Music inspired by Unread
Sales in 2021 will be split between Trans Lifeline and BEAM Collective. Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. BEAM is a national training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness and liberation of Black and marginalized communities
Unread is a narrative podcast series written and hosted by Chris Stedman for iHeartRadio.
Unread is executive produced by Beth Anne Macaluso, produced by Dylan Fagan, with story editing by Aaron Edwards.
One December evening in 2019, Chris Stedman noticed a new message in his inbox from his friend Alex, sent at exactly 7 p.m. He and Alex hadn’t talked in a while—was Alex writing to tell him off for being a bad friend? But it wasn’t that. “listen,” the note read. “i am writing to let you know that when you receive this scheduled email, i will no longer be alive.” At the bottom of his message, Alex included a link to a private SoundCloud account. “here’s Alice recordings,” he wrote.
Alice. Alex had talked to Chris about her before. A Britney Spears superfan, Alex had befriended this anonymous figure in a Britney fan forum years earlier. Alice had become the stuff of legend in Britney fan circles, and for good reason—she happens to sound exactly like Britney herself. Why was Alex including these recordings in his goodbye email? Who was Alice, really, and what had she meant to Alex? More importantly, could she help Chris understand why his friend was gone? With help from Alex’s loved ones, Chris decides to track down the elusive Alice, in the hopes that she can answer some of the questions Alex couldn’t.
released June 18, 2021
Executive produced by Aaron Kaufman
Production by Aaron Kaufman, Ben Seretan, and Sadie Dupuis
Mastering on tracks 1-4 by Amar Lal
Mastering on tracks 5-12 by Aaron Kaufman
Album Art by Claudia Bitran, “slave”, 2021, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil and pastel on canvas, 11x16