Hello I’m Léah Kline
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NOW! ABOUT MY PROJECT
I am a jazz singer / story teller and I’d like to tell you about my music project. "This Precious Life". I have been telling stories through writing, singing, dancing and acting for over 15 years. Starting in Los Angeles, touring the world and now based in Amsterdam.
Some of my work has caught the eye of authors, the international press and record companies. I have made seven cds to document my artistic journey so far.
But I would like to tell you about my NEW MUSIC PROJECT involving cd number 8, two music videos and a cd presentation for which I need You…..sponsors / patrons
Last year, I made my first music video of an original song from my JuzzFlirtin Album called "Hey You!"
And I loved it and loved the exposure on You Tube, Making my music available to a wider audience and even boosting digital sales of the album. People also appreciated the positive message of the story I made with the song. With this new project I want to make at least 2 videos of songs from the coming album, The songs "New Technology Blues" and a dreamy ballad "Summer Dream".
A big influence on this project is YOGA.
I have been practicing yoga for years. I am the first to admit that yoga has helped me enormously to let go of stage fright to stand on stage and practice expressing myself authentically and to help me with the breath support for singing. But these last years as I am teaching larger and larger groups of people I am fascinated at what happens to ME and how I USE MY VOICE while talking to my students.
I can not use my personality to reach them, ( those of you who know me, know all about "Léah Kline the entertainer" and all my facial expressions)
Nope. can't use those skills.. I can only use my voice ( like on a cd) .
And when I stand with this intention with 50 people laying around me with their eyes closed. Something happens in me as well. I whisper, I sing, I growl, I croon, I take more time and space, I don't go out, I go in... I feel with everyone's eye's closed that I am talking not to their personality, but to something deeper. I dare to say things that I normally would not say; personal things that come from my heart. I say vulnerable things that I normally don't have the guts to say when I am in an evening gown and high heels. My voice is smaller, lower ( still dynamic) quieter, gritty. It's a kind of daring to be vulnerable in a heart felt way. It is only afterwards when students come up to me moved, some to tears, that I see this is something very special that I want to ADD to my work
It is from this place that i want to present my new material : The journey of LIFE : having to let things come and let things go
emotional, physical, spiritual
With the help of Cord Heineking...
(wonderful bass player and arranger), I have composed nine (9) hip numbers. They all have a solid groove and a mood a jazz vibe and , well, very me. I have tried out this material four times in concert and it seems to have the effect I am after. In fact, the title of the cd, This Precious Life comes upon the recommendation of one of the audience members after a show.
The recording has started and is pretty much finished ( unless I get a last minute dissatisfaction attack) . I have great musicians from Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Poland and 4 backing vocalists. Here are some recording samples of 2 tunes and the scope of where I am going. New Technology Blues, Believe. The others are interlaced through the video.
And these recording costs have already come out of my pocket. In fact some of the musicians have sponsored this project by recording for free ( but I still would like to take them ALL out to dinner) Good Karma!
Some record companies have already shown an interest in releasing it. If I get 2,000 extra I can use that money to pay for unexpected things and professional advertising to garner reviews. I may release it myself via www.cdbaby.com the route of my other 2 self produced albums. But I need to mix it before they will even listen to it. Then it needs to be mastered. Then pressed, I have to register my songs, buy a ISDN number, your money will go to CD design of booklet with the lyrics inside and the cover, or A film crew for the music videos and to edit those or the live concert and an official VIP CD RELEASE PARTY for you all my sponsors. Any extra cd's made will be used as promotion to book possible gigs or if anyone is buying cd's nowadays I can even sell them!
If, with your help in crowdfunding, I can get even more than 100% sponsorship for this project (e.g 9,800 euro) then I could even recoup the money I have already spent on hiring musicians and use that money to promote the cd and get some critical reviews.
Thanks for your time. And thanks for even reading this far. I have listed lots of options and price categories for ways you can participate. I really hope you will join me and sponsor this project. Please SPREAD the WORD about the project and album. For 10 euro you will buy you your download of the album. Feel free to contact me if you want to sponsor in a special way.
THIS PRECIOUS LIFE.
Thanks and Namaste,
Risks and challenges
Actually there are not many risks. The recording is already finished. I have spent over 2,000 eur on musicianfees. So your sponsorship starts at mixing and mastering, I have already chosen a great guy who can and will do that. (I have to pay him in October). I need 9,800 euros to cover all the costs, but I am only asking for 7,000 eur (future spendings). I am trying to find a cd designer who will work for free (thus being a sponsor for the project).
The release is set for March 2015 so there is time to make it perfect an that gives me enough time to make the music videos. Only "summer dream" may not be so summery if I don't start right away. Which I will. It may be that I need to pay an actor to play in one of the videos. Or pay to fill in a public place like a train station or airport and this is not in the budget. There is a small possibility that some musicians may have to be on tour with other bands in March or that the release date will be in April to accomodate all original players. For the rest everything will go as planned. But the cd will be ready already for Christmas so those of you who want just the cd will GET IT! : )
- (35 days)