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I’m Klaude Walters, a singer/songwriter/author from Ontario, Canada and I’m working on my first ever autobiography and 4th album project. I’ve put together a stellar team of artists, producers, designers, musicians and I can’t wait to present this project to the world. It’s never been done before and I LOVE being the first to do it.
In order for this multi-layered project to see the light there are 4 things that need to happen and that I’d love for you to do right now:
- Pick your reward (to the right)
- Help spread the word!!
- Follow me on my Social Media profiles and share my campaign with as many people as you can!
I would LOVE it if YOU could help turn this amazing project into reality and join me on this life-changing and empowering journey!
With all my love…
Perhaps you’ve never heard my name or my music before and so you’re wondering “Is she legit”. Well, have a listen to some of my albums on this site and some of the videos I’ve done over the years and you’ll be privy to some of my best work.
I’m originally from the Gaspé Coast but have been living in the beautiful town of Guelph, ON for the past 7 years. It’s a beautiful town that exudes much artistry and hides an incredible amount of artists.
I’ve been a singer-songwriter most of my life writing songs for myself and other artists throughout the world, sometimes going as far as Sweden and the UK.
I’ve been given the nickname “the musical chameleon” over my many years in this industry. Reason being that I love to experiment with all genres and as I do, I usually change not only my vocals but my look as well, as if to step into another’s skin. I love to challenge myself into performing things that create a nervous reaction within me. It throws me out of my comfort zone…and it’s usually where I excel.
I released my first ever album, AWATANU, back in 2001. It was a bit of an eclectic mix of deep and dark lyrical expression. “Angel of Mercy” was my first music video experience:
My second album, Walking The Line, was released in 2009 after being produced by HIVE Studios in Hamilton and mastered by Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering, a world-renowned multi Grammy award-winning mastering studio located in LA. He had mastered “Raising Sands” (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – https://youtu.be/xKuMZaINLLY) an album I had absolutely fallen in love with while I was going through my Cancer journey. The album was extremely personal and because I had been diagnosed with Cancer prior to its development, it felt much like a legacy album. Once I wasn’t sure I’d be around to listen to. My favorite song of the album was “Help Me Let You Go”, a song I wrote in the memory of my beloved brother Walter, after his passing by suicide.
I created the following video to honor him : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCPKMBGWBB4 (I even got my personal surgeon who removed my cancer to play the role of the doctor in the video – after this, he wanted his nurses to call him “Mc Dreamy”…which never happened ;))
My latest album collaboration was released this year (2019). A wonderful Blues album called “Take A Chance On Blues” written, produced and mastered by one of the most talented artists I’ve ever met, my good friend, Phil Whiting.
You can have a listen to the album by clicking here
It’s been almost 10 years since my last full length original album and I am aching to create the best one yet…
Well, it’s a mixture of things.
I wanted to create something really special with my 4th album so I decided to write my first book called “Suicide Kills – From PowerLESS To PowerFUL” and add a musical element to the book by turning each chapter into a song and including the album with the book.
The book is somewhat of an autobiography and speaks about some of the worst moments in my life. It shows how resilient a human being can be and how, through the transcendence of tragedy, one can often expand and evolve in ways never imagined.
Divorce, Cancer, Suicide, etc…
I have had my share of tragedies but have always maintained a strong and positive view on life. I have always been seen as the “motivator”, the sunshine in everyone’s life, the one everyone comes to in times of trouble and the one that can always encourage and support in times of need. A lot of people have always asked me what my secret was…why I always looked at the bright side of things and how they could do the same.
This sparked a light within me that helped me develop the idea for this project.
After I started working on the book development and the album, I felt it wasn’t enough, that there was something missing. So, I decided to add an element of teaching to the project as a whole and started to develop an online course that could accompany the reader in providing real life training and tools that could help them through their darkest moments as they had done for me.
So, this project is not just a book, not just an album, not just a gathering of tools and exercises but a full sensory experience that will leave you with a sense of completion and a feeling of being supported.
It is a lighthouse to all of us who are navigating upon stormy seas and need to find a safe way back home.
The reason why I need your support is because I really want to do this right. The goal here, for me, is to be able to help as many people as I can find a safe way to shore and I know I can accomplish this with your help.
I’ll be working with producer JK Gulley and a fine collection of local musicians at his studio The Blu Gull Studio in Kitchener this November to develop the 9 songs for the album and then we’ll put the finishing touches on it in early 2020.
I plan to release the first single in the Summer or Fall of 2020 but those who have the ALL ACCESS PASS will get a listen much earlier. The album will be released at the end of 2020 (I know, planning so far in advance….trying to be as specific as I can even though a lot can happen and things can change and I could end up delivering quicker than all of this).
As for the book, I have already completed 5 chapters and fully intend to have the entire book completely written by the end of 2019. I have hired an editor, Debbie Viguie, who is also a NY Best selling author, to edit my book as we go and to finalize the edit by the end of 2019.
The last part of the project, the online course, that is meant to accompany the reader and share tools and teachings that assisted me through a multitude of tough times, is being developed in parallel to the book and will be available at the end of 2019 as well.
A lot has happened since the last time I was in the studio. I’ve evolved in so many ways and my heart and mind have expanded to new levels that makes me excited to share with the world.
After releasing the album Take A Chance On Blues recently, a lot of people commented that they loved my vocal performance in this genre of music and really liked the richness in my vocals and wanted more of that sultriness.
So, I am going to make the album’s musical direction a mix or Blues & another favorite genre of mine, Americana.
I’ve had a lot of influences in the last few years but Chris Stapleton, The Black Keys, Zac Brown, Ray Lamontagne, Foy Vance, and Bryan Owens have been at the forefront of my musical heart strings and I would love to throw all those influences into a melting pot and see what comes out of the end. The lyrics are deep and personal and the music should reflect that depth and that emotional resonance.
If you’d like to hear the songs in demo form be sure to check out the ALL ACCESS PASS perk!
I’ve always wanted to write a book. I have been a writer my whole life and have always had dozens of stories twirling around in my head, ready to be told but I wanted my first story to be empowering, life-changing and I wanted it to mean something.
When I lost my brother Walter to suicide in 1996, it shook me to the core and made me want to write about the ordeal in order to pay tribute to his life and keep his memory alive. It always felt too dark, too angry and too centered on the act instead of the man. I ended up writing him a song instead.
I finally settled on writing “MY” story because I felt I had a story to tell that would, hopefully, inspire people to not find solace in darkness but reach for their inner light within to become their most steady lighthouse.
In this book, I talk about growing up in a small town with a violent alcoholic father, mental health and contemplating suicide with an attempt that nearly took my life, losing my brother to suicide, going through Cancer, dealing with divorce and a full blown war with the chattering monkeys inhabiting my mind.
Even though it sounds like a dark and dreary piece of content, I assure you all it isn’t. Every tragic moment is followed by an inspirational transcendence of those tragedies and a revelation of a stronger and more evolved human being. I share how I was able to get through each of those moments, learn from those experiences and move forward. I make sure to give the reader resources and tools at the end of each chapter helping them to do the same for themselves.
I hope this book becomes one that people keep on their night tables as they go through their on life struggles and that it helps them get through it.
I am creating an online course that will serve as a sort of workbook companion to the book. The reader will be able to follow along and go through some tools and journaling exercises that will help them sort through their own tragic moments and move them forward towards healing.
The course will contain videos, downloadable and printable PDF’s, inspirational art that can be printed or uploaded as screen savers as well as so much more…
I’m looking to raise $25,000 to start with. What I need to complete the project is probably closer to $35,000. To realize my ultimate vision for the project (which includes hiring a film company to create music videos and a publicity team for the album release), I need $38,000-$45,000.
As you can see by this cute little infographic, recording an album, writing a book and creating an online course can be an expensive journey. I’ve broken the costs down for you so that you know what’s being spent and where.
At the end of the day, I want to raise as much as possible to be able to give you the highest quality experience I can. Recording studios, top producers, talented musicians, recording, editing, producing and mastering are all expensive but soooooooooooooooooo worth it in the end.
I promise you an experience you’ll NEVER forget! I NEVER break my promises 😉
I have created some amazing rewards – check out the full list on the right ==>
My absolute favourite is the ALL ACCESS PASS!
- Behind the scenes access to my time in the studio
- Live streams
- Digital download of my new album
- A video thank you
Using my creative abilities to help others is at the core of my being. I have done countless performances to fundraise and help others using my God given talents. I have always figured he bestowed those gifts to me so that I could come to the rescue of the less fortunate and bring a voice to their cause.
Music is my passion. I come alive behind a microphone and bring stories to life with my pen and paper. The complete and utter joy and energy I get from the experience of writing, recording and producing a new album is something I cannot begin to explain. The daily gratitude you feel at being surrounded by talented musicians, producers and engineers whose only goal is to take your music to a level you could have never imagined and make it the best you’ve ever done.
This ain’t my first rodeo, folks. I’ve released 3 albums, a live EP and a handful of singles. For the past 20 years, I’ve been working alongside other musicians writing and creating music and I’m hoping all of this experience of mine will make for a killer crowdfunding campaign and an AMAZING album and a fantastic book that will help millions!
One way or another, this project is happening!
25% of all proceeds from the sale of the Book/Album/Online Course will be donated to the following organizations that I support:
So, your support in helping me actually bring this to market will be like a “gift that keeps giving”. The more we sell, the more people we’ll get to help.
I’m hoping to be able to go to the above organizations and do a reading of the book and donate some of the books/albums/courses to participants in hopes of helping people.
Let’s keep paying it forward…
If times are hard for you and you can’t really contribute financially to the campaign, there are still many ways you can help and support my efforts.
There are small things you can do that can really make a huge difference and they don’t cost a thing…
Here’s a list of things you can do:
1) You can share this campaign with all of your friends and family through an email effort. Send them all a quick hello and add my campaign link to your email copy and ask them to support or share the campaign.
2) Share this campaign through all your social media profiles and encourage your followers to support and share this campaign with their followers 😉
3) Copy the link to this campaign and share it through a text to your friend, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, father, mother, any one you might think might have an interest in helping bring this project to life and making my deepest, most precious dream come true.
Every little bit helps!
Thank you so much for reading this SUPER LONG essay and for giving me your time. Time IS our most precious commodity and for you to have taken the time to have read all of this means the world to me and shows me how much you care.
If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through this platform, any of my social media profiles (Twitter/FB/Instagram/Youtube) or through my contact page at www.klaudewalters.ca
To all of you who support me and this project,
All my gratitude, respect and love.