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OPERATION ENCORE is a music collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the military and veteran communities.
OPERATION ENCORE is a music collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the military and veteran communities.
217 backers pledged $25,401 to help bring this project to life.

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OPERATION ENCORE is a music collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the military and veteran communities. Our goal is to produce original music showcasing the unique talents of our artists. We hope to build on the success of our first album, released in November 2014 and successfully funded through KICKSTARTER. Since then our music has been available on iTunes, CD Baby and other outlets, and we have performed live in support of several veteran service organizations.

First Album Release Concert, 2014
First Album Release Concert, 2014

In late 2015, OPERATION ENCORE launched a search for songwriters to create a new album, and we were lucky to find some fantastic talent. We are currently finalizing a lineup that will consist of both new and returning artists. OPERATION ENCORE – VOLUME 2 will be the result of months of collaboration. In the end we will produce a professional-quality compilation of original songs that will stand on their own, and showcase some amazing talent.

Who We Are

OPERATION ENCORE was created by three Air Force pilots who have known each other for over a decade. Chris Kurek and Rob Raymond have been independently writing, performing and producing their own music since 2001. They joined with Erik Brine, a long time friend, fellow service-member, and veteran advocate in 2013 to develop this project.

With the first OPERATION ENCORE album under our belts, we are ready to take this project to the next level.

How Your Contribution Will Help

Initial fundraising efforts will cover album production costs, including studio recording, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, artwork, and logistics. As part of this unique collaborative experience, we will bring selected artists out to the studio, and we will launch the album with an epic release concert. This requires funding for travel and logistics, especially since our artists are scattered across the country, and some are still actively serving in the military. 

Operation Encore Budget

The overall budget will be just over $25,000. Your contribution will be critical to covering the extensive costs involved in producing a professional-quality album, suitable for radio play, placement in TV and movies, and other outlets that will provide exposure and create revenue opportunities for these talented artists. Additionally, your contribution will help us facilitate collaboration among veterans who share a love for music. Finally, by helping us create and distribute this album, you will help us share our artists' talent with the public they have served.

Budget Breakout
Budget Breakout

Timeline

We plan to finish recording this summer. Mixing, mastering, digital distribution, and CD manufacturing will take a few months, then we'll begin shipping. Digital Downloads will be available to contributors prior to the official release date, which we currently anticipate in Fall 2016. The next step will be our Album Release Concert, currently planned for Veteran's Day weekend, 2016.

Artists from First Operation Encore Album
Artists from First Operation Encore Album

Our Music and Progress

Our first album is available through iTunes, CDBaby.com, and through our website at operationencoremusic.com. We will also be posting some songs as they come together in the studio, as well as videos chronicling our progress on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Our Artists

The list below includes artists from our first album, those returning for the 2nd album, and some fantastic new artists...all veterans or active-duty (plus one military spouse!):

Stephen Covell
Stephen Covell
Stephen Covell
Stephen Covell
Jerry Maniscalco
Jerry Maniscalco
Jerry Maniscalco
Jerry Maniscalco
Logan Vath
Logan Vath
Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill
Rachel Hill
Andrew Wiscombe
Andrew Wiscombe
Andrew Wiscombe
Andrew Wiscombe
Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson
Tom Abbott, Steve Wilson, Rachel Hill, and Rob Raymond, performing for Snowball Express, an organization that takes care of children of our military fallen
Tom Abbott, Steve Wilson, Rachel Hill, and Rob Raymond, performing for Snowball Express, an organization that takes care of children of our military fallen
Steve Speckhard
Steve Speckhard
Rob Raymond, Keith Broecker, Tom Abbott, and Steve Speckhard performing for MOAA
Rob Raymond, Keith Broecker, Tom Abbott, and Steve Speckhard performing for MOAA
Doug Lane
Doug Lane
Doug Lane
Doug Lane
Matt Stake
Matt Stake
Chris Kurek
Chris Kurek
Chris Kurek
Chris Kurek
Tom Abbott
Tom Abbott
Joe Beasley
Joe Beasley
Theresa Denofre, Rob Raymond, and Steve Speckhard
Theresa Denofre, Rob Raymond, and Steve Speckhard
Erik Brine, Operation Encore Co-Founder
Erik Brine, Operation Encore Co-Founder
Rob Raymond and Chris Kurek
Rob Raymond and Chris Kurek

Our Partners

STEM Recording
STEM Recording
Lava Room Recording
Lava Room Recording
Brownstake Music
Brownstake Music

Risks and challenges

We have chosen several artists from across the country for OPERATION ENCORE – VOLUME 2.

We are already in the studio refining songs and laying down tracks before we bring selected artists out to the studio. We have collaborated with artists over email, phone, Skype, Facetime…you name it! Due to the nature of military service and the number of musicians we are working with, it is a challenge to fully collaborate in this way. There will be deployments, moves, and operations tempo for some, and school or work for others. Despite these challenges, we have a plan in place for all of our artists to record in the studio, and we have put together the right team to produce a top-quality album.

We also realize we are embarking on a collaborative adventure with more than a dozen people who don't know each other. One of the most rewarding aspects of OPERATION ENCORE has been the face-to-face collaboration, camaraderie, and friendship built on the common foundations of military service and love for music. This is best served by getting these musicians in the same location, around the same campfire, jamming to the same songs. It also gives us an opportunity to put on a local live gig that showcases our talented artists while spreading the word about OPERATION ENCORE.

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    Help make our new album a reality because you love veterans and music!
    You'll be able to stream our music on www.operationencoremusic.com

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    ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Includes one download of OPERATION ENCORE's second album, written and performed by current and former military servicemembers, before it's public release!

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    CD AND ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Includes CD and full album digital download of OPERATION ENCORE's second album, written and performed by current and former military servicemembers, before it's public release! Physical CDs include album artwork, pictures, bios of the artists, and lyrics to every song on the album.

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    OE T-SHIRT & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Includes one download of OPERATION ENCORE's second album, written and performed by current and former military servicemembers, before it's public release! Also, choose one of OE's cool T-Shirts. Select Men's or Women's and the size in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
    2 Koozies with OE Logo add $5
    1 Operation Encore CD & Download add $10
    1 Operation Encore T-Shirt add $20

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    BOX SET
    Includes the downloads and CDs of both OPERATION ENCORE's first and second albums, written and performed by current and former military servicemembers! Physical CDs include album artwork, pictures, bios of the artists, and lyrics to every OE song on the album.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
    2 Koozies with OE Logo add $5
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    OE T-SHIRT, CD, & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Includes one CD and one digital download of OPERATION ENCORE's second album, before it's public release! Also, choose one of OE's cool T-Shirts and select Men's or Women's and the size in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey. Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
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    OE SWAG BONANZA
    Includes both the original and new OPERATION ENCORE CDs and digital downloads, one of OE's T-Shirts and two OE Koozies. Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirt in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey. Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
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    VIP TICKET PACKAGE
    Includes the new OPERATION ENCORE CD and digital download, one of OE's T-Shirts and a VIP ticket to the Album Release Party in Phoenix this November. Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirt in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey. Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
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    VIP TICKET PACKAGE FOR 2
    Includes two new OPERATION ENCORE CDs and digital downloads, two of OE's T-Shirts and two VIP tickets to the Album Release Party in Phoenix this November. Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirts in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey. Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
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    YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS!
    Or at least on our website. In addition to VIP PACKAGE FOR 2, you will be thanked by name for you support on the OPERATION ENCORE website. Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirt in the survey that follows your pledge.

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    NAMED PATRON ON THE CD
    In addition to VIP PACKAGE FOR 4, you will be thanked by name for you support on the OPERATION ENCORE website and listed as a key Patron on the physical CD insert of the new album. Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirts in the survey that follows your pledge.

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    VIP PRE-PARTY ACESS PACKAGE FOR 8
    In addition to VIP PACKAGE FOR 8, you will be thanked by name for you support on the OPERATION ENCORE website and listed as a key Patron on the physical CD insert of the new album. You and your crew will also be invited to the private pre-party with the Operation Encore team prior to the show.
    Select Men's or Women's and the size of the T-Shirts in the survey that follows your pledge.

    **Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey. Add additional T-Shirts, CDs, or koozies by adding the appropriate additional pledge and selecting the correct items in the survey.
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    YOUR OWN PRIVATE SHOW
    Can't make it to the concert in Phoenix? We'll send two or more Operation Encore artists to you to play at your own private venue. We'll bring 20 T-Shirts, Koozies and Albums for your guests. Plus you'll be named with a big Thank You on our website and on the album insert.

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Funding period

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