Awake, Arise & Sing – Steven Chaitman’s Debut Music Project

$10,397   raised
GOAL: $10,000

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My name is Steven Chaitman and I’m beyond excited to announce that after more than a decade of writing original Jewish music, I’ve embarked on my first professional recording project — Awake, Arise & Sing.

I want to tell you about me, my music and this project in hopes that you’ll support me in making this dream a reality! In fact, I’ve already taken the first steps (see my video!) and by contributing any amount, you’ll immediately receive downloads of the two songs in your confirmation email.

About Me

I’ve been leading Jewish music throughout the Chicago area for 15 years from camps to synagogues to preschools and various other Jewish organizations. Creating community through song and helping individuals of all ages to find moments of deep, meaningful connection to Judaism, themselves and the people around them continually draws me to this work. I hope that the songs I write will spark more of these moments for all who listen and all who use them in their own communities. (Learn more about me)

About the Music

I have been influenced by so many voices in Jewish music past and present, as well as secular artists of varying persuasions, most notably folk and pop/rock. So I don’t have any one style, which is why …

Awake, Arise & Sing will be a series of three EPs of 4-5 songs each. I am really excited about this format! 1) More total songs; 2) A better way to showcase a range of song styles; 3) It will offer a simpler, more intentional listening experience.

AWAKE. Songs that bring our attention to the gifts around us, that usher us from the ordinary to the holy.
ARISE. Songs that live in the space between thought and action, uncertainty and faith, yearning and prayer.
SING. Anthems of courage, belief and hope.

Each EP will have thematic and stylistic similarities while also feeling like steps in a larger progression of Jewish expression. They will also give listeners the option of being selective based on their mood, musical taste or whatever they need emotionally and spiritually in any given moment.

About the Production

I am working with the multi-talented and wonderful Packy Lundholm. In addition to producing, songwriting and playing weddings and gigs all over Chicago, Packy has become a staple musician in support of Chicago’s Jewish music scene.

I’m also excited to be bringing in talented friends whom I’ve worked with over the years, many from the Mishkan Chicago Davening Team, to lend their talents to this project. I did not get to this point alone, and I want Awake, Arise & Sing to reflect the voices and souls whose passion make music like this happen in communities all over the world.

Costs

My fundraising goal for this project is $10,000. About $5,000-6,000 will go to production, which includes the recording, mixing and mastering. The remaining funds will be needed to cover:

  • Additional studio musicians
  • Printing and distribution of CDs
  • Crowdfunding and other fees

Should I end up with more funds than I needed to complete the project, I’ll use that money to provide additional resources to make this music more accessible and available to others, including chord sheets and sheet music.

Release

As evidenced in my video, I have already invested in the creation of two of these tracks, “Ani Ma’amin” and “All Together (Hinei Mah Tov),” which I wish to immediately give you as a thank you for contributing to this project!

I’m also jumping back into the studio in March and April, in the midst of this campaign to begin recording the rest of the music. That’s my commitment level to making this happen, not to mention you’ll get the music you’re supporting sooner! No waiting and wondering what’s going on.

The EPs will be released one at a time within a 4-6 month time frame, and hard copies will be available as a single CD featuring all the songs.

A personal note

“Awake, awake!
Your light has come! Get up my light!
Arise, arise, and sing!
The Eternal’s glory dawns upon you.”

-Fifth verse of “L’cha Dodi,” a poem by Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz

Getting to this point was not straightforward. Awake, Arise & Sing is the latest milestone in a long journey of learning to believe in myself. For a long time I felt that if my music was meant to be heard and sung out in the wider Jewish world it would happen with hard work, carefully picking moments to share, and patience. I was only halfway right.

Devoting time, money, heart and soul to your creation, and proclaiming to your friends, family and anyone who will listen that you think that creation is worthy of an audience requires courage. It always felt safest to hold tight to these songs, but I feel, more than ever, the strength and courage to send them out into the world at their best.

Thank you for meeting me along my journey and for considering an investment in helping me get to the next stop along the way. I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without the love and support of so many people, and that’s never going to change. You’re simply the best, not to mention the fuel that keeps me going.

I look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with all of you. See you on the other side!

 

Thank You Section!
Video produced and directed by Scott Fairchild
Featuring: Packy Lundholm (bass, music production)
Yoni Sarason (drums)
Daniel Simantob (violin)
Lilli Flink (vocals)
R’ Lizzi Heydemann (vocals)
Liz Jones (vocals)
Recorded at Rax Trax Recording (Audio Engineer: Noam Wallenberg)

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2019-05-23
Sheila and Michael Small
$54
"Kol Hakavod Steven; we're proud to support you and your music!"
2019-05-02
Anonymous donor
"Thrilled for you and very excited to hear your EPs!!"
2019-04-23
Sandi and Elizabeth Lerner
$36
2019-04-23
Emily Dana
$18
"Thanks for making music that changes hearts and minds! Proud to be able to contribute to this project!"
2019-04-10
The Lustig Family
"Sorry we are late to the game but so excited for your new music!"
2019-04-09
Marci Dickman
$36
2019-04-09
Shira Berkowitz
2019-04-05
Anonymous donor
2019-04-05
Scout Bratt
2019-04-05
Mom and Dad
"You have always been a blessing to us. Now share your gift with others."
2019-04-05
Leslie and Rob Gordon
$180
"Your voice, music and yiddishkeit will provide future generations with much-needed solace and support. Mazal Tov for this project and all you do and give. Steven Chaitman!"
2019-04-04
Anonymous donor
2019-04-04
Anonymous donor
$36
"We cannot wait to hear the music and experience the effort, energy, and creativity that is going into this work of your heart."
2019-04-04
Jackie and Tom Stratford
2019-04-04
The Gaines Family
2019-04-03
Laurie Akers
$36
2019-04-03
Anonymous donor
$54
2019-04-02
Congregation BJBE - Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Cantor Jennifer Frost, Rabbi Jason Fenster, Cantor Rayna Green
$1000
2019-03-31
Etan & Kashmir
$50
2019-03-29
Susan Bleser
$36
"WTG Steven!"
2019-03-29
Rachel Ellison and Dylan Maysick
$36
"Go Steven!!!"
2019-03-29
Robbi Lustig and Joel Shayman
"We are happy to help support this. Cant wait to hear more!"
2019-03-29
Anonymous donor
2019-03-26
Anonymous donor
$20
2019-03-24
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2019-03-23
Michael Fruchter
$500
2019-03-22
Matthew Ellenwood
"Wishing you all the best on you debut CD. I look forward to hearing it!"
2019-03-22
Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
2019-03-21
Phil and Helen
"Mazel tov. We wish you only success and joy with your music."
2019-03-21
Susan Horowitz
2019-03-20
Congregation Beth Am
2019-03-19
The Prass Family
$54
"Thank you for continuing to share your musical ruach"
2019-03-19
Tracy Friend
2019-03-18
Anonymous donor
"Never stop chasing your dreams, cousin!"
2019-03-18
Deb Winter
"Beautiful concept!"
2019-03-18
Ross Peizer
$18
"Congrats Steven and Happy Birthday!"
2019-03-17
Anonymous donor
2019-03-17
Anonymous donor
$36
2019-03-17
Lori Dekalo
$100
"So proud of you Steven and very excited for all the good things to happen for you guys!"
2019-03-17
Rachel & Seva Rodnyansky
$36
"We are so excited to support your inspiring music! And can’t wait to listen :)"
2019-03-17
Jack & Barbara Levie
$54
"All the best luck."
2019-03-15
Judith Caplan
$36
"Good luck with this venture. Thanks for the joy your music brings."
2019-03-15
Anonymous donor
2019-03-15
Deborah and Robert Render
"Thank you for lifting our hearts and souls with your music. See you at Kahal!"
2019-03-14
Eliana
"Mazal tov, dear friend! I can't wait for you to bring this music into the world!"
2019-03-13
Paige and Megan GoldMarche
$36
"So proud of you and excited to hear the new music!"
2019-03-12
Anonymous donor
$250
2019-03-12
Anonymous donor
"The Rich Man's Alan Goodis, SO Excited"
2019-03-12
Aunt Beth, Uncle Cary, Eli and Avi
$118
"Proud of our nephew."
2019-03-11
Stacy and Joel Friedland
$180
"Steven- we are inspired by your passion and talent and thrilled to support this endeavor."
2019-03-10
Anonymous donor
2019-03-09
Grandma Amy
$25
"Lots of luck! I hope it's a big success!"
2019-03-09
Solly Kane
$36
2019-03-08
Rabbi Jay Weinsteinkeep
$100
"May the voice of Gd continue to be heard through your music. Amen."
2019-03-07
Joel and Linda Haase Cohen
2019-03-07
Jonathan Karsch
$54
2019-03-07
Liz Feldman
$54
2019-03-07
Anonymous donor
$18
"Go, Steven! Looking forward to hearing this!"
2019-03-07
Jane & Max
$36
"Can't wait to hear all the beautiful music!"
2019-03-07
Matt Rissien
$18
"Gotta support the future of the Jewish music scene!! See.....not all Jayhawks are bad :)"
2019-03-07
Susan and Marc Sacks
$1000
2019-03-07
Samantha Thal
$18
2019-03-07
Gabe Sehr
2019-03-06
Jay Rapoport
$36
"So excited for this!"
2019-03-05
Shira Lee and Dan Silver
2019-03-05
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-03-05
Sarah Moskowitz-Gordon and Zach Gordon
$36
"SO excited for you and can't wait to hear more of your amazing music!"
2019-03-05
Lilly Brandt
$100
"In honor of Steven's soulful leadership at Beth Emet's Kahal on Shabbat mornings!"
2019-03-05
Jan Kallish
2019-03-04
Yoni Silverman
2019-03-04
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-03-04
Liz DeShields
$72
2019-03-04
Anya and Elie
2019-03-04
Scott Issen
$100
"You make every Mishkan service even better and I'm excited to hear your new music!"
2019-03-04
maya
2019-03-04
Debbie Kaplan
$100
2019-03-04
Anonymous donor
"Beautiful accomplishment, Steven! Keep on rising! :)"
2019-03-04
Beth Reinstein
"Can't wait to hear it!!!"
2019-03-04
Emily W
$18
2019-03-04
Nicki Stratford
$36
2019-03-04
Anonymous donor
2019-03-04
Ezra Hilton and Orly Henry
$54
2019-03-04
Liz & Steve Schubiner
2019-03-04
Anonymous donor
2019-03-04
Liz Schrayer
2019-03-04
Andrea London
$360
"This is great, Steven! You are an amazing talent, and I’m so happy to work with you and support you."
2019-03-04
Susan Glickman
"Like the promo ! Good luck with project from Temple Beth Avodah, Newton MA"
2019-03-04
Judith Golden
$36
"Congrats on launching this project. It sounds very thoughtful and exciting. Can't wait to hear the results."
2019-03-04
Avi Garcia
$100
2019-03-03
Michael Moramarco & Mandy Watkins
$100
"Proud to support this beautiful endeavor, and cannot wait to hear the complete set! Yasher koach! Mazel tov, Steven!"
2019-03-03
Max and Allie Samis
$36
2019-03-03
Carla & Mark Frisch
"Have always loved you and your music. Happy to help one of your dreams come true!!"
2019-03-03
Sophie Rosenhouse
"Love you man"
2019-03-03
Sharol Brickman
"Looking forward to hearing the great new music!"
2019-03-03
Miryam and Moshe
$100
"Woohoo!!!"
2019-03-03
Shoshana and Eric Farbman
$18
"So proud of you, Steven! Can't wait to hear the music!"
2019-03-03
Lynn and Larry Glickman
$36
"Very best of luck Steven with this project. Keep up the good work!"
2019-03-03
Anonymous donor
2019-03-03
Michael Miller
$18
2019-03-03
Chava Mirel
$36
"So excited to hear your album!!"
2019-03-02
Henry Bernstein
$36
"Mazal Tov Steven! I'm so lucky I get to jam next to you almost every week! Love you brother!"
2019-03-02
Elie Zwiebel
$36
"I love this man as a brother. His musical talents are a huge part of my own Jewish identity soundtrack. So much mazel, Cheits."
2019-03-02
Marty
2019-03-02
Anonymous donor
2019-03-02
Liz Jones
$20
"Wishing you success with this project!!"
2019-03-01
Daniel Warshawsky
2019-03-01
Tova Markenson
$36
"Congratulations, Steven! Thank you for sharing your songs :)"
2019-03-01
Adam Rowe & Debbie Kaltman.
"Debbie & I have enjoyed your music and are geeked about the chance to hear your creations."
2019-03-01
Anonymous donor
"Love Steven's music and so excited to support this amazing project!"
2019-02-28
Anonymous donor
"We are inspired by your music and your willingness to share it with the world! We love you, Steven! Love, Shayna and Brandon"
2019-02-28
Strauss Family
2019-02-28
Cheryl & John Kaminski
"Mazel Tov on this accomplishment! We dedicate our donation to Grandpa Bernie who is looking at you with pride. May all your dreams come true. xxoo Aunt Cheryl & Uncle John"
2019-02-28
Anonymous donor
$20
2019-02-28
Lauren Henderson
"So proud of you and your tunes and musical leadership!!"
2019-02-28
Anonymous donor
$100
"We are so proud of you Steven and are so excited for your project!"
2019-02-28
Anonymous donor
$360
"We are so very proud of you Steven. Your musical creativity combined with your gifted voice and love of Judaism inspires us all. Can't wait to hear the final album! Love Mom and Dad Flink"
2019-02-28
Liz Jones
$36
"So thrilled to support you, Steven. Making music with you and the rest of D-team is one of the great joys of my life I am so excited to think of your music becoming an album that can bring this joy all around the world."
2019-02-28
Anonymous donor
2019-02-28
Ariella & Shore
$100
"WOOHOOO!! THE DAY (and weeks ahead) IS FINALLY HERE!!!! We are so excited and thrilled and elated and jewced and losing our minds that our favorite Jewish musician is putting himself and his music out into the world for all to hear. Through our friendship"
2019-02-27
Anonymous donor
$18
"Mazel Tov, Steven! So proud of you!!!"
2019-02-27
The Gelfond’s
"We could not be happier for you! You followed your heart and soul on this tremendous journey. We love you!"
2019-02-27
Sarit + Abe
$36
"So excited for you and grateful for your beautiful music!"
2019-02-27
Logan and Ben Gerber
"We're honored to contribute, Steven. Plus, we added a little extra because Logan never bought your EP in high school."
2019-02-27
Joseph, Mari, and Rafi Altshuler
"GO STEVEN!"
2019-02-27
Beth and Joel
$254
"May your music continue to inspire...."
2019-02-27
Ben & Katie
2019-02-27
Josh Flink
$18
2019-02-27
The Gallagher Family
2019-02-26
Ariel Platt and Lilli Flink
"So impressed by this project and your conviction, Steven, and SO EXCITED to hear more amazing music!!! Mazal Tov!"

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Awake, Arise & Sing – Steven Chaitman’s Debut Music Project

$10,397   raised
GOAL: $10,000

131

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Steven Chaitman
IL, USA

I've been leading Jewish music throughout the Chicago area for 15 years. I've worked with more than two dozen camps, synagogues, preschools and other Jewish organizations as a cantorial soloist, accompanist, music teacher and more. Creating community through song and helping individuals of all ages to find moments of deep, meaningful connection to Judaism, themselves and the people around them continually draws me to this work. I grew up in Deerfield and now live in the city with my wife, Mollie. You can find me most weekends with Mishkan Chicago or at Beth Emet in Evanston.

  • Awake, Arise & Sing!
    18 claimed

    You inspire me to keep me going! As a thank you for your Chai-level contribution, you'll receive digital downloads of all three EPs including two songs instantly upon contributing.

  • Be an AA&S Believer!
    45 claimed

    For your Double Chai support, you'll receive digital downloads of all three EPs as they are released (including two songs instantly). In addition, you will receive a physical CD album version with a handwritten thank you note (an exceptional value, given that I'm often complimented on my thank you note skills and handwriting)!

  • Be an AA&S Insider!
    14 claimed

    Receive special insider updates throughout the recording and production process and hear AWAKE, ARISE & SING before anyone else! You'll receive digital downloads of all three EPs in advance of their official release (including two songs instantly), plus the physical CD album version with a handwritten thank you note!

  • Be an AA&S Champion!
    16 claimed

    Your support is a major pillar of this project! In addition to all the benefits of an Insider, you'll receive a thank you/shoutout in the liner notes of the physical CD album version as well as on the AA&S section of my website. This can be in your name, or in honor or memory of someone special.

  • Be an AA&S *VIP* Champion!
    3 claimed

    As a VIP Champion of this project, in addition to a thank you in the liner notes and online, I'd love the opportunity to thank you in person! You and a guest will be invited to a special reception connected to the release party/concert of one of the EPs. These events will take place in the Chicago area and there will be at least one in the suburbs and one in the city.

  • Be an AA&S Sponsor!
    2 claimed out of 14 available

    Your contribution brings an entire song to life! As a Sponsor, you get all the VIP Champion benefits, but we also get to work together to identify the song you'd like to sponsor. Individuals, groups and organizations can all be sponsors! Your name, or the name of a special person or organization you'd like to honor, will appear prominently in the liner notes, as well as on my website and wherever else the song is promoted.

  • Be an AA&S Advocate!
    2 claimed out of 3 available

    Not only are you making this recording possible, but you want to bring its spirit (and me!) to your community. I can lead a Havdallah and house concert in your home, come to your synagogue to lead a service, perform at your school or design a music experience for your organization. (There may be additional expenses if travel outside the greater Chicago area is required or if other musicians are requested.) You will also receive everything at the VIP Champion level.

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