Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. Thanks to friends all over the world we just successfully ended a Kickstarter campaign for my next album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

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We did it!! Thank you!

We did it!  The Kickstarter is officially over and thanks to friends and family around the world we almost doubled our funding goal!  Thank you for the the best birthday gift — the generous support from so many for this campaign.

I now look forward to finishing the album – recording all the songs (a few more pieces to go), and having the album mixed, mastered, designed, printed and shipped by July 2019.

I will continue to post updates about the project in the next few months so that you remain informed about the process.

Successfully Funded

Altogether we raised $30,721 with 266 backers (this includes other payments that came in through PayPal and WeChat)!

I can’t wait to finish this upcoming album for the Báb titled ‘The Exalted One’ and continue working on one for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá for 2021!

Thank you for all the love, support and generosity you have shown me!

 


48 hours left!

Only 48 hours remain until our Kickstarter Campaign ends on Nov 30 at 10 am EST/7 am PST (11 pm AWST) and 11pm Beijing time!

I am most grateful to all who have supported me throughout the process!

Final Hours

During these final hours any additional funds received will go towards producing an additional new album that will be released in 2021 in honor of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, thus making a trilogy together with “The Ancient Beauty” (for the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah) and “The Exalted One” (for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb).

>>>> www.elikamahonykickstarter.com <<<<

With my deepest thanks for your support of my music!  I could not have done it without you.


Beautiful cover reveal…

I’m so excited to share with you the gorgeous cover of ‘The Exalted One’!

The striking gold laser cut cover traces the design of the gate that leads to the Shrine of The Báb, and the green cardstock invokes His memory.  The design also reflects that of ‘The Ancient Beauty’, creating twin album covers for the twin bicentenaries of the Twin Manifestations!

As we only have a few days remaining for the Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to be sure to share this with you before it ends.

If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, please go to: 
>>> Elika’s Kickstarter Campaign <<<

Only 4 days left to support the project!

 


Gift for Kickstarter Backers

It is the season of Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your support of my music.  This month in particular I have been blown away by all the kind support of my Kickstarter campaign!  Thank you!

Thanksgiving Gifts

As a gift for all backers of the Kickstarter campaign, I will be giving a free download of the song and video for the ‘Prayer for Protection’ (after Nov 30 when the campaign ends).

>>> Support Elika’s Kickstarter Campaign <<<

Additional Funds for a SECOND album

Any funds received during the next 7 days will be used for an additional album in honor of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 2021.

Thank you for all your kind support and for spreading the word.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the video yet here it is: Prayer for Protection

And thank you for all your incredible support of the Kickstarter!  I’d be so grateful if you would continue to spread the word about the Campaign.


Why I did a Kickstarter campaign?

Why a Kickstarter Campaign?

Six months ago I started creating a video for my Kickstarter campaign to share my thoughts about the new album we are making titled ‘The Exalted One’ (see video below).

At first the process was daunting.  Knowing this sacred event comes once in a lifetime raised the bar for composing music that would be worthy of the occasion.

Several friends had encouraged me to launch a Kickstarter as a way of involving the community in the making of this album.  I was hesitant at first but then realised what better way of overcoming my fears!

To be honest, embarking on this Kickstarter campaign caused me some fear and anxiety.  I would often ask myself ‘What if I don’t make the goal? What if people don’t respond?”

But I decided to practice courage, determination and perseverance in order to accomplish the goal I had set out to create an album in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

Below are three reasons I decided to do a crowdfunding campaign.

Reasons for doing a Kickstarter Campaign

1. making an album is an expensive endeavour and often takes years to recoup the costs – sometimes never!  (Watch the video below to see where all the costs go)

2. Involving the community in the making of this album

3. Personal growth – pushing myself out of my comfort zone

Below is the video I created for the Kickstarter explaining the project and sharing some of the details of the album.

We have 11 days left to the end of the campaign!  Please share the video with your friends.  Even though we have made our goal we hope to fund a second album in honor of Abdu’l-Bahá for 2021!  I am already collecting the songs to start on the project as soon as I finish this album for The Báb.

To support the Kickstarter click here.

I am also accepting PayPal payments separately (please contact me here about that) and also WeChat funds.

 


Unique Rewards for my Kickstarter

We are now at the mid-way point of the Kickstarter campaign. I am very excited to share that we reached our goal for ‘The Exalted One’ in the first week of the campaign!!

Going forward, any additional funds received from now until Nov 30th will go towards the production of a second new album in honor of Abdu’l-Bahá.

Below are a few new rewards that will only be available during this Kickstarter campaign:

All these rewards come with CD “The Exalted One”.  Within each package there is a unique digital download code for the album.


New Rewards

  • Prayer book cover with beaded bookmark + 10 CDs – The beaded bookmarks are packaged in an elegant green silk box. An inspiring quotation from The Báb is attached. This package also comes with a matching teal Silk Prayer Book Cover.
  • Twin Abstract Paintings – I painted two matching round silver and forest green abstract paintings which are titled ‘AFRICAN FOREST’ and ‘ARRIVAL OF SPRING’.
  • 20 CD gift pack – A pack of 20 signed CDs of the new album to share with your friends (each CD package comes with a unique digital download code).  Perfect gift for the upcoming celebrations for the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.
  • Set your favorite quotation to music – Choose your favorite quotation or prayer and I will compose a melody and set it to music for you or as a gift for a loved one! (4 left!)
  • Original piano piece – composing instrumental piano pieces is a joy of mine.  I will compose a piano composition specially for you or a loved one to give as a gift.  You can help choose a title! (4 left!)

To support the kickstarter or pre-order the album, click here: www.elikamahonykickstarter.com

Thank you for all your kind support in this campaign and for sharing the project with your friends.

To watch a slideshow of the rewards go to www.elikamahonykickstarter.com under the Updates section.

Some of the rewards for Elika Kickstarter campaign


New Video – Prayer for Protection

As a gift for the 199th anniversary of the Birth of The Báb, I am thrilled to share with you a new video for a song called ‘Prayer for Protection’. The words are from a prayer of The Báb and the piece will be on my upcoming album “The Exalted One”.

Many thanks to Daniel Badi Rinaldi for producing and mastering the song, to Stefano Pizzaia for mixing, and to Sacha Ghalili for creating the video.

Here’s the video: Prayer for Protection

Thank you!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support of the Kickstarter Campaign!

We reached our goal in 3 days!  As the campaign is still live till November 30th, I’d be so grateful if you would continue to spread the word about the Kickstarter Campaign.  Any additional funds will be used for an additional second new album.

Here is a link to Support the Kickstarter Campaign.

Some of the rewards of the Kickstarter Campaign.


Special rewards for my Kickstarter

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I feel truly blessed by all the love and support I’ve received since the Kickstarter started!  We have already reached over 50% of our goal for the Kickstarter campaign after only 24 hours!  Thank you for your kind support.

[Update – Since this blog post we have now funded the album.  Any additional funds received will be used for an additional album in honor of Abdu’l-Bahá.  Thank you for continuing to spread the word].

For the last 6 months I have been planning and creating special rewards for my Kickstarter project.

Below are just a few of the unique rewards that will only be available during this 30 day period and one is almost sold out! (Below is a photo collage of a few rewards).

        Rewards

  • Chinese Calligraphy Scroll – The scrolls were specially commissioned for this campaign by an outstanding Chinese calligrapher. SOLD OUT!
  • Twin Bicentenary Album Set – receive copies of both of my Bicentenary music albums: The Ancient Beauty (released in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in 2017) and “The Exalted One” in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.
  • Prayer Beads + Silk Box –  I had such a great time choosing the gorgeous gold and green clasps and the 95 water pearls for the prayer beads.  Each is packaged in a deep green silk box. Perfect for daily meditations.  Only 6 are left!
  • Lyric Print – a beautifully designed limited edition Lyric Print of the piece ‘Unto Thee I Repair For Refuge’.
  • Paintings – Original abstract acrylic paintings with a circular motif representing spheres of unity, oneness and harmony in multiple shades of green. One of the paintings took me 6 months to complete!

As you may have noticed, many of these special rewards are various shades of green, a color often associated with The Báb.

Since the album “The Exalted One” is in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of The Báb, I have incorporated the color green to invoke the memory of His life and the “divine springtime” that He announced.

To support and find all the rewards on kickstarter, click here: www.elikamahonykickstarter.com

Thank you for all your kind support in this campaign and for sharing the project with your friends.

Tomorrow morning at 7pm PST (10am Beijing time) I will be going live on Facebook to show you some of the rewards.  Join me on my facebook music page.

I am thinking of adding a few rewards since we are out of 2 of the rewards already!  Will keep you posted!


exciting news… check out my new trailer

As you may know I’m working on a new album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.

The Exalted One is a collection of pieces based on the writings and prayers of the Báb. My producer and I have been working on it for the past ten months and we are very excited!

But we need your help.

On 1 November 2018, we’ll be launching a 30-day Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds required to complete the album.

Through Kickstarter’s fundraising platform, you will be able to support the making of the album in various ways, including by pre-ordering the album. All the funds we raise will be used to pay for studio time, musicians, engineers, designers and other costs – so that we can complete the album and deliver it by July 2019.

As thanks, there will be many unique rewards that contributors can receive, depending upon the level of their pledge. These rewards will include signed copies of the album, art prints with the Writings of the Báb, specially commissioned Chinese scrolls, paintings I’ve created, prayer beads and many other items. Some of the rewards are limited in number so be sure to check them out!

I’ll send you further details on 1 November, but for now please visit the official Facebook Event: Elika Mahony Kickstarter where I’ve just posted a short teaser video! (direct youtube link here).

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Title for my Upcoming Album

I’m so excited to finally announce the title of my new album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

After consulting with family and friends, and reflecting on a number of different suggestions, we have decided to name this album ‘The Exalted One’.

This beautiful title of The Báb comes from a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, where He writes The Báb, the Exalted Oneis the Morn of Truth, the splendor of Whose light shineth throughout all regions.

In addition to the beauty of the title itself, we also felt it fitting that that this name echoes the name of my previous album for the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, “The Ancient Beauty”.

Since The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh were the Twin Manifestations Who came to announce the dawn of a new age for humanity, it seemed appropriate that the two albums should also reflect the titles and unique stations of these Luminous Beings.

It has been a pleasure working together with my producer, Daniel Rinaldi on this album as well as the whole team involved.  The music is sounding incredible!  I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Thank you for your continued support.

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