Anna Hester is Making an Album

by Anna Hester in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th August 2020 we successfully raised £1,785 with 71 supporters in 56 days

Help singer-songwriter Anna Hester to record and release her first album: a collection of songs about postcards.

by Anna Hester in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped me to reach my original crowdfunding goal of £1,500! I am so grateful.

The original £1500 target was focused towards covering the main costs of recording the album. A stretch target of £1700 has now been added for the last few days of the campaign. If I am lucky enough now to raise any further funds, they will go towards additional production costs (including mixing and mastering, and hiring session musicians), and towards the costs of releasing and launching the album. In short: all of the money raised will go straight back into my music and into supporting the other people contributing to this project who work in the creative arts.


Thanks for visiting my Crowdfunder page! My name is Anna Hester. I am a singer-songwriter making my first album: a collection of songs inspired by postcards.

This project is the culmination of four years of creative work. It has been collaborative from the start: everyone who sent me a postcard has already contributed in some way. I would now hugely value your support in helping me to record and release this album to the best possible standard.

I have already released one postcard song (featured in the above video) as a single to give you a taste. The song is called 'A Line' and is available on all major streaming platforms and at www.annahester.bandcamp.com. 

Who am I?       

I am a singer-songwriter from Milton Keynes, now based in Cambridge (UK). I have released 2 EPs: In the Meantime (2014) and Towards Today (2018). With Towards Today I really started to find my sound, aided significantly by producer Dan Wilde at Gladeside Recordings. Dan is a well-respected singer-songwriter in his own right. I have held off on recording a full album until now, because I wanted to feel I had a collection of songs that constituted one coherent project. I now have those songs, and I am really excited to share them on this album.

The album:

The songs on the album all use postcards as a starting point (postcard images, postcard messages), and together they tell a range of intertwining stories.

My family is full of artists – photographers, painters, poets, comedians – and the interplay between art forms has always interested me. As a teenager I wrote songs about novels I was studying at school, and one day in 2013 I found myself writing a song about a postcard of a David Hockney painting I had bought at a gallery.

The postcard idea returned to me in 2016. I was struggling with writer’s block and attended an Arvon residential songwriting course. I had a fantastic week in the West Yorkshire countryside, meeting interesting people, immersing myself in music, and being made to write something new every day.

Course tutors Kathryn Williams and Samantha Parton gave me invaluable guidance on songwriting. There was also a guest speaker: Boo Hewerdine. Boo treated us to an intimate gig and gave us songwriting advice. He recalled a time when he had been writing songs with Duke Special about a set of photographs (for the album ‘Under the Dark Cloth’). This reminded me of my postcard song.

As soon as I returned home from the idyllic songwriting retreat, I started my ‘Postcard Project’. At first, I wrote a song about a postcard every week. Then weeks were missed and my focus on the project came and went, but never disappeared entirely. People sent me postcards; I picked up postcards in Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna; I found old postcards in my childhood bedroom; I bought postcards after visiting The Barbican and The Tate Modern. By late 2019 I had more than enough postcard songs for an album. That these songs span several years only adds to the project, because they tell the story of many different moments, places, and people.

Where does your money go?

- Recording costs (e.g. studio time, producer, session musicians)
- Releasing costs (e.g. photographer, graphic designer, PR)
- CD costs (printing and pressing)


My fundraising goal is targeted at supporting the costs of recording the album. If I am lucky enough to exceed my goal, any further funds will go towards release costs and an album launch gig. All money raised will go straight back into my music and supporting the other skilled artists who are involved in this project.
                                                                                                         

Rewards for your support!

A full list of rewards is available on the right-hand-side of this page. A huge thank you in advance for whatever you can give. Small donations are very welcome, and if you cannot afford to donate, I would so appreciate it if you could share the campaign via email or social media or sending postcards to friends. Thanks!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

22 of 50 claimed

Thank You Pack

A signed copy of the CD & a personalised thank you postcard from Anna Hester.

£4 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Handwritten Thank You Postcard from Anna Hester

In keeping with the postcard theme, if you pledge £4 you will receive a handwritten thank you note on a limited edition Anna Hester postcard.

£10 or more

Digital Download of the Album

If you donate £10 you are pre-ordering the full album in digital form!

£12 or more

7 of 200 claimed

CD of the Album

Your very own CD copy of the album complete with album art.

£30 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Online Songwriting Workshop

Meet with Anna Hester via Zoom for a 1-hour workshop in how to write your very own postcard song.

£60 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Exclusive Livestream Gig

An exclusive 1-hour Anna Hester livestream gig via Zoom for you and up to 15 other attendees! The meeting will be password protected. You will also have the opportunity to request songs for the setlist.

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

House Concert

An Anna Hester concert in your own home! Anna will perform for you and your family and friends at an exclusive house concert. You will have the opportunity to request songs for the setlist. If you live further than 60 miles from Cambridge UK, you will also be asked to pay travel expenses. This reward is of course dependent on Covid-19 lockdown being lifted, and all of those involved employing common sense with regard to health and safety.

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