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Leave the Gray is The Lone Canary's long-awaited sophomore album. This is the first album fully co-written by Heather and Jesse.
Leave the Gray is The Lone Canary's long-awaited sophomore album. This is the first album fully co-written by Heather and Jesse.
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We are Jesse and Heather and we make up the duo, The Lone Canary. We are a Folk/Americana band based out of Rockford, IL (USA). We've grown up together and have been playing music with each other for the past 20 years. We started this band of ours in 2014 and promptly released our first self-titled album a few months later. At the time most of that first album were songs we had individually written and quickly pieced together in the studio.

Nearly five years, three national tours, two EPs, and thousands of shows later, we are finally working on recording and producing our second full-length album, "Leave the Gray". This is the first project that we have co-written as a whole and we couldn't be more excited to share these new songs with you!


We started the recording process in June with our friend, Jordan McDonald, at his studio space at Littlebeck Farm. Scratch tracks have been recorded and we are currently working on building out each song. This is the fun part. We don't often think beyond the scope of our duo when playing our music live (other than a random full band show here and there). In studio, we get the chance to be a little more creative and think outside the box while trying to let our little songs take flight into something bigger.

If funded, this Kickstarter campaign will help us move into the next phase of our musical career. Your contribution (no matter how big or small) will allow us to take bigger strides into getting our music into YOUR ears and (hopefully) into the ears of professionals that will carry it further than we ever could on our own. 

We truly can't do this without you! 

Thank you for being great friends, music lovers, supporters, and beloved member of The Lone Canary family. 

Scroll down to take a look at some of the amazing rewards that you could snag!


Leave the Gray CD

Leave the Gray CD
Leave the Gray CD

The Lone Canary Perky Bird Coffee Blend

Perky Bird Blend | Specialty Dark Roast Coffee
Perky Bird Blend | Specialty Dark Roast Coffee

Leave the Gray T-Shirt

Leave the Gray T-Shirt
Leave the Gray T-Shirt

Leave the Gray Original Lino Block Art by Tori Fox (https://www.torifoxxy.com/)

Original "Leave the Gray" Inspiration
Original "Leave the Gray" Inspiration

The Lone Canary 22x30 Lyric Art Hand Made by Tori Fox (https://www.torifoxxy.com/)

Tori Fox Art
Tori Fox Art

Risks and challenges

We are writing/finishing a few songs in the process of recording. We hope to release an album with AT LEAST 10 songs. If the funding is successful (and maybe even exceeds our expenses for this project), that will potentially give us wiggle room in the budget to add songs to the album! Unfortunately, recording is not a cheap process between paying for production, mixing, mastering, time off of work, CD duplication, packaging, etc... All these things add up quickly and that's why your support is SO important!

Here's what our costs are looking like:
Recording (studio, mixing, mastering, production) $5500 for 10 fully produced songs ($550 per song)
Printing (album photography, design, physical replication) $1500
Promotion (distribution, publicity, marketing) $1000
Reward Production ($1000)
Total Cost: $9000

As you can see the total cost is high than what we are trying to fund. Our hope is to raise the total cost of the project but we wanted to start at a more "achievable" place and hope for more, rather than not hitting our goal.

This isn't a huge number in the scheme of things, but it is very quickly becoming a huge number to us with a tour coming this September. With your support, we truly think this goal is achievable and surpassable, but we absolutely can't do this without YOU!

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    Digital Download of "Leave the Gray"

    Sad songs for your workday dropped directly to your inbox (before our official release date)!

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    Signed "Leave the Gray" - CD

    Hot diggity dog! A signed copy of the "Leave the Gray" CD for your neon green Discman?!? Now you can listen to our sad tunes anywhere you go! HUZZAH!

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    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
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    "Is Your Refrigerator running?"...

    You get a frick'n copy of the album AND we'll prank call you or one of your friends and post it to our social media stories! We aren't yankin' your chain!

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    • Prank Phone Call to You or One of Your Friends
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
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    Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee + CD

    1 - 12oz Whole Bean Bag (w/ Leave the Gray Album)

    Need a pick-me-up while listening to our tunes? Guzzle a gallon of our specialty dark roast coffee made by JavaMania Coffee Roastery exclusively for our fans! You LITERALLY cannot get this anywhere else. Slurp it up while you can!

    Includes:
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    Give Us a Hand!

    You deserve a hand! One 8x8 hand-pressed lino block of the original "hand" artwork that inspired the album cover! Signed by The Lone Canary and Tori Fox (the artist). We dare you to try and resist high-fiving this amazing art!

    Includes:
    • 8x8 Lino Block CD Art Inspiration by Tori Fox
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    "Wake Me Up, Before You Go-Go" Package

    Put on your jazz pants and get ready to roll out of bed like a rockstar! You'll get to toss on your sexy, new "Leave the Gray" shirt and do coffee shots all morning with this spicy, hot reward!

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition "Leave the Gray" T-Shirt
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    "Cultured AF" Package

    You are a high-steppin', cultured beast. Twist your mustache into a curl, nose some of your finest cognac, and start plotting just where in the heck you're going to hang your newest masterpiece while donning some sweet gear and munching coffee beans.

    Includes:
    • 8x8 Lino Block CD Art Inspiration by Tori Fox
    • Limited Edition "Leave the Gray" T-Shirt
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    The Word From a Bird

    You ain't playing, Daddy-O! A custom-made 22x30 art piece of any 1-2 lines of lyric in any Lone Canary song. Your walls will be singing like never before! It's the word from a bird. No lies.

    Includes:
    • Handmade 22x30 Lyric Art Piece by Tori Fox
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    "TREAT. YO. SELF." Package

    Three words for you: TREAT. YO. SELF.

    You get three shirts. You get coffee. You get a signed copy of the tunes. You get art. PLUS, you get a video recording of The Lone Canary recording of any song of your choice.

    Wow. Your day is about to be kicking all the butts!

    Includes:
    • Previous T-Shirt Design
    • Handmade 22x30 Lyric Art Piece by Tori Fox
    • Limited Edition "Leave the Gray" T-Shirt
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Video Performance of a Cover Song of Your Choice by TLC
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    Pledge US$ 375 or more About US$ 375

    All. The. Things.

    Well, razz my berries and smack me on the behind! You are officially the hippest of cats.

    Nothing can stop you. You are the ultimate FANary.

    Includes:
    • Previous T-Shirt Design
    • Limited Edition "Leave the Gray" T-Shirt
    • Handmade 22x30 Lyric Art Piece by Tori Fox
    • 8x8 Lino Block CD Art Inspiration by Tori Fox
    • Video Performance of a Cover Song of Your Choice by TLC
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Prank Phone Call to You or One of Your Friends
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
    • Handwritten "Thank You" Note
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    Sip and Sounds House Show!

    Well, goll-darn! You want us to come to play sad songs in your humble abode?!? Here's what you should expect!

    A Sips and Sounds House Concert is a private concert by The Lone Canary for up to 25 friends/family/coworkers/neighbors. The intimate setting allows you and your guests to experience our music up close, ask questions and meet/mingle with us!

    If you know 25 people who might enjoy an evening of original music, YOU can host a house show! We know what you’re thinking... “that's a lot of people!”. While that number sounds like a lot, between work, church, family, friends, neighbors, etc… it’s easier than you think.

    ​We'll send more info on this lovely deal once you book, you lucky son-of-a-gun!

    **Travel costs may apply beyond the Rockford, IL area**

    Includes:
    • House Concert for up to 25
    • Limited Edition "Leave the Gray" T-Shirt
    • Perky Bird Specialty Blend Coffee (12oz | Whole Bean)
    • Signed Physical CD of "Leave the Gray"
    • Early Release MP3 Download of Full Album
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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Dinner and Tunes with The Lone Canary

    You and five of your closest friends are just about to have the best night of your life. You get to choose your meal for the evening (literally anything within reason) and we will come and cook for you! While we are "chefing it up", you will also get to listen to the new album with us and ask all the questions! After dinner, we'll play a few songs from the album!

    WOAH. That's legit.

    No... but really... we can cook the junk out of your kitchen. Let us into your hearts and your stomachs... we might never leave!

    Includes:
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