Joan Mercury's Debut Album

$7,390 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 124 people in 30 months
Dear Friends and Family,

It's been a long challenging road for me these past few years. I don't go into much detail with my personal life, but I've had personal and financial struggles. There were times where I felt defeated and wondered if things would ever work out for me. After years of trying to find myself and deciding what I really want to do for a living, I'm finally fulfilling my biggest dream. I can finally say that I am in the process of making my debut album!! Sometimes life has a funny way of working out. I know now, that there were so many things that had to line up for me. Personal growth, finding the right people who believe in me and what I envision, and that are able to direct me in the right path.

I'll be honest I've always tip toed around being a singer-songwriter. Dabbling in radio then to voice over but inside I knew what gave me the most fulfillment - singing. To have people enjoy what I do, has always taken me aback because I literally would just sing to myself. I'm not one to show emotion all the time, but I always sing in times of joy and in times of sorrow. That is how I've always expressed myself (to myself). Now I want to be able to share the songs that I have written, and be able to sing for a living.


My only obstacle now is funding. I recently signed with a music manager, Neil Valentine and became part of the The Valentine Vision Music Group. He discovered me from old videos on my YouTube channel. He has put me in touch with a phenomenal producer named Rayan. It was a very organic fit for me. (which does not come easy!) Not only does he see the vision I have with little explanation, but he is able to bring my songs to life. Something I never thought would happen. You can check out some of Rayans work here: Rayan - Producer

We have a timeline and we have goals to meet. There is no sitting around on this one and honestly no donation is too small. ALL of the funds will go into making and promoting this album.

The timeline for my debut album entitled "Mercury Rising" is for Winter 2017.

The most important thing is getting funding for Mixing and Mastering my demos.  So instead of asking for the inital $9k, I want to set the funding to $7,000 That way I can get my demos and have  a little room for photos and promotion. 

BREAKDOWN OF COSTS:

Mixing/Mastering/Producing: $5,500
Pictures:( Promotion/Website/Album Cover) $250
Music Video: $300
Studio Time for Vocals: $600
Copyright: $750 ($75 per song)
Website Launch / Social Media makeover: $375
Distribution/Merch: $400
Trademark: $300

As an incentive, I will write you a personalized letter and I will add your name in the liner notes under the thanks yous!! Because without you and your faith in me, this wouldn't be possible and I will be eternally grateful for what you contributed.

You can follow me on my journey through my social media pages 

Twitter
Instagram
Facebook

As things progress, I'll put up teaser samples on here and on my Joan Mercury SoundCloud
There you can also check out a few covers, but they will soon transition into original material. Right now I have a theme of Friday weekly covers. So defitintely stay tuned.
Here are a few samples for your listening pleasure:

Ghost (Ella Henderson) Cover
King off Sorrow (Sade) Cover
Feeling Good (Nina Simone) Cover


THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and I hope you can be a part of this new endeavor.


#joanmercurysdebut

Love,
Joan

**********May 1st GOAL MET********

Thank you to everyone that donated! My original goal of $7000 has been met <3 The main bulk of this was to pay for mixing/mastering/producer fees - which will be completely funded thanks to all of you!!

I'm still paying some things out of my own pocket and there have been so many nice people that still wanted to donate, so I raised it to $8000. If you look at the breakdown below it shows where all the money is going to. Which is all used for making/promoting this album.

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GOAL MET!!!!!!!!

I mean... WOW!!

From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and everyone of you for supporting me and donating. xoxo

I still have things that I'm paying out of my own pocket and anything that gets added still goes into promoting this album. Thank you for taking me over the goal!!

Now I have to get to work, because there is a lot to be done and no time to waste.

Again thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

Love always,
Joan

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Hello my lovely supporters,

Wanted to follow up to let you know that I am $525 away from my GOAL!!!!!!!

What?! This is so unbelievable I truly believe that the next time you here from me, I will be celebrating the fact that I met my goal!

Thank you again to each and everyone of you!!!

Love,
Joan

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Home stretch
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I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend. I had the chance to see my family and friends and it was really great to be around them, I wish I could have stayed longer.

Just a little update - I’m at 80 % of my goal, so $1360 away from making it all!! Crazy to think where I started from.

Currently prepping a bunch of open mics in the next few weeks. A few covers until I get my demos completed. So far Rayan (my producer) has sent me a few snippets and it has exceeded my expectations. I don’t have the words to express how happy I am with the results and how effortlessly we’ve worked together. It’s a hard concept to think that these are my songs. So far we’re on track, and by May I should have 4-5 to start recording the vocals. I know we said that the album’s initial debut would be winter 2017, but there is a good chance it will more likely be Fall of 2017. That’s how fast this thing is rolling.

Thank you again for all your support. I’m also working on a Prince cover for his one year anniversary of his passing, so look out for that this Friday.

Much love,
Joan
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Well it's been just about a month since the launch of my GoFundMe for my debut album, and we are SO SO close to the end goal. I'm running out of ways to express how grateful I am to you for donating and for being so supportive -Thank you for believing in me. <3 Your kind words have been overwhelming and extremely humbling. My heart is overflowing with joy.

I still have to push this campaign since I'm so close to the finish line. If you would still like to help, you can certainly help by spread the word and sharing this campaign. Let's keep it trending :)

In the meantime if you would just like to hear some of my covers, you can keep up with me on my soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/joan-mercury I usually post a new one every Friday, and am open to suggestions and requests :)

Also, don't forget to hit "Like" on my FB page to get all the latest updates.
https://www.facebook.com/missjoanmercury/

Much love to you all,
Joan

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Raised by 124 people in 30 months
Created March 6, 2017
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Holland LaFalcia
27 months ago
FM
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Fiona Malcolm
27 months ago
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All the best Joan!

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Tatyana Kalko
28 months ago
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Best of luck!

RL
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Rob Lawi
28 months ago
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Go go go Joan!!

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Lihong Ma
28 months ago
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Good luck Joan. I am sorry I just read your message. I normally don't check my FB account:(

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