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Rachel Kate is making an album & unfortunately, selling her tutu collection just isn't enough to fund it.She wants to share it w/ YOU!

In all seriousness here, friends, strangers soon to be friends, people of this incredible world, I ask you this...

What would the world be like without music? WAIT! Don't imagine that, it would be so very sad! Music and art keep our world balanced.  What's in store for the future of music?  These are the days in which many musicians are taking matters into their own hands in order to create the art they love, share it with the world, all the while surviving (eating, sleeping with a roof over our heads...etc).  Gone are the days of the major record label model. We must create a new model of "business" to get it done! How, you ask? Let's make it up!

Exhibit C. The Shaniqua Brown actual debut release USB Drive wristband
Exhibit C. The Shaniqua Brown actual debut release USB Drive wristband

I recently decided to release my album independently. I had some very nice people interested in helping me release it. I must recoup the costs of studio time I completed in July to these nice people and the studio before getting the tracks to mix/master them. I don't know about y'all, but I'm bustin' out the seams here to get this record out and it'd be super sweet if you could help me.TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A SWEET RECORD!

Step one for me is launching this project to fund my DEBUT SOLO ALBUM! Since leaving the previous band I was a part of, The Shaniqua Brown, I have returned to my roots, so to say. The songs I will include on the album have been sizzlin' in this lil' brain of mine for years and now is the time for me to share them with the world! If this project is funded, I will use the funds to:

~Pay the studio for my previous recording time

~Mix/master the album

~CD production/digital distribution

~Pressing Vinyl

~Kickstarter Fees

~Make Merchandise (stickers/tshirts/bags/posters/etc...)

~Purchase supplies for all of my handmade goodies for YOU!

Exhibit A. Handmade flyer by RK!
Exhibit A. Handmade flyer by RK!

I have shot for a lower goal than needed in hopes I will get enough to at least pay the studio and manufacture the album...should I reach, or even, exceed my goal here THE RECORD WILL BE THAT MUCH MORE AMAZING!!!!! I would put the overages toward a new laptop. Mine here is on it's last leg, about to crap out completely, and I need it for booking/promo/anything everything that has to do with making this music thing work. 

exhibit B. tour flyer made by RK!
exhibit B. tour flyer made by RK!

 I have already recorded the tracks, but I am in a bit of a state of urgency to recoup the studio costs. I will remind you that if I do not reach my goal here on Kickstarter in 30 days, I will not retain a cent of the moneys in order to complete this project and...I can't give you all those sweet treats I been offering! That being said, every little bit counts! If you can't afford a dolla (totally understand-for I am in that position myself at the moment), please share my project with your friends, family, dogs, kittys, monsters, etc...! I would greatly appreciate it! 

Thank you so very much. Really, Really-

So much love to you, and Ponies, flowers, rainbows, unicorns, long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, and whatever else it is that makes you so very happy,

Rachel Kate

THANK YOU: KEVIN HANLEY, NICK D., LESLEY CARROL, JACK BURG, JUSTIN NATHANSON, JACK's DAD AND HIS FIREPLACE, BEAR RUG, FOR HELPING WITH THE OFFICIAL KICKSTARTER VIDEO!!!!!!!!!

The album cover! artwork by Nikki Scioscia inspired by Natalie Clapp
The album cover! artwork by Nikki Scioscia inspired by Natalie Clapp
Purse Makin!
Purse Makin!
Jamey Rogers getting the tape machine ready for one of my recording sessions at the Jam Room- Columbia, SC
Jamey Rogers getting the tape machine ready for one of my recording sessions at the Jam Room- Columbia, SC
rehearsing with Diego at the Jam Room Recording Studio...err I'm taking a break reading "Dancing with Cats" while Diego rehearses...
rehearsing with Diego at the Jam Room Recording Studio...err I'm taking a break reading "Dancing with Cats" while Diego rehearses...
Sweet Rachel kate Logo by Natalie Clapp I will hand screen onto sweet T-shirts
Sweet Rachel kate Logo by Natalie Clapp I will hand screen onto sweet T-shirts
Rachel Kate's first home made cd from, i dunno, 2k8! Handmade packaging too and a track list?! WHAT?!
Rachel Kate's first home made cd from, i dunno, 2k8! Handmade packaging too and a track list?! WHAT?!
Exhibit D. A dreadie photo of/signed by Rachel Kate circa 2007. Taken and processed by Ladd Bayliss- In it's original frame from Kate Shmatie!
Exhibit D. A dreadie photo of/signed by Rachel Kate circa 2007. Taken and processed by Ladd Bayliss- In it's original frame from Kate Shmatie!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I find the risks and challenges post funding to actually be exciting and adventurous. Tis life- things go wrong all the time and it's important to keep a positive attitude in order to overcome these obstacles. My studio art degree taught me a lot of valuable troubleshooting skills. For example, If a project in class would fall apart, I had to find a new way to reconstruct it. Same goes for making this album. I am confident in knowing I can handle any obstacle that comes my way. Say "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it! +)"

FOCUS Given my Gemini-like qualities- I tend to enjoy being involved in one hundred things at once. I love and live for so much. I will be printing/sewing/gettin' er done-ing my little heart out for you! One if the biggest challenges I think I will face is trying to handle so many tasks at once after my project is funded. Between waiting tables at the Early Bird Diner (the best diner in all the land), playing shows (in and out of town), helping other people play shows, making all my kickstarter goodies, and all of the other odd jobs I get into, it's going to be a lot of work to pull this thing off! It's a lot to handle-I'm going to really work on managing/scheduling my time to the fullest so as to complete this project to the BESTEST!

There's nothing like the feeling of setting goals and achieving them. I will not view "setbacks" as "setbacks", however as "healthy challenges that make me stronger". Stuff happens, such is life. If my project is funded I will mostly likely cry tears of joy, for I will be able to better share my music and art with the world. HEY, THERE'S SO MUCH LOVE FROM ME TO YOU!

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    AWESOME!+ I will hand craft you a wallet or clutch with my envelope pattern out of oil cloth!AND -THANK YOU shout out at the album release +A Compact disk version of "Rachel Kate w/ Love & Hate" +A vinyl version of "Rachel Kate w/Love &Hate + a screen printed t-shirt of the sweet "Rachel Kate" logo by the famous Natalie Clapp + a one-of-a-kind, signed, novelty "Rachel Kate" fancy poster! (BOTH hand printed by Rachel Kate!)+Rachel Kate handwritten lyrics to one song on homemade paper

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    MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS!I'm comin' to YOU to play a house show! Invite whoeva ya want! You can choose-Rockin or listening room style. In addition to deserving THANK YOU shout out at the album release +A Compact disk version of "Rachel Kate w/ Love & Hate" +A vinyl version of "Rachel Kate w/Love &Hate + a screen printed t-shirt of the sweet "Rachel Kate" logo by the famous Natalie Clapp + a one-of-a-kind, signed, novelty "Rachel Kate" fancy poster! (BOTH hand printed by Rachel Kate!) +A handcrafted, oil cloth wallet or clutch purse. +ADMISSION to the album release +A veeery special "Thank you" listed in the album liner notes +A night on the town in Charleston, SC w/ Rachel Kate (must provide your own lodging for the night) +VIP BACKSTAGE PASSES FOR YOU AND A FRIEND AT THE ALBUM RELEASE!

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    WOWSA! SO MANY THOUSANDS OF THANKS! Tell me some more about yourself- I will write a song about you/ or for you/ or for a loved one, cat, dog, mouse, ...etc! Record it and send it to you! You also deserve a producer credit on the alubm! and THANK YOU! In addition to deserving THANK YOU shout out at the album release +A Compact disk version of "Rachel Kate w/ Love & Hate" +A vinyl version of "Rachel Kate w/Love &Hate + a screen printed t-shirt of the sweet "Rachel Kate" logo by the famous Natalie Clapp + a one-of-a-kind, signed, novelty "Rachel Kate" fancy poster! (BOTH hand printed by Rachel Kate!)+Rachel Kate handwritten lyrics to one song on homemade paper +A handcrafted, oil cloth wallet or clutch purse. +VIP ADMISSION to the album release +A veeery special "Thank you" listed in the album liner notes +A night on the town in Charleston, SC w/ Rachel Kate (must provide your own lodging for the night)+ VIP BACKSTAGE PASSES FOR YOU AND A FRIEND AT THE ALBUM RELEASE!

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