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Be our "label" and join us in making our next album a reality!

We are poised and pumped to work on our third studio album! Ready, set, go…

The past few years on the road have been a huge blessing to us, and we only hope we’ve reciprocated those blessings back to our friends, family and fans. What some initially thought as impossible, we’ve seen happen – touring as a 9 to 10 piece band with no manager, record label, publicist or booking agent.

The only team we’ve enlisted over the years is our Kickstarter backers. These supporters helped us make our previous two studio albums. We are forever grateful.

Now we are looking to take on our next big challenge – creating our third studio album with zero compromises.

Why $25,000?

This is our time to be bold. As an independent artist it can be extremely difficult to take a ‘no compromises’ approach in recording an album. With this next record, we want to make the best music we can with little to no limitation – this will be our most ambitious undertaking yet.

Additionally, we make every effort to pay each musician, producer, engineer, studio, arranger, mixer, photographer, videographer and everyone involved, fairly – this is how we believe it should always be done.

Based on our budgeting this is the minimum we need to achieve a “no compromises” album. Simply put, it’s expensive recording a 9 piece band in a world class studio!

Budget Breakdown:

• Studio/Production: $8,000 

• All Musicians, Horn Charts/Production: $3,500 

• Travel Costs: $2,000 

• Post Production (Mixing & Mastering): $4,000 

• Duplication, Printing (CDs, Vinyl, T-Shirts): $6,500 

• Shipping Costs: $1,000

What kind of album are we making?

Again, this is our time to be bold. This new album will push the envelope for us creatively, and we are looking to take our sound and style to the next level. We’re going to try new things and go places we haven’t been before.

We will be recording at Ardent Studios where many great R&B/Soul and Blues albums (Al Green, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan) have been created along with some truly amazing rock albums (Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, White Stripes, Lynyrd Skynyrd).

We’re looking to harness the energy of the studio, combined with what we’ve learned playing live – at the end of the day we are a Rock N’ Roll band with heavy influences of R&B/Soul, Blues and Funk, so expect nothing less.

Not familiar with us? You can get more information about the band and our music at mattstansberry.com.

What if you raise more money than the goal?

First of all, if this happens we will be completely in awe, and there may be some jumps for joy and tears shed to be quite honest.

The targeted goal of $25,000 gives us the ability to make the album we want to make and release it on CD and Vinyl, but there is always more we’d love to do. Things like adding more songs to the album, more production abilities, more high quality videos produced, acoustic studio versions created, live recordings produced, guest appearances, more merchandise options and the list goes on and on.

We just simply want to allow anyone and everyone the ability to participate, whether we are on target or over funding. If we go over, we will go bigger and do more – we promise to make you proud either way.

Anything else?

We’ve never been more inspired or excited to make music. Over the past few years of touring we’ve gotten better with each show and we’re ready to create something beyond anything we’ve ever done.

With no management, label or formal team, we consider you our team, and a part of the Romance family. Please join us in bringing a musical message, rooted in love, unity and making people feel good, to the world.

Thank you for considering being a part of our story and helping make our third studio album a possibility!

Thank you and much love, 
Matt and The Romance

p.s. we’ve created 20 unique opportunities to become a backer; however, don’t be shy – if there is something you don’t see, hit us up and let’s talk about it.

About

Matt Stansberry & The Romance is an American rock and roll band based in Oklahoma City. The 9-piece group has created a sound and style all their own by blending American popular music, blues, R&B, soul and funk. The band has independently released four studio recordings, including an EP from the historic Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

The group formed in 2012 after the addition of gospel background vocals and a horn section during the recording of a solo EP for Stansberry. As the songwriter and band leader for the group Matt’s musical message is one of love, hope and unity, and there is almost a spirituality in which his songs are written and performed. His listeners have especially come to know him for his signature smooth vocals, uplifting lyrics, improvised guitar solos, and energetic stage performances.

In 2015, the band visited Sun Studio where the staff requested a CD in exchange for a free tour. Unknowingly, the staff immediately opened the CD, began listening and loved what they heard. So much so that at the end of the tour Ples Hampton, studio staff and producer, approached the group to record at Sun. The following year, Matt Stansberry & The Romance returned to Memphis to record new music at Sun, and a PBS Sun Session taping.

Matt Stansberry & The Romance has spent the past few years touring the Midwest becoming known for their tight sound, improvisational skills and onstage dynamics.

Releases include Let’s Brighten It Up EP (2012), Crash Landing LP (2014), Heartbreaker – Single (2016) and Sun Studio Session EP (2016).

Links:

mattstansberry.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

 

 

Risks and challenges

With any project there is the potential for a number of unforeseen circumstances – people get sick, travel plans fall through or things just simply change. We’ve dealt with these things before and we’ll continue to deal with surprises in the future. Although we don’t foresee any issues that would hinder us from making this album upon successful funding, we will work to remain adaptable, flexible and creative, while pooling our talents and resources to pull this project off regardless of any potential obstacles.

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    They’re Better Live

    Download “Live at The Lab” a previously unreleased live album featuring 14 tracks recorded at the UCO Jazz Lab on July 29, 2016. PLUS, a digital download of the new record, before it is released, and a digital download of the previously unreleased single, “The Good Life”.

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    I’m Old School

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    Get an autographed Vinyl Record + an autographed Physical CD of the new album. PLUS, download “Live at The Lab” a previously unreleased live album featuring 14 tracks recorded at the UCO Jazz Lab on July 29, 2016. Plus, a digital download of the new record, before it is released, and a digital download of the previously unreleased single, “The Good Life”.

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    I Want It All

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    Online Show (Acoustic)

    Access to a 45 minute, online acoustic show featuring Matt – with stories about the music and Q&A. This is limited to 10 special guests. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    Sit In With The Band

    Musically inclined? Join the Romance during a live show on a song or two. Hey, and if it’s going well it could turn into an all nighter. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    Acappella Recording

    The vocalists in the band will record an acapella song for you. This could be your favorite Romance track or a song of your choice (Hey, maybe you want to have a Romance version of Happy Birthday so you don’t have to hear your relatives sing it ever again). The track will be delivered in high quality audio. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    A Romantic Dinner for Four

    Join the band and bring up to 3 guests for dinner and drinks (on us of course) before a show and access to the 45 minute, online acoustic show featuring Matt – with stories about the music and Q&A. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    Acoustic Show (Solo)

    90 minute live concert featuring Matt – with stories about the music (the date must be mutually agreeable, but available to travel anywhere in the world!) at your venue of choice. Matt hasn’t played a public, solo acoustic show in over 5 years, so to call this rare would be an understatement. Travel, lodging and sound system costs are additional. Feel free to discuss details of this package with us before making this selection. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    A Song Just For You (Acoustic)

    Matt will call you to get to know you, so he can write and record an acoustic song just for you, about you. This will be taken seriously and a real song will be crafted…no silly, half-hearted effort here. Creative Ideas: this song could be used as a gift or surprise song for a friend, spouse or family member. Note: Matt will retain all ownership of the song. PLUS, a digital download of the new record, before it is released, and a digital download of the previously unreleased single, “The Good Life”.

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    I’m With The Band

    An all-expenses-paid trip (includes airfare and lodging) to Memphis to experience a one-day recording session at Ardent Studios during the making of the new album. Receive an ‘executive producer’ credit on the new album. PLUS, get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    Full Romance Show – Let’s Rock!

    Two-hour concert featuring The Romance (must be within 500 miles of OKC and the date must be mutually agreeable) at your venue of choice. Includes all travel costs for the band, but please note that additional sound, stage and/or lights may be required, depending on the size and scope of the event. Feel free to discuss details of this package with us before making this selection. Receive an ‘executive producer’ credit on the new album. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    A Song Just For You (Full Production)

    Get your own song, fully produced by the Romance. Matt will call you to get to know you, so he can write and a song just for you. The song will then be taken into a world-class studio where it will be produced, recorded with the entire band, including custom horn charts, mixing and mastering. On top of that, you will be able to experience the entire recording session where you can take photos/videos, hang with the band and see how you song comes to life – includes all travel costs for you and a guest (US residents only). Note: Matt will retain all ownership of the song. Feel free to discuss details of this package with us before making this selection. Receive an ‘executive producer’ credit on the new album. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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    Romantic Weekend Getaway

    Day One: get your own song, fully produced by the Romance. Day Two: Matt will spend the day with you showing you around OKC – then enjoy a private two-hour concert with the band that evening with stories behind the music and from the road. Matt will call you ahead of time to get to know you, so he can write and a song just for you. The song will then be taken into a world-class studio where it will be produced, recorded with the entire band, including custom horn charts, mixing and mastering. On top of that, you will be able to experience the entire recording session where you can take photos/videos, hang with the band and see how your song comes to life – includes all travel costs for you and a guest (US residents only). Note: Matt will retain all ownership of the song. Feel free to discuss details of this package with us before making this selection. Receive an ‘executive producer’ credit on the new album. PLUS, Get all of the music and merchandise from the band (signed physical copies, t-shirts and digital downloads).

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