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Funding
Help Whitney Shay make an album!
San Diego singer Whitney Shay needs your help to make an album of high energy Rhythm & Blues music!
Whitney Shay
San Diego, United States
$1,255 USD raised by 18 backers
8% of $15,000 
flexible goal
2 months left
Overview
Vocalist Whitney Shay is embarking on a journey to the renowned Greaseland Studios to work with award winning Blues producer Kid Andersen to create an album of honest, high energy soulful music. This is her first album in 5 years and she's really excited about what she has in store for you.

"Shay is one of San Diego’s most electrifying artists, with a sassy, brassy stage presence that makes her one of the area’s top performers to watch" - Bart Mendoza, Beach and Bay Press

I’ve always wanted to be a performer.  Anyone who knew me as a child can tell you stories of me putting on living room productions and singing into my hairbrush; I told my mom at 3 that I wanted to be onstage.  However after 20+ years of theater and going on to study acting in college, I began to wonder where my true niche was.

Shortly after college I started swing dancing and fell in love with the sounds of sultry torch singers and brassy big bands, and at the encouragement of friends started performing at some of the local dance events.  It didn’t take long for things to start picking up, and shortly thereafter I started performing more regularly with different groups of musicians in varying genres.  When I discovered the rockin' rhythm and blues of the ‘50s and ‘60s I knew I had something I could sink my teeth into.

In 2012, towards the beginning of my career, I recorded my debut album with the producer and multi-instrumental Archie Thompson.  “Soul Tonic” was comprised of wonderful arrangements of covers in several genres I loved to sing (from jazz standards  to soul to R&B), as well as original tunes written by Archie (and one co-written by me).  Since that album my career has grown exponentially: traveling to sing in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, winning awards, recording on different projects for other musicians and producers, playing hundreds of shows each year.  I’m truly fortunate to get to do what I love for a living and get so many opportunities to bring joy to people through music.

Although I’ve recorded on projects with other people, I’ve waited 5 years to make a new album of my own because I wanted to feel like I really knew what my “sound” was, what I needed to say, and who I really was as an artist.  Now (with your help) I am ready to bring my vision to fruition.  My vision for this album is inspired by the feelings I get from some of my favorite artists: the energy of Little Richard, the passion of Etta James, and the soul of Otis Redding.

What You’re Supporting

With your contributions, I will record my album at Greaseland Studios

The money raised from this campaign will go towards:

  • Travel to studio for myself & musicians
  • Recording: Studio time for 1 week and mixing
  • Musicians
  • Mastering
  • Graphic Design: Album Artwork
  • Duplication: Printing CDs
  • Album Distribution
  • Promotion: Making sure the word gets out about the album once we get it done

Risks & Challenges

I'm a hard worker and I have a difficult time asking for help, so it's taken a bit of convincing on my part to put this campaign together to ask for your assistance.  So since I am asking for it now, I’ve done a lot of the legwork upfront to remove as much risk to supporters as possible.  This includes:

  • Originals songs have been composed
  • Overall theme for album has been picked and all songs have been chosen
  • Jan 8-12 is reserved at the Studio
  • Musicians are booked
  • Album Cover shoot is done
  • Graphic designer is on board
  • Publicist is reserved
  • CD duplication is lined up

Other Ways You Can Help

I realize not everyone can help out financially and that’s OK!

But, if you still want to help, you can do so by:

Perks
$10
USD
Fan
Digital download of my new album.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
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$25
USD
+ Shipping
Music Lover
Be the first to get a copy of my new album, signed by me, Whitney Shay!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
6 claimed
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$35
USD
+ Shipping
Devotee
Get a custom-designed t-shirt and a digital download of the album.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • T-Shirt
3 claimed
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$65
USD
+ Shipping
Music Junkie
Signed CD, signed poster, custom designed t shirt, and a digital download!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • T-Shirt
0 claimed
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$100
USD
+ Shipping
Associate Producer
Not only do you get a signed CD with a handwritten thank you note, a digital download, and a limited edition pin, you also get to be forever enshrined as an album supporter in the CD liner notes. Go ahead, make your friends jealous!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Album Credit
7 out of 100 claimed
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$500
USD
Executive Producer
You get all the swag I can offer you (digital download, signed CD, T-Shirt, Pin), plus a VIP ticket to the San Diego CD release party, and your name in bright lights on the album!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Release Party VIP Pass
  • T-Shirt
  • Featured Album Credit
0 out of 5 claimed
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$1000
USD
Patron
All the fixings of the Executive Producer level (VIP Release party pass, T-Shirt, Limited edition pin, signed poster, signed CD, digital download, featured album credit) and MORE! You also get a private concert at your house for you and all your friends featuring Whitney Shay (+ an accompanist). Limited to San Diego and Southern California area.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Release Party VIP Pass
  • T-Shirt
  • Featured Album Credit
  • Duo House Concert
0 out of 10 claimed
Estimated April 2018
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Overview
Vocalist Whitney Shay is embarking on a journey to the renowned Greaseland Studios to work with award winning Blues producer Kid Andersen to create an album of honest, high energy soulful music. This is her first album in 5 years and she's really excited about what she has in store for you.
Perks
$10
USD
Fan
Digital download of my new album.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
0 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$25
USD
+ Shipping
Music Lover
Be the first to get a copy of my new album, signed by me, Whitney Shay!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$35
USD
+ Shipping
Devotee
Get a custom-designed t-shirt and a digital download of the album.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • T-Shirt
3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$65
USD
+ Shipping
Music Junkie
Signed CD, signed poster, custom designed t shirt, and a digital download!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • T-Shirt
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
+ Shipping
Associate Producer
Not only do you get a signed CD with a handwritten thank you note, a digital download, and a limited edition pin, you also get to be forever enshrined as an album supporter in the CD liner notes. Go ahead, make your friends jealous!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Album Credit
7 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
Executive Producer
You get all the swag I can offer you (digital download, signed CD, T-Shirt, Pin), plus a VIP ticket to the San Diego CD release party, and your name in bright lights on the album!
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Release Party VIP Pass
  • T-Shirt
  • Featured Album Credit
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Patron
All the fixings of the Executive Producer level (VIP Release party pass, T-Shirt, Limited edition pin, signed poster, signed CD, digital download, featured album credit) and MORE! You also get a private concert at your house for you and all your friends featuring Whitney Shay (+ an accompanist). Limited to San Diego and Southern California area.
Items included:
  • Digital Download
  • Signed CD
  • Signed Poster
  • Limited Edition Pin
  • Release Party VIP Pass
  • T-Shirt
  • Featured Album Credit
  • Duo House Concert
0 out of 10 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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