Thank you so much for taking an interest in the recording of my new EP! By donating to this project you will become part of the recording process.
No one should give something for nothing! here is what you will get by contributing to this campaign!
Each person who donates will have their name placed in the EP album credits, and will receive special limited edition DONOR only Ken Apperson gear!
Reward levels (All reward to be redeemed two weeks before release date)
digital download of the EP
signed hard copy of the EP with limited edition artwork
A donation of $100 or more gains you exclusive "Contributor Only" gift packages including unique artwork and early access to online content, pre sale tickets to events, and much more!
Signed hard copy limited edition “Contributor Only” EP and limited edition t-shirt
signed KA “care package” including hardcopy, t-shirt, two other complimentary merch items, and two free tickets to any KA show of your choosing (2017-2018)
includes all previous incentive items as well as five at home musical consultations including instruction of guitar and vocal methods plus college level music theory tutelage.
A private full band performance in the location of your choosing. bring a professional concert right to your own backyard!
includes all other incentive items, plus, gains you a 10% yield on the TOTAL sales of the EP itself. you make money
THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC
This EP marks the beginning of a journey for me. This recording will reflect 5 years of adversity, frustration, joy, pain, love, change, and excitement! I cannot wait to share this musical journey with you.
The change began in 2012, when my voice was damaged during a performance. After that performance — singing wasn't the same. I could perform but the tone and higher notes I had made my niche, simply weren't there anymore. This was devastating. I interpreted this as a sign that my music career could no longer reach the level to which i aspired. I feared I was looking at the end of a dream.
…But, I wasn’t ready to give up.
I began researching; looking for any information from people who had the same vocal injury. I took formal voice lessons and made visits to an ENT specialist to find out if my voice was damaged beyond repair.
FINALLY — A glimmer of light shown through the clouds. The doctor said my vocal chords were not a lost cause and with some time off I could make a full recovery. Time off was not an option because music is my only means of survival.
Through more research, I became a student of the human voice, learning its anatomy, the physics behind vocalization, and all the while searching for a way to heal.
I lost confidence in my song writing ability. Writing isn't just about what you have already accomplished. To call myself a song writer I needed to be constantly creating new material, always striving to better my craft. This simply stopped happening. The walls of self-doubt closed in on me like a trash compacter. Any new idea I entertained sounded like garbage to me. The downward spiral continued until attempting to write anything at all became a negative experience.
Years went by. I made small improvements to my performance. Little by little, my voice improved. i looked at each performance as a chance to practice new techniques and find more effective vocal coordination.
Love came into my life as i met the woman of my dreams. I now share a life with her and her two wonderful boys, Tristan and Sibayan. To be loved like this, and love in return has cultivated in me a strength of character i did not know i was capable of, helping me overcome the trials and tribulations my path in life has presented.
I began teaching music part time in a place i now see as a haven for young people looking for guidance in the world of music-- Jim Chambers’ Music Box.
Being in an environment where people are constantly growing and changing has re-ignited the flame of creativity i once thought was dead. Just like that, the music now pours out of me. I am once again comforted by writing, using it as a tool for catharsis and pulling from my experiences to create music i hope everyone will enjoy.
Today, my voice is stronger than ever, my creativity is flourishing, my knowledge of music theory and composition has increased. Honestly, the work I am currently writing is best work I have ever done.
With your help, NOW is the time to make this EP. The EP will be all original music with a goal to release in the fall of 2017. In 2017, I am ready to take my music to a higher level. I hope you will join me on this fantastic ride.
On a MORE personal note: My fans are the most important part of this process. Without your continued support at my shows…and now with recording this EP—None of this would exist without YOU! YOU—THE FANS-- are the reason I continue to make recordings.
Please consider making a donation towards the recording of this EP. I CANNOT WAIT TO GIVE YOU A COPY!!!!!!! THANK YOU !!!!