I’m recording my new album WILD HEART to celebrate and spread my music and I need your support.
Your support will help produce a professional quality recording in order to celebrate and spread my music and my message through live performance and digital distribution.
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1415 10th St. Oakland, CA 94607
the time is always now
Life is short. Yesterday is over and tomorrow never comes.
Today is when things get done. Now is my time. My music is about self-realization.
It is a tenacious commitment to the deepest part of my self - the creative power that drives me from exhale to inhale. I wish that I had been able to recognize this years ago.
My music is important because it is healing.
It comes through and heals me and then it reaches out and breaks your heart wide open. My intention is to be vulnerable and raw so that you, my audience, can access that in yourself.
It’s an ache that reminds us we are alive in this precious human form –
life lessons and vision
My father, Johnny Mayer (founder of bluesforpeace.com), was a skilled blues and jazz guitarist and instilled in me the love of music. In the last three years he has fallen into the grip of early onset dementia and blindness. Often he can not understand my progress as a musician and the way that his passion has influenced me. Just as there is no way to slow his illness, there is no way for me to speed up my creative process. Never the less, his dementia has made my passion for making music more urgent.
After years of self-examination, I am now dedicated to creative expression as a full-time pursuit.
My dad is still alive and even though he is very ill, I know that he can still listen to my music and resonate with the groove and melody, and on some level take pride in my accomplishments, whether or not he understands who created it.
It takes a tribe of 1000 true fans to sustain a music career.
There is an emerging middle class of musicians who are finding ways to create sustainable careers outside the corporate mainstream entertainment industry. We are doing this with the help of the amazing internet technology and strong grass-roots community building.
With your help, that is within my reach – and it drives me to keep creating music that swells from the depths of my soul and resonates with you.
Set my Wild Heart free.
This album is going to be recorded in San Francisco and produced by Jordan Feinstein, an incredible keyboard player and dynamic musical talent. We are hiring some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians to play on it. We will be renting time in a professional studio and hiring pro engineers to mix and master.
We will be doing this without the support of a record label or any other corporate entity.
You, my friends, family, fans and followers will become the fuel for music that you care about. Not music that is shoved at you over the radio airwaves. The money raised will fund musical production, recording, engineering, mixing, mastering, printing, artwork, merchandise, promotional booking, touring and marketing.
With the release of this recording, I aim to play as much live music as humanly possible – because I believe that as grand as the recording is going to be, it will never be a substitute for the energy and community created in gathering for a live performance. This past year I have played with my band Yonat & Her Muse at some of the best venues in the San Francisco Bay Area and I have earned the respect & support of the music community. Check out this interview of me published in the San Francisco Chronicle.
If you are touched by my message or by my music, please be a part of this process with me. Your support is a way to make a statement that you are willing to take a chance to be raw once in a while too. You are open to connecting with others in joy and pain. You have a Wild Heart and want to
join the tribe of people who are setting hearts free!
contribute and get incentives:
You will have my whole wild-hearted thanks, a celebratory high five and I'll throw in a digital version of the album "Wild Heart" before the official release date. Also, you’ll get to be a part of the whole production process with exclusive backer updates from the studio and behind the scenes.
Album Download & Artwork
The digital album art, photos and song lyrics that come with the recordings along with my sincerest gratitude and of course the digital download of the album WILD HEART.
Wild Heart on CD
You will have a hard copy of the CD as well as album art, photos and song lyrics that come with the recordings along with my sincerest gratitude and of course the digital download of the album as well.
Digital Music Package +
FREE YOGA CLASS
All previous rewards as well as a digital package of ALL of my previously recorded material with never previously release package of all song lyrics (even the one that is no longer being sold!) which includes 3 full-length albums: Live in Milwaukee (2006), City of Longing (2009) & Hineni (2011). You will also get one free yoga class at a prominent studio in the Bay Area! (Limited to 25. Offer ends January 5th.)
Pre-Release Listening Party
All previous rewards as well as an exclusive invitation to the pre-release listening party held in the Bay Area and other cities upon demand.
All previous rewards as well as 2 guest list spots to the Wild Heart Release Party held in the Bay Area and other cities upon demand.
Yonat & Her Muse Tribal Wear
All previous rewards as well as a personalized, handwritten Thank-You note and custom-made Yonat & Her Muse T-Shirt.
Group Voice Workshop
All previous rewards as well as join me for a group voice workshop (in-person or remotely). Not a singer? Don’t worry, this two hour workshop is great for non-musicians and musicians alike. I create an unintimidating environment that is a cross between a meditation class and a voice class. You might like it so much, you’ll be back for more!
Wild Heart on VINYL
Yes, you will have it all - the digital tracks, a personal note, custom T-Shirt, live show… but nothing will compare to the complete sensory experience of "Wild Heart" where real SOUL is always found - on your turntable!
All previous rewards and you will also get to contribute your own artistic expression to the project. Visual art, photography, poetry, jewelry, singing or whatever your special talent is, we will find a way to incorporate your work into the grand scheme.
All previous rewards as well as your choice of a two hour bodywork session or a private voice or yoga class (these can be done remotely). I have been practicing massage and voice and teaching yoga for many years and will tailor this to your needs.
Custom Written Song
All previous rewards as well as a song written just for you including a pre-song consult as to what subject and style of song would most resonate with your present life. (Not to be used for commercial purposes.)
Private Concert &
All previous rewards as well as a private concert for you & your guests or your charity of choice. At the same time, you will be gifted a personalized plaque thanking you for supporting this project. I would love to make this a live show with the full band however, you will be responsible for travel costs so limitations of distance may make a solo or duo show more feasible. Keep in mind the option of live web-concert as a great option.
Business Collaboration & Vision
All previous rewards as well as I would like to offer 10 hours of my time and any of my skills to support you personally, professionally or spiritually. We will talk individually about how to create a fruitful collaboration. Thank you!!
Hearing Yonat & Her Muse play eclectic and groovy folk-soul songs will break your heart wide open.
Yonat Mayer, the band's front woman, songwriter and singer has been crafting songs for over a decade and performing as a solo artist. Her songwriting is reminiscent of Norah Jones meets Feist meets Lauryn Hill. She has released 2 full length albums independently on CD Baby.
Yonat is currently performing at Bay Area venues and quickly gaining popularity. She is recording her debut album and hit single "Wild Hearts" to be released in the Spring of 2013.