Duncan has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
Christian music legend Bryan Duncan will perform a concert at Riverwood Community Church in Cannon Falls, MN on Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 pm. Duncan is offering a VIP experience, concert tickets and other perks through a special crowdfunding campaign.
Duncan started performing professionally with the Sweet Comfort Band and recorded six albums with them before launching a solo career. He has released 14 solo albums, including his new album Conversations, and three more with The NehoSoul Band, selling in excess of 1.2 million records and videos.
Duncan was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame along with Amy Grant and Al Green. His recordings have been celebrated with four Dove Awards and one Grammy Award.
Duncan’s songs were a Christian radio staple in the 1990s. Between 1993 to 1997 his singles charted number one 10 times and many other radio hits followed.
Duncan went on to record three independent albums with The NehoSoul Band. He performed hundreds of concerts, solo and with the band. But Duncan did not thrive as an independent artist initially.
“During my time with the big record labels I learned a lot about recording,” says Duncan. “But I never understood the marketing, promotion or business sides of music. I could write and record songs but I didn’t really understand how to get them heard.
“The big record companies produce a lot of albums. If you’re not prepared to compete with them for attention at radio and in the press, you simply don’t get much.”
Meanwhile, longtime friend Christopher Redner had convinced Duncan to begin reconnecting with his past audience through social media. Starting from scratch and with no budget, it was a slow process. But Duncan loves to connect with people, so while his social media presence lacked breadth, it had depth.
Redner was convinced that Duncan’s core audience would respond to a new approach– a convergence of technology, social media and commerce called “crowdfunding”–even though most of that audience hadn’t even heard of it.
“Honestly, I was skeptical,” says Duncan. “And when Christopher proposed a plan to raise $40,000 through crowdfunding, I almost choked. Maybe this crowdfunding thing could work at some level, but I thought we’d be lucky to raise $10,000.”
In the end, Duncan trusted Redner. Duncan’s Kickstarter campaign launched in October 2011 with a goal of $40,000. When it closed on Dec. 16, 2011, some 446 backers had pledged $47,638 to the project.
“The crowdfunding process and how we continued to involve the audience after the campaign closed had a profound influence on my songwriting,” says Duncan. “Many of the songs on this album are about how God is working in my life through my relationships. There’s a current of gratitude that runs through Conversations.”
Duncan's song I See You is a grateful acknowledgement of God's presence and participation in our lives.
"My wife does this thing throughout the day," says Bryan Duncan. "She'll be working at something and out of the blue she'll just stop, point to the sky and say 'I see you!' I had to smile because it is such a great example of being in the moment with God. I don't see that kind of acknowledgement of God very often. It seemed like the perfect idea for a song.”
Duncan is offering fans a chance to hear his entire Conversations album and the stories behind the songs free at SoGoodForTheSoul.com
"There were a few contemporary Christian artists that I liked growing up," says Tony Ashworth of Prudential Lovejoy Realty, Inc., the Cannon Falls concert sponsor. "Sweet Comfort Band and Bryan Duncan were my favorites by far! I look forward to the opportunity to see Bryan in concert again.”
Ashworth has been a licensed agent in Minnesota since 1997, and a licensed Broker since 2000. Lori Ashworth joined Tony in his real estate business in 2008. Tony and Lori work all aspects of the real estate business, but specialize in residential listings and sales in the southern suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Contact Tony Ashworth at 612-998-8299 or visit his website.
“We are very excited to host Bryan Duncan in concert on Saturday, June 22," says Pastor Dan Feldkamp of Riverwood Community Church. "We are grateful to have him share his ministry in the Cannon Valley area.”
"Our vision at Riverwood Community Church is to make the cross visible to Cannon Falls and to the world, as a city on a hill in Matthew 5:14. We are a Christ-centered and caring church whose commitment is to love and disciple each other."