Be Part of Johnny Schaefer's Christmas Album Project

Be Part of Johnny Schaefer's Christmas Album Project

From Johnny Schaefer

If you love good Christmas music, this project is for you. Two of my most joyful things in life are Christmas, and creating music. This weary world needs more joy. We're creating something lovely. Please be a part of it.

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Update #29

over 1 year ago

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that the music is making them a little sweeter.

Yesterday was my birthday and you all made it one of my best ever by helping me with From Here to Nativity. Thank you. Here are a few updates:

You are all invited to our home at 1321 Isabel St Los Angeles, CA 90065 for a birthday/Christmas Open House tomorrow, Friday, December 23 from 4:oo pm on. I know a lot of you live far away, but if you are around, please join us.

"All the Babes on Christmas Born" is the Track of the Week on Hiscoxlive.com, a music video site produced by the Hiscox Guitar Case company. Musicians all over the world frequent the site. Wahoooo! http://www.hiscoxlive.com/ Check it out

The archive of the livestream concert at Stats on December 10 is nearing 100,000 views on Facebook! The comments from all over the world are lovely and people really enjoyed it.

I'll be singing two songs from the album in the Blessed Sacrament Choir concert before Midnight Mass at 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve at 6657 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. I will also be presenting a check to the choir as 10% of proceeds from this project. Thanks for helping us make more music!

We released this video of the Proclamation of the Birth of Christ arranged for Organ and Voice by Christoph Bull on both Facebook and YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo6sS7MqQSo

Paco and I (mostly Paco) will continue to make videos for the album the first six months of 2017 to release next year.

Thank you for your love and support.

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas. May 2017 be filled with health, happines, love and music.

Johnny

Giving Levels

A signed pre-release copy of From Here to Nativity

Receive a signed copy of one of the first batch of CDs of From Here to Nativity before anyone else. All levels also receive periodic free downloads of the songs from the album as we go.

$15

Double album pack

Receive a signed pre-release copy of From Here to Nativity along with a signed copy of Johnny's Acoustic Remedy album. That's dozens of songs combined!

$25

A double album pack and a Holiday ornament featuring artwork from the cover.

Receive a signed pre-release copy of From Here to Nativity along with a signed copy of Johnny's Acoustic Remedy album. That's dozens of songs combined! Plus, you'll receive a holiday ornament featuring Debi Blounts beautiful cover art.

$50

A Personalized, musical holiday e-mail greeting for you to send.

You'll receive a signed copy of From Here to Nativity plus a personalized musical holiday e-mail greeting you can send to friends and family incorporating photos you select and send by e-mail and a special holiday ornament featuring Debit Blount's art.

$75

Stocking Stuffer

Get a jump-start on Christmas shopping with 10 signed copies of From Here to Nativity to give to loved ones, or mix and match with copies of Acoustic Remedy (Indicate preference in the comments at checkout.) You'll also receive a special holiday ornament.

$100

Santa's Bag

Receive any combination of 20 signed copies of From Here to Nativity or Acoustic Remedy. (Indicate preference in the comments at checkout.) You'll also receive a special holiday ornament.

$200

20 CDs plus a personalized holiday video greeting

Any combination of 20 Johnny Schaefer CDs plus a personalized holiday video greeting featuring Johnny's music and your photos.

$250

Executive Produce a Song or Video

Your name is listed on the album jacket as Executive Producer of a song on From Here to Nativity, and you can dedicate the song to someone. Or, Executive Produce a video from the album with your name/dedication in the credits. Also receive 10 signed CDs.

$500

Johnny sings at your Christmas party

Johnny will sing songs from his Christmas album at your holiday party, (by skype if outside of California). (Date to be negotiated). Also receive 25 signed CDs, mention in online posts as an individual or a company.

$1,000

Album Executive Producer

Your name listed as Executive Producer on the album credits. Feature in videos. Mention in online posts. 50 CDs. Can be as an individual or a company.

$5,000

More Info

In the Fall of 2015 I released a Christmas song written with author Elizabeth Massie titled All the Babes on Christmas Born. It was my first release since my 2013 album, Acoustic Remedy. The song was a big success and many people told me I should do more like it. Those who know me well know that I am definitely a Christmas guy. I love the lights, the festivities, the spiritual aspects, celebrations, and, of course, the music. 

These days, our weary world is heavy with strife. Beautiful art, dance, theater and music are rising up in response to the angst. I have felt compelled to record a Christmas album and have been singing and writing about snow and cold while experiencing record heat here in Los Angeles. I am thrilled with the way it is coming out! I am blessed with the opportunity to work with some terrific musicians and record in some wonderful places. The album, From Here to Nativity, will consist of equal parts new original tunes and classic favorites like the Bach-Gounod Ave maria and O, Holy Night. I've written some songs on my own and am also writing with a couple of new artists I admire. The album will be eclectic, of course, with a mix of tunes that capture the range of emotions of the season. It begins with Advent carols, continues in throught Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and ends at Epiphany. A journey From Here to Nativity.

There's more than meets the ear to a project like this. I want to pay the deserving musicians who are working with me, the recording engineers, the graphic designer, the licensing fees for the cover songs that aren't in the public domain, mastering, production and distribution, promotion, video production, and much more. This is where you can help. By pitching in at whatever level is comfortable for you, you can ensure that I have the funds to complete the project. Whether it's buying special pre-release, signed CDs for yourself and others, a special holiday ornament featuring album art by Debi Blount, sponsoring a song or video, ordering a personalized musical Christmas e-mail greeting to send to friends and family, or Executive Producing, you can join in the fun. 

As a way of giving back to a musical family that has supported me over the years, 10% of proceeds from the campaign will be donated to the Blessed Sacrament a cappella Choir in Hollywood, CA where I have sung for many years. 

All who donate by August 20, 2016 will be entered into a drawing to win a scarf hand-knitted by All the Babes on Christmas Born lyricist Elizabeth Massie.

Are you in? I hope so! I will send out updates including lots of videos of the process (I happen to be married to my videographer.) We'll have a blast and create something really beautiful together. Let's get started! 

THANK YOU!

Johnny Schaefer

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Update #33

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that the music is making them a little sweeter.

Yesterday was my birthday and you all made it one of my best ever by helping me with From Here to Nativity. Thank you. Here are a few updates:

You are all invited to our home at 1321 Isabel St Los Angeles, CA 90065 for a birthday/Christmas Open House tomorrow, Friday, December 23 from 4:oo pm on. I know a lot of you live far away, but if you are around, please join us.

"All the Babes on Christmas Born" is the Track of the Week on Hiscoxlive.com, a music video site produced by the Hiscox Guitar Case company. Musicians all over the world frequent the site. Wahoooo! http://www.hiscoxlive.com/ Check it out

The archive of the livestream concert at Stats on December 10 is nearing 100,000 views on Facebook! The comments from all over the world are lovely and people really enjoyed it.

I'll be singing two songs from the album in the Blessed Sacrament Choir concert before Midnight Mass at 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve at 6657 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. I will also be presenting a check to the choir as 10% of proceeds from this project. Thanks for helping us make more music!

We released this video of the Proclamation of the Birth of Christ arranged for Organ and Voice by Christoph Bull on both Facebook and YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo6sS7MqQSo

Paco and I (mostly Paco) will continue to make videos for the album the first six months of 2017 to release next year.

Thank you for your love and support.

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas. May 2017 be filled with health, happines, love and music.

Johnny

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Update #32

A big "Thank you" to those of you who were able to attend the concert at Stats Home Decorating Center in Pasadena on Saturday! It was a blast and thousands of people saw the live stream online and many more are watching the recording as we speak around the world. It is beong shared a lot and the feedback is really positive. I am grateful to harpist Carol Robbins, Guitarist Chad Ellis, singer/composer Lynn Kowal, and singers Louie Ulanday, Lisa Ulanday, and Jennifer Steers, plus Paco for the great job on the live stream feed (people love the sound) and the guys from Mijo Entertainment who provided the sound at the event. Gwendolyn Young did a wonderful job wintriducing me, and her FOster Bertomen helped with selling CDs. And, of course, many thanks to the folks at Stats for graciously hosting the event. We did noine songs from the album, some with tracks and some with live accompniment. You can watch here. https://www.facebook.com/Johnny.Schaefer.Music/videos/972557772888790/

I also appreciate this write up from TheHollywoodTimes.net

https://thehollywoodtimes.net/2016/12/07/eclectic-mix-of-genres-highlight-new-christmas-album-released-by-los-angeles-artist/#more-30073

Merry Christmas!

Johnny

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Update #31

Greetings!

I hope you are enjoying the album. It's getting airplay on dozens of stations around the world and I'm getting a lot of orders for 5, 10, or even 20 CDs for people to give as gifts. Thanks!

If you are in the area, I hope you will join us on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4:00 pm at Stats in Pasadena at 120 S. Raymond Ave. It's the iconic Christmas store where we filmed the "People Look East" video. I''ll sing some of the songs from the album with special guests, grammy-nomiated harpist Carol Robbins, Singer-composer Lynn Kowal, and Guitarist Chad Ellis. After the mini-concert I'll be signing CDs. You can also explore the incredible store!

We've been gettin gsome press, too!

I got a call on Saturday morning that my hometown newspaper, the Porterville Recorder, had put a story about the project on the front page.

The Credit Union publication CU Today featured this story:
http://www.cutoday.info/Fresh-Today/Credit-Union-Employee-Releases-Holiday-Album

Pasadena Now had this feature:
http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/iconic-stats-debuts-eclectic-christmas-album-at-special-cd-singing-with-artist/

I could still use some more reviews on iTunes and Amazon.

Thanks for everything, and enjoy the holidays!

Johnny

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Update #30

Hello,

During the fundraising campaing I shared a "Story Behind the Song" with you about "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella". Here is the finished product. https://youtu.be/sSW7-lf5-W4

Thanks for your ongong support!

Enjoy.

Johnny

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Update #29

Hello,

Just a quick note to share some press we got and to annouce an event. I'll be presenting a mini-concert at Stats in Pasadena at 120 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 on Saturday, December 10, followed by a CD signing until 6:00 pm. Grammy-nominated harpist Carol Robbins will be there to play the songs we did together, as well as quitarist Chad Ellis and singer/composer Lynn Kowal. I hope you can join us!

Here is a nice article that appeared on the Pasadena Now website: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/iconic-stats-debuts-eclectic-christmas-album-at-special-cd-singing-with-artist/#.WD9F2bIrLcs

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Update #28

Stats Floral Supply in Pasadena has been affectionately called "The Disneyland of Christmas Stores", and for good reason. It's like walking into a winter wonderland in the middle of Southern California. So, when I recorded a Christmas album I thought right away about filming a video in the beautiful marketplace. Last year they announced that they would not be returning, but, miraculously, they are giving it one more go to see if this year they can make it work. Coincidentally, one of my newest co-workers shared with me that she had worked at Stats previously and knew the owners well. So, of course, I exploited that connection and asked for an introduction. Happily, the owner, Damon Stathatos, generously agreed to allow us to shoot a video in his beautiful store and you can see the result here: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WqG5Vammou0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I will be giving a mini concert and will sign CDs at the store located at 120 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 on Saturday, December 10. Watch for more details and the exact time soon.

"People Look East" is my favorite Advent carol. It is such a joyous, uplifting melody and the poem is exquisite. As I mention in the lyric booklet of "From Here to Nativity", people in my church choir always call it "Johnny's song" when we sing it in church.

I hope you all have your CDs now. If not, please let me know ASAP. Also, if anything was damaged in transit I will send you a replacement. I hope you like the album and, if so, will take a few moments to post reviews on places like Amazon, Google Plus Music, iTunes, etc. Comments under videos on YouTube help a LOT, especially the first 24 hours, as do "Likes" and embeds. Of course, hsaring is a great thing, too. Don't forget, the album makes a great Christmas gift!

Thanks for helping me do all this! I am having the time of my life.

Hugs,

Johnny Schaefer

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Update #27

Hurray! The day has finally arrived! This wonderful project has fed my soul for months and now it is time for it to fee yours.
The album is availalbe on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-here-to-nativity/id1171786224
Also available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Here-Nativity-Johnny-Schaefer/dp/B01M3W0EEH/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1478159838&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=johnny+schaefer
Listen on Spotify at: https://play.spotify.com/album/7KPgkNVQg3yrFHPcg1ZWn3
Here is a digital version of the lyric booklet: https://issuu.com/johnnyschaefer6/docs/fromheretonativitylyricbooklet
I will get the discs on Monday, November 7 and will rush them to you.

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Update #25

Digital downloads of "From Here to Nativity" are being previewed for a Nov. 3 release at Amazon.com. Makes a great early Christmas gift. Be sure to review the album! https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_gnr_fkmr0?rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ajohnny+schaefer+from&keywords=johnny+schaefer+from&ie=UTF8&qid=1477892199

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Update #23

I took risks.
I stretched.
I cried.
I laughed heartily.
I thought outside the box.
I played.
I worked with phenomenal musicians, producers, artists, and supporters.
I collaborated with great lyricists.
I wrote lyrics for great melodists.
I dreamed of beloved Christmases in record Los Angeles summer heat.
I recorded in a basement, in a church, and on a state-of the-art soundstage at the Cinema School at a major university.
I focused on a beautiful journey as the world around me spun out of control.
I put myself in the shoes of those I sang and wrote about.
I explored different ways of singing old songs.
I felt the rapturous joy of new songs being born through me.
I took out a 401K loan..
I put my self out there in the hope that some of you would pitch in to help me finance such a huge project not knowing if anyone would, and, as of this writing, 68 of you have done just that with thousands of your hard-earned dollars.

THANK YOU for your love and your trust.

This journey "From Here to Nativity" has been one of the happiest, most wondrous experiences of my life. Thank you for taking it with me.
There are just a few days left in the fundraising campaign. Mastering has begun, and then we will send the music and the graphics to the factory to be made into something you can see and touch, as well as hear.
Now the effort to share it with the world begins in earnest. The videos, the messaging, the mailings, the door-knocking. I believe in this project and put it in God's hands.

At the beginning I said "Let's make something beautiful together."
We certainly have.

I can''t wait to share the finished project with you.

WIth Much Love and Gratitude,
Johnny

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Update #22

Just a few days left in this campaign. There's still time to pre-order a signed CD for $15. Here is the ornament we designed with a quote from my song "Joseph's Prayer" , Mastering as begun and we will send everything off to production in a few days. Thank you to all who have helped at any level. I think you will love the album.

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Update #21

Happy Friday! I started the order process with the CD manufacturers last night. We are finishing up checking graphics and proofreading all the copy. The album will include a beautiful lyric booklet featuring more drawings by Deborah Blount. Mastering has begun on the recordings. (There is still one song we are tightening up this weekend.) I am really excited and cannot wait to share it with you. I think you will feel very good about being a part of this project, and it will be a collection of holiday songs you will enjoy for years to come. Thank you!

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Update #20

When it's time to move on, the things we shared with a person can bring up powerful emotions. Paco did a beautiful job on this new video of a song from my "Acoustic Remedy" album featuring Regina Bunye on the flute. https://youtu.be/E8S8m0hruZc We have a lot of videos planned for the Christmas album.

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Update #19

Christmas isn't just one emotion, mood or experience. It's a wonderful combination of moments as varied as the lights and ornaments on most Christmas trees. I aim to capture that on my album, "From Here to Nativity." You'll hear reverent songs, joyful songs, reflective songs and even a rollicking 50's-style novelty song about a kid's adventure with Santa. I wrote "Oh Golly, Lookie!" as a fun tribute to holiday tunes like "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." I enlisted the help of some terrific singer/actresses to tell a fun story that will bring holiday cheer, Enjoy this cheery video preview of "Oh Golly, Lookie!" Thanks for making this all possible! https://youtu.be/806a70VIqyY

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Update #18

If you would like to be mentioned in the liner notes of my Christmas album, donate any amount before 5:00 pm Sunday. We go to press soon! #Fundly #DreamsComeTrue Thanks, everyone!

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Update #17

Hello,.

On Saturday I parked under a Crepe Myrtle tree for a little shade at Stephan Oberhoff's place to finish "Joseph's Prayer.". This held significance for me because Crepe Myrtles were my dad's favorite trees. He planted three in front of our house when I was a kid and they are still there today. We have one in front of our house on Mt. Washington so I think of him often as I pull up. Adding to the poignancy is the fact that "Joseph's Prayer" is about fatherhood in several ways, including the fatherly aspect of God's relationship with us. So I love that I parked under a crepe myrtle for the sessions. Perfect.

This week I am working with several of the engineers and producers I recorded with to mix. We are almost ready for mastering-probably next week. More video and audio previews are coming soon. Thanks again for your help with this project. It means a lot to me.

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Update #16

My apologies. This is a repost of the update from last night. After working all day and recording for four hours last night I messed up on Stephan's website address. This contains the actual site. Forgive the additional message. Please do check out his site.

Here's a peek into the magical recording studio of Producer Stephan Oberhoff during the recording of my new song "Joseph's Prayer." I think it's the best song I've ever written and I took it to Stephan because of his superb musicianship as I have observed it as he served as Melissa Manchester's Music Director for a decade, including producing her "When I Look Down That Road" album. Stephan immediately "got" the song and collaborating with him as we brought it from my head to the air was a wondrous experience. He has an album of his own coming out in the next month or so. Watch for it. And check out his work at www.stephanoberhoff.com Here's the new video clip from our adventure together: https://youtu.be/u8kFQs7gIvw

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Update #14

Hello,

I hope you all had a great weekend! My Saturday was one of the loveliest times I have had, I had the privilege of working with Stephan Oberhoff, who was Melissa Manchester's Music Director for ten years and is currently co-producing an album with Quincy Jones, on my song "Joseph's Prayer." Paco is putting together a video we shot during the process. I can't wait until you hear the song! I think the love we put into it shines through. In a message to me he said "I very much look forward to putting the finishing touches on the song and take it to where the creator wants it to be." Perfect. My experience is that the song came through me. Thank you for enabling me to work with the best around to give birth to it.

The album is almost done. You will see that I have extended the campaign through September 30. There is a very good reason for this, which I will announce in the next couple of days. A very big opportunity has presented itself which will help the album reach a lot more people. Stay tuned.

Thank you again for all your love and support!

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Update #13

Hi everyone!

I hope your Labor Day weekend was great. Mine was a labor of love on our project. I recorded all three days and it was a fantastic experience. Here is a video we put together with a sneak preview of Christoph Bull's "The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ". I was privileged to be the first to record his spectacular composition accompanying the famous chant in The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles on their magnificent organ. Enjoy! And, as always, thank you for making this all happen. https://youtu.be/zN7RhsA9FKE

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Update #12

Thanks to you I was able to record a jazz waltz version of O Holy Night and the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria on the phenomenal USC School of Cinematic Arts Sound Stage with Grammy-nominated harpist Carol Robbins, cellist Hope Easton, Bass Player Darek Oles and drummer Tim Pleasant. It was a soul-quenching experience and the end result is pretty special. Here's a little video Paco put together about the day: https://youtu.be/3FXdiaw9Rt0

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Update #11

Many thanks to Valerie Milano at TheHollywoodTimes.net for this terrific article! https://thehollywoodtimes.net/2016/08/30/johnny-schaefer-beats-the-heat/ #TheHollywoodTimes.net #IndieMusic #Fundly #CrowdFund #SupportIndieMusic

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