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Release season has officially begun! The first single will be out on Friday, September 27th. There will be a few more singles releasing throughout the fall, and then the full album releases publicly & worldwide on Friday, January 31!
Release season has officially begun! The first single will be out on Friday, September 27th. There will be a few more singles releasing throughout the fall, and then the full album releases publicly & worldwide on Friday, January 31!
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RORIE's First Full Length Album!

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Dearest Friends, 

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: 

photo by Erin Tetterton, hair/make-up by Rachel Lane
photo by Erin Tetterton, hair/make-up by Rachel Lane

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): 

photo by Open Valve Studios
photo by Open Valve Studios

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!

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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!!!!

With Love, 

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!

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    Early Digital Download!

    Digital download and streaming access to the full album before anyone else! This is basically like pre-ordering the album, and I'll make sure you hear it early too!

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    Signed Hardcopy Album!

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    Poetry Book!

    A digital book of original poems (written/designed by Rorie) that will be released exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign + signed physical CD copy of the album mailed to your doorstep + digital download/streaming access to the full album before everyone else!

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    Backstory Booklet!

    A digital booklet with lyrics, stories behind the songs, photos, and other backer-exclusive handwritten notes and behind-the-scenes info about the making of this album! + digital book of original poetry + signed physical CD copy of the album mailed to your doorstep + digital download/streaming access to the full album before everyone else!

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    Fancy Handwritten Lyrics!

    Fancy handwritten lyrics to any Rorie song of your choice (on cardstock) + backstory booklet + digital book of original poetry + signed physical CD copy of the album mailed to your doorstep + digital download/streaming access to the full album before everyone else!

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    Postcard Set!

    A printed set of 4 lyric-themed postcards designed by Rorie and mailed to your doorstep + fancy handwritten lyrics + digital backstory booklet + digital poetry book + signed CD + early digital download!

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    Signed Vinyl!

    Signed Vinyl (!!) copy of the album + 4 printed lyric-themed postcards designed by Rorie + fancy handwritten lyrics + digital backstory booklet + digital poetry book + signed CD + early digital download!

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    "Orbit" Handlettering Poster!

    A beautiful, professionally designed (and professionally printed on high quality paper) calligraphy lyric poster with a favorite line from my previously released song “Orbit” that will look great in your house, your office, wherever + signed Vinyl + 4 printed lyric-themed postcards designed by Rorie + fancy handwritten lyrics + digital backstory booklet + digital poetry book + signed CD + early digital download!

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    Tote Bag!

    A tote-bag designed by Rorie that you can use to carry books, groceries, your gym shoes, etc. + printed “Orbit” hand-lettering poster + signed Vinyl + 4 printed lyric-themed postcards designed by Rorie + fancy handwritten lyrics + digital backstory booklet + digital poetry book + signed CD + early digital download!

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    Your Name in Album Credits!

    Your name printed in album credits! + Rorie tote bag + printed "Orbit" hand-lettering poster + signed Vinyl + 4 printed lyric-themed postcards + fancy handwritten lyrics + digital backstory booklet + digital poetry book + signed CD + early digital download!

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    The "Climate" Clock + Skype Session!

    You’ll get the actual clock used in the “Climate” music video, signed if you want (only one available!) + a 30 minute personal Skype session where we can talk about music and songwriting (I'll even play a song for you!) + all of the prizes listed above mailed to your doorstep!

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    Personalized Song!

    I will write you a personalized song! Whether it's a lullaby for your precious newborn, a song to give your grandma for Christmas, a song for your wedding, a graduation or anniversary gift - get creative! - we can Skype for 30 minutes (or discuss via e-mail, your choice!) so that I can get an idea of your story and vision, and we will bring it to life! We can decide on the final version, and I will craft and self-produce a home recording for you. We can discuss a time frame that works well for you. If you are a singer and already have some lyrics and an idea, I can help you finish it! I will provide you with a lyric/chord chart and an accompaniment track so that you can sing your song at your next performance, or in the shower! + all of the prizes above mailed to your doorstep

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    House Show!

    Oh, am I excited about this! I will play an exclusive show for you + your family + your friends. All you have to do is provide the house, backyard, church, or community center. I'll bring snacks and other fun surprises and prizes for attendees. It will be a personalized time of music and storytelling. I'd love to get to know you and hear your story too! I owe you such a party for helping to make this record happen! Must be located within 100 miles of Washington DC, New York City or Columbus, Ohio or travel costs not included. Contact rorie@roriemusic.com with any questions about coordinating your event! + all of the prizes above mailed to your doorstep

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