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Help release Matt's heart-songs into the wild.
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Whew...

So, I've been putting this particular piece of writing off for awhile now, but it is time. Friends. Family. Citizens of the world. I am making a record. And I need your help.

I'm sorry that this has taken so long. The last time I had some music to give you was in high school and it took the form of some piano-vocals recorded by a dear friend at a little church. As you might suspect, I've done some living since then and I have a lot more to give. If you've seen me play a show you've heard some of the songs, but the sad truth is that they've never had a life beyond what I can do with a microphone and a piano. It is time to change all that.

The songs are written. The players are tuning their instruments. The chord charts are being printed. The engineer/producer is preparing to work his dark magic in the control room. I am ready. My Nashville family is ready. There are only a few things standing in our way - the locked doors of the recording studio and, as you saw in the video, an intimidating woman standing about 5' 8" and wearing a "Born to Run" t-shirt. How do you question an authority in a Springsteen shirt? 

In all seriousness, we're going to make this record right. Full band. Three grand is a bare-bones budget, but my friends and I will be putting our hearts and souls into this record because we believe in sharing these songs with you. The money will cover quality studio time and mastering costs as well as the compensation and general well-being of all the incredible people involved. It is the least they deserve for their dedication to this project.

So. There's the pitch. If you're even looking at this project, thank you for your support. I have been incredibly lucky to have so many people by my side the past few years, helping me to find a home sharing my songs and heart with anyone and everyone willing to listen. This project really is for you. It's for the people who believed in me before I even had the confidence to sing in public and it's for all of you who continue encouraging me to do what I love. I wouldn't/won't be anywhere without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. With your help, we'll all have something that we can be proud of. Who knows where it could go and the people it could reach?  

That's all. I better wrap this thing up before I insert any more corny jokes; there are enough of those floating around the rest of this page. Spread the word. I'll be posting some more shenanigans on this page and on the web in the days that follow. We can do this. Remember, if we don't reach our goal by the deadline, none of the money goes through. Also, any money exceeding our goal will go towards the admirable mission to print physical copies as well as fund an upcoming tour. I want to see your faces and hug your necks! Any questions, just ask. I love you all. Thanks again for always being the ones who...wait for it..."Kickstart My Heart." Oof. That one hurt a little bit.

Love, 

Matt   

P.S. If you liked the video, like this guy. He's awesome. 

http://matthorvathphoto.com/

Also, expect some pretty magical video updates from this fantastic human.

http://matthewrbaxter.com/

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 1:
    Receive a delightful video thank-you that may or may not include dancing. Also, the assurance that you are awesome.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 2:
    Get a digital copy of Matt Wright's first record one fortnight in advance (fortnight = two weeks = 14 days = fun-to-say) 

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 3:
    Procure a digital copy of the record in advance and receive a hand-written thank-you note containing a used guitar pick, signed lyric-sheet/chord-chart, and the scent of the studio. You will also receive an unreleased EP of B-sides and secret rap battles. All previous rewards included.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 4:
    All previous rewards plus a hand-illustrated, physical copy of the record, burned with love straight from my computer.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 5:
    All previous rewards plus an mp3 of a personalized song addressing a previously discussed topic of your choice, immortalizing a specific moment in time, and perhaps, encapsulating your own, unique human experience.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 6:
    All previous rewards and a thirty-minute Skype concert/date/rap session.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 7:
    300 dollars, 300 miles. I will come to your house and make you my own world-famous pancake brunch for dinner, followed by an acoustic house show featuring the song I wrote about you. Please allow time for scheduling. Also, includes all previous rewards minus the Skype date, because frankly, that will be useless for you.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 8:
    This package includes all previous rewards (except KMHP#7) and an Executive Producer's credit on the album, plus a personal thank-you in the liner notes. Also, do you plan on coming to see me at one of my shows? Good, you and a friend will get in free, no matter what. Just give me a heads up.

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 9:
    Who are you? I love you. We will have a full-band show at your house plus my famous pancakes-for-dinner. Invite your friends and enjoy a night with me as your personal musician. If you're within 300 miles, I'll be there ASAP. Outside of this range, just pay for travel, or wait until I make it to your city on tour. Includes all previous rewards (excluding KMHP's #6 and #7).

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    Kickstart My Heart Pledge 10:
    I will write a song about you. It will be a hidden track on the record. End of story. You are incredible. The world (or at least my marginally smaller audience) deserves to hear of your greatness. Includes KMHP#9 and the added bonus that I will do anything for you. Want me to follow you around for a day while I'm in town and write the soundtrack to your life? Want me to clean your house? Let me know, Producer.

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