Puyallup, WA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Christian music legend Bryan Duncan will perform a concert at Experience Church in Puyallup, WA on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 pm. Duncan is offering a pre-concert VIP experience, concert tickets and other perks through a special crowdfunding campaign.
Duncan’s father/son duet “Every Father Is A Son” honors dads through the Fathers Who Serve and Dads Who Serve campaigns. Duncan will do a Washington state media tour June 13-14 to promote the campaigns and concert.
Duncan started performing professionally with the Sweet Comfort Band and recorded six albums with them before launching a solo career. He has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.
Duncan was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame along with Amy Grant and Al Green. His recordings have been celebrated with four Dove Awards and one Grammy Award.
Duncan’s songs were a Christian radio staple in the 1990s. Between 1993 to 1997 his singles charted number one 10 times and other radio hits followed.
But the ‘90s ended and so did Duncan’s recording contract. Joyride, released in 2000 on Diadem Music, was his last album with a big music company.
Duncan went on to record three independent albums with The NehoSoul Band. He performed hundreds of concerts, solo and with the band. But Duncan did not thrive as an independent artist initially.
“During my time with the big record labels I learned a lot about recording,” says Duncan. “But I never understood the marketing, promotion or business sides of music. I could write and record songs but I didn’t really understand how to get them heard.
“The big record companies produce a lot of albums. If you’re not prepared to compete with them for attention at radio and in the press, you simply don’t get much.”
Meanwhile, longtime friend Christopher Redner had convinced Duncan to begin reconnecting with his past audience through social media. Starting from scratch and with no budget, it was a slow process. But Duncan loves to connect with people, so while his social media presence lacked breadth, it had depth.
Redner was convinced that Duncan’s core audience would respond to a new approach– a convergence of technology, social media and commerce called “crowdfunding”–even though most of that audience hadn’t even heard of it.
“Honestly, I was skeptical,” says Duncan. “And when Christopher proposed a plan to raise $ 40,000 through crowdfunding, I almost choked. Maybe this crowdfunding thing could work at some level, but I thought we’d be lucky to raise $ 10,000.”
In the end, Duncan trusted Redner. Duncan’s Kickstarter campaign launched in October 2011 with a goal of $ 40,000. When it closed on Dec. 16, 2011, some 446 backers had pledged $ 47,638 to the project.
“The crowdfunding process and how we continued to involve the audience after the campaign closed had a profound influence on my songwriting,” says Duncan. “Many
of the songs on this album are about how God is working in my life through my relationships. There’s a current of gratitude that runs through Conversations.”
Duncan’s song I See You is a grateful acknowledgement of God’s presence and participation in our lives.
“My wife does this thing throughout the day,” says Bryan Duncan. “She’ll be working at something and out of the blue she’ll just stop, point to the sky and say ‘I see you!’ I had to smile because it is such a great example of being in the moment with God. I don’t see that kind of acknowledgement of God very often. It seemed like the perfect idea for a song.”
Duncan is offering fans a chance to hear I See You and his entire Conversations album and the stories behind the songs free at SoGoodForTheSoul.com
“We are excited to host Bryan Duncan again in concert,” says Pastor Dennis Cummins of ExperienceChurch.tv. “He has an approach that will draw you in and have you laughing at the same time. I like the fact that this concert will have a Father’s Day touch to it. With Father’s Day fast approaching many families wonder what gift to buy their father. I think this is a great opportunity to buy fathers an experience with their children. Dinner and a concert means time spent together, not another tie that hangs in the closet or box of golf balls that will set in a drawer unused. We are looking forward to a great night with a packed house.’
“ExperienceChurch.tv, located in one of the most unchurched counties in the nation is thriving and growing. One of the unique things about Experience Church is our innovative approach to sharing the message of Jesus Christ. As we leverage technology in spreading the gospel we realize technology is not a replacement for the personal touch, it should only enhance it. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”