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I’m embarking on a new journey which is and will be about so much more than just creating another album. I’ve spent the last five years pouring everything I am and have into this journey of building a life for myself that I can be proud of. I’ve learned more than I ever thought I could and I’m still learning and discovering new parts of myself every single day. A year ago I decided to leave England and made my lonely way to Berlin. I’ve wandered these streets to nowhere and everywhere, met strangers and new friends, heard new sounds and learned new ways. I’ve been misunderstood and not understanding, because of the language, maybe, but most of all I’ve slowly learned how to settle into this thing I’ve been made into. This thing I’ve been aspiring to become; I’m learning what it means to be an artist.
I’ve spent the last year learning and studying what it’s like to be an artist. I’m observing the lives of people who have made an impact, who stuck to their calling and created a life’s body of work, and my conclusion is this:
You don’t become an artist by writing a song from time to time. You don’t become an artist by writing a poem once in a while when you ’find inspiration’. Being an artist means going to war against safety and comfort every single day, for the rest of your life, and you don’t quit. Being an artist means running outside in the rain when everyone else hides under cover, and you might not enjoy it but still you smile. I’ve learned that it’s easy to create a product, like an album, but a product will fade or be thrown on the ground, in the trash, forgotten.
It’s called ”being an artist” for a reason; it’s something YOU ARE. It’s how you live. It’s WHO you are. How you spend your life and what you leave behind.
What the great ones are remembered for is not a product or one definable piece of material. It’s above and beyond their physical product that you might hold in your hands – a book, a record, a painting. It’s about what that particular piece of art can create INSIDE OF YOU. Deeper, holier, inwardly – that’s what matters. You don’t remember a band for the case of the record you hold in your hand. You remember them for what that record did to you. What those songs made you think, made you feel, made you question or belong or smile or cry or how it made you change something small about the way you live. It’s about the deeper impact a piece of art can have in your day to day life. That’s what matters. That’s what I want. I want to reach people’s most inner places. Make a mess and build up storms, shelter or calm down. I want this to be bigger than myself. I want to create a movement, together with you.
I am embarking on a new journey that will be about so much more than just creating another album. It’s about the inner impact I hope to have on you, on strangers, on friends, on enemies. I wrote in my first book I wrote in my first book ”is a story worth anything if there’s no one to tell it to? This is when I choose to tell you”, and this is, once again, when I choose to let my story come alive. I will let you in on my journey from now on, and I want you to let me in on yours, because I believe that this will be quite magnificent, and I believe that together we can make it even more magnificent, and this is when we will march on together. I have my journey, and you have yours, and I have a feeling that we’re all marching on and battling on our own grounds and I think we can learn from each other.
When I left Sweden when i was 18 years old I had one single thing written in my notebook: ”You must aim for the impossible to reach the limit for what is possible.” That is why I will not settle for mediocre dreams or goals, but great ones because I believe there is no limit for how excellent we can be.
I want to record and produce an album of 10 songs + 5 bonus songs. Some of these songs are written and finished, but I also know that this new journey with you will make my mind write new ones and I want you to get to be a part of the creating and birth of those songs.
The last year I’ve kept a journal, a notebook, documenting every step of my journey from London to Berlin to finding new ground, and I will keep documenting the adventure of making this record happen from start to finish line. This will be turned into a book, an album journal of sort, with my journey of creating my second album. I will share with you my private thoughts, doubts and lessons but also some of my favorite quotes, heroes, songs and poems that have and will inspire me during the creating of this album, to hopefully inspire you to create your own body of work, whatever that is. Whether it’s music, an academic degree, a year of travelling or a relationship. For even though our outer journeys are different I believe that our inner journeys are alike and we will always find ways to relate and feel less strange in each others journeys. But most of all, I need to believe that nothing I go through is gone through alone.
I have spent several months and endless nights pondering this very text, these very thoughts. Weighting pros and cons, alternatives and exists, and it all boils down to this: I have tried to escape, run for my life and change my name, but I can not run from my call. I am still here because I still have something I need to get done and this is one of my missions. I believe this album and this book is something that I need to and should and am supposed to create, and I believe that you are supposed to hear it and read it because for some reason we found each other and I believe that we both have something to learn here. There are lessons to be learned in this journey and I believe we both ought to take it.
So I’m asking you, to join me in this tribe on this journey, because together we can be magnificent.
I believe it will be magnificent.
It will not always be easy, but it will always be beautiful.
Beautiful creatures, you took my breath away by making us reach 100% within 4 small hours of this campaign, and it took me a while to kind of understand what just happened. I feel like this is bigger than me now. We’re a movement, a family. So I’m back on track, eyes set higher and I want to go above and beyond what’s expected of me. I want to reach 200%, in order to prove myself and the world wrong. Alone I’m nothing, but together we can get there. On our way there, I will give you ’Milestone Exclusives’ when we reach 150%, 175% and finally 200%, and these are exclusives that I’ve shaped and created for you Pledgers only.
150% – Two Bonus Version of my first new single ”The Fall”.
175% – A cover competition! I will give you an EP of instrumental versions of some of my previous songs. You will then get the chance to record your own vocals/rap/remix/guitar solo over it and I will then choose a winner. The winning song will be posted on all my sites and announced to the world!
200% – The first official single of my album, before it’s released + I will start taking requests of where to tour this fall, because that is my ultimate goal and dream, and the reason to why I’m aiming for 200%. I want to thank each and every one of you personally this fall. You’re the reason to why I can do what I came here to do, and 200% would give me the ability to go places and take this journey to new heights.
If you have any suggestions, wishes or questions about the rewards, the album, my messy world or anything at all, please write to me in the comments or in ’discussions’ on the Pledge page! I want to talk to you. We’re doing this together :)
Love Always, Charlotte
These are 3 songs that will be on my new album, and these are three alternate stripped versions that won’t be released anywhere else. This is how the songs started, how I wrote them, and then they grew to become the versions that will appear on the album.
This whole year I’ve kept a private journal, an artist journal maybe, with everything from small daily thoughts, quotes that have inspired me, scribblings of music I’ve listened to and longer writings about of the art of creating, being an artist, moving to Berlin and simply being me. This is the journey of creating my new album, finding my way in a new country; and this is when I let you in on it. You’ll get a digital copy of my book + the download of my new album.
“I made a record with The Glass Child” exclusive T-Shirt, just for this journey. Includes a digital download of the new album.
Digital downloads of my whole previous catalogue of music! Including:
- Charlotte Eriksson EP
- This Is How Ghosts Are Made EP
- Songs of an Insomniac EP
- I’d Like To Remain A Mystery LP
- I’d Like To Remain A Mystery Acoustic Edition LP
- Rare demos and unreleased singles
When you PLEDGE you’ll receive a digital download of my new album as soon as it’s finished and before the rest of the world gets to hear it. You’ll also get a digital booklet of the lyrics AND exclusive updates direct from my heart to yours!
The new CD. Signed. Mailed to you before its international release!
Framed writing of your choice, handwritten by me with love. Your favorite lyric, quote, poem or line from my book. You can find tons of my writings and quotes at www.Goodread.com/TheGlassChild for inspiration. Please email me at email@example.com with the lines you want. (if you haven’t emailed me when the campaign is done I’ll contact you instead :)
“Child Of A Wandering Kind” T-Shirt: Exclusive t-shirt for pledgers only, designed for this very journey! Includes a digital download of my new album.
Ask me 5 questions via email about anything in the whole wide world, tips or advice + get a signed copy of my new album
I will give you an intimate, personal, acoustic live show, streaming through Skype or Google Hangout. I will show you the new songs that will be on the album, tell you the story behind them, and at the same time we’ll have a live chat during the show so you can ask questions or tell me what you think about them.
“Junior Executive Producer of The Glass Child’s album” T-SHIRT. If you’re willing to support me this much, you are one of the main reasons to why this album will exist. Includes a digital download of the new album.
YouTube cover of your choice, dedicated to you! You can ask me to do a choice dedicated to your friend, girl/boyfriend, mom or brother. I will make personal little thank you talk and if you want to you can get the video file sent to you too!
Private songwriting session OR vocal lesson, 1 on 1, just you and me, 30min through Skype or Google Hangout.
Songwriting Session: You’ll get to show me some of your songs and we can chat about tips and trix, the craft of writing, inspiration, or anything in the whole wide world.
Vocal Lesson: You’ll get a private vocal lesson with me through skype, where I’ll take you through the vocal practice I’m doing myself every day. We can chat about vocal technique, inspiration, tips and trix or anything else in the whole wide universe!
You’ll be a part of the new album…literally! With your name appearing in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. PLUS a digital download and a signed CD + my new digital book & album journal “In The Mind of a Wanderer”
My very own iPod with my personal music library on it. This dear little travel companion has been with me ever since I moved to London, and the music on it has inspired me and kept me going every single day. On the iPod you will also find all my previous albums, singles, demos and releases!
It’s a red iPod nano, 16gb, and has “Charlotte” engraved on the back, because, ehm…. it used to mine :)
You are the golden one my friend! You will get: Your name in the liner notes + Download & signed CD of my new album + exclusive t-shirt “Child Of A Wandering Kind” + my new ebook “In The Mind of a Wanderer”.
A private acoustic show just for you! I’ll play both new and old songs and you can ask anything you want :)
Damn, you’re awesome! You will get basically everything and I will personally package it with love and lick the envelope ;) You will get: Your name in the liner notes of the album + Download & signed CD of my new album (before the official release) + The exclusive T-shirt “Child of a Wandering Kind” + exclusive T-Shirt “Junior Executive Producer of The Glass Child’s Album” + my new e-book & album journal “In The Mind of a Wanderer” + Handwritten Lyric Sheet of your choice.
You, my friend, can from now on call yourself the “Executive Producer of The Glass Child’s Album”! You will get: Your name in the liner notes as the “Executive Producer” + Download & signed CD of the new album (before official release) + download of my entire previous catalogue + exclusive t-shirt “Child Of A Wandering Kind” + my new e-book “In The Mind of a Wanderer” + Handwritten Lyric Sheet of your choice. Plus my eternal love :)
My very own dear, beautiful travel companion has been with me all over the world and this is the very guitar that I’ve recorded all the acoustic guitar on for all my previously released albums. The guitar will be signed with any message you wish.
NOTE: Shipping charges will be determined by your location and added separately during fulfilment. If we can manage to meet up in Germany, London, or Sweden within the next few months, I’ll refund you for the shipping and you will also get my album + book together with the guitar :)
I will bring my guitar and voice and have an intimate, private show in your very own living room/garden/cafe. You can invite your friends or having me come and play at your party/wedding/summer hang.
House concert EUROPE! I will bring my guitar and voice and have an intimate, private show in your very own living room/garden/cafe. You can invite your friends or having me come and play at your party/wedding/summer hang.
The new CD signed + All my previous physical releases signed + my book "Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps + Tell The World hat + My whole digital library + The Exclusive “Child of a Wandering Kind” T-SHIRT + “Junior Executive Producer of The Glass Child’s album” T-SHIRT + Your name in the liner notes of my album AND my eternal love.
All my signed physical & digital releases + The two exclusive ‘Pledge campaign’ T-Shirt + My Book “Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps” + My new digital book & album journal “In The Mind of a Wanderer” + a special “This album is possible thanks to YOUR NAME” in the album credit + a 15 min skype call with me about anything and everything you want in the whole world!