I'm so excited!
Hi, I am Donna Hughes - A singer-songwriter from Trinity, North Carolina. I just finished recording two new albums at Hilltop Studios in Nashville with the extraordinarily talented Engineer, Steve Chandler along with some of the most talented musicians I've ever heard including Tim Stafford, Scott Vestal, Rob Ickes, Jenee Fleenor, Cory Piatt, Lucas White, Zak McLamb, John Catchings and Mark Fain.
In 2001, I self-released my first album entitled "Somewhere in Time," where I wrote 9 of the 15 songs. In 2003, I released "Same Old Me" and wrote all 21 songs. My next two albums were released on Rounder Records: "Gaining Wisdom" was released in 2007 and I wrote 12 of the 14 songs and it was produced by Tony Rice. My 2010 album, "Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies," was produced by J.D. Crowe and I wrote all 15 tracks.
I can't believe I'm taking on two new album releases simultaneously, but since my last album release, I've go so many new songs I want to share with you. One album is a bluegrass album, and the other is an album full of piano and strings. I am really excited to be working on these two new fabulous projects! That is why my funding is a little high because we completed 29 songs for these two album releases. Most artists record between 6-12 songs.
High Cost of Recording
Here's where the money goes..........
- Studio, Engineering, Mixing & Mastering for 29 songs = $8,000.00
- Musicians on 29 songs = $8,000.00
- Harmony Vocalists for 29 songs = $1,000.00+
- Video - 2 new music videos = $6,000.00
- Album Artwork, Photography, Graphic Design = $3,000.00
- Indiegogo Fees = 10%
- Radio Promotions = $3,000.00
- Marketing = $2,000.00
- Mechanical Licensing = tbd
- That all totals up to be well over $20k!
- (not to mention other expenses, for manufacturing discs, etc.)
I Can't Do It Without You
In the past, record labels offered recording budgets that covered all of these expenses, but the world has changed. With the creation of sites such as Indiegogo, now the artist can release records in a more timely manner, with more participation from fans like you, with total creative freedom!
In the past, with the assistance of a record label, it took an average of three years to release a new album. This time, I am recording this music on my very own label, "Running Dog Records," founded in 2001, and I hope to put a new record out every other year from now on! I have stacks of songs that have never been heard! I just need your help getting them out there!
Other Ways You Can Help
I totally understand if you can't contribute at this time, but you can still help by spreading the word by using the Indiegogo share tools!