I’m Lorena Dale and welcome to my Kickstarter project.
I'm a professional vocalist and songwriter and have had a hugely successful singing career to date, spanning Australia to the UK and the USA with live performances and studio sessions. I've loved getting to sing for a living, BUT it's always been on other people's material...
... Which is why I am SO excited to be finally making my very own DEBUT EP full of my original music! This is where I hope you can help.
Making an album costs a lot of money, and it can be especially challenging as an independent artist. Due to the nature of the genre I’m exploring (jazz influenced soul), I want to be able to do these songs the full justice – with a live band and horns, in a proper studio. I want these to sound so professional, so good, that when you pop that CD in your car, or those headphones in your ears, you think you’re at a jazz festival sipping wine and soaking up the vibes.
Hitting my goal of £3000 will allow me to pay my musicians a proper fee (they are still giving me a big discount!) and cover up to 4 days in the studio - that's recording, production, mixing and mastering. It will also help me to manufacture and print the hard copy CD’s. Whoop!
But I’m ambitious. My stretch goal is £5000, and if we hit this, then I will have enough funds to professionally film a music video of one of my songs that I will be able to upload to youtube and various other sites, to aid with promotion and marketing for my album.
I intend to have the EP ready for public release by May 2018 (if not earlier!) and make the album available for purchase across all the usual channels – Spotify, Itunes, Amazon.
SO WHY NOW?
Last year, I hit my lowest point. On paper, I had a great life – a job I loved, friends and family, a place to call home, food, shelter. But I hit a standstill and couldn’t move. Something was really wrong inside of me and I came to realise that what I was feeling was a sense of unfulfillment. For as long as I can remember, all I’ve ever wanted to be was a singer and performer, telling stories and entertaining people. CREATING. But I had gotten caught up in the trap of caring too much about what people would think so I never worked on sharing my own stuff.
I had books full of half written songs in danger of remaining undercover... FOREVER... Don’t get me wrong – many of them are not fit for ears (that happens, you gotta write a lot of rubbish to get the good stuff). But some of them want to be heard. And some of them are really good! These are what you will be hearing on my debut EP.
This EP, this project, is about giving them a voice. It’s about a girl who had a dream, who for far too many years let her fears of rejection and not being good enough stop her from taking action. This EP is so much more to me than an album of jazz infused, soul flavoured music. This EP symbolizes me finally becoming the person I always wanted to be. Somebody brave, and creative and adventurous and resilient. Somebody who makes great music!
My vision is that this is just the beginning of many more albums to come. I want to travel around the world performing for people who love what I’m creating. I truly feel that music is a powerful tool to connect people who otherwise wouldn’t even notice each other. It is a language that everybody speaks. It has the power to unite, rather than divide, and that is something this world needs now more than ever. I hope that when people hear my songs they will escape with me. That they will forget their worries. That their hearts will dance.
Thank you so much for listening to my story. Please SUPPORT ME and help make my dream become a reality. I cannot wait to share my DEBUT EP with you all!
- L xx
Risks and challenges
The main challenge I foresee with this project is that occasionally with recording, the process can take longer than expected. This can delay the delivery of the overall product (in this case, my EP) as costs may go above the budget.
That said, I'm feeling very confident in my estimations and in my team of fantastic musicians to deliver this EP well before the proposed delivery date of May 2018.
I'm also pumping a lot of my own money into this project, so extra costs should definitely be covered with our combined efforts!
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