Grammy-nominated musician Brady Rymer has been working hard to promote the Kickstarter campaign. On Thursday, a full day early, he surpassed his $20,000 funding goal.
As of Thursday afternoon, he had 239 backers who had pledged $20,290.
"We made it," Rymer wrote on Facebook Thursday.
He also urged, "Let’s keep this engine goin’. It’s not too late to join us." Rymer said awards were still available, allowing a supporter to star in a Brady Rymer video. To see the Kickstarter page, click here.
Rymer had aimed to raise $20,000 for his new album, "Just Say Hi!" by Friday.
The record will be the seventh for Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could, and is being created, he said, for "families that rock."
The six CDS of family music have been performed across the country at schools, libraries, festivals and performing arts centers, Rymer said.
Rymer and his wife Bridget run their own record label, Bumblin' Bee Records, and release all their CDs themselves.
"The process can be challenging, but the rewards make it all worthwhile: we make music we really care about, and we get to bring our music directly to our fans — you —the kids and families who enjoy it," he said.
The new album, Rymer said, is a "personal batch of songs, full of kindness, friendship and love of family. Songs about things like falling in love with the ice cream girl, learning to play Grandma's red piano, and just cranking' up your little light of love and lettin' it shine."
The Kickstarter campaign, Rymer said, gave fans a unique chance to get involved with the album-making process.Donations offered fans a chance to receive a fan package, the chance to record with the band and have a name in the CD credits, a private CD release concert at Rymer's house, limited edition T-shirts, personalized with supporters' names; a private concert at a fan's school or home, and a guitar from Rymer's collection.
Now that the Kickstarter goal has been reached, the album is expected to be released in June, 2014, but those who made donations will receive the album in May.