Welcome, friends, to the fundraiser for Young American Sycamore, my second full-length album of original music!
When I began this album last summer I was skeptical if the joy of music-making still resided within me. You see, this album was born in fire and hardened in tension and silence, and those are hard lessons to own.
In April 2016, I woke to shouts and sirens and the dim flicker of firelight on the tree outside my window. While I lay sleeping, a mere 10 feet above my head a faulty HVAC unit caught fire. There was enough time to run outside with my phone and keys. Despite the frantic chaos of firemen running up and down the stairs and the orange, hungry flames and the black smoke blotting out the stars and the worried neighbors calling out for missing pets and the TV crew that materialized by our cars and the Red Cross blanket wrapped tightly around me, I heard music.
Hymns and folk songs weaved in and around me like that Red Cross blanket. My world was burning, and my mind played songs. Such is the power of what we say and write and play and share with one another, and such is what I have attempted to create and share with you in this album.
Young American Sycamore is a testament to faith that withstands doubt. It reflects upon the importance of re-evaluating boundaries, and welcomes grieving and rejoicing alike.
My belief in these songs is bolstered by the unwavering support so many of you have offered, even from the earliest years. You have encouraged me to keep writing, to keep singing, to keep telling stories. It is this encouragement I am calling upon now to financially support Young American Sycamore.
Albums are not inexpensive endeavors, but at least there's not some big wig producer saying "the only cure for [his] fever is more cowbell". Creating an independent album allows me complete artistic freedom to bring these songs to life in the way I envision them. It is a strange dichotomy of empowerment and humility to be an independent artist. Some albums are fully funded beforehand while others (like mine) go full steam ahead on credit and attempt to recoup the loss at a later time. I personally funded my first album out of a bootstrap-pulling mentality and I missed out on the feverish anticipation and build up that comes from a crowdsourced album funding and release!
Simply put, I missed out on you.
Now I am asking you to join with me in the excitement and fervor! With your support, I am hoping to raise a total of $15,000. It seems unthinkable to me to ask for that amount, let alone any money. But if I have learned anything through this process, it is that we depend on each other for support in all things. With that being said, here is the breakdown, including the fees Kickstarter takes off the top.
MAIN GOAL: $9000
* Engineering, Producing, Mixing, Mastering, and Session players: $5400
*CD replication: ~$350
*Promo videos, photos, and graphics: $1400
*Publicity for the first single release in June: $1500
STRETCH GOAL: $6000
*Publicist for second and third single releases (July, August) and album release (Sept). Publicity will give this album the shot Days Like Tonight never had - a wider audience and a platform. Together with Mike Gowen at Milestone Publicity, I believe the singles and the album will be fully represented and given the chance to shine. Who knows, I may even snag a Spotify playlist!
Thank you for your love and support always!
Risks and challenges
This album has already been created, but the CDs need to be replicated. That will happening after the liner notes are completed. Expected release date of the album is Friday the 13th of September ("I'm not super-stitious, but I am a little stitious..."). All CDs, prints, and thank you cards will be mailed on or before that date. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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