Jason Dunn - Abandon Progress Album

A project by Nancy



Hey, I’m Jason Dunn, you may know me as the former lead singer of Hawk Nelson, but as of last April, I’m just me, “A Band in Progress”.  I think the number one question people like to ask me is, why?  Why did you leave Hawk Nelson?  The short answer, it was time.  The longer answer, I'll get to that later. The next chapter has just begun; Abandon Progress my new album is due out in May.  How this next chapter is written depends on the support of people like you. First I want to tell you a little story about one of my biggest life struggles that turned out to be one of my biggest life motivators.    
 
The Beginning...
I have always wanted to be a musician.  I started playing the piano at the age of four, and by eleven had taken up the guitar (much cooler) and started my own band.  I had decided I was going to be BIG!  A year later, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  In my mind, I had basically been issued a life sentence. Sleepovers at friends’ houses…OVER; school trips… NOT FOR ME; eating junk food… FORGET IT! Every birthday party I went to, instead of cake, I was chewing on a carrot or eating a granola bar. I was embarrassed of my life!
 
My passion for music kept me moving forward and at seventeen I started a new band.  We played anywhere and everywhere; two years later that band became Hawk Nelson and in 2003 we signed a record deal with Tooth & Nail Records out of Seattle, WA.

Life Changing Event... 
Everything came to a screeching halt in 2005 when I went to bed one evening and woke up in the Emergency Room the next morning.  All the touring and un-scheduled living had taken its toll, my diabetes was winning.  This was the final straw for my doctor, who had seen me dealing with sugar lows much too frequently.  He gave me an ultimatum, “Get a pump or quit touring”.  With a $10,000 loan from my record label, I got a pump.  The pump finally made managing my diabetes while on the road possible.
 
My years with Hawk Nelson were incredible!  I toured non-stop for ten years, travelling all over the world and selling over half a million albums.  I was featured on television and in a movie, won numerous awards, and played to packed arenas.
 
In 2011 a simple conversation with a boy and his mother shook my world.  They stopped me on a cold December night after one of my shows, and the mother shared with me that I was her son’s role model.  He had been recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and, like me, he felt like a write-off; but when he discovered that his favorite singer had diabetes, he knew he could do anything he put his mind to, just like me.
 
For my entire teenage years and much of my young adult life I was angry at God because of my diabetes. What did I do to deserve this? Why would He allow something like this to happen to me?  That night, through that woman and boy, God answered every question I had ever screamed up at Him.  I decided to stop being angry and embarrassed by my diabetes and instead use it to help other young people, just like that boy.  
 
The following year we (Hawk Nelson) wrapped up our 5 record deal with our label 'Tooth & Nail' records.  For me I felt it was the perfect time to start something new, to build something from the ground up.  It was an exciting and refreshing thought, and I felt the need for change, so in April of 2012 I set off on a solo adventure, leaving Hawk Nelson behind. 
 
A New Beginning...
So here I am, almost one year later, with an album ready to be released; and a passion like I've never felt before.  In January of last year I announced a project under the name “Lights Go Down”; after a month of intense studio work, I realized it wasn’t working.  I recorded an entire album trying to be something I wasn’t, an acoustic singer song-writer.  I scrapped that album, and lost my $20,000 investment, only to realize that I was the voice of Hawk Nelson for 10 years and I shouldn’t be running away from that, but instead, embracing it.
 
I started over and spent much of 2012 writing and recording my debut album, Abandon Progress with GRAMMY® nominated songwriter and producer, Aaron Rice (TobyMac, Mandisa, Rachael Lampa).
 
Big Passion Of Mine...
I also made a long time dream come true, I started a foundation to support children and young adults with diabetes, The Jason Dunn Diabetes Foundation (www.jasondunnfoundation.com).  I took my diabetes story on the road last fall, playing shows to support my foundation; meeting young people with this disease; and using my story to encourage them.  I want to be a role model, someone these young people can look up to, to bring them hope.
 
The Reality...
Recording an album is an expensive proposition and, for this album, I wanted to do it independently.  Though my music stays true to the style of my former band, writing for this new project has been a refreshing season of not worrying about satisfying band-mates, labels, or fitting into genres.  The downside is the cost.  Most people do not realize what goes into making an album.  An artist has to pay for the producer, musicians, mixing, and mastering; not to mention the costs of album artwork, packaging, creating the physical CD, and shipping.  Needless to say, I am asking each of you to help support my album so I can pay off all this debt.
 
Here Are the Perks...
I would never ask you to do this without a great deal of thanks and some epic perks.  Those of you who support me will have the first opportunity to receive my awesome new line of merch, AND my even more awesome new album!  Oh, and did I mention, I will get to spend quality time with several of you; whether it be when I sing you a song on Google+; hang with you at my sweet online CD release party; hit the greens at my local mini-golf course; or even party with you in your living room at your own private acoustic show.

                                                                  Awesome Buttons

                                                        Signature Tie Pendant

Drawstring Backpack 



                                                                  
                                                                                    My Signature T 




Jason's Suit from the movie "Yours, Mine, and Ours"



And MANY MORE AWESOME REWARDS. CHECK OUT THE LIST ABOVE FOR THE REST....


BONUS REWARD...BRAND NEW!!!!

I think my heart skipped a beat tier...

My NEW Tee




I have always had the best fans and I know you will help me to make my campaign a success. I have put years of savings into this album; I am proud of it, and excited to share it with each and every one of you.  Your support will help me to make these new dreams a reality.  The initial $20K will help me to pay off my album, but any monies above that will go to my charity, helping other young people dream big despite diabetes.
  
Invite everyone you know to join the party and let’s raise $20K+.  I can’t wait to begin this journey with all of you!

A New Calling

When Jason left Hawk Nelson, he took a real leap of faith. He knew God was calling him in a new direction and he followed his heart. Too often in life, people stop listening to God’s calling because what he is asking them to do may bring hardship. For Jason, the financial and emotional strain of leaving a successful band and starting over has been significant; yet he has never looked back or regretted following his new calling. “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:25

I would like to ask you to join me in lifting Jason up in your prayers. He has a long road ahead, but let’s ask God to be his guide and reward him for his faith and integrity. May his campaign far surpass his goal, so his new foundation may receive many blessings as well, and may he be invited into the lives of new people who will love him the way all of his current fans already do!

Thank you all and may God rain blessings upon each of you! Nancy




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    27 days ago
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  • Heather Harvey     over 1 year ago

    Dear Lord, Thank you for your endless mercies! I ask that you move hearts to help fund this project. I know it looks like time will run out but I believe Your timing ids perfect and the goal will be reached. Please Lord help exceed the goal so that many will be blessed with the donation to the charity. Thank you Jesus! Amen.

  • Abigail     over 1 year ago

    Father GOD, you know our hearts, you know our needs, you know every hair on our heads LORD. So I trust that you know what is going on right now GOD as we are seeking the support of others to help our brother in Christ in this project that he is doing. Only you have the power to fulfill this LORD, so I lift Jason up in prayer to you. May your hand be evident in this CD and throughout his ministry. Bless it, and may all the glory be brought to your name because of it. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

    Merch. Sales Assistants

    Posted over 1 year ago
    We need two Merchandise Sales Assistants at the following events: Spartanburg Spring Fling, May 4, Spartanburg, SC Rock the Coast, May 24, Muskegon, MI The Warehouse, May 27, La Cross, WI The Gear, June 14, Franklin, IN Old Settler's, June 15, Lexington, KY Friend Fest, June 22, Nappanee, IN SoulFest, August 1, Gilford, NH The Middle East Club, August 4, Cambridge, MA If you would like to assist at one of these shows, you must be at least 16 and have some sales experience. Please send the following info to nancy@eosliveevents.com to apply for one of these positions: Name Age Venue Applying to Assist At Overview of Experience Two References with Name, Relationship, and Telephone Number Thank you!
    2 of 16 pledges have been made for this volunteer request
  • Significance of the Tier Prices

    over 1 year ago

    We promised we would let you know the significance of each tier, so here they are:

    Significance of each Tier:

    $5.13 = May 2013 (Date of Abandon Progress Release)
    $12.82 = Dec. 1982 (Jason’s Birth)
    $22.11 = February 2011 (Date of Crazy Love release)
    $24.06 = April 2006 (Date of Smile Release)
    $34.12 = April 2012 (Left Hawk Nelson)
    $52.12 = February 2012 (Announced Leaving HN)
    $75.12 = May 2012 (Last show with HN in Australia)
    $108.09 = August 2009 (Wedding)
    $153.09 = March 2009 (Murphy was born)
    $511.11 = November 2011 (Discovered new calling)
    $1007.04 = July 2004 (Letters Released)
    $2009.09 = September 2009 (Live Life Loud Released)
    $2504.08 = April 2008 (HN is My Friend Released)

  • We Did It!

    over 1 year ago

    We did it! You all helped me to surpass my goal. Thank you for all of your love, I will return it in every way that I can. Now we have 5 hours left so raise some money for my foundation! Help me to make a difference in the lives of children with diabetes! www.jasondunnfoundation.com

  • Live Raffle Drawing Tomorrow!

    over 1 year ago

    The guitar raffle will be taking place LIVE on Youtube tomorrow at 4:00 pm Eastern time. I will be personally drawing the winner. We will post the link tomorrow, so keep watching for updates and make sure you get your raffle tickets before 12 am Pacific tonight!

  • Pray for a Miracle

    over 1 year ago

    Please pray for a miracle! We are $5540 away from Jason’s campaign goal. God isn’t donating, so please pray He will move the hearts of Jason’s fans to give what they can to help get Jason there! Miracles are often made by God moved people!

  • Don't Forget to Try for Your Free Raffle Tickets!

    over 1 year ago

    Don’t forget, those of you who have purchased raffle tickets are eligible to earn free tickets, how?
    1. Earn an extra ticket by guessing the meaning of 5 or more of the tiers correctly (What do those crazy prices mean? Hint: Jason wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the Get The Tunes Tier).*
    2. Earn an extra ticket by getting a friend to support the campaign.*
    Rules: By now you may have noticed that each of Jason’s Campaign Tiers has an interesting price associated with it. Each of those prices are significant. Can you figure out the hidden meaning behind each one? Send your guesses to nancy@eosliveevents.com for a chance to win an extra raffle ticket. Everyone who gets 5 or more correct will be entered into the drawing for the guitar.*
    For every friend who supports the campaign, you will earn a free raffle ticket**. Please have your friend write a message in the comment section of the Campaign page, letting us know they backed Jason because of you. Every friend you get to back Jason will earn you an extra entry for the guitar drawing.*
    Answers to the Tier Challenge will be revealed on Saturday, May 4!
    You must have purchased a ticket to earn free tickets.
    *
    Friends must back the campaign between 4/20 and 5/3..

  • Who Wants a Hint?

    over 1 year ago

    So, I understand some of you are struggling to figure out the meaning behind my tier amounts. Duh, it is supposed to be a challenge, but I guess I can give you one little hint: I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the “Get the Tunes” Tier.

  • Buy Your Raffle Tickets Before Jason Buys Them All!!

    over 1 year ago

  • Who wants a hint?

    over 1 year ago

    So, I understand some of you are struggling to figure out the meaning behind my tier amounts. Duh, it is supposed to be a challenge, but I guess I can give you one little hint: I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the “Get the Tunes” Tier. ;) ;)

  • I'm Giving THIS Guitar Away!

    over 1 year ago

  • Congratulations to Jordan Shrope

    over 1 year ago

    Jordan was the first person to submit his answers for what each Tier’s price means. He got 5 correct answers and earned a free guitar raffle ticket. Remember, once you purchase one raffle ticket, you are eligible to win free tickets by either guessing the meaning of 5 of the tiers correctly, or having a friend support my campaign. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, don’t miss your chance to win!!

  • Raffle Tickets

    over 1 year ago

    We have had some very good questions regarding the raffle. If you would like to purchase more than one ticket, under “How much do you want to support”, put whatever multiple of 5 you want. If you want 2, put 10, if you want 10, put 50. Then select Raffle Ticket. We will enter the number of tickets based on your amount of support.

    Thanks!

  • Let’s Get Outta Control!

    over 1 year ago

    I am raffling off one of my own guitars. I will personalize and sign it for the winner, along with an 8×10 of me and the guitar. The drawing will take place on the last day of my campaign, May 4.

    There are three ways to increase your chance of winning: 1. Tickets can be purchased for $5 on the Campaign Page @FaithLauncher.com 2. Earn an extra ticket by guessing the meaning of 5 or more of the tiers correctly.* 3. Earn an extra ticket by getting a friend to support the campaign.*

    Rules: By now you may have noticed that each of Jason’s Campaign Tiers has an interesting price associated with it. Each of those prices are significant. Can you figure out the hidden meaning behind each one? Send your guesses to nancy@eosliveevents.com for a chance to win an extra raffle ticket. Everyone who gets 5 or more correct will be entered into the drawing for the guitar.*

    For every friend who supports the campaign, you will earn another free raffle ticket**. Please have your friend write a message in the comment section of the Campaign page, letting us know they backed Jason because of you. Every friend you get to back Jason will earn you an extra entry for the guitar drawing.*

    Answers to the Tier Challenge will be revealed on Saturday, May 4!

    You must have purchased a ticket to earn free tickets.
    *
    Friends must back the campaign between 4/20 and 5/3.

  • FaithLauncher Tutorial

    over 1 year ago

    For anyone who is struggling to support the campaign, here is a brief tutorial!

  • You Are Eligible

    over 1 year ago

    Don’t forget, each of you has already completed step 1 of the Biggest Fan Contest, so post your name to my Band Page and recruit your friends! That will make me your biggest fan! Jason

  • "Jason Dunn's Biggest Fan" Contest

    over 1 year ago

    Win the Title: “Jason Dunn’s Biggest Fan”

    Do you feel like you have what it takes to be My Biggest Fan? Prove it! How?

    1. Support My FaithLauncher Campaign. www.faithlauncher.com
    2. Go to My Facebook Band Page: https://www.facebook.com/jasondunnmusic?fref=ts (Like it if you haven’t already) and in the comment field post Your Name
    3. Recruit your friends. Every friend you can convince to support my campaign will get you one step closer to the prize. If your friend supports me, they need to go to my Band Page and “Like” your Name Post. Your friend can then add their name to the postings and compete for the prize.
    4. The Fan who has the most likes by Friday evening at 8 pm Eastern will be crowned “Biggest Fan”! (In case of ties, we will draw the winner randomly)

    “My Biggest Fan” will win the following prizes:

    1. A phone call from me congratulating you on being My BIGGEST FAN!
    2. The Dunn Boys, my family band’s album.
    3. A Limited Edition Jason Dunn Diabetes Foundation Poster.
    4. A Limited Edition Jason Dunn Diabetes Zox Strap.

  • Jason Dunn's Second Chances Lyric Video

    over 1 year ago

  • Jason Models His Signature T

    over 1 year ago

  • $10,000 by the Weekend!

    over 1 year ago

    Hey supporters, you guys are the best! I am blown away by the love you have all shown me this week. I am truly humbled by the amount you have pledged already, but I still need your help. I have set a goal of getting to $10,000 by Saturday, that would mean we raised 50% of my goal in one week!

    How can you help? Ask everyone you know to support my campaign. Let’s make this happen!

    Thank you all! Jason

    • Steven

    • 2013-05-04 23:48:35 -0700
    • Marco

    • 2013-05-04 23:00:01 -0700
    • Lauren

    • 2013-05-04 22:27:36 -0700
    • Cindy

    • 2013-05-04 22:09:17 -0700
    • Cindy

    • 2013-05-04 22:03:59 -0700
    • Cindy

    • 2013-05-04 22:00:38 -0700
    • Cindy

    • 2013-05-04 21:51:02 -0700
    • Jacob

    • 2013-05-04 21:35:40 -0700
    • Heather

    • 2013-05-04 21:09:57 -0700
    • Heather

    • 2013-05-04 20:27:18 -0700
    • Scott

    • 2013-05-04 19:58:52 -0700
    • Jayde

    • 2013-05-04 19:47:30 -0700



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  • Joshua    over 1 year ago

    One more day people for a once in a lifetime opportunity to support Jason’s first solo album. Show him some love.

  • Mary    over 1 year ago

    I have always loved your music. I can’t wait to hear your solo stuff! I’m glad I could help you out with this :) and it would be totally awesome if you could sign my poster :)

  • Steven    over 1 year ago

    Jason, I don’t know what it is about you and your music that has always attracted me but I am proud to help out man. I can’t wait to hear your new stuff, God bless you!

  • Joshua    over 1 year ago

    So excited to be helping out with this project! I have been a huge fan of Hawk Nelson from the beginning and love that you are getting a chance to do a solo project! I would also be totally excited if you signed the poster, so I can show it off to all of friends haha. Praying that you make your goal man! God Bless

  • Sara    over 1 year ago

    I have been a huge fan for years, and I am so excited for your new album, Jason! I’m really stoked that I could help, plus get such cool perks… :) Can’t wait!

  • Emily    over 1 year ago

    I just backed Jason Dunn’s campaign! Thanks to my brother Jordan Shrope who got me to help support :)

  • Nancy    over 1 year ago

    Hi Kayla! That would be absolutely fine. You will definitely get double of everything! We appreciate your prayers and support!

  • Kayla    over 1 year ago

    I have already donated. I would like to know if I supported Jason again, would I get all the perks twice? In particular, tier $153.09 would he sing the songs to 2 separate girls? ( I have 2 daughters) Luv song for each? Call for each? And so on.
    God bless his campaign!
    Dawn

  • Paul    over 1 year ago

    I woulds love to support, but I don’t know how to start the process!

  • Nancy    over 1 year ago

    Hey guys, a bunch of you have been asking about when you get your perks. The perks will not be sent out until May when the campaign has ended. I promise it will be worth the wait! :)

  • Nancy    over 1 year ago

    Hi Alexis! I am not seeing you on the supporter page. Are you sure you completed the process? Did you get any confirmation from Paypal? Please try again, if you get charged twice, we will refund you. Please feel free to email me with any questions. nancy@eosliveevents.com

    Nancy Matthews

  • Alexis    over 1 year ago

    I gave 13 dollars and I assume that I’m supposed to get an email regarding the rewards. When exactly should I get the reward email? Cause I still haven’t gotten anything about the rewards.

  • Michael    over 1 year ago

    How do i get the download for abandon progress?

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