Express news service
As far back as he can remember, Sheridan Brass has dreamed of going to Nashville, USA. The American city is nothing less than the ‘place to be’ for country music, and as a country artist himself, Bengaluru-based Brass knew this was where he wanted to be to work. on his first album.
A musician who turns to fundraising to make his dream come true is nothing new, but Brass has decided to do it differently. Recently, he launched a campaign called Building the Nashville Dream, and the words were chosen with care. Because Brass plans to build this dream brick by brick.
Donors can buy virtual bricks for Rs 2,000 each and with 3,750 of them, the musician is said to have raised enough to travel to Nashville for six months and rent a venue and studio to record his album. “I wanted to fundraise so that people could visualize the dream with me and also get involved in my journey,” said the 33-year-old.
The bricks may be virtual, but they have advantages. For example, those who buy an insulated brick receive a shout on Brass Sunday’s weekly shows on Facebook, their name on a virtual brick wall as part of his online show. Other perks for those who buy five, 10, 25 and 50 bricks include private gigs and inclusion in the credits of his album.
The Grand Ole Opry, he explains, is like the holy grail of country musicians. Getting to Nashville for six months is the goal, and he’s 400 bricks closer to it. “I hope to close the fundraiser by the end of the year and get to the US by March of next year,” says Brass, who grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson, among others.
Despite being a huge fan of the genre, Brass knows it’s not that popular in India – something he wants to change with his music. âIt’s sad because country music holds family, love and hospitality at heart, and these are all things India is also known for,â he says.
Brass has even called himself a “country music evangelist” and with his album he hopes to infuse notes of Indian elements with instruments like the sarangi or the tabla into certain tracks. âI want to spread the word about the Indian country music scene abroad and help the genre become more welcoming to me,â he says.
(For more details on Brass’s campaign, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org)