Hey its Chris, aka Manafest. After my career-changing accident back in 1998 that crushed my dream of becoming a professional skateboarder, I picked up a pen and began to write songs. I discovered that my music had the ability to create hope and inspiration for other people in their own dark places, and that became my mission. It's a hurting world out there, and we all need a boost of encouragement from time to time.
I'm working on my 10th studio album entitled "Stones", which will be my 2nd independent release without a record label and my first full-on Rock album in 5 years. While I have been fortunate enough to reach hundreds of thousands of people with my music, it’s my goal to inspire more people than ever before with this album in order to spread that hope even further.
It's been essential that I find new ways to fund, record and release new music. My fans have been the ones who have always supported and appreciated my vision, so using Kickstarter and giving my fans the opportunity to be a part of the process with me makes the most sense. If you haven't had a chance to watch the video above, please do so!
Why I'm doing this album:
I haven't done a full on rock record since Fighter and The Chase. It's time to bring a new spin on what I'm best known for and I know my fans love.
Stones is a window into the struggle we all face when obstacles, rejection and the unexpected is thrown in our path.
I have been so blessed to play music as a full time career for over 10 years and it’s because I have such amazing fans.
To make the best rock record I've ever done and bring hope and inspiration to as many people around the globe as possible.
To create this record I've teamed up with Trevor McNevan from TFK, Adam Messinger (No Plan B, Magic!, Pitbull), Seth Mosley (Grammy Award Winner), Joe Rickard (In Flames, RED), Lenny Skolnik & Sean Bowe (Howard Benson's team who produced P.O.D, Papa Roach & Three Days Grace. Last but not least the beautiful and talented Melanie Greenwood my wife is rocking the artwork.
I've already invested over $100,000 in creating this album, setting up the forthcoming marketing campaign for it, and making the first music video.
My fans have always been so supportive and that's why I wanted to reach out so you can help me inspire even more people with this music and message of hope.
Goal #1 is to raise $25,000 - This will help me created a 2nd music video and promote it so we can inspire as many people as possible.
Goal #2 is to raise $50,000 so we can create and promote a 3rd music video, and also inspire people via radio as well.
Goal #3 is to raise $75,000 so we can create and promote a 4th music video, and launch an international campaign to take this message to inspire people around the world.
I've always wanted my music to be inspiring even when I'm writing about heavy topics or sharing a personal story of struggle. I know when fans listen to this new album the songs will speak to everyone a different way and tears will be shed.
I went dark on this record, but always come back to the light. I think this is a reflection of a journey many of us share. Please help me bring this message of hope and inspiration to people that need it!
Thanks for your support by contributing to this campaign today!
Rewards for contributing:
Meet The Team:
Trevor McNevan - Trevor is the lead singer of Thousand Foot Krutch and a close friend. He came up with the song idea for Fire Starter and will be helping me frame the rest of these songs as well as write.
Fun Fact - Trevor and I met at his CD Release party for Set It Off in Hamilton. We both wore pants that were a few sizes to big for us :)
Adam Messinger - Adam has helped build the Manafest brand since 2001 with Misled Youth. He's worked with the biggest names in the music biz from Bieber, Magic!, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, and many more.
Fun Fact - Adam sings a lot of the harmonies and background vocals on our tracks to give that signature Manafest sound.
Seth Mosley - Seth is a multi Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer who is responsible for my hit songs "Fighter" "Pushover" & "Pray". He just finished crushing 6 new songs on the Skillet record and I've hired him to help produce and song write on this album.
Fun Fact - I met Seth on tour in Sweden the same festival where he met his wife and I had my 30th birthday party.
Joe Rickard - Joe used to play drums for the band RED and is now killing it on the road with In Flames. Joe produced & co-wrote a few tracks on this album and is playing drums on a bunch of tracks too. Killing it!
Fun Fact - I met Joe many, many years ago when he was in the band The Wedding and I was touring with an iPod.
Melanie Greenwood - My wife, best friend and killer graphic designer! Melanie has designed all my album covers except for Reborn & The Moment. So stoked to have her back.
Fun Fact - We met at camp, dated for 5 years and been traveling the world ever since. We have a 3 year old daughter named London Grace.
Lenny Skolnik & Sean Bowe - Joe was working at Howard Bensons studio and suggested I write with Lenny & Sean. After an incrediblwriting session and killer songs produced I knew I made some life long friends.
Fun Fact - Freaking Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) came in the next day after we wrote together.
Risks and challenges
We always try to under commit and over perform. Putting together the packages to mail out always takes a lot of time but that's why we have a great team to help out. Can't wait to ship out your packages that ALWAYS include surprise bonuses!
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