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I'm raising money to make my first solo record! Come, listen in, and see if you'd like to be a part of it.
I'm raising money to make my first solo record! Come, listen in, and see if you'd like to be a part of it.
96 backers pledged CA$ 7,507 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

Producer: $3390
Musicians: $4300
Recording Studio/Engineer: $3390
Editing Studio/Engineer: $1356
Mixing Studio/Engineer: $2034
Mastering: $1500
Artwork: $1130
Manufacturing: $1695

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. 

Thank you,

Michelle

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These songs have been written for years. The band, studio, engineer, graphic designer, etc, all are committed. Not making it is not an option. :)

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    I will send you a personal letter of thanks and include a 3 track download card of my music.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $18

    You'll receive a personalized and signed copy of "See Us Through" in the mail before we even release the album! Included with your copy of the CD will be a handwritten letter of thanks for your generous contribution + a limited edition 3 track download card of my music.

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $37

    On top of your signed CD, you will be sent your ticket to the CD release show! You will also receive a handwritten letter of thanks for your generous contribution + a limited edition 3 track download card of my music.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $55

    I'll write a special shout out to you and post it on my website and social media pages!
    You'll also receive a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $69

    See what goes on in-studio. I will send you ten professionally shot, exclusive photos from the recording session. These will not be posted online.
    In addition, you'll receive a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 120 or more About $110

    Take a vocal, piano, or songwriting coaching session with me for an hour and a half (this includes Skype lessons for those overseas)!
    In addition, you'll receive a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $138

    I'll arrange a cover song, film it, and dedicate it to you via Youtube. Any song you choose! Get creative, people!

    In addition, you'll receive a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $184

    Rehearse with the band and sing in the gang choir at the CD Release Show!!
    If you've ever wanted to sing with a band, here's your chance. Take part in the rehearsal, sing with a big choir, and add your voice to the performance on the big day.

    In addition, you'll receive a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $230

    Your moment of internet fame! You and I will collaborate on a duet and film it!! You choose the song (covers or by me). Whether or not you'd like to post it is completely up to you.
    I'll also include the 10 exclusive photos, PLUS a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $459

    You've got two options here. 1) I will come to your home + perform this entire album in a solo, intimate house concert setting for you and your friends (so long as I can drive there!). I'll even bring something yummy to eat for a potluck. OR 2) I'll serenade in the background of any social or corporate event you are putting on. 3 hours worth of MW.

    AND your name will be written in the liner notes of the album!

    In addition, you'll receive the 10 exclusive photos, a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $919

    I'll perform at any event you put on, playing songs that you choose. It's a complete three hours worth of music, curated by you. I'll also send you a framed, limited edition version of "See Us Through" signed by the whole band.

    In addition, you'll receive a Youtube cover of me singing a song of your choice, your name in the liner notes, the 10 exclusive photos, a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,757

    This is a big one. I will come and perform at any THREE events of your choice. Whatever songs you'd love to hear, I'll play 'em. I will also donate my time and music to any senior citizens home or charity of your choosing (that brings us to FOUR events).
    You will also receive a framed, limited edition, signed by the whole band version of "See Us Through", and a Youtube cover or original song of your choice, posted and dedicated to you online. You will find your name written in the liner notes of the album (!!)
    In addition: I'll send you the 10 exclusive photos, a signed copy of the album in advance, a personalized, handwritten letter thanking you for your generous contribution, and your admission to the CD Release show.

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