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Help fund the pressing of Preston Leatherman's newest album, and help it get into stores such as Best Buy and Barnes and Noble!

Free Download of Song off "The Departure" - http://noisetrade.com/prestonleatherman

Hi there.

If you are reading this right now, you are probably intrigued to some degree as to what is going on here. At first you were just sitting there eating a nice sandwich, and all of a sudden, a cartoon version of that boy from YouTube is on your computer screen talking about some sort of Departure.

Well my friend, let me explain.

For the past few months, I have been putting literally everything I have into producing a set of recordings that truly showcase who I am and what I can do. Recently, after countless days and nights, this fruition came to life in the form of an EP called "The Departure".

Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, although I did take piano lessons much to my shagrin, sports reigned supreme amongst my family and friends. It wasn't until I discovered the sounds of jazz, r&b, and Motown that music truly changed me and my thinking, and set me on the path to where I am today.

What started as just a secret hobby sure enough turned into a career, where, with practically nothing but a few instruments and a laptop, I took a leap of faith and moved out to Nashville, TN to fully chase what I felt I could not do in Texas.

Since being here, I have begun to travel the country playing at colleges, gained over 10,000 YouTube followers, 15,000 twitter followers, and have set myself on a path to where I eventually want to be.

The only thing that was truly holding me back was a set of recordings that could truly showcase my unique style of music.

I partnered with producer Brent Hendrich (Sanctus Real, Toby Mac, Jimmy Needham) and we collaborated on creating the most creative, musically inventive piece of work that we could.

Using hardly any session players or outside help, Brent and I would spend hours upon hours at a time in very tedious work space making sure every little detail was perfect.

Now that the album is done, it has already been given the green light to be released through LML/Allegro Music which places cd's to be sold in stores such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble!

But.......the cd's that need to be printed in order to make that happen cost quite a bit of money. Also, just getting the cd's into the stores is not it! You also need promotion and press in order to let people know that my album is available in stores!

Soooooo.....THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!

I'm starting a up a Kickstarter to see if my fans might be able to help me reach this dream of mine! Essentially, if you could be ever so kind to donate some money to the cause.....you get rewarded with various prizes! The more money you donate, the more rewards you recieve!

Even if you were only to donate $10, think of it as a pre-order for the album that you were hopefully planning on getting anyways!

If we reach the goal of $8,000, not only would we be able to get this album out into stores across the country, but would able to get it into the hands of people who can help take "The Departure" to the next level!

I truly have never been more proud of anything I have ever done and I truly think that this album will be a breaking point for me. I would love to have you come along for the ride by helping me with the cause. It will be fun :)

So please, if you enjoy my music, have ever shared one of my YouTube videos, have ever been inspired by my unparalleled sweater collection, or if you just believe in me and think I have whatever it is....please donate whatever you can.

I will love you forever :)

THANKS!

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