In a statement on the campaign page, composer Friedman writes, "All the past Nancy CDs have been financed out of my own pocket. When I do that, it takes me over 2 years to do each one (because I have to keep working at other things to pay for them) and when they're done I haven't got enough budget left to properly publicize them. So I've decided to bring Nancy LaMott into the Indiegogo world. With your help, we will be able to produce and properly promote a CD that will stand the test of time as a classic among the greats."
A minimum of $50,000 is needed for the project. Several perks and gifts are available for donors at different levels. Donors at the top level, $15,000, will receive a customized song penned by Friedman and David Zippel.
Songs on the new recording, all featuring lyrics by Tony winner Zippel, will include "You Can Always Count on Me" (from City of Angels), "Lost and Found" (also from City of Angels), "Loud Is Good," "Slide Trombone," "Until You Let Go" (the original theme song Zippel and Marvin Hamlisch wrote for the movie "Frankie & Johnny"), "How Can I Win?" (from The Goodbye Girl) and more.
Nancy LaMott was beloved by fans for a voice that could be soft and sweet one minute and big and belty the next. Many critics agreed she also possessed a remarkable ability to find the emotional center of any song, bringing a lyric to life as honestly as possible. LaMott's solo recording credits included "Beautiful Baby," "Come Rain or Come Shine: The Songs of Johnny Mercer," "My Foolish Heart," "Just in Time for Christmas" and "Listen to My Heart" as well as the posthumously issued "What's Good About Goodbye?," "Nancy LaMott—Live at Tavern on the Green" and "Ask Me Again." LaMott died in 1995 at the age of 43.
Click here to learn more about the campaign or to donate to the recording. Watch Friedman's discussion of the new recording below.