January 22, 2014 in News

Our first gig in a looong while!!!

Whispered Words (Jared Funk and Larry Flowers)  and some special guests (TBA) will be playing some old and new music at the Moka Coffee Bar on Feb. 1, 2014! It will be lovely to get out and play again, and we will be debuting some new covers we have been putting a lot of work into!

Here’s the Facebook event page:

Mark it in your calendars, and come get some delicious, high-quality caffeinated beverages to go with your quality music. And some cheesecake. And a cookie.

We’re not trying to kill you, we promise.   🙂

Here’s a pic of us at Moka all the way back in November of 2012!!

 

December 21, 2013 in News

A Good song, A GREAT Cause!

Larry and I just finished recording a Christmas song called Carol for a Child, and after some discussion have decided that any proceeds from the sale of the single in December should go to Doug and Carolyn Anderson of Saskatoon, SK; their son Micah is very ill right now, and we want to be a blessing to them in this tough time.

Two things, then:
1. Check this article from the local newspaper that talks about what life is like for the Anderson family right now.
2. Go to our Bandcamp page and purchase the song, for whatever amount you feel led! All the proceeds go to the Andersons.

It is a heckuva thing when communities put aside differences and rally together, and not just to “like” cat videos on Youtube.

Until next time,

Jared

Whispered Words Dog

 

Next year: Carol For A Pooch.

 

November 25, 2013 in News

Some finished product, long overdue!

I decided to hold off last night to give the Saskatchewan Roughriders some respect and time for their Grey Cup win hooliganism, shenanigans, and tomfoolery celebration, but now here it is:

I am not hugely into holiday music, so no one was more surprised than I when I wrote a pretty Christmas song a wee while back, and recently recorded it with Mr. Larry Flowers and my producer, Colin!! And not only did I record it, but I have released it on Bandcamp today to listen to and purchase! Click the “Music” tab on the Whispered Words page, or click the link below to listen, buy, or share! Or all three!!

July 24, 2013 in News

BGVs AWAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!

Happily, I just got finished hearing someone who is much better than me add their voice to my album.

 Julia Dawn is a local singer/songwriter who has also worked with my own current personal hero (Colin Richet of Revelation Studios). We attend the same church, and have gotten to make music together a lot in the last while; most recently, I have been singing with her team at church, and she backed me up on piano and sweet harmonies when I recently performed a song from the upcoming EP called We Come To You.

 Check out Julia’s blog here.

 I will be having another very talented friend named Chelsea Boyd come in to add vocals as well later, and I expect to be just as disappointed in myself when I hear her sing my stuff as I was today hearing Julia. The whole time I was thinking “what if she just sang ALL the songs herself?” She will be modest, of course, but Julia has a killer set of pipes, and hearing her in the mix just brought it up to another level. She will be a listed guest vocalist on two of the songs: Face of Him and We Come To You, and I am so flattered that she respects my music and wanted to be an ongoing part of it!

After recording was done, Colin and Julia and I were listening to another artist that Colin is working with. After it was done playing, I interrupted the conversation to say,

“Hey guys… I am gonna be real here for a moment. If you are really honest with yourselves, can you admit that sometimes, when you hear someone who has that much talent, you just kind of want to stuff them into a potato sack and drown them in the river? …Just a bit? Because there can only be so much talent in the world, and they are hogging more than their fair share?”

I got some weird looks from the room at that point, I don’t mind telling you; that is the kind of day it has been.

Colin and Julia about to make magic:

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Jared

July 15, 2013 in News

The Contest Completed*

We met our project goal!!!

 Between the Indiegogo project and some direct donations, we now have a fully-funded CD project, with the ability to make full cover art and design and get CDs printed!!! Thanks so much to everyone who donated, and know that I will put the money to use in making a great final product!!! Thanks also to Colin, my illustrious producer and friend, who suggested I try this route in the first place!!

 I had been struggling with the concept of essentially hitting up friends and family for cash ( I still am, a little), but he and My Beautiful Wife encouraged me to not undervalue my art, and realize that y’all will invest in seeing this happen only if you want to!! To relieve my burgeoning guilt, I even left it generally alone for a couple weeks, as I figured I had social-media-bombed everyone quite enough…

 So there it is;  Whispered Words: The Revelation Sessions E.P. is fully funded, and now I can just concentrate on making sure I stay true to the vision Colin and I have for this album.  I will thank you in advance for your patience, as Colin and I are also very particular people where quality is concerned, and are spending a little more time on it than originally planned. I had planned to be able to release the advance digital version to everyone who donated in early July, but the availability of some amazing people to contribute to the recording, as well as some additional sound tweaking made it a no-brainer to take a bit more time and get a better result. I am so excited to have some local talent (Julia Dawn and Chelsea Boyd) to add their vocal depth to my little E.P., and cannot wait to hear how they sound!!

 In the meantime, I will keep everyone updated, but thankfully, no more pleading for cash in relation to the music project…

… I will probably still need bail money, though; I recently ripped the tags off of several pillows and a mattress in my residence.  I am told that is very bad, and that certain authorities may get involved.

 So yeah… bail.

 

Ciao!

 Jared

 *Extra bonus points for everyone who knew that was a song title; your reward is an almost hipster-level feeling of smug superiority. For everyone else, don’t even bother looking it up… I’m SO over it already.

July 12, 2013 in News

Music Music Music

As I write this, there are only 29 hours left for you all to donate to the Indiegogo project that is funding the completion of my debut album, under the band name Whispered Words. This album has been a labor of love that has brought new insight to my songwriting, has solidified a fledgling friendship with Colin, my producer, and has been fulfilling me as an artist so much that I cannot express it.

The aforementioned Indiegogo project was a rather vulnerable experiment for me, as I do not have an established fanbase yet, as I do not have any albums yet, and therefore do not have a solid fanbase to guarantee the funding of the first album… it is circular, and depended largely on people giving to an as-yet-unknown entity. I was worried, and scared of the rejection of not having any donations at all!

It made it all the more special, then, when people started to donate. I want to thank those of you who have already donated and encourage anyone else who is willing but has been procrastinating or putting it off to go to the project website below and listen to the songs in the “Gallery” section, and see if you feel you want to still donate to make it happen. As it is, I won’t be recouping any of the production costs, but we are VERY close to covering the cost of getting actual CD’s cut and printed professionally, which was my primary goal.

Please consider giving your support in any number of ways! Post the link to the site on your blog or Facebook page, go to the Facebook band page and “Like” it! Link to this blog from yours! Anything you do is appreciated and is a blessing to me.

Thanks so much!!

Jared

 

May 31, 2013 in News

A preview of things to come

So I have almost finished my time in the studio! Colin is working on some hard-core technical editing, and I can now sit back and wait a bit while the magic happens. 😉

Here is a preview clip from the album. I am very proud of it, and grateful to Colin for his collaborative spirit. The song is called Face of Him, and sounds very different than it ever has (and it’s been around since 1996)!

Enjoy!

May 29, 2013 in News

And the beat goes on…

I cannot express how great it is to be back in the studio and working on the album again after an almost two-week break!!  Colin and I are going back through some stuff that we were just sketching out before and tweaking the last couple of things that were bugging us. We retooled the opening and ending of a few songs already today to make the songs stand more on their own and not sound “same-y” (my eloquent term, of course).

Colin still astounds me with his ear.  I am so blessed to be working with someone who is such a natural musician and has spent a lot of time honing his technical craft as well! The care he puts into everything is enormous!  He also has this crazy ability to hear me describe a vague concept and create something concrete to match it within just a short time; it blows me away.

As any of my regular readers know, I have launched an Indiegogo campaign for the album to fund its release, and we are at 46 days remaining, and have reached $225 in donations!  I am praying and hopeful that people will still find it in themselves to donate to the project before the time lapses. I occasionally feel pangs of guilt about essentially asking friends and family for money in this way, but My Beautiful Wife reminded me that whomever invests in the project is simply paying for their copy of the finished product in advance! This is not simply donating- it is truly investing in something! I am going to keep including the link on these posts, as this is a big deal in my life right now, so why not? As always, a donation is one way you can help support this, but sending the campaign to others via email or social media and promoting it is a big one too!!

Click here to be taken to the Whispered Words: The Revelation Sessions Indiegogo page and see how you can get involved!!!

Click HERE to be taken to my Whispered Words band page on Facebook! Browse it and “LIKE” it to get regular updates on the project! I will be posting a song clip from today’s session soon, I think!

I am including the photo that will most likely be the cover art for the album! I took it myself at Westminster Abbey in London. Not bad, Jared… not bad. 😉

Until next time,

Jared

May 22, 2013 in News

Do you, uh, Indiegogo?

(UPDATE: Of course, the Indiegogo campaign is long over, so no donation is required. This is a repost from my original blog.)

I have just launched a new Indiegogo crowdfunding project so I can finish my first studio recording!!

Colin Richet and I have been slaving away in the studio at this (and enjoying ourselves IMMENSELY) for a couple of months now, but it is clear that more funds will be needed to really make sure this is everything it should be. I do not know if there will be any more albums after this one, but the idea is to make sure we do this one right! That means physical media- actual CDs and packaging! I could really use the support of everyone who reads this blog; family, friend, acquaintance, stranger danger, it matters not! 😉

I am posting the link straight to the project here, and will be keeping everyone updated about where we are with our goals and such as the days tick closer to the end of the campaign!

I am so excited to share my music with you- let’s make it happen!! Just click on the project link below, donate a pittance, and please share with as many people as you can!!!

(NOTE: No project link, as campaign is already complete)

May 11, 2013 in News

History of Whispered Words, pt. 2

… And here we are again,

with part 2 of the history of my “musical journey” (props to Larry Mullen Jr.) so far.  I gotta confess, I dropped an awful lot in part 1, so I am not going to be able to keep up the sheer volume of words I set as precedent!

 I am with a new church family these days, and have been playing it cool a bit, as I had done a lot of “up-front” work at my last church, and felt a wee bit burnt out.  I also had a lot to examine about why I was doing the things I was doing; was I on stage because I just enjoyed being on stage in front of people singing, or was it for a higher purpose? The music I have written and am still writing has always been about Christ and my relationship with Him; my struggles, my hopes, my failures.  I also still have questions about why God keeps giving such a flawed guy like me music to write and songs to sing. After talking to an old acquaintance in the music program, I asked if they needed any voices to sing backup, and began!

 Soon after, I met a singer/songwriter in the church who has been a bit of an inspiration to me, and who I have been able to work with in a couple of different capacities, namely: child-wrangling and music-playing. Her name is Julia Dawn. Check out her page! It has been fun watching a young and confident musician and singer with a STELLAR voice make her way, and it sort of rekindled a hopeful little fire that I had always had about making a real album of my material. Really soon after I met her, I got to see her open for one of my all-time favorite musicians, Derek Webb. That’s right, I got to meet one of my all-time musical heroes and I did NOT blow it (for those of you who don’t know me, I have a favourite saying: “Never meet your heroes. Only one of two things can happen: Either they disappoint you in some way, or you blow it.”). I repeat, I did NOT blow it.

 Around this time, I had an old friend named Colin come back into my life as well, and he and I got along amazingly right off the bat!  He stopped by my work to talk business, and the subject of his current work came to the forefront- he runs a studio here in my beautiful hometown, and actually had just finished working on Julia Dawn‘s album!! We got to talking, and I told him about my music and what I had (and hadn’t) done with it up ’til now.

 A brief aside: Colin Richet is the owner and proprietor of Revelation Studios, and does sound engineering, mixing, producing, multi-instrument session work, composing, and mastering- all in-house. He specializes in taking a simple melody and turning it into a fully-orchestrated experience, as big as you want it! If you have some music in you that you need to get out there, Colin is just the amazing person to help you make it happen. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested check out the site and get in touch with him to talk.

 When Colin left me that day, apparently the wheels started turning, and he got in touch with me the next day, and we started talking plans to record! This was around the end of November 2012. He said he was going to see when in the new year we could sit down and plan something out.

 In the meantime, I was getting a bit more involved in the church programs, and was asked to sing for the Silverspring Spirit of Christmas event that the church hosts for the surrounding community each year. I asked my good friend Larry to play guitar for me, while I sang a song of mine called “Carol for A Child”, and the response I received after was very affirming!

 Fast forward to March: We started recording.  It seems almost criminal to have this much fun while working. A couple times, Colin has hit PLAY, we listen through the most recent version of a song that has been with me for 15 years, and I have to hide the fact that I am tearing up at how amazing it sounds.  That brings me to now! I have taken a band name- Whispered Words. I haven’t named the album yet- I figure that will come after it is formed. I have started a Facebook band page under the name Whispered Words as well, and already have some fine people supporting me there!

 I am going to be trying my hand at crowd-funding the project, as I do not have the resources available to come out of this with a finished product. I will be launching an Indiegogo project with perks for anyone who donates to a finished album, and I hope that this will help us get over the finish line! I will be starting the Indiegogo push soon, and will keep all well-informed via blog, Facebook, Twitter, carrier pigeon, etc.

 I went and created a Youtube channel this week just so I could upload this: the first real sample of what the finished product will sound like!! This song is called “In Your Presence”.  If you like what you hear, please consider joining the others who will be donating to the finished CD! Enjoy!