A Sand Springs native country singer is asking for help to put out a new album.
Jacob "Jake Dillon" Tankersley graduated Charles Page High School in 2011 and attained national attention in 2016 when he appeared on the final season of Fox's American Idol. He earned a golden ticket to Hollywood from the Little Rock auditions, but was eliminated in the "line of ten" competition.
Tankersley has created a Kickstarter campaign that seeks to raise $15,000 by Friday, July 21st. If the campaign doesn't reach its goal, then all donations will be refunded. "When I say the word 'donate,' let's just pretend that means pre-ordering," says Tankersley. "If you donate $10 dollars you will get a digital copy of our first record if we reach our goal." The album is expected to be a full dozen songs.
The campaign offers seven different contributor levels, though donors are welcome to give as much or as little as they like.
- Pledge $10 to receive a digital download of the album before the release date.
- Pledge $20 for both a digital download prior to the release date, and a signed physical copy.
- A $50 contribution includes the digital download, signed CD, and a Jake Dillon Band T-Shirt.
- Donate $100 for the digital download, two signed CDs, and two JDB shirts.
- Donate $250 for the $100 package plus an acoustic house concert with Jake.
- A $500 donation will get you the $100 package plus an acoustic house concert with the entire JDB band.
- A $1,000 donation will get you the digital download, four signed CDs, four JBD hats, four JBD shirts, and a three-hour concert with the Jake Dillon Band.
The concert packages are a great opportunity for a local business to land a great headliner for an event, or for a private birthday, wedding, or other celebration, all while supporting a local artist.
The full band consists of Jake Tankersley on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Colton Tankersley on lead guitar, Eric Cope on bass, and Casey Highfill on drums. The band has previously performed on Good Day Tulsa, the Vintage Down South festival, and more.
Tankersley attained local prominence in 2010 after penning the song "See You Soon" in honor of two schoolmates who were killed in a tragic car accident. Tankersley used his college savings to record the song and raised more than $5,000 for the victims' families. The song received extensive play on local FM radio station K95.5.
In 2011 Tankersley released his first album, "Just Jake," and married his wife, Ashleigh. His band was formed in 2014. The family of five currently lives in Verdigris and serve at Cedar Point Church in Claremore where Tankersley leads worship.
At press time, the Kickstarter campaign more than a third of the way to its goal. 99 donors have contributed $5,546. There are less than two days remaining in the campaign.