Today we are celebrating the one year anniversary of our album release, Heart of Stone. If you never got the album, in honor of the one year anniversary, we are giving it away for FREE on Noisetrade. Who can believe it's been a year? We can hardly wrap our heads around it. So.much.has.happened.
There have been so many exciting things...we've gotten to meet a lot of you....loyal, kind, amazing fans all around the world. The last year has been incredible in large part because we've gotten to meet many of you face to face..and not just know your twitter handles. We've met you before & after Kelly shows, we've come to your living rooms and backyards, we've sweated out a 5k together, we've flown across the pond to sing in your pubs & on the streets, we've Skype chatted, we've talked on the phone...so many amazing memories.
We made a music video.
We started our own jewelry line, #jillandkatejewels.
We recorded our first LIVE album.
We've gotten to hear first hand what the album has meant to you. Which songs are your favorites. Which songs comforted you in dark times and which songs made you laugh and dance to shake off an ex. The scope and reach of the album has been greater than we initially thought it could be.
We made it to #39 on the iTunes Pop charts.
As we look back among all of these happy memories as the one year anniversary mark hits we also feel a deep sadness. A year ago today Will Gray (our manager) showed up at our door with flowers and pastries to celebrate the release. He had flown in earlier in the week to be with us throughout all of our release week activities...and now he's gone.
How could it be that just 12 months ago everything was fine? Will was here. Making us laugh. Dreaming with us. Planning our world -j&k-take-over...haha...(yes it will happen.) Eating cupcakes and twizzlers. It just doesn't seem possible that he's not here anymore.
Our show at the Coffee Bean was the last time we saw him before he got sick. We saw him 3 more times after that in the 10 months he was battling his cancer.
We know he is always with us. He imparted so much good information to us. He really didn't just manage us...he loved us and mentored us. He instilled great ethics and values. He gave us a foundation. A foundation that we thought he would continue building on for our whole lives & careers.
So we move on knowing how excited he'd be about all of the things coming up. We just wish he was here to be with us through it all...
It's a bittersweet day. He wouldn't want us to be sad. He would want us to work hard and love hard, to do good work. To be good friends...read what he wrote about friendship:
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them, and is willing to trust them with their friendship.”
William Gray, circa 1996
So we move forward.
We'd love to hear any memories, stories or mementos of how Heart of Stone has impacted you over the last year if you feel like sharing :)
Thanks so much for making this such an incredible year. We put together a photo & video memory stream below of some of the things we did since last September. Hope you enjoy all the pics....
PS. Almost all of these pictures & ALL of the video are all because Ryan Camp has traveled & worked with us pretty much every day of the last year...Will highly recommended him to us and we began working together during our release week last year. Thank you Ryan for your hard work, going on several adventures with us, for your ridiculous photo/video skills and for always putting up with our shenanigans.
Last Show With Kelly Clarkson & Co in London, England
A Night For Hope Benefit Show
Shows in London
Visit to the Houses of Hope Africa in South Africa & Zimbabwe
J&K 5K Weekend in Nashville, TN
Recording Our LIVE Album
(the above pics are courtesy of Pockets of Film --thanks Emily!)
Shooting Our FIRST OFFICIAL Music Video
Songs & Stories Tour