About

Hey there, my name is Sarah Eide (pronounced Ay-Duh).

I’m a pianist, composer and singer-songwriter, and I’m looking for your help in releasing my first fully produced full length album, “Dreams on Hold”.

I’ve been playing and writing music for as long as I can remember, and for just as long I’ve felt this deep sense of purpose as an artist and creator.  

It’s a hard thing to admit publicly, but it’s been a calling, and I’ve never abandoned it. My purpose and mission as an artist has been simply to create music that positively impacts others. Along with that sense of purpose, I’ve always worked towards creating art that fulfills three things:

  • That it’s beautiful and proficient 
  • That it possesses a vulnerable quality
  • That it’s driven by a vision 

All my favorite albums are like that, and I believe I’ve achieved that with this album.

“Dreams on Hold” is about the conflict between what we are working towards and life’s twists and turns.

It’s about those moments when you feel like you're at tug of war between your aspirations and life’s priorities. Those moments when you're not sure if the sacrifices your making are making any difference. But also those moments when you look back and realize that the unexpected twists and turns ended up offering more joy then you could have ever imagined for yourself. 

In short, I’ve made an album the I believe is vulnerable and moving.

The sonic landscape of this album is heavily influenced by American roots music.

Everything from Appalachian folk to New Orleans jazz, and bluegrass to gospel. This is the music that’s been inspiring me for the past few years, and for me, this is the kind of music that is most like an unfiltered expression of everyday life in its spontaneity and warmth. 

The team I've pulled together is truly amazing. 

This album sounds AMAZING, and so much of that is due to the incredible group of Chicago based musicians I’ve been able to work with, all of whom have their own amazing projects.

While I’m the songwriter and producer of this album, every song on this record has been a collaboration with each of these talented folk,  who’ve all (generously) left their unique mark. 

So much is ALSO due to the fantastic, professional, meticulous, perhaps OBSESSIVE engineers I've had the pleasure to work with (Anthony Gravino, Yuri Lysoivanov and Victoria  Salazar) and the studios I was lucky enough to record in (Transient Sound, Chicago Recording Company, Electric Audio and Flashpoint Chicago). 

And by the way, back in January of this year I released the first single off this album, "Shadow" (a 2017 Great American Song Contest Finalist)! 

The album is done, but here comes the scary part...

I’ve invested a WHOLE BUNCH to get this far...money, time, blood, sweat and all the tears! But now it's time to put it out to the world. As you probably know, I’m an indie artist and currently, I wear all the hats. I really believe in this album and the impact it can make, and I need help and support. The reality is, there are still a number of things to do to give this album a proper release, and they aren’t free :)

The successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign will allow me to:

  • create music videos for TWO songs on the album
  • develop promotional material (professional photos, press release, etc)
  • get some basic PR (guerrilla style PR!)

Anything PAST my goal, means I’ll be able to promote this album even MORE, for example tour with a band after the album is released, pay for a proper radio campaign, make more video content... 

In short: more funding → better marketing → bigger impact 

So I would LOVE for you to join me in allowing this album to make the biggest impact possible. 

For any pledge amount over $5 you get a NEW single from the album within 48 hours  and a handwritten thank you note from me <3

For any pledge amount over $15 you get a digital copy of the album by February, which is months before the official release (May 2019)!  And for $25 and over you get a physical copy of the album sent to you by snail mail in April.

I’m also offering a bunch of extras, which you can see in the rewards section, like t-shirts or totes, tickets to a show of your choice, a holiday bundle full of super nice handcrafted items, house shows, songwriting session, and more! And if you don't see a reward you are hoping for, please email me and lets figure something out! 

And by the way, any pledge amount will allow you to get updates and follow the journey of the album. The way I see it, ALL my backers are on my team!

Want to help in other ways?

Please help me get the word out! Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, so time is of the essence! Spread the word, share this with your friends and family, share this on social media. Word of mouth is the most powerful thing, and your eagerness to share this project with others and encourage them to help me make the goal is EXTREMELY meaningful and deeply appreciated :)

Thank you, your support means the world to me. 

I value you and the time you've given simply to read this and consider helping. It sincerely means the world to me. 

I can’t wait to see how the journey of this album unfolds and I can’t wait to share that experience with all of you!

Risks and challenges

RISKS:
◉ As you know, the album is recorded, mixed and mastered. What's left now is a solid album release, which is set for May 2019.
◉ I've been learning the ropes of being a performing songwriter for 5 years now, and stand on a great foundation.
◉ I'm also in the midst of putting a small but mighty team together to help me with booking, PR and more so things can be executed efficiently and effectively.
◉ In short, I'm confident with the successful completion of this Kickstarter, a successful release will happen!

REWARD FULFILLMENT:
◉ Because recording, mixing and mastering is complete, I can guarantee all backers will receive physical rewards in the time specified.
◉ Rewards such as house shows and songwriting sessions can be delivered by April 2019 if a mutually agreed upon date is found. If a date after April 2019 works better, that's fine with me!
◉ Basically, making sure you guys are SUPER happy with the pledge you made is #1 for me.

ADDITIONAL FEES:
◉ Please note that I set a VERY small additional shipping fee for rewards that must be sent by mail. Shipping can really eat into a budget, so this is simply to offset that a bit.
◉ Thanks for understanding :)

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    DOWNLOAD OF THE NEW SINGLE

    Get a digital download of a NEW album single within 48 hours of donating!
    I will also send you a handwritten thank you card before the end of the year AND you'll get all those good feelings from helping release "Dreams on Hold"!

    This is also the perfect reward for anyone who wants to give $5 or more, and just wants to keep in the loop about the progress of this project via email updates and videos :)

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    FULL ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Get a digital copy of the full "Dreams On Hold" album WAY before everyone else! Official public release will be in May, but I'm giving you VIP treatment and sending it to you in February!

    Perfect reward for those of you who simply want to pre-order the album. You'll also get the new single within 48 hours of donating, a handwritten thank you note by end of year, project updates as they come, and all those IMMEDIATE good feelings from helping release "Dreams on Hold" :)

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    AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL COPY OF THE ALBUM

    If you're like me, you still buy CDs because you LOVE owning a beautifully packaged album complete with artwork, liner notes, song lyrics and more. You love the tangible act of handing over a CD you love to a friend. You still have a CD player in your kitchen, living AND car.

    Does that sound like you?! Then this reward is for you :) In April you'll do a little happy dance when you get an autographed copy of "Dreams On Hold" in the mail.

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    OFFICIAL ALBUM SHIRT OR TOTE (YOU PICK!)

    This is for those of you who like to wear their heart on their sleeve *pun intended*. The album art will be done by the amazing Betony Coons, and it'll be perfectly rendered on either a t-shirt or tote, your choice! It'll be delivered to you in April, along with an autographed copy of the album.

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    "BRIDGE SONG" SHIRT OR TOTE (YOU PICK!)

    Many of you have heard, clapped+sang along to "The Bridge Song". Many of you have shared with me what it means to you. Some of you are SUPER into this song, and want to say to the world "I'm gonna to be a bridge!" Don't worry, I've got you covered ;) You'll get a special Bridge Song tote or shirt, perfect for adults AND kids, delivered to you in April, along with an autographed copy of the album.

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    TWO TICKETS TO A CD RELEASE SHOW

    There is nothing quite like hearing music LIVE, especially with a friend or loved one. I'll give you two tickets to any of my CD Release Shows, or really any show I'll be doing that you're wanting to attend!

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    • Autographed Copy Of "Dreams On Hold"
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    HOLIDAY BUNDLE

    Holidays are coming up, you want to get something special and unique for your mom, best friend, teenage daughter, or grand Aunt Gertrude, and have NO idea what to get! Don't worry, me and menagerie of handcrafted items have got you covered.

    This holiday bundle will offer you my music and a BUNCH more beautiful goodies, that you can either gift to others or keep all to yourself (seriously, you might just end up doing that!) Items listed below under the "includes section"!

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!
    Oh and guess what? I will send everything **except the NEW album** to you before December 25!

    Includes:
    • Mix And Match Any Of Sarah Eide CDs
    • Handmade Tea (Nigiri and Rose)
    • Choice Of Handmade Earrings, Soap or Teacup Candle
    • Dreams On Hold Sticker
    • Dreams On Hold Official Album Shirt OR Tote
    • Mention In The Album's Liner Notes
    • Autographed Copy Of "Dreams On Hold"
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    RECORDING OF ANY COVER YOU CHOOSE

    I love putting my personal touch on the songs of others. Do you want your own personal recording of me singing some random deep cut of your favorite artist? Maybe you're just wondering how your favorite Michael Jackson song would sound with my voice and piano playing. I will NOT disappoint! I'll send you a high quality mp3 of a cover of your choice.

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    • Piano + Vocal Recording Of Any Cover
    • Mention In The Album's Liner Notes
    • Autographed Copy Of "Dreams On Hold"
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    AN ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN FOR YOU

    Maybe you have a poem or a letter that you think would make a great song, or you just have something you care about turned into song you can share with others. Do you want to have a song written for a special occasion or as a gift for someone you love? This reward is for you!

    You give me whatever details you have: what the song is about, the poem or letter you wrote, the person or event you want a song about. I promise to take all those details and with a lot of love and care, create something special and totally priceless.

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

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    • Original Song Written For You!
    • Mention In The Album's Liner Notes
    • Autographed Copy Of "Dreams On Hold"
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    SONGWRITING SESSION WITH ME

    I LOVE collaborating with others on songs, have co-written over the past 10 years with quite a few people, and I'd say it has yielded some amazing results! If you want to co-write with me, let's do it! Or maybe you have a few songs that need a little polishing up, or just want some general help with getting your ideas to paper and/or putting it to music.

    Whatever you'd like to do in this 2 hour session, I'm down! The two hours can also be slit up and spread out if preferred. This will be fun, and who knows what amazing stuff will come out of it! I'm already excited :)

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

    Includes:
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    • Mention In The Album's Liner Notes
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    HOUSE CONCERT (SOLO)

    Want to have a special, MUSIC-FILLED event at your home with a bunch of your friends/family/neighbors? I think house concerts are probably the best way to create an intimate setting that is unique, memorable and moving. I'd LOVE to do a house concert for you, and all you have to do is send out the invites... I'll take care of the rest :)*

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

    *Date+Time will be mutually agreed upon. If the show is NOT within the North East or Midwest of America, travel expenses and lodging will need to be accommodated.

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    • Dreams On Hold Official Album Shirt OR Tote
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    HOUSE CONCERT (TRIO)

    Read everything in the reward above? So this is like that but on steroids! Perfect for bigger spaces, community gatherings, church settings, etc. I'll still play an amazing and memorable show, but with two fantastic musicians joining me! That means we can get rowdier! Or not! Up to you :) It'll be super fun! Once again, you send out the invites, I'll take care of the rest*

    PLUS all the additional rewards listed below!

    *Date+Time will be mutually agreed upon. If the show is NOT within the North East or Midwest of America, travel expenses and lodging will need to be accommodated! Email me with any questions.

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    • Dreams On Hold Official Album Shirt OR Tote
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    "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" ALBUM CREDIT

    As someone who is financially supporting this album in an incredibly substantial way, you will get an Executive Producer credit on this album (and the super bragging rights it comes with). To celebrate, I'll take you out to dinner so we can chat about the album and really anything else you want! You will also get a whole bunch of other rewards (listed below), including a house concert (solo or trio)*

    *Date+Time will be mutually agreed upon. If the show is NOT within the North East or Midwest of America, travel expenses and lodging will need to be accommodated! Email me with any questions.

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    • Dinner With Me + On Me!
    • House Concert (Solo or Trio)
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    "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" ALBUM CREDIT PLUS+

    Are you an angel investor who just really supports this music and vision? Maybe you're a group or organization that not only wants to support but has some alternate reward idea in mind? Maybe you just came across a big sum of money and simply want to spread the love <3. This pledge will not only get you an Executive Producer Credit, but also a mutually agreed upon alternative reward.

    Whatever you're dreaming of, just email me... let's chat and see what I can do to make it happen :)

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