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This hair-tossin', pop-funkin', honey-voiced cellist is on a mission to record her first solo album and she's callin' on her community!
This hair-tossin', pop-funkin', honey-voiced cellist is on a mission to record her first solo album and she's callin' on her community!
209 backers pledged $8,800 to help bring this project to life.

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I mustache you all: will you cello-brate the making of my first full length solo record with me? 

What a wild and wonderful year it has been! This year I have traveled near and far, to and fro, from East Coast to West Coast, in sketchy white vans, in my luxurious Pontiac vibe, by space and time, plane and foot, discovering myself as a solo artist and sometimes touring with The David Mayfield Parade or Heather Mae. It has been quite the adventure and I have met amazing people in everyplace I have visited. Along the way I've written a plethora of new groovy tunes and have loved sharing them as live gems with you all. 

Now with these bunches of new, original songs, enough to fill up 2 cassette tapes front AND back, I’m ready to make my first full length album...on compact disc and vinyl, just for you! But there is one problem....someone dug up my money tree from the backyard and stole it. (haha!) Truth is, the only thing that is keeping me from finishing my project is my lack of funds to do so. Its expensive to make a record worth distributing and I’d be beyond honored, no I’d be ecstatic, I’ll jump up and down for joy and post it on YouTube, if you would be a part of this project! 

It takes a village to raise an album. And when that album grows up and gets distributed, it will be something we can all feel proud of. Making this record is the next big step in my career. I’ve got to “get er done” in order to properly promote myself and keep on climbing!  Basically, I can’t move forward without it.

What makes this so cool?  Being an independent artist allows me to work directly with you, my community, to make this record a reality, meanwhile giving you the chance to really be a part of this creative process! How cool is that?! Its like your support and love (aka dollars and cents) magically transform into CD form, for all the world to hear! Ah! I’m getting chills thinking about all the magic! 

You shall be greatly rewarded! You all work hard for da money so I want to do more than just thank you with words, I want to thank you with cool stuff aka rewards for your awesome-ness! Check out the right hand side of your screen here to see what nifty fun things you get for supporting the making of my dream....and keeping me off the streets :) 

How do I plan on "gettin’ er done" you ask? Here’s the plan! This is EXCITING!

Mr. David Mayfield, grammy nominee and international superstud, is going to be producing my album at the famous Suma Recording Studios (where The Black Keys and The Grand Funk Railroad recorded!!) in Ohio. This space is especially designed to capture the best possible sound, and it will truly be an honor/rad experience to record there. Your support will allow me to record at this venue with David Mayfield and bring in the rest of my mega talented band to record with me: Sarah Schaffer & The Clanton Road. Once the tracks are all polished up pretty, your support will allow me to have this CD and vinyl professionally printed and distributed. This is another thing I could not do without you! 

Just to make this album a reality it will take $8,000. However, if I am able to exceed my goal I will be able to take additional action to help propel this album into the universe. Like what you ask? I would be able to have my album more widely distributed through radio promotion, get great graphic design, I could make a music video or maybe even add your city to my next tour route! 

Thank you for believing!! 

Check out some highlights fromThe Clanton Road: 2012 

On the Kickstarter set filming with Sean Cassidy, Sean Beck and Alan Lock Jr.
On the Kickstarter set filming with Sean Cassidy, Sean Beck and Alan Lock Jr.
Kicked off a fabulous 2012 playing at the late night comedy show "Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater" where I met my film crew and an amazing creative community in Charlotte, NC at the NC Music Factory.
Kicked off a fabulous 2012 playing at the late night comedy show "Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater" where I met my film crew and an amazing creative community in Charlotte, NC at the NC Music Factory.
The Cumberland Caverns, 300 feet undergound in McMinnville TN, where I played with The David Mayfield Parade for PBS's Bluegrass Underground. We opened for The Del McCoury Band and The Civil Wars.
The Cumberland Caverns, 300 feet undergound in McMinnville TN, where I played with The David Mayfield Parade for PBS's Bluegrass Underground. We opened for The Del McCoury Band and The Civil Wars.
Playing at The Living Room - NYC Fall 2012
Playing at The Living Room - NYC Fall 2012
Played my song "Dragons in the Kitchen" with Doug Mcelvy's The Red Clay Revival, whos line up that night included Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and Larry Keel's mandolin man Mark Schimick at The Red Clay Revival Arts Festival in Horse Pens, Alabama.
Played my song "Dragons in the Kitchen" with Doug Mcelvy's The Red Clay Revival, whos line up that night included Railroad Earth's Tim Carbone and Larry Keel's mandolin man Mark Schimick at The Red Clay Revival Arts Festival in Horse Pens, Alabama.
Touring the North East with Heather Mae
Touring the North East with Heather Mae
Post show jamming for a cool dude fan in Pittsburg at Club Cafe
Post show jamming for a cool dude fan in Pittsburg at Club Cafe
Rockin' out with The David Mayfield Parade! Photo by Sean Beck
Rockin' out with The David Mayfield Parade! Photo by Sean Beck

Here are some things people are saying about SCS:

"Sarah is full of surprises. Her demeanor is demure, her music is dark-edged with a satirical bite. She has imagination, bravado and the technical chops to turn you into a believer." - Peter Himmelman 

"Armed with a voice as big and powerful as her cello, SCS commands the stage. I'm truly inspired by her infectious songs and engaging performance" - David Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade

"Sarah is a true music visionary and must be heard" - Spencer Drate

Risks and challenges

The downside: If I don’t make my Kickstarter goal, then I do not receive any backing support. It's all...or nothing...and I am back on the streets, recordless...sigh...I don’t want to think about. So lets make this happen together!

Share the good news! Even just telling others about this project helps tremendously. Just copy/paste this Kickstarter address to your tweetbook or what not and the word can spread like Ebola (figuratively speaking of course)!

Thank you for reading, listening and loving! Here's sending you a million billion thumbs ups, infinity hugs and high fives for supporting my music donating what you can spreading the word!

From the deepest deep of my heart,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! <3 <3 <3

<3 Sarah

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    You will be the stylish owner of the vintage dress I wore in the Monkey Whale Productions music video of "Reason's Why" performed Sarah's former duo O Mello Cello Tree in 2010 + rewards 1-7
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    Own my very first "serious" cello bow bought in 1995 in Aurora, Colorado. Ive used it in countless live shows from classical settings to the beloved rock n roll shows. + rewards 1-7 & 9

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    Mello the Cello Quilt! - Me and my fabulous mother, musician and pro quilter, internationally recognized for her talents, are making a cello quilt JUST for this one amazing KS backer! This patchwork cello quilt is inspired and modeled after my cello, "Mello," my 200 year old German cello with which I've played for nearly ten years. We will be choosing my favorite fabrics used in projects from my yesteryears...AND we will be sewing a personalized message (written by me just for you), right into the quilt. But that's not all!!! My signature along with that of David Mayfield and the rest of The Clanton Road, will ALSO be sewn right into the quilt! Cuddle up with this one of a kind blanket while you listen to the new record you helped make possible + rewards 1-7 & 9

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