Hi! We're St. Andrews Hymns - a group of musicians who worship and play music together in Columbus, Georgia.
In 2012 we released an album of old hymn texts paired with new tunes called Safely Home. Since the completion of that first album, we knew we wanted to have the chance to create an album together again. Fast forward to 2014, and as individuals began to bring songs to the group the crafting of new music was underway. We met. We talked. We practiced. And, finally, we set aside 10 days from the busyness of life and we recorded. Just like that, our second album, Sweet Comforter, took shape. It has been both our privilege and blessing to be able to record these songs in order to provide a source of sacred and worshipful music “between the Sundays”.
Thanks to all of you who purchased our first album, Safely Home, we have fully covered the expense of Studio Production and Post-Production Editing associated with Sweet Comforter. Those costs amount to:
- Engineering & Studio Time: $3,000
- Post Production Editing: $1,500
This means we now have 12 songs recorded, edited and ready for the next phase.
Final Mixing Process:
We are passionate about creating a high quality product for distribution. The mixing process requires skill and countless hours listening and re-listening to our songs and making them sound just right. This process will cost $6,000. It is our belief that this will provide us (and you) with a beautifully crafted product.
Duplication and Distribution:
Once all 12 songs are mixed we will be ready to begin the process of submitting the album for distribution to the entire world! We will distribute the album as a digital download in all popular stores, our website and physical CDs. Both of these distribution channels come with a cost and will approach $2000.
Putting it all together, here's the breakdown of the costs associated with this project:
- Engineering & Studio Time: $3,000 - paid
- Post Production Editing: $1,500 - paid
- Final Mixing Process: $6,000
- Duplication and Distribution: $2,000
- Kickstarter Fees: $450
- Total Cost for Sweet comforter: $12,500
In the event that we exceed our Kickstarter campaign goal, we already have options for how to allocate those additional funds.
Stretch Goal #1: $10,500
There are times when we have a few songs we'd love to record rather than a full-length album. We have discussed recording a Seasonal or Advent EP with 3 or 4 songs, and reaching this stretch goal would allow a quick trip into the studio for that purpose.
Stretch Goal #2: $13,500
We're frequently creating new tunes as a group. Over time enough good songs get written for us to begin having conversations about recording them. Hitting Stretch Goal #2 would ensure sufficient funds for both Studio & Production for a 3rd album. It's crazy to think about right now, but having funds available opens the door for us to record and distribute even more music!
Thanks for reading!
If you want to see images from our time recording Sweet Comforter, head over to our Instagram page and check them out. We also have a YouTube channel with several videos about the making and release of our first album, Safely Home.
In the end, we are happy to record and listen to these songs ourselves and would’ve recorded these songs even if we didn’t sell a single copy, but we do hope that these recordings bless you as they have us. That is our collective prayer.
We hope you will join us in making Sweet Comforter a reality!
St. Andrews Hymns
Risks and challenges
These hymns are already recorded and edited, which means the biggest challenge before us is funding the Mixing & Distribution phases for Sweet Comforter. This album should be completed by early Spring and available through all of the appropriate distribution channels once this Kickstarter campaign is complete!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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