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Thanks for stealing my album title, Shakira….
July 3rd will mark my one year anniversary since moving to Los Angeles. It’s filled, broken, repaired, destroyed and eventually strengthened this 26 year old heart of mine. It’s also enabled some wonderful new opportunities, most notably the birth of a new band. Through various circumstances, I was united with a few incredible musicians who agreed to share with me my favorite stage in L.A. (Hotel Cafe) for a month long residency. Throughout said month our bond grew, we got better, and quickly realized that something was working. Our drummer, Thomas Greene approached me after our final show and inquired about potentially making a record; Greene also being a gifted producer with a very capable home studio. We decided that same night that we’d go for it.
I’m incredibly thrilled to share this music. The title (El Dorado) references the mythical lost city of gold and its symbolic relationship to a place like Los Angeles; a place that seduces by promising all the fortunes and opportunities one could ask for. It speaks of my first year in the belly of it all; 1000 miles away from my family, and from the woman who inspired me to start writing in the first place. That’s not to say that there haven’t been plenty of positive feelings that have come from all this, but I don’t effectively feed upon joy for musical inspiration. So you can expect my typical brand of morose introspection to be draped over most of the record, but it will be delivered with a serious injection of energy and grit due to the strength of this incredible band.
As stated in my cheeky video, you’ll find various items below that you can acquire for your donation. All items include an “Access Pass” which grants you a digital pre-order of the album, as well as exclusive access to behind the scenes videos/photos capturing random moments during the recording process (which will mostly consist of me being obnoxious). I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to check out the project. Let’s make a record.
The new album download PLUS access to updates!
Grab the vinyl + tee at a discounted price.
El Dorado + Hiraeth + postcard size representation of my self portrait, “Portrait of a Dead Man”. All Signed.
Because vinyl is hip, and you know it.
Song of your choice, handwritten and signed.
I’ll captain the ship that is your Instagram account for a day and upload 5 unique photos from the goings on of my strange life.
Signed copy of El Dorado.
Private 30 minute concert via Skype/ Q & A session…or we can just have a half-hour long stare off. Your choice.
Contains handwritten descriptions for all songs on album.
Contains handwritten lyrics for all songs on album.
“Team Gwen” tee given to the 12 contestants of team Gwen Stefani in her first season as coach on The Voice.
The actual burnt orange Goorin Bros hat worn by Williams for his performance of “Mad World” on The Voice.
Signed original black & white self portrait on 8×10 canvas.
Brand new Baby Taylor signed by yours truly.
PLEDGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL TRAVEL AND INSURANCE COST AND WILL BE CHARGED AT THE TIME OF SHIPMENT
Private acoustic house concert.
(U.S. ONLY/ PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL EXPENSES)
My self portrait, “Portrait of a Dead Man”, printed on a tee of your desired size. (Unisex size: S-XL)
Signed 25×36 poster of El Dorado album artwork.
Signed copies of El Dorado (album) and Hiraeth (EP).