SCRANTON ‚?? An online crowd funding effort helped launch Chet Williams‚?? new album.
Now, he‚??s hoping the album will foster a fulfilling career.
Williams, 20, a Scranton native, held his second CD release show in as many weeks on Saturday, March 3, at The Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Scranton, alongside opening acts A Fire With Friends, Snoozer, and Roofdoctor.
The junior marketing major at Temple University held a first release party for ‚??We All Walk Fast and Nod in Unison‚?Ě on Feb. 25 with an event at PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia. The album was funded in part through a campaign on www.kickstarter.com that raised $1,817 to pay for recording costs and more.
The album was recorded from July to October at East Room Recordings in Philadelphia and mixed and mastered throughout the winter.
‚??It was the first time I was doing a really big, full-length album by myself. I knew it was going to take a lot of time,‚?Ě Williams said.
Fans familiar with Williams‚?? previous work with bands like So Long, Pluto and Awkward Silence weren‚??t sure what to expect on the new disc.
‚??I think they‚??re kind of surprised,‚?Ě he admitted. ‚??They haven‚??t really seen me front my own band before‚?Ľ I actually had a 12-piece band behind me for both shows. People really enjoyed seeing that many people on stage at once, playing together.‚?Ě
The live band represents many of the guest musicians featured on the album, including folk vocalist Brittany Ann; Rhodes pianist Kevin Boland of Bobby Davis and the Smartest Man; and Todd Fausnacht, Devon Greider, and Josh Parry of the reggae/soul/rock outfit The Snails.
‚??I got to take my time with it a lot more,‚?Ě Williams said, noting the addition of strings, multiple guitar parts, and vocal harmonies that give a richer, more orchestrated sound to his latest work.
Sales of the album and live performances will be the continuing force behind his career, as opposed to further crowd funded endeavors.
‚??My goal was to literally have that as a kick start to make this album. Hopefully I can sustain myself from here,‚?Ě he said. ‚??That‚??s the ultimate goal.‚?Ě
Fans who would like to purchase a copy of ‚??We All Walk Fast and Nod in Unison‚?Ě can visit Williams‚?? Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChetWilliamsMusic. Discs are expected to be pressed in mid-March.
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