Working on my new album with Grammy award winning music producer David Kershenbaum! 


Believe in your dreams because they can happen!!  One of my dreams is happening right now as I am in the studio working with Grammy award winning music producer David Kershenbaum who produced my favorite song: "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman. David Kershenbaum and I have been in the studio working on the first 3 singles from my upcoming 2014 album. It's been amazing. When I met David I thanked him for producing Tracy Chapman's first album as it's been very healing to me.  His response was that we'll make my new album healing for others as well and that's exactly what we're doing in the studio. It's been MAGICAL and can't wait till you hear it! To pre-order, please go here: www.frankilove.com  

David and I in the studio - 
 

We did it! Success on Kickstarter! Thank you!!!! 

We did it! We were successful on Kickstarter! Thank you to all the angel backers for making it happen -  you are real life angels to me! Really can't put into words how much it truly means to get a pledge. I'm the sensitive artist type so to say I appreciate your support is not hitting it on the nail. It's 100xs more than that - your support means the world and I'll never forget it, EVER. This album is such a personal subject matter and it was really difficult to even put it out there. Telling the story about why I was doing an album and posting it on Kickstarter was extremely uncomfortable (especially to a videographer who I just met)  and I didn't know how people would respond. I was so happy after we launched the project to receive messages from strangers saying how they could relate and the compassion that people showed. Seeing that people were reaching out to support, I felt confident early on that we would succeed. Not only were pledges generous (average pledge was around $190) most backers jumped on board and helped to promote on Facebook which was very kind. Big thanks to my street team and friends for shout outs (Emiy, Nash, Bill V., Madison, Tracie, Timothy, Boots and many others!). 
Many of you might wonder how it all played out. How much work did it take and what the journey was like? I'm writing this hoping that my story might inspire you or help you with your future Kickstarter campaign. Here's the Kickstarter project link if you need to reference: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frankilovemusic/franki-love-new-album

Being that this is my second Kickstarter campain I learned a lot from my first campaign. My first campaign was successful in 2011 and was for an Ep album. The first campaign I did was for 30 days which was incrediby intense pressure. Because of that experience, I chose to do a 60 day campaign this time around. Kickstarter recommends 30 days, but I almost had a mini-nervous breakdown, lol, doing 30 days. Doing 60 days was still pretty intense but for the first 30 days we were already 30% funded and I was very relaxed promoting during the first month. 
The last 30 days became very intense and I spent an average of 4 hours a day on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vine & Instagram creating posts and videos. At first, it was uncomfortable to do so much social media  because I personally don't love doing social media- - but I became faster at it, like a machine. Most of the backers I received came from Facebook and I had about 4 dedicated street team members spreading the word (thank you guys!). Some people will pay thousands of dollars for a PR company but that didn't make sense to me and I didn't have the money to pour into something like that. I wanted it to do it authentic and knew that once the campaign is over - fulfillment would take place and didn't want to get overwhelmed with too many backers and not being able to deliver. 
Two of the key components to my success, I think, were the 1) rewards I created and 2) my story and why I'm making an album. In addition to being a professional singer/songwriter/artist - I coach various celebrity artists on piano and help singers with songwriting. Early into my campaign I had a $3000 pledge that was custom made from a Father wanting his 6 year daughter to write a song with me and for us to produce the song in a studio. This reward, was pledged for a total of 3 times during this campaign. I think it's good to ask what people want because sometimes the rewards that YOU create seem great, but to pledgers they may not. I had a nice beginning to my campaign with 38% funded and then it got a little quiet. I got nervous one day and then calmed myself down because we still had 3 weeks. I did everything - emailed good friends, emailed backers from my last campaign and emailed family members. Won't lie, things can get very strange when you email people to pledge for your project. Some friends who you think are your friends - might lie and say they never got the email, hahaha. Some friends, who even play my cd in their car (which I've given to them for free) shyed away from pledging because perhaps they just want free cds/shirts, which might not happen. .. lol. The part that really is difficult about Kickstarter is if you're the sensitive type you might feel hurt because if you expect certain people to pledge but don't. But you must be tough and realize that your project is for the "world".  In the kicktarter process you might realize who your most valuable friends are and will value them even more. I had 2 friends that were in the "hospital", who pledged and I couldn't believe it and didn't expect it at all. They were both in very bad situations, one friend had a priest do prayers in her room and she thought it was her time to pass on -  but she still pledged and promoted me on her fb page the day she got out of the hospital, I really couldn't believe her kindness! Didn't expect that at all!! Her response was that of course she had to support me no matter what. They are the friends that I now realize I need to see and call more often. But let's turn our attention away from friends and people you "think" will pledge and let's move to the amazing support of fans & the public . .That's where the focus should be. . .  The more you focus on them, the more magical this journey becomes. Luckily I have an amazing group of the kindest hearted loving fans - who spread the word on FB & Twitter and who backed me very generously. That's what really kept me going and they are the main reason I kept very optomistic. They seemed to want to get me to funding as much as I did and if they weren't there, I might have lost motivation. So everyday, I saw the extreme support and love from everyone and I kept extremely positive and in the last 2 weeks the pledges started to come in. There were also lots of crazy people private messaging me on Facebook who wanted to produce my album but never really produced musuic, or tell me I'm doing things wrong & tried to sell marketing services. Just ignore them because they aren't really interested in you, it's obvious they just want money. Then there might strange experiences that you might run into. . .I had one man who contacted me who is a millionaire (I googled him) who offered to finance the entire album and then completely flaked. There's people like that too. I just kinda laughed it off and kept moving forward. 
When we were only 12 hours away from the campaign ending we were 80% funded and needed $2500. I was pretty worried we wouldn't make it to funding and rolled around in bed for hours before finally falling asleep that last evening. I woke up to my cell phone buzzing with texts of congrats that I made it. A mystery backer (from ICELAND!) pledged $3000 in the final hours that took us over funding. The entire time I was doing Kickstarter I was wishing for someone to knock it out of the ball park - and someone did!!!! Don't know who this person is from Iceland - but maybe he was peeking at my Kickstarter campaign and wanted to rescue it in the last hours. I'm truly grateful to Mr. Iceland and can't wait to thank him when I do skype songwriting sessions with him. 
Now that it's all over, I am unbelievably relieved. It's not easy, it takes dedication, focus and hard work. It's like climbing a mountain - sometimes it gets tiring - it gets lonely - it's exilirating - and when you make it to the top - well you feel like it was all worth it!!!! 2 weeks ago I met a singer/songwriter who told me it was the hardest and most stressful thing she's ever done and she'll never do it again. To me, with all that I've been thru in the past few years, with my parents going to heaven, I wouldn't call Kickstarter stressful. It's a fun challenge. Honestly, I knew we'd make it from the start. How was I so certain? This album I'm creating is a message that is very important in my heart that I want to reach other peoples hearts - so I knew with this intention of sincerity that it would all come together. Will I ever do another Kickstarter in the future? Perhaps... If I write an album that I think is worthy and that I think people would benefit from hearing, yes I'll for sure do it again! Tips for you if you're doing a Kickstarter campaign: 1) stay strong 2)have 30 days to focus and work solely on kickstarter 3)do a project that you feel the world needs to experience. If you missed out on becoming an angel backer on my Kickstarter project you can still jump on board and pre-order the new album. Click here: PRE-ORDER. Thanks & Love xoxoxo

 

In honor of Mothers Day, I’m posting this video I made for... 



In honor of Mothers Day, I’m posting this video I made for my Mom. My Mom watched this right before she passed away in January 2013. I miss her so much. She was sweet, powerful, talented, funny, thoughtful, charismatic, exciting, adventurous, clever (the list goes on)….. she was my best friend.

Love you Mom! Till we meet again…

Momma 

Momma:

This is a video and song that I made for my Mom. She watched it in the hospital before she passed away in January 2013 from cancer. I miss her & will love her forever and forever. She was the greatest Mom I could ever have imagined having and she was my best friend.

Phil Ramone 

Phil Ramone and I met last year. My Dad’s good friend Nick was very kind to connect us. When Phil and I met for lunch, little did I know that we would become good friends and that we’d become so close during the last months of his life. When we met he asked how he could help me with my music. He was straightforward and to the point and I explained that I’ve been on this musical path for some years and would like to have bigger opportunities. He offered to first listen to my music and give me honest feedback. I said, “Great!! thank you!”.

One week later we talked on the phone and he said, “I gotta still listen to your music, so I’m going to take the albums in the car and take a drive and spend time really listening” I responded very happy - “Phil, you’ll really do that?”… He responded, “Yes, each song must be listened to as if it’s a gem and that takes time, so I’m gonna take a drive… ”

We spoke the next week and I was nervous to hear his feedback, ‘cause he’s the best of the best. Thankfully, his voice was enthusiastic - - he said, “I heard some songs I like, you’re good, you’re really good. . “ Hearing that positive feedback from one of the biggest music legends made an imprint of happiness on my heart and soul that will last my entire lifetime.

Phil always ended our phone conversations by saying, “Call me next week and check in”. Every week I called him and we’d have a conversation that uplifted my spirit. Phil taught me things about music, life and being a better person. He became my mentor, teacher and friend.

As I write this, it’s hard to hold back the tears, as Phil was such a true friend and he was even there for me during the hardest time of my life - - when my Mom was very ill. After my Mom passed he comforted me with kind words. “We are all thinking of you and sending you prayers. Remember you are loved by many”. He didn’t have to say much, he was a person who could say 2 brilliant sentences and it made the same impact of a thousand words. During the last conversation we had before he went into the hospital and was no longer reachable - - he asked - - “Have you sat at the piano to write?” I responded…. “No Phil, I haven’t, it’s just something that I haven’t felt like doing… “… . Phil said, “This is a time to write….. sit down and write… .”. I said, “Ok Phil, I’ll start writing….” Hearing that suggestion was something I took very seriously. So the next day I sat down at the piano to write. Suddenly songs were pouring out of me and suddenly all the blank sheets of paper had lyrics on them. I wrote a full-length album in only 2.5 weeks. Couldn’t wait to tell Phil what he inspired me to do. What a genius Phil is - - he mentored me for months and knew the perfect time to tell me to write.

Like the thousands of people who loved Phil and were shocked to hear the news about his passing, I was too. I love Phil. He treated people with compassion, like family. He went out of his way to be kind. He was more humble than anyone I’ve ever met. What I learned most about Phil Ramone is that he is not only one of the most legendary music people that ever lived, he is one of the most legendary human beings that ever lived. He lived with an open and generous heart, appreciating music more than anyone. I believe he was a saint and I don’t say that lightly.

Phil felt like an uncle to me. Why did we become such great friends before his passing?? - I don’t understand that right now. But it was one of the biggest HONORS of my life - -we became “real friends”, and we developed a genuine friendship and that’s hard to find in life.

Whenever I called Phil he would answer the phone and pick up within 3 rings. He was ALWAYS in the studio working and busy. I’d say to him, “Phil, how on earth do you always pick up when I call??? You’re the busiest person I know, how is it possible?” Phil responded, “No one can be too busy, I don’t believe in that, there’s always time to pick up the phone. Even if you have to say, I can’t talk but will call you later”.

Phil had the spirit and heart that was ageless. Sometimes people grow older and they get cranky. Not Phil. Phil worked harder than five young people combined. He worked hard because he loved music and believed in why we do music and most of all he loved people. His heart was as beautiful and pure as they come.

I hope this isn’t the last time I see Phil. If an “afterlife” does exist, which I believe it does - - can’t wait to see him again and continue our amazing conversations.

In 2013 - I will for sure be recording the songs he encouraged me to write and will dedicate the new album to my Mom and give thanks to Phil Ramone for inspiring it all.

Phil Ramone was a “class act” and will always be in the hearts of so many!!

My favorite quote/poem 

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithlessand therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day,and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”
Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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