July 25, 2015
On April 5 I posted some sad news. Due to changes in management, we lost our chance to record at Sun Studio here in Memphis, TN. (sad face) We regrouped, went through a handful of plan B studio choices/dates, and eventually landed at Dockside Studios in Lafayette, LA. After some scheduling conflicts in July, we decided to shoot for the last weekend of August.
Unfortunately, these last few weeks have presented some unique challenges for our producer Jeff Powell that have made it very difficult to know for sure if he could remain committed to the project. Without being able to make headway fast enough considering the conditions and decisions that Jeff was faced with, and without knowing how that would affect our working relationship in the next few months, I’ve had to give Jeff leave of the project to let him concentrate on more pressing matters (sad face).
No studio. No producer. To compound the issue, I am now on a deadline. I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a worship leader position at a church in Wilmington, NC. We will be moving mid-September at the latest. Our plans were made before we lost Jeff, and our last scheduled dates for recording were set for the last weekend of August. Our heads are spinning. We have so much going on, so many things to do to get ready for a move, and so little time now to do it.
In the last hour, with the help of my friend John Tulley, I’ve come up with an new plan. We’re moving the project from Dockside Studios about 60 miles east to Baton Rouge, LA. We will be recording in a co-op music and arts space in Downtown Baton Rouge called The Legendary Noise Floor. Recording dates have basically remained the same, however this new option potentially gives us a lot more time to record, which is great.
Now that things are finally moving forward with greater speed, updates should be coming in a lot more frequently. I’m excited and I look forward to all of the good things ahead of us!
Thanks to everyone who stayed on me to keep them in the loop of what’s been going on. With all the frustration over planning and re-planning, it’s been great to know that folks are really eager to hear this record. I’m thankful for your continued support, and I can’t wait to finally make this happen!
July 25, 2015
I’m very happy to announce that “Be Kind”, a co-write between myself and singer/songwriter Brian Morykon recently covered by Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White for their first duet record “Hearts Like Ours”, has made it on the first ballot of the Dove Awards selections for “Worship Song of the Year”! This is the first time that any project I’ve been involved in has been considered for any sort of award. I couldn’t be more thrilled! The song first featured on Brian Morykon’s AMAZING debut record “The Smallest Seed”. Go check that out right now, right here!
I’m so happy for Brian and Joy Morykon, and I’m thankful to Mr. Ricky Skaggs, Mrs Sharon White, and the PR team at RS Entertainment for helping launch this song into the gospel music realm. Please go check out their phenomenal new record “Hearts Like Ours”, click here!
Voting is for GMA members only and the first ballot closes on August 4th. Final nominees will be announced on August 12th. We are sure to be among a list of many fantastic songs and songwriters, and I wish them all the best!
Brian Morykon web: http://www.morykon.com
Ricky Skaggs web: http://www.rickyskaggs.com
April 5, 2015
As you all know, nearly two months ago I closed on a fundraising campaign to make my next album and fulfill my dream to record at the legendary Sun Studio here in Memphis, TN. For reasons both logistical and creative, I chose a specific group of people to work with. Without going into too much detail, the decision to record at Sun was greatly influenced by the working relationships I have with certain members of this group. Throughout my campaign, Sun Studio actually became the theme for this project but it wasn’t until I knew I had the funds to make the record that I could begin to move scheduling plans along with the studio and my producer. Unfortunately, the timing could not have been worse. Something unforeseen has occurred.
In the last six weeks, the likelihood of making my record at Sun diminished from recording the whole album, to a partial recording, to finally this week learning that the window of opportunity for me to record ANYTHING at Sun Studio is almost definitely closed. After speaking with my producer Jeff Powell, we feel we’ve done everything we can to keep the “Sun” from setting, but alas THIS record will not be made at Sun Studio.
I am obviously very saddened by this news, and sorry to all of you who trusted the aim and scope of this project to meet it’s mark in a very specific way. It was out of my hands. I think it would have been a special experience for all those involved. I remain hopeful that I will get the chance to record at Sun Studio someday soon, but for now it’s high time this project find it’s feet and we think we’ve got some pretty amazing places in mind for them to land. One possibility is Dockside Studios way down in my neck of the woods just outside of Lafayette, LA. One of the great advantages of recording at Dockside, other than its beautiful amenities and laid back atmosphere, is the proximity to all my South Louisiana bandmates who won’t have too far to travel. Of course, should we decide to keep production here in Memphis we could always set up at the wonderful Ardent Studios or a handful of other great spaces around town. These are just some of our options moving forward. Phone calls are being made, and a decision will come within the month.
I owe it to you to let you know what’s happened, and I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to give you this update. I just wanted to be patient and make sure we gave every effort to fulfilling all our original goals. I think we have, and to be honest, I’m happy to just be moving forward, finally.
I can still promise you that this record will be every bit as good as it was always going to be, and I can’t wait to get started!
February 11, 2015
Its a cool clear 4 in the morning here in Memphis, TN. I haven’t been able to sleep, I’m so excited! Two hours ago, I watched the last few seconds spill out of the clock on my Indiegogo campaign. It’s done! With $8,365 in the bank, I am 167% funded and ready to make this record! It’s been an amazing 40 day journey. I am overwhelmed by the love and support you all have shown me. The campaign page right now says that there were only 77 funders, but that is not at all representative of the actual amount of folks who contributed. I wish I could name them all right here and thank you each individually. You just can’t know what this means to me, but I hope to express my appreciation soon when I join my bandmates at Sun Studio to crank out an AMAZING record!
The hard part for you is over. All I can ask you to do now is wait patiently while the difficult part for me is just beginning. In the next few months I will be fast at work putting this new budget to good use. I’ll first have to consult with my producer and musicians to arrange a set time for recording which is a lot harder than it sounds. Meantime, I’ll also be working on your contribution incentives so that everything will be ready in due time. The ball is rolling, and we’re about to move it to the edge of a very steep hill. Y’all ready?
There will be a lot more updates to follow in the very near future, I’m sure. Meantime, I’ve decided to keep the bootleg recordings from my private show in Baton Rouge last December up on my Bandcamp site. This live set features songs that will be on the next record, so enjoy it while you can, and share it with your friends and family! Click here!
February 9, 2015
It’s Sunday night, around 11:30PM. In just half an hour, I’ll only have one day left in this campaign! I need your help to finish strong. With only $105 until I’m 150% funded, I can’t pass on the opportunity to rally for one last goal before we wrap this whole thing up! If you haven’t been able to contribute until now or if you just want to pass the word along, please click HERE, or on the photo(s) below!
February 3, 2015
Occasionally we need a little more than we have in order to do the things we are built to do. I’m an artist who makes music. The culture of musical artists maintains that occasionally we make records. The industry of music maintains that making GREAT records will cost lots of money, and that if you’re not an artist in the industry you’re an artist on your own dime.
After 10 years in waiting to make only my second record, I’ve partnered with a group called Indiegogo which offers a platform for a service called crowd-funding. It’s a simple structure. For a small percentage on the dollar, it allows for folks with creative ideas to launch a fund-raising campaign to raise money via social networks and word-of-mouth. The individual sets a goal and is then given the option of a time-frame, in my case 40 days, to reach that goal before expiration. I started my crowd-funding journey on January 1st. I now have seven days before my campaign expires on Feb. 10.
Asking people for money is awkward, especially on a deadline. We all have some degree of an emotional connection to the money we make or the money we need. If you’ve been following me on any of my social networks, you know that I’ve been pretty relentlessly promoting my campaign. Out of desperation, I may have actually been a bit forward or pushy. For that, I sincerely apologize. I’ve learned unfortunate things about myself and my relationship with others concerning money in the past month, and I’m glad that I was finally entering into the last week of this process over the weekend.
On Sunday morning, however, at Highpoint Church where my family and I attend, my pastor gave a sermon on speaking with edifying words and how the tongue is either an instrument of death or life to those around us. Moved by the Spirit at the close of service that morning, my pastor Chris Conlee called me up in front of the church with him and proceeded to speak words of life into me by making a public acknowledgement of my campaign and not only encouraging me in it, but also encouraging our church family to lend their support to it. It was an overwhelming and at the same time a very uncomfortable experience. While definitely bolstering my confidence and faith and affirming Gods grace and providence over the project, it definitely wasn’t something I would have chosen for myself if someone were to ask me if I wanted it. I had to either except it for what it was, a blessing, or stand up there feeling like a big thief. It was hard to say much more than “wow” and “thank you”. I came home with my daughter’s diaper bag full of cash and checks totaling over $2300. When I told my wife, I think she stopped breathing for a few minutes. By that time I only needed $520 to reach my $5000 goal, which means I was overfunded that day by over $1800!
That’s, 141% FUNDED, with still 7 days left to go!
I am so grateful for my church family and ministers at Highpoint, a perfect place for imperfect people like me. A place that extends compassion without compromise. A place where love works. Thank you for blessing me! Click HERE to learn more about Highpoint Church in Memphis, TN. If you live in the Memphis area and are looking for a church, come visit us!!!
I want to thank ALL OF YOU who have contributed and supported me from day one! I love you all very much! We did it!!!
If you had planned on contributing, please don’t feel like you’ve missed your opportunity. My $5000 goal was based on a minimum expectation for cost, so having been overfunded is obviously a boon for me when projecting a final budget, especially when you consider other non-studio expenses I will have (e.g. Paying Indiegogo for hosting my campaign, your incentives, travel & accommodation cost for my musicians traveling from Louisisna). A little extra cash also provides us extended time in studio to record extra takes on songs, or to add more songs onto the record. All that said, as long as there is still an opportunity to contribute, or show your support by sharing my campaign, please do so, and THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Again, many thanks to all of you for your love and continued support. I can’t wait to make this record and to have the chance to share it with all of you!
January 30, 2015
With now only 11 DAYS REMAINING to fund my next record in 2015 at the legendary Sun Studio here in Memphis, TN, and with only $885 left to raise, here’s a quick message for those who are waiting to contribute at the last minute should my goal be met before expiration!
January 23, 2015
Hello everyone! I just wanted to share a campaign update with y’all. It’s been 20 days, and we’re halfway there! You all have managed to help my project reach its 50% mark right on time. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you so much!!! 24 people have made contributions totaling $2,250! That’s a contribution average of nearly 100 bucks. Amazing! Now it’s time to wrap this puppy up.
WE’VE GOT 19 DAYS TO RAISE AT LEAST $2,750 BEFORE THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN CLOSING DAY ON FEB 10!
We can do this! Help me get the word out on social networks, send an email to your brother, call your Mom! Let’s make a record!
January 2, 2015
Happy New Year!
On December 6th & 7th of 2014, I came down to Baton Rouge, LA to play a free private show for my hometown fans. I did it for three reasons:
1. To say thank you to the handful of artists and musicians who shared the stage with me for agreeing to help me make a record in 2015,
2. To let my hometown fans, friends, and family be the first to know that I am planning to make that record at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN and that a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com would be launching on Jan 1st, and …
3. To make a video for that campaign featuring footage of our rehearsal and performance
My campaign page launched yesterday and I couldn’t be more pleased. I wanted to share my campaign video/link here and say thanks to all the folks who made it possible. In the next 40 days I will need to raise at least $5000. Please take the time visit my campaign page and make a pledge to support my next record! I can’t do this without YOU!
TO VISIT MY CAMPAIGN PAGE CLICK HERE!
Special thanks to the following folks. Some of these names are hyperlinked. Do me a favor and check ’em out. Tell them I said hello! For your love and support, thank you:
Adam Walters w/ Contrast Films, Clay Parker, Ryan Harris, Ben Herrington, Paul Buller, Joel Paul Wilson, Melissa Wilson, Robert Kling, Jodi James, Micah Blouin, Rob Chidester, and last but certainly not least my beautiful wife Aimee Zachary
September 9, 2014
What a great three week run we had with the #myjacobzachary campaign on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It was interesting to see how productive a social networking campaign can be for a relatively unknown artist with no money, a smidgen of creativity, and limited knowledge and resources. I am grateful to all of you who clicked, liked, commented, and participated in my 40+ annoying posts.
So, what did the campaign accomplish? Well when you consider the process of elimination you must go through in order to make a final playlist for a record, you have to hope that it’s worth the pain of cutting out and measuring up songs you love for and against the inclusion of other songs you love. What makes it easier is knowing you’ve at least got that handful of songs that your fans love, and that’s what this campaign has been about: finding out what the hardcore from among my fan base consider to be my best songs. Those are the songs I most want to record, and those are the songs that will be exempt from elimination.
And the results are in…
# of different voters: 25
# of total votes: 46
# of song selections: 12
Of the 12 songs suggested for the upcoming record there were 4 that stood out among voters. Here are the songs that you have locked in for the next Jacob Zachary record:
1) Diesel Moon, Marlboro Sun (11 votes)
2) Centralia (8 votes)
3) Jennings, LA (6 votes)
4) No Word From Henry (6 votes)
(NOTE: all or some of the other 8 suggested songs may still feature on the next record)
Stay tuned for more recording news!