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The BIG STORY begins now…
I hear this statement everywhere I go these days:
“The age of the album is dead.”
I don’t believe that. Do you?
Rumors….The White Album…Tapestry…The Glow….Darkness on the Edge of Town…The Red Headed Stranger…Off the Wall…Blue…The Stranger…
I’ll never forget the first time I heard these albums. They and others like them were the soundtrack of my life. I sang and danced and cried along to them. They taught me about music and storytelling and songwriting. I studied their artwork and memorized their lyrics. I found myself in these records. And I lost myself in the power and passion of these songs.
It was never just about one song. It was about the whole album. Because albums let you tell a bigger story.
I have a story to tell, and I’m teaming up with PledgeMusic to give you a chance to be part of this experience.
The story of my album is pretty simple but it’s pretty big: it’s about how I went from almost giving up to rediscovering the joy of making music – thanks to a wonderful community of musicians and friends.
My last album, Haunted Heart was a really emotional experience for me. I was going through a very difficult time when I made it. So, I opened up some closets and let all my skeletons wander around. It was the most personal and dark set of songs I’ve ever written. It was pretty scary at the beginning, but I can’t tell you how amazing and wonderful it was to write so personally and have people really respond to that honesty. I am grateful and so thankful to those of you who have come to shows, told me how the songs resonated with you, bought records and generally supported my music.
The songs on Haunted Heart brought me awards. They brought me to winning or being a finalist in almost every major songwriting contest, including an appearance at the New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Festival. They also opened doors to a whole new wave of collaborations and musical friendships. Over the past two years, I’ve been writing, producing and sharing stages with some amazing musicians, singers and songwriters.
And so, strangely enough, all that darkness ended up bringing to light how fun it is to make music.
It led me to an epiphany.
No matter what happens around me, there is and incredible amount of joy in making music with people I love. And that’s what this album is all about: sharing all those different musical experiences and collaborations with you.
I’ve asked a bunch of my friends to join me in telling my big story, and they said yes. As hard as I tried, I really could not squeeze them all into a single, so we are making an album!
This story will be recorded in different locations around the country and will feature some of the best musicians around. As part of the big story, there will be collaborations and co-writing! There will be special guests! There will be musical jams! And photos and interviews and that’s just the beginning…
This is where you come in: be part of my Big Story. If you pledge, at any level, you will receive a download of the finished album before anybody else. You will also get an inside look at how the record is made. We will use this Pledge page to share videos, photos, posts, previews, exclusive downloads, announcements, bloopers and more.
In addition, we have put together a great bunch of exclusive merch items and experiences. Keeping with the spirit of the album, there are opportunities to work together, like songwriting lessons (I have been teaching at Berklee for over 15 years after all) or song production. There will be some cool merch: t-shirts, mugs, guitars and more. And of course, there will be music in any way shape or form.
So join me in telling my Big Story.
The Access Pass gets you a digital download of the new album as soon as its completed, PLUS pledger-only updates keeping you in the loop throughout the whole process and exclusive songs (worktapes, live versions, etc.)
The new CD. Signed.
You get a signed copy of the new CD,and a copy of the Live CD
The new album on a signed CD. Plus, the new Susan Cattaneo t-shirt.
The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way PLUS the new album on CD, signed.
An original chart used during one of the recording sessions for the album and a signed copy of the new CD.
One hour songwriting lesson. In person (you will need to come to the Boston area) or via Skype. We can talk about technique or you can bring in songs for suggestions.
Signed set list from one of my shows. I typically type and print these out for the band and bring them to the show. I will date and sign it for you. You also get a signed copy of the New CD.
A CD of the new live album from recordings from the past two years, including some songs only available on this record.
The coffee mug for the morning after the Girls Night Out. Great for coffee or soup…..
PLUS get a signed CD!
I will come to your house and play a solo acoustic concerts (2 sets of 45 minutes). Travel expenses apply for locations outside 100 mile radius from Boston. If you have a specific date in mind, contact us before you book it.
I will come to your house with two members of my band and perform 2 45 minutes set. Travel expenses apply for location outside a 75 miles driving radius from Boston
I will come with my band and play two sets of 45 minutes at your house. 75 miles radius from Boston. IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC DATE PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE YOU PLEDGE.
The Bohemian custom Oil Can Guitar, reissued especially for this campaign. This guitar won an Independent Music Award for best merch!!!
High quality 13×19 print of the poster for the Daniel Pearl Day – Harmony for Humanity show. Your choice if you want it signed or not signed.
High quality 13×19 print of the poster for the Spire Center. Your choice if you want it signed or not signed.
A download of the new live album from recordings from the past two years, including some songs only available on this record.
A newly designed Susan Cattaneo t-shirt.
You get a signed copy of the new CD, a copy of the Live CD and a new T-Shirt