Millions have fallen in love with country music sensation Karen Waldrup. Known for her authentic nature and charismatic voice, videos of Waldrup’s performances have earned over 400 million views online. These videos include covers of country music classics, as well as performances of her own, original music.
Many of those videos have been featured in Country Rebel‘s former “Waldrup Wednesday” series. The “Waldrup Wednesday” videos and some of Waldrup’s other performances can be viewed on the Country Rebel Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Waldrup’s talent has been recognized with a fair share of accolades. She has earned 12 Nashville Industry Music Awards and is the 2019 recipient of the Torch Award from the Keith Whitley Fingerprint on Country Music Awards.
Justified, Waldrup’s debut album, was released in 2018. The album was funded solely through fan donations raised through a campaign on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Justified went on to debut on four of Billboard‘s album charts.
Now, Waldrup is preparing a new, five-song EP. She is working with producer Paul Worley, who is known for discovering The Chicks. Worley has also worked with Lady A, Big & Rich, and many other notable acts. He is the former Vice President of Song at BMG.
“I met Karen several years ago and was immediately taken by her voice and passion for her work. Since then I have watched her grow exponentially! She has it all!” Worley said of Waldrup. “She is beautiful with a ‘never met a stranger’ personality. Her singing is spot on perfect, and so emotional. She now has a very large fan and touring base, and the songs she is ready to record are great. I am fully committed to her career and encourage anyone interested in supporting great music to get on board.”
As she prepares to release her new EP, Waldrup has teamed up with the registered investment platform Music Benefactors for a one-of-a-kind partnership.
According to a press release, Music Benefactors helps “recording artists and independent music businesses raise capital for new projects and monetize catalogs by partnering with fans and investors.” Unlike other platforms, Music Benefactors gives fans the chance to “share the income the projects generate.”
Waldrup is the first-ever country artist to partner with Music Benefactors for a campaign. She and her team are seeking $35,000-$100,000 to fund her upcoming EP, Somebody’s Got To Be First:
“‘Somebody’s Got To Be First’ is a project that fascinates me and gives me peace all at the same time,” Waldrup said, as quoted by Music Benefactors. “I love being first in endeavors that I am a part of and I have always dreamed of working with this producer Paul Worley. When I first moved to town, we used to meet in his office between my club days on the road and I remember he always encouraged me to ‘keep building my live performance and fanbase muscles.’ I believe with over one million #waldrupworldwide fans…we can be the first successful public securities offering of a music project in Country Music History...After all, ‘Somebody’s Got To Be First.'”
Music Benefactors explains what happens when someone invests in Walrdups’s offering to raise funds for Somebody’s Got To Be First:
Those who participate in Waldrup’s offering not only help her fund her new EP, but they can make money off of it once it is released. It’s a unique opportunity that benefits everyone involved in the process.
If you’re interested in contributing to Waldrup’s campaign through Music Benefactors, click here.