Olivia Quillio seeks kickstart for her debut album


By Kaitlyn Jasnica

The clock is ticking for “The Bomb.”

Albany singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio — who won the Times Union-College of Saint Rose Garage to Glory music competition in 2011 — has turned to Kickstarter to help fund the release of her debut album, “The Bomb.”

She has until midnight Friday March 1 to raise $3,500 through the online fundraising platform. As of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, she had raised $2,952.

“The eight songs from this album are the songs I won Garage to Glory with,” Quillio said. “It’s been a long time coming for this album, and I have a second one written already. I’m not the same girl that wrote ‘The Bomb,’ but people need to see that girl to see who I am now. Many people really liked the songs on the first album and have been anticipating its release.”

Although she spent two years recording the songs, Quillio still needs funds for more recording, mixing, mastering and printing (CDs and vinyl). Her music is a mix of folk-inspired lyricism and melodic jazz tonality played on ukulele and guitar.

Kickstarter is a website that helps people fund projects. If a person wants to help fund a certain project, they pledge money. Money will be charged only if the project reaches its funding goal.

After the person seeking funds sets a time frame to reach his or her goal, the date cannot be extended, and those who fall short of their goal receive nothing. Quillio is feeling a sense of urgency as her deadline nears.

“If I don’t reach my funding goal of $3,500, I won’t get any money to put towards my album. All of the money will disappear,” she said.

“If I could record everything myself now, I would do it and post it on the Internet for free,” Quillio said. “But you need money to make an album. I could have had an album out if I had rushed, but it wouldn’t have been what I envisioned. If Kickstarter doesn’t work, I’ll find another way.”

Donations can range from $1 to $1,000.

If you would like to donate, visit http://www.kickstarter.com.

For more information about Olivia Quillio, visit http://oliviaquillio.com.

— Kaitlyn Jasnica, Times Union intern

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