This is just a quick update with some AWESOME praise reports.
1. We’ve already raised enough money to manufacture and give away 5,000 copies of the “CloudNineteen” album. This is enough records for the first leg of our tour which can be viewed at www.braillehiphop.com. We are doing shows all over Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Many of the shows are free and our album is free at every single event!!!! We have gigs scheduled at correctional facilities, homeless shelters, Salvation Army centers, churches, bars, colleges, skate parks and more. We have literally made ourselves available for any type of opportunity that comes our way. It’s been really exciting watching it all come together.
2. We got our first two reviews and they are both extremely positive. It’s really encouraging that this record is already getting such a good response. We had no idea how people would respond to this album but even our close friends have been saying it’s our best work so far. Check out the two review links below
3. There are a lot of layers to this initiative and things can get a bit confusing. Ultimately, this record is free and we will be giving out free copies to everyone in attendance at every one of our concerts. However, we can’t really afford to send free copies in the mail to everyone who never makes it to a show because that would just get out of control. (maybe next album). This album won’t be in stores, but we are partnering with a handful of online shops to offer a RETAIL version of the record for people who either want to support us personally or who won’t be able to make it out to a concert. So far there are 4 on-line stores taking pre-orders. The profits from the CD sales are the only profits that S1 and myself will be making. Since we are giving the album away at all our shows, we won’t be able to benefit from the traditional MERCH pipeline that keeps many artists alive on the road. We could just make the record free digitally and we are willing to do that as well but I personally am still from the frame of mind that actually owning the CD is a little more special then just a download link. Maybe CDs will be completely dead in a couple years, but in the meantime I still like unwrapping the package, reading the insert and getting the FULL audio quality rather then just having MP3s. If your like me and won’t be able to make it to a show then here are some stores where you can order yourself a copy of “CloudNineteen”. If you’re a regular shopper at any of the stores below then I suggest buying it from that spot because your purchase not only supports the artists, but it also supports the store. If your not sure which store to get it from then maybe just put all 4 of the names in a hat and draw one. You can also expect the album to be for sale at www.ughh.com within the next couple days.
4. It’s 4 AM in the morning and I’m about to get a couple hours of rest before leaving to San Diego for a week. I’m going to spend some time at Syntax Studios and start recording my NEXT solo record titled “Audibly Enhanced Dreams”. I know that sounds crazy, but basically I will be touring non-stop for 3 or 4 months so I figured I should at-least lay down the foundation for my next record so that I have time to analyze it and make it RIGHT for a potential FALL release on Syntax Records later this year (God willing). I’m excited to go to San Diego because I’m also going to meet up with Sojourn and I was just listening the FINAL MIX of his album “Sojournalism: The Summer Articles” which is scheduled to drop in May 2009. We will be leaking a song before the end of this month (I promise). To top all that off, I have Feb. 16th, 17th and 18th blocked out to get in the lab with Lightheaded and start working on our third record together titled “Lo-Fi Heights”. It’s a busy time but I’m getting prepared for this new season in my life and I feel free right now. I’ve let go of a lot of my worries and stresses – I just want to use my life to bring glory to God. I’m pushing myself and giving the best effort possible. Plus, whenever I get tired I just rest and hang out with my family. I feel totally re-energized whenever I'm around them. My daughter is such a joy to be around and my wife is the perfect helpmate for me. She supports me, checks me when I need to be checked, and walks with me on this journey every step of the way.
MUCH LOVE YA”LL. Hope to see you soon on the road. Check out all the tour dates. The Braille and S1 “CloudNineteen” tour starts Feb. 25th. We will even be shooting TWO music videos during the tour so you might end up in one if you come to a show.
P.S. – if there are any typos or grammar errors then please have grace on me. It’s now 4:30 am, I’m tired and I was never good at grammar or spelling in the first place. If it wasn’t for spell check ya’ll would get a taste of how badly I can jumble words.
Thank you, from Braille and the Hiphop Is Music team.
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