Hey everybody! I want to thank you for taking the time to check out our new Kickstarter campaign! 2015 has been an amazing year for us. Everything leading up to this time has been an awesome ride and I’d like to take you on a little journey…
- A Brief History:
In 2009 I met Keith Slattery. Keith saw me performing at a local karoake event at the Bearsville Theater here in Woodstock, NY. We briefly talked about what I was doing musically. I had done a little bit of performing and was occasionally doing some recording with a local hip hop music producer. Keith thought that it would be fairly easy to get me some work singing with some local bands he worked with. We started writing music right in the beginning and I started singing professionally with a local cover band and also the Grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra. The first song that Keith and I wrote together, "Don't Go", actually made it on to my debut self titled CD.
Recording my first CD was amazing. Being in the studio and a part of that magical creative experience confirmed what I always knew; that music was one of the most important parts of my life and I was destined to put all my heart into becoming a recording and performing artist. We really had no idea how we were going to fund our first CD so we just went into the studio in November, 2011 and payed for it with all of our savings. At that point we realized it was going to take a bit more time in the studio and decided to start a Kickstarter campaign. We raised a little over $6,000 from fans, friends, family, and worked hard on our own to fund the rest of the CD. We got back into the studio in the early spring of 2012 and released it in May, 2013. Up to that point, Keith and I decided that we would perform any and everywhere we could. We had many performances that payed nothing or damn near close to it. We also focused on using our gift of music for charitable purposes and have had the pleasure in participating in dozens of great events for great causes. We performed professionally over 600 times in 4 years!
With the release of my debut CD, we were very excited to get our music out into the world. When we were planning the CD we felt it would be a good idea to include some songs from other local artists we knew, so 6 of the songs were our compositions and the other 6 were covers. We had taken a lot of effort and time into producing the first CD but really didn’t know a lot about promoting it and getting it out there to the world. We got some amazing reviews and awards and our fans absolutely loved the CD. Unfortunately, it didn’t go very far in the new landscape of streaming and downloadable music platforms. We still achieved sales of close to 2,000 CDs.
We had been writing some new material throughout 2013 and decided it was time to get working on the next CD. We successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign for over $16,000 and started recording “You Change” in November 2013. Quality has always been at the forefront of our branding. Quality music, world class musicians, and “real” songs with lyrical depth and harmonic complexity. We had not really defined our style with the first CD and this was our chance to demonstrate how we were developing musically. Our first CD had gotten some criticism for being too “jazz” oriented and we decided to pull back from that style a little bit and produce songs that were not quite as long and had less instrumental solos.
- Flash Forward
Since then the album has received an enormous amount of national and international acclaim. We keep on getting reviews on top of more reviews and they are all so supportive of the CD. In addition, we started getting a lot of attention terrestrial, streaming and digital radio especially in the UK, Europe, and also throughout the world. We hired a PR company to help us promote in the US but it was a total failure. We were getting a lot more traction on our own and ended our agreement with them. We felt like we were truly coming into our own and put all of our heart into the 2nd CD. In Feburary, 2015 I had written Brian Hurst from Soulandjazz.com hoping that he would review our music. The CD had not been completed but we are always looking for new avenues to promote our music. Brian is legendary in the Soul and Jazz world as a tastemaker and music promoter. We had released, on our own, the song Fool Me Once and wanted to see if Brian would review it. The rest is history and Brian helped us sign a distribution agreement with Atlanta Records. We set a release date and the CD came out on July 17, 2015.
It was at this time that with the help of an amazing music industry veteran, our friend Bud, that we started a radio promotion to radio stations here in the US. We are proud to say that our first song – Fool Me Once – is now currently charting on Billboard in the US on the Smooth/Contemporary Jazz Charts and hit #1 in the most added chart in its first week!
- We Need To Make A Third Album!
We never like to sit still for too long and have been writing so many amazing new songs. We have an incredible concept for my third CD. I can’t talk too much about it other than it will be a Double CD with a total of over 20 tracks, we are naming it “Duality". We will be releasing this new CD in late 2016. (Check out the video for a sneak peek at the first draft of artwork for the new album).As you can see, our plans have begun and we are booked into our favorite recording studio – The Clubhouse – in Rhinebeck for January 2016.
Producing quality music is what we do and it costs money to do it right. We have had two successful Kickstarter campaigns with the incredible help from fans, friends, and family, but have also had to work very hard to earn the money through our performances to pay for everything. We are so excited to get going on this new project which is sure to be extremely successful internationally and help us move to the next level. We also will be aligning ourselves with a charity organization that assists in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abused and unwanted animals. This is a cause that we are very passionate about and will be donating a percentage of the net profits of this CD to this organization.
Once again, thank you for your support! We are truly grateful. Our Kickstarter Campaign is for $25,000. This is half about half of the budget we have outlined for the album. There are many costs from rehearsal, studio time, paying musicians, equipment, artwork, mixing, mastering, and final production of the CDs. We do all of our own marketing and production which takes a lot of resources. I built my website, and designed the artwork for both CDs with a lot of help from our dear friend Vern. Our fans love supporting us and we are truly eternally grateful. We consider ourselves so lucky to be gifted with our talent and to receive so much help from so many people. We decided that our new Kickstarter campaign would need to be more creative and offer some very cool rewards. You can check out the rewards on the homepage of our Kickstarter Campaign and they include some things like In Home Concerts from us, attendance at a private live DVD taping, and even the ability to come into the studio for the actual recording of our next CD. We are poised to move to a whole new level with this CD and we truly thank you for your generous support.
Lindsey & Keith
Risks and challenges
The only thing that could push our ETA for the album back is money! As with our first two albums, which were both funded partially by successful Kickstarter projects, we are still not signed to a label who is funding any part of this project. We are planning on coming up with the additional money it will cost to complete the album from whatever money we are making these next few months. But we are very confident that with this Kickstarter campaign, we will have no trouble delivering the album on or even before October of 2016!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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