UTR: Your current Kickstarter is in the “home stretch”. How does it feel to have such a strong response the first few weeks?
Graham: I have been so encouraged by the show of support I’ve already seen with this Kickstarter. I wasn’t sure how running a crowdfunding campaign during Christmas at the end of 2020 would go, but I felt like it was the right timing for this important project, so I stepped out in faith. The immense generosity and encouragement I’ve received has exceeded my expectations, and I’m excited to see what these last couple weeks will bring.
UTR: What is your vision for the new album Good News, Great Joy?
Graham: We all hold Christmas traditions near to our hearts during this season in the form of albums, movies, devotionals, calendars, and even decorations. My hope with writing Good News, Great Joy was to take the wonder of the story of Christ’s incarnation found in Luke’s gospel and present it as a yearly tradition for our church to hold onto as a reminder to stop, listen, and worship during this season. Now, with the opportunity to get it recorded and put out into the world, I just want to share this tradition that has meant so much to our church with others who might also come to embrace it. I believe these songs balance the truths of the incarnation well in ways that can be helpful to us during the Christmas season. I worked as hard to write soaring melodies to depict the angel chorus as I did to craft real lyrics that depict the heart of the hurting, doubting, and downcast. Much like the diverse cast of characters involved in the coming of God’s Son into the world, I hope these songs can reach a diverse audience each year and draw us all together to see the Christ child in his glory.
UTR: If you surpass the goal, do you have plans for any stretch goals?
Graham: I do have several stretch goals in mind! For every $1K we raise past the $12K goal, I have some additional items planned. For example, I’d love to be able to expand the 12-day devotional into a full 24 days, and to add lyrics in liner notes in the CDs. Should the Kickstarter stretch beyond those, I’d love to be able to offer some additional music I have in mind.