YEESSSS I'm making my first solo record!!!
For those of you who need the super condensed version because you are simultaneously feeding the baby, sending an email, packing lunches and need to run out the door….
My journey (condensed!):
-I am a lifelong performer ( 30 years to be exact!)
-Dedicated the last 10 years of my career to traditional American roots music.
-Shifted to a new music project focused on ORIGINAL music!
-Poured all my time and energy into creative elements and built a business plan for this album
-Collaborating over the last three years with some of the best writers and producers in Philadelphia
(Ellen Houle, Ross Bellenoit, and Andrew Lipke plus many more ).
-Much of the pre-production work has already been started and what we’ve recorded sounds incredible so far! but there is a lot left to do with recording, production, and promotional costs.
-I NEED YOUR HELP to finish it!
-All donations get me back in the studio and help to take me and this album as far as we can go!!
- Scroll to bottom to preview reward optionsFor those of you who have a bit more time for the full story.....
Over the last ten years I’ve poured myself into a project I founded out of my love for american roots music: Jazz and early rhythm and blues. I’ve also been apart of folk and country groups, as well as a high energy, soul and funk band. and Each one of these experiences has taught me a great deal but the most important is knowing that my next stage is this album, which is a symbol of my transformation in both my personal and my artistic life. I plan to give you not only what you’ve come to know and love about me but also sides of me you haven't seen before. THE MUSIC
I’ve been writing and working with some of the best writers and producers in Philadelphia . Ellen Houle, Ross Bellenoit and Andrew Lipke, just to name a few . Much of the pre-production work has already been started and essentially the bones of the songs are there . What we’ve recorded sounds incredible so far and with your help I get to finish it and you guys get to hear it before anybody else. but there is a lot left to do with recording, and the production, and promotional costs. In order to see this project go as far as it possibly can, Im asking you to partner with me.
The songs are a collection of both newer material as well as pieces that started.. quite a few years ago. It’s been this process of understanding and acceptance of letting go and change.Breaking through barriers and diving really deep to find true meaning. And What I’ve found At the center of it all is, I’ve come back to my true self. I don't want to just be successful in the world. I don't want to just make a mark or have a legacy. I want to fulfill the highest truest expression of myself. I hope with this music you'll find something that you can love and value waiting for you at the end. A note, a song, a show- whatever it might be. THE MONEY
I'm starting out asking for $10,000.
To realize my ultimate vision for the project (which includes hiring the best musicians and a publicity team for the album release), I need $14,000-$20,000.
To take the whole show on the road, I need $20,000-$30,000. For more deets on the budget, scroll to the bottom of the page (“Budget Breakdown”).
This is going to allow me a lot more wiggle room in the studio, to not rush, to be able to work very hard and make something very beautiful and to afford to do things that I would have worried about spending money on.
Meeting the goal early will allow me to fund additional goals like:
- Running a longer album promotion campaign with a publicist giving me better chances of being heard by more people and offer a lot more performance opportunities. Recommendation is a 6 month campaign at approx $1,500/month
-Making two more music videos -a vital part of the success of a music project.
Approx $2,000 for each video
-Taking the show on the road
Every little bit you can give to this campaign will make a difference.
NO matter how big or small. so please please give anything you got! I completely understand if you can't afford to holler at me monetarily but another way to help BIG TIME is by spreading the word and share on social media. tell your friends and parents and any and all music lovers that you know! BUDGET BREAKDOWN"Recording Costs" include:
- Paying the Producer, arranger, engineers, and the musicians who play on the record.
- Paying for studio time.
- Paying for mixing and mastering the album."Digital Distribution" include:
-Pay for music to be available on all digital streaming sources such as Spotify, Apple, Itunes, etc "Manufacturing Costs" include:
- Printing vinyl copies"Make a Music Video"
- Pay for videographer and editing
-Pay for video producer "Fees & Reward Fulfillment" include:
- Electronic payments /Credit Card Processing takes 3% .
- My estimated printing and mailing expenses for rewards (excluding shipments outside the US, to which a shipping fee is added).
If all goes according to plan, this album will be funded by the middle of December, and we'll be in the studio starting in January with a release goal of April 2020. Just in time for my birthday and Ohhh what a joyous gift this will be!!
check back too, i'll keep all y'all posted with updates during the fundraising part and way after too. this is gonna be amazing!and oh! so! fun!!!!! let's make this record!
Love you all!!