My name is Burke Ingraffia. I am making a new album of my original songs, and I am asking for your help.
I am not a full-time musician but have been writing for over 25 years and have put out several albums in the past.
To hear the music I have written and recorded in the past, please visit https://b-ing.me
It's been eight years since I made an album of all original songs. I've been through many life-changing events since then - the end of a marriage, time spent considering a religious vocation, and moving to a completely different part of the country in my 40's. My writing is the best it has ever been.
Below are videos two of the (probably) thirteen songs that will be recorded in the studio for the album.
I will be recording this November in New Orleans, and I hope to have the album released early in 2020. It's going to be a very acoustic record with high production quality. It will be both relaxing and filled with wit and joy and humanness. There will be extensive liner notes in a very thoughtfully designed package.
I have been in conversation with a multi-Grammy-winning producer who really likes my songs, and it looks as if we will, indeed, enjoy working together.
I want to do this the right way, and that requires marketing. Marketing requires money. Having boxes of CDs, and even having the songs up on iTunes and Spotify, is not the end goal if no one is listening to the songs. This is a mistake I have made in the past and will not do it again.
I also want to make sure the musicians I hire for the session are paid what they are worth. We should all be conscious of that.
I want my songs to give joy and hope and healing to all people in this ever-changing world that we live in.
If you can help me fund this project, I would be grateful.
------------------There are some material rewards too:
Anyone who donates $10 or more will get MP3 downloads of the album.
Anyone who donates $25 or more will get a signed physical CD with CD-quality uncompressed audio of the album.
Anyone who donates $50 or more will get everything above and a vinyl LP of the album.
Anyone who donates $100 or more will get everything above as well as a package filled with a t-shirt, stickers, and other merch.
Anyone who donates $250 or more will get everything above plus sheet music to all of the tunes, one (1) songwriting mentoring session 1-on-1 online with me (transferrable to another person), and a first-edition copy of a forthcoming book (to be published later in 2020) about my spiritual path as a songwriter.
Anyone who donates $500 or more will get everything above plus a total of two (2) songwriting mentoring sessions 1-on-1 online with me (transferrable to another person) in addition to your name in a special thank you in the liner note credits.
Anyone who donates $1000 or more will get everything above, plus I will write a song for you (on a subject matter of your choice, in the future, not for this album) and a total of four (4) songwriting mentoring sessions 1-on-1 online with me (transferrable to another person).
Anyone who donates $2500 or more will get everything above, and I will travel anywhere in the continental U.S. to perform a concert in your home.
Anyone who donates $10,000 or more will get everything above and a percentage of sales. Please contact me for more details.
If you can contribute, please do so through this GoFundMe site. If you cannot, please consider sharing this campaign with your friends and family who love good music.
Thank you for your support and for helping me continue a lifelong dream.
In closing, here are some old photos I found recently to share with you so that you can see a little bit of my journey.
McDibb's, Black Mountain, NC, c. 1990
With my band at Graffiti, Pittsburgh, 1995 (T.J. Pillion on bass)
On EWTN's television program, Backstage, in 2002
SugaCane's in Hammond, LA, 2005
Sarasota Folk Festival, 2009
At Bayfest, Mobile, AL, 2011 with my good friend Karl Langley on drums.
At the U.S. Mint, New Orleans, 2012, with Peter Cho, Peter Harris, Cale Pellick, and Todd Duke
One more - as a Kerrville New Folk finalist, 2012
As you can see, it has been a long journey, and one in some ways that is really just starting. Thank you for your support.