James Hudson - Debut Album

by James Hudson in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th March 2020 we successfully raised £2,570 with 73 supporters in 28 days

I am raising funds to finish my Debut Album and get it released into the world!

by James Hudson in London, England, United Kingdom

Hello everyone and a big welcome to the Crowdfunder page for my Debut Album!

The Band

My name is James Hudson, I’m a jazz vocalist originally from Yorkshire, now living in London. I am very excited to tell you about my debut album which I have been working on for the past year!

On this album, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with, not only some of my closest friends, but some of the best young jazz musicians in the UK. We have been playing music together as a band for over 4 years, having met during our time with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

These guys take this project to levels I couldn’t have achieved on my own. They also share my passion for jazz music which really shines through on the record. By regularly performing together we have built a great understanding that has made the whole process so enjoyable and allowed everyone to contribute their unique qualities and ideas.

James Hudson - Vocals

Nick Fitch - Guitar 

Joe Hill - Piano 

Luke Tomlinson - Drums

Jack Tustin - Bass

The Album

I have dreamed of recording an album for as long as I can remember! And it has felt like the past 5 years working full-time as a jazz singer has all been building towards this.

The main influence behind this whole project is my passion for jazz standards and swing music. For years I have been fascinated with Jazz standards which make up the majority of songs on this debut album. I spent months choosing the songs and how I wanted them arranged, before finding a balance of styles that worked with these beautiful songs that I love performing.

The arrangements were done by myself and the two Musical Directors, Nick Fitch and Joe Hill. Together we worked on the vision I had for this album to have an old-school feel with a modern edge, that would appeal to a wider audience. These arrangements were inspired by many of my favourite artists that I’ve spent hundreds of hours studying over the last few years. These include Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Nat King Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Mel Tormé, Harry Connick Jnr, and many more.

We recorded the album in November 2019 when we spent 2 full days at the incredible Eastcote Studios in Ladbroke Grove (West London), working with the brilliant George Murphy as Audio Engineer. We are really pleased with the unmixed samples we’ve heard so far and got an excellent response when previewing some of the songs at our sold-out December show at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.

The album is set to be released in Autumn 2020, but there is so much work that needs to be done before then.

The Costs

So far, we have self-funded the recording and studio hire at Eastcote Studios, the hire of photographer/videographer Samuel Dye (Beastly Studios), and the rehearsal venue hire. We have put so much work into this and are really proud of what we’ve created so far. However, we need your support for that final push to finish the whole process and get this album released into the world!

We need to raise £2,500 to cover:

  • Mixing
  • Masterting
  • CD Manufacturing & Distribution
  • PR & Marketing

In return for your donations, we have put together a list of Rewards that we think you’ll enjoy. These include pre-ordering a copy of the album, getting your name mentioned in the album liner notes and many more. You can see the full details of the Rewards on this Crowdfunder page. All donations will massively help this project and as pledgers, you will have access to exclusive content and be the first to hear about upcoming shows, including the Album Launch in autumn 2020 and the Album Tour which we are planning for 2021.

If we manage to beat our target, any additional funds raised will go towards the Album Tour and making that happen! This will include helping to fund the band’s transport across the UK and potentially Europe, making it possible to get to all of the places we want to share our music.

Thank you

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has supported the album so far. I want you to know that any donations are massively appreciated and I hope to hear more from you in the near future. I am so excited to have you onboard for the start of this journey with me!

If you want to hear more about the album, the band or myself then please go to my website (www.jameshudsonmusic.co.uk) or email me directly at jameshudsonmusic@gmail.com.

You can also subscribe to my mailing list for news and updates! To be signed up please jameshudsonmusic@gmail.com.

I hope this page has given you a good insight into this project and have enjoyed the little sneak-peek of the album in the Crowdfunder video.

Thanks
James

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Digital Album Pre-Order

Pre-order a high quality digital copy of the album, accessed via a download link.

£15 or more

Physical CD Album Pre-Order

Pre-order your own physical CD copy of the album. Also includes the digital version of the album accessed via a download link.

£20 or more

Signed CD

Receive a signed copy of the album on CD. Also includes the digital version of the album accessed via a download link.

£30 or more

Your Name In The Album Credits + Signed CD

Have your name included in the Album Liner Notes that comes with the physical copy as a special thanks for your support. Also includes a signed copy of the CD and the digital version of the album accessed via download link.

£50 or more

Preview EP + Album Reward Bundle

Includes a 3 track Preview EP of the album (via download) that will be sent 2 weeks prior to full release. Plus a Signed CD, Your name in the album liner notes and digital download of the album which will be received upon official release.

£600 or more

Exclusive Live Duo Concert

Exclusive live concert of the Album performed by 2 members of the band (James + Piano or Guitar), at a location of your choice in the UK (travel expenses from London not included). Giving you the opportunity to hear these arrangements live before the 2021 Tour. Also includes a Signed CD copy of the album and digital download access.

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Tickets Reward Bundle

Includes 2 tickets to the Album Launch show in London (estimated October 2020). Also includes Signed CD, Your name in the album liner notes and digital download of the album.

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