The project, entitled Pilgrimage, is to support in Steve Bell's words his "18th CD of music" but the truth is the project is actually a 4 CD set celebrating his last 25 years since his first album. In addition to the CD set a reflective biographical essay and discography written by John Stackhouse Jr. is set to be included.
This is Bell's first foray into the crowdfunding phenomenon known as Kickstarter but he is hardly the first musical artist to leave traditional avenues of recording music.
The Kickstarter goal is set at $20,000 even though the project will cost upwards of $67,500. Bell has already raised significant funding for the project but the kickstarter is to offset a number of the production costs. Most artists that resort to crowdfunding are independant artists but other established Christian artists like Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Disciple have all moved towards crowdsourcing upcoming albums.
Rewards range from the $20 reward mark with a 16 song CD entitled "Treasures from the Vault" containing a number of unreleased songs from Steve's past all the way up to the $5,000 reward level where Steve will come to your home at his expense and play a full concert in your living room for your family, friends, and pets.
However like all Kickstarter projects if Bell fails to raise all $20,000 in the allotted time (in this case by June 14, 2014) all funds will be refunded and Bell receives nothing.
For more information or to contribute to Bell's Kickstarter fund visit the Pilgrimage project Kickstarter page.