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For the past few years youíve heard me talk about making a Christmas albumÖ the time for talking is over - THIS is the year! Iím in the process of creating a Christmas CD and Iíd like you to join with me and be a part of this very special project!
For one reason or another, neither Petra nor I have ever recorded anything for the Christmas season; Iíve never been involved with Christmas music except to sing a song or two on a few televised programs. This past Christmas I felt regretful about my minimal participation with holiday music, and at the same time I felt a very strong tug on my heart to ďget in the Christmas spirit,Ē musically.
To me, Christmas music is really seasonal praise music; it zeros in on the event that heralded Christís physical presence on earth. We glorify God all year long with our praises and with our worship, but Christmas is the time we focus specifically on the birth of Jesus Christ and what His coming to this world means for us. We celebrate His birth; the whole world acknowledges Christmas as a special time. As fallen creatures living in a sinful world, we rejoice that Jesus took on human form and lived a perfect life in an imperfect world in order to save us. What more could be worth celebrating!
The majority of the album will consist of traditional Christmas songs done John Schlitt style - which I hope is understood to mean uplifting, worshipful, energizing, and not something you will fall asleep to! Iím also considering additional songs that would be more in the traditional praise/worship vein - songs that are relevant year-round, but will blend well with the Christmas spirit. My desire is that it will be a double-whammy type of Christmas album that will be very different - and very special.
Following the successful financing of my fourth solo album, ďThe Greater Cause,Ē Iím asking you to be involved in a unique way. ďThe Greater CauseĒ was funded by many of you, my new friends and supporters (Crew Members). It was a project that we made together, and I hope those who were involved felt it was a project worth supporting. Because Iím solely responsible for my own label, Iíd like to call on you once again to help bring our Christmas album to life. There will be no managers, no corporations Ė just you and I Ė helping to make this new project a reality.
In order to fund this project, Iím going with an online pledge system called Kickstarter. Itís a way to raise funds by giving to you in exchange for your support of me. Itís not a donation Ė itís more like an investment, where you receive incentives back for your dollars.
If you pledge a dollar amount to help fund the Christmas album, I will pledge a reward back to you. There are a variety of dollar amounts along with a variety of rewards Ė you choose the one that appeals to you. Click here to check it out!
The pledges are taken on Kickstarterís safe, secure site, powered by Amazonís payment services. This means that after you make your pledge, your credit card will only be charged after we reach our target goal, ensuring that you'll be contributing toward a project that will actually happen. It also means that if we fall short of the goal I wonít receive any of the contributions. So it's all Öor nothing!
Iím asking you to help it be ďall.Ē The new Christmas album needs a team effort in order for this concept to come to life. Just like a seed, it takes one person to plant, many more to water Ė and God to shine on it and make it grow.
I have been truly blessed by the love and support I have been shown throughout the years; my wish is for all of us to work together to make this year a very special musical Christmas!
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