UTR: What are some of the excitements and anxieties involved in launching a Kickstarter campaign for your sophomore album?
Jen: The excitement comes from knowing what God already did with the first album and trusting Him again for this one in all the places we cannot see. I learned so much about Him through the first project – His faithfulness, His light, His power – and He used it to move our eyes off of ourselves and show us how much we need each other. I’m so excited to see what He has in store here… Who does He want to share it with? What will the songs become? How much deeper can we go with Him? Of course, I have anxieties, daily, about whether or not we are even good enough to be doing this work, but we just keep taking it one little brave step at a time.
UTR: Besides downloads and CDs, you also offer a few unique reward tiers. Can you share a couple?
Jen: I’m a sucker for a cool tee, and ours comes as a bundle with a physical CD, an Architect Album sticker, and a digital copy of the album at our $60 tier. But the really sweet thing about the merch that will come with any of our tiers, including the tee, is that the architecture image that will be in the logo is of under-construction, blue-print lines in a criss-crossing pattern, since those who contribute to the Kickstarter are helping us “do the building.” Down the road, our other merch will feature the already-constructed city skyline imagery… so these early pieces will always be exclusive to the Kickstarter community.
We’ve got a really cool tier at $100 that is called, “Coffee and Songs with Jen and Keith.” It includes a limited-edition, Architect Album mug and coffee (you choose a bag of beans from Jen’s favorite coffee truck, Open Door Coffee, in Genoa, Illinois). Then, Jen & Keith will schedule a 30-minute Facetime/Zoom coffee date with you. They’ll also perform a song off the album just for you. That tier also includes a physical CD, sticker, and pre-release of the digital album. Basically my favorite tier.