Be a part of something N E W.
Be a part of a revival.
Be a part of AWAKENING.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a relentless inspiration in your head--thoughts running through your mind that just won't let you sleep? Have you ever received something in prayer- a theme in your life or a call to action that burns like fire in your heart?
This is how this project started. It started with...
A w a k e n i n G
Finally, a few years later, after trials, triumphs, praying and creating, I am taking on another project with newly inspired songs and a desire to craft an album. Once again, placing these songs into your hands- humbly asking you to contribute to the success of this project.
The Story of Awakening
This album is born out of a period of personal drought...both musically and spiritually. For a long time, music and singing was my identity both growing up and in college, but in fall of 2015 after a long summer of singing at the Steubenville Conferences, I found out that I had Vocal Nodules. For those of you who don't know what these are- they are essentially calluses on your vocal chords that make it very hard to sing and, a majority of the time, are very painful. This was right after I had put out my first EP "Be Glorified" that summer. I was devastated. At this point, I thought it was clear...
No More Music.
I tried to push through that next summer of conferences, despite my vocal problems, but I felt like it was just getting worse. I thought this was God's way of telling me to focus my time on other things; To do music on the side, but not make it a priority. That's what I did.
After that summer of 2016, I rested my voice for about 3 full weeks- NO TALKING- (insanely hard, for me). I went to vocal rehab (yes, that's really a thing), and didn't put much time into writing or singing for about a year after. I was so lost and hurt because I felt useless. I wasn't able to sing or use my gifts the way I wanted. My identity had always been "the singer"- where was I supposed to go from here?
It wasn't until really this past year that I realized, after searching and praying, this time away from music was a gift from God because I learned two very important things:
1. My Identity is not in music. It comes foremost from the truth that I am a Daughter of God.
2. God wasn't pulling me away from music. He was showing me that I am loved beyond what I can "accomplish" for Him through music.
Jesus used this small cross to free me to love Him more intimately. To strip me of any pre-conceived notions that I am just a singer.
He awakened my heart to sing from a place a freedom: that I am first a Daughter of my Father in Heaven.
Let this truth echo in your own heart: You are not your accomplishments, your failures, or your weakness- You are "the sum of the Father's love for you!"- JPII
The Holy Land
I slowly started to start singing again more and more. During this time, I was asked to lead worship for a pilgrimage in the Holy Land with Jeff Cavins. While I was there, God re-confirmed my identity in Him and did something amazing. It was there that I felt Him move...
God was stirring in my heart again the desire to make music.
I felt my heart awaken- a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit calling me deeper and pushing me to trust even more.
New songs started pouring out of me while I was there and when I came home from the trip. One of the songs I just released called "You Heard My Name"- is a song I started to write while walking to Gethsemane-where Jesus entered into His passion.
When I returned home from the pilgrimage, the song that has now become the theme of this EP Awakening just started pouring out of me. I woke up at 6 am (maybe because of the jet-lag, but I'm gonna call it a Holy Spirit moment) with an image in my mind and lyrics in my heart..."Awakening-I'm Awakening."
This was the beginning of a new journey for me. The Lord awakening my desire to create music- but more than that...
To sing into the hearts of ALL His people. To use this music as a vessel to stir and move in hearts by the power of His Spirit.
Awakening in YOUR Heart
So often we get caught up in a rat-race of day to day living. Our hearts become stale and our relationship with God suffers because of it. That is why we all need this AWAKENING. The Lord wants to awaken YOUR faith. He wants to set every heart free: free to love, and free to embrace their identity as sons and daughters.
My hope and prayer through these songs is...
To send a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all who listen to this music
To light the fire of faith anew in every soul
To let the love of Christ wake our dead hearts to His resurrecting power
Will you help me make this a reality? Please consider supporting me financially to bring this project to life.
Help me to stir an awakening.
God bless you. Peace!
Taylor Alexis Tripodi
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”- Ephesians 5:14
Reward #1:Digital Download $10
At the $10 level, you will receive a Digital Copy of the Album! PLUS- you will be the first to hear all the songs on the record BEFORE they are released publicly- because I will send them to you them immediately after they are finished!
Reward #2: Signed CD $25
Why just buy digital when you can pre-order a personalized, signed hard-copy of the EP- and a digital copy before it is released publicly. PLUS!! Receive hand lettered lyrics for one of the songs on the album + a small inspirational poster photo for your generous support. In addition to a few other surprises ;)
Reward #3: Bonus Track $50
At this reward level you get a free download to an EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK of one of my new songs- made available through my website. Plus, all the previous rewards :)
Reward #4: Candle Craze $75
If you know me...you know that this is my favorite reward. CANDLES! I will send you or your friend a personal Taylor-made candles from my Scent &Song Collection- because you can never have too many candles. Candles are delightful. And so are you. :) All other rewards are also included.
Reward #5: Merch Perk $100
Well, hey there. Do you like soft, comfy tees that make it easy to dress up or dress down and help support an artist in need? Then the MERCH PERK reward is for you!
You will receive a personally designed Awakening tee from my new merch collection in your preferred size.
Just you wait. You can't handle the softness.
Including all other reward levels except #4.
Reward #6: Serenade Session $150
Oh hey there. If you donate at this amount, I will call the person of your choice (or you!) and serenade them. Any song. You choose. Get creative, people. May I suggest some Brittney Spears? I can do a mean impression of her voice ;)
Also including rewards 1-3 & 5.
Reward #7: VIP Package $300
You are a very important person- to Jesus and to me :) Donate this amount and you will receive...
4 VIP tickets to my album release concert in Cleveland, OH! (date/location TBD)
VIP Tickets include:
A shout out at the concert
(And you can bet I'll point you out from the crowd to everyone there!!)
Includes all other rewards except #6.
Reward #8: Personal Youtube Video $500
MY GIFT IS MY SONG...And this one's for you...
A YOUTUBE video of me singing an acoustic version of the song of your choosing (AND I will give you a shout out in it!)
Plus, you will receive Rewards 1-7 (excluding #6).
Reward #9: Your Name is Permanent $750
Be a part of something greater...
If you give this amount, on top of the other rewards, your name will be printed in the “Thank You” section of the album cover once it is printed. This project would not be possible without your help...and so your name will be permanent forever as a donor to make this album come to life!
Reward #10: Nashville Studio Adventures $1000
COME WITH ME TO NASHVILLE!
Be a part of the creative process...see how the songs are produced, meet the people behind the scenes, meet the musicians, and even throw down some background vocals in one of the songs (woahhhh).
This would be a great gift for someone you know who has always wanted to see and be a part of the recording process- orrrr it could also be a treat-yo-self gift ;)
(Must be available during certain set recording time in the studio- travel/lodging expenses not included)
Including rewards 1—5, 7, and 9
Reward #11: House Concert $1,250
THROW A PARTY!
Bring me to your casa to play an intimate hour-long show for you, your family, and friends. Within the show, I will include the inspiration behind the songs, and some stories of my travels to the Holy Land and abroad. Cost includes my travel within 100 miles of Cleveland, OH. If over 100 miles and/or outside the Continental US, backer will cover travel and living expenses for myself and my roadie. (Please allow 1-2 months for scheduling. Concert needs to fall on a weekend).
Including rewards 1-5, 7 & 9
Reward #12: Worship Night $2,000
This would be perfect for your church or ministry. Bring me and 2 of my dear, talented musician friends to your Church/event for a night of praise and worship. Cost includes my travel within 100 miles of Cleveland, OH. If over 100 miles and/or outside the Continental US, backer will cover travel and living expenses for myself and my 2 musician friends. (Please allow 1-2 months for scheduling. Concert needs to fall on a weekend).
Including rewards 1-5, 7, & 9