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An ambitious and magical music project 10 years in the making: a new song released every week for the entire year, completely FREE!
An ambitious and magical music project 10 years in the making: a new song released every week for the entire year, completely FREE!
225 backers pledged $22,047 to help bring this project to life.

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HELLO FRIENDS!

It's finally time. After more than 10 years since my last recordings, I have been preparing to release my songs in a year-long project that will push me on every level as an artist. For years I have been patiently waiting for the right timing to share my music. Recently I've had a burning desire to assemble my best songs, finish them (musically, lyrically) and record them with a full, professional sound. Most of you who know me probably haven't even heard many of my songs! It was never because I was afraid, lazy, or a perfectionist who couldn't settle on something that I could be proud of. It was really just about timing. One of my mentors taught me that authors often publish their books prematurely, unaware that their book could have made a bigger impact if they had waited for the right season. So I've been patient to share my songs - they have to go through an incubation period until a certain "weight" can be felt on them, and the weight is heavy now! At the same time, life has its twists and turns, and throws its punches, and the path we envision for ourselves is rarely the road we currently walk. But I'm a blessed man, and I am so excited to finally undergo the process of bringing my songs to life this next year. Just the thought of having the best songs in my catalogue professionally recorded and mixed is reason alone to do all of this. So come join me on this adventure - I believe it will be equally rewarding for you!

-Kyle

PROJECT

I am planning on finally releasing my music - 52 songs in all - in a life-changing project that will take the entire year of 2016 to complete. Each and every week, I will be releasing a new song. From raw anthems to elegant ballads, from candid folk-songs to daring electronic explorations, I'm moving in all artistic directions with no need to pigeonhole my style or please a record label. As you can imagine, this is a HUGE undertaking. It is extremely rare for an artist to release 4-5 album's worth of material in one year. But spending five years releasing these songs didn't seem like the right approach, so I'm working under the motto "Go Big or Go Home." 

In regards to music, I've never felt the need to do things the traditional way that artists have in the industry. I'm really not tied to it. Making a traditional album and touring to generate revenue and create a fan base has little appeal to me. So my approach? It's simply giving. I have no control over whether 10 or 10,000 people listen to my songs, and have no need to attach my songs to a dollar value, and spend my effort convincing people to buy my product. The proof's in the pudding, and I believe when you hear this collection of songs over the course of the year, the quality of my music won't really be determined by numbers, views, or downloads. I will be giving away all my music entirely for free - I won’t be making any profit from my songs - because I want to treat them as a gift to bless other people.

I've spent this last year making a spreadsheet of all my songs, then slowly whittling them down to my best 52, making sure the music, lyrics, and arrangements are ready for recording. I'm also working with a web-designer on a clean, tasteful website that streams the music and features the story behind each song - perhaps the creative process, the lyrical intent, or even my own journey with the particular theme at hand. Additionally, full lyrics and images will compliment the songs. I will also be posting my music on YouTube, SoundCloud, and eventually on Spotify and other online services - I want to reach people in whatever environment or medium they are comfortable with, for their enjoyment and inspiration.

REWARDS

Please check out these sweet rewards below - I want to show in some small way my gratitude for your generosity and support. Many of these rewards you can find in multiple price points, so check the Rewards section to see the different options you have as a backer. Please keep in mind that many rewards (CDs, Book, Vinyl) will not be shipped until 2017 - after all 52 songs have been released. Did anyone tell you today that you are awesome?!

11x17 POSTER ($25)

GREETING CARDS ($25)

HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET ($40) 

BEST T-SHIRT EVER (Starting at $50)

HANDCRAFTED NECKLACE ($60)

LIMITED RUN 4-DISC SET (Starting at $75)

CUSTOM WOODEN WALL ART (Starting at $100)

SPECIAL EDITION LYRIC BOOK (Starting at $150)

LIMITED RUN VINYL (Starting at $200)

COSTS

I am seeking to raise $20,000 as the initial goal for the project. This is the bare minimum to cover mixing, mastering, copyright fees, and Kickstarter costs.

While $20,000 might seem like a lot, it's actually extremely reasonable considering the sheer volume I will be releasing. With 52 songs, it comes out to a little under $400 per song, which is really inexpensive. The beauty of this project is that I am able to use my engineering, production, and musical skills without having to pay for studio time, engineers, session players, and more. My main cost is the mixing - I'll be working with a longtime friend, Brook Floyd, to mix all these songs. Brook is a grammy-nominated engineer who knows my music and vision well, and we're excited to get back together on such an ambitious project.

So $20,000 is the minimum I need to raise in order to pull off this recording project. The tricky part about Kickstarter is that I MUST reach my goal of $20,000 in order to receive any of the money, but the fantastic part is that if we exceed the goal, I can put the extra funds toward improving and expanding the project!

THANK YOU

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for even taking the time to check this project out! I hope you can join with me in making this vision a reality. This campaign is only a month long, and it's ALL OR NOTHING - I must reach my goal of $20,000 or the project won't be funded. It's going to take all of us to join together and make this work, but I promise I will put in blood, sweat, and tears to bring these songs to life. Would you please support me and make a pledge today? 

All my love,

Risks and challenges

This project has 52 risks - every week, the process of bringing a song to life through recording can go in a million directions. Sometimes I might be five hours into it and have to start from scratch. But I'm confident in my production skills that I can work efficiently, make crucial decisions, and stay positive throughout each week.

The greatest challenge is without a doubt time management. I teach songwriting full-time at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and maintain a regular client-base through my music production website, www.mysongalive.com. But my family is what's most important to me and what I absolutely cherish. My wife will be having our third child in March, so it will certainly be a busy year! But we've been working hard to make a recording schedule that is organized, efficient, and creative-inducing. Having 3 months off in the summer will be a crucial time to get ahead with my recordings and prepare for the last half of my project.

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    A BIG THANK YOU

    Thanks for supporting this project! No perks here, but my deepest thanks, and a high-five. Think of it this way: you just gave $1 and now you're going to get 52 world-class songs in the next year. That's called making the money work for you, folks.

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    PERSONALIZED POSTCARD

    My dog, Gibson, is demanding that his photo be on the front of the postcard, so I'll use the back to write a thank you note for your generous donation.

    INCLUDES SHIPPING TO U.S.

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    MOUNT VALOR POSTER

    This 11x17 poster is made of paper, which comes from trees, which comes from the earth, which comes from ancient explosions. This poster is made from ancient explosions. And it's ready to be shipped right to your doorstep.

    *No frame included

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    MOUNT VALOR GREETING CARDS

    Equally elegant and earthy. These custom greeting cards will include lyric-quotes on the front. Don't worry, I'll only put nice positive lyrics on these, not ones that say "...the April fields you dug will soon become your grave." No one wants to get cards in the mail that say that.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET

    I'll handwrite the lyrics from one of my 52 songs and send it to you. Then you have to wait in suspense for the particular week when your song is released. But you'll feel really cool since you'll be able to sing along right away, and feeling cool is obviously what drives humanity towards greatness. Or something like that.

    INCLUDES SHIPPING TO U.S.

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    BEST T-SHIRT EVER

    It's soft, it's fitted, and it will make you look like you came from the year 2023. People might not even recognize you when you put this thing on. Light grey for the ladies (S-2XL), charcoal for the men (S-2XL), and brown for anybody (XS-3XL). Please go look at the pics in the rewards section because these shirts are just rad.

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    HANDCRAFTED NECKLACE

    This handcrafted mountain necklace is made of solid wood and genuine leather. Accentuated with an 18 in. gold-filled chain, this the perfect way to get the earthiness of Mount Valor right between your head and heart. Get them while they're hot.

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    LIMITED RUN 4-DISC SET
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    All my songs will be available to download completely free, but many of us like to hold the tangible product in our hands, and this collection looks amazing. You'll get 4 discs under one roof with all 52 songs from the year - over 14,000 seconds of Mount Valor music blasting on your road trip.

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    CUSTOM WALL ART
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    + T-SHIRT

    Tired of family photos on every wall? Sick of seeing your cute little nephew's picture all the time? Why don't you spice up that vertical real-estate with some majestic wooden mountains and a select lyric quote on them? Mmhmm.

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    SPECIAL EDITION LYRIC BOOK
    + 4-DISC SET
    + T-SHIRT

    Over 100 pages of pure poetry here. Every right page has the full lyrics, with a select lyric quote highlighted on the opposite page. You'll also get a personalized note on the inside cover. This simple, elegant book is a great conversation starter on your coffee table, but an even better conversation starter sitting on top of your toilet tank.

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    LIMITED RUN VINYL ALBUM
    + LYRIC BOOK
    + T-SHIRT

    The vinyl club is where it's at. At the end of the 52 weeks, listeners will be able to vote for their top 10 songs to include on this "Best Of" album, and Kickstarter backers will be the first ones to get their hands on them. Plus, your name will be listed on the back, because, well...you're a backer.

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    5 PRIVATE SONGWRITING LESSONS

    Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned songster, I'd love to be able to help bring out the best in your songs (that's kinda my day job). Lessons are 30 minutes each. This is a Kickstarter exclusive offer, so get 'em while they're hot. And with Christmas right around the corner, this would be the perfect gift for that someone special.

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    SPONSOR A SONG
    + VINYL or 4-DISC SET
    + LYRIC BOOK
    + T-SHIRT
    + HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET
    + GREETING CARDS

    Have you always wanted to adopt a sweet, young, harmless little song? Now you can be the official Mount Valor backer for any of the 52 songs. Your name will appear on the YouTube description, Mount Valor official website, Special Edition Lyric Book, Album notes, and more! You pick the week, and when I release it I'll even give you a personal shout-out for being the exclusive Patron.

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    THE MOTHER LODE:
    +2 VINYL ALBUMS
    +2 LYRIC BOOKS
    +2 CUSTOM WALL ART
    +2 4-DISC SETS
    +2 T-SHIRTS
    +2 HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEETS
    +2 GREETING CARD SETS
    +2 POSTERS

    You're all about giving, and this is a great way for you to be able to spread the joy around. I'm including two of everything for you to give to a friend or family member as a gift. There's never been a box with this many goodies since that day I found two prizes in my Cracker Jack box.

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    CUSTOM SONG JUST FOR YOU

    Put me to the test - let's make a song! I can write a song about your favorite cat, an anniversary, or what really happened with the JFK cover-up. Or maybe you need some indie-folk nursery rhymes to play for your kids. Or you just have a favorite song you'd like me to cover and record exclusively for you. Whatever it is, let's make it happen!

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    ACOUSTIC HOUSE CONCERT
    +LYRIC BOOKS
    +4-DISC SETS
    +T-SHIRTS
    (For up to 20 guests)

    This would just be a blast of a night. Poetry, singing, storytelling, and more. I would love to share my heart, throw out new perspectives, challenge our cultural views, and have some laughs along the way. Plus, your guests will depart with a book, CDs, and a T-shirt. You'd be like a modern day Gatsby, the best party-thrower in town. Preferably a house with a piano is best; I'll bring the guitar and mandolin. *Travel not included.

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