You know, bands like Adam Again and so many of our friends were carried along by the amazingly loyal and generous community of fans that supported our music. And as was bound to happen, those “fans” often became good friends, consistent companions, and in my case, even a husband. We never enjoyed massive worldwide success, but we always felt tremendous love and support from those that resonated with our music, and that’s not something that everyone can say.
So after a few years (OK, more than a few, but less than a lot), I’m ready to record some more music! And I couldn’t be happier than to do that with my dear friend and musical conspirator Margaret Becker. Maggie and I knew of each other, but it wasn’t until we ended up going to the same church in Nashville that we really got to know each other. After some back and forth-ing on our schedules, we ended up writing together and everything fell into place. She’s an amazing musician, producer and even better person, and I couldn’t be happier to get to work together.
And as with so many of our peers, we need the continued help and support of our friends, fans and community. So we’re taking to Kickstarter to ask you to support us in this process. We’ve traded musical ideas for months, and we got together a few weeks ago to start the process and loved what we were making. We’ve got a sample of that with the song, “Into Peace”, that’s featured in the video, and that you can get a download of as soon as you join us and supporting the Kickstarter project.
We’ve tried to put together some special rewards/incentives/swag/goodies that can be both fun and meaningful to those of you who can support us. We tried to make those things that are reflections of who we are and what we love. For me, that includes my almost 15-year pursuit of pottery and creating hand-sculpted ceramic art. For Margaret, that has included producing, teaching and mentoring artists. There are other things for sure, and if you’re so inclined to escape colder climes, I’d be happy to take you on a tour of some of my favorite places in San Diego. On the flip side, you may want to join us in Nashville and sing or play on the record.
Whatever interests you, we hope to make this adventure fun, meaningful and special for everyone involved. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a bit scared (terrified, paralyzed, peeing my pants a little) by the thought of this Kickstarter thing. But we’re stepping out and going for it anyway, and excited to be able to focus on making something wonderful. We’re already challenging and pushing each other, and that’s bound to bring out the best of what we’ve got, right? Thanks ahead of time for all of your support. We’re looking forward to giving you all we’ve got.
With love and gratitude, Riki Michele
A Little Bit About The Team
I'm getting to work with a lot of great friends on this project, and I have to tell you about a few of them:
- Margaret Becker (producer). Maggie and I have a ton of friends in common, and we knew of each other for years. But when we found ourselves at the same church in 2012 we really started to get to know each other. We found we have so much in common, and our musical tastes line up so well. She's also a consumate professional, one of the smartest people I've ever met, and someone who knows exactly how to set a tone in the studio that brings out the best in everyone. I heart Margaret Becker!
- Jerry Roe (drums) and Robbie Cureton (bass). When I recorded Surround Me over a decade ago, these guys were the first two people to join the band. I heard them playing funk covers in an Irish pub one night and was blown away. They're amazing musicians and hilarious to be around. They've played with dozens of amazing musicians and I'm thrilled to get to keep making music together.
- Matt Stanfield (keys/programming). Maggie suggested we bring Matt in on the project, and I immediately recognized him as the mad scientist genius that had played piano when I sang at the wedding of our friend Mandee Radford (of the band Alathea). He is, indeed, a mad scientist genius.
- Stephen Leiweke (guitars/engineer). Maggie also suggested Stephen as a remarkable guitar player and engineer who would totally get what we were up to, and she was spot on with that. Not only is he supremely talented, but his studio isa perfect, inviting place to make music, and that comes from who he is as a person.
- Shane Wilson (mix engineer). Shane has long been one of the kindest people I've known in Nashville. And despite having tons of friends in common, we run into each other far too seldom. But when Maggie called him up he jumped in and delivered exactly what we wanted, and made us feel like we were doing him a favor, when the opposite is surely closer to the truth.
Jimmy Abegg (photography and...). Jimmy is one of my dearest friends, and he's been taking pictures of me and my family for years. So we'll keep asking him to come hang out and hope that he'll pick up a guitar or do something else that only Jimmy can do.
Risks and challenges
Margaret and I have already started tracking music, and have been communicating several times weekly to go over song ideas, arrangements and other ideas. We’re recording this in Nashville, and have reserved studio time and musicians for mid-October. We've been prepping for this for a while and are confident that we'll hit our schedule.
And with your support in meeting or surpassing our goal we’ll be able to put even more into the process to make this the best project possible. We can’t thank you enough for believing in and supporting us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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