See Us Through is the name of the record I'm making. It represents a collection of songs written over the last five years. These songs really clarify my search for solid ground amidst some of the personal challenges I faced throughout my early twenties. The song "Home", filmed and recorded live in my living room, is an example of those feelings precisely.
This album will feature incredible musicians like Hugh Marsh (Bruce Cockburn, Jon Hassell, Loreena McKennitt, numerous Hollywood films), Thom Gill (Bernice, Devon Sproule, Owen Pallet), and Don Rooke (The Henrys, Mary Margaret O'Hara). In addition to that, I've got an amazing band, some of whom I've been playing with since I was 16 years old. We'll be recording in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market, at a studio called 6 Nassau. The record will be layered in warm, rich sounds (Wurlitzer, Hammond B3), stacked vocal harmonies, and a tasteful selection of strange and wonderful ambiences. Think Bon Iver meets Carole King, with some serious input from Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, and an old blue hymn book. Or, listen to this. Here's another song of mine called "Battlefield (A Letter To You)"
We will be releasing the album this spring, and following it with a tour throughout Canada, the US, and eventually Europe.
I'm asking for your partnership in this investment. I so believe in these songs and their ability to resonate with people. In addition to what I have already put into this project, I will personally be contributing $3000. The final big steps are putting on a huge fundraising show in Toronto (on Saturday September 6!) and creating this online Kickstarter campaign. My budget for the recording (written below) is $18,795, however in efforts to be realistic, I've decided to keep my Kickstarter goal low at $5000. Anything above that is so very welcome and needed.
This is my budget:
Recording Studio/Engineer: $3390
Editing Studio/Engineer: $1356
Mixing Studio/Engineer: $2034
Total: $18, 795
There will be more costs following this to promote and tour the album release, which I plan on covering myself. I am asking for your help to create the actual product. Nearly everyone who contributes to this campaign will receive a copy of the album, signed and delivered to their door. Along the right side of this page you will see the list of more rewards you can receive in return for your financial help.
....this is where we part ways. Thank you so so very much for reading and listening to this campaign. I hope if nothing else, that you enjoy the music and want to share it. Please contact me if you have any questions (michellewillismusic @ gmail . com) or leave a comment on this page. Please share this message with your friends around the globe! Let's get this album made.
A whole lotta love, and very much, gratitude.
Risks and challenges
These songs have been written for years. The band, studio, engineer, graphic designer, etc, all are committed. Not making it is not an option. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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