I’m both overjoyed and relieved to announce that the record is finally done! My voice healed up in time to finish the recording process in full strength, and then it took us the next two months to mix and master the work. We spent time in Colorado mixing the songs with David Wilton at his St. Ida’s studio, and then I had the pleasure of working with my old friend Nick Moon on the final master here in Portland. I’m so pleased with the final product, and I can honestly say that it wouldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming amount of support, prayer, and friendship that was extended to us from start to finish.
The album release is scheduled for June 15. But here's the catch: IT'S FREE! We've really felt the Lord asking us to give this album away for one year, and it's our joy to do so! So beginning June 15th a full digital download of "Love & War & The Sea In Between" will be available for free on my website. When downloading the album you'll be able to choose from various file formats, including full CD-quality. You'll also receive files containing the album art (designed by Chris Tobias), liner notes and lyrics. At some point in the coming year we'll begin "selling" the album in its final hardcover edition, as a beautiful hardbound book (details below). But in the meantime, if you'd like an actual CD in hand, come on out to one of my shows and you'll get a free Garrels family original (think cardboard sleeve + rubber stamps). In grand Portland style, it's DIY! We’re going to press thousands of these limited edition hand-stamped CDs and give away as many as we possibly can in one year. It’s gonna be fun!
Your generosity has paid for this album, and we are so grateful! Not only have all the collaborators been paid, but mixing and mastering costs have also been covered. This is the first time we’ve not gone in debt while making an album! The only remaining cost we have is album manufacturing. This includes the limited edition albums we're giving away for free as well as the hardcover editions we'll be giving to donors, selling in music shops, bookstores and Amazon, and submitting to digital aggregates like Pandora and itunes (since the DIY-version won't cut it there). Any money earned from the sale of the hardcover album and itunes downloads will either be given away or used to manufacture more copies to give away. We want this to be a “year of jubilee"!
If you'd like to contribute towards album manufacture, so that we can blanket the world with music + God's love, you may do so here:
You can send a check to:
Small Voice Records
c/o Josh & Michelle Garrels
P.O. Box 11500
Portland, OR 97211
Or you can donate electronically by clicking here or by visiting the "Store" section of my website.
Thank you for all of your love & support during the course of this year-and-a-half-long project. Your prayers & encouragement have sustained us. We can't wait to share this music with you!