It’s not unusual for artists to have problems with their record labels. But rarely do such problems culminate in a happy ending.
But this is exactly what happened to country artist Liz Longley, in a story that will inspire both artists and their fans.
While Longley has a dedicated fan base, the singer-songwriter has never charted with any of her records, which could be one of the reasons why her latest album, entitled Funeral for My Past, had been delayed by Concord for nearly a year. At a certain point, Longley had enough. She decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $35,000 that it would cost her to buy back her master recordings, along with an additional $10,000 for production and promotional expenses.
We didn’t realize you could just pay $35,000 for freedom from a contract, but Longley confirmed that this is the case with Concord (Concord hasn’t responded to an inquiry from Digital Music News).
Incredibly, not only did Longley raise the $45,000 in a handful of hours, but she eventually raised nearly $130,000 from roughly 1,200 people, and there are still a few days left in her Kickstarter campaign (at the time of writing, Longley’s campaign total was $128,166 and quickly rising).
With the extra money, Longley is planning to produce music videos as well as make merchandise related to the new album. She says that her success was “beyond my wildest dreams.”