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I successfully raised funds to record, mix and master my 3rd album Ancient Mahogany Gold. Be a part of my journey!
I successfully raised funds to record, mix and master my 3rd album Ancient Mahogany Gold. Be a part of my journey!
249 backers pledged $12,417 to help bring this project to life.

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SassyBlack's Third Album "Ancient Mahogany Gold"

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Good day beautiful Kickstarter people! My name is SassyBlack and I am a multi-dimensional musician. I have been studying and honing in on my musical skills for over 15 years, having toured nationally and internationally for the last 8. You may know me from my work as half of THEESatisfaction or my appearances on the first two Shabazz Palaces albums released on Sub Pop Records. Since starting my solo career as SassyBlack in 2014, I have released 12 projects (2 albums, 4 EPs and several beat tapes) all of which I wrote, produced and performed and available here

I am very excited to share my new work on my third album, Ancient Mahogany Gold. This record dissects my journey into my current state of self as well as how I’m moving in the world. It deals with complex and relatable experiences through my lens as a Black Queer woman. I will be producing, writing, singing, rapping, and speaking on all the songs. I'll be taking a big step in a new direction by having special guest appearances from several talented instrumentalists. These artists will present their take on my production and experience, bringing another perspective to the story. 

WHAT'S THE PLAN MA'AM? WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? 

In an effort to demystify the successful musician and what that looks like, I am interested in redefining the relationship between artists and fans, making it so you can directly support me and my efforts without the middle person. I am campaigning to raise $12,000 to record, mix, master and promote this album. We know the importance of music, art and storytelling in all cultures. It is also widely understood that these stories can be erased from history.

All funds go towards the production & release of my album: 

  • Studio Time: $1,000
  • Mixing Album : $1,000
  • Mastering Album: $1,000
  • Guest Artist Features: $1,100
  • Album Artwork & Design: $900 
  • Merchandise: $750
  • Distribution: $50
  • Marketing/ Publicity: $3,200
  • Release Show: $300
  • Team Fees: $1,500 
  • Kickstarter & Transaction Fees:  $1,200 

Grand Total = $12,000

REWARDS! I like receiving things, what kind of goodies do you have? 

Some of the rewards!
Some of the rewards!

I am elated to share with you a few awesome rewards for your pledge to my campaign. There are fun musical themed goodie packs (named after some of my releases), buttons, tickets to one of my shows and of course a sweet digital download and signed CD for Ancient Mahogany Gold

Risks and challenges

My biggest risk is not reaching my financial goal. Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, so if I don’t reach $12,000, I will not receive any of the funds that have been pledged and may be unable to release my album.

There will always be fear in my line of creativity, but nerves are healthy and proof that we are alive. It’s more important to try, rather to give up before I give myself a chance to succeed. It’s important to love yourself and try new things! I like to push myself further & further to learn more about myself and how I can help others. That is one of the best feelings in the world, outside of making music!

The album is almost done. My team and I have researched merchandise and publicity firms. The only challenge left is the funding.With the support of you, radio and print publicists, I can make this a reality.

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    Positive Energy

    With this reward, I will send you a sonic dose of gracious, positive energy! Thank you!

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    Social Media Thank You

    I will thank you on social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter) and tag you as well if you have a social media handle.

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    Personalized Thank You Note

    Receive a personally signed thank you note by mail. Note will feature artwork from one of my EPs or albums

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    SassyBlack 4-Button Pack

    Receive a SassyBlack 4-Button Pack to add to your collection. This pack includes a variety of buttons with artwork from my EPs and albums.

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    Download of Ancient Mahogany Gold

    You will receive a Digital Download of my third album Ancient Mahogany Gold and an animated Sassy Thank You GIF!

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    Signed Ancient Mahogany Gold CD

    This reward Includes an Ancient Mahogany Gold CD signed with love by yours truly!

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    Limited Edition Best of SassyBlack

    Join me in celebrating 4 years of Sass! Receive a limited edition Best of SassyBlack CD and digital download, a SassyBlack 4-Button Pack, and an animated Sassy Thank You GIF

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    Wakanda Funk Lounge Package

    Ever imagine what it would be like to chill in a Wakandan Funk Lounge? This is the pack for you! Includes a Wakanda Funk Lounge download, SassyBlack poster, Wakanda Funk Lounge Button and a signed 7-inch Wakanda Funk Lounge vinyl (limited edition).

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    Game Healer Package

    Get two (2) tickets for you and a friend to any one of my shows while on tour in your city
    (excluding festivals)! You will get a shout out from my while I’m on stage, plus a SassyBlack 4-Button pack, social media thank you, a signed Best of SassyBlack CD, a shirt, and an animated Sassy Thank You GIF! Available Jan. - Sept. 2019.

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    Ancient Mahogany Gold Package

    This is what it’s all about! You will be one of the first to receive a signed Ancient Mahogany Gold CD and digital download, as well as everything in the "Game Healer Package".

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    Ableton Lesson or Music Biz Consultation

    I am known for my music production in Ableton as well as my DIY business knowhow. With this reward, you will receive a 60 minute session with me and I will share my expertise. You provide the travel and accommodations OR I can teach/consult via SKYPE! Available Jan. 2019-June 2019. In Person (US only) or Skype.

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    DJ Set/Host Event

    DJ Set/Host Event
    Let me be YOUR DJ (1 hr set) or host YOUR event! I am SUPER fun. You provide the travel and accommodations (if outside the city of Seattle) and I’ll be right there! (Schedule permitting).
    Available Jan.- June 2019, US only.

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    Private Show

    A private performance for up to 1-hour max. You provide the travel and accommodations (if outside the city of Seattle) OR I can perform via SKYPE! Book your date beginning Jan. 2019-June 2019. It will be great!

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Funding period

- (30 days)