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Nicki KrisBy Nicki Kris
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Nicki KrisBy Nicki Kris
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$1,916
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 21 2018 4:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

Thank you for visiting my fundraising campaign! My name is Nicki Kris, I’m a singer-songwriter from Raleigh North Carolina, and I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of my album, Heartbeat. This project is the culmination of years of blood, sweat, and tears… and it comes from a place of finally being true to myself and my dreams. Like many musicians, I put my creative life on hold when “the real world” began after college, but the draw to write, perform, and sing slowly gnawed at me until I couldn’t turn away from music any longer. Call it a mid-life crisis, call it an epiphany… but something in me snapped when I had a conversation with my oldest son about following his dreams, and I realized that I hadn’t been true to my own.  

The Story  

Music has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Even at a very young age, I had the urge to sing and perform, and I spent most of my childhood and middle school years finding opportunities to do so. When I started high school, my passion for music grew even deeper. Like many teenagers who turn to the creative arts, music was an escape for me… an escape from low self-esteem and a not-so-great family life. I would find myself tucked away in my bedroom, teaching myself to play a keyboard I had worked all summer to purchase myself, writing down every idea in a notebook that I still have to this day. There, in my solitude, my love for songwriting was born.  

Throughout those challenging high school years, music consumed me and made me feel alive. It became my family, filling in the missing pieces from my actual one. More and more, music became the only path I wanted to take, and the only career that made sense. Then, toward the end of my senior year, my path was altered when my older brother was killed in a car accident. His death had a profound impact on me, and I decided to put music on the back burner and go to college. I could feel my dreams slowly slipping away as I did the dutiful thing… I earned my degree, found a job, started dating my future husband, and eventually got married and had kids. Although I was happy with my life, I knew deep inside that I was giving up on my true dream as I fell into the everyday routine of a mortgage, kids’ football practice, and PTA meetings.  

Fast forward to 2011 (15 years later)… I was reading a young adult book series while recuperating from surgery, which was the first moment I had slowed down in all that time. I could feel my music dreams bubbling to the surface, pushing against the resistance I had placed there. I don’t know if it was something in the book, or my conversation with my son about following his dreams, but I could no longer keep the music bottled up. It was time, and I had a lot to say. It was like the floodgates opened and I could no longer contain my creativity!  

It all started coming together  

The music flowed within me, even stronger than when I was young, and within two years I released my debut album. I later released an EP, and between both projects, I managed to get some songs recognized nationally, get on several TV shows, and I even made the first round of the Grammys a few times! I started collaborating with a lot of people higher-up in the industry than me and found my way to producer/engineer Kevin McNoldy, who worked with Dave Matthews, Sissy Spacek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more. We eventually started co-writing on the songs he produced for me, including the title track from the upcoming “Heartbeat” album, and the single “Captain America,” which opened up a lot of doors for my music. Both videos are featured on this page, and when you listen to my voice, you can hear all the pain, anguish, and resistance I had to fight through to make the music happen. My singing isn’t just me voicing a melody, it’s my outlet to express everything I’ve gone through to reach this point. My emotions come through in every note.  

This is where you come into the story. 

For the past few years, I’ve only been releasing a song here or there as I finished each one. I really want to put out a full-length album, which would be an expression of how music is truly my “heartbeat.” I really feel that songwriting, performing, and singing is what I was always meant to do, and with the big 50th birthday coming up at the end of the year, I don’t want to waste even one more second. And, as a mom, I want my kids to know that you’re never too old to follow your dreams… and they can do anything if they work hard at it. I never want them to give up on what they believe in; I never want them to let go of what drives their heartbeat.  

Heartbeat Cover Raw Image
Heartbeat Cover Raw Image

I’ve created a budget of $12,000 for finishing the Heartbeat album, which covers mixing and mastering for the 10 songs that have already been produced, writing two more to have 12 songs in total, distributing the project online and on CD, printing a gorgeous companion booklet of the lyrics and liner notes, and PR and promotion for the project. So far, I’ve invested $6000 toward this goal, and I need your help for the second $6000. If we’re successful, the project will launch to the world during the weekend of next year’s Grammy Awards (in February 2019), but Kickstarter contributors will receive the album on October 4th, 2018. So, the project is on the fast track! There is no extended waiting time for rewards; if it’s successfully funded, then I will be finishing up the songs this summer and you’ll have music this fall! And, this campaign is the only place where you’ll be able to purchase a physical CD of the album—the general public will only be able to listen via download or streaming, as the CDs are exclusive to this crowdfunding campaign.  

If we don’t reach $6000, the project will not be funded, your credit card will not be charged, and no prizes will be sent out. If we exceed the goal, then I’m thinking about a launch party in Los Angeles during next year’s Grammy weekend… sound like fun? If it does, please help me in achieving this goal. How can you help? 

-Take a look at my “Thank You” pledge packages in the right sidebar of this page, and choose your favorite! You can pick from digital downloads, signed CDs, complete packages including a companion booklet, personalized songs, or even writing my next song with me. 

-Help spread the word by sharing this fundraising campaign through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linked In, blogs, emails, texts, or even a phone call to a family member or friend! Sharing this page with just a few people you know can make a huge difference in helping me achieve this goal. And even if you can’t contribute, remember that sharing is just as important as a contribution. 

As I launch this Kickstarter campaign, I am filled with gratitude for everyone who has helped me reach this point. It feels like the closer I get to my “truth,” or the “authentic me,” the easier it becomes to express myself musically, and to leave a lasting impression on my kids when it comes to believing in their own dreams and following them through. And I feel like I’m alive again, as my path is once again headed in the direction it always should have followed. I consider every one of you my partner on this new journey, and I can’t do it without your support! So, please join me in creating Heartbeat, as I begin this new stage of my life! 

Risks and challenges

My core team knows how to bring a project in on time; they’ve been doing this for decades! Since production is already finished on 10 of the songs, there is very little risk that this project won’t be completed, or you’ll be waiting longer than expected for your reward packages. There are unforeseen things that could cause delays with third parties (CD replication, graphic booklet printing, etc.) but we will be sending all the materials to print very early, to make sure we finish well before the deadline. Any personalized songs will be scheduled after the project launches in October. Any co-writing rewards will be scheduled after the campaign ends, and the song recording will be as time permits, either before the launch, or after. Co-writing does not guarantee that the song will be released on my own album, but it will at least be launched as a lyric video on my YouTube page. I’ll provide updates throughout the campaign, and after, to everyone who contributes… so you’ll be aware of how the schedule is coming along. We’re on this journey together, so you’re part of every step!

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    Social Media Shoutout!

    My gratitude and a social media shoutout on my Twitter, Google +, and Facebook pages.

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    Song MP3s + Social Media Shoutout!

    My gratitude, a social media shoutout on my Twitter, Google +, and Facebook pages AND a digital download of both single versions of Captain America and Heartbeat.

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    Heartbeat digital download!

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    The CD! CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE

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    A signed copy of my full CD album! PLUS a digital download of the entire project, before the release date.

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    The limited edition T-shirt!

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    A campaign exclusive t-shirt featuring the album art.
    A signed copy of my full CD album, AND a digital download of the entire project, before the release date.

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    The limited edition Drawstring Bag!

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    A campaign exclusive drawstring bag featuring the album art.
    A signed copy of my full CD album, AND a digital download of the entire project, before the release date.

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    The Perfect Combo!

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    The campaign drawstring bag and the exclusive t-shirt featuring the album art.
    A signed copy of my full CD album, AND a digital download of the entire project, before the release date.

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    The Lyric Book!

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    Includes a signed campaign exclusive “Heartbeat” lyric book featuring the lyrics, the concepts behind the songs, album artwork, and more.

    PLUS - all the previous rewards: the drawstring bag, the t-shirt, a signed copy of the full CD album, and a digital download of the entire project, before the release date.

    BONUS: also includes a CD copy of my first album, “I Come Alive,” which includes all the songs featured on Lifetime TV’s hit show “Dance Moms.”

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    Let’s Party!!

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    An invitation for you and one guest to the exclusive “Heartbeat” album pre-release listening party!

    Celebrate with me, my family and friends, and many of the people involved in making the project happen.

    Also includes all the previous rewards: the lyric book, the drawstring bag, the t-shirt, a signed copy of the full CD album, a digital download of the entire project, AND the bonus CD copy of my first album “I Come Alive,” before the release date.

    NOTE: The party will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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    A Skype Session!

    Put your dreams into action with a multi-hour Skype session with me and my producer / engineer Kevin McNoldy, to talk about how to create your own path to a successful launch of your music dream. This doesn’t have to be just about music, though… any creative endeavor will work, since building an audience is important in any field.

    Also includes my gratitude and all the previous rewards: an invitation for you and one guest to the exclusive “Heartbeat” album pre-release listening party (held in Raleigh, NC), the lyric book, the drawstring bag, the t-shirt, a signed copy of the full CD album, a digital download of the entire project, AND the bonus CD copy of my first album “I Come Alive,” before the release date.

    ESTIMATED DELIVERY October 2018 for rewards, Skype session to be scheduled after the listening party in October 2018. (All travel expenses are the responsibility of the purchaser.)

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    A song recorded exclusively for you!

    This can be one of mine, one of yours, one of your favorites, or lots of folks choose to have a song recorded for their kids (a lullaby for bedtime works great here). Or, have a song of your choice recorded as a gift for that special someone. This is a very special way to give a friend, family member, or loved one something they’ll never forget!

    Also includes my gratitude and all the previous rewards: a Skype session (we’ll need that to get the song prepared for you), an invitation for you and one guest to the exclusive “Heartbeat” album pre-release listening party (held in Raleigh, NC), the lyric book, the drawstring bag, the t-shirt, a signed copy of the full CD album, a digital download of the entire project, AND the bonus CD copy of my first album “I Come Alive,” before the release date.

    ESTIMATED DELIVERY October 2018 for rewards, Skype session to be scheduled after the listening party (All travel expenses are the responsibility of the purchaser) in October 2018, song will be recorded after that.

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    Let’s write a song together!

    The result of this pledge could end up being a song included on my next album, or the “Heartbeat” album if it’s done fast enough!

    My producer and I will work with you to further develop your song idea. Maybe you have some lyrics but need a melody or vice versa… either way, we can help! If you’ve been inspired by my story in this campaign and you want to dive into your creative side, this is it!

    Also includes my sincere gratude and all the previous rewards: a Skype session (we’ll co-write via Skype, and there’s no need for the exclusive song recording, since this is an even better version of that!), an invitation for you and one guest to the exclusive “Heartbeat” album pre-release listening party (held in Raleigh, NC), the lyric book, the drawstring bag, the t-shirt, a signed copy of the full CD album, a digital download of the entire project, AND the bonus CD copy of my first album “I Come Alive,” before the release date.

    ESTIMATED DELIVERY October 2018 for rewards, Skype session will be scheduled after the campaign ends, in case any song ideas might make it onto the “Heartbeat” album. Song will be recorded when time is available, either before the album launch or after. (Travel expenses for the pre-launch party are the responsibility of the purchaser.)

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