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Please help with Hollie Sue's Super-Duper Album
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Ended Nov 13, 2014
My recording studio is falling apart... and it looks like my third album will be my last unless I can get some new equipment. After a 2-week stint in hospital, I really need this project. Please, will you help make my fourth album a reality? More ...
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My recording studio is falling apart...

After a brush with death, a 2-week stint in hospital and the prospect of surgery ahead due to Crohn's Disease, I've decided I need to get stuck into a new project to keep my mind off things. As you may know, I've just finished my album "The Island" which will be out in a few months. But there won't be any more albums...because everything in my home recording studio is old and falling apart (sometimes it feels like me included!).

Me with my uke, doing a living room gig

So I'm going to rebuild the recording studio from scratch, and record a whole new super-duper album with it. It will be my fourth studio album and it really feels like I am maturing now as a songwriter and artist, and putting out some substantial material. Of course, this will be an investment not only in my next album, but every album after that for as long as the equipment lasts.

Here is a link where you can listen to my music: www.holliesheard.co.uk/songs.html - There are a couple of "quick listen" tracks and then if you click on the album covers there's a lot more to listen to.

Busking with my uke

The deadline is my 30th birthday on 10th November, and it would mean so much to me, and be the best birthday present ever, if you could help me fund the project by then.

Here's a list of the things your contribution will help to buy:

  • A powerful new computer to run the recording software - Got!
  • A USB mixing desk/audio interface - Got!
  • A copy of Cubase 7.5 software for recording and mixing
  • Goliath Virtual Instrument- Got!
  • A large-diaphragm microphone for recording vocals - Got!
  • Two pairs of studio headphones - one for me and one for a second musician
  • A pair of studio speakers Got!

If we don't manage the full amount by the deadline, so long as I can get the computer and the interface I'll be able to get started with a basic set-up, and add the other items later.

There are a number of perks over on the right for different levels of contributions, so please read on. Several of the perks offer the opportunity to get your hands on my latest album "The Island" (released September 2014). Every contribution is a help, so even if you can only give £1, I am grateful to you for helping making this dream a reality - and if you can't contribute, please help by sharing this page with your friends on social media. Thank you.

PS. I can completely understand if anyone doubts my story about having Crohn's and being in hospital, so here's my discharge letter - it just has a couple of personal details blurred out:

My discharge letter from hospital

And finally, here's a video I made to say thank you to those who have contributed so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHn4TdFTW-Q  

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£1
One MP3 download
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One song to download in MP3 format, from my 2014 album "The Island", along with a personally sent 'thank you' email and my eternal gratitude.
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Two MP3 downloads
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A link to download two songs from my 2014 album "The Island" in MP3 format, along with a 'thank you' message and my eternal gratitude. I will send this to you personally by email.
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Five MP3 downloads
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A link to download 5 songs from my album "The Island" in MP3 format, along with a 'thank you' message and my eternal gratitude.
I will send this to you personally by email.
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£5
Download a whole album
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A link to download all fifteen songs from my album "The Island" in MP3 format, with artwork and lyrics, along with a personally sent 'thank you' email and my eternal gratitude.
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£7.50
A signed CD of 2014 album, lyrics booklet and note
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A signed copy of my 2014 album "The Island" on CD, with an A5 lyrics booklet and a personally handwritten 'thank you' note, along with my eternal gratitude. If you live outside Great Britain, a little extra cash for delivery costs would be appreciated.
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£10
Download two whole albums
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A link to download my 2014 album "The Island" and my 2010 album "By Hook Or By Crook" in MP3 format, with artwork and lyrics, along with a personally sent 'thank you' email, and my eternal gratitude.
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£12
A double CD pack with extra goodies
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A signed copy of my 2014 album "The Island" on CD ~ An A5 lyrics book to go with "The Island" album ~ A copy of my 2010 album "By Hook Or By Crook" on CD. These are professionally duplicated, and there is a limited number of these left in existence ~ A photo of the hot guitarist that played on the "By Hook Or By Crook" album! ~ A fridge magnet memento of my 2010 "By Hook Or By Crook" release. There are only 10 of these left in existence ~ An historic A5 flyer for the album launch party for my 2010 album "By Hook Or By Crook". There are only 10 of these left in existence ~ A handwritten 'thank you' note ~ My eternal gratitude. If you live outside Great Britain, a little extra cash for delivery costs would be appreciated.
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£15
Download all three albums, plus special thank you
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Download all three of my albums - the 2014 album "The Island" with 15 songs, the 2010 album "By Hook Or By Crook" with 12 songs, and the updated version of the 2008 album "Truth or Dare" with 12 songs. You will also be able to view artwork images and lyrics. You will get the links in a personally sent email, along with a scanned handwritten 'thank you' message, plus my eternal gratitude.
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£20
Download all 3 albums, plus next album when ready
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Download all albums in MP3 format: My 2014 album "The Island" with 15 songs, my 2010 album "By Hook Or By Crook" with 12 songs, the updated version of my 2008 album "Truth or Dare" with 12 songs, along with images of all artwork and lyrics. You will also get the next album to download when it is ready. It's difficult to predict how long this will take, but the goal at the moment is Christmas 2015. You will be sent links to download the first three albums in a personally sent email, along with a scanned handwritten 'thank you' note. Then, at some point in the future when the next album is ready you will be sent another email with further download links. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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£30
All downloads for you and a friend
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Share the love with this special perk designed to share with a friend. You'll get links to download all three albums - that's 39 songs, with artwork and lyrics - and another email when the next album is ready, to download that as well. Nominate a friend to get exactly the same thing too. Your friend must have an email address, and be happy for you to pass that email address on to me. You'll also get a scanned handwritten 'thank you' note in a personally sent email from me, along with my eternal gratitude.
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£30
Record a 3-song demo in my studio
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This is one for the wannabe singers out there. When my new studio is up and running (hopefully by November 2014, if my campaign is successful), pick any three songs, and then come to my studio and I'll help you to record your voice alongside a backing track which I will provide. Same goes if you are a singer/songwriter and want to record 3 of your own songs (One lead vocal and one instrument; you need to be able to accompany yourself. I will include basic mixing and mastering, plus session files if you want them). You will get the resulting songs on a CD or a drive/memory stick if you bring one. You will need to travel to my home near Doncaster. It is not easily accessible by public transport.

Friends/family can come on any mutually agreed day; people I don't know will need to come on a mutually agreed evening or weekend.
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£30
Try your hand at busking with me!
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Want to try busking but daren't go on your own? Come to Doncaster and have a busking induction with me. I'll give you all the tips and advice, such as where to set up, what songs to choose, how to maximise your income, and how to stay safe and avoid being arrested. Then have a go! If you bring chord/lyric sheets I'll join in with my ukulele, or otherwise I'll just bang a tambourine or something so you aren't on your own! We can busk for as long as you want, and split any takings 50/50. Bear in mind if you just busk for half an hour, we might not make very much but at least you'll have had a go and hopefully feel more confident to go it alone next time.
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£40
A YouTube performance just for you, plus downloads
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Pick a song - any song - and I will learn it and perform it just for you, upload it to YouTube, and send you the link. I'll say at the beginning that I'm performing it just for you, and say your name (unless you don't want me to). I'll also throw in two more songs in the video, of my own choice. I might accompany myself on piano or ukulele, or get another musician to accompany me, but either way I will sing just for you. You'll also get a personally sent email with links to download all three of my albums - that's 39 songs - along with artwork images and lyrics, plus a scanned handwritten 'thank you' note with the email. Plus you get my eternal gratitude.
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£50
Song Dedication, plus all downloads
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I will dedicate one song on the next album to you! Your name will appear on the inside of the artwork, both printed and online, and on any YouTube videos of your song. You will also get MP3 downloads of all three existing albums - that's 39 songs, along with artwork images and lyrics - and the next album when it is ready. The download links will be sent to you in a personally sent email, along with a scanned handwritten and personalized 'thank you' note. When the next album is ready you will get another email with a link to download the songs and a printable certificate to say that the song has been dedicated to you. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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£60
A demo of YOUR song
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Estimated delivery Feb 2015
Fancy yourself as a songwriter? Send me a song, and when my new studio is up and running I'll make a demo of it for you with a minimum of piano, bass, drums, and lead vocal. If you send me a finished song with lyrics, melody, and chords then you get full credit as the sole songwriter. If you send an unfinished song, then I will finish it off for you first, and you and I will both be credited as co-writers. When the demo is complete, I will send you a CD through the post and an MP3 with correct ID3 tags, so you can put it on your website or SoundCloud if you wish. Remember that this perk cannot be delivered until the new studio is up and running, and then will take some time to complete, so I have estimated February 2015 as the delivery date. You'll also receive a 'thank you' email in the meantime, with links to download my latest 2014 album "The Island" in full. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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£70
A special song for your wedding
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Estimated delivery Mar 2015
A specially written and recorded song just for your wedding! I will create a song just for the two of you, and include your first names in the lyrics. This perk can't be delivered until the new studio is up and running, and will take some time to complete, so I have estimated the date to be March 2015. The wedding must therefore be after this date. You will get a CD through the post of your special song, plus an MP3 sent by email, and full permission to include the song royalty-free on your wedding video. In the meantime, you will get a personally sent email with a scanned handwritten personalized 'thank you' note and links to download my 2014 album "The Island" in full, with artwork and lyrics. If you wish, you can give the special song as a wedding gift to a happy couple, and get the album downloads for yourself. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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£80
Be a lifetime digital fan - all downloads forever
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Lifetime digital fans are very special! You will get: Links to download all three of my current albums - that's 39 songs - with artwork images and lyrics ~ When the next album is ready (estimated date Christmas 2015) you will get another email with links to download it in full with artwork and lyrics ~ Download all future releases after that, whether singles, EPs or albums ~ A mention in the "Special Thanks" section in the artwork of every future release from 2015 onwards ~ Once per year I will record a special live performance on video, and upload it to YouTube as a private video for exclusive viewing by Lifetime Digital Fans ~ A public 'thank you' on my blog ~ A personally sent email with a scanned handwritten personalized 'thank you' note, a personalized desktop background image, and a printable certificate to say you are now a Lifetime Digital Fan ~ Be one of only 25 worldwide Lifetime Digital Fans! ~ My eternal gratitude.
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£90
A Skype gig just for you, plus downloads
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A 1-hour live Skype gig just for you, with a mixture of covers and originals performed by myself and my piano player. We will also make a separate higher-quality video and audio recording of the gig, to send to you at a later date. That way, if it's a bad connection or anything, you'll still be able to hear it properly later. We will arrange a mutually agreed date with you for the Skype gig. If you give us at least one month's notice, you can also request a particular song which we will learn in advance and then play for you.
You will also get links to download my 2014 album "The Island" with artwork and lyrics, and a scanned handwritten 'thank you' note in a personally sent email along with my eternal gratitude.
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£100
A gig in your living room (Yorkshire only)
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I will come to your home and perform for you, along with a piano player. We will play a mixture of original songs from the albums, and covers of popular songs that you will probably know in the genres of pop, light jazz, soul, blues, and folk. We will bring all our own equipment and come on a mutually agreed date and time. Please note that this is limited to Yorkshire in England only. You are welcome to invite friends and family to enjoy the performance with you. We will also bring a copy of the latest 2014 album "The Island" for you, and sign it personally if you wish.
If I am unable to fulfil this perk due to illness (I have Crohn's Disease), I will offer the choice to reschedule or to agree on a suitable alternative perk. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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£150
A gig in your living room (Near Yorkshire)
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Available in these counties only: Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Westmorland, Durham, Cumberland, Northumberland. I will come to your home and perform for you, along with a piano player, for 1 hour. We will play a mixture of original songs from the albums, and covers of popular songs that you will probably know in the genres of pop, light jazz, soul, blues, and folk. We will bring all our own equipment and come on a mutually agreed date and time. You are welcome to invite friends and family to enjoy the performance with you. We will also bring a copy of the latest 2014 album "The Island" for you, and sign it personally if you wish. If I am unable to fulfil this perk due to illness (I have Crohn's Disease), I will offer the choice to reschedule or to agree on a suitable alternative perk. You also get my eternal gratitude.
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