Monday, August 31, 2015

Indiegogo Campaign SUCCESSFUL!

Hello friends! This is a bit delayed, but we are celebrating the successful completion of the Indiegogo campaign for my new EP, Pilgrim Miles! Woohoo!

We were blown away by the generous outpouring of support from friends all over the country, who surpassed our initial goal in less than 48 hours, and ultimately helped us raise almost $4000 toward making this dream become a reality. Marla and I couldn't be more grateful!

Lots of other things have been happening behind the scenes for this project lately.

My friend and producer, Chris Meyers, and I have been going back and forth getting the mixes of each track tweaked just right. The songs are sounding great! One of my biggest hopes for this project was for Chris to surprise me with some great ideas that were totally not my own ... and he has done that. I can't wait for you all to hear them!

I also had the opportunity, thanks to the additional funds raised in the campaign, to go back into a local studio here in Chicagoland, and record an additional song, "Be Like Trees (Psalm 1)." It was a simple session, with vocal and piano, but with the lovely addition of Audrey Snyder on cello!

At this point, I'm not sure whether it will end up as a sixth track on the CD, or if it will be the exclusive bonus track that get sent to backers of the EP. Either way, it's a song that really, in my mind, fits with the rest of this project, so I'm really excited we got to record it.

Then just a week or so ago I was out in the middle of the Rollins Savanna preserve near our house, with good friend and fantastic photographer, Vanessa Griffin, for a photo shoot. Vanessa is designing the CD packaging in addition to doing the photography, and she just send me the first proofs. It's all looking so great!

At this point we are on pace for a release sometime early Fall. I'm still hoping for the month of September, but we'll see. Stay tuned here, or (even better) on facebook, and I'll keep you posted!

These myriad pieces are coming together, and I couldn't have done it without the help of all of these friends, my amazingly supportive family, all of you who have pledged your financial support and helped spread the word, and the One from Whom all blessings flow. Thank you!

Grace and peace,
luke <><