It’s true, this project is already finished! In that way, this is a non-traditional crowdfunding campaign, and more of a pre-order campaign. It’s my hope that you will take this as a show of how committed I am to this project, to my music. It is also my hope, that you’ll take to heart the idea that crowdfunding is “the new record deal,” and that your support here will make it possible for me to keep creating amazing new music (and funding incredible visual art) in the future!
Five years ago, I started to feel some big ideas brewing in my mind and body. I was beginning to face the truth of my mom's presonality disorder, my misconceptions about what my potential could be as an individual (and particularly, as a woman), and the many-layered facades of the institutions of power that held up my world.
I felt that nothing was what it seemed.
So, I began writing on the theme of masks. Masks that conceal and manipulate. Masks that protect. Masks that reveal, filter, focus, or magnify a specific self. Provisional masks. Playful masks. Beautiful masks. Terrifying masks. I believe these are essentially and ubiquitously human concepts and experiences. And I’ve done my very best to represent as many facets of these themes as possible with this collection of songs, all original. I know you’ll see your life experience reflected in this music, and in these lyrics.
Once the collection of songs was completed, I searched around for the perfect producer, and found my now good friend (and brilliant artist) Jed Jones! Together, we spent a whole year sparing no expense to hire the best musicians, record at the best studio, and secure the best mixing and world-class mastering. I got the masters back in March 2019. And honestly, that felt like just the beginning!
I’ve spent the last year assembling a brilliant team of visual artists to help me create companion pieces for every single one of my songs.
I’ve spent countless hours building my website to the perfect specs that will allow it to properly and beautifully host this colossal project, taking digital marketing classes, researching the best ways to get all of this incredible audio+visual art to as many people as will love it. I’ve done my very best to leave no stone un-turned—to do my part and more to make sure this body of work has the life it deserves.
This is the part where I need your help! I believe in the value of art. I believe in the power art has to move and change the world. And I’m BEYOND proud of the artists whose careers I’ve personally been able to support thus far with Masks. Can I introduce you to them?
Every artist listed above is important and beautiful. And I’m so over-the-moon proud to have paid them all well for the OUTSTANDING work they’ve done for Masks. I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments in my life to support my fellow artists. Please help me continue to support these artists and artists like them by supporting Masks. I promise to continue to create and produce projects that involve as many phenomenal artists as possible.
AND, while Indiegogo cannot guarantee timely delivery of your perks, I CAN! Because this project is finished and ready to go. And I can’t wait for these gorgeous perks to be in your gorgeous hands and inboxes. You’ll have your physical and digital perks by the May 8 release date!
It’s been difficult for me to come up with a dollar amount, because I’ve invested more of my own funds than I feel comfortable asking for here. And, I really DO feel awesome about supporting so many of my fellow artists with my own funds. But, $8,000 is the number I’ve landed on that would really make it possible for me to keep these mixed-media, collaborative projects coming. If I’m able to raise more than the $8,000 I need, I’ll just make even more content with even more beautiful artists!
To find out more about each perk bundle, click on the box to see all of the details! They’re stacked, so (with a few exceptions) each level includes all of the perks from the lower pledge amounts. These amazing digital and physical items represent thousands of dollars, and hundreds of hours of work from some incredible artists. I am so excited to be able to offer them to you!
Before I tell you more about these PHENOMENAL perks, I want to say: (1) Every donation of any amount means the absolute world to me (2) You don’t need to claim a perk to make a contribution (3) You are OF COURSE welcome to contribute a higher amount than the perk level you’d like to claim (4) If you are not in a position to contribute financially, you can help by sharing the campaign on social media (use the Indiegogo share tools on the top of the page), and in specific texts/emails to people you know would love to be involved. And, you can stream the previously-released singles! Thank you. You so important to me.
LIVE Listening Party Invitation: All backers of any amount are invited to the digital LIVE listening party on Sunday, April 26 – before anyone has heard the album!
Digital Music Download: Starting at pledge level $10, all backers will receive a digital download of the entire Masks album, along with some bonus tracks, and the cover artwork.
Lyric Look-Book Download: Each song from Masks has a visual companion piece made up of one of Jen Palmer’s incredible photos (with styling by Shawna Turner and Heggy Gonzalez) and Camilla Aubrey’s thoughtful graphic design. As you scroll through the digital look-book, you’ll see each of these gorgeous pieces adjacent to their corresponding lyrics. Starting at pledge level $15, all backers will receive a download of the digital look-book. Be sure to listen while you look.
Adult Coloring Book Download: Each and every song from Masks ALSO has a stunning “adult coloring book” page imaginatively and brilliantly crafted by Savannah Kynaston. The pages are intricate, evocative, and dramatically creative. Starting at pledge level $20, all backers will receive a download of all 11 of Savannah’s arresting coloring book pages. Print them out, color while you listen, and send me pictures of your beautiful creations! I can’t wait to see what these sounds and designs inspire in each of you.
Physical CD: Call me old-fashioned, but I love to buy CDs. They’re such a wonderful “souvenirs” of the aural journeys I love so much. Masks is printed on lovely digipak-style fold-outs with four thoughtfully-designed photo+text panels, and a limited edition insert with QR code to bonus content. Starting at pledge level $25, all backers will receive a physical copy to have and to hold while you listen and enjoy!
Signed CD: Starting at pledge level $30, all backers will receive a copy of Masks, lovingly signed by Yours Truly! I’m notorious for terrible handwriting, but I’ve got my artsy-messy signature DOWN.
3 Signed CDs (Masks, Embark, and Maybe Love): For $40, backers will receive a signed copy of Masks, as well as signed copies of Embark (my debut album of all-original music), and “Maybe Love” (pianist+composer Dan Tate’s wonderful album featuring me on several heart-breaking songs). *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. All three albums come only in this perk bundle, along with all of the previously-described digital perks.
Charts Download: Starting at pledge level $45, all backers will receive a download of the full collection of leadsheets for Masks. Lyrics, melody, and chords for all 10 songs. And, of course, they’re extremely well-formatted. Clean, clean, clean!
Stream and Wear: For $50, backers will receive all four digital downloads, as well as a shirt featuring Paul Williams’s beguiling Masks Muse design. *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. This is for people who prefer not to own physical CDs, but want to listen+look digitally, and want to rock an especially stylish shirt.
Masks Muse Shirt: Starting at pledge level $75, all backers will receive a shirt featuring Paul Williams’s beguiling Masks Muse design, carefully and colorfully packaged by moi, and shipped to your doorstep!
Limited Edition Signed Poster: Starting at pledge level $100, all backers will receive a signed, limited edition poster featuring the un-cropped version of the exquisite Masks cover photo. It’s frame-worthy, honestly.
Gift a Few: This option is for backers who prefer to be shirtless ?, and are the most generous of friends. For $100, you’ll receive 5 signed copies of Masks to gift to your favorite friends. Go you! *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. 5 copies come with this pledge, only.
Limited Edition Pin-Back Buttons: Starting at pledge level $125, all backers will receive three streetwise pin-back buttons, featuring (1) The full-color Flower Crown design (2) The Masks Muse (3) Gil the Greyhound strutting through the big city. Put them on your favorite hats, bags, backpacks, and jackets!
Hardback Printed Lyric Look Book: Starting at pledge level $150, all backers will receive the per-song artwork+lyrics in an elegant, coffee-table-style 11x8” hardback book.
Private Lesson or Chat: For $200, we will schedule a one-on-one, 60-minute voice and/or songwriting lesson (or just a pick-my-brain chat sesh, if you’re not a musician) via google hangout video chat. And, you’ll receive all previously-mentioned physical and digital perks, as well. The lesson will need to be scheduled and completed before the end of 2020. *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. A private lesson is not automatically included in subsequent pledge levels.
Solo Voice+Piano Cover of Your Favorite Song: For $250, I will record a voice+piano version (with video) of a cover song of your choice. And, you’ll receive all previously-mentioned physical and digital perks, as well. Your cover will be in your inbox+ears before the end of 2020. *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. A song-of-your-choice is not automatically included in subsequent pledge levels.
Lessons Package: For $500, we will schedule three one-on-one, 60-minute voice and/or songwriting lessons via google hangout video chat. And, you’ll receive all previously-mentioned physical and digital perks, as well. The lessons will need to be scheduled and completed before the end of 2020. *NOTE: This is not a “stacked” offer. The lesson bundle is not automatically included in subsequent pledge levels.
Duo House Show: For $1000, Emily will come to your house with either a guitarist or pianist, and play an intimate acoustic duo show just for you and your friends! Travel expenses + backline not included if you live outside of the SLC area. The show will need to be scheduled (and necessary travel+backline booked) before the end of 2020.
Full Band House Show: For $3500, Emily and full band (keys, guitar, bass, and drums) will come to your house and play a dynamic show just for you and your friends! Travel expenses + backline not included if you live outside of the SLC area. The show will need to be scheduled (and necessary travel+backline booked) before the end of 2020.
Regardless of whether you can contribute financially, you can help by sharing the campaign on social media and in specific texts/emails to people you know would love to be involved. And, you can stream the previously-released singles!
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I can't wait for all of this art to reach your eyes and ears.
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