Help spread God's word thru Music!

$1,140 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 15 months

God's Mission:
To use the testimony of one, to unite and restore people through faith in Christ. 

My Story:
Music has always been my calling.  I started making music in the 90's with dreams of money, fame, & women, but not to glorify Christ.

I went on to accomplish many of my childhood dreams. After releasing my second album, "Sellout", I took home 5 Madison Hip-Hop Awards in 2013, one of the biggest years of my career. It left me feeling just like that,  a sellout to my Christian upbringing.  After accomplishing so much, I couldn't understand why I felt so empty and unfulfilled.

Circumstances started compounding.   Hardships at home during Thanksgiving, a failing relationship, and a decades-long sex addiction, were destroying my life. The mental, spiritual, and emotional emptiness finally brought me to my knees in my room saying, "I can't do this anymore."  I then surrendered my life to Christ, at my lowest point, realizing I couldn't go on seeking fulfillment from everything else but Him.

This was a turning point in my life and career.   After seeking God through spiritual guidance & counsel, renewing my faith, and entering a faith-based 12 step recovery program for my addiction,  a "New Me" was born, as well as a new direction for my music.  I started work on my third studio album, "Trinity."   The lead single, "New Me", carries the rest of the album which glorifies God.

My Mission: 
To let people know that Jesus Christ loves them despite their brokenness. To glorify Him and spread his message with my music & videos.

Current Impact:
The initial reception to the song inspired me to start promoting it with targeted ads through Facebook and Youtube in January 2017.  Using $100 to market in my "New Me" music video, it has now reached over 46,000 people and garnered 23,000+ views. Sharing my story through this song has produced astounding feedback via comments, likes, shares, and personal messages. This marks the best and most organic response I've received from any of my songs throughout my 20-year career, which is why I'm asking for you to support me in my $4,000 funding goal.

The Plan:
-Use the goal of $4,000 to raise awareness by 4,000% or 40x my original investment.

The Results: 
-Anticipating reach of 2 million people with my message.

Thank you all for your support, and God bless! If you can’t invest money, even a simple share of the video or prayer is helpful!!!

My full-length album, "Trinity", is due out April/May 2017!  

100% of donations go towards promoting this project

Watch the official "New Me" Music Video & Lyrics below:



Check out the video on Facebook!

Check out some of the reception I've been getting so far!

www.WhoisRip.com

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Hey there, everyone! My "Trinity" album release party is tomorrow at Lucky's in Madison, WI from 6-10pm!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1492615944143063/

I hope you all can make it out! Thanks again for your support with this project!

-Josh "Rip"
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Hey, everyone. Just wanted to thank you all again for your kind donations to my GoFundMe Campaign. Here is a digital download to my new album, "Trinity"! I really hope you enjoy it!

(LINK REMOVED FOR PRIVACY PURPOSES. FOR DONATORS ONLY)

For those expecting CD's in the mail, they should be arriving any day now (depending on your location.) They shipped out Weds.

Thanks again. I love and appreciate you all very much. Hope to see some of you (the ones that can make it) at my album release party on Wed 17 at Lucky's 1313 in Madison, WI. 6-10pm

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492615944143063/

God Bless you all. ENJOY!!!
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Hey, everyone! Just an update! My new album, "Trinity", is set to be released in 2 weeks (Friday May 19.) I'm having a release party on Wed May 17 at Lucky's 1313 in Madison, WI. It will be available on my website: WhoisRip.com and all online digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc...) I'll be contacting the respective donors for details on receiving their downloads and CDs.

Thanks again, everyone, for your generous donations towards furthering God's word and kingdom! Saying a prayer for each and every one of you.

God Bless!

-Josh "Rip"
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Hello, everybody!! Just wanted to thank you all once again for your very generous donations!!!! You guys have truly been a blessing and very helpful. I have reached many many people with this campaign, people all over the world...I've even seen some support from people in countries that I never even heard of before! Because my campaign for my last video is coming to an end and I'm ready to move on with the next video, I thought I'd update you guys. I met 1/4th of my funding goal, but that's ok! I was still able to get my music out to a LOT of people! We reached almost half a million people with the "New Me" video and almost 1/4 million engagements (see attached screen shot) on Facebook alone! The video has received: Over 236k views and over 1,500 shares . Awesome! That's just on Facebook.

With that said: I decided to wind down my promotional campaign for this particular song/video, "New Me". It's been running for 3.5 months (Since Jan 1, 2017.) Although it's a great video and is getting great responses, one thing I noticed with advertising on Facebook is that: You can only advertise the same thing over and over before it loses its luster. With THAT said, I JUST released a new video for my new single "Best Friend". I still have a few hundred dollars left over from this "New Me" campaign...so I'm going to roll over some of the funds into promoting this new video, "Best Friend" (If you guys would like to check it out, you may at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvT-FIo_edo Any likes, comments, shares, and prayers still help!!!!)

I feel hitting people with a variety of different songs and videos would be a more effective way of reaching more people than putting all my eggs in one basket (video.) Different people have different tastes and what one person likes, the next may not.

As far as my full album, I set a release date for "Trinity", which contains these songs. The release date has been set for Fri May 19, 2017. Those who donated $10+ will receive their digital downloads and hard copies before the release date as promised. So, thank you guys once again for your generous donations. ALSO...I JUST finished writing the Thank You's for my album and I included every single one of your name's in it that donated to this campaign..no matter the amount :)

As far as an official release party...I am still working on securing a venue. Originally, I was looking to host the party on the actual release date of May 19...but because of scheduling conflicts...it will have to be pushed back. Looking at possibly June 2 for the release party..but I'll keep you guys updated on that.

With that said, I think that's it as far as an update for now. Just wanted to keep you all in the loop and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!!!
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Raised by 18 people in 15 months
Created January 25, 2017
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Chris Boutcher
12 months ago

Keep doing your thing boss.

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Susie Huelsman
13 months ago

Hey Josh, best wishes to you! I love everything you do and what you stand for!! Maybe some day I can come sing with you!!! Hugs!

KS
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Kerri Schuh
13 months ago

Love your story and you Mission!!

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