Tahira Clayton: Wait, Till Now

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Raised by 46 people in 15 months
As a kid, I spent summers in Louisiana with my grandmother. She did not expect me to do much in the way of chores, however, dishes were my thing, and I was to do them. One Sunday, my grandmother asked me why I hadn't done the dishes yet, and I responded, "Grandma, I'm just going to wait until there are more dishes to do. I'll only have more to do later." In a way that only a southern belle grandmother could, she replied swiftly, "Honey, you're going to wait, till right now to do those dishes!"

If you're here, it's because you know I am gearing up to record and release my first ever project as a bandleader/composer. WHOA!

Since moving to New York City in 2016, I have felt the evolution of myself taking place. Musically, personally, politically- I have felt the pull to write about my experiences. I’ve become so aware of the problems around: the blatant disregard for our Earth, the severe inequality and mistreatment of minority groups, the invalidation and dehumanization of women, as well as the many personal battles fought when living in a big city. Simultaneously, the awareness of the goodness in people, the joys in celebrating small things, and the warmth that loving just to love provides, have inspired me. This newest music has taken over my heart, body, and mind, embodying all of these things, and moving me to the intense need to share.

While reflecting on a series of some-what recent monetary set backs (paying back student loans, especially), insecurities, procrastination, and other personal difficulties, I remembered the very interaction with my grandma mentioned above and the lesson that was in her sassy rebuttal. Self-reflection and this sweet memory helped me realize that I have been standing in my own way, waiting for everything to be perfect or better. Waiting for more money, better song ideas; the list goes on. The mantra of “Wait, Till Now” has propelled me to a level of determination I didn’t know I was capable of. I am ready to get this project out to you very, very soon.

There are too many people to count who have been extraordinarily supportive of my music and social activism in countless ways: attending shows, sharing my videos and writings, liking social media pages and posts, and so much more. These shows of support have always meant so much to me. Now, I am going to ask for your help financially.

After a lot research and strategic budgeting, restructuring and rethinking,  I am looking to raise $8,500 for the release of this new project. This budget will cover:

-studio recording time
-musicians fees 
-post-production/ mixing
-EP artwork
-digital distribution
-printing (limited# of physical copies of EP)
-in-studio videography
-studio and performance photography for the EP
-Digital promotion
-Streaming platforms
-EP-related merchandise
-misc extra costs that have not been accounted for (studio related, production costs, etc)

As an independent artist, these costs are my responsibility. While I intend to put as much personal money into the project as I am able, I know that I will need your help to get this project in its entirety out in a big way.

After preparing and traveling to South Africa got me off of track for about 5 months, I have a new anticipated release date of December 2018! Because we’ve got such a long way to go, this GoFundMe page to raise 10,000 will be up and active through the process of this entire project. To things moving efficiently, I've revised production dates to reflect my new timeline: 

Monetary Goal Dates:

February 2018: $2,000 out of $8,500

May 2018: $4,000 out of $8,500

August 2018: $6,000 out of $8,500

October 2018: $8,000 out of $8,500

December 2018: $8,500 out of $8,500

Upon thinking and restructuring, I have decided that I am going to release on a largely digital scale. Physical EP copies will be printed but only a few specfically for donors to this projecct! 

Further more, every donation I receive is now being matched dollar for dollar. For every dollar I receive it will be matched at 100%!  More info here: tahiraclayton.com/news

Helping me get this project off of the ground and out to you is immeasurably appreciated. I can’t begin to start thanking you for even stopping by this page and considering a contribution. Please know that every donation means the world to me; truly a gift.

I am Wait(ing), Till (right) Now to make this project happen. All of my energy and love is going into it, and I hope you want to be apart of it! 

As a big “thank-you” to all of the contributors:

$5- a “Wait, Till Now” EP announcement poster

$10- “Wait, Till Now” EP announcement poster +  digital EP download

$15- a signed copy of the EP once released

$25- a signed  of the EP + t-shirt

$50- a signed pre-released copy of the EP + t-shirt + social media shout out

$100- a signed pre-released copy of the EP + t-shirt + a requested song (of your choice) recorded and posted to social media + written thank you in EP booklet 

$250- all of the above + free tickets to EP release show in January 2019

$500- all of the above + studio hang time with me while recording in August 

$1000+- all of the above + credit as a producer on the EP 

Please keep up with me on social media by giving any or all of my pages a like. I will be documenting these next 14 months here, keeping you updated on the project's progress. 

Instagram: @tee.clay
Facebook: @TahiraClaytonMusic  
Twitter: @t_claytonmusic

You can check out my website for gig dates, where some of the music from the upcoming record can be heard! You can also check out some of my music and videos there, too.  

Check out the latest single I was featured on here:

Thank you all so very much for your time in reading this and the constant and continuous love. Please feel free to share this page with any and all people who wish to support independent artists.

I know that I am asking for a lot, but I believe in all of those who believe in artists. 

You are so very appreciated. Lots of love,

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Hi everyone!

This week the band and I go into the studio to record “Wait, Till Now!” I am overjoyed to start bringing this project, this brainchild of mine, to life and it could not have been done without your invaluable support. The journey to getting to this week of recording has been sweet, treacherous, educational, inspirational, and self-changing, yet simultaneously easy because of your donation—thank you.

The Wait, Till Now project that you’re helping curate is deeply personal and is being brought to life by some of my very favorite musicians. Please take a moment to meet the band!

Addison Frei (music director, piano, keyboards, synths) is my right-hand person and has been for many years, both musically and in life. The entirety of this project would not be what it is without Addison’s constant support, guiding hand, steady work, and dedication to the complete life of this music. His beautiful attention to musical detail has propelled me forward and wonderfully challenged me to grow musically. His ability to take the simplest idea and develop it to a wonderful place of poignancy is irreplaceable. I am ever fortunate to have him at my side. More on Addison can be found at www.adddisonfrei.com

Matt Young (co-music producer, drums) has been a dear friend of mine since our University of North Texas days and was extremely instrumental in my early stages of development as an artist. Having collaborated in many different contexts, Matt is the quintessential musical voice I hear when writing and when playing. More on Matt can be found at www.mattyoung.com

Mike Luzecky (bass) is another long-time friend from my Denton, TX days. We like to say that Mike is everyone’s favorite player, and that is definitely true where I’m concerned. Mike, like Matt, is a player I grew up with in my early stages as an artist. His flexibility and true-to-self playing always lends soulful, groovy, and simply delightful sounds to whatever track he’s on. Years ago, one of the first tunes I ever wrote was specifically to feature Mike, and I’m thrilled that his voice will be lent to this most recent project. More info on Mike: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/mike-luzecky-mn0002968478

Andrew Renfroe (guitar) is the only cat on this project that I did not meet in Texas! Andrew and I got a chance to work together through a project of Addison’s. Right away I knew he was the sound I always wish I heard from guitars. His playing acts as a bind between all of the other players. I am so thrilled to have him be a part of this project!

Connor Kent (percussion) is another great friend from North Texas who is steeped in the culture of Dallas and New York alike. Having played with all of us from Texas, this joyous and generous player adds lift, bounce and depth alike on tunes. One of the nicest humans I know, Connor’s joyous character is easily heard in his playing. More on Connor here: https://soundcloud.com/connorkent

All of these beautiful humans are very near and dear to my heart. I am so glad to have their musical voices contributing to this project.

Again, thank you for your generous support of my original music. As the recording process begins, please know that I am also in the process of getting your other gifts to you! I will be personally contacting each of you to get shipping information so that you can receive your gift package, expected to arrive around the winter holidays.

I can’t say thank you enough.

All of my love,
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My Wait, Till Now project is now funded at 50%! Thank you ALL for your beautiful contributions and the most special thank you to Charles Valutas, the wonderful human behind the new gift matching incentive. We are DOING this, y'all! Let's keep it going!
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Hey family! I wanted you to be the first to know....
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Hello friends!!

After taking a brief stint away from album production,I am back!

In October of 2017, I learned I was one of 13 vocalists chosen from around the globe to compete at the Unisa International Jazz Voice Competition in South Africa. This competition is apart of the World Federation of International Competitions with very strict rules and it demanded the bulk of my attention, creativity, and time for the months leading up to the competition in January. Just about every musical moment I had (when I wasn't gigging, teaching, trying to survive in New York City) went into preparing for this competition, my first time competing on an international stage as a solo vocalist. I did not "win" the entire competition, but was acknowledged and awarded "Most Promising Semi-Finalist Who Did Not Go Thru to the Finals," as well as being an audience favorite. This formal acknowledgement was greatly appreciated.

While I did not bring home the gold medal, prepping for this competition was tremendous for me and my musical growth. Getting back to my jazz roots and studying improv, interpreting songs, and arranging really helped hone a lot of my writing skills.

Even though I had to derail my album production, I continued to write a little bit, completing the songs for my first release. I am so ecstatic about this, as now the focus is solely on getting the music out there for folks to listen to!

In the next coming days, I will update my new timeline and monetary goals to reflect the date changes. I appreciate those of you who have so selflessly supported me in this journey. We are back in action and I am READY to get er done!

Right before I left for South Africa, I played a show premiering a lot of the songs that will be on this new release. Here is a little clip of the title track, "Wait, Till Now." I hope you enjoy :)


Wait, Till Now by Tahira Clayton
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