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The Choir is dedicated to our devoted audience and remains passionate about creating inspiring songs, sounds and lyrics.
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791 backers pledged $54,268 to help bring this project to life.

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If you are just discovering The Choir through our Kickstarter campaign, we invite you to download for free a 15 song compilation of our songs from our past indie releases.  No sign up, registration, request for an email required - just enjoy and download our music here:
http://thechoir.net/thechoir15songs.zip

The Choir's stretch goals - let's do this together!We are so grateful that our funding goal has been met so that we can record our next studio and live albums. We offer our sincerest thanks once again.

In an effort to increase our production quality, marketing reach, touring opportunities and potential for future creative offerings, we'd like to present you with some cool bonus rewards should we achieve certain levels of funding.

Please consider raising your pledge to take advantage of the merchandise and experiences we are offering. The T-shirts look awesome, the vinyl will certainly be a collector's item, the postcards/stickers will be snazzy, the commentary version will surely be interesting. Don't forget this one time opportunity to interact with us on a personal level – like having your name in the Thank You credits, getting hand-written lyrics, having a song lyric customized to include something about you. We hope to see a lot of you at our Live Experience weekend in Nashville.

With that, we would like to present all of our stretch goals right now!

Stretch Goal #1: If we hit $35k, people who have pledged $30 or more will get a CD and download of Nevermind the Extras. This is the bonus disc from our boxed set, Never Say Never, which includes 19 tracks of rare songs, solo material, re-mixes and more.

Stretch Goal #2: If we hit $40k, people who have pledged $60 or more will get an MP3 and Wav download of The Livestream Bootleg. This is the Kickstarter campaign launch concert we did online on October 1st – Nearly an hour of music and conversation. Derri will mix and edit this to a quality you would expect from The Choir. Also, Never Mind The Extras CD/download.

 Stretch Goal #3: If we hit $50k, people who have pledged $60 or more will get the download (mp3/Wav) of a 5 song Christmas EP, which will be a brand new recording of 5 de-plumed style Christmas songs delivered to you in December!

Stretch Goal #4: If we hit 70k, people who have pledged $60 or more will get a DVD and audio CD plus audio download of our live show. We will hire a top-notch crew to video and edit our live performance on March 1st. We'll then be able to create a physical DVD plus audio CD package of the live album for you. 

Ambitious? Could be. But we know that we have the coolest peeps out there. We never say fans...we say friends. We hope you will think about taking advantage of the higher level packages, increasing your pledges and working with us to find more people to listen to our music. Remember, whatever higher level pledge you make, you'll be getting all those items and/or experiences plus these bonus offers should we hit our stretch goal
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The Choir

Remarkable! We met our goal.  We offer you our sincerest appreciation.  While we've achieved our basic funding goal, please continue to consider pledging in the campaign if you haven't already. Your support ensures that you will get the music first (at least a month or so before it releases on our site or digital retail).  There are exclusive merch items and experiences limited to just this Kickstarter effort.  Additional funds will go towards furthering our reach with marketing, touring and future creative efforts.  Join us!

What We Are Doing?
The Choir desires to record a brand new studio album in December, 2013 through January 2014. We also want to record a live album on March 1st, 2014 in Nashville. We would like you to join us in these endeavors.  Please browse the details and videos below about the various reward packages we are offering.

Why Are We Doing This Through KICKSTARTER This Time? In the past thirteen years, we’ve self-financed several independent releases. But our budgets have been such that we all have had to work other projects at the same time in order to make a living. We recall fondly the old days...when we were blessed with the privilege of taking weeks at a time, locked away in the studio to focus entirely on the creative tasks before us. Our hope is that we will receive enough pledges from you, our devoted listeners, that we will be allowed the luxury of spending all of December and January in the studio, intent on making our best album ever. With your involvement and generous pledges, we expect to realize this goal, AND ALSO to record a live album which will include many of your favorite classic Choir songs as well as newer material.

What Are Our Goals? What Will We Do With Your Pledges?
Having made music together for thirty years, we are proud of our legacy. But we are very excited about our present and future. We are aching to have the time and production value to make our fifteenth studio offering the best yet.  We also want to record a definitive live album on March 1, 2014. With a great crew, fun venue, top of the line gear and you in the audience providing inspiration.  We expect to capture a soul-stirring "live and in-concert" recordings of our classic songs and newest material.

The base $25,000 will certainly get the job done for us to see these records through to their very best. We will be grateful and humbled to be funded.  And we are hopeful that we will exceed our goal so that we will have the budget to further our marketing and touring objectives.  Every week we get emails from old Choir friends who just found us after ten, fifteen or even twenty years.  We will use the additional funding for marketing purposes, to reach out to long lost Choir pals as well as win some new fans (hey, it's never too late!). We also invest in our touring, to get out to more cities and improve the production of our shows.

One-sided unisex quality material soft black exclusive Kickstarter design Choir T-shirt
One-sided unisex quality material soft black exclusive Kickstarter design Choir T-shirt

FAQ:
We will begin the studio album
in December and plan to complete it before the end of January. This means we can get you the studio album music in the appropriate formats at some point in February, 2014. We will send the digital downloads as soon as they are available and follow up with CD, Vinyl and any other physical materials shortly thereafter.

The Live album will be recorded March 1st. It will likely take two - three weeks to mix and schedule for mastering. The live album is a digital-only release. We will send you the download as soon as it is available.

There are some packages that include both the studio and live albums. We chose February, 2014 as the estimated delivery of the packages as most of it pertains to the studio album. However, the live album won’t be ready until late March, so we’ll send that to you as soon as it is available.

Risks and challenges

The Choir is fortunate to have been supported by faithful listeners for nearly three decades. We are confident that you will help us meet and exceed our goal. Be assured that we will honor our commitments to you, as well as offer what we hope will be your favorite album of all time! Thank you one and all, sincerely, for carrying our songs in your hearts.

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    VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE!

    Spare a dollar while you’re thinking about the other packages? The Choir will give you a virtual high-five thank you!

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    VIRTUAL FIST BUMP! Derri doesn't like to fist bump, but your generous pledge will compel him along with the other members of the band. A virtual Choir fist bump thank you coming your way!

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    NO-FUSS, NO MUSS! A digital download of the new studio album. A brand new studio album by The Choir sent directly to your in-box. (studio album only download)

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    AND WE'RE LIVE! A digital download of the new live album. We’ll be sure and practice a lot to make this our best live show ever! (live album only download)

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    DOUBLE YOUR FUN! A digital download of the new STUDIO ALBUM and LIVE ALBUM (you get the studio album delivered in Feb 2014 then live album in April after we mix it from our March 1st show).

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    OLD SCHOOL PACKAGE Autographed CD of the new studio album plus digital download of the studio album. Semi-instant delivery of the new "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.
    Enjoy holding your music and looking at the artwork, reading the lyrics, credits and notes? Then this is for you!

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    YOU DON'T SAY? PACKAGE This one includes the Band Commentary CD where we listen back to the entire studio album and share insights and stories over the music. You get the autographed CD plus digital download of the new studio album PLUS the studio ALBUM COMMENTARY CD (and digital download). Semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    JUST GIVE ME THE MUSIC PACKAGE Autographed CD of the new studio album and digital download of BOTH the new studio album AND the new live album. Semi-instant delivery of our new "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    STUDIO NERD PACKAGE Autographed CD plus digital download of the new studio album and the studio album commentary CD (and digital download). Plus Digital download of live album. We’ll also include the studio album stems. Semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.
    What are stems? They are the individual mix tracks (drums, vocals, guitar, bass, sax etc) from the record. If you are keen on doing remixes, you can make your own production of any of the songs. Not keen on that? No worries, it’s a bonus…you can toss ‘em.

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    THE CARPAL TUNNEL PACKAGE
    Handwritten lyric of The Choir song of your choice. Pick your favorite Choir, Skinny, Derri, At The Foot Of The Cross or City On A Hill song and have Steve or Derri put pen to paper for a suitable-for-framing hand-written and autographed lyric. This is an a la carte offer that doesn't include any other item. You can purchase this alone or in addition to another package.

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    STICKS, PICKS AND LICKS! PACKAGE
    Get a piece of the action. We’ll send an autographed pair of Steve's drum sticks that he'll use on the studio album along with an autographed sax reed from Dan, bass pick and guitar pick from Derri and Tim.
    This is an a la carte offer that doesn't include any other item. You can purchase this alone or in addition to another package.

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    I NEED SOMETHING CLEAN TO WEAR TODAY PACKAGE This one includes an exclusive T-shirt from The Choir. You get the T-SHIRT, autographed studio album CD/download, live download, commentary edition and stems plus semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    VINYL...CDs...and MP3s...OH, MY! DELUXE MUSIC PACKAGE
    So you’re getting the vinyl, autographed studio CD/download, live download, commentary cd/download, stems and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox. Derri has been on Dan’s back for years to do vinyl. We’ve heard you all too. The new studio album will be available in 12" 180 gm vinyl with gatefold sleeve. If enough of you Choir buddies choose this option, it just might inspire us to do vinyl on past releases…hint hint.

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    EMAIL-SHMEEMAIL PACKAGE It’s time to write and mail a hand-written postcard to your family and friends! You’ll get the studio album on CD (and digital download), live album digital download and T-shirt PLUS a 10 piece postcard pack featuring cover art from our studio albums PLUS 10 stickers featuring the design from our Kickstarter T-shirt.

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    NOW WE'RE GETTING SERIOUS PACKAGE The vinyl, autographed CD of new studio album, digital downloads, commentary edition, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers and postcard set, semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3.

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    IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE SAID THANK YOU AROUND HERE PACKAGE
    We’ll add your name in the Thank You panel of the new studio album CD artwork. So you’re getting the Thank You, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox. BONUS - The band member of your choice will record up to a 15-second outgoing voice mail message for you. You can decide what the message will say as long as it is of a moderately respectable nature. The greeting will be emailed as an mp3.

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    ET PHONE (OR SKYPE!) HOME PACKAGE
    Fifteen-minute call or Skype with Derri, Steve and Dan. Times to be scheduled and coordinated on several pre-determined dates. So you’re getting the Skype/phone call, Thank You listing, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary edition, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    LIVE ON STAGE PACKAGE Hit the road for a show during The Choir’s Spring 2014 tour and open up for us at one of the gigs. You’ll be provided a 20-minute opening slot right before The Choir plays. We’ll give you at least 30 days notice on available dates for you to plan and schedule. Travel, lodging and meals not included. You also get the Thank You listing, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary edition, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    I BET YOU THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU. DON'T YOU? DON'T YOU? PACKAGE
    A new and exclusive custom recorded “De-plumed” style (acoustic/percussion) version of a Choir, At The Foot Of The Cross, Skinny, Derri solo or City On A Hill song of your choice performed by Derri and Steve. Here’s the kicker though…Steve will work out a customized lyric which includes your name/or something personal about you into the song and recording. Includes a phone call from Steve to learn what you want to include. Handwritten lyric of the song is included. You’re getting the custom song, your name in the Thank you panel, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE PACKAGE
    Join us in Nashville for the Full Band Electric LIVE EXPERIENCE!
    The Choir will be recording their definitive live album Saturday, March 1st in Nashville. You and one guest are invited to our early afternoon rehearsal and recording run through. Eat dinner (provided) with the band then sit in the VIP Gold Circle seating for the show. On Sunday, we’ll all gather for some more fun activities around town and create some memories together.
    Venue TBD, but we’re working on a very cool location. Travel and lodging and meals except the Saturday dinner not included.
    You’re also getting your name in the Thank You panel, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    HEY, I ACTUALLY FOR REAL WANT TO JOIN THE CHOIR PACKAGE
    Come to Nashville and spend one day in the studio with the band and play on the new album. Play the bassoon, recorder, guitar, bass or piano? Maybe do a back ground vocal? Derri and Steve will produce you as they find a small part in a song for you to play on the studio album and be credited in the packaging.
    Travel and lodging not included.
    You also get the Thank You credit, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    HOW DOES DERRI GET ALL THOSE SWIRLY GUITAR SOUNDS OFFER What?! I’ll get the pedal board that Derri actually uses during the recording of the new studio album?! Yes, he’ll ship it to you intact after the final day with information on each effect pedal, gizmo and piece of gear. Want him to make a video talking about each one and how he used it? Yep, he’ll do that, too. BONUS: You get everything in the $125 "IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE SAID THANK YOU AROUND HERE PACKAGE" -Thank You, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, Beautiful Girl download and Outgoing Message!

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    I WROTE THIS SONG, BUT NOW WHAT? PACKAGE
    Steve and Derri will produce and mix your original song in the “de-plumed” style (acoustic/percussion). Steve, Derri and Dan are available to play and sing BGV for your song. We will feature your song on the Choir’s website and Facebook page. You must travel to Nashville at your own expense.
    You also get the Thank You credit, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - INNER CIRCLE PACKAGE
    You will be listed as the Associate Producer on the studio album. You can come to Nashville, hang out in the studio for 1 day and play or sing a small part on the new studio album. You will be a part of the “inner circle” as we will send you updates every few days on our progress and send exclusive photos. You also get the Thank You credit, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive T-shirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - THE CIRCLE OF TRUST PACKAGE
    You will be listed as Executive Producer on the studio album. You can come to Nashville and hang out in the studio for up to 3 days (doesn’t have to be consecutive) and play on one song of the record.
    You are in the Circle Of Trust! You will be included in the band’s and Lisa’s personal email threads during the entire creative process – be a part of the discussion when we send back and forth rough mixes, lyric ideas, artwork comps, sort out the song sequence, notes with feedback, schedule deadlines and complain about Derri. Plus we’ll update you with general news and exclusive photos for days you aren’t in the studio.
    Also, included is…well, everything else! You'll get Thank You credit, outgoing VM message, vinyl, autographed CD/digital download, commentary, stems, digital download of live album, exclusive Tshirt, stickers, postcard set, and semi-instant delivery of "Beautiful Girl" song on mp3 to your inbox. Plus a complete set of Steve's comp sheets (the lyric sheets that Steve writes notes on when Derri is doing vocals).
    Oh, and our undying love.
    IMPORTANT BONUS – you and up to 3 guests get the Nashville Live Experience on March 1st.

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