Recording Session of "Beyond the Lights"

If I asked, "who is Sammy Davis Jr.?" or "what do you know about Sammy Davis Jr.?" would your response be "Sammy who? He's not on my playlist!" (a friend's actual statement) Well, he wasn't on mine either. I have discovered this somewhat forgotten entertainment icon. This Rat Pack member was a man who crossed barriers through speech, song, acting, and activism.

This past September, I participated as singer in lecture about the Rat Pack for Smithsonian Associates in D.C. and began to find how extraordinary this man was! With a six decade long career, Sammy Davis Jr. provided significant contributions to American society and culture. My prior knowledge of him was..."The Candy Man" (a song turns out, he didn't like.) I wanted to know how he became this person, this artist, this showman.

I now want to share my new passion -- my discovery of Sammy Davis Jr. - his story, his CHOICES. My project is homage to the man who was dubbed, "The World's Greatest Entertainer." My vision is to create something beyond the books; I am presenting this one man show as a traveling in gallery piece for museums. "Beyond the Lights: discovering Sammy Davis Jr." is mixture of show and lecture, embodiment and narration. I am hoping in my embracing of his story, I inform and reintroduce audiences to what Sammy brought and overcame with charisma and talent.

I need your help to bring this project to fruition. Out of practicality I have decided as a budget-saving measure, to use prerecorded music tracks. Doing this GoFundMe campaign is to raise revenue for studio time. In your backing contributions, costs for the following would be alleviated:
Rental of studio
Equipment/instrument rental (some people charge to bring in instruments)
Copyrights for some music

This will work for a simple reason: people like you, people who believe this is a story, a voice that should be heard. Thanks for your support!

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Aaron R 
Seabrook, MD
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