*UPDATE: 5/20 A behind the scenes video from the mixing process with a sneak peek at one of my favorite tracks is now in the Update Section! Check it out!
Hello, friends! My name is Lenne Klingaman. You may know me from my work on stage, screen, and in new media. Music has always been a strong current running through my life, and I am now making my debut album! We have recorded the music, the vocals, and everything in between, now it's time to mix! And so we are headed to Nashville. My bags are packed and I am hoping you will come with me on this journey!
A little about yours truly:
Here's a secret: I used to take old tapes and record completely made up songs of my own as well as my own renditions of pop hits by the ever great Debbie Gibson, or Brandi Carlisle, or Neneh Cherry, and once in a while LL Cool J. My early memories are mostly music related. Dance parties for my birthday that I DJ-ed; going to the studio where my dad’s band practiced (it was so loud and so epically rock n'roll.) My dad and I started singing together when I was about four. Probably younger. Our first recording together was a protest tape I made for the tigers at the zoo. I called it "Dear Zoo." The tigers were trapped in such small cages that all they could do day in and day out was pace back and forth. Even at a tender age of 5, I knew no living being should be confined like that. We all need space. My dad looped jungle sounds under me while I spoke in my passionate little voice that the tigers WERE NOT HAPPY. I sent it to the San Francisco Zoo. I like to think it made a difference.
I started singing background vocals for my Dad’s albums in my teens and during those sessions, I learned the "how-to's" of producing an album and honed my ear. I grew up in a studio and fell in love with it. We have made quite a few recordings together since "Dear Zoo", but The Heart is the Hunter is special to my heart. This is a dream I have cherished and held close to my chest since I was a little girl. My own album.
In 2014, my father wrote me a song. He wrote it for me when I was going through a tough transition in my life and he nailed it. It's about the agony and ecstasy of love, and how the Heart is the compass and the comfort for that pain and growth. And even when you might not want to listen, she will guide you through the storm. And sometimes she will take you unwillingly, but you will reach the shore. The song is titled "The Heart is the Hunter". It brought the whole album together. The spirit of the song is my compass for the project. Every decision comes back to it. And it only seemed right to name the album after it.
So: The music is recorded. We have laid down all vocal tracks, including some bad ass epic background vocals. We worked with an incredible drummer, John O’Reilly Jr., who has worked with fun., The Format, Jimmy Eat World, Jason Mraz, Schuyler Fisk, Rachael Yamagata, & Mandy Moore. A fantastic mandolin player, Peter Ostroushko, graced us for a song; you may know him from A Prairie Home Companion, and his work with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, & Greg Brown. And I am blessed with the keys and producing talents of Mark Christine, as well as with the guitar, bass, songwriting, engineering and producing skills of my long-time music making partner, Steve Klingaman.
Some of the influences of my sound and the album's range: Emmy Lou Harris. Feist. Lissie. Kathleen Edwards. Joni Mitchell. Joan Osbourne. Dolly Parton. Bonnie Raitt. Lucinda Williams. Bruce Springsteen. Ryan Adams. Adele. Peter Gabriel. Sting. Bon Iver. I love the albums of Emmy Lou and Dolly and Linda Ronstadt from the ‘70s and on. They put their own stamp on some of the best songs of their generation. I love hearing the voice and stylistic personality of that artist come through on a familiar song. The beauty is in the interpretation. It’s the same feeling when you hear a song sung by Ella Fitzgerald. It's just hers; she makes it her own. It's about perspective, story-telling, and taking you to a place you already know but making it new and breathing fresh life into it while reminding you why it was so meaningful in the first place.
To sum "Heart" up: Eclectic but cohesive, indie, folk-rock with a touch of alt-country and delicious sprinkles of a little '70's flare and 80’s modernity. It’s about interpretation, and making things personal and real, “aching beauty with punch and grit.” Our goal is to make a classic vocal record that will stay in your rotation for years to come. Tracks include folk rock, indie pop, classics, Americana, and more; covers that truly speak to my heart and a few new songs as well.
Where you come in:
We are so excited to be heading to Nashville to mix the album with Neilson Hubbard, who recently mixed a favorite of mine from 2014 by Peter Bradley Adams. (Check out the album The Mighty Storm. You're welcome!) He's also mixed and engineered for The Apache Relay (the awesome song from the film The Way Way Back), and a favorite of mine, Garrison Starr. Our Nashville mastering engineer, Jim DeMain of Yes Master Studios, has mastered classic records by Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, LeAnn Rimes, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earl, Porter Wagoner, and Delbert McClinton to name just a few. But I need your help to complete the project. We have come so far and I promise there's no turning back; so here's what we need your help to complete:
- Mastering for both CD and Vinyl
- Production - album art, design, manufacturing of both CDs and Vinyl
If we exceed our goal, we will be able to reimburse ourselves fully for the costs above as well as the session musician fees!
Music is beautiful and necessary but it's not cheap. So this is where I humbly, with so much gratitude, ask you to consider being a part of this album and in return you will be purchasing it ahead of time. If you feel so moved to give more, I and my whole team of artistic collaborators will owe you a debt of gratitude for helping to complete this album, but you will also get some fun goodies that I hope you'll enjoy. And you will be a part of this journey with updates from me to see how it all turns out!
So from the bottom of my Heart, I thank you for considering giving to this project and to funding a group of artists, one in particular who has finally stepped into a part of herself, a part of her heart that she is ready to share. Thank you for letting me share her with you.
Risks and challenges
Barring any unforeseeable acts of the universe, you will get your reward! The record has been recorded, and is about to be mixed and mastered. We only have a few more steps to go, and with your help that process will go even faster. I'm estimating that the project will be completed by July, but I have set the anticipated reward delivery for August, just in case there are any surprises. Vinyl is a delicate process and takes a little longer, so it will arrive separately in October. We believe in the quality and that it's worth the wait! (Read more about vinyl production in the U.S.: http://n.pr/1y5iBZq)
We will keep you updated as we move towards completion of the album so you'll know exactly when you'll receive the music and goodies. I have a team of experts in the post-production process working with me; I feel confident and excited to get this album out and into your hands swiftly!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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