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Oklahoma musician seeks recording funds through Kickstarter

Oklahoma singer Jacob Abello hopes through Kickstarter to raise the full $10,000 needed to record his new album, which he said marks a significant break from his past and a big move into perfect pop music.
BY GEORGE LANG Published: September 20, 2013
/articleid/3884619/1/pictures/2216092">Photo - Prettyboy is, left to right, Chase Kerby, Billy Reid, Jacob Abello, Steven Battles and Tommy McKenzie. <strong></strong>
Prettyboy is, left to right, Chase Kerby, Billy Reid, Jacob Abello, Steven Battles and Tommy McKenzie.

Group effort

Prettyboy has emerged as a kind of Oklahoma City alt-pop supergroup, featuring Abello, Steven Battles of Chrome Pony, Chase Kerby of Defining Times, ex-Boom Bang guitarist Tommy McKenzie and drummer Billy Reid.

If all goes well and the Kickstarter goal is reached by 11:08 a.m. Sept. 30, Prettyboy will release the album in March 2014.

For higher levels of contribution, the rewards are much larger. Private, full-band house shows plus a ton of extras, including hard-copy and downloaded versions of the album, are available for $1,000. And a $2,500 input means an executive producer credit on the album.

Abello said that parting company with some of his favorite/notorious stage outfits is just part of the process of moving forward. The new album will feature a more pop-oriented sound: Abello is going for the brass ring.

And for $500, a contributor will be on the guest list for the next 10 shows of his or her choice. According to the Prettyboy Kickstarter page, “This does not expire if I'm suddenly Beyonce status.”

But to get there, Abello needs his fans' help.

“It's an end of an era — there's a transformation taking place, and I'm going to be on to something new,” he said.

Official Prettyboy Kickstarter

How to help

To contribute to Prettyboy's Kickstarter campaign, go to


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