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We started performing together at weddings around 2013 and since then, we have performed at hundreds of weddings, festivals, and special events, mostly in New Jersey/New York, but also around the country and even into Canada. For years, we‘ve been writing music and cultivating our live act, sharpening our performance skills, and developing the materials for our first original music release. 

ABOUT OUR EP, "THERE'S A LIGHT"...

We made a 5 song EP titled There's a Light... with our friend, producer, and Alicia Key's guitarist, Hanan Rubinstein. The album was recorded over the course of 7 months in Northern NJ. Throughout those 7 months, life threw us some major curve balls. Hanan found out his mother had Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer, a disease that took the life of Jay's father just last year. (FYI She had an operation and the cancer was extracted! She is doing great now!) Nicole's 5 year marriage came to an end. Jay continued to travel between NJ for gigs and Montreal (where his family lives) nearly every week to rehearse and perform with the band at events. It is all too fitting that Kevin is the drummer since he is the one who keeps us on pace and makes sure so many essential things are getting done on a daily basis. Some of these songs we've been performing at events for 3-4 years, just yearning to one day lock down the right producer to help us translate them to a recording in a way that satisfies eternity. These are songs that reflect our journey as musicians, parents, lovers, friends, and adventurers. Our particular journey has involved the challenges we've faced staying in a busy band as we've grown older and life has become so much more complicated with the increase in personal responsibility on all levels. The time, money, and energy required to stay IN IT because you know its part of who you are and what you want for yourself, for your family, for your legacy. We've all been playing music for over 20 years and all we ever wanted was to be able to KEEP DOING IT and GET BETTER. To attract the right people and situations that foster our journey in music, keep us inspired, and allow us to feed the vision for where we see Owls & Lions now and in the future. We are already a very successful live events band. This EP is a step in a much desired direction for us, as we are finally able to get behind the stage and into your cars, houses, bedrooms, and wherever else you listen to good music. In listening to our music, we hope you feel what we've put into it AND we hope you feel compelled to share it and make memories with it throughout the years of your life. 

Let's get down to business! We paid for the tracking, mixing and mastering ourselves. We need your help with the finishing touches and getting it out to the world, which means US investing money in the proper channels to attain the kinds of exposure we will systematically leverage from song to song throughout the rest of 2019. We will rely on the guidance of established music mentors and the careful strategic promotion of key quality audio and video content we’ve created to continually win the hearts and ears of music lovers everywhere. 


HERE'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WITH THE MONEY: 

PUBLICITY & RADIO/VIDEO PROMOTION
  In order to build on our momentum and make this album a hit, we'll need a publicist to spread the word. Print/Online/Blogs - there is a process and a strategy that will be in place. We will also be working with someone to help us gain and leverage exposure through Radio and Video promotion. 

ALBUM / POSTER ARTWORK 
  We have hired one of our favorite graphic artists in the world, Mathias Valdez, to create our "limited edition" 18x24 poster and custom screen prints that will embody this EP. This guy has done epic band posters for some of our favorite bands, including Murder by Death. Let's just say, I'm pretty sure you're gonna want this artwork framed and on your wall ASAP.  

MUSIC VIDEOS
 We are excited to create a handful of unique and compelling music videos with some of our talented cinematographer friends. EVERY song will be accompanied by an awesome video concept, whether that be an animated lyric video, a live video, or an actual music video incorporating a fun narrative. The videos will only enhance the experience of the music and give you guys some nice content to experience as you're cruising the interweb.

Photo by Liz Stranburg at Cardinal Heart Photography
Photo by Liz Stranburg at Cardinal Heart Photography
Fun Goodies like Mugs, Pop Sockets, Music Boxes, Ukuleles, & More!
Fun Goodies like Mugs, Pop Sockets, Music Boxes, Ukuleles, & More!
Mahogany & Pineapple Soprano UKC Ukuleles (Made by CLOUDMUSIC, Autographed if you desire!)
Mahogany & Pineapple Soprano UKC Ukuleles (Made by CLOUDMUSIC, Autographed if you desire!)
This Black & Vegas Gold Trucker Hat is Certified Bad Ass.
This Black & Vegas Gold Trucker Hat is Certified Bad Ass.

We are psyched to offer all sorts of goodies and rewards in exchange for your contributions. From Advanced Digital Downloads of Our EP (meaning you get it before anyone else), Coffee Mugs, Autographed Tour Posters, T-Shirts, Music Boxes, Bookmarks, Retro Socks, and even Ukuleles. Some genuinely cool stuff! Those are the physical object things. The higher packages offer private experiences that involve more of our time and physical presence, like  Private House Concerts, Professional Entertainment Services (our established business in NJ/NY), and even a private post-Kickstarter celebration and listening event we are going to host on 5/30 in Montclair, NJ. 

Our House Concerts are Memorable Magic Events!
Our House Concerts are Memorable Magic Events!

Risks and challenges

Man, you wouldn't believe how much goes into all of this. The money, the time, the energy. You can't fake it. If you don't believe in yourself and your project, you just won't have the soul stamina to stick it through and get anybody else to give a $#*!. We've been lucky enough to work in tandem with some incredible artists and collaborators to help us realize our artistic visions and help make this Kickstarter a success. All we need is to make it to the financial finish line with you, our loyal support system, and this album will get released into the world on May 15, 2018! WE REALLY CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! Thank you :)

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    I WANT IT FIRST

    Be the coolest kid in school (with bragging rights!). High-Quality Digital Download of our EP - BEFORE it’s released to the public!

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    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
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    PERSONAL THANK YOU with CUSTOM BOOKMARK

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    • Beautiful Custom Thank You Card Handwritten by Us
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Custom Owls & Lions Bookmark
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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + SIGNED TOUR POSTER

    You get the Digital Download before ANYONE ELSE and our magnificent "Kickstarter Limited Edition" Psychedelic Screen printed (take a breath) Tour Poster (autographed by the band) with artwork by artist Mathias Valdez. Hang it in the hallway or above your toilet!

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    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
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    OWLS & LIONS MUG + POP SOCKET

    EVERYTHING in our $25 Reward Package, PLUS Get a Limited Edition Owls & Lions Coffee/Tea Mug and Custom Branded Pop Socket/Phone Stand. You also get 2 Free Tickets & a personal email Invite to attend our Post-Kickstarter Celebration event in Montclair, NJ on 5/30.

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    • Coffee Mug (or Tea or Whisky)
    • Branded Pop Socket/Cell Phone Stand
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
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    THANK YOU NOTE, SM SHOUTOUT, TRUCKER HAT

    You'll receive a good ole fashioned Hand-Written "Thank You" Note from us and Acknowledgement to YOU on our Social Media (Instagram & Facebook) for your support. You also get our custom Trucker Hat, plus everything in the $50 package.

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    • Beautiful Custom Thank You Card Handwritten by Us
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Social Media Shoutout on Instagram & Facebook
    • Owls & Lions Trucker Hat (Black & Vegas Gold)
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    PRIVATE WEB CONCERT + HANG BACKSTAGE

    You get a private 1 Hour Web Concert just for YOU and whoever you’re with. Let’s open up the calendar and coordinate a time to have a live stream party! Backers will also get to Hang With The Band Backstage at a future show (both before and after!), gain early admission via our personal guest list and watch soundcheck. Learn the entire pre-show ritual. We'll even let you select a song for the setlist. Only valid for NJ/NY show. Travel not included. Must be 18 or accompanied by parent/guardian. You also get everything in the $25 Package plus 2 Tickets to Tierney's!

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    Mahogany OR Pineapple Ukulele

    Made by CLOUDMUSIC, you get a Ukulele Kids Club Soprano Ukulele, Mahogany With Aquila Color Strings & Gig Bag OR our famous Pineapple Soprano Ukulele w/Gig Bag. Autographed by the band, if you desire! This is a great learning uke for kids or if you just want to be able to jam some songs and bypass the often arduous learning curve required to play guitar. Uke is fun and relatively easy to learn. You also get everything in the $50 Package!

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    • Custom Mahogany Or Pineapple UKC Soprano Ukulele
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Branded Pop Socket/Cell Phone Stand
    • 2 Tickets to Tierney's (Post-Kickstarter Listening Party)
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    HAND CRANK CUSTOM MUSIC BOX FOR KIDS

    You'll receive a beautiful Custom Hand-Crafted Music Box that plays our new song, God Bless You & Protect You. Perfect gift for someone with a new baby or young children. Tag us in, Owls & Lions is on bedtime duty for you! Backers will also receive everything in the $50 Package, including the 2 Tickets to Tierney's in Montclair, NJ on 5/30/19.

    Includes:
    • Hand Crank Classic O&L Antique Carved Wood Musical Box for Kids
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
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    GOLDEN TICKET

    You get tickets to ANY and ALL of the Owls & Lions shows you can handle (festivals not included). Backers also get everything in the $50 Package, including Owls & Lions Trucker Hat!

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    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Owls & Lions Trucker Hat (Black & Vegas Gold)
    • Branded Pop Socket/Cell Phone Stand
    • Custom Owls & Lions Bookmark
    • 2 Tickets to Tierney's (Post-Kickstarter Listening Party)
    • Social Media Shoutout on Instagram & Facebook
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    RECORD A COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOOSING

    Pick a song, any song! We'll make a high-quality studio recording of a cover song of your choosing or even one of your own original songs if you have one. Maybe you have an unfinished song you want us to help finish? We can do that too! If you can make it to the NJ/NY area for a show, we’ll put you on the guest list, let you hang backstage, and play your song live for you. If you’re not local, we’ll shoot it all on video and send it to you! You also get everything in the $50 Package with the Mug & Pop Socket!

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    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Autographed "Limited Edition" Screen Print Tour Poster
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    WE'LL WRITE A SONG ABOUT YOU / FOR YOU

    We’ll write you a custom song about you, for you or anyone you please. Who knows, it could be a hit! Last time we did this, someone hired us to write a custom song and perform it right before they proposed. She said yes! You also get everything in the $50 Package and a whole lot more.

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    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Coffee Mug (or Tea or Whisky)
    • Branded Pop Socket/Cell Phone Stand
    • Autographed "Limited Edition" Screen Print Tour Poster
    • Custom Owls & Lions Bookmark
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    HOUSE CONCERT WITH OWLS & LIONS

    You get a Private House Concert starring us! Host an intimate acoustic experience at your home, in your backyard, living room, deck or tree house. Owls & Lions will come and perform for you and make it an unforgettable event! We’ll even help you plan it and make sure the night runs super smooth. We’ve done hundreds of house concerts and we know how to run these things. For this reward, the event must be within 100 miles of NYC. You also get everything in the $50 Package and a lot more!

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    • Your very own Owls & Lions House Concert!
    • 20% of your Contribution Goes Directly to Ukulele Kids Club
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Autographed "Limited Edition" Screen Print Tour Poster
    • Coffee Mug (or Tea or Whisky)
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    WE PERFORM AT YOUR PRIVATE AFFAIR

    Having a special event? Wedding, 40th Birthday, Dinner Party? Owls & Lions caters music and entertainment to these kinds of events as a profession. Check it out! https://spinnersent.com/bands-musicians/owls-lions/
    Get US at a discounted rate only at Kickstarter. This package gets you the Owls & Lions Duo for 2 consecutive hours. That could be a Ceremony/Cocktail Hour or just a casual Hootenanny at one’s home. Backers also get an Advanced DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Signed Tour Poster, and a bunch more. There will of course be more communication between us regarding the logistics of this.

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    • Owls & Lions Guitar/Violin Duo Perform for 2 Hours
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
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    OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO CENTERED AROUND YOU

    We're really excited about this one! You know those super cool music videos that incorporate a simple narrative centered around a central character? There are so many good ones. We'll place YOU at the forefront of a high quality & professionally directed cinematic music video for one of our songs. We'll interview you and find a storyline and come up with something super compelling and unforgettable. You'll be the star of your own mini movie/music video! Plus, you'll get a bunch of other fun things included in the other levels.

    Includes:
    • EP Digital Download (Before the Release)
    • Special Digital Bundle of ALL of our Recorded Music
    • Exclusive VIP Access to our Music Videos BEFORE ANYONE ELSE
    • Social Media Shoutout on Instagram & Facebook
    • Autographed "Limited Edition" Screen Print Tour Poster
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