House of Sky  
My Friends Who Made This Album Possible
House of Sky was recorded with the help of nearly 600 people, who helped me finance the many thousands of dollars it takes to record a full-band album. I spent three years planning how I would ask, imagining strategies and creative rewards that I thought would make it most successful. I went through Kickstarter crowd funding, which works on a system that only pays out if you meet your announced goal by a certain date. If I fell a dollar short, I would receive nothing and everyone would keep their money. That made it just scary enough to keep it interesting, creating a kind of excitement that made people want to watch the movement daily to see if it was going to succeed. It was one of the most fascinating and uplifting experiences of my life; shepherding the process daily and watching the amount grow — and then sometimes lie idle for a day or two — and then finally surpass my original goal by a great deal.

I believed all along that the only way to succeed was to inspire people, to cause them to want to take part in bringing something beautiful into the world. As it turned out, I think much of the success happened because people wanted to inspire me. I didn’t expect that and it was humbling to see so many people from around the US and the world reach out to encourage me and offer their help. Whether you were one of them or if you watched and sent prayers and good will, I thank you for holding a vision of my triumph. In the many months since, I have put my heart into creating an album of songs I hope you will be proud to be a part of.

PS ~ Before I launched my crowd funding effort, a great unexpected gift came to me from a friend I’d only known from afar. Van Toffler, who many know as the long-time president of MTV, VH1 and CMT, had been listening to me for years. He called to ask if I was putting out a new album. When I told him of my crowd funding plan he asked if he could financially help me to get started. Van personally sent me a check and paid for the early, exploratory recording of many of the tracks that came to life on this album a year before my Kickstarter campaign launched. It was a generous and completely unexpected gesture that I am deeply grateful for.
My Heartfelt Thanks to All Who Took Park in Crowd Funding to Create This Album
(pictured below and listed below that)
Kat Fletcher, Sandra Starbuck, Linda Korsiak, John Carlisle, Carla Cargo, Hannah Hayes, Sharon Cross, Therese Coupez, David Clark, Jade Elizabeth Taylor, Renee HIbbert Greenleaf, Sean Shea, Angel Pino, Linda Cohen, Jan Myers, Sheri Pelletier, Paul Byron Crane, Geri Lynn Peak, Margaret Waterman, Rachel Hannah, Patrick Devine, Lorri Aiello, Rebecca Smith, Larry Brozowski, Alberto Milone, Nancy Lamb, Brian Archibald, Jennifer Newell, Melissa McEvers, Steve & Helene Ward, Birgitt Gottschalk, Jane Weaver, Chante Ishta, Ursual Myers, Steffany Raynes, Christine Bennett, Bonnie Willow, Kathy Candela, Terry & Mary O’Brien, Kirk Vogel, Val Olyval, David Boughton, S.M. Selby, Jean Greaves, Mark Cannon, Anette Pedersen, Ronald K. Cowan, Carrie Bolden, Vito Gregoli, Daniel Allen, Barbara Drew, Patrice Stierlen Lefebvre, Athena Burke, Beverly Kune, Kathryn Gadoury, Michele Bishai, Stu Estes, Christin Underwood, Elizabeth Hopkins, Will Dizon, Jacob Heinz, Elizabeth Johnson, Vickie Bartman, Jenifer Van Deusen, Shelli Browning, Aaron Arnold, Jodi Apelt, J.R. Bach, Kitty Carrozzo, Karen Weil, Mark Fowler, Suzanne Dethlefs, David Carter, Brigitte Sztab, Merri Cunningham, Lorna Dunn, Dana Bogel, Kathleen Dye, Mindy Caspary, Randall Omel, Linda O’Leary, Deidre Weller, Susan Hegel, Palmer Jackson, Katherine Murphy, Bruce Schwaim. Scott Scott, Martin Wetzel, Amy Joytir, Cynthia Gray, Marva Messer, Lorrie Crawford, Mary Jo Hempe, Teri Bachus, B.V. Weymarn, James N. Simpson, Anita Vasquez, Jane Braynard Barr, Deborah Black, Donna McAuliffe, Susan Bafford, Greg Mitchell, Bobbe Branch, William Knuttel, Scott Daggatt, Jerad MacLean, Susan Chapman, Cathy Hendricks, Tori Iannarelli, Kathy Kellum, Lisa Fleury, Dale Aldridge, Daren Whitehorn, Hillary Fellenz, Frank Peraino, Russell Glindmeier, Sherry Kimbrough, Gene Burnett, Pete Carona, Laura Bloom, Romeo Santistevan, Paul Faust, Krista Karp, Richard Meek, Karrin Berman, Myrna Reyes, Paul Reynolds, Terry Woldridge, Cheryl DeFrenza, Rebecca Guy, Liam Foley, Bridget Sunderlin, Heather Campbell, Sharon Galvin, Carole Tyson, Steve Millard, Lynn Cassettare, Wendy & Steve Kelley, Jim Bunstock, Jerry McWilliams, Evi Kritt, Bunny Homa, Marc Berner, Sionan O’Neill, John Duhamel, David Sunfellow, Kristina Abrams, Jay Jylkka, Van Carara, Patty Strobel, John Pain, Chris Phillips, Le Hinton, Jeff Poirier, Vicki Squires, Lisa Zafar, Cindy Lambo, Heidee Lander, Marie Hashima Lofton, Tracey Smith, Peter Hepp, Deborah Wilson, Jan Erne, Alan Markowitz, Lily Burguillos, Kathleen Bacon, Kay Bee, Jeanie Morshead, Michael Syms, Tom Ogburn, Julie Pearson, Katie Swanson Nielsen, John Lussier, Andrew McPhaul, C. Bubba Dorman, Nim & Carl Carrozzo, Michael Bowers, Beverly Bertram Trimm, Linda Wilson-Gordon, Hugh Clark, Mia Pickering, Carol Ashley, Andy Perdue, Karen Mosley Mills, Candy Casper, Reiko Takano, Doreen Romney, Mark Reden, Amelia Smith, Tani Singh, Robyn Beckman, Lucinda M. Greene, Neil Gauthier, Christian Sitter, Robin Maynard-Dobbs, Katherine James Schuitemaker, Rebecca Mikkelsen, Beven Sangi, Bog & Lisa Weeck, Sean McIntosh, Bunny Chidester, Sue Gerdon, Nancy Salinas Spielvogel, Martin Bushell, Jean-Paul Ribes, Michelle Reynolds, Dave Korst, Harriet Stein, Tim Holland, Victor Perritt, Donnis Ross, Soren Jespersen, Karen Rozbicki Stringer, Marian De Bruyn Clough, Monica Vassilev, Charles M. Attaway, Mimi Gerhardt Roth, Carolyn Rosenblum, Jim Wagoner, Brenda Owens, Tony Filippello, Gail Leopold, Philip Tingey, Rober Rosengart, Hope & Andy Dogali, Evlyn Moris, Patricia Janssen, Sandi Kobzine, Charles Fraley, Karen Westerlund, Linda Thomas Anderson, Daniel & Denise Prewitt, Jill Arnow, Donna Greathouse Neel, Jeannie Danford, Cheryl. A. Vodzak, Kathy & Dan Sexton, Rosemary Tingey, Linda R. Mote, Laura Quarantiello, Doreen Quarantiello, Barbara Grove, Barb Hodge, Nori Rost, Deb Del Nero, Dan Malloy, Chuck Santistevan, Mary Molnes, Leisa Archambault, Briley Culton, Andie Baker, Jerri Grantland, Pamela Gross, Alan & Susan Meister, Jim DeLucia, Betsy Burnam, Michael Vincent, Terri Boyd, Kathy Chenette, Ron Cleveland, Cary Kraft, Dawn Dennis, Beth Rollinger, Patricia Galli, Laren Zarlingo, Dana Michaels, Carolyn Hibbs, Katie Kennedy, Kim Collins, Dee St. George, Laura Howard, Robin Dickson, Jeff Walkup, Dewayne & Jennifer Evans, Janet Chapin, Barry Wells, Todd Werdahl, Karyn Pistone, Kipp Kilpatrick, Vallerie Snavely Edmonds, Beverly Gilbert, Marcy Hikida, Ki Curtis, Mark McLaren, Bonnie Swenson Folkerts, Fell Cheston, Carolyn P. Allen, John & Sue Davis, Tanya Hammer, Kathy Anderson, Ali Edvardsen, Colleen Colley, Rick Donnelly, The Newreweds, Cathy & Lon Hayne, Terri Jones, Mary Terrass, Kayleen Jackson, Jerry Hintz, Jodi Beaugrand, Fran Kaplan, Jesse De Jesus,Fiona Strafford, Jeanie Bellamy, Ken Wade, Catharine Zane, David & Gina Haner, Judith Lonidier, Elizabeth Slaughter, Tim Holland, Kenn Lamson, David Hernandez, Terry McDonough, Tom Humpage, Debbie DiPietro, Ric Yamamoto, Kari V. Leaverton, Stephanie Mehring, Jim Richardson, Cathy Kenney, John M. Thornton, Joe Bauer, CarolAnn Barrows, Dave Tomlinson, Todd Markowitz, Mike Turney, Lenore Miller, Lori Hubbard, Gloria Johnston, Scott & Vivian Daggatt, Brandon DiNovi, Joe Rosovitz, Lisa Brovold, Sandy Russell, Joyce Arsenault, Elyse Barkin, Bari W. Evans, Dave Aregoni, Cindy Roll, Gregg Porter, Maurine Reller, Joseph Stowell, Gail & Norm Gove, Liz Charak, Ruth Johnson, Michael Siffin, Robert Quinlan, Lucy P. Dickinson, Bobbi Watkins, Kym Ricks, Johathan Shema, Claus P. Rasmussen, Aljin Cagas, Jody Smetak, Christine Doughty, Jane Shasky, Joanne Hayden Bosworth, Nonie Masterson, Sandy Shore, Bob Smith, Kathleen O’Herron, Ron Holeman, Mark Collier, Super Lory Walkup, Gary Kuck, Stephen Taylor, Cynthia Diederich, James D. Kirk, John C. Kalani Zak, Butch Davis, Christine Purden, Dea & Bob Freiheit, Sandy Millikin, Dianne Collins, Kevin Cooter, Davitt M. Armstrong, Maureen Armstrong, Betsy Fradd, Ray Kinney, Carolyn Layne, Steve Love, Shannon Richardson, Jay Kenney, Dorothy Olender, Jena Plourde, Christine Donnelly, Cheryl Gilbert, Robin Balocki Henn, Joe Monahan, Adrienne Fermoyle, Terry Allred, Rachel K. Dirkse, Ted Wells, Glenn McIlmail, Mark Topping, Joanne Takusagawa, Ann Hampton Shea, Ed laClair, Jeri Wall, Kent & Marilyn Woodworth, Maxine Nagel, Dean & Leesa Mischke, Ed Drozda, Teresa Hatch, Judy Hellmich-Bryan, Kipperly Tidball, Marcia O’Connell, Schteevie & Sheila Salamunovich, Ann Francis, Susanne McManus, Gary Fittro, Mary Cimiluca, Kathy Pyka, Julie Armbruster, Brian Roode, Tim LaBow, Carlos Ruiz, Barbe Von Netzer, Suzane Piela, Jeff LaBow & Joie Moring, David Freeman, Michael Buley, Lisa Tite, Tami Bartsch, Joan Pauline Douglas, Valencia Foster, Janet T. Wilson, Jaclyn Sinclair, Joan Chrzanowski, DeAnn Henderson, Katrinka Kramer, Gwen Garman, Andy & Linda Laurel, Michael Munniks, Werner & Cherie Ann Bergman, Chuck McLeod, John Griffin, Anne McKivergan, Judy Kitt, The Spectacular Miss Kathy Brodie, Diana Edenburg, Jean Fischer, Karen Balle, Jeannette Mayer, P. Summer Vincak, Eddie Ezzell, Sharon Krepps, Anne Heartsong, Mark Perez, Shannon Mason, William Shanks, Kandi Holgren, Adam Holgren, Anna Holgren, Mary Ann Woodbury, Deborah Dumont, Nicole La Follette, Katelyn Olson, Lisa Molloy, Tony Bolles, Derinda Vessely, Susan Warm, Valencia Foster, Thomas Rossi, CathyLyn Brooks, Jean Fischer, George Gimpelson, Garry J. Haverland, Jack Byrom, Quentin & Terrie Humberd, DeAnn Henderson, Laura Cryan, Patricia O’Driscoll, Dawn McGeddy, Karen Stevens, Laura Pavlou, David & Tisha Lannes, William Vanderberg, Greg Gilbert, Charles & Michelle Clark, Laura Danon, Pam Gross, Sharon French, Linda Rudroff, Bill Vogeny, Tawny Forbes, Robert Rainey, Ken & Pamela Winte, Jeanne Kreider, Jo Schneider, Joe & Lori Ellen Bauer, Phil Duhon, Lisa Swatman, Michael & Lorrie Sizemore, Ric Yamamoto & Alan Omuro, Chloe L. Cerutti, Larry Jacobs, Ray Istorico, Jeffrey & Susan Roughgarden, Valarie J. Vontourne, Glenn Whitehead, Deborah Seccombe, Mary Anne Bennett, Gale Marta
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Other Albums by Michael Tomlinson:

Run This Way Forever
Still Believe
Face Up in the Rain
Living Things
At Your House  (Solo Acoustic)
Calling Me Back to the Wild

 

Trace the Sky
Watching the Storm Roll In (Solo Acoustic)
Standing in Troublesome Creek (Solo Acoustic)
Friendship and Goodwill (a Compilation CD)
The Way Out West


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