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In recent years, crowdfunding has become the latest way for people of all walks of life to fund projects big and small.
Now, acclaimed Wolseley-based musician Romi Mayes is using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to help raise money to record her next album in Austin, Texas.
Mayes is hoping to raise enough funds to be able to record at Arlyn Studios with musician and producer Gordie Johnson, of Big Sugar fame.
Arlyn Studios is truly the stuff of legends. Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Frank Sinatra, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and Ray Charles are only a handful of greats that have walked through the studio’s doors.
Mayes said Johnson, who is based out of Austin, has been a mentor and friend to her for years. The two had talked about working together in the past, so when it came time to record her next album, it only made sense to go with Johnson as her producer.
Mayes is working towards laying down the record early next year.
"I am working at the songs as often as I can and trying to be sure I come to the table in January in Austin fully locked and loaded. It’s been four years in the making and I want to be sure it was worth the wait," Mayes said.
Mayes has used federal and provincial grants in the past, but was interested in trying crowdfunding this time around as an alternative.
"I am not against funding at all, but with the new discovery to me in the last couple of years of this crowdfunding, I was intrigued to opt for this process this time around," she said.
"In the past four years, while I haven’t been recording since my last album, I have had people from all over the globe ask me if there’s anything that they can do to help me make an album, or to help the process along. It was these wonderful people I was thinking of when I decided to crowdfund."
Mayes is hoping to raise $46,000 by Dec. 10. The online campaign, titled "Help Romi Mayes Put Out A New Album Spring 2015," outlines a budget of where the funds will go, as well as a list of perks Mayes will give out to funders depending on how much they choose to give.
Since the campaign began on Oct. 21, she’s raised over $28,000 from over 300 funders.
The campaign has been far from easy, however, as Mayes said she’s had to work at it daily, if not hourly.
She said she is "honoured and mind-blown" by the amount of support she’s received from fans thus far.
"They are true supporters. They are true fans. Whether they contribute or not, it feels great to always have them in my corner. I have had a very fortunate journey filled with great people," she said.
"Those are the people that want to see another album made and those are the ones that will contribute. I don’t want to try and convince anyone to contribute to a cause they aren’t passionate about. Whoever can, will. And I will be eternally grateful for that."
You can check out Mayes’ campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/romi-mayes-new-album
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