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Heather MaloneyBy Heather Maloney
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Heather MaloneyBy Heather Maloney
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$26,838
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16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, June 6 2019 1:09 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hey. I'm Heather, I'm a songwriter. Over the last 4 years I wrote 40+ songs. Then, a few thousand people voted for their favorites. Now, I've taken those songs and made the record of my dreams. I know that sounds corny, but it's accurate. It's called Soil In The Sky...

 Here's why I'm stupid-excited about this one: This past winter I hid away in the snowy Green Mountains of Southern Vermont at literally the nicest studio I've ever stepped foot in...  

Guilford Sound Studio in Guilford, Vermont (left photo by Georgia Teensma)
Guilford Sound Studio in Guilford, Vermont (left photo by Georgia Teensma)

I spent a week in that majesty with a super-group of musicians who took my songs to places that gave me more chills, tears, smiles & butterflies than I've ever had making a record. Ever.   

Clockwise from left: Ryan Hommel, Griffin Goldsmith, HM, Andrew Oedel, Reed Sutherland, HM & Jaron Olevsky at Guildford Sound Studio (Photos by Georgia Teensma)
Clockwise from left: Ryan Hommel, Griffin Goldsmith, HM, Andrew Oedel, Reed Sutherland, HM & Jaron Olevsky at Guildford Sound Studio (Photos by Georgia Teensma)

< THE ALL STAR BAND >    Producer & multi-instrumentalist Ryan Hommel (Amos Lee), drummer Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes, David Rawlings, Blake Mills, Jenny Lewis), cellist & composer Dave Eggar (Paul Simon, Ingrid Michaelson, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Taylor Swift & good lord basically everyone), keys & synth player Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee), bassist Reed Sutherland  & violinist Emma Burge

After basic tracking with the band, Ryan and I dove into overdubs & mixing with engineer Andrew Oedel. It was most intense/rewarding 2 months of my creative life. We poured ourselves into this thing.  We also traveled to LA & NYC to track INSANELY special guests... 

Left to right: Talyor Goldsmith, Tyler Chester, HM (Los Angeles, CA)  /  RH, AO, HM, Rachael Price (Brooklyn, NY)  /  HM, Hayley Reardon, RH (Holyoke, MA)
Left to right: Talyor Goldsmith, Tyler Chester, HM (Los Angeles, CA) / RH, AO, HM, Rachael Price (Brooklyn, NY) / HM, Hayley Reardon, RH (Holyoke, MA)

< THE INSANELY SPECIAL GUESTS >   I'm still pinching myself. The album's single, "We Were Together", is a duet... and I sang it with none other than Dawes frontman Talyor Goldsmith (Dawes is one of my favorite bands OF ALL TIME, nbd.

And I'm pinching myself harder because I sang my feminist heart out on another single called "Enigma" with Rachael Price (one of my favorite singers OF ALL TIME, NBD.)

In the end we had, Hayley Reardon, Caleb Hawley & Jay Ungar all join in for a magical guest appearance on this thing. Dang.

 Let me tell you briefly how Soil In The Sky  began. Over the last 4 years an uptick in writing left me with 40+ unrecorded songs. I often road-test songs before recording them, but with such a surplus I decided to road-test in an extra-engaging way... so I created ProjecTour: a show of entirely new music with lyrics & artwork projected onto the stage. 

Throughout 2016 + 2017, I toured ProjecTour all over the country (often as a duo w/ Ryan Hommel) and at the end of every single show the audience wrote their favorite new songs on a "ballad slip" and cast their votes on which songs would make my next album...

Left: ProjecTour press photo  /  Center: Performing ProjecTour (photo-R. Simpson)  /  Right: Counting "ballad slips"
Left: ProjecTour press photo / Center: Performing ProjecTour (photo-R. Simpson) / Right: Counting "ballad slips"

By the time the ProjecTour ended, thousands of votes were counted, and through YOUR feedback, I slowly whittled down the 40+ new songs to a handful of top-voted songs

Those songs have now become Soil In The Sky.  7 out of 10 tracks are songs that YOU VOTED FOR

Drumroll please... Here are the WINNERS:

  • 1.  Enigma  (feat. Rachael Price)
  • 2.  All In Your Name 
  • 3.  Oklahoma Lullaby 
  • 4.  We Were Together  (feat. Taylor Goldsmith)
  • 5.  Hangin' On  
  • 6.  One Hundred Pennies 
  • 7.  In Between 
  • 8.  What I Don't Know, Too 
  • 9.  Wild As A Birdsong 
  • 10. Backwards & Blindfolded 

While I have already recorded, mixed & mastered the album, I now need your help to bring it into the world with these important steps:

  • Manufacturing, distributing & promoting the album properly
  • Hiring a publicist to get the album to as many ears as possible
  • Hiring a top notch band that can recreate the album live on the Album Release Tour
  • Making music videos for at least HALF the album with talented artists & filmmakers

I can't do any of this without you. I've set the goal at $25k, which is below what's actually needed, but Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform and I won't see a penny if we don't reach the goal (eek!), so I chose a number that felt within reach. 

I hope we can blow right past $25k, but whatever happens I'm *grateful beyond words* for any amount you feel moved to chip in. 

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All music in reward tiers will be mailed on or before the album releases on June 14th, 2019. Merchandise & bundles will be mailed during the coarse of the campaign, later orders may be mailed within the 2 month thereafter. House concerts fulfilled according to tour schedule.

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