On Aug. 27, Carsie Blanton, shared that her new Kickstarter campaign, “Jazz is for Everybody,” launched Jul. 31, had exceeded her “fully funded” expectation and nearly doubled her original goal. How did she do that? Blanton’s victory is the result of a brilliant, and viral, Internet effort. Ironically, and cheerfully, Carsie is not offering a new music project that’s a direct mirror of her own musical identity. Said Blanton, “I’m really not a jazz singer.” True.
Reality is she’s actually “a singer/songwriter from the pop-folk-rock world.” How Blanton collected over 1,000 Kickstarter supporters in less than 30 days to raise $49,014 with her ingenious (word) writing skills and the confidence that comes from having your skills and talents affirmed by classic rock music legends and singer/songwriters with proven track records.
If you’ve heard Paul Simon, John Oates or the Wood Brothers in concert, you’d have likely heard Carsie opening their shows. Blanton, for those who have not met this future star diva, is the entertainer you’d expect if you morphed Diane Warren, Dianne Schurr, and Pauley Perrette into one person.
In fact, Blanton and Perrette have more in common than either realizes: musicians from New Orleans, brunettes with bravura, whose on-stage characters/personas are highlighted more by talent than tattoos, and yes, both have been in unique, interesting music videos. But here’s what dynamic singer Carsie Blanton has done this month: singlehandedly, she’s taken the Internet by storm to successfully promote a music project that isn’t even “what she does” everyday: Jazz, the way it should be.
Blanton offered, “Most of my supporters are not jazz fans, they are music fans who want a chance to connect to jazz music and they don’t feel they’ve had that chance before.” So, Carsie’s take on the project is that she wants to make a jazz record that goes to the heart of pure jazz, from back in the day, for lovers of pure jazz and not the funked up, fusion blah-di-blah that conjures up images of young sophisticates in turtlenecks drinking martinis, saying the word “marvelous” too much.
Bottom line is that it’s the wit, witticism and clever turn of a phrase where Blanton’s writing (nonmusical) has captured the interest, and funding, of over 1,000 backers. Rather than rehash how bright her prose is, here’s the link to her Kickstarter project for you to enjoy. Read all that is offered by helping her extend her dreams coming true to a town near you. There’s still three days to go to get on board her jazz train. With every contribution comes the exciting expectation of a new tour city to perform the new CD.
To borrow a phrase from Saturday Night Live’s Hans and Franz, “Listen to her now and hear her later,” but you will definitely be hearing more to come from Carsie Blanton. Check out her web site and join her Facebook friends. Here comes the Carsie Blanton jazz express. All aboard!