Emery - You Were Never Alone

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Emery's recording a new album. Get two of the new songs right now when you order any package!
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Matt Carter
Music
Seattle, Washington
United States
4 Team Members


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UPDATE 5/2

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Today we are challenging you all with new stretch goals! To reach this goal, we have added three new packages. Check them out on the right and tell your friends about it! All contributors will gain access to an exclusive acoustic video of In Shallow Seas We Sail by Toby and Devin. To inspire you all, here's a message from Toby about how cool You Were Never Alone is. Check it out:


UPDATE 4/15

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We are absolutely blown away to have come so far so fast. You have spoken and we have listened. You wanted a vinyl option that was more affordable, so here it is.  You want more handwritten lyrics, who knew? Well now you got 'em.

We are making more plans for the money we are raising above the goal, and will be posting a new stretch  goal next tuesday, so stay tuned.

-Matt




If we reach our goal:

  • DEVIN SHELTON is back for this record
  • EMERY will tour this release
  • That tour will be centered around songs from The Question

WE WERE NEVER ALONE,

YOU WERE NEVER ALONE

It’s been almost 11 years since we released The Weak’s End.  That's a little hard  for us to believe!  In that time, we've seen more success than we could've possibly dreamed. We've toured the world, released five more albums, and had the privilege of  getting to know a ton of you along the way.  You've never left us.  As we came up with what we wanted to say here, it almost brought us to tears.  We really were never alone. You are Emery.  You are the reason that we're still here, and why our new record is going to be our most important.


Why $50,000?

LEAVING TOOTH AND NAIL

Because of our faith in your support of Emery's music, we've decided to walk away from a great recording contract. This decision was made quickly, literally 15 minutes before finalizing the deal that was in place. And as scary as it was, we felt the need to leave a lot of money on the table. The amount was much greater than the $50,000 goal of this campaign. Sounds like a stupid decision, doesn't it? It was money that we could have used to take care of our families, but like any record deal it came with a price.  We would not own our music.  We essentially would be selling it to a company—albeit, a great company, and one offering a fair deal—but something didn't feel right about someone else owning Emery’s future recordings in perpetuity, especially when independent musicians are getting better opportunities to succeed every year.  We want to own our music.  We want to be able to sell it, give it away, re-record it in different ways, release vinyl, and do whatever we're inspired to do with it.   We wish the same were true of all of our previous releases—all the Emery albums that you love—but sadly, we do not own them, and neither does Tooth and Nail.  Currently, Capitol Records owns and controls our entire back catalogue.  Would you like a vinyl pressing of The Question? That might never happen, because we've been unable to convince Capitol to do anything with it. If we had our way, we would be able to release our entire discography in new and creative forms... but we don't... 

So here is what we're gonna do

We are asking for you to partner with us.  As you may or may not know, the costs of writing, recording, mixing, mastering, manufacturing, promoting and releasing an album that meets the standards of Emery's previous releases can add up.  Those costs are more than financial as well.  It’s hard to calculate time spent away from your family and kids. Those of you who create art know how difficult it can be to pour yourself into a project, to struggle through self-doubt, and then to release it for public critique and scrutiny.  It’s hard to know the right direction and if you’ll ever come out the other side, but there is a voice inside of us that keeps saying, “You are not alone. You were never alone.”

Below is an outline of the expenses for You Were Never Alone for full transparency. What we are asking for will not cover all the expenses for YWNA, because we are investing in this idea too.  We want to join in with you to help fund this record. This is our first independent release, so we're just getting on our feet. This is not a charity.  This is a movement.  This music is ours, and we all own it.  This music is no longer limited by a business deal. It's just you and us, with nobody in between. Let's take steps to bring this music back to what it always should have been: Ours.  Thank you for joining with us!  Thank you for taking something that we created and making it your own.  Thank you for listening, for singing along with is, and for making Emery yours.  This is just the beginning!

Since we have families and so many darn kids (eight total: Ruby, Ike, June, Georgia, Eisley, Charlie, Emilie, and Carolina) our time is a very valuable resource; this record will take a lot of it, but we do NOT want to profit for making music that we love. We just want to raise enough money to cover the real expenses.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on the recording and marketing of each of our records over the last 10 years.  This time we are going to save a lot, while maintaining complete control of quality, by doing much of the work ourselves.  We love operating as a DIY team and we are excited to partner with you as we take over label work (promotion, organization, distribution), recording work (we will be largely self-producing and self-engineering), and artist work (spending the time writing and arranging and demo-ing the songs).  We all finally get to do this our way.  It’s gonna be a lot of long hours and late nights but we believe it's worthwhile. This record is gonna be great, perhaps one of our best yet. We can’t wait for you to hear this thing!

These are the estimated expenses that will go into making this record.  We are going to be damn careful with how we spend this money. Each of these costs is significantly less than on a traditional label, and again, we will be doing the legwork associated with each.

You Were Never Alone


  • Recording costs = $25,000
    For studio time, gear, assisting engineers, living expenses, flights, food.
  • Mixing = $8,000
    Most times it's $1,000 a song, but we got a deal!
  • Mastering = $2,000
  • Artwork and packaging design = $1,500
  • Web related costs and Paypal fees = $2,500
  • Publicity = $2,500
  • 2,000 CD initial run for supporters = $2,800
    Printing and Shipping to Emery.
  • 500 Vinyl LPs = $3,500
    Printing and Shipping to Emery.
  • 600 T-shirts = $3,500
    Production and Shipping to Emery.
  • Shipping an estimated 2,000 rewards to you = $8000


Total Estimated Cost: $50,000


Anything we raise above the goal will be directed toward marketing, touring, and overall promotion of the record (shoot a video, etc). It’s been awhile since we toured the entire U.S., so the more backers we get, the better our chances! We’ve had a lot of fun making these packages, and we can’t wait to see who gets involved.

FAQ

Q. How do I get the downloadable songs/albums?

A. With the purchase of any of these packages, you will receive an email within 24 hours with a download link.

Q. I haven’t gotten an email with downloadable songs yet, what’s going on?

A. It may take up to 24 hours to reach you. If it’s been more than 24 hours, please email emery@badchristian.com with your concerns, and we will make sure you get the downloads.

Q. Will my card be charged today or at the end of the campaign?

A. You will be charged upon purchase.

Q. What do I do if I want multiple packages?

A. Unfortunately, at this time you will have to make separate purchases.

Q. How will you know my t-shirt size?

A. Please include t-shirt size in your name when you place your order. To make sure we have all of your sizes, we will send you a short survey sometime between now and the shipping date.

Q. How do I submit my picture to you for the album art package?

A. You will be contacted considering details of this package via email.

Q. Is the lesson with Matt 1 on 1 in-person?

A.  You will be contacted considering details of this package via email.

Q. How do I tell you what lyrics I want hand-written?

A.  You will be contacted considering details of this package via email.

Q. Who should I email the hidden message track to?

A.  You will be contacted considering details of this package via email.



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$110,815USD
raised by 2,493 people in 1 month
222% funded
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$50,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 15, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Special: Digital Download

    Hi-Def digital download of YOU WERE NEVER ALONE two weeks before release day + 2 NEW songs from the album today (downloadable via email within 24 hrs of purchase).

    547 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $25USD
    Turbo: Signed CD Artwork

    Hi-Def digital download of YOU WERE NEVER ALONE two weeks before release day + 2 NEW songs from the album today (downloadable via email within 24 hrs of purchase) + CD and artwork signed by the band and shipped to your door. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    380 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $30USD
    Regular Joe: Vinyl

    Vinyl LP of YOU WERE NEVER ALONE with standard artwork shipped to your door + Digital download of YWNA 2 weeks early. Please add $15 for international shipping.

    230 out of 300 claimed
  • $35USD
    Mega Bonus: Unreleased Albums

    Turbo + NEVER BEFORE RELEASED full length album from Joe 747, the 1999 prequel to Emery (Devin, Toby, Matt, and Joey). Never before released The Columbus EP, which includes 7 songs by Emery in 2002. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    325 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $50USD
    Prime: Thanks/T-Shirt/Poster

    Mega Bonus + YOUR FULL NAME in the thank you section of the liner notes + an exclusive You Were Never Alone T-Shirt available only through this campaign + Exclusive YWNA personalized poster signed by the band. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    692 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $75USD
    Prime + Handwritten Lyrics

    Prime Package + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS sheet of your favorite Emery song, part of a song, or just your favorite line. Special handwritten note authenticating your lyrics and thanking your for being our supporter. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name. Please add $10 for international shipping

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $75USD
    Prime + Handwritten Lyrics

    BONUS PACKAGE: Due to popular demand we've added a limited number of the Prime Package + HANDWRITTEN LYRICS sheet of your favorite Emery song, part of a song, or just your favorite line. Special handwritten note authenticating your lyrics and thanking your for being our supporter. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name. Please add $10 for international shipping

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $100USD
    Prime + Signed Vinyl

    Prime Package + VINYL signed and hand-numbered limited edition vinyl pressing of YWNA with special edition artwork. Please add $15 for international shipping.

    200 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $100USD
    Prime + Drumsticks + Lyrics

    Prime Package + a pair of DRUMSTICKS signed by the band that was used on a recording or live at a show, with a special handwritten note authenticating your drumsticks and thanking you for being our supporter PLUS handwritten lyrics of your favorite song, part of a song, or line. Please add $15 for international shipping.

    21 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $150USD
    Prime + Guitar Lesson

    Prime Package + a 1 HOUR GUITAR or music lesson with Matt Carter. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    1 out of 25 claimed
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  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    Prime + Double Mega Vinyl

    Prime Package + DOUBLE MEGA VINYL PACKAGE: Signed and hand-numbered limited-edition vinyl pressing of YWNA with special edition artwork PLUS a signed test pressing of YWNA. Handwritten lyric sheet of your favorite Emery song, part of song, or just your favorite line. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name. Please add $15 for international shipping.

    5 out of 5 claimed
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  • $200USD
    Prime + Double Mega Vinyl

    BONUS PACKAGE: Due to popular demand we've added a limited number of the Prime Package + DOUBLE MEGA VINYL Signed and hand-numbered limited-edition vinyl pressing of YWNA with special edition artwork PLUS a signed test pressing of YWNA. Handwritten lyric sheet of your favorite Emery song, part of song, or just your favorite line. Please add $15 for international shipping.

    10 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $250USD
    Prime + Picture on COVER

    Prime Package + YOUR PICTURE ON THE ALBUM COVER of YWNA. (Must already have photo of you at an Emery show or a picture of you with the band.) You will be one of 50 or less fans featured on the album cover. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    8 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $500USD
    Prime + Hidden Track

    Prime Package + YOU RECORD a short audio message to be included as A HIDDEN TRACK after a song on the record. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name. Please add $10 for international shipping.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $1,500USD
    Prime + Preproduction

    Prime Package + PREPRODUCTION and songwriting help on your full album. Matt and Toby will consult with you and coach you to revise and improve your songs, music, lyrics, and help prepare you to record your album. Please contact emery@badchristian.com before purchasing for approval of artist/band. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $2,000USD
    Prime + Write Lyrics

    Prime Package + YOU WRITE/CO-WRITE LYRICS to a song and we add it to the end of the album. (Toby will help you and customize the lyrics to make it fit the song and be awesome). Please include your T-Shirt size in your name.

    0 out of 5 claimed
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  • $5,000USD
    Prime + House Show

    Prime Package + we come PLAY AT YOUR HOUSE! You throw a party and invite as many people as you want. We may play a stripped down set, or a full set depending on the situation, but the whole band will come and perform. Please contact emery@badchristian.com before purchasing for approval of schedule. Please include your T-Shirt size in your name.

    1 out of 5 claimed
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  • $5,000USD
    Prime + Tour w/Emery

    Prime Package + GO ON TOUR and open for Emery for a minimum of 2 weeks in 2014. Please contact emery@badchristian.com before purchasing for approval of artist/band.

    0 out of 2 claimed
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  • $750,000USD
    Early Retirement

    Vote any member of the band out and take his place! Want to sing Ponytail Parades for a living? Kick Toby out!

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