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7/15/19 UPDATE:

We are in the final 8 hours of the project and this thing is on fire! Over the past 30 days, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support that YOU have shown this project.

My new single, Again, is out now for you to enjoy. Thank you for becoming a part of something so special. You guys just became a darn RECORD LABEL! This short album is going to help me achieve a dream I never thought possible. 

We are only 8% away from the 5 song goal of $10,000. I think this can happen by midnight if a few more people get behind this thing and push it over the top!!

Thank you so much for the support and all of the texts, emails and calls about the new songs. 

Much love!

-Mike

7/8/19 UPDATE: 

Talk about FIREWORKS! You really came through on the MATCH CHALLENGE and we EXPLODED PAST the $7,500 goal! 

**I truly can't believe it and I LOVE you guys so, so much!**

...BUT WE STILL HAVE ONE MORE FULL WEEK LEFT!

How far can this go? Reaching this $7,500 goal means that I can now RECORD FOUR SONGS, I can PRINT the physical CDs (so backers expecting an actual CD are gonna get one), AND I'm also going to do a special ONLINE CONCERT for backers.

Now with just ONE week left... 

I'm adding TWO MORE stretch goals to (hopefully) supply everyone with AS MUCH NEW MUSIC as possible!

Here is the new challenge. If we get to $10,000 I am going to include:

  • 1 NEW song on the EP, to make FIVE TOTAL NEW SONGS!
  • An ACOUSTIC Version of the 5 song EP, to be released digitally
  • A digital "Storytellers" version of the EP, which means artist commentary from ME on EVERY SONG!

And if we can go ALL THE WAY to $12,500, I'll include:

  • A THREE (3) SONG Christmas Music EP, to be released digitally

Can we all have a "Christmas In July"? That would be merry indeed!

5 new songs will change my life. Thank you so much for your support! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Mike


Read on for my project story....


I'VE BEEN KNOCKING ON DOORS IN NASHVILLE FOR 10 YEARS...

From the day that I wanted to become a songwriter until literally this very day, I have been playing music in every kind of venue that you can imagine. I've played in restaurants, bars, wineries, church halls, music festivals, clubs, museums, aviaries, Frank Lloyd Wright's house at Kentuck Knob, some cool wedding venues, some smelly barns, a few trendy places in the city and even in a REAL greenhouse.  

There have been some high highs and some low lows in the life of my music career over the last ten years, but it's all lead up to this....


"COUNTRY LIMOUSINE" - MY BRAND NEW SINGLE!

"Country Limousine" arrives today! It is the first single that I have released in EIGHT years. Check out the single cover art above and press the play button in the top left corner to give it a listen! No, it isn't on Spotify or YouTube yet, but that’s because I want it to live RIGHT HERE on this page exclusively for you to hear.  And if you like it, your support can help me make a whole lot more of it!

This song is the result of a ten year adventure, and after working really hard and keeping the faith, I finally got to write and record songs with people that I really admire down in Nashville, Tennessee.  

So how did we get here? Please read on...

THIS IS ME, BEING INTERVIEWED FOR "AMERICAN IDOL"

Yep, out of the 16,000 people who showed up for the Pittsburgh audition, I made it through three days of auditions and into the Top 25 for Pittsburgh.  Day 3 is the day that the franchise owners decide which contestants are going to make it to the TV episode for each city. I got really close, but I didn't make it.  

You probably didn't know about my "American Idol" audition, but that is what's so cool about Kickstarter. It gives us the opportunity to connect and to be a part of something special together. 

I'm excited to open up here and share this journey with you.

YOU WERE #3 IN LUXEMBOURG???

In 2011, I released a single that miraculously climbed to #3 on the Singer-Songwriter chart in Luxembourg.  I mean, come on, thats Ed Sheeran and Simon & Garfunkel right there!  I recorded the single in Leeds, England right after my second professional basketball season ended. 

I actually transitioned from basketball to music after that season and never looked back!  Check out the screen shot from an e-mail notification I received below. Surprised doesn't even begin to describe it!

SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU TRYING TO DO, MIKE?

Well, I'm trying to make a record! This is just one of my songs. I have way more songs that I have written that I'd really like for you to hear.  I am also chasing hard after my dream of becoming a songwriter for popular country artists. 

The best way to realize that dream is to make an incredible sounding album of my best songs that everyone can hear. So really that means I get to turn into an artist myself for an album, as long as I have your support!

WHAT'S COOKING IN NASHVILLE, TN?

Long story short, I was invited to Nashville last year to attend a songwriting retreat that was hosted by a record label.  For a long weekend, I was mentored by a two-time Grammy Award Winning Songwriter and Producer and his team at their recording studio in Franklin, TN

There was a small group of us there that weekend and we all made some great strides as songwriters and aspiring professionals.  Every day, we were working in a world class studio...you know the ones...where those iconic gold and platinum albums you see on tv were hanging in frames on the wall. It was crazy!

One of the producers and I really hit it off! Having an instant musical and personal chemistry with someone else right away is a real gift. After I shared some of my songs with him, he shared the vision of the songs that he had with me. "Country Limousine", the song you heard above, is the culmination of that relationship.

PROJECT GOALS & REWARDS:

After I experienced the process of making a recording in Nashville, I was convinced  that it was finally my time to let go and share the songs that I have been holding onto for years.  So I'm doing a Kickstarter and I'm asking for you to help me reach a new goal in the life of my music career!

The most important thing to me is to make the best sounding recording of my life. I want to have a great product to share with my friends and my family, but this project can only happen if we meet a minimum goal of $3,000

At the $3,000 level, I am able to start recording music again and everyone who backs the project gets the reward package they chose. I have also set the "stretch goals," below!

Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" platform, so if we raise $2,999 dollars by the end of the campaign, no one gets charged and no new music is made.   :-(

If you're unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works, click here and learn more about it from me!

REWARD PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Mike Medved Logo T-Shirts (in Your Choice of Size)
  • Mike Medved Logo Keychains
  •  AUTOGRAPHED CDs (Note: CDs will be printed ONLY if we reach our first stretch goal)
  • Listening Party & Cookout Spots
  • Unreleased B-Sides & Cover Songs
  • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns
  • Private Shows
  •  KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Wedding Performance Packages
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • A random shotglass from my Uncle Larry's special collection
  • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
  • ...AND MUCH MORE!

Check out the full list of rewards along the right hand side of the project!

I haven't chosen the T-Shirt color scheme quite yet & I'll have a few styles to select from!
I haven't chosen the T-Shirt color scheme quite yet & I'll have a few styles to select from!

REWARD PACKAGE DISCLAIMERS:

Please reach out if you have any questions!

  • CDs will NOT be pressed unless we reach our $5,000 stretch goal
  • T-Shirts are available in your choice of size from Small to 3X-Large
  • The unreleased B-Sides & Cover Songs will be acoustic recordings, sent digitally
  • The Listening Party/Cookout will be scheduled in 2019 or 2020
  • The Custom Song will be delivered by December 2019
  • Mike retains all rights to the song he writes for the custom song bundles
  • You must contact Mike prior to booking the wedding package to ensure that your wedding date is available. Dates fill up fast!

PLEASE NOTE - Reward bundles include ONLY items listed in the reward outline. Backer is solely responsible for ALL additional costs associated with reward; including, but not limited to:

  • Travel Costs to Pittsburgh/Elizabeth, PA
  • Transportation 
  • Accommodations 
  • Bringing 1 Delicious Side to the Cookout!
  • Anything NOT Expressly Outlined in Reward

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT!

Over the years, many of you have told me "You really need to record that original song." Well...now is the time!

Thank you for supporting and believing in me over the last ten years. We have the opportunity to do something really special together and I'm excited to watch it come to life!

So much love!

-Mike

Risks and challenges

As with all products, there could be production delays. However, I'll keep everyone updated throughout the entire process.

I'm hoping to raise enough to release as much new music as possible, exactly the way I envision it. I'm so proud of these songs and can't wait to share them with you all!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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    Digital Support Pack

    For backing the project at this level, you'll be the first to receive Mike's two brand new singles - and the more money we raise the more music you get!

    Recorded and produced in Nashville, TN - you'll also receive access to a podcast episode of Mike and his partners in crime talking about the making of these two singles.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
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    CD Reward Package

    I would be honored to be one of the CDs riding around in your car with you. The more money that we raise, the more songs get added to your CD.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved CD
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
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    AUTOGRAPHED CD & T-Shirt Package

    Sport a new MM Logo T-Shirt in your choice of size and get an AUTOGRAPHED CD, You even get your name listed in the liner notes!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
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    AUTOGRAPHED CD & Keychain Package

    Hold onto those keys with an exclusive Mike Medved Keychain and AUTOGRAPHED CD. I'll even list your name in the Digital Liner Notes.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
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    Mike Medved Superfan Pack

    This reward package includes the MM Logo T-Shirt AND the keychain PLUS an AUTOGRAPHED CD and so much more, like a digital album of UNRELEASED B-Sides and cover songs!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
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    Mike Medved Worship Music Pack

    If you like country music AND songs of faith and inspiration, this package is for you. Not only do you receive the T-Shirt, Keychain, and AUTOGRAPHED CD - I'll also include a digital album of UNRELEASED worship songs & acoustic hymns (and a lot more).

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Christmas Ornament Reward Pack

    Every year I exchange Christmas ornaments with friends and family and I'd love to exchange with you! I'm sending you an exclusive Mike Medved Christmas ornament in this reward and I encourage you to send me one of your own to display on my tree! Plus a ton of other sweet items included in this reward.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Mike Medved Christmas Ornament
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Uncle Larry's Shotglass Collection

    LIMITED TO 25 BACKERS

    My Uncle Larry has collected shotglasses from around the globe and he gifted them all to me. Now I want to give you the opportunity to share in his awesome collection by backing this reward.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Random Shotglass from the "Uncle Larry Collection"
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Listening Party/Cookout (For Two)

    LIMITED TO 25 BACKERS

    Bring a friend or spouse to my place for an exclusive listening party and cookout and hear the new songs before anyone else. Plus I'm gonna include a T-Shirt, keychain, AUTOGRAPHED CD and so much more!

    PLEASE NOTE: Backer is solely responsible for travel expenses and accommodations to Pittsburgh, PA

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Two Spots (2) at Listening Party/Cookout in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    The Whole Enchilada

    LIMITED TO 20 BACKERS

    This reward pack gets you almost EVERYTHING I have to offer as part of this Kickstarter, so you don't have to choose!

    PLEASE NOTE: Backer is solely responsible for travel expenses and accommodations to Pittsburgh, PA

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Two Spots (2) at Listening Party/Cookout in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Random Shotglass from the "Uncle Larry Collection"
    • Mike Medved Christmas Ornament
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Custom Song Package

    With this package, I'll write a custom song for you. Plus, you'll get just about everything else included in the whole project.

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Custom Song - You Pick The Subject Matter
    • Two Spots (2) at Listening Party/Cookout in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Random Shotglass from the "Uncle Larry Collection"
    • Mike Medved Christmas Ornament
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Private Show Reward Pack

    I'll come to you and play a 90 minute private show for you and whomever you want to invite (within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, PA). I'll even include 20 CDs for you to give out to guests!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • 90 Minute Private Show (within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Pack of 20 CDs (For Your Guests)
    • Two Spots (2) at Listening Party/Cookout in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Random Shotglass from the "Uncle Larry Collection"
    • Mike Medved Christmas Ornament
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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    Mike Medved Wedding Performance Pack

    Do you have wedding bells in your future and need a quality music package for your big day? Back this reward for a *LOW* Kickstarter Only amount on a full day wedding performance package - which includes ceremony, live cocktail hour performance, and DJ/MC duties for the wedding with all sound equipment included. So good that you must be within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, PA.

    Be sure to contact Mike prior to making this pledge to ensure that your wedding date is available!

    Reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Full Wedding Performance Package (within 100 miles of Pittsburgh)
    • Two Spots (2) at Listening Party/Cookout in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Random Shotglass from the "Uncle Larry Collection"
    • Mike Medved Christmas Ornament
    • Mike Medved T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Mike Medved Keychain
    • AUTOGRAPHED Mike Medved CD
    • Your Name Printed in the Album Liner Notes
    • Unreleased B-Sides and Cover Songs (Digital)
    • Unreleased Worship Songs & Acoustic Hymns (Digital)
    • Digital Music (2 Singles & Hopefully More)
    • Digital Liner Notes
    • Your Name Listed in Digital Liner Notes
    • Making of: Nashville Podcast
    • MM Logo Sticker
    • All Updates + "Backers Only" Content From Mike Medved
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Funding period

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