Grammy And Dove Award Winning Artist In Midst of Kickstarter Campaign As Plans for First Christmas Album Unfold John Schlitt in Norway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Continuing to take his ministry around the globe, Grammy and Dove winner John Schlitt recently returned from Norway after performing in concert throughout the country. The legendary vocalist currently is touring in support of his CD, The Greater Cause.
"My recent trip to Norway was very satisfying," Schlitt says. "To see the amazing response to the new acoustic set was great! I love that the people of Scandinavia always seem to be open to new things. I was also blessed to have many people ask me about my new Kickstarter project. They say they are excited about me recording a Christmas album, and I am, too!"
The Norwegian tour comes at a time when Schlitt is looking towards his next recording project. With plans of going into the studio in late June, the singer has once again partnered with his fans for his newest musical project, an as-yet untitled Christmas CD through Kickstarter, a popular "crowd-funding" platform for creative projects. Schlitt used this platform to fund The Greater Cause.
Schlitt, who has never recorded any Christmas music, neither during his 20-year stint as the lead singer with Petra nor as a solo artist, says he has been feeling "a very strong tug" to make this seasonal record.
The majority of the CD, according to Schlitt, will consist of traditional Christmas songs done "John Schlitt style." He also plans to include several praise and worship songs. "My desire is that it will be a double-whammy type of Christmas album that will be very different—and very special," he says.
More than 250 partners have already pledged more than 70 percent toward Schlitt's $35,000 goal. The deadline for pledges is June 8.
Due to popular demand, Schlitt recently has added a new Kickstarter reward. At the $80 pledge level, backers will receive a box of items—including homemade cookies, a handmade ornament and the new CD—made at the hand of Schlitt himself.
"This reward puts me in the kitchen baking cookies, in the shop making an ornament and in the studio making a CD," Schlitt says.
Pledges are taken on Schlitt's personal Kickstarter site (www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnwschlitt/john-schlitt-the-christmas-project ) and powered by Amazon, enabling backers' credit cards to be charged via a secure website—but only after the goal is met. If the goal is not met by the Kickstarter deadline, no money is collected from supporters and the project is not funded. Supporters can choose from a variety of incentives, depending on the pledge level, including a cookbook filled with the Schlitt family's favorite holiday recipes, advance downloads of the CD, vintage Petra tour T-shirts, autographed wooden Christmas ornaments hand crafted by Schlitt, and the chance to join Schlitt in a Nashville studio for a recording session.
For more information about Schlitt and the new Christmas project, visit www.johnwschlitt.com.
Photo caption: John Schlitt, center, performs an acoustic set with musicians Rob Solberg, left, and Debra Solberg, right, in Norway. (Terje Rodland photo)
About John Schlitt:
With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards. Schlitt was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt "remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone." Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com's 2011 Readers' Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman.
Since Schlitt released his fourth solo CD, The Greater Cause, in May 2012, the legendary vocalist's busy schedule has included appearances on The Mike Huckabee Show, 700 Club Interactive and the Faith & Freedom Celebration—the faith-based kick-off to the Republican National Convention, as well as extensive international touring.
For more information on Schlitt, visit www.johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).
Hundreds of individuals have raised capital through the Kickstarter business model, including Christian musicians Shaun Groves, John Schlitt and Cheri Keaggy. The movie adaptation of Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz received $345,992 (276% of its original goal) from more than 4,495 donors through Kickstarter to make it one of the largest crowd-funded films in history, according to Paste Magazine and Kickstarter's website.
For more information about Kickstarter, visit www.kickstarter.com
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