Dear, Friends and Family –
Wow – So much to tell you…
What an incredibly busy, challenging, but exciting year this has been. In addition to moving to Portland and teaching full time at a new job, I have embarked on a unique way of releasing music through a platform called “Patreon“. Some of you may have heard of bands likePENTATONIX or a show called “The Liturgist’s Podcast” by Michael Gungor. I have joined the likes of these amazing creators on a website called Patreon. Patreon is a way for fans and supporters (like you) to help their favorite creators produce and release content on a regular basis. (A lot of amazing artists are able to make music because of Patreon! Check it out!)
Some of you might not know how Patreon works yet… Here the low-down:
OH YEAH! I almost forgot the best part… My Patrons get REWARDS! All of my incredible Patrons get rewarded for their pledges because I love them so much and could not make music without them! The rewards range from free downloads of my music to full blown house concerts! Check out my rewards here if you are interested in becoming a Patron. 🙂
Right now I have 50 amazing Patrons. We are hoping to grow this number to 60 by summer. My Patrons give me feedback on videos, submit song requests, and have direct communication with me on my Patreon homepage. But most importantly: my Patrons are literally making independent music possible for me right now. Without them, I could not do it. True story.
In addition to my Patron’s support, I have a friend named Derich Hartfeil who is filming the videos and helping me create them. HE IS AMAZING. We are having a blast and learning a ton as we go. We are on our way to meeting our Patreon pledge goal, but we have a ways to go before we are able to cover all of our costs.
Check out what we’ve created so far below! I’ve included all of my music videos below for you to see. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the ending part of each video! After all of my music videos, I talk a little bit about the song and give you a bit of insight as to why I wrote it or chose to cover it. You get to know me a little better, and sometimes I tell amusing jokes. 🙂
A HUGE SHOUT-OUT to everyone who has already become a Patron! I thank God for you, seriously, every day! You are helping me fulfill this music calling I feel in my life.
I hope the music videos fill you with cheer, hope, or connect with you in an authentic way.
Y’all are amazing and, truly, I could NOT do this without you!
Thank you for your continued support.
Love, love, love!
It was a BEAUTIFUL day in Portland, OR when we shot this original song from my album, “August Heirlooms”. Take a listen and stay tuned for the ending when I give you some behind the scenes details about it! 🙂
Here’s a photo from last night; which was just a little slice of heaven… Playing music with my friends is pretty much what I live for. It was a great night at one of my favorite venues in Portland. The Secret Society Ballroom delivered in every way!! If you were able to make it out, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Music is one of those things that takes so much time, work, and effort; and yet, I do it all for moments like last night: a great group of humans all in one room, sharing in a musical experience, making memories to last a lifetime! Love you all, and that is no joke. This one will go down as a night to remember!
Hey Friends! (Please share this with folks you think would be interested…)
WOW! Ok!! SO!! The next video is here (and the Patreon journey continues). This original song is very special to me. If you watch all the way to the very end of the video, I disclose why this song is so important to me and I talk about the meaning behind it… Also, fun fact: After every music video I release on Patreon, I talk about the video and tell the story behind it! It’s a fun way for you to get some behind-the-scenes info about the song, and hear the story behind it. So stay tuned till the video is over for the inside scoop!
A huge shout out to my Patreon supporters. Thank you SO MUCH! I couldn’t have made this video without you!
Friends: If you like what I am creating and writing, and you’d like to support these creative efforts, you can do so on Patreon by going here. Even pledging $1 per video helps us continue to spread the music, light, and love around!
I am so excited to announce that I am doing Patreon and will spend 2017 making music videos for songs I am creating or covering…
I have spent most of my life making records, writing songs and performing them, and honestly, creating music is what I love to do most… Maybe you’re like me and certain songs have shaped your life and highlighted your memories. Music’s expression is such a powerful gift. I believe a good song has a magical way of bringing people together — it moves us to tears, makes us laugh, and helps us connect with our feelings… OR it just makes us want to dance. (And who doesn’t love to shake their tale feathers every now and then?) AND that, in a nutshell, is the reason I am doing Patreon. I hope my songs and videos add a bit of light and joy to your life.
Making a life as a musician, at times, can seem like an uphill battle… In fact, a guy once told me after one of my concerts that it is not really possible to be a successful artist without a major record deal… (And, yeah, I must admit I cried a little.) But guess what? I got over it because I discovered he was wrong! Patreon is amazing because (thanks to the ol’ internet and a little support from fans and followers) artists can can create great content regularly and share it with people who enjoy it!
Patreon is crucial for me as a working musician to continue creating. (I can hear the Beatles singing in my head as I type this, “I get by with a little help from my friends…”) The music I make here comes from collaborations with instrumentalists, producers, and videographers. Of course they cannot donate their time for free, and I would not want them to. We work together to make the songs and videos look and sound as quality and interesting as possible… and this takes funds to make it all happen.
Check Out The Rewards for You and Your Support!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this and hopefully considering becoming one of my patrons and helping me to continue to make music. Even if it’s just a $1 dollar tip per video, it means the WORLD – truly! And for those who have already become a patron, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I hope you find the rewards fun (they are listed to your right), and that they help you feel a part of what I am doing… because you are! The truth is that you, and other appreciative listeners just like you, are the reason I am making this music, and without your help, I couldn’t do it. I am so grateful for you!
Love and blessings! Check out my Patreon Page Here! And watch the video above to learn more! 🙂
Wow! This past holiday season was so musical and fruitful! I was able to be a part of releasing three new Christmas songs in the month of December. I released my own video and version of the Christmas Carol (co-arranged with Wilson Parks), “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, wrote a song with Peter Hollens called “December Song”, and also co-wrote a Christmas song with Nate Botsford called “Calling on Heaven”. I am super proud of all of these tunes, and hope you will check them out, too! I’ll post the videos below! These songs are all available for download on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and every digital music is sold! Happy New Year!
Hey guys! I just got done recording some music in Nashville, TN with Jeremy Larson. I can’t wait to show you these songs. Here are some photos from the studio!
Take a peek at Anna’s new Lyric Video “COMES AROUND AGAIN”. This song is the first track on Anna’s new Summer EP “August Heirlooms”. The video was created by Anna Gilbert and Ashley Spence. Please watch and share!
We are so excited to announce that Anna’s new Summer EP “August Heirlooms” is out now! Get it on iTunes! OR you can download the record anywhere music is sold online! ENJOY!