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Help fund a new, truly badass album by Valerie Orth
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Hi! I'm Valerie Orth, aka VLO. I'm a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and producer. I've been singing and performing my whole life and have been writing my own original music for the past 13 years. I make electro alt-pop music about things like love, the human condition, and fighting for what you believe in. 

You can listen to my music on Spotify or Bandcamp for free! 

Valerie Orth inspires listeners to shake off self-doubt and detractors so that they can take control of their lives and relationships. - Consequence of Sound

There is an honesty to Valerie Orth's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking. - San Francisco Chronicle

Singing my heart out at my "Wake You" EP Release Party
Singing my heart out at my "Wake You" EP Release Party

WE DID IT!! With your help, I reached my initial goal of $6000! THANK YOU! Now we can look forward into how to make this project even bigger and better, with these stretch goals:

I'm making my best album yet! And I want you to be a part of it. 

Most of these new songs came from my writing trip in the Pacific Northwest last year. In isolation, I dug deep and channeled new inspiration and perspective on our relationships to each other and our environment. I believe you'll be able to hear your own stories in them as well.

Over the last year, I've been co-producing these songs (meaning lots of re-writing to perfect the lyrics and melodies, arranging, beatmaking, recording, and more) with a world-renowned engineer and some of the greatest musicians in the country (whose credits include Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Blackalicious, and Black Eyed Peas). I can honestly say these are the best sounding songs I've ever made. 

The album includes fan-favorites like "99 Cent Dreams," "Tourist in Nature," and "I Believe We Will Win." Plus a few songs that have never been played live before. I'm especially excited about a brand-spanking new one called "Fight For Love" I just finished writing with my dear friend, incredible soul singer/songwriter and my back-up singer, Michael Inge. 

This is us performing another song we co-wrote:

Michael Inge and me performing our song "Love Big" in NYC
Michael Inge and me performing our song "Love Big" in NYC

I'm still looking for the album title! But you - my Kickstarter backers - will be the first to know what I decide on.  Be on the lookout for updates and announcements throughout this campaign! 

So far, I've been coming out-of-pocket for the making of this album, including recording musicians (and myself), flights between LA and NYC, producing the tracks (we've literally spent hundreds of hours on production alone!), visuals like the new VLO logo design (that's 🔥), photoshoots (that birthed the one at the top of this page!) and the album's first music video (wait until you see it!!). Most of my collaborators have donated their time to get all of this done so far.

Now I need your help for a crucial part of this journey: making sure, after all this work, the world actually hears it! If we reach our $6000 goal, for the first time for any of my albums, we'll be able to run a radio campaign and expand my audience across the country.  

The $6,000 goal covers one Radio Promotion campaign around the release of the album, Taxes + Fees (i.e. Kickstarter takes 8% of all funds raised, plus credit card fees and taxes), and Manufacturing/ Rewards Production fees (i.e. printing CDs, T-shirts, pins and photos). 

Please note that this is an All-Or-Nothing Kickstarter Campaign. That means that this project will only be funded if together we reach our $6000 goal by June 20.  Thank you for sharing the campaign with friends and family! Be sure to use #VLOKickstarter. 

Here are some of the rewards you get for being a badass who supports me and independent music:

Shirts! First T-shirts to show off the new, fire VLO logo on it. 

Comfy T-shirts! Choose White with black logo OR Black with white logo
Comfy T-shirts! Choose White with black logo OR Black with white logo

Limited Edition Enamel Pin! Actual design to be revealed during this Kickstarter campaign. 

Get the new Valerie Orth album First! You're the first in the world who will hear my new album. Get a physical CD signed and/or a digital download.

Skype Lesson on Songwriting, Music Production on Ableton, or Mixing! A one-hour private lesson to get feedback on some of your own songs, or how to start writing a song in the first place! OR a beginner lesson in Ableton (that's the Digital Audio Workstation I produce in)! Both Songwriting and Production lessons are with me on Skype. 

We're also offering an exclusive one-hour lesson with world-renowned mix engineer, David "Dizmix" Lopez, to learn how to improve your mixes. Dizmix engineer credits include Beyonce, Ice Cube and Rick Ross – oh, and Valerie Orth :) 

Custom Song! Pick a topic and I'll write a song about it. I'll record and email it, just for you. This is an exclusive reward - for Kickstarter only! Take advantage of it! 

Valerie Orth back catalogue! Get all my releases since 2011 in one bundle, including dozens of originals, electro-pop covers of '90s rock hits and a remix album of "Make Your Move," (official video of original version below)

Album Release Show Tickets (NYC and LA only)! The album is slated to be released in October 2019. The live show is going to be amazing. We're already working on it. Take a loved one and experience it yourself.  Comes with two hard copies of the CD. We'll give you plenty of advance notice for the album release show dates, but if you cannot make that date, you can use your ticket for another show in NYC or LA. 

Concert in Your Home! Invite your family and neighbors over for a potluck, or wine and cheese, and I'll come perform in your living room or backyard. It doesn't get more intimate than that. House concerts, by the way, are some of my all-time favorite shows. I'll be doing special versions of my songs, that are for house concerts only.  

For reading, for pledging, for sharing, for supporting independent music. We artists can't do this without you. And a special Thank You to my Orthlings 🖖🏼If you're not yet a member of the Orthlings - VLO Fan Club, join today at https://www.facebook.com/groups/orthlings.

With love, 

Risks and challenges

This may be my first Kickstarter campaign, but this is not my first time making an album. The songs are written and we've produced and recorded most of the them, and are on track to release the album in October 2019. However, unexpected things can happen. I will be closely communicating with all of you if anything goes astray. I've also padded each reward's estimated delivery date with a couple months, so my goal is to get you your rewards sooner than the deadlines. If things take even longer, the latest this album will be released is March, 2020.

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    Thank You!

    Our sincere appreciation for your support. No product included, but you will have access to all Valerie's updates just for Kickstarter backers throughout the campaign.

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    1st Single (Kickstarter only!)

    Be the first to get the first single off Valerie's new album! Slated to be released for VLO kickstarter backers only in June, 2019.

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    Digital Download of New Album- First!

    Get your copy a few days before the rest of the world!

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    Signed CD + Digital Download- First!

    Grab a physical CD signed by Valerie + digital download of the new album, at least a few days before the rest of the world!

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    Signed CD + Limited Edition Enamel Pin

    Sport the VLO enamel pin - made only for Kickstarter backers! - while listening to Valerie's new album

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    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
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    VLO T-shirt

    Brand new logo on brand new T-shirt. Choose black shirt with white logo or white shirt with black logo. Once the campaign is complete, you'll fill out a survey to select your shirt color and size. See photo under "What You Get" in campaign description.

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    Digital Back Catalogue

    Experience Valerie's musical journey since 2011 by owning all of her original releases and covers.

    Back catalogue includes:
    • Faraway City (Full-length)
    • Fires & Overturned Cars (Full-length compilation)
    • Covers, including Karma Police, Criminal, Smells Like Teen Spirit
    • Make Your Move Remixes EP

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    EXCLUSIVE! Signed Photo + Pin + T-Shirt

    Limited Edition autographed professional photo of Valerie Orth from her most recent photoshoot. Plus a limited edition enamel pin (roughly 1.5" with the new 🔥VLO logo). And the new VLO T-shirt!

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    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
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    Album Release Tickets + Meet & Greet

    Limited to NYC & LA.

    Two tickets to the Album Release Show + an exclusive Meet & Greet with Valerie after the show.
    You'll also receive 2 autographed physical CDs at the Meet & Greet.

    We'll give you plenty of notice for the shows, so you can put it on your calendar. They will likely be in the Fall of 2019.

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    NEW! The Ultimate VLO Merch Package

    Everything VLO. This bundle includes all the merchandise currently available from Valerie Orth, much of it exclusive to Kickstarter backers only - such as early copies of the album, Kickstarter-only autographed photo and enamel pin and the brand new VLO T-shirt. And you get TWO copies of the autographed CD and limited edition enamel pin, so you can gift them to friends!

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    Songwriting, Production or Mixing Lesson

    Get a Private Songwriting or Beginner Ableton Lesson with Valerie or Mix Lesson with Dizmix, Valerie's co-producer. Lessons are 1-Hour and on Video Chat, such as Skype or FaceTime.

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    EXCLUSIVE! Custom Song for You

    You pick a topic and Valerie will write and record a heartfelt, meaningful song, made just for you! Your song will be emailed to you. This is an exclusive for Kickstarter only. Be one of the special 10 fans who gets a personalized, VLO-ized song.

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    Concert in Your Home!

    Gather friends, neighbors and family and Valerie will come perform in your living room or backyard! (This is one of Valerie's favorite types of shows - read more about it in the campaign description under "What You Get"). Valerie will personally deliver your T-shirt and two autographed physical CDs at your house concert.

    We will work with you on the best date to hold the concert. Transportation not included if outside the NYC area. You can offset costs by collecting donations at the door.

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    Plantinum Level VLO Patron

    You are a champion of my music. You are making it happen. You will get a special thanks on my new album, with your name in print copies as well as online.

    Includes all of the items I'm offering in this campaign (free shipping), including 2 tickets to my album release show, plus your own house concert for you and your friends, my digital back catalogue and the VLO T-shirt.

    Limited to Kickstarter only.

    Includes:
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    • VLO T-shirt
    • Concert In Your Home
    • Album Release Show Tickets
    • Digital Back Catalogue
    • Limited Edition Autographed Photo
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
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