Matthew Perryman Jones' 'Land of the Living' Exclusive Release
In July last year I launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new record project. I was pretty nervous going into it. I had to raise a good chunk of money in a month to get the recording underway and worried whether enough people would be into it. I kind of felt like I was walking into the lunchroom the first day of high school. It was nerve wracking. However, to my surprise, people hopped on right away. Within 2 weeks 50% was raised, a week later we met our goal. By the time it was done we raised over 130% of the asking goal. I was blown away.I went into the studio incredibly energized and inspired. The record I was going in to make was a very personal and emotional one. I really wanted to pour myself into it and not hold anything back. I made the record with some good friends and felt I was in the best environment to really produce a work of truth and beauty. That was my desire. With the help of my friends (who also happen to be some of the most gifted people I know) and supportive fans, I made my best record to date. I'm really proud of the work and humbled by the love that went into making this record. It has left me with a great sense of gratitude.One area I want to take my gratitude is to the great efforts of Blood:Water Mission. I have been a supporter from it's inception and believe so much in the vision and work. What first impressed me about BWM was it's simple and clear mission. At first the efforts focused on partnering with African communities to help provide sustainable water systems for clean water. They made it simple for people to be involved in a meaningful and effective way. I remember when the goal was set to provide 1000 wells to various communities in Africa. I was happy to be a part of celebrating the reaching of that goal. It's working. Lives are being saved and enriched as a result.So, in the spirt of paying it forward, I wanted to launch this campaign with Blood:Water to help raise money for their efforts in Central African Republic (CAR). As we considered together what effort we could direct this campaign, CAR came up. I was drawn to the story of this area. It is referred to as the "Phantom Country", as it is completely off the radar screen of most of the world including most Africans. I think it's important to start bringing attention to the people of this country. We are focusing this campaign on the HIV/AIDS prevalence there. The efforts are to help provide counseling, medications and nutritional support.This record, Land of the Living, is about fighting to come back to life at it's heart. I know everyone of us at some point in life feels as though we've lost course or have entered into our own no mans land. I hope these songs find a place in your own story. Thanks for listening and being a part of bringing some attention and hope to the people of Central African Republic!Cheers,Matthew Perryman Jones
This week only you can download his new album, Land of the Living, before its official release. Your gift of $10 will go directly to support communities in Central African Republic affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. Blood:Water Mission is working in these communities to provide education, voluntary counseling & testing and support groups. Join us and Matthew as we partner together to make an impact in Central African Republic.