Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter page! In what may be our greatest challenge yet, Slugs & Bugs is applying its unique blend of sincerity and silliness to a CD filled with lyrics straight from scripture! The new CD will have at least 20 songs, both silly and sweet, with melodies that will have you and your kids memorizing bible verses without even realizing it. Through Kickstarter, you can become a partner in the recording process, secure your pre-release copies of the CD, and choose from an awesome list of rewards (including a Slugs & Bugs DVD with all our animated videos, available exclusively to Kickstarter supporters!).
The Goal: 40 Days, 40 Nights, 40 Grand
Forty grand is a big number. We could not even attempt a project of this scope without you. So how will those funds be used? Let's break it down: The album will have at least 20 songs, and that means lots of production cost. We will spend over a month in the studio recording the world class musicianship you've come to expect from a Slugs & Bugs project, as well as a two day recording session in North Carolina with the African Children’s Choir! If (when!) we successfully raise the $40k budget, it will cover all of the production expenses as well as the artwork, design and manufacture of the CDs themselves, and travel expenses to and from the session with the kids in North Carolina. (for more info, see the FAQ below)
If you're unfamiliar with the African Children’s Choir, it is my great honor to introduce you. For the last 20 years, the ACC has performed all over the world with children 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents due to the devastation of war, famine and poverty, but through the ACC, the children are provided with a stable, healthy environment and a quality education. The children are radiant with hope and their music is absolutely extraordinary. We are incredibly excited to have these amazing Ugandan kids singing with Slugs & Bugs.
Other exciting details... my friend Sally Lloyd-Jones, best-selling author of A Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make your Heart Sing and other brilliant children’s books, will appear on the CD as a speaker and reader. Not only is Sally a fantastically creative and delightful human being, she was born in Uganda, and raised in England which somehow gives her the perfect voice for reading to children. And of course, my old friend Andrew Peterson will inevitably turn up somewhere to make merry or mischief or both.
If you're curious about which scripture passages we've turned into songs, you can see some of them here at the Slugs & Bugs Blog. When I look at all those verses, and I think of all the CD players and minivans and ipods that will be playing those words over and over, I can't help but think - this may be the most important work Slugs & Bugs has ever done. So join us! We'll get kids and families singing the Bible together for years to come.
To give you more of a feel for what the songs are like, we're going to keep adding videos over the course of the campaign. So check these out below and check back in a few days for more!
Full "Sing the Bible" Interview video...
Poor Andrew Peterson. I guess it's hard to get into the music with a plank in your eye.
In one of the concert tiers, you can purchase the Slugs & Bugs Christmas Program for your church or school. It comes with choir arrangements, script, staging instructions and a CD for each family with a kid in the choir. Here's a quick peek!
When I visited Uganda Last fall, I spent some time with an organization called Tukutana. The Tukutana kids surprised me by learning my Old Testament song. Check out the video and then choose your reward! Oh, and please share the link to this page with your friends on facebook, but don't use the shortlink underneath the main video. Use this one: http://kck.st/14xzPpB Thanks!
*If you're a returning visitor, you may have noticed I've removed all references to supporting African missions with portions of profits from this CD. That is because Kickstarter informed me it violates their policy to promote a project this way. Thank you for understanding.
Risks and challenges
Potential obstacles for this project are similar to those in any human endeavor. But this is the fourth Slugs & Bugs CD; we've learned from past experience and have budgeted and planned this album in such a way that with your help, we are 100% confident in its success. Producer Ben Shive and I will be the ones driving the project forward so if you're the praying kind, you could pray for us.
I've dedicated my career to bringing this music to families, and I'm in it till its finished. Let's do this.
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