in during pre-production and have a face time board meeting from the recording studio. Hear the songs before they are released and weigh in on track order, picking the lead single, colors for the vinyl. Wear your executive hat and get your name in Bold on the liner notes. You'll also get a few extra physical copies of the new record, a goodie bag and the digital offerings.

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    The best guitar in the world!

    I will play an all-request house show or private concert on my acoustic guitar, and after the performance the guitar is yours! This Taylor has traveled the country, been played for thousands of hours and had most of your favorite songs written on it, 2013-present. Blood sweat and tears! Autographed upon request. Plus you'll get all the physical and digital rewards.

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    Roller Coaster and Tattoos

    I know this is crazy! If you've got 10K to burn this is where you should light it up! Connect with Kristen for a day of riding Roller Coasters at a theme park near you and then after the day of fun she will get inked! All tattoo designs must meet Kristen's approval. But heck- she's got some silly ones already, pretty much down for anything. Also, whatever you want from the record!

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