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Shaun Groves is recording a collection of Christmas songs, old and new, to help you celebrate the birth of Jesus this year.
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I know it's hard to even think about Christmas right now.  I had to put up a Christmas tree, string up some lights and grow a beard before I felt the smallest fa-la-la feelings of Christmas.

THE MUSIC

But now that I'm in the yuletide swing of things... I'm making some real progress on this EP (a short album of 5 or 6 songs). I've rewritten classics like "O Holy Night" and "Jesus Joy Of Man's Desiring". I've been fiddling with new arrangements of modern standards too, and practicing a few originals of my own. I've been decking halls and singing about Bob's tail ring all Summer...with only the occasional brief break for a popsicle.

THE STYLE

We'll be using lots of real instruments. (Remember those, kids?) I don't know exactly what we'll play on the album but I know what we're bringing to the studio: guitars, banjo, melodica, glockenspiel, ukelele, piano and mandolin. If we raise more money than we need? It'd be great to add some strings too. I promise, no jingle bells. Oh, and there will be plenty to tap your toes to - not an album of slow songs.

THE PRODUCER

Gabe Scott has signed on to produce these songs. He plays banjo, dobro, dulcimer, piano, guitar and a zillion other things and has lent his talents to tours and albums by Bebo Norman, David Crowder, Ingrid Michaelson, Andrew Peterson and many many more.

THE BUDGET

All this Christmasy goodness will cost $15,540. Here's how that breaks down:

  • Recording, mixing, mastering = $12,000
  • Packaging: $290
  • Duplication: $446
  • Postage (for sending out rewards): $200
  • Kickstarter fees: $807
  • Amazon Payment Processing: $672

THE REWARDS

A gift of $10 or more will get you a CD hand-printed by me. I'll sign it and number it for you too.
A gift of $10 or more will get you a CD hand-printed by me. I'll sign it and number it for you too.
Get a pre-release download of the Christmas EP for a gift of $5.
Get a pre-release download of the Christmas EP for a gift of $5.
I'll make you a Christmas ornament from reclaimed wood, a little paint and some twine for a gift of $25.
I'll make you a Christmas ornament from reclaimed wood, a little paint and some twine for a gift of $25.
I'm rewarding the biggest giver with my Winter themed Yamaha acoustic electric guitar (model CPX15N).
I'm rewarding the biggest giver with my Winter themed Yamaha acoustic electric guitar (model CPX15N).
Fishman electronics.
Fishman electronics.
I'll even put some new strings on it for you.
I'll even put some new strings on it for you.
Used but in great shape. Only minor fret wear from years of playing.
Used but in great shape. Only minor fret wear from years of playing.

THE CHRISTMAS TOUR

I'm honored to be part of the Francesca Battistelli Christmas Tour that kicks of this December - to sing and speak on behalf of Compassion International. (Check out Rewards #4 and #5.) Stay tuned to shaungroves.com/tour for cities and dates as they're added. I'd love you to hear this music live and I'd like to thank you in-person for your help making this album.

Risks and challenges

I suppose something heavy could fall on me in the studio - a soundboard, a bass player, or such. And when banjo's involved there's always some inherent risk - an incontrollable urge to watch NASCAR or date a cousin. These are common side-effects. Other than that? No real risks on this project. It's just music, after all.

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    PRE-RELEASE DOWNLOAD - Download your copy of the Christmas EP prior to its release. A link to the download will be emailed to you by Thanksgiving (at the latest).

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    HAND-PRINTED SIGNED & NUMBERED PRE-RELEASE - I will personally print your copy of the Christmas EP, sign it, number it, and get it to you before Thanksgiving.

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    HAND-MADE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT - I'll whittle and paint you a Christmas ornament sporting the album's manger & star logo.

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    CHRISTMAS CONCERT TICKETS - You'll receive two tickets to the Francesca Battistelli Christmas Tour (I'll be singing on it too) in December 2014. Tour stops included Dec 6 Lake Charles, LA; Dec 12 Gaylord, MI; Dec 13 Holly, MI; Dec 20 Greenville, TN. New stops will be added here. 10 to 12 cities total are expected. I'll welcome you personally, side-hug you and thank you profusely for your generosity.

    NOTE: Travel to concert not included. City selection and ticket pick-up will be arranged with you via email.

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    CHRISTMAS CONCERT EXPERIENCE - In addition to the tickets in Reward #4...you and a guest will also get to attend soundcheck (if you're into that kind of thing), get a tour of backstage and have dinner with me (and probably a bunch of other folks from the tour) in catering. Side-hug and gratitude from reward #4 also included. (Your hug will be at least 50% longer and your thanks will be noticeably more profuse.)

    NOTE: Sorry, we can't accommodate food allergies. See notes from Reward #4.

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    TWO HOUR ONE-ON-ONE SONGWRITING CLASS - After listening to three of your songs, you and I will connect via Skype. We'll learn the basics of songwriting for an hour and then roll up our sleeves and rewrite those three songs together for another hour. If we come out with a gem I'll even pass your tunes on to professionals in the Nashville music publishing business. We'll schedule your Skype session around your availability in 2015. No age restrictions. Give this reward away to the aspiring songwriter in your life. +Plus receive rewards #1-3

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    TWO HOUR IN-PERSON SONGWRITING CLASS IN NASHVILLE - You and a guest will gather with other songwriters here in Nashville to learn the basics of songwriting for three hours on May 23, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend). Then, that evening, if you're not sick of me yet, we'll all go out to dinner at one of my favorite local spots where there will almost certainly be live music (no guarantees). You cover travel and hotel and I'll cover lunch and dinner. Give this reward away to the aspiring songwriter in your life. +Plus receive rewards #1-3

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    CONCERT AT YOUR PLACE - I'll do a 90 minute concert at your house, school, church, backyard, VFW Hall...wherever. You can pick the songs.

    Rules & restrictions: Concert will be on a day of your choosing between March 1 and November 30, 2015. After the completion of this kickstarter campaign you'll be contacted by my booking guy to select a concert date. Date must be chosen at least 30 days in advance of concert. I'll pay for transportation. This can be a private or public concert - your choice. If a sound system is needed we ask that you provide that along with a skilled and pleasant individual to operate it.

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    MY WINTER THEMED YAMAHA ACOUSTIC GUITAR - This acoustic electric guitar was played on my Twilight and White Flag albums and also toured with me for five years. It originally retailed for $1700 but Yamaha stopped making it and replaced this model (CPX15N) with a less attractive design. The sound hole is circled by sunrises over mountains made of pearl. The case is banged up enough to make you look like a pro. + Plus you get your choice of reward #6 or Reward #5, along with rewards #1-3.

    NOTE: Shipping is not included. To save shipping costs, I will personally deliver this reward when you collect reward #5 or 6. Or, if you're passing through Nashville...

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