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Los Angeles-based recording artist ROB GONZALEZ is recording a new album as a tribute to American music icon Ray Charles

                      My tribute to Ray Charles 

Hey everybody! Thanks for checking this out... 

My name is Rob Gonzalez. I'm a singer and piano player (now based in LA) but originally from a suburb of Milwaukee, WI (a great town called Wauwatosa). I've been a professional musician since I left home at 19 to join my first band. I was always one of those kids who dreamed of being a musician and I've spent my entire adult life pursuing... and actually realizing... that lifelong dream.

In my early 20s, I moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Later, I spent years and years playing clubs. Eventually, I began touring colleges, becoming a very successful college touring act from 2001 - 2006. In 2008, I re-located to Los Angeles and now here I am in 2012 writing this. 

Along the way, I've somehow managed to record 4 full length solo albums, all independently made, without the help of any label. I'm a "do-it-yourself" artist who has experienced success on par with some of the most established signed acts out there. It's been a rollercoaster for sure, but mostly I've just been so grateful and happy to be able to do what I love to do.

I'm here on Kickstarter now because I have a new recording project that I want to make. It's a deeply personal project that I am SUPER EXCITED about and I think you will be too! Since the time I was a kid, I've always loved the music of American music icon Ray Charles. This past December, I woke up from a dream in the middle of the night with only one thought pulsing through my head, to make an amazing tribute to Ray. 

As any fan of Ray knows, no one will ever be able to duplicate or match his genius. Believe me, I know that too!! But with this record, what I want to do is take some of the amazing songs that Ray recorded and change the arrangements around to "modernize" and interpret them through my style. In that way, I'm paying my own personal tribute to Ray's genius, which is the best I could ever hope to do. It's just my personal way of saying "Thank You" to Ray for all that his music has brought me over the years.

Because any fitting tribute to Ray Charles requires the "best of the best," I knew I had to find the best arranger and producer and engineer and studio I could find to help me make this album. AND... luckily, I have!

Here is the team I've assembled to help me make the album:

-- Jason Goldman (an arranger for Micheal Bublé)

-- Al Schmitt (18 time Grammy winning engineer)

-- Capitol Studios' A Room (also known as the "Frank Sinatra Room") in the  "world famous" Capitol Records building in Hollywood, CA

-- A 35 piece jazz orchestra, featuring the best players LA has to offer

I've got the 1st session paid for already. We will be recording at Capitol on October 19th of THIS YEAR! It is already a done deal, no matter what happens here on Kickstarter. So what that means is, this Kickstarter effort is designed to pay for the stuff that comes up after the recording of the first session....

1. Post-production 

2. Manufacturing  

3. Marketing 

Hope all this makes sense so far...

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{{{{     THE NEW EP     }}}}

Yep... We'll only be recording 3 songs at that first session, and releasing those 3 songs as a 3 song EP... 

{ EP means "Extended Play" according to the music industry, but in simplest terms, it's really just a CD with 3 songs on it. }

I'm hoping to use this 3 song recording to drum up more excitement (in the press and in the entertainment industry) for the album project and then we'll go back and finish the rest later. In that way, these 3 songs will eventually be "Part One" of a Full Length Album to be released hopefully sometime next year (2013). 

The music of the entire album will be very similar to the style of Michael Bublé or Harry Connick Jr., so if you're a fan of that style, this album is for you! 

As you can imagine... it's CRAZY expensive to make a recording like this, which is why I'm only starting with 3 songs, instead of trying to make the entire album all in one shot. And yes, like I mentioned above, we'll be using a 35 piece jazz orchestra, which... for me... is honestly just about one of the most exciting things I can think of doing musically!

Hopefully this is all making sense. Yes, it's a lot! I can try to sum it all up by saying this is PHASE ONE of a bigger album down the line, but we want phase one to be truly extraordinary... to help make the rest easier to make.

{{{{     CHECK OUT A PAST RECORDING     }}}}

If you're not familiar with my music, here's something I've recorded in the past. It's a ballad of mine called "Tonight Is Yours" from my 2007 album, entitled: All Is Right With The World...

Also, if you'd like more info on me, please visit my website: www.robgonzalez.com

Anyway... there you have it, this is my first Kickstarer effort. Thanks so much for checking this out!! I sincerely appreciate anything you can do to help!

Peace & Love,

and Endless Gratitude...

Rob

ps. HUGE Thank You to the nice folks at Kickstarter.com!

If you love Michael Bublé or Ray Charles, you'll love this album...
If you love Michael Bublé or Ray Charles, you'll love this album...

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Just being a musician today is challenging enough. Trying to release albums as an independent artist when even well established labels struggle to do it, is an even more daunting task. But in the end, it's really all just a "labor of love"... that's why we do it. We do it because it is our true passion. Nothing else would feel quite as authentic.

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    FOR ALL YOU DANCERS: One-on-one dance class (1 hr.) with award winning film/TV choreographer TARA NICOLE HUGHES (film credits include: Chicago, Rent, Nine, Burlesque, Rock of Ages) + DELUXE album package

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    FRANK SINATRA FAN SPECIAL: Special Invitation to be present for the recording session of this project OCTOBER 19th at Capitol Studios in the world famous Capitol Records building (in the actual “Frank Sinatra Room” where Sinatra recorded countless hits) in Hollywood, CA. You will hold the actual mic that Frank Sinatra sang through in your very own hands. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!!! *NOTE: If you pledge for this please also email us at: info@robgonzalez.com and we will organize your attending the session. The session is paid for and will take place on Oct. 19 (before the Kickstarter deadline), but we will invite you on good faith that everything will work out! Thank you! DELUXE album package is of course also included!!!

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    BIRTHDAY GIFT SPECIAL: Looking to give a unique and extra special birthday gift this year? How about a one-of-a-kind video of Rob Gonzalez singing and playing of the request of your choice (you pick the song) and dedicating it straight to your loved one or friend?? Rob will also perform "Happy Birthday" for that person, as an added bonus. You'll receive the video on DVD, as well as in digital format + Rob's DELUXE album package! Rob will also include a hand-written birthday card! This is a great gift idea for someone really special.

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    CUSTOM SONG BY ROB GONZALEZ!! Rob Gonzalez will compose a song for someone special at your request based on a personal story or description. Song will be instrumental piano music only, and may include a "personal dedication" from Rob to the person of your choice. (Not a work for hire, Rob reserves and retains ownership of the composition.) + DELUXE album package

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    IN HOME CONCERT!! Rob Gonzalez will come and perform in your home. (some travel costs may apply. Pending availability according to Rob’s schedule. Limited to North America.) + DELUXE album package

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