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About this project

What's all this then?

My name's Mike Finley. I'm a singer-songwriter from Oxford, and I need your help to make the album I've been hearing in my head since I was 15.

I've been writing and singing songs for almost half of my life now. It's something I love doing and something I'm completely unable to stop doing. All the greatest moments in my life, all of the wonderful people I've met, all of the greatest joys... they've all been down to music. It helped me to connect with my friends and family in ways I never thought possible. And my songs have helped me explore parts of my brain I had no idea existed.

The Way We Are?

A few years ago I thought I'd made it - I was in Texas, I'd finished recording my last EP - "The Way We Are" with some amazingly talented people. One of my songs ended up being covered by a chap named Chris Tomlin, who put it on his album "Hello Love", which sold more than 500,000 copies and got nominated for a grammy. Sadly nothing more came of it, but I've been playing these songs since then, still just as proud as ever of them

New Day!

I've got a whole new bunch of songs that I've been playing live, shaping, and crafting and I'm finally ready to record them for the world to hear. The title - "New Day" - sums up exactly how I feel. A new awakening, a fresh start. 

But this is where I need your help! Recording is an expensive and tough old business and anything you can do to help would be insanely appreciated. I know it's a lot to ask but if we work together I know it'll be worth it, and I'll do everything I can to thank you.

I need money for recording and studio time, musicians and engineers and a producer to help craft it all, and mixing it all together.

I'll keep you all updated throughout the process. It'll be fun! Stressful, but the good kind of stressful.

You've all been so brilliant to me over the years, just need a bit more support. Thank you so much for your time! Hope to hear from you soon

Mike

Risks and challenges

With anything like this there are risks. Time runs out insanely quickly, things cost more than we think, speakers explode during particularly powerful guitar solos... but getting through the hard times makes getting to the good times even more satisfying!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    A huge thank you to you for donating and helping me to make my dream happen! You'll also get video updates throughout the recording and mixing.

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    A digital copy (mp3 format) of my album emailed to you before the official release date. And the video updates.

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    A digital copy of my album emailed to you and a signed physical copy sent to you. And, you know, video updates.

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    A digital copy of the album, a signed physical copy and a physical copy of my last EP "The Way We Are". But no video updates. Alright, fine, video updates.

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    Special digital download acoustic version of the album and everything else I've listed above.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $73

    Everything I've listed up there and a youtube cover of any song of your choice (I can also play one of my own songs if you want that in stead...)

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    Pledge £75 or more About $110

    All of the above (...with video updates, you know) plus a unique handwritten lyric sheet - complete with random doodles and scribblings - for one of my songs of your choice

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    SKYPE! Everything I've mentioned up there but I'll give you a 30 minute acoustic gig/chat/striptease on Skype as well. That's like a video update but live.

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    Pledge £225 or more About $330

    Acoustic gig - you'll get the signed physical CD and such but I will come along with my guitar to wherever you want me to play - pub, club, living room, random forest - and play my songs for you and everyone around you. Only available in the UK I'm afraid.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $734

    Full band gig! I'll get my wonderful band together to play for you wherever you want as long as we can get there. And you'll get the CD's and everything else. UK only again, I'm afraid.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,468

    Well you're clearly an amazing, if not absolutely insane, person. Come down to the studio, come out for dinner, pretty much do whatever you want with me. Within reason. You'll get everything listed above plus an Executive Producer credit.

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