Blessings from a warm and humid place, filled with morning birdsong, sweet children, and music. We hear that E-town got 15 cm of snow yesterday, and we know that isn't fun for most of you. I guess we have a lot to look forward to this summer, as things warm up, and as our gardens start to grow. One good thing- this may be the greenest summer we have had in a very long time.
We have been here for one full week, and have been moving at such an efficient pace here in Negril. Before leaving home, we recorded bed tracks at Edmontone Studios with the man Doug Organ. These tracks from Doug's studio have been foundational in our movements forward here. The quality and caliber of those tracks have been crucial to our success - we highly recommend you check E-town's Edmontone here
We have been working with Mojo Herb at Mad Rebel Studio to mix, record vocals, and also do overdubs. Our good friend Auresia linked us up with Mojo, after the studio we had booked closed down. Auresia, you helped us BIG TIME in a pinch, and sister, we send you such love for this. Check out Auresia here.
All of us are so impressed by Mojo's work ethic, his superb instincts, his humility, his raw talent. He is lifting us into the levels that we intended as we came here to the home of Reggae music. We were looking for that balance between our own SJF sound, mixed with a true instinctual understanding and Raspect for the music. We found it in Mojo Herb. So much love for him. Check him out here.
On Monday, we will have a conversation with Carrie Mullings on her Canadian Reggae Show Rebel Vibez on CHRY in T.O. Many of you in E-Town will remember Carrie as the MC at the Calgary International Reggae Festival. She is a voice for all of us as we spread our wings and make a joyful noise. Blessings and thanks for this opportunity, Carrie. Check her out on Twitter
We couldn't be doing this without the amazing support of our fans and friends. Below please find a video thanking those of you who have contributed by sending us your financial support. We are so very appreciative. I anticipate there will be a second video of thanks, and just know that we think of you all as we do our 1 hour walk to the studio every day. Every step is one of gratitude and humility.
If you feel called to contribute to our new album, you can still support SJF on this recording journey. Dr. Paul has upped the stakes now- as follows:
Fan contribution of $1-25, Souljah Fyah video shout-out.
Contribution of $26-100, Shout out, plus signed copy of new album, hand delivered by a member of SJF to your home (within 25 KM of E-town - otherwise we will mail it to you :)
Contribution of $101-999, Shout out, signed hand delivered copy of new album, plus our acoustic Souljah Fyah duo will come to your workplace and sing a mini-set for you and your friends/co-workers during your lunch break (or come to your home if you prefer). If you live more than 25 km from E-town, we will Skype your concert to you.
Contribution of $1000+, Shout out, signed delivered copy, plus we will write a song especially for you. Your life story, a certain challenge you face, a desire to express gratitude... whatever you choose, your unique and personal story will inspire this song. Souljah Fyah will release your song as a part of the bonus releases of 2015.
Note: All those who have donated so far will also be included in the new contribution rewards:)
Blessings and deep thanks,
Way, Dr. P, Saint, Norm, and TOT