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The Artist at 50 Recording Project

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Raised by 36 people in 12 months
Once upon a time, a singer of songs turned 50 and decided to celebrate with a recital.  Not just any old song recital, but one made up entirely of art songs written and/or published in the year the composer celebrated his or her 50th birthday, with texts that beautifully narrate the themes of  fifty years of living.

That recital ended up being a treasure trove of  engaging, but mostly obscure songs that deserve to live on beyond the few performances the recital will ultimately receive. Some of the works on the recital are not even in print, and some have never been recorded.

That's where you come in. My amazing collaborators and I have the opportunity this summer to record this program in Houston, TX, with a top-flight professional audio engineering and producing team, with the ultimate goal of releasing the CD with a national label and on digital platforms, and we'd love to ask for your help.

We aim to raise $15,000 by the end of April in order to contract all of the personnel, venues, and logistics for recording sessions in June, with an anticipated release date of Summer 2019.

Of course, we would be grateful for any support you choose to give to our project. Besides undying gratitude, however,  we would like to offer more tangible tokens of our thanks, so please check out our reward  levels!

Below you'll a list of the songs we'll be recording. Hopefully we'll be able to update you will clips from one of the recitals at some point.

We hope you'll find this a project worth your time and support.

Thank you!

Melissa Givens and the Artist at 50 Team

Song List:

Anacrusis (2011)                                                 Daron Aric Hagen

On Youth
  Das Mädchen, Op. 95, No. 1 (1883)          Johannes Brahms
  Ne donne pas ton coeur (1892)                   Jules Massenet
  Just-Spring (1949)                                              John Duke

On Dreams
  Ständchen (1841)                                                Giacomo Meyerbeer
  The Rose in the Wind (1971)                        Seymour Barab
  La statue de bronze (1916)                            Erik Satie

On Love
  Donne-moi cette fleur (1868)                      Charles Gounod
  Dream, Op. 100, No. 6 (1956)                      Dmitri Shostakovich
  Arab Love Song, Op. 25, No. 4 (1927)      Roger Quilter

On Loss
  Auf dem Meer, Op. 11, No. 5 (1865)         Robert Franz
  Chanson naïve (1907)                                       Cécile Chaminade
  Heart, we will forget him (1950)                 Aaron Copland

On Perseverance
  Im Wasser wogt die Lilie (1865)                 Josephine Lang
  Mit vierzig Jahren (1883)                               Johannes Brahms
  My Soul’s Been Anchored (1937)              Florence B. Price

On Time
  Let the Rain Kiss You (1998)                        Ann Rivers Witherspoon
  In Blossom Time, Op. 78, No. 3 (1917)   Amy Cheney Beach
  Chanson à boire ... (1885)                              Camille Saint-Saëns

On War and Peace
  There came a wind like a bugle (1950)    Aaron Copland
  So Pretty (1968)                                                   Leonard Bernstein
  He’s Got the Whole World... (1963)         Margaret Bonds
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Hello everyone! I thought you might like an update on The Artist at Fifty project.

After successful and fun sessions in June, the CD takes its place in the queue for the next step in the process-- editing and mixing. Once audio engineer Ryan Edwards finishes his meticulous edits based on producer Keith Weber's notes, a "first draft" of these edits will be distributed to the artists for feedback and, if necessary, additional work (i.e., finding other takes that everyone likes better, etc.). Once complete, Ryan will then "master" the disc (adjust volume levels to maintain consistency through the disc) and it will be sent to a record label for approval and for the beginning of negotiations and contracting. Once the contract is signed, it enters control of the label for art direction, pressing and distribution.

We hope to be done with the edits, mixing and mastering by Christmas and have it to the label in the early months of 2019.

Once it lands there, it is out of our control, schedule-wise. An educated guess is that release will occur in the summer or fall of 2019. We anticipate wide release across all available platforms (Amazon, all of the streaming services, YouTube, etc.).

Thank you again for your support of this project!
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Airfares are about to be purchased, venues have been secured. Some offline angels have stepped up to the plate, so we're in a much better position than it appears, but we still have about $4,000 to raise.

Thanks to those of you who have donated already. You're making it possible for us to get the initial work done on the project.

If you haven't, and would like to be a part of this last mile push, you can donate at the link provided or if online donations aren't your thing, PM me for offline options.

Here's one of the songs from the recital, "Auf dem Meer" by Robert Franz, recorded at the Augusta performance, with Rosalyn Wright Floyd, piano.
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