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Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.
Thanks to 1,629 generous backers, Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.
Thanks to 1,629 generous backers, Mary Lambert is releasing an uplifiting EP about being unabashedly fat, gay, bipolar, and doing whatever you damn well please.
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Bold EP and Tour!

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Hello babeliest of babes,

It’s here! It’s queer! It’s my Kickstarter! For the last year, I’ve been polishing the Bold EP and getting it ready to release to the world! However, in this newly independent endeavor, I hit a financial roadblock and had to put moving forward on hold. I briefly considered signing to a record label, but ultimately felt that a partnership with a company would not be in my best interest, both creatively and logistically. So I have decided to come to you, dear reader! I believe that YOU are the record label I have been looking for. 

It's been 5 years since I launched my very first EP on Kickstarter, and holy crap, a lot has happened since then. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2012, and shortly after, I was introduced to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to create the song, "Same Love". After Same Love took off, I toured for 3 years, won a VMA, signed with Capitol Records, sang with Madonna at the Grammys while Queen Latifah married a bunch of beautiful same-sex couples, released "She Keeps Me Warm", was nominated for "Song of the Year" at the 2014 Grammys, spoke at the U.N. about familial safety and inclusion for LGBT youth, released a single, "Secrets" about being totally chill with mental illness that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart and was certified RIAA Gold, was honored as a chairperson for the Department of Health and Human Services for speaking about mental health, partnered with the National Park Service as a Centennial Ambassador, and was featured in JC Penney's groundbreaking plus-size campaign, called "Here I Am". (Also, I've been farting on the couch and eating snacks, but that is neither noteworthy or appropriate)

Last year, Capitol Records and I amicably parted ways. Since then, I have been writing music and poems (even a musical?!) like crazy. I am grateful to be independent, and to have the pressures of making music solely for-profit out of my life. The anxiety is gone, and I am Unicorn Queen of my music (PS should I rename the EP to Unicorn Queen??). But consequently, I've lost the financial credit line that the label provided. I've been nervous for the last few months, trying to figure out how to launch Bold without a real budget, and then I realized: the whole point of all of this- releasing music, going on tour, promotion- is about connection. It's about the relationship I share with you- whether on social media or at shows or at the grocery store.

Connection is what it's always been about. And maybe, you guys value this connection as much as I do; That although it's kind of scary to ask for help, it is a beautiful moment of humanness when people meet you with open arms. So here I am! Back where I started! When I launched my first Kickstarter, one of the rewards was for a pledge to be my plus one to the someday Grammys (PS I'm psychic). Unfortunately this time around, there's no plus one to the Grammys- but there are a lot of REALLY AMAZING rewards. Check them out over here -------------------------------------->

ABOUT THE TOUR
This part is a little tricky, because we haven't planned the routing for the Fall shows yet. I am planning to hit as many major cities as I can (without keeling over from feelings-overload), and hugging as many of you as I can (without getting a virus). I will keep you updated when the tour is announced. If you are purchasing a "meet and greet" reward, this applies to literally ANY public show for the rest of my life. So if you have pledged at a meet and greet tier, please note there is a possibility I won't be coming to your city on this particular tour. I do not have any shows booked or routed for outside of the US at this time- hopefully next year! Also, the meet and greet packages do not include actual tickets to the show.
The shows on this tour will be jam-packed with feelings and my killer band.
If you've been to one of my concerts in the past, you may be aware of the rollercoaster of emotional fuckery I put you through. It will be like that, but with more dancing and more fart jokes. If you want to cry and dance at the same time, and like being confused if you are crying because you are sad or happy-- JOIN THE PARTY, FRIEND.

ABOUT THE EP

Cover!

Bold is a collection of some of the funnest pop songs I've ever made. There are tracks that I've already released videos for ("Hang Out With You", "Lay Your Head Down"), and tracks that haven't been heard yet. I am super proud to say that I even produced three songs on the album! I HAVE HAD SO MUCH FUN MAKING THIS. There is even a new very very gay dancey pop song that says "lady" a bunch of times.

The EP is finished, but still needs to be mixed, mastered, designed, printed, and distributed.

As I'm figuring out, YOU are the best record label I could ask for.

xoxo Mary,

Unicorn Queen

GOALS

Well. Holy shit. The project was funded in 8 hours, so that's insane and made me cry. God. Thank you. Now I get to make even COOLER SHIT, since this campaign stays open until March 7th and you can buy all the EPs your precious heart desires. With more funding, I can make a killer music video, tour more comfortably, and do a serious PR campaign. 

TRACK LIST

1. Do Anything
2. Lay Your Head Down 
3. Hang Out With You
4. Know Your Name 
5. I'd Be Your Wife 
6. Love is Love (ft. Mary Kay Lambert) (MY EFFING MOM) 
7. Know Your Name (The Reverb Junkie Remix)

TRACK CREDITS

"Do Anything"
Written and produced by Mary Lambert
Engineered by Jeremy Cays
Recorded at Jeremy Cays Productions in Sequim, Washington
Mixed by Devin Kerr
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge
Guitar and Bass by Timothy Van Buren
Drums by Heather Thomas

"Lay Your Head Down"
Written and produced by Mary Lambert
Engineered by Jeremy Cays
Recorded at Jeremy Cays Productions in Sequim, Washington
Mixed by Devin Kerr
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge

"Hang Out With You"
Written by Mary Lambert and Michelle Chamuel
Produced and Engineered by Michelle Chamuel
Recorded in Amherst, Massachusetts
Mixing and Additional Production by Jeremy Cays
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, 
Assisted by Chris Allgood

"Know Your Name"
Written by Mary Lambert and Tobias Karlsson
Produced and Engineered by Tobias Karlsson
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Mixed by Michelle Chamuel
Additional Mixing by Devin Kerr
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge

"I'd Be Your Wife"
Written by Mary Lambert and Toby Gad
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Toby Gad
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge

"Love is Love (feat. Mary Kay Lambert)
Written by Mary Kay Lambert
Produced by Mary Lambert
Engineered by Jeremy Cays
Recorded at Jeremy Cays Productions in Sequim, Washington
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge

"Know Your Name (The Reverb Junkie Remix)"
Written by Mary Lambert, Tobias Karlsson, and Michelle Chamuel
Produced by Tobias Karlsson and Michelle Chamuel
Mixed by Michelle Chamuel
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge

IMAGE AND VIDEO CREDITS
Photography by Shervin Lainez
Cover Make-up by Katie Pellegrino
Cover Hair by Ro Morgan
Video footage provided by Zoe Rain, Chris Matthews, Declan Whitebloom, VH1, Jon Jon Augustavo, Scott Bulgrin, Ryan Lewis, The Grammys, Phil Poole, and American Express UnStaged

Risks and challenges

The only challenge thus far, is financial. So I do carry a bit of fear considering Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. I could also run into some snags with production timelines, but I just got a poster that says "Stay Focused", so I think my chances are good. If any hiccups arise, I promise to keep you guys in the loop!

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    Good Vibes

    I will close my eyes and say your name out loud with a wish for good health and happiness and for something really great to happen like a kiss from a cute person or for restful sleep or for a chocolate treat.

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    Bold Digital Download

    You will receive the download directly from me (in an excited email with lots of exclamation points) before it's available to the rest of the public. There will be a photo of a precious cat attached because I can do whatever I want and I will not apologize.

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    Bold Physical EP + Download

    A real CD! Do you still use those? I don't know, maybe you can put it on top of your fireplace. It's got my face on it.

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    NEW Bold Vinyl + Digital Download

    YES!! I get to press vinyl!!! It's gonna be great. Please note the shipping time is far delayed than other products- vinyl is in high demand and the pressing plants are at cap! WHO CARES, SO EXCITED! Your digital download will still arrive in your mailbox before anyone else gets it in April.

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    Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours. Kind of.

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    NEW Autographed Vinyl + Download

    YES. It's true. I'm gonna sign it.
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    Autographed EP + Poetry Book + Download

    Brace yourself for an hour of both crying and dancing.

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    So Generous

    2 Autographed EPs because you are just that nice.

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    Even though the vinyl will be shipped later, you've still got some sad ass poems in your near future. Note: Shipping prices are slightly higher because of two separate shipments!

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    NEW Autographed Vinyl + Physical CD

    Both will be signed. I will get a hand cramp, and it will be your fault. KIDDING. The hand cramp will be from playing Candy Crush.
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    Meet and Greet

    Meet and Greet at a show on my tour! Hug me! I love hugging!
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    Meet and Greet + Autographed Physical EP

    We'll cry together and then you can take home a souvenir from your emotionally turbulent night. EP will be shipped separately before tour.

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    Voice Memo

    I'll sing it, I'll poem it, I can give you a pep talk for your speech, I can sing happy birthday, I can help you ask somebody out, or I can just make robot noises.
    It's your world, pumpkin pie.

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    Credit in Liner Notes

    You will live forever.
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    Writer's Block

    Have me edit a poem or song lyrics over email- I'll give you tips, advice, and thoughts about your writing. You will be my grasshopper.

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    Superfan Bundle

    Bold EP, 500 Tips for Fat Girls poetry collection, Letters Don't Talk EP, Heart on my Sleeve LP, Welcome to the Age of my Body EP, and a Heart on my Sleeve journal. For the superest of super fans.

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    Lyrics for You, Babely Babe

    On beautiful poster board, I will handwrite lyrics to the song or poem of your choice, dedicate it to you with an autograph, and put fun stickers on the package like a fox kissing another fox.

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    I'm your stylist! A personalized, custom package of my favorite things based on an email exchange and questionnaire. Anything from lipstick, crystals, poems, books, scarves, to treats, healing teas, my homemade skincare mask, or even a mix CD. It's like Oprah's Favorite Things, but gayer and witchier.

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    Let's Eat!

    I'll take you and a friend to one of my favorite restaurants, and we can discuss our hopes and dreams, and how to destroy the patriarchy.
    (Applicable only in Seattle, NYC, Los Angeles, MA, CT, NH, VT)

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    All In!

    Every single reward listed above. Holy shit, that's like a whole day devoted to you.

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    Music Video Hottie

    Appear in my upcoming music video. I promise I won't cast you as a creep at the bar.
    (Filming in LA March 15/16, continental US travel included)

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    House Show

    An intimate acoustic house show. I'll play new stuff, old stuff, read poems, and host group therapy. Anywhere in the US (must be a RESIDENCE- no venues, clubs, etc). Bring your mom, bring your friends, bring a cat.
    Non-negotiable: snacks

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