Nikki O'Neill's 2019 Album
Nikki O'Neill's album to be recorded in Los Angeles with her band. 5 new R&B/Blues/Americana songs.
2018 was an incredible year for me. I found a killer band and we played a number of shows in Los Angeles, including Hotel Cafe, The Mint (opening for Jen Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band), The Viper Room and the blues concert series hosted by Cadillac Zack (a well-known blues booker/producer in Southern California.) After our shows, people often comment on the special musical chemistry that we have and how good the songs are.
I also released two new singles; had my songs played on 100 different blues and americana radio stations around the world (thank you, DJ:s and radio hosts!), and received some very positive reviews by blues journalists in Europe and quite a flattering write-up in a local newspaper in my hometown of Los Angeles.
Now we’re entering 2019 and it’s time for a new part of the journey: new shows outside of LA, new songs... and a new album with my band. I’ve been busy writing the songs for it (some on my own, others with my lyric partner Paul Menser). It’s rhythm & blues, blues and americana... a lot of upbeat and driving songs, but also a beautiful gospel tune. And my band - featuring Rich Lackowski, Joshua Pessar and Rob Fresco - are taking them to a whole other level. You’re gonna love this album and I can’t wait for you to hear it!
I will co-produce the album together with my old friend Joshua “Cartier“ Cutsinger at Hayloft Studios in LA. He has worked on sessions with Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, kd lang and Rivers Cuomo. I love his studio and his ideas. We will record most of the album live... everybody in one room. That’s the way this kind of music is supposed to be recorded.
The album will feature five original songs. Making an album is a costly and labor-intensive project with many stages that we artists finance on our own nowadays, including the hiring of the producer, engineers and musicians; tracking; mixing; mastering; artwork and distribution. In this day and age, many artists release shorter albums and it’s a more digestible format for listeners if they’ve never heard the artist before.
The $2,000 that I’m raising for this album will go towards recording the bed tracks of these five songs and making them great. I will pitch in the rest of the funds to finance the other stages of the record that I mentioned earlier. The biggest cost is the cost of quality. This album has to sound and look great. To pull that off, I’m going with the shorter 5-song format.
I‘m incredibly grateful for all the support I got from my previous Kickstarter campaign for my 2017 EP, where I exceeded my crowdfunding goal.
Your support of this album means everything to me. I can’t wait for you to hear it, and to be able to thank all of you personally.
Risks and challenges
I don’t see any risks involved with bringing this album to life. I feel very confident and secure about the raw materials: great songs; an undeniable band chemistry; musicians with lots of soul, feel, taste and decades of experience; an equally competent co-producer/engineer who understands my vision, and a studio that I’ve really enjoyed working in before.
The challenges will be in marketing the album and getting it out to roots music media on a larger scale than last time, and in determining the right amount of manufactured physical CD copies to sell at shows and sending out to roots music radio and reviewers, since many of them are on the fence about digital releases and prefer physical CD:s. The radio play and reviews that I received in 2018 is a result of my efforts in contacting them, and I’ll definitely keep up that work.
I can’t wait to get this album out to audiences who appreciate great songwriting, real musicianship and undeniable band chemistry that holds up on stage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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