So many artists are throwing the record labels aside and doing things their own way these days. Nineties country singer Jo Dee Messina is the latest act to go independent. That means she doesn’t have the backing of a label to fund recording sessions and she needs your help recording her new album through her new Kickstarter campaign: My Time, Our Music.
Messina has set up a large list of rewards for fans who contribute to the $100K she is needing in 30 days to pay for studio time, musicians, engineers, engineer assistants, production assistants, cartage, background vocalists, lead vocal recording days, overdubs, utility musicians, equipment rental, recording, mixing, mastering, and “any other crazy little things that have seemed to slip my mind at this moment.”
Messina has set up 11 tiers of rewards that will earn you exclusive access to content for Kickstarter backers only on her website, early single and album downloads, an autographed CD, t-shirt and 8×10 photo of Messina recording the album and more.
Obviously, the more money you donate, the better the rewards. The first 100 fans to donate $500 or more will receive a personal phone call from Messina in which she says “we can talk some trash (within good taste)” and receive a signed limited edition 18×24″ poster.
Donate $1,000 or more and get a meet and greet with Messina that will contain two tickets to a show of your choice when she’s on tour this summer along with a scrapbook that will contain photos, behind-the-scenes shots, notes, and more from the recording session. You’ll also get an executive producer credit on the album. Only 50 fans will get this opportunity.
Fans who donate $2,500 or more get the option of singing backup on her song called “He’s Messed Up” in the studio in Nashville or remotely, if you can’t make the trip to Nashville. You could also choose to play a song live on stage with Messina and her band at a stop on her tour. If singing and performing are not your thing, you could even choose to be a crew member for a day and get an inside perspective at the show where you and a friend can assist Messina’s tour manager, distribute backstage passes, take fan photos, help coordinate backstage signage and more. There are ten slots available for each of the three options in this tier.
Donating $5,000 or more will get you the option of either getting a car ride and tickets for four to a show along with a meet and greet with Messina where she will give you an exclusive tour of her tour bus, or you could workout with Messina and run three miles before taking in her show that night, or Messina will write and record an acoustic lullaby for your child in which she will include his or her name accompanied by a framed signed 8.5 x 11″ lyric sheet. There are five slots available in each of these options.
Fans who donate $10K or more will get the ultimate fan experience when Messina and her husband invite themselves over to your house where her husband Chris will cook dinner for you and seven of your friends or family members. However, the backer who has the highest pledge over $10K will get Messina and her band to come to your house and perform an intimate acoustic concert for up to 20 people. Five slots are available for the dinner.
For each of the upper tiers, fans will also get exclusives available in some of the lower tiers, but not all. However, each will get an executive producer credit on the album. No travel or accommodations are included in any of the concert or meet and greet packages, so be sure to see her tour dates below so you can pick one close to you.
Remember, Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign, so if Messina fails to raise the $100K by June 23rd, any donations will be refunded and no rewards are required to be given.
Jun 7: CMA Fest, Nashville, TN
Jun 8: Portfest, Newport, AR
Jun 14: Porterfield Country Music Festival, Marinette, WI
Jun 15: Kick’n Up Kountry Music Festival, Karlstad, WI
Jun 18: Opryland Hotel (Private), Nashville, TN
Jun 22: Choctaw Resort Casino, Durant, OK
Jun 29: Indian Ranch, Webster, MA
Jul 12: Texas Music Theater, San Marcos, TX
Jul 13: Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX
Jul 20: Hollywood Casino, Bay Saint Louis, MS
Jul 26: Violet Festival, Pickerington, OH
Jul 27: Alexander City Sportsplex, Alexander City, AL
Aug 2: Antelope County Fair, Neligh, NE
Aug 7: Tanner Park, Copiague, NY
Aug 9: Jam At The Ridge, Le Roy, NY
Aug 10: Mason County Fair, Point Pleasant, WV
Aug 11: Music Box Theatre at Hersheypark, Hershey, PA
Aug 17: Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, IL
Aug 24: Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua, WI
Sep 1: The West Virginia Italian Heritage, Clarksburg, WV
Sep 7: Marion Popcorn Festival, Marion, OH
Sep 21: Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, CA
Sep 28: Colorado County Fair, Columbus, TX
Oct 3: Gold Eagle Casino, North Battleford, Canada
Oct 4: Living Sky Casino, Swift Current, Canada
Oct 5: Painted Hand Casino, Yorkton, Canada
Oct 6: Kerry Vickar Centre, Melfort, Canada
Oct 8: Spurs Cookhouse and Dance Hall, Grande Prairie, Canada
Oct 10: Cook County Saloon, Edmonton, Canada
Oct 11: Eagle River Casino, Whitecourt, Canada
Oct 12: Casino Regina Show Lounge, Regina, Canada
Oct 13: McPhillips Station Casino, Winnipeg, Canada
Oct 26: Madeleine Hotel (Private), Telluride, CO
Dec 21: Casino Miami Jai Alai, Miami, FL
Jan 19: Country Music Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Author: Buddy Iahn
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