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$445
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12
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, July 12 2019 7:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

I am SUPER PUMPED to finally be making a new record. 

I haven't recorded anything since 2011 (yikes) and I've written (and lived) a lot since then. This new album will be mostly blues-rock and I am beyond thrilled to be returning to Spinnaker Studios in Columbus, GA to record it with my former Ophir Drive bandmates now that we're all grown up. It'll be mastered at Robot Dog Studio in Burlington, VT when we're done, and finally released in person in Middlebury, VT this fall.  

For some live videos and more info, check out  https://sarahkingsings.com/ 

the band, circa 2010
the band, circa 2010

I'm planning for 11 songs to officially be on the album, ranging from VERY old school traditional blues to R&B ballads and some serious rock songs that haven't even made it to a show yet. Once complete, it'll be available as a hard copy CD at gigs and on my website, and also as a digital download wherever you buy your music. 

The reason I haven't recorded in so long is because - even working with friends - it's not cheap. I need your help to make this record happen. I'm not planning for a huge promotional campaign, or a music video budget, or a bunch of extra swag. Though all of that would be great, I'm asking for your help to simply make the recording and distribution happen. All backers - regardless of amount - will get access to behind the scenes content from our time in the studio starting in July!

Total costs:

  • Recording, mixing, engineering, & mastering $1,775+
  • Duplication & Digital Distribution for CDs in sleeves & download cards $725
  • Graphic Design & non-music merchandise $500

Anything received over the $3k budget will go toward the musicians, reusable shopping totes (environmental friendliness FTW), and a possible music video. 

3”x3” stickers!!
3”x3” stickers!!

REWARDS:

I've got a ton of reward options here, ranging from a download of the album to a house concert anywhere in the world! They're named after the 11 tracks that'll be on the album and I've included some fun experiences like a music lesson, hike, or backyard jam with me along with some cold hard swag: signed albums, t-shirts, homemade handwarmers (made by me!), and even family recipes! Want to add a shirt to another level? Add $20 and it's yours. 

homemade hand warmers!
homemade hand warmers!

A note on merchandise and "stuff": I don't like having a lot of "stuff" around so I'm not planning on a lot of merch. I'd love to have some super soft t-shirts and maybe some reusable tote bags, because those are functional items. Stickers are always fun and included with all orders too! The CDs will be packaged in simple cardboard sleeves - just a front and a back - to help avoid unnecessary plastic waste. Many of us keep our CDs in holders, not in their cases, if we even keep CDs at all! Digital download cards will help me connect with new fans at shows and allow them to purchase music on the spot. Being friendly to the earth is important to me and anything I can do to lower my impact on the planet when it comes to merch and promo items is key.  

If you've never met me or seen me live, here's my quick background: 

Sarah King sings blues, alternative, and rock music, all delivered with a side of Southern soul. Taking the stage with only an acoustic guitar, she captivates audiences with her haunting melodies, confident stage presence, and thought-provoking lyrics. 

After spending most of 2017 living in a tent (on purpose) and traveling across the US and Europe without a guitar, Sarah King is back to making music in her new state of Vermont. It’s been a long journey home to New England for the Maine-born musician who spent the last decade divided between the Deep South and the outskirts of New York City. 

The South gave her a slight Southern drawl and a fascination with old school blues, folk, and soul. Sarah also fronted hard rock band Ophir Drive and toured around the southeast, averaging over 150 shows per year, during her time below the Mason Dixon line. New York City brought gigs in high places – including CBGBs, The Knitting Factory, and Billboard magazine HQ – and a gnawing desire to put down roots somewhere the trees are taller than the buildings. 

It’s been over seven years since her last album and her new music deftly combines city edge with her country soul. Sarah’s versatile vocals alternate between soothing and commanding, “tricking the listener into thinking and feeling after being drawn in on the surface by hummable, radio-ready hooks” - Gary Trust, Billboard Magazine.  

Arielle Loves Photography, 2018
Arielle Loves Photography, 2018

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is not reaching my funding goals and not being able to make this record happen. If I don't hit my goal, I can't press the album, and none of us - including you! - get any of those awesome rewards, which would be super depressing after all this hard work.

I already have the studio time booked with all the musicians, and that's the main cost. Without something to sell in person or to distribute online, I can't grow my audience or make additional money from music, so it's a vicious cycle of taking money to make money.

While it's true I could go into debt to make this happen and hope I make enough back in sales to cover the costs, that's not practical and won't help this become a sustainable career path. I love making music, but I don't want to become a literal starving artist if I can't pay my bills due to recording and distributing an album.

It's scary and frustrating to be a professional musician in today's society, where everyone has access to so much "free" music that it can easily become undervalued. With your help, I can finally reach new audiences and get my music in the hands and ears of more people who can help make this dream of mine come true.

I know it's risky to put money up front for something creative, but I always do what I say I'm going to do. You might say I'm tenacious. I promise I won't take your contributions and run off to live the rest of my days as a hermit in an old villa in Tuscany. I'll deliver all rewards (with the possible exception of rewards requiring travel) and the actual album before the end of 2019. Thank you for believing in me.

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