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Monte Pittman invites you to be a part of his upcoming album and is offering once in a lifetime incentives you don't want to miss!

Hello all! My name is Monte Pittman and I'm based out of Los Angeles.

I'm an independant artist making my upcoming album (tentatively titled "Pain, Love & Destiny") on my own. Some of my friends have strongly suggested using Kickstarter as they have been successful with it themselves. Not only will this opportunity of raising money from fans, friends and family help me make this album, but it also lets whoever is giving a donation be a part of this experience.

This album features not only acoustic guitars and vocals, but drums, bass, electric guitars, keyboards (synths, piano, and strings) ... and hopefully you.

One of the Incentives is for the person donating to sing as a backing vocalist on the album. One of the songs on the album (or last of 4) features a final chorus of as many people as I can get to sing with me. The idea is kind of like "We don't need no education" from "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd" or "Give Peace A Chance".

You record your vocals - send them to me - I add you into the track. If you're out of tune - there are ways of fixing that.

Other Incentives include a private show in your living room. Have some friends over, and we'll play for you. Also, private guitar lessons both personally and online. Private lessons have to be in the Los Angeles or Southern California area. The online lessons (Skype) will allow all of my incredible fans from all over the world to be included. If anyone has any ideas for incentives, send them my way!

12-14 songs have been written. Many which have been favorites at local shows and on YouTube.

I'm setting $5000.00 as the goal. At least 3 to 4 of these songs can be recorded. Obviously, the more money that this project raises, the more songs and higher quality product I can make.

$5000 isn't alot to make an album. It's actually close to impossible, but at least I can get what I have out there. An average studio can cost from $500 to $1000 a day. I am the fastest recorder in the west, though, and I can back that up. ; )

Not only does it cost to record, but it has to be mixed, then Mastered, then copies have to be printed. Adds help too.

So I am hoping to go over my goal, but I dont want to make it for $10,000 or $15,000 - risk not making it and have nothing at all - and these songs which I believe are the best I've ever written fade away into obscurity and I'm one of the only people who has ever heard them. I have something to say now more than ever and I know that there are people out there that need to hear this.

The amount can exceed the goal but if it is not reached, all of the money goes back to whomever contributed it.

Also I'm hoping to hire my bandmates, Tommy and Warren. (Warren even turned down Katy Perry to keep playing with me!!! Thanks Warren!) They have been playing with me live to add their dimensions to these songs. They have both been extremely supportive and push me when I don't know how to go any further with this.

With the diligent help of my manager, Lisa Claus (whom I don't think any of this would even be possible without), I feel like now is the time to strike and I've never felt like that before in my life.

The days of record labels putting up money for artists to make their albums is all but a dim light in our past. Musicians are all out there alone and we are all in this together. In a way, to me this is a very exciting time to be a performing musician. We have the capabilities and the possibilities to pave new roads for music that have never come up before. Sometimes when things are crumbling, we find our greatest achievements. Out of the black then or there in some cases comes the light again...

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your support.

Keep checking back for updates.

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    My heartfelt thanks for your support. No amount is too small!

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    Pre-release single song download. Get a song off the new "Pain, Love & Destiny" album before the official release!

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    Signed glossy 8" x 10" Fishman or Orange portrait (rare!) and a pre-release single song download from "Pain, Love & Destiny". (For international backers, please add $3 to your pledge to cover shipping).

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    Prong - Power Of The Damager era black guitar pic. Prong logo in red on one side - "Monte Pittman" on the other side

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    Autographed handwritten set list of previous shows. (For international backers, please add $3 to your pledge to cover shipping).

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    Adam Lambert - Glamnation Tour black guitar pic. Adam Lambert logo in white on one side - my printed signature on the other side.

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    Digital download of "Pain, Love & Destiny" as soon as it's available. Get it before anyone else does! You'll want this album as soon as you can get it!

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    Due to popular demand and since the other side of the planet were asleep when the first ones were released - One signed concert poster by me, Warren Willis, and Tommy Ratliff (who signed and kissed them!) of the previous live performances. (For international backers, please add $3 to your pledge to cover shipping).

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    One signed concert poster by me, Warren Willis, and Tommy Ratliff (who signed and kissed them!) of the previous live performances. (For international backers, please add $3 to your pledge to cover shipping).

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    Signed EP/CD (which ever it turns out to be) by me as well as whoever else performs on it (within reason). (For international backers, please add $5 to your pledge to cover shipping).

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    Personal 1 on 1 Skype 30 minute personal meet & greet. Let's get to know each other better!

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    16x20 color photo by Lee Cherry! (It's the same picture as my profile and the one used recently in the Longview News - Journal). Signed by both of us. This will be rolled and sent in a canister so you can put it in whatever frame goes with your interior design!

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    Guitar lessons!: Personal 30 minute guitar lesson online using Skype. Invite your friends over and make it a group lesson if you want.

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    Private invitation to the album listening party with Monte at CD release time. We'll listen to the album, maybe play a couple of songs and make sure we're not hungry or thirsty.

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    Handwritten lyrics of every song (that gets to be recorded), with the album's artwork (Framed). (For international backers, additional shipping costs to be determined)

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    Guitar lesson: Private, personal one on one 30 minute lesson in the Los Angeles area. I will come to you and teach you. You MUST have a guitar. (Acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass). My method of teaching plants the seeds that will help you keep learning for the rest of your life.

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    Be a backing vocalist on this album! The last song on the album ends with a big chorus and I want as many people as I can get to join me. You record your vocal, send it to me, and I'll put you in the track. You can record yourself using Voice Memos (iPhone), Garage Band, or Pro Tools. If you need help, I can guide you through it while you are doing it. If you are worried about pitch - that can be fixed. At the end of the song - the music drops out and it will be all of us singing together! That's something that will last forever. You will be specially credited as a "backing vocalist" in the cd liner notes. You can record your vocals as a group with your friends if you want and send in the one track of all of you. When doing the final mix of this song. I'll do a Ustream and show all of the individual vocal tracks. Kind of like when VH1 does "Classic Albums".

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    YouTube video of Monte doing one cover of person's choice (Donor must give 3 choices within reason). Is there something you want to hear me play? I'll film myself playing the song of your choice (no Mariah Carey please!) I'll mention your name and that this one is for you. Then it will go up on YouTube and the world will know your name!

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    Me playing for you! I'll play on your recording as you would like. Send me your track in an MP3, I'll play Guitar (acoustic and/or electric), Bass, or do Drum programming on it! I'll then send what I record back to you to add into your session.

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    Studio Package: Invitation to be present during a portion of the album's studio sessions. [Your vocal can also be recorded to be added to the repeating chorus on one of the songs instead of sending it in (as previously noted)!!!] We will also take your picture in the studio to add to the photo collage that will be inside the cd. You will also be credited as an Assistant Producer in the cd liner notes. We'll have lunch there (always fun while in the studio). I will personally place in your hands a complete 14 song cd demo of "Pain, Love & Destiny" that will be yours to keep. The studio sessions will take place in Los Angeles and you will have to get yourself there.

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    In-person private acoustic living room concert (within the LA area). Have your friends over and hear how some of these songs amonst others sound at home. I take requests (within reason always) and will bring some people with me to jam along if available... For outside of Southern California, you must pay for travel and lodging.

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