Hi! We're Micah | Michelle!
We're a husband and wife [worship leader/singer-songwriter] duo hoping to make our second studio album. We're excited to invite you to be a part of the music making process!
The New Album :: MOMENT
This album will be a collection of songs that are inspired by, and follow the structure of, The Daily Office. WHAT is The Daily Office, you say? It's an ancient spiritual practice of setting fixed times of the day to connect with God. Each song on the album will represent a certain time of day, starting from the moment you wake up, till the moment you lay your head down to sleep, and seeks to connect the common activities of those times with God's presence. Our hope is that these songs of worship and prayer will help us remember that even in our daily comings and goings, God is with us, and that every moment can be sacred.
Here's one of the songs we hope to record:
Here are the (tentative) song names and themes:
Morning Song - (time of waking) Rising in the goodness of God. Recognizing His presence.
All Creation, Lift Your Voice - (start of work day) Calling the work of our day, and the purpose of creation, to bring glory to God.
Your Nearness Is Our Good - (mid-day) Recognizing the brokenness of our world, it's inability to satisfy us, and asking for God's nearness in the midst of it all.
Kingdom Of Heaven - (afternoon) Weary at the end of the day, an invitation to lay down our striving and rest in God's goodness.
The Table - (dinner time) Drawing a parallel between enjoying dinner with people we love, communion, and the great feast in heaven.
Examen - (evening rest time) Based on the Prayer Of Examen, a prayer of reflection at the end of the day.
Night Song - (bedtime) Laying down worry and anxiety to sleep peacefully because God is with us.
The WHY behind this album:
About 7 years ago, after having our second baby, I (Michelle) was feeling a bit distant in my relationship with God and having a hard time figuring out how to stay connected to Him throughout the day while caring for a baby and a needy toddler. My mentor at the time (shout out to Cindy Sims!) introduced me to the concept of The Daily Office - that it could look different ways - but that the idea was to set times to stop and pray, or worship, or read scripture, even if it was just for a couple of minutes! This became an anchor for me during that time and ever since then, we've thought it would be cool to write a Daily Office of songs. This album is a long time coming!
The incredible artist, Abigail Platter, has created the cover art for our album. It so beautifully depicts the theme, showing the different times of day corresponding with the songs, and will be the image featured on the rewards camping mug and hoodie sweatshirt. This will be swag you actually want!
We've had the amazing opportunity to work through our songs with Zach Bolen from the band Citizens and will have Nate Furtado (also from Citizens) as our engineer and producer. These guys come with lots of experience and creativity and have been really great to work with!
Making an album comes at a BIG cost, and with the reality that most people listen to music on streaming services (us included!), most independent artists will not get a big return on the investment in album sales. Artists now have to rely on a community of supporters and backers to get recording projects off the ground, and that's why we need you're help!
Here's a graph to show the project cost breakdown of the $20,000:
It's all or nothing!
With Kickstarter, we'll need to raise the full $20,000 by April 13 to receive any part of it. We'll either make the album soon, or we won't! LOL. We know it's a big ask, but we also know that God has given us these songs and we're putting it in His hands.
If the heavens shine upon us and we raise more than our goal, we'll put the extra money into adding instrumentation (Bulgarian orchestra anyone?) to make the album really beautiful and to help with marketing, video, design, and any tour travel costs.
Thanks so much for considering!
If you feel a connection with this album and want to be a part of making it happen, we have different options and rewards available here for you to choose from. Any amount is helpful and SO appreciated! You can also be a huge part of our team by SHARING this campaign on social media, in emails, or in person...the more people that get involved, the easier it will be to reach our goal. Thank you so much!
Risks and challenges
As always, there are challenges in making an album. Our hope is to get rolling with recording as soon as we're fully funded and hope to have it out to you by August, but there is always the potential for delays in production. If anything changes in our timeline, we'll keep you updated and part of the process!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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