Dorothy-Jane concept album

$2,450 of $2,200 goal

Raised by 38 people in 10 months
I'm an Australian independent singer/songwriter/harmonica  player venturing into crowdfunding for the first time for my 7th album "The Witness".

Recording is already well under way. I need financial assistance to help with artwork, production and promotion costs.

Recognised as a Blues artist, and one of Australia's foremost female blues-harp players, this album represents a partial departure from Traditional Blues genre and a journey into Roots, Alt Country. This is not intentional, just how the songs spilled out. The lyrics are in my typical no-holds-barred style.


The Collins English dictionary defines a concept album as "an album that has a unifying theme or that tells a single story."

The theme here is pedophilia/abuse.

The songs link to form a story of actual events I experienced, written as part of the cathartic process - through shock, protection, confusion, betrayal, the fallout and overwhelming grief, to safety and rebuilding of a shattered life. I have aimed to portray the complexities of my experience with a combination of brutal honesty and sensitivity.

It is a big deal to ask musicians to be involved in a project as intimate and confronting as this one. I am thrilled with my core band: Ali Penney (keys), Ben Hoare (guitars) and Matt Nightingale (bass guitars).  Their receptiveness and combined talents provide an expansive lush musical landscape that support the lyrical intent.

Thank you so much for helping me release this deeply personal (and potentially controversial) album.

DJ
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Donations of $25 or more that include a name and contact information will receive a signed copy of "The Witness" album.

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From the Producer/Sound Engineer
"I do not think I have ever been asked to work on a project with as much social importance. It is time to bring this subject and so many other 'hidden' behaviours out into the open where we can all contribute to bringing about serious changes in attitudes and behaviours. Abuse of any kind by anyone is not something we are going to continue to sweep under the social or religious carpet.

Musically I am going to have an easy job of creating a great sounding album filled with superbly executed instruments and vocals. The musicians quickly 'gelled' in the studio sessions with the emergence of some truly beautiful sounds.

Often, in fact most of the time, that is all that matters. However with this album, something far more important becomes a vital part of the 'capture' of the moment.

There is a deeply visceral energy to the concept that threads throughout the theme. Songs of raw emotion drawn from an horrendous personal experience. The importance of the lyric to expose a subject rarely spoken openly about - the abuse of a child by a trusted family member - the impact on 'the witness' and the total devastation of reality, where everything once trusted, proves to be a fallacy and cruel joke.


No-one can know what they would do, how they would find the strength to push though and survive. That long and brutal journey is laid bare in the lyric and musical emotion of this extremely important work.

I am proud to stand with Dorothy Jane as she tells the story of "The Witness". - David Pendragon

From the musicians
"This is an important album. Abuse is rife through ignorance. This subject matter is rarely discussed in the open because of its nature. The content of DJ's songs is not so heavy as it is helpful. It can help people move forward." - Ben Hoare

“To be betrayed so deeply by your partner is the one of the horrors of life. When that betrayal extends to a child, it is in the 'most awful' horrors of life category. DJ’s songs are helping her to heal. Her stories capturing her shock, fear, grief and her hopes for the future will help others.” - Ali Penney
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THANK YOU generous donors to my concept album "The Witness".
I am sorry it's taking much longer than anticipated to get this happening. I assure you that good progress is happening!
Harmonica tracks are down - somehow I manage to play with only one functioning lung...!
On the weekend, saxophonist extraordinaire, John Mackey!!! (he's played with BB King and Ray Charles and lots of sh*t hot Jazz legends!!!) showed his support by adding sizzling sax to some tracks. You'll receive a link and password from me to see a video of John playing on the slightly twisted song "Will I Ever Love Again?".
Now is probably a good time to let you know there will be 12 songs on the album, and their titles:
The Witness, Why My Husband Went Away, Monsters, Lay My Troubles Down, Daddy's Little Girl, On My Own, Will I Ever Love Again?, Girl Song, Grief, Speak Out, I'm OK, The Wonder Of You.
Parts yet to record are: violin; cello; and a chorus of voices for a chant in "Speak Out". Also, a full band session to capture a live recording of the title track "The Witness". Bringing all the energy of the core musicians together will mark the finalisation of the recording process beautifully.
When my energy dwindles, I am thankful to be encouraged and reminded of the valuable messages contained in this album.
Ben Hoare, guitarist, has described the overall sound as "organic and classy". I love this description and the contradiction within it. A friend with a great ear has had a sneak peak of some songs and calls it "a work of art". It's lovely to get this feedback.
Big thanks, DJ
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Another creative, productive recording session at The Studio today with Jack Barnard laying down some damn fine drum tracks for The Witness concept album. Here's a sneaky preview of "Will I Ever Love Again?" Serious illness and major flooding of the recording studio slowed progress of this album but I'm thrilled to report that it is now progressing beautifully. Big thanks to musicians involved to date: Ali Penney, Ben Hoare, Matt Nightingale, Jack Barnard, and to Producer, David Pendragon and tracking engineer, Jack Buchanan.
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Recording continues: 99% of lead vocals done. Today, super talent, Ali Penney, laid down some superb keys tracks. Such a joy to hear her contributions :-)
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Target reached! Thank you very much! Apologies for not writing sooner - ill-health has stalled the project for longer than anticipated but I assure you that recording continues in small, manageable and wildly enthusiastic bursts and good progress is being made. I will keep this campaign open until I am at the physical production stage. Many thanks again, DJ
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$2,450 of $2,200 goal

Raised by 38 people in 10 months
Created June 7, 2018
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BK
$30
Bruce KAY
29 days ago

Really looking forward to your new album. We've been big fans for many years now. So we're looking forward to a new album to listen in the car on our road trips.

AM
$30
Alison Mortiss
5 months ago

i donated because I believe in you and your project. I admire your strength and I love your music.

KS
$50
Kerry Sattler
6 months ago

You rock girl. Best of luck with the new album. K1 & K2 xx

$30
Evelyn Anne McGranahan
6 months ago

Wish you and this important album every success DJ xx

JL
$20
Jens Daniel Lippold
7 months ago

I am so glad you reached your target! You are one of my favourite singers and I admire your courage. This is for the extra shipment cost to Germany - wish I could see you here.

JR
$50
Janine Ryan
8 months ago

Have fun xox

JC
$50
john clark
8 months ago

love you cousin

LM
$30
lindsay montgomery
8 months ago

looking forward to new cd

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