J. Coursey Willis

is creating Music Material and Audio/Visual Artwork
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Upper Level Seating
$1
per month
I know a dollar doesn't sound like much, but much like any goal, every little bit helps. You're officially a JCW patron and will receive one very thankful virtual hug. You'll also have access to my patron-only feed for blog posts, picture updates and MP3 downloads.


  • Official J. Coursey Willis Patron.
  • Access to patron-only feed (blog posts, picture updates, MP3 downloads).


Mezzanine Seating
$5
per month
You'll see my work before anyone else with early access to content, plus all Upper Level Seating ($1) rewards.
  • Official J. Coursey Willis Patron.
  • Access to patron-only feed (blog posts, picture updates, MP3 downloads).
  • Early access to any content I release such as singles, albums, or music videos.
Club Seating
$10
per month
You get the say! When I've got a question, such as which songs should go on my next album, you'll be one of the few that can provide feedback through polls. You will also recieve rewards from lower tiers (Upper Level & Mezzanine).
  • Official J. Coursey Willis Patron.
  • Access to patron-only feed (blog posts, picture updates, MP3 downloads).
  • Early access to any content I release such as singles, albums, or music videos.
  • Be part of the production team and answer questions or concerns I may have regarding my creations.

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About J. Coursey Willis

New project video coming soon! In the meantime, please keep reading ...

Who is J. Coursey Willis?

I’m an American singer/songwriter and recording artist. Welcome to my Patreon page.

I was adopted by the best parents I could ask for at a very young age. I grew up on Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay. I received my first guitar for Christmas when I was nine. I’ve been writing music since I was 10, annoying my parents and neighbors with garage band practice since I was 12, performing live since I was 14, and recording for the last five years.

I am more than just a musician though. I am a creator. I create a feeling, and memories, and a movement. For lack of a better term, lets call it “soul therapy”. Thats what music is, isn’t it? It becomes a part of your life, both good and bad.

I can remember the first time I heard Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. Hearing what those bands created changed me and imprinted me with a memory. I remember where I was, who I was with, what I was doing, and the feelings became nostalgic for me.

Now through Patreon you can subscribe to that feeling and join the movement. Let me provide your “soul therapy” … as scary as that may sound. Patreon enables creators, such as myself, to include you in our journey, while at the same time, allowing us to get paid for what we create. Now, let me introduce you to my new adventure.

Why am I on Patreon?
I never considered pursuing my career in music without a recording label until recently. Every young musician in my generation grew up wanting to “get signed,” but that is not the way things work anymore and herein lies my dilemma.

The era of getting signed to a recording label and “making it” is no more. These days, hoping to hit the label lottery by chance or luck is a waste of time. Musicians must forge their own paths and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This is where you and Patreon come in.

What are some financial challenges I face?
This is an opportunity for both of us. I want you to be my substitute record label. I am devoted to you just as much as you’re dedicated to me. Like I said, my music is your “soul therapy,” but without earning a reliable music income, it is extremely hard to keep up.

The costs incurred in making and releasing my debut six song EP, Missing October, amounted to about $10,000. The music videos that go along with an album are equally, if not more expensive. Then there are all of those other pesky associated costs of running a business, because that is what this is: the website, newsletter, and equipment maintenance & repair.

Now you might suggest I just go play more shows and sell more music. Ah, I too have thought about this. However, gone are the days of fans buying physical albums. These are the days of digital streaming media; artist royalties collected on digital music amount to almost nothing.

If I were to tell you how much royalty revenue I collect from one song stream on any of the music platforms, you would first laugh, and then not believe me, or vice versa. It is a fraction of a cent.

Now I know what I got myself into and I’m willing to accept the challenge as I’ve been doing for years, but I’m ready to take a leap. I’d like you to join me on Patreon so I can show everyone just what I’m made of. You give me that and I will earn your faith.

How does Patreon work and what do you get?
So here’s how this works and what’s really in it for you … besides “soul therapy.”

I have created tiered subscription rewards packages from $1 to $100 per month. You can change your choice or cancel at anytime, no strings attached, and I promise I wont go cry in a dark room by myself (for too long).

Lets say you choose the $5 per month package. Your credit card will be charged $5 each month and in turn, you will become an official patron of J. Coursey Willis and I will send you all my love … obviously. But you will also receive full access to my patron-only feed for blog posts, picture & video updates, exclusive MP3 downloads, and early access to all content I create.

I hear you right now saying “$5 per month?!? Bah, that is surely not enough!”

I knew you had it in you, so lets assume you select the $15 per month package. Now you will receive everything previously mentioned as well as a newly designed, always made in the USA, t-shirt each year.

Different packages offer all kinds of JCW patron insider offerings such as Skype interviews, blooper & outtake videos, sample demo songs from upcoming albums, and other personalized items. Check out all of my subscriber rewards packages to the right.

What will I do with all of this money?
As my patron force grows, I will be fulfilling different goals for each financial level I reach. For instance, at $500 per month I will record special intimate acoustic versions of all my studio-released songs every six months with exclusive patron-only early access. At the $1,000 mark, I will record and release to my patrons only, the first song of my follow up EP ... “Dangerous.” Then I’ll continue recording one song per month for six months to be included on that same EP release.

I’m going to see how far this journey will take us. The sky is the limit and I joined Patreon so that I can involve you in my quest to shoot for the moon. From now on I’m doing what I love and I will find a way to make a living doing it or else I will die trying.

Have a look and a listen for yourself. I invite you into my world. I just may have what you’ve been looking for.

Welcome to J. Coursey Willis … all aboard the train to windy hill.
Goals
$53 of $500 per month
I will record special intimate acoustic versions of all my studio-released songs every six months with patron-only early access. 
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