It costs a lot of money to make a great sounding, well-arranged and expertly played recording. Studio rentals, engineering fees, musicians fees all add up, and the simple fact is that without a decent amount of pre-sales via crowdfunding campaigns like this one I can no longer afford to make records. BUT...with your help I will be able to get to work and create a new CD that I know my fans will be excited about. And I've added some very unique and hopefully interesting Reward Levels for this campaigns that will excite all potential supporters.
DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
The new CD will be recorded and mixed at two amazing facilities: Union Sound Company
and Subterranean Sound, which features the legendary NEVE Air Montserrat console:
Both studios feature an amazing array of vintage outboard gear and tube mics, critical to the high quality of sound my recordings are famous for.
The record will be recorded and mixed by my long-time co-producer CHRIS STRINGER. Chris is a much-sought after producer/engineer who has recorded Wooden Sky, Elliott Brood, Great Lakes Swimmers, Timber Timbre, Jill Barber and so many more.
I have approached a number of musicians and singers to perform on the record and they include Jason Fowler, Gary Craig, Lori Cullen, Michael Johnston, Kurt Swinghammer, Raven Kanatakta, Brian MacMillan, Kevin Fox, Burke Carroll, Redd Volkaert, Oh Susanna and more but the exact final line-up will depend on how much I can raise here. Musicians deserve a fair wage and I insist on paying my players decently. Assuming I am successful at raising the needed money all these players and more will be appearing on the recording.
The recording will feature 12 new original songs. I have been writing these songs for the last 18 months and I feel they are some of the most interesting, melodic and compelling pieces I've ever written. I've been road testing them for months and the responses have been wonderful. I'd dearly love the opportunity to arrange and record these songs with all the fine musicians I have mentioned. Again, that's where your help can make it happen!
The album will be mastered by my long time mastering engineer Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering. Joao is simply legendary and the number of artists he has worked with is staggering.
The CD will be beautifully designed and packaged with a multi-page booklet highlighting the lyrics and other interesting notes.
I recognize that many people are tiring of crowdfunding campaigns, that they are fast becoming ubiquitious. I've also heard stories about artists not fulfilling their moral obligation after raising money for a project by finishing it on time. Please know that I am beyond grateful for the support I receive and will finish this album on time and will get the finished product in your hands when promised. But...I also want to REALLY make this worth your while and have come up with some very unique and exciting rewards in addition to pre-ordering the CD to entice you to support this campaign. I hope you find the reward that resonates most with you and consider contributing.
Also, you are more than welcome to donate to the campaign and choose not to receive a reward - just click on Donate Now at the top right of the page.
I am hoping to raise at least $15,000 here (which after gofundme takes its cut and HST is backed out really comes to closer to $12,000). The album budget is at least $20,000 and personal savings of about $10,000 have been set aside to make up the gap between what I need and what I am hoping to raise here. If I am able to raise more than expected I will use the money to hire additional musicians and spend a few extra days in the studio recording and mixing.
Last, I want to stress that I have decided that this will be my final crowdfunding campaign. I take very seriously the notion of asking for your support and I am cognizant about going to the well once too often. Therefore I am pledging that this will be my final crowdfunding campaign, and possiby my final recording ever. I hope you will consider supporting me and my music one more time.
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