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Hey there. 🙂

Is it hot where you are? Because it’s BLISTERING here in Nashville now! I may or may not be writing this near a pool for survival’s sake… 😉

This is a summer-time check in, a little online-visit and catch up on all the things happening in my life lately!

The Kickstarter ended about 15 days ago and I’ve been sparse with my Instagram and Facebook posts to give everyone (INCLUDING ME) a break from my constant stream of updates and info about the campaign. Speaking of… Dang. Every time I think about the whole process, it blows my mind. Like: “did you see what just happened?!”  I’ve kept the Backer’s Boards up in the office so that I can be reminded of the reality and stay focused on following through with this crazy, exciting plan. I’m flooded with gratitude every time I see them. <3

This subsequent step has ended up being a lot of organizing and crunching numbers. It’s weird how much a positive event (like going waaaay over your goal) makes for a lot of recalculating and replanning. I’ve also been able to flesh out a couple musical ideas that came during the commotion of the Kickstarter. I was unable to give them my creative attention then so it’s felt good to make space for what has always been my favorite part of this dream from the beginning.

Collaboration is the next thing looming on the horizon. I’m in the process of reaching out to strategic individuals so I can find the right team to bring this project into the world. The funds raised have allowed me to dream even bigger than I first thought I would be able. So, it feels a little bit like a waiting game some days, being nervous about who will be willing to take on the challenge and get on the wagon with me. But in reality, the meantime is filled with the myriad of things I CAN accomplish, and getting everything as prepared as possible before actually getting into the studio later this year.

A more difficult result of the super-successful-Kickstarter has been navigating the Backer’s Clubs. When we met the goal so quickly and people were continuing to donate,  I got really excited and wanted to offer something above and beyond what I had committed to before. The idea is still super fun to me and I’m looking forward to everything I’ll be able to share with the people who literally invested in this project. However, I’m learning the limitations of using Facebook and Instagram to do so  I underestimated the number of non-Backers that were going to try and get into these private groups. I thought it would be easy enough to verify everyone’s identities but that has proved to be difficult in some circumstances. (PSA: CHECK YOUR MESSAGES. Especially on Facebook…I’ve reached out to a couple hundred of you to verify your identity and haven’t heard back.) I don’t know if we’ll ever get up to the full Backer count; I’m sure some people aren’t on social media, BUT I will always be trying to get any genuine Backer in if they want to join at any point. I’m sorry for not thinking that though more fully…but we shall commence Backer’s Club updates soon!

How has your Fourth of July weekend been? We ate some really, really Hot Nashville Chicken (In one case, SO painfully hot that Sean couldn’t finish his!!!) had a little sprinkling of rain, watched some Netflix and then worried about our windows being shattered by the neighbors’ parking lot fireworks…they weren’t kidding around!! Yeesh! Got to celebrate a good friend’s birthday, see some family and I’ve definitely soaked up some sun lately too. Feels good! <3

I’m gonna wrap it up here soon but I want to share one more exciting piece of news in case you haven’t caught it yet… I am officially booked to play at the Appaloosa Music Festival in Virginia on September 1st, 2019!!! I’m not sure how many gigs I’ll be able to accept for this year while I’m working on the album, but please check out this event and see if you can come join in the fun!

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Thanks for taking a little break to catch up and check in! Till next time,

Love, Jess x