Welcome

Hello! Thanks for your interest in The Sweet Goodbyes. After a couple years in the making, our duo is finally ready to share our songs with the world! In fact, we recently released our DEBUT ALBUM! Be sure to check back here often for news, videos and updates to our show calendar - including official CD release shows. For now, find us on Facebook or at an upcoming show...or enjoy a few videos of our live performances on our youtube channel. If you are interested in booking The Sweet Goodbyes, please contact us here. Thanks so much for your support! 

Happy 1 year Kickstart to us!  

It's hard to believe that we are coming up on ONE YEAR since we launched our Kickstarter Campaign to fund our debut album. Our Facebook flashbacks keep reminding us of those long and glorious days in the studio last Spring and lucky for us, these two songwriters are still smitten with the baby we created together.

After a fairly quiet Winter focusing on our families and work, we are ready to get back into performance mode. We will be adding more Spring/Summer shows as they get confirmed - so be sure to check out our upcoming SHOWS frequently. 

IT's HERE!!!! 

Our self-titled debut album has arrived!!!

If you backed our Kickstarter Campaign or Pre-ordered an album, you should expect to receive your hard copy and/or digital download by next week! AND, if you want to get in on the action, you can order our album through CD Baby or pick it up at an upcoming show. Hope to see you soon. Thanks so much for your support!

amber and lisa

busy busy busy 

Hey friends! Just a quick update to let you know that we have been busy finishing up recording in the studio - as of last week we are official DONE with the recording part of this project and we couldn't be happier! Michael Connolly at Empty Sea Studios did a fantastic job recording and co-producing this album. Now, he's busy mixing the tracks so that we can send it all off to mastering and duplication by mid-June! Meanwhile, we are also hustling getting our Kickstarter incentives together and rehearsing for summer release shows. Lastly, if you missed out on pre-ordering our album - you will have an opportunity shortly through our website to be one of the first to get it - check back often! Happy June! 

 

WE DID IT!!!  

WOW. Just wow. 

Words cannot describe the feelings we have right now. We JUST hit our initial Kickstarter Goal!!!! This means, all of our minimum costs for this project are being FULLY FUNDED by YOU!!! No matter what happens from now until May 10th at 10am...this project is funded and you get your rewards and we get to deliver this album to you in JULY! Thank you thank YOU! In just 25 days, our community came together to pledge $7000 towards our debut album. We are bursting at the seams with gratitude. Seriously, what a great way to head into our last full weekend of recording in the studio. 

So what do we do now? 

Well, we still have 5 days to keep pushing - if you haven't made a pledge or if you'd like to up your current pledge, there's still time. If you haven't shared our campaign far and wide, please do. Or heck, share it again and again! We have some STRETCH GOALS and would LOVE to give this project as much love as possible. 

STRETCH GOAL #1: $8,500 – PUBLICITY, RADIO PROMOTION 

These days it takes a little more than writing a good song, singing beautiful harmonies or being charming on stage to be heard. In order to really spread the music far and wide, you need to have a good PR campaign or risk having the album just sit in boxes in your basement. If we raise $8,500 or more in 30 days, we will be able to pay for a modest PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, including PRESS, RADIO, and INTERNET PROMOTION. This will give the album a much better chance of getting reviews and airplay and being heard by a wider audience. 

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $10,000 – REGIONAL TOURING + MERCHANDISE (+ BONUS REWARD for ALL BACKERS) 

The Sweet Goodbyes would love to take this album on the road for some short regional tours in 2017. We have our instruments, our songs, interested venues and a vehicle but what we don't necessarily have is a whole lot of time and money or MERCHANDISE. Amber and Lisa are both self-employed (music teacher + mental health therapist) and also have families to support so it is important for us to do this thing we love but also not have it become too much of a burden on our families. Being gone for shows can be challenging enough as we juggle work and family schedules (not to mention cancelling a week's worth of music lessons or counseling appointments can put a serious dent in the monthly paycheck)..so, we are establishing STRETCH GOAL #2 at $10,000 to help get us ON THE ROAD and to help pay for some MERCHANDISE to have available at our shows. Who wouldn't love a SWEET GOODBYES bumper sticker, poster or T-shirt?!?!? 

If we reach STRETCH GOAL #2 not only will you have a better chance of catching us play a live show near you and pick up some sweet merchandise, but ALL Kickstart Backers will receive an EXCLUSIVE REWARD of a BONUS song recorded in studio (but that we didn't have room for on the CD)!!!! 

Whatcha think? Can you help us push through to the next level?? Let's do it!

What an amazing SHOW of generosity! 

Our fundraising show last Saturday at the Bellingham Center for Spiritual Living was a total success! We had a great crowd who generously donated over $1200 towards our Kickstarter Campaign. What a boost! We are overflowing with gratitude for everyone who is helping us make this dream come true. With just 6 days left in our campaign we are 91% funded....CHECK IT OUT! We feel very confident that we can reach our initial fundraising goal - and we are envisioning hitting one of our STRETCH GOALS too! Can you help us with this final push? Please share away and pre-order our album by making a pledge if you haven't done so already. Thank you!                             

10 days left!!!! Only $2700 to go!  

We are blown away by the support we are receiving for our Kickstarter Campaign. We have $4300 in pledges and just 10 days left to raise the remaining $2700 to meet our minimum. Remember, this is an all or nothing thing. If we don't meet our goal - we don't get any of the pledges. This means, your credit card will NOT be charged until May 10th at 10am (assuming we meet our minimum goal of $7000). Please continue to share widely and if you have the means, give us a pledge? Thanks so much! Visit our Kickstarter Campaign HERE. In other news, we are heading back into the studio tomorrow for our 3rd recording day as we chip away at laying down the tracks for our album! 

We are 1/4 of the way there!!!  

Wow! We are blown away by all of the support we have received so far on our Kickstarter Campaign! Thank you for all the sharing and the pledging! We are 1/4 of the way into our Kickstarter Campaign and we are now 25% funded!!! We have raised just over $1700 so far!

We are visualizing the momentum building and would love to see our campaign hit the half-way mark by the end of this week. Will you help us reach $3500? If you haven't pledged yet-do our stress levels a favor, and make that pledge now? No need to wait for pay day - remember, your card won't be charged until May 10th (as long as we reach our $7000 goal). Visit our Kickstarter Campaign HERE

WE ARE LIVE! Kickstart Campaign Launched TODAY!!! 

We have been busy busy busy and so proud to officially launch our
Kickstarter Campaign TODAY! We have just 30 days to meet our fundraising goals so WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please consider donating what you can to help us record and release our upcoming album...and PLEASE SHARE OUR CAMPAIGN  with your friends and family! We won't be able to do this without you. Thank you so much!!


 

First weekend in the studio - COMPLETE! 

Hello friends! We are still buzzing after having just spent a very productive weekend at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA. The tracks we are laying down are amazing and we couldn't be happier with the quality of production that our talented engineer Michael Connolly is helping us deliver. We cannot wait for you all to hear it!

We want to thank all of our early donors who made it possible for us to get this project off the ground before our Kickstarter Campaign begins. We wouldn't have been able to start recording without your help. Because of you, we raised over $2000 to cover 4.5 days in the studio! We currently have 6 days total set aside to finish up the recording end of the project. So, we are hoping to round up a few more studio day donors to help us cover the cost of the last couple days we have scheduled over the next month....we ONLY need $750 more to do this!!! 
Can you help sponsor one of our last days in the studio? More info here:

https://thesweetgoodbyes.com/home/blog/sponsor-a-day-in-the-studio

And, if you're curious about what happens at an Empty Sea Studios sleepover - check it out: 

Sponsor a Day in the Studio! 

Hello friends, family and fellow music lovers! 
After two years of creating, crafting and performing our music, The Sweet Goodbyes (that's us!!) are excited to head into the studio on March 25th, 2017 to begin recording our first full-length album.  We are proud of the songs we've written and produced together and feel that what we have to share is important. Our music is about authentic human experience and our celebrated connection to the earth and each other.  We believe this message is needed in our current cultural and political climate and WE NEED HELP getting our music and our message out into the world. This is where YOU come in. 

The Details: 
We are thrilled to be recording with the talented Michael Connolly at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA (http://www.emptysea.com/recording/studio-recording/). Not only does Michael have an impeccable ear for acoustic recordings, he is also an amazing multi-instrumentalist who will be able to tastefully embellish our songs. 

A day at Empty Sea Studios will cost us $500. To give you and idea of what that buys us...8 hours in the studio gives us enough recording time to lay out the tracks for 2-3 songs (without any extra instrumentation). Our goal is to lock down 5 days in the studio to record the basic tracks for our entire album. The cost for 5 days of recording will be approximately $2500.  We are hopeful that we can find 10 people who would like to buy us a HALF-DAY in the studio (for $250) or 5 donors who would like to buy us ONE WHOLE DAY in the studio for $500. And heck, we're not opposed to finding donors who might want to donate more than a day either...will you be one of our Studio Day Donors? 

**All of our Studio Day Donors will have the option to be included in our album liner notes and of course will also be the first to receive a copy of our album before it is officially released.** 

Looking forward: 
The donations collected during this initial fundraising campaign will go directly to our first 5 studio sessions. Any excess donations will go towards mixing and mastering the album. In April, we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign to secure the remaining funds needed to mix, master and produce the actual CD. Our plan is to release our album by August 1st, 2017. 

We recognize that this is a big ask and understand that not everyone's financial circumstances allow them to make such a generous contribution to a project like this. We are so very grateful for your consideration.  If you are able and interested in becoming a Studio Day Donor (any amount), please email Amber and Lisa at: thesweetgoodbyes@gmail.com so that we can set up your donation. Thank you so much for your support! 

Sincerely, 

Amber Darland and Lisa Harmon 
The Sweet Goodbyes

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The Sweet Goodbyes on the RADIO!!!

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KSVU/KSVR, Mount Vernon

Tune in for The Sweet Goodbyes debut radio show! We'll be joining Gregory Sweet (yes, his last name is actually Sweet!) for the Afternoon Mix on Friday afternoon. We'll be chatting and playing a few songs ON AIR around 3:15 for about 25 mins. You can stream us live at http://www.ksvr.org/

Album Preview and Kickstarter Concert!

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Bellingham Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Road, Bellingham, WA

The Sweet Goodbyes are on a mission to release their Debut Album this summer and they need to raise $7000 by May 10th in order to do it! Join us for a special evening of music featuring many of the songs from our upcoming album and help us reach our fundraising goal!

Come prepared to feel all the feelings, pre-order the CD or make a donation directly towards Amber and Lisa's Kickstarter Campaign. Just say YES to supporting independent music!

*Doors at 7pm. Music at 7:30pm.

*$10-$20 suggested donation at the door. Nobody will be turned away.

Visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thesweetgoodbyes/the-sweet-goodbyes-debut-album for more information about our Kickstarter Campaign, ending May 10th.

The Sweet Goodbyes

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Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham

Come support The Bellingham Farmer's Market as they try on a new Thursday evening market. Amber (half of The Sweet Goodbyes) will be playing a solo set from 4:30-5:15. Then Lisa will join and The Sweet Goodbyes will be entertaining market goers until 6:30pm. Be there!

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