GREETINGS fellow lovers of life and music. My record is done. Well, recorded, that is. Neilson Hubbard, the man who helped me create this new album and bring it all to life, now needs to be paid. I also need to get it mastered. I have to print up cd's, pay for some publicity, tour support, and so on. I'm looking to raise 10K in September, just in time to throw a BIG OL PARTY here in Nashville at 3rd and Lindsley (amazing club) on October 25th, 2012. I know we can do this. I need my street team.
And that's where you come in. Seriously, email me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" if you want to help on a deeper level. Maybe you aren't in a position to give financially, but you still feel compelled to somehow lend a hand? I wanna speak with you. Email me and we'll chat. "email@example.com"
Help me make MUDDYWATER.
Pre-order the new cd, MUDDYWATER on this website and throw this link around to your friends and family. Indiegogo also has some super cool share tools for those of you are a little more techno-savvy!
$25 gets you the new album with amazing original artwork by Wayne Brezinka. That may sound like an expensive cd but this is like a Public Television pledge drive, except I don't get government funding OR corporate donations.
For example, here's a true story from a week ago. I was offered $150 for use of one of my new songs in an online marketing video for the biggest snowboard manufacturer in the world.
Don't get me wrong, I am SUPER HAPPY they want to use the song. But let's get real. Music is not considered "valuable" out there in the "marketplace." $150 isn't even enough to pay ONE musician who appears on a record.
What do you think music is worth?
My mission is to continue to create music with good intention and LOVE behind it. Authenticity. Honesty. No hidden agenda. I am not being paid to "dumb it down," or "play it safe." I just go for it, and keep it REAL.
We all know music is powerful. I can honestly say it's saved my life on more than one occasion. Has music ever saved your life? Maybe it's just touched you in a deep way. Email me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and tell me about it.
I love to hear your stories.
So, let's recap.
a) Without you, new albums get further and further apart. I can't afford to get other talented folks to play and contribute to my records or performances. The songs don't get heard by as many people.
b) With you, my soul soars, I share my joy with EVERYONE, and we all benefit. I can afford to pay the musicians and producers I work with. I make at least one record per year. You personally CONNECT to who I am and what I am doing! Everybody wins!
If you want to give a little more to the cause, I've put together some AMAZING "one of a kind" prizes and incentives that I think we can really have some fun with! The cd release party will be 10/25/12 in Nashville, TN. Come on down!!
And please REMEMBER, if you aren't in a position to give financially, but you still feel compelled to somehow lend a hand? I wanna speak with you. Let's chat. Email me at
Check out the MUDDYWATER MENU of tasty incentives.
Spread the word.
I can't do this without you!
As always, I love you all.
Thanks so much for supporting the music I live to make!
P.S. Hear some tunes
Of all the Grey's Anatomy featured singer-songwriters, Carey Ott is perhaps the hardest to classify. He's recorded extensively in the Rock, Pop, Folk and Americana idioms, often all in the same album; he is also comfortable with Blues, Gospel and R&B, as is shown in his newest album, aptly named MUDDYWATER. It's perhaps most accurate to label him as a "soul" singer in terms of emotion, rather than form.
Like say, Van Morrison or Nina Simone, Ott is an eclectic who brings soulful qualities to whatever music he inhabits. These qualities are among his strongest virtues; paradoxically, they may have also kept him from attaining a mass audience. Ott is fine with that. "I always have to remind myself, and my ego, that the whole reason I started doing music was the inherent value in making it. It's not about anything for me except the pure pleasure of creating and performing music. If anybody likes it, then that's a nice bonus. Okay, that's kinda bullshit. I actually really, really want you to love it as much as I do. Lol."
Born and raised in a small town called Ottawa in Northern Illinois, Carey moved to Chicago at eighteen and played all over the U.S. touring with his rock band, Torben Floor. Ott moved from Chicago to Nashville in 2005, and currently resides there with his beautiful lady, Lori and his sweet doggie, Lola.
Life is good for this truly grateful, independent artist. Carey will be touring in support of MUDDYWATER throughout 2013 and will be coming to a theatre or small-town bandshell near you!
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