Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
At last I will make the jazz/roots album of cover songs I have longed to make my entire career.
At last I will make the jazz/roots album of cover songs I have longed to make my entire career.
1,097 backers pledged $76,899 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Ballads project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$76,899

1,097

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Come, be part!  Should this Kickstarter campaign be successful, it will fund my 8th studio album (likely) entitled "Ballads",  a weaving of American roots music; my first album of cover songs. I can honestly say I've been wanting to make this album my whole career.  There will be jazz ballads next to traditional songs and swing and blues - it's all roots music. I will self-produce live recording sessions featuring some of the greatest musicians in the music business today, paying tribute to some of our beloved masters of yesterday (Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bobbie Gentry to name a few.) I need your help to fund live recording sessions in a professional studio, accommodating brilliant musicians and their instruments coming from various parts of America (Dennis Crouch from Nashville, TN - Chris Bruce and Jay Bellerose from Los Angeles, for instance), mixing and mastering sessions to complete the audio.  Also the cost of art design, production of CDs, vinyl and T shirts will be covered by this campaign. 

Stretch Goal:  Any additional money above the goal of $60K will allow me to further the project with a video and needed publicity. I sincerely hope to make a gorgeous album of standards for the world to hear, but the world will need to know. Publicity and marketing is very costly.  I ask you to be part of my team and join me in this dream to manifest my own album of covers (instead of singing on everyone else's albums - or being told what to do by a record company!)  Thank you profoundly for your support.  Love, Paula.

Risks and challenges

RESPONSIBILITY:
I am a veteran of the music business, hard-working and responsible with my supporters' contributions. I do not take this project lightly - I will absolutely do my best to make a lasting work of art in an economical fashion. I have self-produced most of my albums, so this falls squarely in my wheelhouse and I believe will be a very intuitively and naturally achieved album. Honestly, the challenge is in the ask, and the hope the campaign is successful. Thank you everyone.

RELEASE:
I anticipate the release of Ballads to be early 2017, TBC, regular announcements through my social media.

TOUR:
I will continue to tour steadily and come 2017, focus the songs of Ballads more prominently in my set.

PLEDGE DETAILS:
If you are a very generous donor, then our studio visit/coffee/lunch/Skype chat/concert etc. will be arranged in advance for a mutually agreeable date, time, place. Concert additional costs must be covered by you (flights - unless we are able to book within an existing tour leg, accommodations, backline gear for the concert.) Studio visit time will likely fall toward the end of 2016. Shipping charges for all items are paid by you.

SOME DETAILS ESCAPE, I'M SURE:
CD and vinyl packets were weighed and priced at the US post office, so I was able to accurately determine cost to ship these packages within the US, but cost varies state to state. Hence, I am giving you a middle compromise of cost to ship within the US. For international shipping, I simply doubled the US cost to ship. I believe this will be very fair to you, especially those of you in Asia. As I don't know in advance who my international customers will be, nor from which country you call home, I am doing my best with estimates and appreciate your patience and understanding in these details.
If there are questions or issues, I will try to be in touch promptly.

YOU, THANK YOU:
Not only are you a source of joy to me, you are the oxygen feeding the flames. I simply would not be here at album #8 without your support. I'm so grateful.

Love,
Paula.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    The first single sent to you digitally + a personal email message from me to you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Your digital copy of the exclusive Kickstarter version of the Ballads album, which includes one additional track (unavailable on the regular release.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    124 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Your digital copy of the exclusive Kickstarter Ballads album (includes one additional track unavailable elsewhere) + a short hand-written postcard to you from me.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    85 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Your digital copy of the exclusive Kickstarter Ballads album (with additional track) + your signed copy of the Ballads CD + a personal email from me from me to you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    488 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    The Billie: (Exclusive Kickstarter Ballads digital album + signed CD), limited edition T shirt for the Ballads album + a personal email from me to you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    147 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The Coltrane: (Exclusive Kickstarter Ballads Digital + signed CD), limited edition Ballads T shirt, Vinyl LP of Ballads, hand-written letter from me to you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    147 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    The Marilyn: I sing/record a personalized, original happy birthday song to you or a loved one. Delivered electronically.
    Includes the Billie.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    The Marilyn + The Coltrane

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    The Miles: You receive two additional studio tracks and the B roll (digital) - the outtakes, the laughs between the songs, the vignettes usually reserved for post-mortum remaster sessions.
    Includes the Billie and the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    The Miles + the Coltrane (+ the Marilyn.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    The Nat King Cole: choose any song and I'll cover it in dedication to you, posted on youtube.
    Includes the Coltrane.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    The Chet: half hour conversation via Skype.
    Includes the Miles + the Coltrane

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    The Bessie: handwritten lyrics to a song of your choice, with personal sketches on the side bars...a frame-able, original, zentangle-composition dedicated to you featuring lyrics and art, if you will. Includes the Coltrane + the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    The Bobbie Gentry: An extremely limited, 1990's vintage poster (excellent condition) of Paula, signed and personalized to you. Includes the Bessie + the Miles.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    The Nina: 50 minute conversation or songwriting consultation/workshop via Skype or live should calendar permit.
    Includes the Coltrane + the Miles + the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,250 or more About $1,250

    The Cannonball: VIP tickets for 2 to any concert in the US for a year (for you, or transferable to friends). With meet and greet. Includes the Coltrane + the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    The Peggy Lee: Black coffee (or cream or sugar) with me. Mutually agreeable date, time and place. Includes the Coltrane.
    Includes the Coltrane + the Miles + the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    The Johnny Cash: Lunch with me. Mutually agreeable date, time and place.
    Includes the Coltrane + the Miles + the Marilyn.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    The Emmy Lou: Studio time with me - In 2016 at a mutually convenient time, come and hang out in the control room or participate on a background track and receive production credit on Ballads. Includes the Billie or the Coltrane + the Miles + the Bessie.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $6,000 or more About $6,000

    The Dolly: The Emmy Lou plus lunch. Includes the Billie or the Coltrane + the Marilyn + the Miles + the Bessie.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    The Ella: your own concert. Mutually agreeable date, time, place, arrangements and accommodations (covered by you.) Includes the Billie or the Coltrane + the Marilyn + the Nat King Cole + the Miles + the Bessie.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (37 days)