Dear friends ~ I'm so happy to invite you into the secret garden of my creative world ~ Welcome!
What's this? Patreon is a groovy new service that allows people to engage with artists they love in an interactive way through their modest and recurring support. Like the ancient days of patronage, the idea is that the arts are crucial to the health of humanity and the evolution of culture, and must be supported in order to flourish. Yet unlike the old days, this patronage comes directly from people like you, not the royals or the government.
What I love about Patreon is that it's set up so we can have a conversation! It's more intimate than social media, and it enables me to easily share videos, new music, works-in-progress, outtakes, and stories that I often don't share anywhere else.
Best of all, because Patreon is set up to foster the ongoing creative process, this means MORE MUSIC, MORE OFTEN!
Engaging in the Patreon platform (for as little as $1 per month) gives you first (and sometimes exclusive) dibs on new art I put out. This includes unfinished and in-process works that you'll be the first to hear. I share these in hopes of developing a conversation as we go, to hearing how my art lands, what you want to hear, and most of all what you feel...
With so much love and support and gumption, I spent the last several years touring relentlessly, producing a live album and finally releasing my first studio album (Maiden of Midnight!). I did two successful fundraising campaigns in order to complete that album, and though I'm so glad I did, I'm looking forward to a new approach now!
Rather than making you wait for a full album to be complete (which can take years), and subjecting you to another exhausting all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign, doesn't it sound more fun to create standalone pieces along the way? Little gems that can shine through the dark and wild times...
I'm currently working on recording a series of singles that will eventually add up to my next album (From the Wild). While I love tending the bigger vision, the arc of a full album, in reality I'm continually creating ~ and so taking on bite-sized projects such as music videos and singles that I can share ongoingly is particularly appealing to me.
My creative flow is alive and well ~ I'm writing tons of new music and feeling wildly inspired, even amidst so much heartbreak and change on the planet. Indeed, I feel an urgency in these intense times to offer something of beauty to hearten us as we work to bring health to this world!
So I'm hoping you will dive into this creative cauldron and dialogue with me ~ I look forward to seeing what we as a community can dream up for bringing more beauty into this world!
The funds that I raise on this platform will be used solely for music-based endeavors such as studio time, equipment, musician fees, marketing expenses, etc... Though I work for a wonderful nonprofit for my daily bread, creating, recording and sharing music takes immense amounts of time and money, often above and beyond what my day job can provide.
Please feel free to write me with any questions and I'll post the vital ones here! I also welcome any feedback...
- CAN I GIVE IT A TRY WITHOUT COMMITMENT? Yes, you are welcome to cancel or change your level of pledge at any time!
- IF I REALLY HAVE A LOT OF FUN HERE, CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE TO GET MORE PERKS? Yes, anytime! And vice versa (though hopefully you won't want to!)
- WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? Light tan (heh, Nacho Libre anyone?) No, actually it's black.🔮 Er, or the color of deep magenta sunflowers I grow in my garden... 🌺 Apparently it changes with the seasons... 😉
(As more questions come in, I'll post them here with answers)
Most of all, THANK YOU for your care and consideration!