A MUSICAL ADVENTURE UNITING A FAMILY OF MUSICIANS
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The Roots Project – A Musical Family Affair

The Roots Project was a long time coming, a collaboration well overdue for this musical family of 4 musicians from Prince Edward Island, Canada, who are now joining forces in the creation of music while inviting all of you to get on board with them and help raise the funds needed to produce, record and release the full length album.

 

Revised Project Plan and Budget Alert

We have made quite a few changes to The Roots Project album plan in the last few months in order to respect the new budget and still meet our goal of releasing a full-length album this summer.


New budget $16 000

Already more than 75% raised!

One of the changes was the substantial reduction of studio time (Ah the crazy 5-day sprint to record 12 songs last November!). We have also taken out the promotional budget amongst other squeezing here and there.

Playing and performing music has been a tradition in our family for generations, and in order to pay tribute to our roots, while spending some wonderful, quality time together, we wanted to come together and do what we love the most – and what better way to remember these cherished moments, as well as share them with our music loving friends, than to eternalize it all, on an album. Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, we are almost at the finish line!

Making an album is not an easy task. We have spent countless hours writing new songs, deciding on instrumentation, arrangements, tempos, keys, and that’s just the first half of it. After choosing a final song list, we ended up with 12 songs, which we have recorded with the help of engineer Jean-Pascal Comeau, and bass player Rémi Arsenault, in November at Le Centre Goéland in beautiful Mont-Carmel, Prince Edward Island.

As proud Acadians from Prince Edward Island, we have been asked many times if there will be French songs on the album, to which I answer: “Il y aura des chansons en anglais, ET en français, pi aussi quelques tounes de violon bien sure! Un vrai pot-pourri!

We are excited to be in the final stages of the album making process if all goes well, we should be sending out our CD order end of May.

If you have not yet secured your physical album copy and would like one, you must do so on the website before May 24th. After that, only digital copies will be available. We are so grateful to all of you who have helped us get this far. We thank-you for your kindness, for your patience, and hope to share our music with you this summer!


NO MORE CDs AFTER MAY 24th

Reserve your copy now by contributing a minimum of $25 to the project.

View the news update video for song excerpts.

 

 

Who is The Roots Project?

The Roots Project invites these 4 individuals to come together and blend not only their talents, but also their different musical influences, as they all have their own stylistic approach. It shall be an interesting combination of ingredients gently placed into the mix, that will no doubt translate into something tasty and new.

ANGIE ARSENAULT

Profession: Singer songwriter, producer & voice teacher
Musical Style: Rock & industrial pop
Instruments: Lead vocals, piano and electronic programming

Angie, the first born, is no stranger to the music scene, nor to the crowd funding approach to music making. She has successfully completed 2 projects recording her 2 first albums “Once Upon A Dream” (gothic-pop-rock) and “Shadow Revelations” (electro-industrial-pop). She is a singer-songwriter, piano player, composer and producer who loves to surprise her audience with concept performances… even playing percussion parts… with water!

JONATHAN ARSENAULT

Profession: Youth Camp Animator at Le Village Des Sources
Musical Style: Traditional, bluegrass, country and rock
Instruments: Guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals, bass, jews harp,…

Jonathan, the baby of the family, is a jester of modern times. Always clowning around, you wonder how his music could be taken seriously… until you hear him play. He started off playing the violin like his mom, but ended up settling on acoustic guitar along with… whatever instrument is at his disposal. He has accompanied Mother Hen on many occasions, bringing the house down before a crowd of thousands of spectators. He is your favourite house party jammer who will make you laugh, and then make you cry with envy. Yep, we have put the baby on a pedestal yet again.

MELISSA ARSENAULT

Profession: Home maker, student
Musical Style: Alternative, pop and rock
Instruments: Vocal harmonies, percussion, keyboards

Melissa, the middle child, made her first appearances on stage accompanying her older sister, either stepdancing her way into the crowds hearts, or singing back up harmonies at the tender age of 8. She may seem shy at first glance, but don’t be mistaken by the initial softness in her sweet voice… because it can get quite loud! When the coast is clear, she plays “People are Strange” by the Doors on her mom’s piano. She thinks no one is listening…

LOUISE ARSENAULT

Profession: Professional musician (Barachois, Gadelle)
Musical Style: Traditional Acadian, folk & Irish
Instruments: Fiddle, guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica

Louise, the mother hen, has had a long and impressive career in music, playing the fiddle in traditional/folk settings all over the world. Her part in the group “Barachois” is a highlight to her long list of projects, taking her to all 4 corners of the planet with her vibrant and energetic fiddle playing and feet stomping. If you carefully witness her fiddle playing in action, you may see the smoke rising from her bow.

What is the goal of this project?

Record The Roots Project album, one that will make you, and maybe even our ancestors, proud, and in a style of music that includes a blend from all members of the group with each of our individual personalities, music backgrounds, and influences of styles such as: old country & folk, classic rock, alternative rock and a touch of experimental and pop sounds…

The album will be a melting pot of sorts and sounds mixing in sugar and spice and everything we find nice. The final blend is yet to be uncovered, but for now, we could call it a folk crossover.

How will this project see the light of day?

With your big, beautiful, open and generous heart of course…. Oh, and your cash too.
This project’s success depends not only on the dedication and hard work from the 4 members of this musical family, but also on the help of friends, other family members, and friends and followers from around the world who believe in the project and who want to join in by sending words of encouragement, by helping spread the word and by contributing to the making of the album.

In return, the supporters of the project will receive goodies (see list of Gifts) and be called an official “Rootster” – rooting for The Roots Project. ☺ …and we will be eternally grateful.

 

 

Why are we doing this now?

Because it’s what we do best and the timing has never better for us family members to get together and combine our talents and because we want you to be a part of the project. Every single person who chips in to help with the costs of recording the full length album, becomes a collaborator in the project. This is a team effort and when the community joins in, the positive effects can be felt all around, even in the music!

How will the cash be spent?

On production fees including: studio rental, equipment rental, 1 engineer, 2 session musicians, member travel costs and perdiums.

On post-production fees including: mixing and mastering, photography and album artwork & design.

Manufacturing and distribution fees including: printing fees (physical album copies) including shipping costs, and merchandise to be sent out to our wonderful Rootsters.

Other ways you can help

Spread the word to your family and friends! Send our project to any and everyone you think might be interested in our project.

Share on Facebook and Twitterand like / follow us! While you’re at it, sign up for our email newsletter!

Send us your words of encouragement or your ego building comments in the form of flattery… artists and musician can never get enough. lol

We cannot thank you enough in advance for your contribution and support throughout this process!

THANK-YOU! MERCI!

Got a question or want to say hello, please contact us.