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I'm recording an alternative folk album called Roots Alive, and asking my community & music fans to support the costs of this project.
I'm recording an alternative folk album called Roots Alive, and asking my community & music fans to support the costs of this project.
117 backers pledged $4,627 to help bring this project to life.

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Who am I?

Wow, that's the question of a lifetime isn't it?

My name is Asher Leigh.  

When I began playing and writing music about 8 years ago, I saw a vision that was simultaneously the most exciting (and terrifying) thing I had ever seen.  The vision was that I would be sharing myself, my life process, and my music with people everywhere.  To this I respectfully replied to my vision, 

"What music?!  And what people..."

I was 25, and at the time a shy physical therapist fresh out of grad school with no active creative outlet but my private journal.

I had never been very successful with either music, or relationship connections.  Yet something drove me to continue learning... creating... and being with both music, and people.

Songwriting has become a means of processing and integrating all the intricate challenges, joys, worries, insights, and learnings of my life.  There is something so beautiful that happens when the mind, heart, and body come together to SING TRUTH. 

What is this album about?

Ideally, you'll take a listen to some of it and decide for yourself :)  

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC HERE

The songs captured in this album tells the story of what revitalization of the human spirit can look and sound like.  The journey someone takes from being numb, disconnected, fragmented, and closed off... to receiving and expressing love at its deepest levels.  This is a brave, important journey I believe we'd all value from walking.  It is the road I've been walking my whole life, and will continue to walk until something prevents me from going any further.

When I wrote Message of Soul, a song that inspired the album project, I felt an internal call to pull together a focused collection and begin sharing my music on a larger scale.  The vehicle of music has literally carried me out of my personal hell and into a beautiful life connected with myself, others, and the mysterious Divine.  And while that's true, not all of those songs are ones I actually wanted other people to listen to.  

That changed this year :)  

Beginning with that song, Message of Soul, songs began pouring out that communicated my experience of intuition, practical instructions for living a purposeful life, deep vulnerability and authentic living, interdependent community and sacred connection.  These themes are ones I believe just one drop of in their pure form, can change any single person's life given the right moment.  I'd be honored to be a part of one of those moments, and that is the essential purpose of this album:  To spark whatever light of awareness needs to awaken within listeners, and inspires them to go deeper.

Who are the audiences that will hear this album?

Photo Cred:  Daniela Guerrero Photography
Photo Cred: Daniela Guerrero Photography

My music fans are people who want to experience "something deeper."  They are also every-day, regular kinds of people appreciating the small things in life that make everything possible -- from the way the wind feels on your face, to the reason its there at all.

They are families.

They are employees.

They are creatives.

They are healers.

They are pre-teens, teens, and young adults desiring guidance.

They are helping professionals.

They are seekers.

They are life-long learners.

Together we are a soul-inspired community:  Incredibly lovable (and loving) human beings who want to feel life openly and vibrantly.  We get along well, all of us, because we're innocent enough to ask for help along the way of meeting our challenges of expressing our truth with confidence, beauty, and grace.  And, laughing about the amazing imperfections we find along the way continually puts us in touch with our shared humanity.

It not only feels good to be in touch with our wholeness, I believe it is our next step in evolution as humans.  This is what I hope my music offers, and I want that to reach whoever wants it :)

This is the beginning of the show we played at the Raga Room last month.  It was truly a special experience for all present!

Who is helping me with this project?

I feel so freakin' blessed!!!  The Asheville community I've grown into and the team helping with this album is really the lifeblood of these songs.  Madelyn Ilana has played a significant role in helping to launch this project, and without her and the inspiration her mesmerizing violin provided, it would not be what it is.  Similarly, the support I've received on the recording side of things from audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser has been nothing short of remarkable.  

Here's Madelyn in the studio as we record some demos of the new album!
Here's Madelyn in the studio as we record some demos of the new album!

I could also name every single person who has listened to me process my life over the past 9 years, but that would take way too long  :)

What will the money be going towards?

The budget for this project is geared mainly towards 2 things:  Production/distribution of the album, and the musicians playing for it.

If you want the run-down, take a peak below....

  • Studio Time – $1400 ($350/day)
  • Musicians – $480
  • Artistic/Graphic Design – $150
  • Mastering – $500
  • Duplication – $1000
  • Shipping Costs – $450
  • Other/unexpected – $100
  • Kickstarter Fees - $350

Total needed: $4,430

Chris and I are ready to roll, and as soon as the project is funded we'll begin recording!

How long will the album take to record?

That's a great question.  These things vary in time depending on so many things.  If all goes as planned, I'll have the album recorded, produced, and delivered straight to your heart (and your home or digital mailbox) by the end of Dec 2018!

What will supporters be receiving with their pledges?

Ohhhhh, so many rich experiences....  

At the very least, I'm asking that you pre-purchase the album for $10-20 - depending on whether you listen to your music digitally or still like to bump to CD's in the car like me.

And on top of that?

  • If you're interested in self-development and growing deeper into your own creativity, I've got some serious magic to offer you.
  • If you're an organization or event coordinator and my music seems like it would serve you or your crowd somehow, pledging to this campaign is a great way for us to get connected!
  • If you're a friend and wanna see me get silly with some things, there are lots of opportunities with different pledging options :)  I encourage you to check them out.
  • And if you're a person who feels like everything that comes out of my mouth - especially the songs - offers you the deepest healing you've ever experienced....  You might be interested in receiving a specially customized song from me.  That's there too.

Conclusion...

And well, here we are.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams, that I would be living the life I am today.  

I am a musician, songwriter, and self-discovery coach.  And my next step in growing is to offer the communities I'm a part of inspiration, hope, and healing through song.

Every ounce of your love, support, and financial contribution is appreciated beyond belief -- not just by me, but by all those benefiting from the process and their results.

Thank you for being a part of this story! 

Risks and challenges

In a world where emotional intimacy is lacking in so many of us, heartfelt, connected music helps us all be more present with ourselves and our lives. I am now dedicating my life and my entire focus towards bringing more vulnerability and inspiration to the world.

At this point, I'm all in :)

In order to be here and be ready to create this album I have walked through almost every mental health imbalance imaginable, including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, co-relationship dysfunction and issues of codependency,

I've also gone more than $65,000 in debt trying to avoid listening to my intuition and following my passions and true callings, and spent over $15,000 learning how to "be myself" through professional coaching and self-development trainings.

I've written over 200 original songs, and dedicated countless hours for the past 8 years on reaching THIS GOAL.

The greatest risk I face is not meeting it.

My community has supported me every step of the way with whatever next step I've been ready for. And I have full faith that if I continue taking the first step, many helping hands will help make this dream a reality. Not just for me, but also for each and every person this album celebrates and inspires.

My success is whole-heartedly dependent on my connections with YOU, the ones who will be contributing, the connection I have with ME, the one initiating the walk, and the connections we have SPIRIT, the one fueling the mission from behind the curtain.

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    Raga Room & Community Support Team!

    A limited amount of these are available, offered first to those who attended the Raga Room Kick-off Show on Oct 5th. What a nourishing experience in getting this project rolling!!!

    You'll receive digital downloads of 3 songs on the album, and a band sticker!

    (And if you were physically AT the Kick-off show, as promised you'll receive ALL the songs on the album)

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    Movin' & Groovin'

    You'll receive a digital download of the entire Roots Alive album, along with a band sticker, so you can take this music anywhere your water bottle or laptop goes!

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    Right on time!

    With this *limited edition* supporter option, you'll receive a physical copy of the FULL ALBUM, a band sticker, a private phone call thanking you for your awesomeness, AND a personalized question designed to catalyze your growth as you let this inspired music seep into your soul.

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    Diggin' In

    Now you're in the music. Enjoy the gift of a signed hard copy of Roots Alive including its cover art, snail-mailed straight to you with a personalized token of my appreciation (it's a surprise).

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    Art-lovers' Delight

    If you're old-school like me and plenty of people, you want to hold the album in your hands, and read the lyrics booklet while you sing the songs to yourself before you go to sleep. With this package, you'll receive an original hand-crafted LYRICS book including snazzy album-themed designs along with your physical copy of Roots Alive. I'll also be making a personal video celebrating and thanking you for your contribution!

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    Musica 101

    If you've ever wanted to go deeper into your musical education, the time is now! And this is the right package for you. Along with your mailed copy of Roots Alive AND a band sticker, you'll receive an in-person or Skype music lesson with me focusing on either voice, beginning guitar, songwriting, or performance. As an added delight, you'll ALSO receive a song-a-gram! (that's me, showing up either on voicemail or in person sending someone you love a musical message of love)

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    Fam Jam!

    If you've got family and/or friends who are just starting to feel like a musical community and you want to take it to the next level, this is totally your jam! Your Fam Jam. Along with receiving your physical copy of Roots Alive AND a band sticker, we'll schedule time in the next few months for me to lead you and yours through an interactive, educational, (probably transformational), and DEFINITELY fun group jam sesh at a location of your choice. I'll also throw in an autographed photo of me to remember the awesome experience we had!

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    • Signed copy of Roots Alive w/ album art + lyrics book
    • Fam Jam! Experience a family jam session w/ Asher
    • 1 Autographed Photo of Asher in the style of your choice
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    "Voice of Love" Creative Empowerment

    If you're someone who's still looking for your artistic voice (literally or figuratively) and/or need some healing in this area, I SEE you. And you ARE supported! In addition to performing my own music, I also coach creatives, soon-to-be-creatives, and wanna-be-more creatives on how to activate their "voice of love" moving beyond artistic trauma and into the freedom of authentic, loving expression.
    And as a thank you for supporting my album at this level, you'll receive a powerhouse 1-hr self-discovery session focused solely on your inner and outer voice discovery (along with your physical copy of Roots Alive). Included in this package is a personalized affirmation that we'll create in your session specifically for your healing process, as well as a personalized poem that I'll write JUST for you and your process :)

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    • Private "Voice of Love" creative empowerment session w/ Asher
    • Personalized Affirmation created for your individual growth
    • Hand-written, original poem created for a purpose of your choice
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    Play & Tell

    If you love the combination of performance AND experiential education I bring, choose this pledge and you'll get them both in full, vibrant, living color! In addition to your physical copy of Roots Alive (and the band sticker), I'll offer you or your organization/event a 1-hr set of live music + a 30-45 min Creative Empowerment workshop personalized for your crowd. (this is an incredibly healing combo, in case you were curious!) I'll ALSO create a promotional video of your style, thanking and celebrating you and your business, organization, or event!

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    • 1-hr Roots Alive music performance
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    Ready to RADIATE!

    Would you believe me if I told you I wasn't a singer, songwriter, or performer 9 years ago? Well, it's true. And if you're ready to SERIOUSLY dive into your creative/spiritual/everything process and discover the miracles of creative empowerment, my creative brain is YOURS for 1 month! I'll support your first steps towards your own creative awakening, and help you come 1 step closer to radiating your truth in ways you've only dreamed of doing. In this package you'll receive 1 month of creative/spiritual coaching support including 4 live sessions, a personalized affirmation we'll discover together for your growth, and consistent email support. You'll also receive a signed physical copy of the album, and a band sticker for your inspired use!

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    Customized Song

    If the timing of this campaign lines up with a special event you're planning for the coming months or year, or if you're just feelin' it... I'll write a customized, original song with just you, your loved one, your cause, or your idea in mind. And if you've never had the opportunity to be at the center of a special piece of music that speaks straight to your heart, I can honestly say, it's an amazing feeling offering incredible healing and validation. We'll have a 1-hr session figuring out your desired preferences for the song, AND, you also get a band sticker, and signed physical copy of the album. :)

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