Soulful Singer-Songwriter Sonia Harley & Grammy Award winning Producer Darryl Swann, take her music to the next level with this debut EP!
The Making of Sonia's Breakthrough EP "Sexy, Krazy, Raw & Real"!
Welcome to my Kickstarter Page! This has been a long time coming, but I'm so excited to share this project with you because it means so much to me! The coolest thing about this EP for me, is that we're bringing a community together to make it happen! I've written some of the songs for this EP already, and you'll be taking the ride with me as we channel inspiration and write the rest! Our journey will take us to one of the coolest studios in LA with THE best producer in modern music, Darryl Swann!
Darryl Swann is a Grammy Award winning producer that I was fortunate enough to meet while writing on projects for various artists. Darryl has previously
worked with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Flea
of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray and many other well known artists. I have very
strong gospel soul and rock influences in my musical background, and Darryl understands how I want these influences to shine through in my final
production. Darryl has been very supportive of my career and I am so happy to have him working on this EP with me!
Let's Talk About Sonia!
I can't wait to get behind the mic at Clear Lake! Clear Lake Recording Studios is a world-class recording studio that is very comfortable, has great consoles, amazing acoustics and some really nice gear. This is the kind of studio that artists dream of recording in, and you will help me realize that dream! Thank you!!
Let's get SEXY!
Let's face it, we all like sexy, right? But really, what is "sexy"? It's an idea, an ideal, a combination of the right stuff that attracts humans to something. A car can be sexy, like the Lamborghini Huracån LP 610-4, or a piece of jewelry, a dress, and yes, even a person! Speaking of jewelry and dresses, did I tell you that I design them? In fact, aside from music, it's one of my biggest passions! I've even included some of my best pieces as rewards for this project, so check it out!
Let's get KRAZY!
Are you ready to get Krazy? Ha ha, some people told me I was crazy for funding a record on Kickstarter, especially that guy from a record label that I best not mention here! But is it really crazy to want full creative control of your music, while bringing together a cool community of people who want to support and hear that music? Nope, it's not crazy, it's Krazy, and that's what it's all about! Signing on that line and giving myself away to some company that determines what I look like, sound like and act like, is truly crazy and way too 90's for me! It's amazing what's happening with crowd funding these days, and Kickstarter has seen some really cool and big name artists hock their wares here. So I think I'm in pretty good company, and that is just Krazy! So get Krazy yourself and come on this awesome ride with me and let's make this happen!
Let's get RAW!
A lot of time, effort and love goes into creating a 6 song EP, and I so appreciate your interest in my project. Every pledge counts and helps me make great strides toward my dream. Our stretch goals (will be posted once we're closer to our goal) will allow us to bring even more talent to the project, create new rewards and help to produce more of my written music. There is so much to look forward to and I have so much to say through my music, but the first thing I must say right now is "thank you", thank you so much for making all of this a reality!
Let's get REAL!
Even though we're in the digital age of "hit singles", and while it is cost effective for a record label to release singles as opposed to albums, I believe that we're losing the meaning and feel of what an album is supposed to be. With your help, "Sexy, Krazy, Raw & Real" will bring us back to the time when an album was a work of art and told a story. I want to connect with the listener through my music, not simply make a buck off of them. Artists like Adele get it, and her success proves it. My music is my story, and my story isn't two and a half minutes long! Let's do this thing!
Thank you so much for taking the time to view my Kickstarter page. This experience will be so much more meaningful with you being part of my success story. Thank you.
Follow the Money!
They say that if you want to get to the bottom of something, then "follow the money". Here's a quick look at where your pledges will go:
Producer / Engineer / Mixing / Mastering - 25%
Studio Costs - 36%
Musicians - 10%
CD Duplication - 5%
Artwork - 4%
Photography - 2%
Labor & Shipping - 1%
Legal & Copyright - 7%
Kickstarter & Amazon Fees - 10%
Marketing / Promotion - (stretch goal TBD)
International shipping available for an additional fee. Please inquire via email prior to pledging.
Travel, accommodations, meals (unless otherwise stated) and incidentals are not included with the rewards.
Rewards requiring me to travel may incur my travel costs and meals.
Risks and challenges
When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles. These obstacles could be anything from production delays, to permits, or even collaborator mishaps. If any setbacks do arise, I will ensure that everyone is notified immediately. I feel it is important to address these issues because I want there to be very clear communication between me and the incredible people who are helping me make this EP become a reality.
THE SIGNATURE ELECTRONIC SINGING TELEGRAM - In addition to receiving "THE SIGNATURE DEAL", I will sing a song of your choice to the person of your choice, via telephone. Let me know the occasion and I will be sure to deliver the message!
THE EP RELEASE CELEBRATION - In addition to receiving "THE SUPPORTER" package, you will receive 2 tickets to my EP release show and VIP access to my exclusive release party. Locations and dates TBA. Everything else ships on the date below. Travel to LA and accommodations not included.
THE SINGER - In addition to receiving "THE SUPPORTER" package, you will receive 3 one-hour singing lessons from me! This reward is redeemable only in the Los Angeles area, and is good once the Kickstarter goal has been met. Everything else ships on the date below.
THE STUDIO VIP - In addition to receiving "THE EP RELEASE CELEBRATION" package, you and a friend will receive special studio access to watch me record some of the "SEXY, KRAZY, RAW & REAL" EP. You will be notified once studio dates are set. Everything else ships on the date below. Travel to LA and accommodations not included.
THE PRIVATE CONCERT - In addition to receiving "THE EP RELEASE CELEBRATION" package, me and my band will perform live (3 sets) for your private event. Travel and accommodations not included, dates subject to personnel availability. Everything else ships on the date below.
A MEAL WITH THE ARTIST - In addition to "THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER VIP" package, receive an invitation to dinner at my favorite LA restaurant! Chat me up for 2 hours and I'll take care of the tab! Everything else ships on the date below. Travel to LA and accommodations not included.
A DAY WITH THE ARTIST #tagalong - In addition to "THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER VIP" package, receive a grand tour of Hollywood and Los Angeles hosted by me, complete with meals, photos, and a one-of-a-kind keepsake photo journal documenting our adventures! Everything else ships on the date below. Travel to LA and accommodations not included.