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A multi-dimensional project about God's Kingdom including new music, visual art, music videos and a full-color reflective guide.
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Hello Water Within Fam!

The last time we saw you here on Kickstarter, 198 of you joined together to make our most recent record 'Long Live Your Spirit' a reality! It was a wild ride, and we loved getting to partner with all of you to watch that project unfold. It's been three years of jam-packed travel, music-playing, friend-making and Jesus-loving since then, and we are so jazzed to be able to invite you into a new effort here on Kickstarter! 

This project is a little different.

If you've been a part of our journey before now, you may know that on our first Kickstarter endeavor, we watched the Water Within community bring together $12,662 to make the 'Unlocked' record happen. Then, in 2015, you guys did it again - but that time it was $19,112! So while we understand that $25,000 seems like a pretty steep goal, we also know that our fam is crazy good at this! Not to mention, we have every single dollar allocated to making this multi-dimensional music experience as excellent as it can be. 

Multi-dimensional? Yep. You heard that right. This is MORE than music. Instead of making a stand-alone record like we have in the past, we wanted to incorporate as many opportunities for people to connect with these songs as possible. We believe in the music we make, and we want everyone to have access to different forms of artistry that will hopefully awaken and engage their hearts and minds to the beauty of God's Kingdom. All that to say, we'll be communicating the content of these songs in many formats via audio production, visual creation, and written expression.

  •  Audio: Music. We will be producing, mixing/mastering, engineering, and hiring our friends Kyle Cummings and Nate Dugger to help us create a blissful listening experience. There are seven brand new songs that we can't wait to share with you both in recorded format, and of course out on the road! 
  •  Visual: Video & Digital Art. Each of these seven songs will have a music video that will be released over the course of the next year to help bring the content to life. Along with that, we have worked with a creative team to help create digital art prints that correspond with each track. Each work of art has been custom designed to artistically express the vibe of each song and will be available for digital download, as well as small and large scale printing.
  •  Written: Scripture-inspired Reflective Guide. The truth is, we love how Holy Spirit shows us more about God's Kingdom as we journey through life, and we want to help articulate some of those thoughts in conjunction with Biblical wisdom to help you be able to dive deeper into 'The Backwards Kingdom'. Each song will have 5 days worth of Scripture-inspired reflection with guided journaling space. The final result will be a full-color printed guide of writings, digital art prints and lyrics that will give you a full picture of what we have found God's Kingdom looks like. 

Ultimately, we know that people are multi-dimensional. God has given us body, soul and spirit. So we are wanting to create a dynamic project that can speak from various formats to all kinds of people, to every part of them, with the unified message of the love of Jesus. 

'THE BACKWARDS' KINGDOM'

In the last three years, we have seen the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount come to life as we have experienced more of God's presence in our daily lives. The phrases He uses often seem unlikely, or even contradictory. But the more you know Jesus, the more you understand that His rationale is completely backwards for a reason. You want to inherit the Kingdom? Become like a child! You have enemies? Bless them! You want to find your life? You have to be willing to let it go! The teachings of Jesus can be totally maddening at times, but when you live in conjunction with Holy Spirit's guidance, they make more sense. 

True surrender is the lifeline to abundant life. Doesn't that feel so backwards? This project is an effort to explain and articulate what it means to be a part of the beautiful Kingdom of Jesus, where the depth and wonder of life that He explains to His followers is actually a reality. If 'Long Live Your Spirit' was an expression of how knowing God's Spirit is the life-breath to our existence, then 'The Backwards Kingdom' is the next installment of songs; unraveling the journey of learning how to live in the abundant life that only He can lead us into. 

So what can you do to help?

If you're new to the Kickstarter phenomenon, allow us to give you a little glimpse into how this whole thing works. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform! Which means basically that we (with your help) will get fully funded at $25,000 by February 22 or every dollar will be returned to each backer and we won't get a dime. Scary? Absolutely. Exhilarating? Totally. This process is pretty intense, but we have so much fun seeing the heart of God through all of our friends and fans around the world. 

So here's how it works: check out the rewards that we've put together on the right side of this page. There's some photos here so you can get an idea of some of the final products. Hopefully you see something you like! We've included some fan-favorites from previous years as well as some new ways to say thank you for joining our team. Select one that suits you, become a backer, and join the family that makes 'The Backwards Kingdom' project a real, tangible thing! 

Backwards Kingdom beanie featured in "The Whit"
Backwards Kingdom beanie featured in "The Whit"
Long-sleeve Backwards Kingdom t-shirt featured in "the MP"
Long-sleeve Backwards Kingdom t-shirt featured in "the MP"
Hand made Coasters featured in "the Nick"
Hand made Coasters featured in "the Nick"
Logo featured on coffee mugs and other merch
Logo featured on coffee mugs and other merch
Digital Artwork created for album cover concept
Digital Artwork created for album cover concept
Example of Front Cover of Reflective Guide
Example of Front Cover of Reflective Guide
Example of the direction we are heading for the inside of the Reflective Guide
Example of the direction we are heading for the inside of the Reflective Guide
Digital Art sample
Digital Art sample
Another Digital Art sample
Another Digital Art sample

By all means, share our project video on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, YOUR BLOG...all of these ways can reach people we might not be able to tell! 

**Just remember: if we don't reach our goal by February 22, all of the money given will be returned to each backer and we won't receive a penny!**

It is our joy and blessing to know you, and to continue to be a part of this beautiful Backwards Kingdom with all of you. We hope you can feel the depth of our gratitude, our honor and our love for you in all we do! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

We couldn't do it without you, but let's be honest - WE WOULDN'T WANT TO!

All our love,

Mary Pat, Whitney and Nick

Risks and challenges

Music and ministry continue to be some of the most volatile vocations to juxtapose - but after eight years, we're pretty used to it! There's always great risk involved in making music as an independent band. With no record label backing us up, we rely on our community and fan-base to make new music possible! So of course, the risk is that people won't understand this and they won't feel it necessary to join the network needed to make 'The Backwards Kingdom' come to life.

'Risk' is usually deemed as a negative concept, but in God's economy, 'risk' is rephrased; we call it 'faith' and it's the commodity that allows us to trust in who God is and what He's doing! After nearly a decade of seeing God's faithfulness, we welcome the opportunity to build more trust in the way He does things.

We try to eliminate all the risk for you in partnering with us here. If you give, and we don't make our goal, you get your money back! But we won't worry about that just yet!

Can't wait to have you along for the ride! Let's do this!

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    A set of 4 limited edition, handmade Water Within coasters designed and crafted by our own drummer, Nick Williamson.

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    Exclusive "The Backwards Kingdom" coffee mug with our very own signature Water Within blend, curated just for us by The Muse Coffee Company & Roaster.

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    The Gallery Wall

    Seven full-color, card stock art prints that were custom-created to represent each song on "The Backwards Kingdom".

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    The Reflective Guide

    A hardcopy, full-color version of "The Backwards Kingdom" Reflective Guide. Journey through the music in a more personal way by having a tangible, 50+ page collection of writings and artwork, purposed to help navigate through the concept behind "The Backwards Kingdom".

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    The Art Frame

    Custom made wooden frame by our own Nick Williamson with a digital print of your choice from the artwork series of "The Backwards Kingdom". Estimated print size of 11x17.

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    The Van Gogh (A former fan-favorite)

    A fan favorite from our last Kickstarter! Receive a hand-painted canvas done by Whitney. Choose the theme of your artwork and see what she comes up with!

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    The Conversation

    Come hang with us for an afternoon at our favorite coffee spot in Nashville! Can't travel? If your city is a stop on a tour in 2019, we'll take you to one of our spots on the road! (Reward recipient is responsible for travel expenses to get to Nashville.)

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    The House Show

    Water Within will help you host an awesome event in your home for your buddies. You provide the house, we'll provide the tunes! (Travel outside of a 200 miles radius of Nashville may incur additional cost.)

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    The Grand Poobah

    Ok. If you've read this far down the rewards list, you're awesome. You get at least one of literally every single thing. Couldn't thank you enough!

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    • Custom Art Frame and Digital Print
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    • Aaaaand a really big hug from all of us!
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    The What in the World!

    There's no way that we would be able to say thank you enough for giving this amount! So we promise to give you a ton of stuff, plus sing you Happy Birthday every year of your life until we or you go to glory!

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