About The Kickstarter…
Up Until Now
I released my debut album, "Don't Give Up On Me," in March 2012. It was the culmination of two years of experimenting with all kinds of recording methods and combining all our best takes into one album. Out of the musicians that played on that record and a few other "I-know-a-guys," I formed a band and we've had the chance to play some of the Midwest's best concert venues (Lincoln Hall, Mayne Stage, Schubas) and many other incredible shows (like playing BeerFest for 10,000 people at the Lincoln Park Zoo here in Chicago). Over these past few years, I've developed as a writer, singer and musician, and the band and I have spent countless hours together crafting our unique sound. It's time to take things to the next level.
The New Album
We want to make this album the right way. That means recording in a professional studio run by an expert sound engineer so the band and I can focus on what matters most - the music - and know that the sound coming out on the other end is as good as it gets. We have found our engineer in Steve Shirk and are so excited. Just watch Alabama Shakes' official music video for "Hold On" with over 8 million views and you'll see why. It's at Shirk Studios and Steve recorded and directed it. Alabama Shakes chose this version over the pre-recorded album version for their official video. That's what happens when you bring on a sound ninja like Shirk.
I have 15+ songs ready to go for the new album. We've got upbeat rockers, intimate stories and all kinds in between. Every song on this record will be totally unique and I'm excited to put them all together in an album that you can really connect with. I'm feeling great. The band sounds phenomenal. We have the studio and engineer lined up. We just need a little help from you.
How You Can Help
It costs a great deal of money to record and release a full-length record. First, there is the recording and mixing that will take place at Shirk Studios. When the songs are ready, the album will be sent to undergo the fine (and expensive) art of mastering. A great master sends the sound of a record over the top and preps the album to be sent off (along with album artwork) for duplication into hard copies. Finally, before releasing, there is the whole promotional aspect of a new record, which I'm not even addressing in this campaign. If we can just get this record made, we will work our asses off to get it out there.
All told, a conservative budget for this album is $12,000. That's $8-9K for recording and mixing in the studio, another $1K+ for mastering and $2K+ for artwork and duplication. Our goal is to raise $7K with this campaign which, combined with the money we have saved, will get us to our $12K mark.
Here's the way Kickstarter works: I created this campaign and set a funding goal and end date. You pledge money to the project and if we are fully funded (i.e., it reaches its funding goal before the campaign ends), your credit card is charged and you get the rewards associated with your pledge level. The big risk we face is if the project is not fully funded by the end date, then all money is returned to you and we receive nothing. So please consider pledging and make sure to read through all the rewards as we've put together some really unique packages PLUS every increased pledge level gets all the goodies from the previous ones.
I bootstrapped my debut album and used up my savings to pursue this dream of mine. It was worth every penny and got me this far and now I'm hoping you can join in on this project and allow me the chance to get to the next level in my musical journey. Any amount helps and if you're not in a place financially to contribute, a simple share to your network of family and friends could make the difference in helping us reach our goal.
Thank you in a thousand different ways,
The musicians that will be primarily featured on this record have been part of the band for the last couple years and in addition to being extremely talented, are my dear friends. They are Russell Gillespie (guitar/keys), Chris Crisman (bass/double bass), Eric Frantz (cajon/percussion), Cisco Rodriguez (horns/percussion) and Dan Cousino (banjo). Nathan Mark will also be joining the band playing full-kit drums and we've made additional plans for violin, lap steel, cello and more to grace this record!