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After touring the world & recording with a variety of colorful artists, musician and songwriter Tom Brislin makes his first solo album.
After touring the world & recording with a variety of colorful artists, musician and songwriter Tom Brislin makes his first solo album.
171 backers pledged $11,804 to help bring this project to life.

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***updated July 23***

THE HOME STRETCH

The support you've shown me is amazing!  We met the $8K goal, so all backers will get a thank-you on my website, and access to the interactive web concert.  All current and new backers of $25-and-up will receive a bonus download album of cover songs, and all $150-and-up backers will receive downloads of ALL of the cover songs I'm recording for this project (that's 28 songs as of this writing)!

We're now in the final house of the campaign, and there's still time to be a part of my album.   I'm very grateful for your pledge, and I'm happy you'll be joining me on this experience.  You can still make a new pledge (or add to a current one) until Monday, July 25, at 1:54 PM Eastern Time.

***updated July 16***

THE $8,000 GOAL

Yes!  Thanks to you, my project has met its minimum $6,000 goal and my album will be funded.  I'm truly grateful and energized to get to work on this album.

There's still time to become a backer, so let's keep the momentum going!  Presenting… the $8K goal!

If we reach $8,000 I'll be able to put some funds towards the marketing and promotion of the album.  For reaching that goal, here's what you'll get:

  • Every backer (current and new pledges) will get a thank-you on my website (if you like), and access to the exclusive interactive web concert,
  • All current and new backers of $25-and-up will receive a bonus download album of cover songs, which I'll pick from the selections I'll be recording for the $150-and-up pledges,
  • All current and new backers of $150-and-up will receive downloads of ALL the cover songs I'll be recording for this project.  The response to this reward has been tremendous; at the time of this writing, I'll be recording 21 songs of your choosing, and we're not stopping there!  So, if you're a backer who gets to choose a song for me to record, you'll also get a copy of what your fellow backers chose.  

These new rewards are in addition to the rewards packages you pledge for. If you're a current backer, you don't need to do anything to get the new rewards offered at your pledge level.  You can add to your pledge if you want to take advantage ofthese new offerings, up until the campaign closes on July 25.

ORIGINAL KICKSTARTER MESSAGE:

Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page. After many years of touring and recording with different artists, I've been writing and recording my very first solo album. I'm excited to dig deep, giving you my very best to create an album that comes from the heart. The album, due to be released in Fall 2011, is called Hurry Up and Smell The Roses and will feature 11 original tracks.

My aim is to create the best work I can make, and I'm doing so without a record label. I've partnered with Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to do it properly. Your pledge dollars go directly to the creation, manufacturing, and release of this album.  

This is an "All or Nothing" funding site, which means that I must reach my target goal, or all pledges are cancelled and this project will not be funded at all. So, I've created lots of rewards that allow you to get the music first, plus unique experiences and exclusives for backers only. Plus, every pledge gives you access to project updates so you can join me on this adventure. 

I can't express enough gratitude for all the support you've given me over the years. You've made it possible for me pursue my life-long dream, and it means the world to me.  

Thank you.

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    You'll get a high-quality MP3 and video of my single "Steppin' Out" (my version of the Joe Jackson classic), and access to exclusive project updates.

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    You'll get a digital download of the album in your choice of formats (small or large MP3, Apple Lossless, or FLAC), with a complete digital booklet of art and liner notes, prior to release date, with my thanks and gratitude. Plus the MP3 and video of "Steppin' Out", and project updates.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Receive an autographed copy of the album on CD (in nice eco-friendly packaging) prior to release date, shipped anywhere in the world (includes shipping and handling) and a thank-you on my website (if you like). You'll also get access to an exclusive live interactive web concert. Plus everything above.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Every item above plus a BONUS DIGITAL ALBUM of original piano instrumentals and a limited-edition T-shirt, both available exclusively to Kickstarter backers!

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    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Every item above plus you'll receive the entire CD catalog from my band Spiraling (4 CDs), autographed and shipped anywhere in the world!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Everything above plus 2 guest list tickets to my concert of your choice, plus your name will be listed in the liner notes of the album! You'll also get a signed, limited edition poster.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You'll get everything above, plus I'll record my own version of ANY song of your choice, dedicate it to you, and send you the MP3 and video.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    The "Super Backer Pack": Every item above plus a 1-hour lesson/interview/chat over Skype or iChat. We can talk piano, synth, songwriting, tour stories, or anything you like!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    I'll write a song for you! Just tell me what you'd like it to be about, and I'll record an original piece of music dedicated to and named after you. You'll receive a high-quality download of the song, plus every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    Have a Tom Brislin concert in your home! (Available only in NJ, NY, CT, PA, DC, VA, MD, TN). Plus every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    Fellow recording artists! I will record keyboard tracks for your song at my home studio (or in person if location permits), plus receive every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Fellow songwriters! I'll co-write a song with you via video chat (or in person if location permits), and I will produce and send you a recording of our song. Plus receive every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Have a Tom Brislin concert in your home, anywhere in the continental US! You'll also get every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    The Fancy Deluxe: Receive a house concert anywhere in the continental US, 2 guest list tickets for any concert I play for a year, plus your choice of: 1)I will record keyboard tracks for your song, 2)I'll co-write a song with you and produce the recording, or 3)I will produce a master-quality recording of your song! Plus every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $2,100 or more About $2,100

    The Keyboard Fan: You'll get the Korg R3 keyboard that I used on the album (and also on tours with Renaissance and The Syn), autographed, plus 1 house concert anywhere in the continental US, 2 guest list tickets to any concert I play for a year, and every item in the Super Backer Pack!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    The Executive Producer: You'll get 2 guest list tickets to my concerts for life, plus any and every item listed above (except for the Korg Keyboard), plus get executive producer credit, you can sing or play on the album, get signed hand-written sheet music of a song from the album, and my eternal gratitude!

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Funding period

- (30 days)