After three years, Sequim jazz singer Sarah Shea can finally answer her fans’ biggest question — when her next album is coming out.
Shea’s response is an online campaign at gofundme.com/sarahshea where she’s looking for community support to sponsor her second album “The Second Time Around.”
Her goal is to raise $12,500 to produce 12 tracks of cover songs with the possibility of adding one original song all with producer Al Harris.
“I’m at the point where we can’t go anywhere more without paying studio musicians and studio time,” Shea said.
“For a couple of years, people have been asking me about this album but it costs quite a bit of money. Some bands have ins with studio people but for me it’s about trying to do it with less than ($12,500).”
“The Second Time Around” follows Shea’s 2011 effort “The Newness of You,” which she said falls in the same vein but she plans to do more new things with her voice.
“I really want to push the boundaries more on this one,” Shea said.
Harris, who produced the first album, said Shea has a lot more experience in trying new things.
“When I first heard her, I thought here is someone who can doing something,” he said. “Over the years, she’s become more free with creativity. That’s what she’s done in the last couple years. That’s what audiences like.”
This time around, Shea finds the process of making an album going faster than before. “I have a better handle on what it’s like,” she said. “But the first CD was privately funded and that can’t happen this go around.”
For donors, Shea is working on incentives, similar to Kickstarter, like offering copies of the CD, MP3s, your name in the credits and more for donors. “It’s exciting getting to this point of working on it,” she said. “It’s a big gamble though.”
To better focus on the album, Shea has cut back on performing and sticks to regular local gigs at Nourish and Wind Rose Cellars.
“This has been a labor of love for me,” Shea said. “It’s been a two-year-long thing that has just sat. I’ve made some sacrifices for this. It’s really special for me to be able to do this.”
To be at a point of making an album never dawned on Shea just a few years ago.
Shea, who graduated from Sequim High School and Peninsula College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Eastern Washington University, thought she’d be long gone from Sequim after college but a series of injuries kept her in the area leading her to focus more on music.
“Music was not something I was going to be focusing on,” she said. “It’s fun being around here. You start to appreciate things you didn’t when you were younger.”
Moving to a bigger city remains in her plans though to grow her chances of a bigger music career. “I really want to focus on improving myself and learning more of the craft and be more places,” she said.
Harris said only good things are ahead for Shea.
“If you can get out of your own way and let the music play you and sing you, that’s when fantastic things happen,” he said. “That’s what Sarah has managed to do. She’s able to do more of that.”
For more about Shea and her music, view a video talking about her style with collaborators at www.gofundme.com/sarahshea.