I can’t believe I am writing this letter. It’s been a long time coming, and I am finally embarking on the journey of recording a full-length album! I have the songs, the stories, and the vision, and I’m more than ready to create a cohesive project that I hope you will love.
All of my music projects so far have been self-funded (except for the single “Restore,” which was funded here on Kickstarter). I love songwriting so much, and have worked double-time to make it happen. In an ideal world, I would fund this record completely on my own as well, and would try to make the money back over time. Through my experiences over the past few years, I have learned that it is sometimes better to ask for help. A record label would usually give an artist a lot of funding to do a project like this. So, as a completely independent artist, I’m here to ask if you all will be my record label to help get this music into the studio and into your ears! While I will still be investing my own finances into this project, I am more excited about the prospect of having you alongside me. By asking those of you who will enjoy and listen to this music to consider backing this project up front, I am able to break through barriers to make this record the best it can be. Plus, I can only imagine how much fun it will be to write you more letters while this album is coming to life.
These past five years have been full of inspiration, which ironically seems to happen during times that are both challenging and full of growth. The songs I have written tell stories about life, love, faith, breakups, loss, making commitments, growing up, marriage, the list goes on. I have a title and a full vision that has been in process for months (watch the video above to hear more)!
The 10 new songs will be a combination of both the electropop and folk sides of my music, with some fresh inspiration too. Here is a quick snapshot of where the budget for this record will go:
Anything that we raise above the goal amount for this campaign will go directly to the making of this project!! (See below for info on the STRETCH GOAL!)
This is an all or nothing campaign, which means that if we do not raise at least $15,000 by Sunday, March 24 then no funds will be raised, and I’ll have to cancel my studio time. If and when we do meet this goal, each backer will be charged only once for the amount that you pledge on the day that the campaign closes. My current goal is to finish recording the album this spring/summer and start releasing singles late summer 2019, with the full album releasing by the end of the year. There will be so many exciting steps in the process of creating this record, and I would love to be able to share this passion and dream of mine with you while it’s happening!
I have compiled some exciting incentives which are listed on the side bar next to a $ pledge amount. These include (but are not limited to) VINYL records, a gorgeous hand-lettered lyric poster, your name being included in the album liner-notes, a digital book of original poetry, handwritten lyrics and special backstories about the songs and creation of the album, a Rorie tote bag, personal Skype-hang outs and songwriting sessions, House Concerts, and even the actual clock used in the music video for my song “Climate” (see photo):
STRETCH GOAL: $20,000
While the minimum goal is $15,000, raising $20,000 would be HUGE in helping to push this album to be the best it can be. Here’s a quick snapshot of how the project will expand if we reach this Stretch Goal:
-additional possibilities for Music Videos (I plan to film at least one, but this would help to solidify the budget for that video, as resources will be tight to make that happen)
-Publicity for an album can be very expensive, and with some extra funding I will be able to promote the album in ways that will reach more listeners, which goes a long way toward making a musician’s career more sustainable
-opens up Touring possibilities once the record is released (!!!). I would absolutely love to get on the road and play these songs for you live!
So, now is the time where I take a deep breath and launch this campaign, inviting you in to make this album a reality. Thank you thank you thank you in advance, from the bottom of my heart. Let’s make a record together!!!!
P.S. – If you’ve never heard my music before, here are a few links to check out:
Storyteller Music Video (and lots more!) on YouTube
Listen to the Dawn EP (and more) on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
Risks and challenges
I am completely organized and ready to record and release this album. The main risk lies in the “all-or-nothing” nature of the Kickstarter platform. If we do not reach the $15,000 goal in 30 Days, then no one’s card will be charged, and no funds will be raised.
This urgency, however, provides the opportunity for something exciting to happen. No amount is too small. $10 is essentially “pre-ordering” the album. Thank you in advance for your support!!!
I will thoroughly update backers about the status of the project along the way, so you’ll know what to expect! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about this project, the funding, or your interest in becoming a backer. Thank you thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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