Dessa has learned first hand about the power of crowd funding.

A little over a year ago, in September 2013, Dessa’s tour van was burglarized. Computers and other gear was lost. Earnings were taken. Her tour mates were crushed. Dessa asked fans if they could donate money, hoping to make $30,000. Her fans showed up. In just five days, they donated more than $33,000.

“I had a feeling that a lot of people would be generous and donate ten bucks,” Dessa says in an interview with HipHopDX. “I know how I felt when I found out my van had been burglarized. I remember my heart hurting. So I had a pretty good feeling that we would receive some help.

Still, Dessa says she was surprised by how quickly the donations poured in. This impacted her and others on the tour, as well.

“I remember turning around in the van and hearing sniffles, and looking at Abby [Wolf] tearing up, because she was so overwhelmed by the generosity,” Dessa adds. “It was a force. I remember writing so many e-mails, frantically telling the website to turn it off. We had already gotten what we need and didn’t wanna take more than we need. So late night we were trying to see how we could pull the plug. It was insane.”

Dessa and her fellow Doomtree group members are prepping for the final Blowout concert series.

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