Make #GilesChristmasAlbum a Reality

$29,770 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 47 months
Hey all! We are currently in the studio! We have met our $25,000 goal and we're still going! Woohoo! Thank you for every gift, share, and prayer. Let's keep it up.

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!
It is never too early to celebrate Christmas: So let's start now, make this Christmas Album a reality, and give the gift that keeps on giving!

[Actual links to the different Reward Levels are at very bottom of the page]

Who Am I? 
Hey. I'm Giles. Husband, father, singer, songwriter, artist, worship pastor, lover of a good book and a cup of coffee, fan of the long shower, and crazy about Christmas. I love the smell of an evergreen tree, the smooth, rich texture of eggnog, all the lights, tinsel, and nativities, and the melodies of Christmas: laughter among friends, the vibrant chatter of gathered family, and the hymns and carols that so define the season.

What's Going On?
For this reason, I am very excited to partner with all of you friends, family, and fans to FINALLY make this Christmas album a reality. Can I get an AMEN!?

You have been patient with me to find the right time. And now is that time! I will have the opportunity during my sabbatical leave this summer to head to Nashville for a couple of weeks and work with two really great producers, Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath, Kyle Matthews) and my good friend, Kevin Perry (Mandisa, Travis Cottrell, Geoff Moore, Giles Blankenship (-; ), who will help bring these songs to life.

Doing this album is important to me because these songs remind us we're not alone and that we have a great story to share and to live, and because, simply, you have asked and encouraged me to do this and that means more to me than you know.

How Can I Get Involved?
I think of this as a "support-raising" campaign more than a "fundraising" campaign, because I'm gonna need support on every level. I need individuals who can help share and spread the word about this project. I need individuals who can give financially to make this happen, and I need folks who will pray throughout the process. So, whatever you can do - give, share, pray, help spread the word - I am so grateful and humbled that you would join me in this. Thank you!

When you give financially through GoFundMe, it is efficient and safe, and I'll be able to stay connected with you via regular updates to this site. GoFundMe will get 7.9% of every online donation for processing and for administering and providing this service. Everything else will go toward making this album a reality. So, donate with joy and assurance. GoFundMe, without taking any percentage, also allows me to post any offline gifts to show toward the total goal. If you're interested in contributing in this way please email/message me through one of the links below so I can give you my address. Checks should be made to Giles Blankenship.

Merry Christmas, Everyone! I couldn't do it without you.
www.facebook.com/gilesblankenship
www.gilesblankenship.com

The Giving Levels: (Full Descriptions)
[Links to Reward Levels are at bottom of page]
Candy Cane Level - 15
Get a link to DOWNLOAD MP3's of all the songs on the album. (all giving levels will receive this link as well)

Stocking Level - 25
Get a hard copy of the CD because, of course, they'll make great stocking stuffers! (Unless otherwise stated all giving levels above this one will receive 1 CD as well.)

Christmas Tree Level - 50
Get 2 copies of the CD - 1 to keep and 1 to give as a gift if you like!

Jingle Bells Level - 100
Get a phone call from me wishing you a Merry Christmas and expressing my huge thanks, a CD to keep or give away, plus a signed CD.

Merry Christmas Level - 300
Everything at the Jingle Bells level, PLUS an additional CD and a handwritten Christmas card.

Sleigh Ride Level - 500
Myself and some friends will come Caroling at your house (Fayetteville, NC area only) or Via Skype/Facetime/Hangout (if outside of Fayetteville, NC area). We'll coordinate a date and general time frame and let you know (i.e. a Saturday afternoon between 3:30pm and 7:30pm)

I'll Be Home for Christmas Level - 750
I'll come to your home and do a concert in your living room/backyard/patio for you and all your friends. We'll work together to schedule something between Nov 2015 and Dec 2016. It may not be Christmas, but it can still BE Christmas...or any other Giles Blankenship songs you like :-) (If further than a 2hr radius of Fayetteville, NC, please consider additional travel expenses.)

We Three Kings Level - 1000
Myself and a couple of my bandmates will "traverse afar" to give a concert in your living room/backyard/patio for you and all your friends. We'll work together to schedule something between Nov 2015 and Dec 2016. It may not be Christmas, but it can still BE Christmas...or any other Giles Blankenship songs you like :-) (If further than a 2hr radius of Fayetteville, NC, please consider additional travel expenses.)

Star Level - 2500
Get everything at the We Three Kings level + Your Name or Business Logo in a special "Thank You" section on the back cover of the album.
Christmas Miracle Level - 10,000 - Limit 2
Wherever you are in the continental US, I'll show up and give a concert, do your dishes, walk your dog, sing you happy birthday, and give you any merch I have to give.

Joy to the World Level - 15,000
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Hey folks! Because you gave on the front end of this project, I'm excited to be sending some stuff your way.

To begin with, all of you get this link where you can download mp3s's of each song on the album plus the artwork. Here it is:
https://app.box.com/s/9y88hdrshx93hk3rcepe2b2kg9jm6wv5
Drop me a line at XXgilesandkellyXX@gmail.com (without the X's of course) if you have trouble downloading and we'll see if we can get it worked out. THIS LINK WILL BE ACTIVE FOR 1 WEEK.

I would ask that you not share this link with anyone else, but if someone you know would like to download Home, they can do so now at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gilesblankenship3 and soon at itunes and amazon as well.

People may also purchase physical copies of the CD at the above cdbaby address OR by sending a check for $15/CD plus a couple bucks for S/H to
Giles Blankenship
2126 Rock Avenue
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Many of you will also be receiving from 1-4 physical copies of the CD depending on the level at which you gave. Yay! I'm attaching a photo of "Christmas album central" where we're processing all of those gifts.

If you live in Fayetteville hopefully we can hook up at Snyder OR come to your house OR you can come to our house for delivery :) My phone is 910-658-3718 if you want to text and arrange for pick-up/delivery (Don't forget to include your name in the text.)

If you're out of town, we're addressing bubble mailers now.

For a few of you, I'll be contacting you to arrange some caroling or a house concert, so be thinking about that.

Alright, that's all for now.

Sincerely,
giles
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https://www.facebook.com/events/514226088753500/ We're throwing a Christmas (Album) Party tomorrow (Fri) night. Check below for details, and If you are one of the ones who helped us reach our $25,000 goal to make this thing a reality, we'll have a CD (or 2 or 3, depending) with your name on it. You can also purchase additional copies for $15 a piece!

2126 Rock Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28303, 4:30ish to 8:30ish

Come out and celebrate the release of Giles' Christmas album, Home. We'll have some food, firepit, his Christmas CD playing, string a few lights, and of course there will be as many CD's as you need to fulfill all your stocking-stuffing needs this Christmas.

And what would a good Christmas party be without PUMPKIN CARVING - Yep! Carve your best Christmas-themed pumpkin and the winner gets a free CD at the end of the night. BYOPumpkin

We'll have food, drinks, and hot chocolate. Bring a lawn chair and a friend. Just pop in or sit and stay a while!

Tis the season for dressing up! So reindeer antlers, light-up ties, and all manner of Christmas-y regalia is encouraged!!

We'll be on the front lawn, and look forward to seeing you.

Merry Christmas, Everybody!
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Hey folks! You're invited to a Christmas (Album) Party this Friday night to celebrate the release of my #ChristmasAlbum, #Home. 4:30ish to 8:30ish. We'll have some food, firepit, string some christmas lights, the Christmas album will be playing, and of course we'll have enough CD's to stuff every stocking this Christmas. Just pop in or plan to sit and stay a while. BYOPumpkin for the Christmas-themed carving contest. See you on the front lawn. 2126 Rock Ave, Fayetteville, NC (facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/514226088753500/)
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It's getting closer! Almost like Christmas Eve! #ChristmasAlbum #Home #GilesBlankenship
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$29,770 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 47 months
Created May 13, 2015
$15
Candy Cane
Get a link to DOWNLOAD MP3's of all the songs on the album. (all giving levels will receive this link as well)
$25
Stocking
Get a hard copy of the CD because, of course, they'll make great stocking stuffers! (Unless otherwise stated all giving levels above this one will receive 1 CD
$50
Christmas Tree
Get 2 copies of the CD - 1 to keep and 1 to give as a gift if you like!
$100
Jingle Bells
Get a phone call from me wishing you a Merry Christmas and expressing my huge thanks, a CD to keep or give away, plus a signed CD.
$300
Merry Christmas
Everything at the Jingle Bells level, PLUS an additional CD and a handwritten Christmas card.
$500
Sleigh Ride
I and some friends Caroling at your house (Fayetteville, NC) or Via Skype/Facetime/Hangout (if outside of Fayetteville, NC). See above for more details.
$750
IllBeHome4Xmas
I'll come to your home and do a concert in your living room/backyard/patio for you and all your friends. See above for more details.
$1,000
We Three Kings
Myself and a couple of my bandmates will "traverse afar" to give a concert in your living room/backyard/patio for you and all your friends. See above 4 details.
$2,500
Star
Get everything at the We Three Kings level + Your Name or Business Logo in a special "Thank You" section on the back cover of the album.
$10,000
Miracle
2 of 2 left
Everything at the Star Level PLUS Anywhere in the continental US, I'll show up and give a concert, do your dishes, walk your dog, sing you happy birthday
$15,000
JoyToTheWorld
Message me if interested before you donate and I'd love to talk with you about it and see what kind of joy we can bring to the world.
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Sorry so late, Giles! I didn't forget! lol Blessings to you!

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