So, yesterday as we were hitting our goal (and while we were freaking out) I had a flashback to the moment when I pressed the "publish" button on our Kickstarter project late the night before. I said a small anxious prayer to the affect of "Lord, please, if we could just make this goal." As I sat there watching us pass our goal in less than a day I felt like the Lord was saying, "Your faith was so small. What is in your heart?" The first thing that came into mind was the record of original Christmas songs that Sarah and I have been talking about all year. Then, of course, I thought, "No, that's a whole different project. That's too much!" But I felt my heart soften to be vulnerable in hope and obedience so I have decided to put it out there by faith for you all to consider.
We are fully funded toward "A Lovely Wait" and I am working to finish tracking this week and the songs get turned in for mixing next week. Thanks to you all, that is happening at full speed.
If you all would like me to put out an original Christmas record this year, Sarah and I would love to make that happen. I have been writing songs for Advent and Christmas for over 10 years now and I would love to share a collection of those songs with you to add to your holiday music playlist and to encourage your devotion to Jesus during that season. If you are anything like us, we are always looking for edifying Advent/Christmas music focused on Jesus and I would love try to capture the mystery, awe, hope and gratitude of the Advent and Christmas season.
Recording a Christmas record the most efficient way is the most expensive. It would cost $26,000 if we recorded with a producer in the studio and if I was able to pay the musicians for their work. If I self produce the record and the musicians are willing (and able) to volunteer their time then it could be as inexpensive as $10,600. So, if we can raise between $10,600-$26,000 in the next 18 days, we will get going on planning and scheduling a record of songs on the incarnation and second coming.
So, big stretch goal beyond the original $7,000:
Advent/Christmas Record $10,600-$26,000
That's a potential Kickstarter total of $33,000.
How will the Rewards Work?
As far as rewards go, if you'd like to support the Christmas Record I'll honor the same rewards levels for "A Lovely Wait" but toward the Christmas record. So, for instance if you want to donate $20 you can choose which record you wanted to get or if you wanted to donate $40 at the "Come on Sing Along" level then you could choose the Christmas record lead sheets and chord charts. Make sense? So just pick a reward and then send me a comment if you want your reward to count toward the Christmas record.
If you have any other ideas of things that you would love for us to do, let me know. I had someone mention a video and folks in the past have asked about vinyl. I'm open to your ideas so don't hesitate to send them my way. If I get enough of a ground swell I will definitely listen.
All Funds will Be Dedicated to Music
Lastly, to be clear, no matter what happens or how much we raise, I want you to know that it will all go directly into getting more music out to you all. No other purpose.
Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity in supporting my music. May it always point you to Jesus and bring him glory.