1 Week = 2 Albums

Dear Friends,

On Friday September 30th (one week from today), the Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Year of The Nightingale’ will end.

Everyday I continue to be amazed as more and more people pledge their support for the project. As of now, 384 people have pledged $40,247 towards the album!

Because your response has been so overwhelmingly positive, I’m presenting a Special New Goal for the final 7 days of the Campaign: A Twin Album.

If, by September 30th, we reach a special fundraising goal of $50,000, we will have a budget not only to complete Year of The Nightingale (and create a music video) but ALSO to commence work on a second ‘Twin’ album to be released in 2019, when the Bahá’í Community and friends will celebrate the 2nd important anniversary of this period, the Bicentennial of the Birth of The Báb (1819-1850), another central figure in Bahá’í history.

To thank you for your contributions to the project, I’m offering rewards such as house-concerts, music weekends for you and your community, and a special studio masterclass with myself and Kelly Snook, who is producing and recording the album. All the details are on the official campaign page: www.lukeslottkickstarter.com 

I’d be so grateful if you’d continue to spread the word about the campaign for these final 7 days. If enough people are interested in supporting the project, we will be able to produce two albums in honour of these two special years.

With endless thanks for your incredible support,
Luke x

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Have You Heard? (Live Video)

Dear Friends,

Many of you have asked me for a recording of a song I often play live, but have never recorded.

I recently had an opportunity to make a ‘live video’ of that song and wanted to share it with you as a small token of thanks for the incredible support you’ve shown for my Kickstarter Campaign. I played this song every day as I travelled through The Middle East this summer and I thought that today (especially) seemed like the right day to share it.

I’d be so grateful if you’d continue to spread the word about the Kickstarter Campaign during September so that we can make some ‘live videos’ like this for the songs on the new album too!

Many thanks to Antimo Puca at AP Studios Dublin for filming and recording the song, and my endless thanks to all of you.

Here’s the video: Have You Heard? (Live Video)

Luke

We Made It! (in 24 hours!)

Very dear friends,

What can I say? In a mere 24 hours, we have put our hearts and minds together and we have successfully funded Year of the Nightingale on Kickstarter.

The flood of support that has come in during the last 24 hours has left me reeling with joy and gratitude. It is not only the generosity of your contributions that is so extraordinary, but the number of people who have so quickly rushed in to make this project a reality. I want you all to know how moved I am by your contributions and sharing. Your love and support has sent my spirit into the stratosphere! I can’t wait to finish this album and deliver it to you in 2017!

Since our campaign will continue until 30 September, I want to do everything I can to give you the best possible album. Therefore, we will now begin working towards a Special New Goal of raising funds to create High Quality Music Videos for one or more songs from the album so that they can be shared more easily throughout 2017.

I would be so grateful if you would continue to share the campaign (www.lukeslottkickstarter.com) in your conversations and online networks throughout September so that, together, we can create something truly special in celebration of 2017, the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

With my most heartfelt gratitude to you all,
Luke x

STRETCH GOALS NEW

Kickstarter Now Live!

Dear Friends,

The Kickstarter Campaign for my new album Year of the Nightingale is now LIVE at www.lukeslottkickstarter.com 

I would be so grateful for your support in the making of this album!
Luke x

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NEW ALBUM IN PRODUCTION

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Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to announce I’m working on a new album due for release in 2017.

Year of The Nightingale is a new collection of songs based on the Bahá’í Writings and is being produced by Kelly Snook (Imogen Heap, MiMu Gloves), who I worked with previously on A Few Honest Words.

Kelly and I are preparing this album especially for 2017, when Bahá’í Communities and their friends around the world will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), whose writings I’ll be singing on the album.

But we need your help!

On Thursday 1 September 2016, we’ll be launching a 30-day Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds required to complete the album. Through Kickstarter’s fundraising platform, you will be able to support the making of the album in various ways: by pre-ordering the album, booking me to play a concert for your community, or simply sharing the news with friends. All the funds we raise in September will enable us to pay for studio time, musicians, engineers and designers – so that we can complete the album and deliver it to you in 2017.

I’ll send you all the details on 1 September, but for now, please do visit the official Facebook Event: Luke Slott Kickstarter where I’ve just posted a 30-second teaser video for the new album! (direct youtube link here)

As always, my deepest thanks for your support,
Luke x

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A Piece of My Family

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Dear friends,

While I’m working away on my own music, my brother & sister-in-law are delivering theirs…

Today, Lesser Pieces (AKA Mike Slott & Diane Badié) release their first single, You & I (No Emergency).

The song has been chosen as Nike Women’s Song of the Week and it’s a tantalising taste of what’s to come from these two gems who I’m blessed to call family.

Have a listen on Spotify or Soundcloud and give Mike & Diane a Like on Facebook to keep up with their music: facebook.com/lesserpieces

Luke x

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I Dived For Pearls

Dear friends,

After a very special month of touring in The Middle East, I’m back home now and want to send a special thank you to all my friends in the Gulf Countries who worked so hard to make this tour possible.

Here are some clips from the tour, and a few words to express my thanks to everyone who helped, in so many ways, to make the tour happen. It has been a privilege working with all of you and I hope we will meet again soon…

I dived for pearls in the Persian Gulf
And I found them, I found them,
But not in the waters,
And not with wooden boats.

Their oysters are the cities
And the suburbs and streets,
Their oceans the neighbourhoods
Where they transmute darkness
into gleaming drops of light
in the silent alchemy of the invisible.
Their shells are the shops and houses
Letting the water in,
Making marbles from dross,
Changing salt into sweetness,
Strangeness into oneness.

So if you go diving for pearls in the Gulf
Do not seek them in the waters.
No wooden boats are needed.

You will find them glistening like dew
On the red sands of Ras Al Khaimah
And singing like dolphins
In the skyscrapers of Dubai.
They perfume the traffic
On the coral highways of Oman
And spring like fresh water
Amidst the burial mounds of Bahrain.

They raise elevators to the heavens
In the towers of Abu Dhabi
And turn dust into gold
In the invisible quarries of Kuwait.

I dived for pearls in the Persian Gulf
And I found them, I found them,
But not in the waters,
And not with wooden boats.

Luke x

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