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This is a fan-based grass roots record with some of Chicago's top musicians, an amazing producer, and powerful new songs
This is a fan-based grass roots record with some of Chicago's top musicians, an amazing producer, and powerful new songs
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I felt like this was the right time to have fans involved in the process of making a record. I've had a great number of people tell me that my music has changed and in some cases, saved their lives. I am humbled by that. I write songs from the most personal place and have found an audience of folks who relate. 

My friend Brad Taylor started as a fan and always wanted to produce some of my songs from a fan's perspective. This project started like that and quickly blossomed into me writing an overwhelming amount of songs and quickly deciding to go for a whole record. Brad also started writing songs for and with me, and i've been nothing less than blown away. We both have the same taste and sensibilities. Brad is an accomplished photographer/screenwriter and has pushed me into a new and exciting process of focused intensity.

We invited vocalist Ameerah Tatum and upright bassist Clark Sommers into the process early on. They helped shape the direction of the record. Clark plays with Kurt Elling, one of the top Jazz vocalists in the world and Ameerah was on the road for years singing backgrounds for the Brand New Heavies and Janet Jackson. Clark recommended Matt Carroll to play drums and Tom Vaitsas on keyboards, and they've perfectly rounded out the personality of this record.

The unusual and cool thing about the "perks" for this project is that the rewards are not just about receiving a signed CD. Some of the rewards are fun (I can do a badass Christopher Walken impression on your voice mail), Practical (You and/or your kid need Guitar, Voice, and Songwriting lessons, right?, Beautifying your empty walls (my paintings that range from 2'X3' to 8'x4" as well as doing a commissioned piece). You can check out examples of my paintings at Nicholasbarron.com!

This approach mirrors the idea of "it taking a village". Many of my fans have become close friends with whom I not only share my music with but an intimacy that only comes from being open and real. 

We're in a new era where funding artistic endeavors often comes from those most affected by and connected to the work. I love that idea and I'd love all of you involved on whatever level makes sense!

Risks and challenges

The great news is that I am working with very flexible, open, and extremely gifted musicians and technicians. We've been doing pre-production for over 4 months on this record. It all comes down to communication and frankness. Our setbacks could be in the form of scheduling but we are looking at having this out by April/May of 2014 and at the moment everything is already in place schedule wise. I have never felt better about any collaboration!

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    I would do a funny voice message on your voice mail. You can choose from Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Walter Cronkite,
    Charles Kuralt, or other funny made up voices that i create! Ala Karl Kassell!

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    A digital download of the CD

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    CD signed

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    I will write a powerful poem for you by hand in cardstock form. It could be for someone else, like a child and for someone's birthday for example!

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    A perfect little 8"x8" painting! This could change the whole game folks! Art that you'll have forever for a mere $50!!!! Thats incredibly cheap!

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    An 8"x10" on canvas painting. Pick a color that you love that goes with the wallpaper in your office or bathroom and i"ll incorporate it into the painting!

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    Incredible original art window that is normally $750 on the low end! This is a steal my friends!

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    A skype conversation/lesson about my songs. Interview me! Ask me anything! I love to talk and engage! I love talking about the process of writing and painting and expression in general!bring it!Lets get into baby!

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    I would customize your car, a table, a window, etc with my graffitti art. Pictures upon request! This would happen in a 3-4 hour period because I work like a spontaneous maniac! (Refer to Laura Mae Noble whose Chrysler van is covered in Black Sharpie Nicholas graffitti)

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    A funky Guitar tattoo/Graffitti /Guitart (TM) to hang on your wall or play. I usually only do this kind of work on piece of shit acoustics and mostly to hang on the wall or lean against the wall...or? Great vibe!

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    One of my 2'x3' paintings on canvas! These are usually $750-$1200. This is a great deal and way to say thanks for helping out and being a lovely person! Last 3 hours of the campaign!

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    A 2 hour Solo acoustic House concert at your house for as many guests as you'd like within the city of Chicago or surrounding suburbs.

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    A package of 5 lessons on Guitar, Voice or songwriting or package of all 3!

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    Customize your acoustic guitar with my Nicholas Graffitti/tattoo. I use Sharpie oil paint markers. You'd need to pay for the Lacquer etc. "GUITART"! PICTURES UPON REQUEST!

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    You would commission me to do a 3x4 painting for you on either wood or canvas. My work is Abstract so you would leave it up to me what the content would be but you could tell me what colors you love best that might work with your couch for example!

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    I will make a LIVE painting and perform a 2 hour concert of my original songs. You would keep the painting that could be on 3x4 canvas or wood.
    I would do this in a 3 hour period. Out of town situations would require discussion.

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    You would choose an original 3'x4'painting on wood or canvas of your liking that would normally be priced at $2750 and up.

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    You would choose an original 4'x5'painting on wood or canvas of your liking that would normally be priced at $3500 and up.

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