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NEW SARA RENNER ALBUM 2019: Art, Mission, Legacy

Hello friends!  For the first time in 10 years I am going to record a new album of original music.  Some of you have followed me throughout the journey these last 19 years.  You know about Joy (2001), Elements of the Journey (2004), All For Love (2009) and the two Christmas recordings in 2002 & 2013 and the acoustic project in 2011.  That's six projects fit into a little over a decade of life! Head over to sararenner.com or iTunes to take a listen to my earlier music! And then...well, what happened? 

Simply, I ran out of resources and I burned out! It sure didn't SEEM like 10 years.  During the drought time, I managed to put together a good Christmas record, which contained none of my own writing, and the acoustic record which was a reinvention of songs I had already recorded.  But I just couldn't find the energy to do the work of focusing creativity to gather up my thoughts and start the work of WRITING MUSIC.  I also needed time to financially recover.   I gave all I had to finish All For Love (ironic?).  I had taken a 2nd mortgage and maxed out home equity and then the housing market plummeted so I was underwater.  I cleaned out my retirement accounts and maxed out an unsecured credit line.  It was time to reduce spending, pay off debt and start saving.  I started working at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church on staff as Contemporary Worship Director,  joined the band, "The Covers" and did other singing work as it came up.  It's all been wonderful and I'm grateful to say I'm back on my feet... both financially and with creative energy. 

If we look back to when I first started recording music (2001) the world and specifically the business of music was very different. 19 years ago an independent artist could expect to recoup money they extended to fund a CD by selling that merchandise at shows, web sales and retail outlets.  I always looked at my financial investment as a business loan and it felt responsible at the time.  Music streaming has changed all of that. Those days are long gone!  

But I am not here to lament that fact.  I am here to: 

1.  Create new ART that reflects my beliefs & thoughts, which therefore only I can uniquely produce.  

2.  Promote my MISSION & purpose in life.. which is to sing songs from my heart, soul and life-experience.  To move each listener to feel real feelings and draw closer to the love of God expressed in Jesus Christ (whether Jesus is expressly mentioned in the song or not).

3.  Further my LEGACY.  When I started out in 2001 I didn't know I would never have children.  I know that now as a 47-year old woman.  My music is what will be here when I leave this earth.   It's a glimpse into who I was, what I thought & believed and how I lived my life for generations to come. 

I am asking each of you to help me achieve these goals and get this album done in 2019!  The budget to record, mix, master and print is $24,000.  I'd like to raise a minimum of $12,000 via this platform.  I will personally fund whatever is left (don't worry, I will never again mortgage my house or clean out my retirement for the purpose of creating music!). Anything over and above the minimum just eases the burden!  I am financially healthy but not wealthy.  :)

You can look at backing me as a CD "pre-order" OR you can do that plus invest more! I need and appreciate both! For a deeper investment, there are rewards I am offering that should satisfy those of you that want to get closer to the day in and day out process of bringing songs to life.  

Thanks for reading this and for your support in the past, now and in the future!

~sara

Risks and challenges

This is my 7th recording project. I know how to get them done. As long as I remain healthy and can find funding this CD will be born in 2019. Looking forward to sharing it with all of you at the end of this year!

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    Just the tracks, man....

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    Digital Track Download + E-booklet

    So you like your music digital but still like to read the credits? You'll get an e-booklet including the CD artwork, printed lyrics, credits & liner notes.

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    CD: Signed & Personalized

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    2 CDs + YOUR NAME in the album credits

    2 CDs signed with love by Sara for your household
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    Studio Concert Invite + 10 CDs

    10 Completed CDs, signed with love by Sara.
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    Want to hear the songs before they go to tape? Even BEFORE the band plays them? You'll be invited to a "studio" concert where you will hear the new songs played by Nate Sabin and sung by me BEFORE we record them. If you can't make it, you can Skype in! Snacks & Beverages provided (you have to attend in person to get the snacks-hah!).

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    A Studio Visit + 20 CDs

    20 CDs signed with love by Sara.
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    Sit in on a studio session and observe how the songs come to life! You can pick whether you'd like a band session or a vocal session. You agree to be nearly invisible and sit quietly in the corner but we'll be super nice to you. :) We'll even share our studio snacks & beverages! Obviously, you gotta get to Minnesota.

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    CD Release Concert VIP/All-Access

    VIP Reserved Seating & Backstage Pass to one of Sara's CD Release concerts. Enjoy a meal with us! Get to know Sara and the band! You also have access to any of the other rewards offered (including up to 20 signed CDs).

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