$4,622
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
55
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 19 2016
Leah SuárezBy Leah Suárez
First created
Leah SuárezBy Leah Suárez
First created
$4,622
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
55
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 19 2016

About

Hello Friends! I'm Leah Suárez!

Leah Suárez - Photography by Isabelle Selby Photography
Leah Suárez - Photography by Isabelle Selby Photography

WHAT DO I LOVE? MAKING MUSIC! 

I am a musician from Charleston, South Carolina and I am ecstatic to launch my first Kickstarter campaign, raising $30,000 in 30 days for the recording, packaging and distribution of my DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM! HOORAY! 

And, F I N A L L Y!  :)

If you're reading this then you've already watched my video and you're ready to find out more. Right?! Awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my video and my page to learn more about how you can help make my dream come true!

Music is a powerful force in all of our lives and as a musician, it’s simply who I am. As a vocalist, it has always been a dream of mine to connect on a global level and in a universal way. My heart is telling me that that time is now.

After nearly a decade serving double duty as artist and administrator, I made the leap this time last year to focus all of my energy on my art. And after a much needed nap - and some serious soul searching - I reached out to my dear friend - musician and producer - Michael Bellar in New York City.

Michael Bellar and Leah Suárez - Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography
Michael Bellar and Leah Suárez - Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography

Working with a pro like Michael has given me an opportunity to explore and solidify my sound. He’s inspired and pushed me to find a part of my voice that I look forward to sharing with the world.

This record is very much rooted in the jazz tradition. It is also an eclectic mix of tunes that are resonating with me personally in this time and space. We’ll be putting our spin on a collection of beautifully written songs to deliver my message, whether it be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. We've got a range of tunes - everything from a couple of standards in the jazz canon to Bob Marley, Beck, Paul Simon, Milton Nascimento, Caetano Veloso Charleston's own Bill Carson and more! There's even a Leah Suárez original! 

Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography
Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography

THE GOAL

$30,000 IN 30 days. With YOUR help, WE ABSOLUTELY CAN DO THIS!

We are well into the pre-production process, with a lot of time, energy and money already invested. I am very proud of the work thus far. We have 14 working demos and currently putting the finishing touches on arrangements. After a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, we will confidently “work the plan” and begin recording this August, with a planned release for Fall 2016. Now that’s music to my ears!

YES WE CAN!

Creating something from nothing, leading ideas from vision to reality, and producing tangible results - all by bringing people and energy together for a common purpose. I have a track record for success.

For much of the past ten years, I dedicated my life to the creation and development of Jazz Artists of Charleston, a non-profit organization founded to present, produce, educate, promote and cultivate a healthy jazz culture in one of the nation’s earliest cradles of America’s greatest original art form. I also served as co-founder, producer and resident vocalist for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra - my Holy City’s own resident big band. And in one of my final successes as executive director, the Charleston International Jazz Festival was born.

Independently, I have worked with public and private institutions, businesses, patrons and special projects to bring people together from all over the world through music and art.

The challenge is always maximizing resources to create a product and experience of great integrity. This project is no different.

With Michael’s and my combined passion and experience - together with the energy and professionalism of the team of artists we’re engaging for this project, there is NO DOUBT in my mind that this will be a fabulously rewarding process, a grand adventure, a great success and that the music will speak for itself.

Photo by Minette Hand
Photo by Minette Hand

BUDGET & TIMELINE

SO, How will we spend your hard earned money? GREAT question. YOUR contributions will directly support the cost of actual recording, post-production, packaging, distribution, marketing and publicity. All are essential. $30,000 is a lot of money. It’s also the right amount to get this part of the job done at the caliber we envision.

Remember - IT’S ALL OR NOTHING.

We have a streamlined budget that allows us to turn your investment into a securely produced, world-class product, concentrating on the integrity of the art - from musicians to arrangements, rehearsal time and space, studio time and engineering, mixing, editing, mastering, artwork, design, photography, licensing, distribution, publicity and every detail in between that cultivates success.

THE REWARD(S)

THE REWARD is the music and album itself, my friends. Your investment puts artists to work, doing what we do best.

For those of you who feel inspired to support beyond the cost of your copy of the album - YOU will have the opportunity to be rewarded in other unique ways. From a personalized note with your autographed album, to your own private concert (wherever you may be and with a few caveats) and even an opportunity to actually be in the room to witness the magic happening in real time.

We’ll also be posting exclusive updates for ALL of our supporters and will include access to “behind-the-scenes” progress along the way.

Everything we raise above and beyond our $30,000 goal will go directly towards marketing and publicity of this record, including touring. The goal is for the world to hear it! AM I RIGHT?!

LET'S DO THIS!

Friends, if you feel so moved, I ask that you PLEDGE TODAY. Whatever you can afford is greatly appreciated. EVERY. BIT. COUNTS. And we’re counting on YOU!

I hope that you will also take a moment to share this campaign with those in your own network who you think may be interested in backing our project. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, snail mail, whatever the kids are using these days - and my personal favorite: WORD OF MOUTH.

Time and again, I witness the humbling power of a village. That is indeed what it takes to create anything meaningful and worthwhile. I am grateful to ALL of you for being my village.

Thank YOU for believing in me and my voice and for helping me bring my debut album to life! Here’s to the dreamers and their dreams!

With Peace, Light, Love and Gratitude,

Leah

Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography
Photo by Isabelle Selby Photography

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO ISABELLE SELBY PHOTOGRAPHY!

LISTEN

WILD IS THE WIND - DEMO CLIP

https://soundcloud.com/leahsuarezmusic/wild-is-the-wind-demo-clip

featuring Leah Suárez (vocals), Michael Bellar (keys)

'S WONDERFUL

 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges to anything worthwhile. One reason I chose Kickstarter as the platform to launch my first personal crowdfunding campaign is precisely because of its "all or nothing" policy. It allows me to present my project as I envision it. It allows me to fundraise with the confidence to know that when funded, I will absolutely be able to deliver my album and accompanying rewards without compromising the integrity of the product and experience. Other platforms allow for funds to be awarded even when the goal is not met. Something suffers in this scenario and I personally prefer to do exactly what it is that I am promising to do.

We have been working hard in pre-production to ensure that our budget and timelines are met and meeting our goal of $30,000 allows us to overcome any foreseeable challenges. There will be things that pop up and change, I am sure. As jazz musicians and professionals, we're accustomed to improvising. I see this project as being no different from the bandstand.

With your confidence in us, we will see our goal met for this project and my dream come true! THANK YOU for believing in us and for supporting our project!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    HI-FIVE SINGLE

    You are literally making my dreams come true and more than anything I am grateful for your support! PLEDGE $5 or more and receive your digital HI-FIVE SINGLE download for backing this HI-FI debut album - straight from my heart to your inbox! Every bit counts.
    YAY TEAM!

    Includes:
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    MUSIC TO YOUR EARS

    What we really want to do is put this album in your ears. That's just what you'll get! The entire album delivered to you as a digital download, in addition to that digital HI-FIVE SINGLE download! Woohoo!

    Includes:
    • Album Digital Download
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    HOLD ME

    We are in a digital age, but admittedly I'm a bit old fashioned. One of my personal favorite things about any album is admiring its artwork and soaking in the liner notes. You'll have this labour of love in your hot little hands, delivered by snail mail, worldwide! I mean, we all just want to be held. :)

    Includes:
    • Physical CD
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    MAKE IT A DOUBLE

    Why choose?! You can have the best of both worlds! PLEDGE $50 and you have the best of both worlds! An album digital download sent straight to your inbox and a physical CD delivered directly to your doorstep! Now that's livin'!

    Includes:
    • Physical CD
    • Album Digital Download
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    We all know how the saying goes. The early bird gets the songs! I'm fresh out of worms, but I promise these songs will be tasty. :) EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE digital download of the full album! Go 'head little birdies!

    Includes:
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • Physical CD
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

    My Sharpie is ready! I'll autograph your physical CD, personalized to you (or a name of your choosing). You'll also receive a personal note of gratitude from yours truly!

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    SONGBIRD

    This songbird is ready to sing! I will deliver a personalized singing telegram (pre-recorded) with a sweetly designed e-card, to one of your lucky friends, family members or even to yourself! Upon completion of the campaign, I will send a form for you to complete, requesting your personalized message and/or occasion and Songbird Suárez will deliver! :)

    Valid August 2016 - July 2017. Completed form must be received at least 15 days before expected delivery date.

    Includes:
    • SINGING TELEGRAM by Songbird Suárez
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    VIP CONNECTION

    Three things I love:
    1. Coffee.
    2. Connecting with people from all over the world, and...
    3. A good party.

    I also love sharing a bit about what goes on behind-the-scenes. So, let's chat! Coffee not your thing? That's cool. The best part is that you can Skype or FaceTime from the comfort of your own home with the beverage of your choice. :) We'll share 30 minutes in the digital cloud chatting it up. You + Me. Looking forward to sharing the process and connecting with you!

    AAAAAND 2 VIP PASSES to the Album Release Party AND Exclusive After Party! #winning

    Coffee Date with Leah - Valid September through December 2016 on a mutually agreed upon date, time and platform. Schedule at least 15 days prior.

    Includes:
    • COFFEE DATE WITH LEAH on Skype or FaceTime (30 mins)
    • VIP PASSES - Album Release Show + Exclusive After Party
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    GO RETRO

    I've decided to make a VERY limited run of the album on vinyl records! Your chance to secure your autographed copy of the album on vinyl before the remainder (if any) of the small batch is offered for public sale.

    You will also receive a limited edition, specially printed, autographed copy of the album art, framed and ready to hang.

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED VINYL RECORD - Limited Quantity
    • FRAMED ALBUM COVER ART - Autographed by Leah
    • VIP PASSES - Album Release Show + Exclusive After Party
    • COFFEE DATE WITH LEAH on Skype or FaceTime (30 mins)
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $7,500 or more About $7,500

    BEHIND THE SCENES

    Be a part of the action! You and a guest will be invited to spend one day (at your expense) in the control room of the studio while we are recording OR one day with Leah and Michael in post-production in the New York City Area. Your choice!

    Enjoy a bit of nostalgia with a specially printed and personalized photo book documenting our time behind-the-scenes - from the early stages of pre-production to the actual recording! SMILE. YOU may even make the book! :)

    IN ADDITION, you will receive 2 additional VIP PASSES to the Album Release Show + Exclusive After Party.

    PLUS everything else on this list below!

    Includes:
    • BEHIND-THE-SCENES: One Day Experience of Choice
    • BEHIND-THE-SCENES Custom Photo Book
    • AUTOGRAPHED VINYL RECORD - Limited Quantity
    • FRAMED ALBUM COVER ART - Autographed by Leah
    • VIP PASSES - Album Release Show + Exclusive After Party
    • COFFEE DATE WITH LEAH on Skype or FaceTime (30 mins)
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    THE LION'S SHARE

    My sincerest gratitude to you for believing in me and my dream!

    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE CONCERT! I will perform as a duo (me and an instrumentalist) for your special event anywhere in the world!**

    **PLEASE NOTE: For events outside of the 50 mile radius of Downtown Charleston, South Carolina, USA, travel, accommodation, equipment rental and any additional fees will be at your expense. Mutually agreed upon date and time within one year. Expires 31 July 2017.

    PLUS the rest of those roaring rewards!

    THANK YOU FOR BEING THE KING/QUEEN OF THIS KICKSTARTER JUNGLE! :)

    Includes:
    • PERSONAL CONCERT - Leah Suárez Duo
    • VIP PASSES - Album Release Show + Exclusive After Party
    • AUTOGRAPHED VINYL RECORD - Limited Quantity
    • FRAMED ALBUM COVER ART - Autographed by Leah
    • BEHIND-THE-SCENES Custom Photo Book
    • COFFEE DATE WITH LEAH on Skype or FaceTime (30 mins)
    • SINGING TELEGRAM by Songbird Suárez
    • EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE Album Digital Download
    • AUTOGRAPHED Physical CD
    • Personal Handwritten Note of Gratitude from Leah
    • Digital HI-FIVE SINGLE Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)