Praise the Eternal! Original Jewish Music from Tracy Friend and Kyra Goldman

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GOAL: $15,000

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Welcome!

We are Tracy Friend and Kyra Goldman, and we are excited to share with you our plans for a new, collaborative album of original Jewish music.  But before we tell you about our project, we’d like to introduce ourselves.

Tracy Friend is a Jewish singer/songwriter and worship leader who began composing at summer camp in the 1970s, where she experienced alternative forms of worship and discovered the power of expressing prayer through music.  Whether writing original melodies for ancient prayers or modern interpretations of biblical text, Tracy tries to connect the rich history of the words and stories to the world of today.  She has written a variety of music over the years, including recording 3 CDs of original Jewish music and composing the score for “Love in the Catskills,” a Jewish musical comedy produced in the Chicago area in 1999.

Kyra Goldman has been performing her original songs internationally since she was a teenager, and is now a new face in Jewish music. She started her career in the gospel music genre playing hundreds of concerts across the US and internationally. A mid-tour trip to Israel in 2015 changed the direction of her life and music. “I always knew I had Jewish ancestry and felt it in my heart, but up until then I had no expression of it in my life,” she said. “In Israel I had such a strong feeling like I had been there before, that I was with my people and that I belonged to them.” She was intrigued by the feeling and decided to explore her identity at an Atlanta-area synagogue, which ultimately led her to conversion to Judaism.

The Project!

We met in 2018 at a Jewish Songwriting Cooperative retreat (run by the magnificent Sue Horowitz) and began collaborating shortly thereafter.  The culmination of our work is Praise the Eternal!, a collaboration of 12 original songs for Jewish worship (two of which were co-written by Cantor Rosalie Will, Director of Worship and Music at the Union for Reform Judaism).  We are in the process of recording these songs, and would love your help and participation in making Jewish music happen!

Recording an album includes many cost components, including studio time, musicians, mixing, mastering, duplication, distribution, travel, postage, sheet music, photography, graphic design, and other miscellaneous expenses.  We are doing as much as we can on our own (e.g. recording vocal tracks from home), but still expect to incur around $1,500 per song for a quality product that can be used by the broader Jewish community and that we can be proud of sharing with all of you.

Whether you donate a little or a lot, we sincerely appreciate your love, your support and your encouragement (and you get some fun perks as well)!

Thank you!

Tracy and Kyra

 

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2024-02-21
The Fox Family
$36
2022-04-10
Anonymous donor
2022-03-10
Anonymous donor
2022-03-05
Susan Shane-Linder
$18
"Good luck!"
2022-03-03
Bonnie Koss and Deb Lyman
$36
2022-03-02
David Rothberg
$36
2022-03-01
Laura Copel
"In honor of Tracy's birthday (a day late). So excited for you Kyra and Tracy!"
2022-02-28
Rochelle Potak
$36
2022-02-24
Congregation BJBE
2022-02-21
Susan Glickman
"Sweet collaboration. Glad to pitch in!"
2022-02-18
Susie & Michael M. Lorge
$36
"Your dedication to Jewish music and community building is deeply appreciated."
2022-02-15
Rosalie Will
$36
"So excited!"
2022-02-13
Anonymous donor
$18
2022-02-13
Anonymous donor
2022-02-13
Billy Kaplan
$36
2022-02-13
Alden Solovy
"Looking forward to hearing your creations!"
2022-02-12
Lisa & Louis Wilson
"Wishing you success on this project!"
2022-02-11
Rabbi Karyn Kedar
2022-02-11
Frazin family
$180
2022-02-09
Sandee Holleb
$36
"Wishing you both success in this endeavor!!"
2022-02-06
Angie Friedman
"Can't wait!!!"
2022-02-03
Julie Schreiber
$180
"You guys rock"
2022-02-03
Anonymous donor
2022-02-01
Nancy Cohen
"With much love to the beautiful voice and person on the other side of the wall!"
2022-02-01
Rebekah Mirsky-Price
$18
2022-02-01
Shimon Smith
$36
"Really excited about this project and for both of you!!! Can't wait."
2022-01-31
Cantor Ross Wolman
$180
"We can't wait to hear the new tunes!"
2022-01-31
Ben Pagliaro
$18
"I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got cookin’"
2022-01-31
Anonymous donor
2022-01-28
Laura Deutsch
$18
2022-01-27
Bob Emerman
$36
2022-01-27
Laura Logan
$36
"Happy to contribute to this marvelous musical endeavour! Shir Hallelujah! (h/t to Sue Horowitz)"
2022-01-27
Anonymous donor
$360
2022-01-25
Anonymous donor
2022-01-25
In honor of Kyra Goldman
"Congratulations on your musical success!! Mazel Tov!! We are so proud of you!"
2022-01-24
ITV
$36
2022-01-24
Susan S. of HaNefesh OC
"Looking forward to your album."
2022-01-24
Anonymous donor
2022-01-23
Anonymous donor
2022-01-23
BEVERLY FRIEND
$3600
2022-01-23
Anonymous donor
$18
2022-01-22
Anonymous donor
$18
2022-01-22
Anonymous donor
$180
"Happy to support your project. Looking forward to the finished product!"

Praise the Eternal! Original Jewish Music from Tracy Friend and Kyra Goldman

$10,806   raised
GOAL: $15,000

43

 Donors

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Learn more about Tracy and Kyra at the following links: www.kyragoldman.com www.tracyfriendmusic.com

  • Music Fan!
    12 claimed

    Music Fans receive a full album download.

  • Superfan!
    20 claimed

    Superfans receive a full album download and a physical CD of all the music, autographed by both Kyra and Tracy.

  • Chai Rider!
    5 claimed

    Chai Riders receive an album download, 3 autographed CDs and a cute little magnet thanking you for making Jewish music happen.

  • Honorable Mensch!
    2 claimed

    Honorable Mensches receive Producer credit in the liner note as well as an album download, 3 autographed CDs and a cute little magnet thanking you for making Jewish music happen.

  • Music Maven!
    1 claimed

    Music Mavens receive a 1-hour virtual concert with EITHER Kyra or Tracy (at a mutually agreed-upon time) as well as Producer credit, an album download, 5 autographed CDs and a cute little magnet thanking you for making Jewish music happen.

  • Executive Producer!
    0 claimed

    Executive Producers receive a 1-hour virtual concert with BOTH Kyra or Tracy (at a mutually agreed-upon time) and Executive Producer credit in the liner notes, an album download, 5 autographed CDs and a cute little magnet thanking you for making Jewish music happen.

  • Organizational Sponsorship
    1 claimed

    Organizational Sponsorship includes having your (tasteful) logo on the back of the CD plus 10 autographed CDs for your organization.

  • Star Sponsor!
    1 claimed

    Star Sponsors receive an in-person concert with Tracy and Kyra (post-pandemic) at a location within 100 miles of Chicago, as well as Executive Producer credit in the liner notes, an album download, 10 autographed CDs and a cute little magnet thanking you for making Jewish music happen.

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