Simonetta & Fourever: Who We Are
Hi, I'm Simonetta, the Catholic singer-songwriter and director of The Little Flowers Dance & Theatre Troupe based in the Chicago area, and creator of such well-loved performances as "The Seven Last Words of Christ", "The Silent Nativity" and "The King of the Golden City". I've also recorded several albums, ""Keep Your Eyes on the Beloved", "Faith on My Sleeve" and the "Rosary is a Place" with Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR, that plays daily coast-to-coast all across America and in many other countries. We believe that beauty, modesty and joy make for a great combination. Tens of thousands of people agree.
I also have 4 beautiful and talented daughters Anna (24), Simonetta Marie (22), Helen (18) and Mary (16) (AKA FourEver) and for all the years of our homeschooling life, I've wanted to do a project with them that would capture the beautiful music we all make together and we believe we are now excitedly ready, which gets to the point of this campaign...
"INEFFABLE" Our New Album
We have an idea for our next venture. It's a music CD, but probably unlike anything else that you've ever heard. Its titled "INEFFABLE" and for good reason. We want to record it in MAY of this year. Here are the details...
Unlike contemporary Christian or Catholic praise music, the historical music of the church is deeper, more meaningful and more beautiful and often forgotten today. When it is heard, it is often sang in a way that doesn't do it justice. We want to bring you this beautiful music in it's most natural way, sung by perfectly matched human voices and without any recording studio manipulation or instruments to get in the way.
We also have permission to feature several pieces from Kevin Allen, our absolutely favorite contemporary composer of traditional catholic polyphony. We are so excited to be able to include these pieces on our first recording together as we believe that it's the perfect music. Having the support of this musical genius means the world to us.
We also plan to include a surprise or 2 on the recording. Something you won't expect. We'll talk more about this as the campaign unfolds.
Last Summer, we were visiting some friends who moved to Princeville, IL and we visited the nearby Community of St. John and stopped to pray at their beautiful little chapel. Since we were there by ourselves, we decided to sing some of the beautiful music we loved most and were immediately struck by the perfect blend of clarity and reverb that the chapel provided. We knew we had found our recording location!
We are thrilled to be reuniting with Dennis Colby, who shared Producer of the Year honors (Unity Catholic Music and Video Association) for my previous recording "The Rosary is a Place", with Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR.
To Sum it Up
So there's our hope: Unique and beautiful Catholic music, recorded in a live setting, in a beautiful location, introducing you to something new, with a centuries old history, from one of your favorite Catholic singers, while introducing a new generation of singers.
That Sounds Really Awesome, How Can I Help?
For this recording to become a reality, we really need your help! No matter how we look at it, recording is really expensive and there's no way we can do it without you. We need you to make this dream into a reality.
Here's how it works: You pledge money towards our goal, but the only way we get ANY of it is if we reach our goal amount. So, anything that you can offer is really appreciated. No amount is too small. If we don't make our goal, there is no way that we will be able to do this project. So, without your help, we won't make our dream come true, and many people will never hear this beautiful music, and may not even know that it exists in the world today.
REWARDS (lots of them)!
We are really excited about our new project, but we need you to make it happen! If you are gracious enough to back this project and help us to make it a reality, we want to say "Thank You" by giving you some really neat gifts!
Check out all of the reward levels and pick the one that makes you happiest at the various pledge levels:
- PERSONALIZED RECORDING! ($5, $10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $75, $150, $250)
If our project is successful, we will record you a PERSONALIZED thank you and deliver it directly to your email inbox! We promise it will be fun and unique and very, very Simonetta and FourEver styled!
- PERSONALIZED SIMONETTA AND FOUREVER RINGTONE ($10, $20, $25, $30, $35, $75, $150, $250)
We will provide a personalized, sung ringtone and deliver it to you via email. Think how much you will like hearing your own ringtone sung by Simonetta and FourEver in beautiful harmony! You send us your short (wholesome) phrase and we'll include it in your personalized ringtone.
- INEFFABLE CD ($20, $25, $30, $35, $75, $150, $250)
Back us at this level and you will be the absolute first person to receive a copy of the CD. Case 1, box 1 in order and no exceptions. Can't wait to hear the recording? Be the first!
- SIMONETTA AND FOUREVER T-SHIRTS!!! ($25, $30, $35, $75, $150, $250)
Get a great, limited edition T-shirt! Below is just a sample. Actual T-shirt will be really nice with additional graphic work.
- SIMONETTA AND FOUREVER POSTER! ($30, $35, $75, $150, $250)
Don't miss this great, fun poster and get it autographed upon request!
- CD & POSTER COMBO PACK! ($35, $75, $150, $250)
You get both the poster and the new CD by Simonetta and FourEver, INEFFABLE!
- CD, POSTER AND T-SHIRT MEGA COMBO PACK! ($75, $150, $250)
Back us at this level and get these 3 great rewards all for one pledge!
- SKYPE WITH US! ($150, $250)
You may assume that singers are all really outgoing, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're really all kind of introspective, so get to know us in our completely unvarnished form by SKYPING WITH US! We will love getting to know you too and will talk with you for 20-30 minutes. We might even sing something for you live!
- BE RECOGNIZED AS A CD BENEFACTOR! ($250)
You will get a special mention as a BENEFACTOR on the liner notes of our new CD for all time, special thank you posted on our website
- YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR PERSONAL VIDEO! ($500)
You get a choice at this level:
1st Option: We will record your favorite song for your personal use. You send us the composer and title and as long as it doesn't conflict with our morals or beliefs, we will send you a CD of your favorite song sung by Simonetta & Forever!
2nd Option: We will make a personalized, short video (4-6 minutes). We can all sing a little, act, dance or just talk about the recording process we just experienced, with a personalized thank you at the end! Once again, if you want to send us an idea for the video (say hi to someone, talk about your family reunion, etc.), we will include it (as long as it aligns with our moral compass).
NOTE: These rewards (song recording or video) are for your own personal use only. Please message us for more details if you are considering this level!
WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO:
We have experience making recordings and are sure that our numbers are sufficient to complete our project on budget, while still being of super high quality and to meet the target of excellence that this type of music deserves. We think you will be proud of participating in this project with us.
Here's a breakdown of the project expenses:
- $750 - Field Recording
- $1,930 - CD Replication
- $500 - Travel Expenses
- $1,620 - Reward fulfillment for backers (including shipping costs)
- Kickstarter's cut, for the kind use of all their services!
NOTE: Any money we receive that is above our target amount will go straight into making the Simonetta and FourEver project even better. If we hit our goal, please don't stop pledging, sharing and spreading the word! The more you help us, the better and more special this recording project will become.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Scroll back up now and pick your favorite pledge level on the right and help us meet our goal! Thanks!
Do you have any questions about anything at all related to our project or this Kickstarter campaign? Feel free to message us using the "Ask a Question" button that you will find below!
Risks and challenges
1) We are going to be recording on location, not in a studio. It has the most incredible acoustics that we have encountered, but we could be interrupted by things like weather (e.g. Thunder), external noise, etc. Also, we will be recording around the prayer schedule of the religious order that owns the chapel, which could disrupt the flow of recording and potentially impact the completion of the project during the days we have allotted.
2) We will be recording this project more or less live and will not have the option to fix small sections of the recording by "overdubbing" which is done frequently in studio recording, so everything has got to be really perfect each time in order to become a final take. Retakes could take extra time and blow our recording window for completion, resulting in long delays until subsequent dates could be arranged.
3) To keep costs down, we do a lot of the work ourselves. We do have an (Emmy Nominated) videographer and (Unity Award Winning ) sound engineer, but beyond that we do the work ourselves.
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