Get Cal Ruddy to Nashville!

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Alright everyone! My name's Cal Ruddy. I'm a 22 year old Singer/Songwriter from Liverpool. The past 2 years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for me, but I'll come to that in a minute.. 

Basically, I've got Aspergers Syndrome. It's something I was diagnosed with at 8 years old along with anxiety and depression (if you don't know about Aspergers and you're anything like me and research all sorts at 3AM, put it in Google). It's such a huge part of my life. It makes everyday situations slightly more difficult to deal with sometimes. However, that doesn't make me any less of a person than someone without Aspergers. 

When I was 15 I picked up a guitar and began to teach myself how to play, from then I started to sing and develop my own songwriting style as a coping mechanism. Up until the age of 17-18, it wasn't something I took too seriously until I saw that people actually liked what I was singing & writing and since then, there's been no going back for me.

I have been playing gigs up and down the country for the past 2 and a half years & to be completely honest it's been an absolute whirlwind and I've loved every last second. Last year I released my first EP 'Communication', played 150 gigs across the country as well as a  couple of sell out headline gigs with my band in Liverpool. The support I've had so far has been fantastic not only from my friends, family & supporters but from the likes of BBC Introducing, Radio City, Bay TV, Made in Liverpool, Getintothis, Liverpool Echo, Wirral Globe, Wallasey News & Buz Magazine to name a few. Not to mention the opportunity given to me by the Odeon Cinema to play a set at the Liverpool premiere of The Beatles movie "8 Days A Week".

As some of you may know, I was approached by an American music promotions company during the beginning of the year to fly out to America to participate in the San Diego Beatles Fair and do a little tour. However, as most of you will know, I was admitted to hospital 10 days before I was due to fly out to the US, and once I was discharged, the medical team at the hospital told me I wouldn’t be fit for travel, and if I did, I could make myself A LOT worse in the long run. As I’m sure most of you will agree with me, you can’t put a price on your health! So I had to postpone the trip for the time being, which I was absolutely devastated about.

HOWEVER…

I’m now going to be flying out to Nashville on the 2nd September until 20th with my dad, who’s going to be travelling with me as my plus one, to work with Palmer Global Inc. to write some new material for my second release! Also, I’ll be playing some of Nashville’s most prestigious music venues, which I’m so excited about!! This will really help me to perfect my sound and give me the opportunity to work with some of Nashville’s best musicians, producers & songwriters. 

Here’s what Allen McKendree-Palmer, CEO of Palmer Global Inc. had to say about me flying out to the States to work with him!

“Life is so exciting! I am proud to announce that myself and the entire PGI family will be welcoming a new and exciting emerging Artist Cal Ruddy to Nashville in September. We will be welcoming him to our world wide family and helping him create the best music possible! I love fusing my Nashville with Liverpool and the whole of the United Kingdom. Welcome to the family Cal Ruddy. Get ready for an adventure my friend! Palmer Global Ink. Nashville Based-Globally Positioned.” - Palmer Global Inc. ( www.facebook.com/palmerglobalink)

As you all know, I’ve been fundraising now for the past 7 months to get out there, and the support from everybody has been well and truly overwhelming. I can’t possibly begin to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, this means so much to me to have this opportunity and for everything to be finally falling into place. I’m just over £4200 now, which is £800 away from my target of £5000 and it would be absolutely amazing if you could all get behind me one last time to help me make my target! If you’re wondering what I’m fundraising for, it’s to cover the cost of my trip, including, flights, accommodation, insurance, transport while i’m in America, and food etc. And obviously with having Aspergers syndrome, I must have someone who knows me and my health extremely well, so who better than my dad, the legend that is Pete Ruddy. (If you know him, you know haha)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and could be the start of something really big. I know everybody can't afford to donate, but if you can donate anything at all, I'd really appreciate it. Even if you can't donate, a simple share of this link would mean the world to me. Lets try and get the word out to as many people as we can! 

If you'd not heard my music before and would like to give my EP 'Communcation' a listen you can find me on iTunes & Spotify.   https://open.spotify.com/artist/0VH4YIrCnJks65Dc8nXrAo

I got up to something really cool on a recent flight back from playing in Italy in association with Blue Air. Take a little look at me, singing ‘Maria’ at 38000ft on my YouTube Channel! - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW5HignjMXo4R-xr3PM8a0w

Or if you'd just like to keep up to date with me, or have any suggestions on how I can raise funds for my trip to the US, drop me a message! 

www.facebook.com/calruddymusic
@Cal_Ruddy

Thank you so much for taking the time to read everything & for all of your donations/shares it really does mean the world to me. 

Cal x
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Update 10
Posted by Cal Ruddy
16 months ago
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Dear all of you amazing people that have continued to support me throughout my journey from the start of my fundraising, from the smallest donation, to the biggest, through my trip to Nashville and beyond. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank you all for your continued kindness and heartfelt donations towards making the last couple of weeks a reality. I spent the first week of being in Nashville working with some of it's brilliant producers and songwriters and I was honestly SO overwhelmed by that alone. But then to go on and play some of Nashvilles most prestigious venues and see the reception from the locals and some of the not so locals, towards my old and new material (watch this space) was so heart warming and really meant a lot to me. I would personally like to thank each and every single one of you who donated:

Allison Griffin
Catherine Griffin
Tom Pitts
Aimee Steven
Callum Poynton
Amy Cunningham
Alice Nancy
Lauren Heaps
Siobhan Slater
Rebecca Walker
Chris Basford
Ben Higgs
Lisa Miller
Lesley-Anne Goode
Irene Jones
Helen Jones
Alison Cowin
Sean Walshy
Alice Coughlan
Elizabeth Forshaw
Liverpool Bands
Jess Hornby
Paul Brown
Hannah Kewn
Alan Dennis
Andrew Farnsworth
Lisa Lomax
Angela Delano
Danielle Thompson
Jack Hayward
Chris Davies
Lisa Ritchie
Leigh O'Mahony
Sam Johnstone
Louise Jones
Nonny JT
William Holmes
Tricia Abernethy
Katya Hercules
Lynda Powner
Rachael Stork
Veronica Mccormack
Helen Webster
Philip Shacklady
Terence McGlynn
Peggy Ruddy
Mary Bonnell
Sophie Hulmston
Polly Sephton
Waka Staff
ZoeZoe Trevitt
Peter Lawson
Doreen Christian
Matthew Holmes
Leo Evans
Judy McCarthy
James White
Grace Cowley
Efstathia Batsaki
Kevin Reed
Aimee Steven
Michael Hitchen
Edith Highton
Alex Shortland
Diane Edwards
Callum Poynton
Deborah Christian
Lilly McLean
Deb Byrne
Melanie Finnegan
Jim Pearson
Andrea Allmanova
Bob Geldoff
Nicole Buzz
Hollie Wright
Lynne Whitty
Trevor Maddocks
Fred Cowley
Nathan Scott
Christopher Wilkinson
Emma Whitty
Brian & Rose
Jane Breen
Elaine Ball
Lianna Christian
Monica Yates
Francis
Maureen Pierce
Debbie Thomson
Griff Williams
Phyllis Williams
Eileen Stead
Paul Walker
Maurice & Iris Worrad
Phillipa Mason
Samantha Brown
Rosie
Amber-Rose Kemsley-Orr
Elsa Potts
Peter Andrews
Sarah Woodmansey
Annie Knight
Jim Hall
Ian Qualtrough
Kerry Turley
Jean Delap
Anne Ruddy
John Churton
James Candlish
Mel Osten
Nikki Carlin
Peter Lawson
Graham Macdonald
Lauren Cragg
Aoife Morris
Shea Morris
Bob Campbell
Greg Smith
Anne Ruddy
Lily Mclean
Philip Greenman
Barbra Archdale-Smith
Cheryl Evans
Lizzie Forshaw
Audience Donations 11/02/16 Thorne Hill Live @Studio 2
Elaine Coleman
Jackie Dent
Irene Hough
Paula Ryan
Staff at West Kirby School
Sarah Spenser
Diane Edwards
Yvonne Hadden
Malcolm Mackenzie
Sandy
Katie Roberts
Lynne Whitty
karen Henderson
Greg Smith
Kay Murphy
Alan Grice
Kevin Higgins
Lynne & Callum Ollerhead
Harry Grimshaw
Sylvia & Alan Rycroft
West Kirby Residential School
David Archdale-Smith
The Clarence
Joan Connor
Joan Smithurst
Rheana Forrester
Veronica McCormack
Toni Sumner
Jennifer Longsmith
Tom Leyland
Steven
The Belvidere Centre Children & Staff
Sylvia Clarkin
Gareth Heesom
Jay Morse
Jean Delap
Auntie Barbara

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!


I've been back for a week now, and i'm just getting over the jet lag! So I am sorry for the delay in sending this message out to you all. But honestly, thank you again for each and every single ounce of your support, it honestly means the world to me and I hope you all continue to follow my journey from this point onwards, and that I make you all proud!

All my love,
Cal x
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Update 9
Posted by Cal Ruddy
17 months ago
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10 DAYS TO GO!

I can't begin to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for each and every penny that's been donated to make my trip to Nashville possible. Without your donations this trip out there wouldn't be possible. I've got the most amazing 2 weeks lined up & I'll be posting weekly video diaries to keep you all in the loop!!

When I was younger, I used to go down to the Belvidere Centre in Wallasey which was sort of like a place where kids with Aspergers, Autism & other difficulties went down to, to socialise. And a couple of days ago, I was invited back down to the Belvidere for their yearly Summer BBQ. Jim, who manages the centre, is a man who's very close to my heart, and been a huge support to me over the years and the centre has kindly donated £50 towards my trip to Nashville!! The centre is a charity, and they do put every single penny back into the kids that go down there, and it really warmed my heart to see everyone getting so involved, enjoying my music and spurring me on for my Nashville trip!!

Again, thankyou SO much for all of your extremely kind donations! I wouldn't be going without any of you!!

All my love, Cal x
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Update 8
Posted by Cal Ruddy
18 months ago
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Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I was approached by an American music promotions company during the beginning of the year to fly out to America to participate in the San Diego Beatles Fair and do a little tour. However, as most of you will know, I was admitted to hospital 10 days before I was due to fly out to the US, and once I was discharged, the medical team at the hospital told me I wouldn’t be fit for travel, and if I did, I could make myself A LOT worse in the long run. As I’m sure most of you will agree with me, you can’t put a price on your health! So I had to postpone the trip for the time being, which I was absolutely devastated about.

HOWEVER…

I’m now going to be flying out to Nashville on the 2nd September until 20th with my dad, who’s going to be travelling with me as my plus one, to work with Palmer Global Inc. to write some new material for my second release! Also, I’ll be playing some of Nashville’s most prestigious music venues, which I’m so excited about!! This will really help me to perfect my sound and give me the opportunity to work with some of Nashville’s best musicians, producers & songwriters.

Here’s what Allen McKendree-Palmer, CEO of Palmer Global Inc. had to say about me flying out to the States to work with him!

“Life is so exciting! I am proud to announce that myself and the entire PGI family will be welcoming a new and exciting emerging Artist Cal Ruddy to Nashville in September. We will be welcoming him to our world wide family and helping him create the best music possible! I love fusing my Nashville with Liverpool and the whole of the United Kingdom. Welcome to the family Cal Ruddy. Get ready for an adventure my friend! Palmer Global Ink. Nashville Based-Globally Positioned.” - Palmer Global Inc. ( www.facebook.com/palmerglobalink)

As you all know, I’ve been fundraising now for the past 7 months to get out there, and the support from everybody has been well and truly overwhelming. I can’t possibly begin to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, this means so much to me to have this opportunity and for everything to be finally falling into place. I’m just over £4200 now, which is £800 away from my target of £5000 and it would be absolutely amazing if you could all get behind me one last time to help me make my target! If you’re wondering what I’m fundraising for, it’s to cover the cost of my trip, including, flights, accommodation, insurance, transport while i’m in America, and food etc. And obviously with having Aspergers syndrome, I must have someone who knows me and my health extremely well, so who better than my dad, the legend that is Pete Ruddy. (If you know him, you know haha)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and could be the start of something really big. I know everybody can't afford to donate, but if you can donate anything at all, I'd really appreciate it. Even if you can't donate, a simple share of this link would mean the world to me. Lets try and get the word out to as many people as we can!

Thank you so much for all of your support so far, it's been unbelievable!

Cal x
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Update 7
Posted by Cal Ruddy
22 months ago
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As a lot of you probably know I was hospitalised recently with a really nasty condition called Steven Johnson Syndrome. It's been an ongoing illness for a good few years and it preys on my immune system leaving me very fragile in its aftermath. After 10 days of being in Hospital I was discharged and I've really tried my best since to remain rested and healthy in the lead up to my trip to America. I'm really gutted to have to say this but after seeking medical advice from my Doctor he has strongly advised me not to fly out next week as all the factors involved in the tour are more than likely to damage my health further. I tried to be positive towards the situation but I know in myself I'm just not well enough to go right now. Those who know me well will know I refuse to get on a stage if I can't give 1000% to a performance, however I WILL be going on tour in the US later this year. This is the last thing I want but I'd hate to put myself at risk. To those who've donated I can reassure you that all of the funds raised will still be going towards me going on tour. I can't thank you enough for your love and support and I really hope you continue to support me. I'm absolutely devastated to have to do this! Once I've finalised the details for the next tour you'll all know about it. This is the last thing I wanted to happen and I won't get over this anytime soon. I need your support now more than ever as I recover and come back from this. I'll get back on my feet as soon as I can, thanks for everything! All my love❤❤❤-Cal xx
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AB
£410
Auntie Barbara
16 months ago (Offline Donation)

Had to see you hit that target Cal!! Go get em kid

DC
£30
Deborah Christian
16 months ago (Offline Donation)

So good to see you having the time of your life Cal!

£100
Anonymous
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
JD
£5
Jean Delap
16 months ago (Offline Donation)

Only a small donation, but every penny counts. Good luck Cal!! X

JM
£5
Jay Morse
17 months ago
£20
Anonymous
17 months ago
£20
Anonymous
17 months ago
TS
£50
The Belvidere Centre Children & Staff
17 months ago (Offline Donation)

Cal, thankyou for your brilliant performance on Thursday and I hope our donation goes towards fulfilling your dream. I hope others realise how much this would mean to him and donate to help him reach his target xx

S
£50
Steven
18 months ago (Offline Donation)

I think the opportunity for Cal to go to the USA is fantastic. Cal has been through such a lot during his short lifetime and I think this is just the chance he needs to develop his musical career.

TL
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