Barb Sorensen

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Christ In The Wilderness Rocks!

Timeline: July 18 - September 10, 2017

I am raising funds for a demo video and fundraiser concert for Christ In The Wilderness Retreat!

To make a donation to the project:

  • Please send a check to Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 126, Palatine, IL 60078.
  • If you are in Palatine and can find Barb, she can also accept donations via credit card on her Square reader.
  • Of course, Cash is always accepted.
  • And, if you prefer to pay via credit card online, we are using Eventbrite and you can make the donation here Thank you!

To read about the latest updates to this project, Click here.

About this project:

Hi, I am running this campaign (between July 18 and September 10, 2017). My name is Barb Sorensen. Some of you know me, some of you don't. So just in case you don't.... I own an independent entertainment production company in Palatine, IL named Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. (S-corporation since 1995). I produce multi-platform entertainment content, concerts, tours and special events. I am also the singer/songwriter on this independent record label. Over the years I have held all the different positions in my company. I am very familiar with and capable in the digital realm, and with creating websites and video projects. You can read more about me and my work on this website.


I became acquainted with Christ In The Wilderness Retreat (CITW) - a non-profit (501[c]3) in 1998. I was invited by one of their board members to design and build their website. Since then, I have finished many other digital projects for them on a voluntary basis. I have recorded nature sounds, photographed, and videographed the property for their website, I created wallpaper and desktop animations, trained the director on maintaining her own website and social media sites, and solved various computer issues.

(Deer grazing at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in winter)

The Project:

I have been asked to create a new 8 minute promotional demo video for them. I have already shot the raw footage for the video.

The majority of this project is a gift from myself. I have waived my usual production and recording fees. However, there are additional expenses to cover for which I am seeking financial support through which you can also show your support.

As an artist, I typically have "release" concerts for the official releases of my CDs and video projects. When I was thinking about how to tie this process into this project, I realized the perfect opportunity. I am making the release concert for this video also be a fundraising event for them.

About CITW:

CITW is a hermitage retreat center located 140 miles west of Chicago in Stockton, IL among the beautiful, rolling hills of the Mississippi Valley. They welcome individuals regardless of their backgrounds or religious orientations, to spend time alone in a secluded natural field and forest environment, nourishing their minds, bodies and spirits. It is a place I go to when I need quiet time away to focus on songwriting. There are no trains nearby, no airplane noise overhead, and no busy streets (only a quiet rarely traveled country farm gravel road) and no cellphone towers. It is the ultimate place for solitude and getting back to nature. Thousands of birds, wild deer, pheasants, turkeys, coyotes and more. You can read more about them at their website Christ In The Wilderness.

(Entrance sign at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL)

About Sr. Julia:

Sr. Julia is the Director of CITW and oversees the property, the retreat's online presence, raising funds for the maintenance of the property, taking visitor reservations, keeping the hermitages clean and functional, and the retreat's marketing.

(This is Sr. Julia the Director of Christ In The Wilderness Retreat)

Here's a sample recording of the coyotes at CITW:

These wild coyote were recorded by me (Barb) on a warm summer evening as the sun was setting behind the hill beyond the ravine. The song, following the coyote calls, was also written and recorded by me in 2001. Enjoy!

(Blossoming cherry tree at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat)

This entire project includes:

  • 1. Creating an 8 minute promotional video
  • 2. A 1 hour video-release-celebration-fundraiser-concert beneath a canopy of trees on the grounds on September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM.

(This is not my house but rather the granary at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat)

Why Support This Project:

My two goals are:

  • 1. Raise funds for the video and concert production
  • 2. I would like to raise awareness about this silent retreat in the woods to help CITW fill their calendar with retreatants, and to encourage ticket sales to the video-release-celebration-fundraiser concert. Please tell all your friends, families, business cohorts and associates!

(The driveway at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat. I see the "light at the end of the tunnel" on this project! ;) )

The work involved in bringing this project to completion includes:

  • Log, sort, select and edit the best parts of the 30 hours of footage.
  • Add titles, text and sound.
  • Render the final version into various formats for use online and mobile.
  • Schedule the concert with Sr. Julia.
  • Create the posters, signs and stage banner.
  • Rent a small outdoor lighting rig and small stage (I will supply my own sound system).
  • Create the marketing plan for the fundraiser concert.
  • Execute the plan and sell tickets.
  • Create an online ticket page using my account on Rehearse.
  • Communicate with the Backers.

Where Your Contribution Goes:

Your contribution is vital to the execution of this project. The goal is a minimum of $10,000.

Tickets to the concert will be sold separately online, (, in person by myself, and at CITW.

Funds raised via those ticket sales go to CITW (not Barb Sorensen).

Hard Project Costs Include:

  • Lodging for 2 weekends on site to review the video with Sr. Julia for any necessary tweaks after the main editing is completed.
  • Permits for the concert.
  • Transportation back and forth as necessary.
  • Renting a small stage for the concert.
  • Printing the Backer rewards items.
  • Printing signs for the concert.
  • Printing and hanging posters.
  • Creating the stage banner.
  • 2 flash drives.
  • 1 hard drive for backups.
  • Refreshments for the guests at the concert (lemonade, coffee, tea, bottled water, s'mores, sausage links, cookies, chili, napkins, paper plates and bowls, paper cups, eating utensils).


Funding over the $10,000 minimum and/or in kind contributions will be used to purchase:

  • A new MAC computer to edit this project on (about $5500 including software - Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator).
  • Costs for a videographer to film the concert and behind the scenes setup footage, and to edit the footage into a second separate promotional video.
  • Better HD camera equipment with sound attachment for on-site interviews with the audience and Backers.
  • Costs to be "Green" in the production of this concert and using edible utensils by Bakey's.

Any funds over production and wish list costs will go to the CITW cause.


Keep up to date with my project here and on:

Project Timeline:

I have already shot the footage for the video. The next phase is to edit the project, and then release it with a celebration fundraiser concert on September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM.


Prepare the marketing plan for this campaign while it is being approved by the Kickstarter staff. Re-release this project (first released in March 2017 for a 1 week run).


Begin the logging and editing process of the video, send out announcements to all the backers, do a big marketing push (using social media, local public access television, local radio, word of mouth, online news and event sites, cross marketing with other local events) to sell tickets, finish the video, prepare the printed materials (signs, posters, leaflets, banner), meet with Sr. Julia and hang up posters around town, reserve the equipment to be rented, practice, prepare the set list, and conduct a run-through for the concert.

September 7 - Pack up everything into the car

September 8 - Drive to Stockton, unpack the car, hang posters, eat dinner, meet with top Backers

September 9 - Prepare the stage area, meet with Sr. Julia and go over the concert production with her, put up the parking lot signs, set up the tables and chairs, set up the stage, meet with Backers

September 10 - Warm up, sound check, hang the banner, perform, Meet'n'Greet with the guests, tear down and pack the equipment, pack things into the car, eat dinner, and get a good night's sleep.

September 10 - December 31, 2017 - Send out the promised Backer rewards.

(Me on stage at a local concert)

Thank you for being a donor for this promotional video and fundraiser concert. Every dollar is very appreciated to help me complete this gift.

Risks and challenges

The risks include:

  • Computer crashes - having a backup hard drive will be necessary.
  • Rain on the concert date - There is a small chapel for visitors where we can move the concert indoors for inclement weather. If it is terrible blustery just awful weather, I will update donors right here or via email.

Fun Questions!

What is the furthest you have toured?: Furthest west is Alaska and Hawaii, furthest east is Berlin Germany, furthest north is Barrow Alaska, furthest south is Dallas Texas

How do you do what you do?: Balancing work, pleasure, play, fun, creativity, practice, networking

How many songs have you written?: I have written a few hundred. Not all have been recorded.

Do you have any pets?: I have two acquariums with snails, and one terrarium I am preparing for neon tetras

Did you have to go to school to be a musicians?: The kind of musician I am, included a college degree in Chemistry. For myself, I learned that it wasn't just about a higher more challenging use of my brain via education, but about learning to travel amidst many types of circles. A musicians meets all kinds of interesting and fascinating characters on the road.

Count Downs

Days till the Community Christmas Concert Series begins (Dec 1- Dec 25, 2017)


Days till the Christmas Concert at the Catlow (Dec. 23rd)


Year's of Touring
CDs released
Happy Music Fans

Feedback & Quotes

Susan Galvez Fan

"If you have not heard Barb singing a lullaby in German or yodeling for a king, give your ears and mind a treat and see Barb in concert" ....... those are some of my favorites songs!"...Susan Galvez. Palatine, Illinois

Jeff Videographer

Barb’s engaging songs draw people in. Her audience often joins her in joy filled sing-alongs. Barb is also an excellent story teller, she tells amazing facts about her songs in a highly entertaining ways. Barb Sorensen has a vast range and sings in German and English She sings early American and German Folk Songs along with modern Pop Rock and Kids Lullaby’s. Barb’s informal friendly approachable joyous style is perfect for family gatherings in a park, Historical Re-enactments, and all sizes [sic] concert settings. Heinz Thiel

Kim Parent of Barb's Music class student

She Looks Up To You. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of your career. Gretchen almost cried when she heard your "Snowflake" song! Honest!! She just looks up to you and always has. Kim, United States - 15 January 2006

Joyce & Tony Fans

"My husband and I have been to several of Barb's concerts. We are very impressed with her songwriting abilities and her enthusiasm for performing. Barb loves singing and playing her guitar, and it shows!" - Joyce and Tony T., Downers Grove, Illinois

Keith Fort / Director Screamfest B96 Chicago Entertainment Producer

"Barb is very creative, extremely hardworking, willing to go far above and beyond the norm. Her transformation as an actress was stunning and a wonder to behold. She was always one of the first to offer her time and talents to help promote the show, and I endorse her heartily. Thanks, Barb! and Keep rockin'!"

Neal Reynolds Fan//Author

5 stars - Sensuous and Romantic Acoustic Pop/Rock Fun!

It's well past midnight as I write this and I can't stop listening to acoustic pop/rock singer/songwriter Barb Kronau-Sorensen's CD "Walk That Mile"! It has that rare quality where the songs are both immediately pleasing to the ear and catchy, yet don't wear out their welcome upon repeated hearings. In fact, upon each listen the songs become even more aesthetically pleasing, while one develops a deeper appreciation of the melodies, instrumentation, and extra layers and levels of meaning to the lyrics. I can't decide if my favorite song is "The Sound of Your Soul" or "Because I Am" -- I like the overall sensuous, Caribbean feel and emotion of "Soul" the best, yet I can't resist the unexpected melodic variations and vocal stylings of the last two and a half lines of each verse of the rockin' "Because I am". "Because I Am" vividly conveys the singer's delight at her formerly stick-in-tne-mud lover's unexpected romantic revival -- which has happily turned her into his fool as well. "The Sound of Your Soul" combines the musical styles of lite jazz and Jamaican music to set a warm, loving mood... a wash of sound that magically conveys the depth of the love the singer feels for her love, as she basks in the glow and feels ever closer to, almost one with, his soul. The CD opens with the infectiously catchy instrumentation of the pop rock song "Walk That Mile", wherein the singer tells of the lesson she has learned, that she has to follow her own path, not those others would choose for her. A familiar lesson perhaps, but one seldom conveyed with as much feel, strength, and good 'ol fashioned rock 'n roll fun than it is here. In fact, from the moment the song begins it is clear that this entire CD is a fully professional quality work of art, from the highly skilled playing and singing to the crisp high fidelity recording with absolutely no background noise -- an impeccable job all the way around. The fourth song on the CD, the catchy dance club style "Possessive Obsession", breaks somewhat with Sorensen's acoustic tradition by using techno-pop studio tricks and electronics -- to good effect. And it's interesting to hear a story of a woman being possessed by love for a change, as we have a tendency to think of obsessive love as a purely male phenomenon. Also unexpected for an independent label is how fully professional the packaging and graphic design of the CD is, with the inclusion of lyrics and several lovely and festive photographs of the singer, whose beautiful voice is matched only by her visual beauty. Anyone who has had the good fortune to have seen one of this very intelligent singer/songwriter's beautiful, energetic (and downright fun!) concerts knows that she has an incredible wealth of original material -- so my only complaint is that only a few them have been recorded so far. Let us hope she gets another CD released soon. In the meantime, if you're looking for a wonderful musical pickup during the winter doldrums (or any time), something that is both romantic, fun, and insightful, I can't recommend a better CD than Barb Sorensen's "Walk That Mile".

Current Charitable Projects

  • CITW - Crowdfunding Campaign Completed
  • The campaign to create a promotional video and fundraiser concert for the non-profit Christ In The Wilderness Silent Retreat in Stockton, IL is completed. Thank you to the wonderful donors and ticket buyers. If you would still like to make a donation please visit the ongoing campaign at this link
  • Fundraiser to preserve the silence
  • $10,000

    Thank you
  • Sunshine of the Spirit - Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign
  • 12 Free Community Concerts
  • Illinois
  • Kickstarter Project
  • January 2018 - December 2018
  • $100,000

    12 concerts currently in Preview
  • Piuraagvik Recreation Center
  • Barrow/Utqiagvik, Alaska
  • Because It gets cold up there!
  • And Dark
  • $15,000,000

    Click to watch the video by Barb (currently in preview)

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440 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 126, Palatine, US 60078

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