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It's time for a new record from Riki Michele (Adam Again)!
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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

An example of the necklace reward.
An example of the necklace reward.
An example of a mug that I will happily craft for you!
An example of a mug that I will happily craft for you!
Want an angel to stay by your side? I love making these!
Want an angel to stay by your side? I love making these!
Another example of an angel - this with a gem stone wired into the piece.
Another example of an angel - this with a gem stone wired into the piece.
Me with the Rhodes piano used on pretty much every Adam Again record. It still coaxes words and melodies out of anyone who plays it.
Me with the Rhodes piano used on pretty much every Adam Again record. It still coaxes words and melodies out of anyone who plays it.

 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.

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    ZEROS AND ONES PACKAGE
    A digital download of the whole new album sent directly and lovingly to your inbox.

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    DOUBLE DUTCH PACKAGE
    Autographed CD of the new album plus a digital download of the entire album, each delivered lovingly to your physical and virtual inboxes. Semi-instant delivery of the new song, "Into Peace" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    INSIDE EDITION PACKAGE
    We’ll deliver a commentary version of the album via download where Margaret and I discuss each song and the process of writing and recording it. Its like those Director’s commentary DVDs, but with your mind providing the images, and you can still eat popcorn while listening.

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    YOU'RE SO FANCY PACKAGE
    Exclusive Kickstarter backer T-shirt + CD (autographed) + advance digital download of the album and an immediate download of the first song.

    I used to work for a company that printed shirts and things, so I’ll be sure to make them comfy and beautiful. Oh, and for the ladies - we’ll offer ladies sizes and cuts as well - no need to wear a bulky shirt if that’s not your thing.

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    LOOKING & SOUNDING GOOD PACKAGE
    This deal includes the exclusive Kickstarter backer t-shirt, plus the CD, download, commentary and digital files of the stems. What are those, you ask? Well, they are the individual tracks from the record (guitar, bass, drums, vocals, etc.). You can make your own mixes of the record and also hear what it is we did piece by piece. How’s that for value?

    I used to work for a company that printed shirts and things, so I’ll be sure to make them comfy and beautiful. Oh, and for the ladies - we’ll offer ladies sizes and cuts as well - no need to wear a bulky shirt if that’s not your thing.

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    TIME TO ACCESSORIZE! PACKAGE (Limited to 50)
    I will send you a hand made necklace with up to four ceramic tiles with imprinted words on them. The picture in the description section is of one I made for a friend. I wear one I made for myself with the names of my husband and kids on it. I will customize your tiles with word or names. Of course you’ll also get the CD, download, commentary, stems and exclusive t-shirt.

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    MOMMA NEEDS HER COFFEE! PACKAGE (Limited to 50)
    I’ll send you a hand-crafted ceramic mug. As my kids know, there’s no talking to mommy in the morning unless she’s had her coffee. And whether you’ve got rules that strident or not, you can enjoy what Terry Taylor calls “bean squeezins” in a hand-crafted mug made by yours truly. I love making these with specific people in mind, and it’s special to think of a person’s name using these for something as glorious and simple as a mug of coffee or tea.

    And of course you’ll also get the CD, download, commentary, stems and exclusive t-shirt.

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    SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME PACKAGE (Limited to 50) A custom-crafted ceramic angel. I’ve been making these for several years now and am humbled by where they sit in peoples’ homes. I’m including some pictures of pieces I’ve made in the past. Each one is unique, and I love the idea of crafting these with individuals in mind. You’ll also get the CD, download, commentary, stems, and exclusive t-shirt.

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    MAYBE YOU’LL MAKE IT TO WIKIPEDIA PACKAGE
    We’ll include your name in the thank you credits of the CD artwork, hopefully to be forever memorialized on a Wikipedia page or some other digital storehouse of note. Of course you’ll also get the CD, download, commentary, stems, and exclusive t-shirt.

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    EXCLUSIVE ONLINE LISTENING PARTY (Limited to 25)
    The day that the digital download is available, Margaret and I will host an online “release/listening party” just for those of you who do this level or higher. We’re limiting this to a max of 25 people to keep it small and intimate, and we may bring in some special guests to visit the party.

    We’ll let you know at least a week ahead of time and send you a unique code for you to login and join us online. We’ll play the entire record for you from top to bottom, and talk through each song as we go. The party will be captured for playback for two weeks with the login info that we give you. And of course you’ll get the CD, download, commentary, stems, t-shirt and your name in the CD credits.

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    THREE THOUSAND WORDS PACKAGE (Limited to 5) If a picture is worth a thousand words, then having 3 exclusive, archival pint images from my dear friend and amazing photographer Jimmy Abegg should easily add up to 3k words. Jimmy will make handmade archival prints from the studio/photo shoot for the album. This collection of 3 prints will be exclusive to backers of this reward.

    And of course you’ll get the CD, download, commentary, stems, t-shirt and your name in the CD credits.

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    BRINGING IT BACK AROUND PACKAGE (Limited to 10)
    A new recoded version of an Adam Again or Riki Michele song of your choice, performed acoustically by me and Greg Lawless. I’ll call you personally to learn which song you’d like us to record and why, and then Greg and I will record this just for you. Includes the CD, download, commentary, stems, t-shirt and your name in the CD credits.

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    I’M WITH THE BAND! PACKAGE (Limited to 5)
    Come to Nashville and spend a day in the studio with us and sing or play on the record. I love leading people in vocal arrangements, so we’ll be sure to get your voice on the record. And as for the playing, let us know what instrument you play and we’ll get you in on the action! Guitar, bass, drums, keys, wood block, beat box, steel drum - just name it and we can get a part for you.

    Includes the CD, download, commentary, stems, t-shirt and your name in the CD credits. (you’ll need to cover your own transportation and lodging, but we’ll feed you!) We're targeting late September/early October to record, so check your calendar for this one.

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    MENTOR ME PACKAGE (Limited to 5). Get a 2-hour intensive music mentoring course via Skype with the inimitableMargaret Becker. Margaret's intensive coaching program is geared towards artists with topics like songwriting, career strategy networking, performance coaching, publishing, and distribution. You will not only walk away with your core “artistic” philosophy strengthened, but also, with the specific solutions for your unique challenges. Learn more about this unique opportunity here: http://bit.ly/1rJRdOD

    Includes the CD, download, commentary, stems, t-shirt and your name in the CD credits.

    The time of the coaching session will be worked out between you and Margaret based on mutually available times.

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    STAY CLASSY PACKAGE (Limited to 3)
    Come to San Diego for a day filled with guided tour of my favorite places, some wonderful food, and an evening concert by me and my San Diego guitar wizard friend Tim Tormey. Tim and I have been playing acoustically since 2008, performing a mix of my own songs, a few Adam Again tunes, some of Tim’s songs, and a bunch of cover songs that we just love to play.

    We’ll have one of our favorite local, intimate venues booked and reserve a front row seat for you and a guest, and we may even try to bring in a few special guests to sit in with us - it’s been known to happen! You’ll have to get yourself to San Diego and find a place to stay, but we will feed you and show you a great time.

    The goodies will be delivered in November but we can work with you on the trip here. Let's try to make that happen by June 2015

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    THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE PACKAGE (Limited to 3)
    You’ll be listed as an Executive Producer of the project. You can come to Nashville for a day, observe the recording and play and/or sing on the album. We’ll also send you exclusive photos and let you hear tracks ahead of time as we’re working on them.

    You’ll also receive an exclusive photo print by Jimmy Abegg as well as the CD, digital collection, tshirt, ceramic angel AND mug, as well as the aforementioned Executive Producer credit.

    We're targeting late September/early October to record, so check your calendar for this one.

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    CLASSY? NO, YOU’RE DOWNRIGHT REGAL PACKAGE (limited to 1)
    This is where we sort super-size a combination of things, but without the horrific cholesterol and calorie count. You’ll be listed as Executive Producer AND His or Her Highness on the CD credits. You can choose to either come to Nashville for the recording, or San Diego for the day of fun, or both if you’d like. We’ll also include you in the exclusive online listening party, as well as your own individual listening party. That means that before the other one kicks off for the group, you’ll get your own individual sneak peek listen to the entire record before anyone else, with Margaret and me as your hosts / guides through the project.

    I’ll also craft a set of 4 angels or mugs (your choice) as well as up to 5 necklaces with up to 4 tiles per piece. And I’ll play a 30-minute acoustic set with my friend Tim Tormey for you via Skype.

    We’ll also be sure to send you ideas for artwork, sequence of the record, exclusive photos and video footage and other stuff from my personal email to get your feedback on the process.

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    FACE TO FACE (Kind Of) PACKAGE (Limited to 10) Have a Skype / Phone call with Riki Michele and Margaret Becker. Up to a 30-minute phone call or Skype session with Riki and Margaret. Also includes the autographed CD, digital download and immediate download of the single and the t-shirt

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