Dreams are starting to look like reality for one valley man who has dedicated his life to music. Jay Daniels is raising the funds to release his debut album, which features classics from another era.
Daniels, of Stuarts Draft, is only 25 years old, but it's his mission to share his love of legends like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole with the world. But he says putting together a CD is going to cost thousands.
He's hoping that his campaign to do the project - as well as the music itself - will take off. Daniels says he's had a passion for music since he could talk.
"I would always hear the music that my grandparents had played, whether it be country or bluegrass, and there was something about hearing the sound of music," Daniels said.
He started taking lessons as a child to master the piano and the organ. Then he decided to tune his chops.
"Somebody said, ‘you need to make a CD album.' And so the wheels started to turn a little bit," Daniels said.
After talking to some friends, Daniels decided he would throw some drums and bass into an elegant mix. He reached out to the folks at Blue Ridge Recording Studio in Waynesboro, where he found even more support.
"You close your eyes and it's an old soul in a young man's body," said Rick DeLange, the owner of the recording studio. "It's just really cool. Just the sound and the music just brought in a lot of memories from years ago."
But when Daniels started taking note of the costs, he realized he needed help coming up with the funds for the recording, post-production and distribution of the album. He composed a Kickstarter video online, but unless he reaches the goal of raising $6,000 within the next month, there won't be an album and all donations will be refunded.
Daniels says he does not long for fame and fortune. "My vision is not to become this next big star; I would just love to be able to do what I do more and more," he said.
He says for anyone who gives a donation, there will be all kinds of thanks, such as free CDs, performances and the like. If all goes smoothly, he hopes to do the final recording in early November.