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We Fought The Law

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Cover Sessions are complete! (For now...)

We are releasing our final acoustic cover today and it’s about a little run-in we had with the law. And by “run-in with the law” we mean the song is titled I FOUGHT THE LAW and that’s the extent of our interaction with the law. Haha!

We love how inspiration can come to us in all different ways. Earlier this year we binge-watched the entire season of Big Little Lies and loved the cinematography, storyline, the acting, AND the music...so much so that when we decided which songs to cover, we knew this needed to be one of them! We changed the song up dramatically and made it as eerie and haunting as possible.

Basically this song is perfect for fall and we hope it puts you in the mood for all things dark and moody and pumpkin spicy. :)

We’ve had a blast releasing this batch of covers…did you have a favorite out of the bunch? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment with your favorite song. You can listen to all of our covers on Spotify, iTunes and anywhere music is sold/streamed.

Much love from your running-from-the-law-rebels,

Jill and Kate

 

 

FIX YOU ON FRIDAY.

Happy Monday!

We hope you guys have been enjoying our latest #ACOUSTICCOVER sessions that we’ve been releasing. The next one we are releasing THIS FRIDAY--AUGUST 11 and it is one of our favorite songs EVER.

Let’s review. Our theme for this batch of acoustic covers has been “THROWBACKS.” Because, well, why not? Older songs allow us to really put our own spin on classics that everyone knows. Girls Just Want To Have Fun was our first release. Leaving On A Jet Plane was our second….

And now, ladies and gents….our next acoustic cover is FIX YOU by COLDPLAY!

Can you handle it? We cannot. There are many reasons why our excitement levels are off the charts... we shall explain.

  • If you know us at all, you know that we are obsessed with Coldplay...and in all actuality I, Kate, am by definition: a super fan. I have seen them live on 3 continents (which all happened sort of by accident) but every time has been the best time of my life. If you haven't seen a live show of theirs...GO RIGHT NOW AND GET TICKETS. The energy and emotion and just overall GOOD TIME is next level.
  • I am 100% positive that someday we will sit at a piano and sing with Chris Martin. Don’t worry….Will, Jonny and Guy will all be there too. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be magical.
  • Let’s talk about the lyrics to this song. They are some of the most simple, yet profound & gut wrenching, emotionally charged lyrics that you hear and immediately identify with.  
When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
High up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
If you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
  • So, we were nervous and excited to take a stab at recording our own version of this song...as with all of our covers they are all LIVE + ONE TAKE. That means when we are recording in the studio if one of us messes up we have to stop and start all over. This is not how recording is typically done. But, we chose to record it this way because we feel there is some sort of magic and rawness and emotion when we do it this way.

Anyway. Mark you iCals and your Day Designers because on Friday you can hear our version of Fix You and we hope you love it and we hope that Chris, Guy, Jonny and Will like it too.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Love y’all,

Jill and Kate

PS. Here’s the artwork!

 


 

 

 

Who Wants To Have Fun?

Hey!

So if you’ve been following along the last few days via email or on our social media, you will have heard this exciting news that we have to share: WE RECORDED NEW ACOUSTIC COVERS!

Woohooooo! We are so pumped. At live shows and on our socials you guys have been pretty vocal about your love for our first acoustic covers album, so we thought...WHY NOT DO MORE? We are so living on the edge, folks. Hahaha…

Our first Acoustic Covers album had a theme. They were all female pop songs that we loved. If you haven’t listened yet...you can listen to them here! Our #1 streamed song on Spotify is Baby One More Time...yes, you read that correctly! So, we obviously wanted to do a theme for these next covers and we landed on THROWBACKS. Who doesn’t love a great #TBT y’all? We do. So, that’s the general theme for these new covers and we are SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU TO HEAR THEM. Like--they might be some of our most favorite work that we’ve EVER recorded.

So, you want to know what our first release is going to be? We have been leaving hints on our socials...some of you guessed….both correctly and incorrectly, but we LOVED all of your guesses...and by far our favorite guess/suggestion was that it was going to be Smelly Cat from FRIENDS. Hahaha. Best. Idea. Ever. Why didn’t we think of that??

So, without further ado...our first release is: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. And you know why we picked that one? Because, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. Hahaha...ok, maybe it’s not that simple. Here’s the backstory about why we landed on this song.

There are SO many unbelievable songs out there that sometimes it’s hard to narrow down which songs to cover. But, as we started looking at songs, we wanted to take popular throwbacks and put our own twist on them. Put our very own j&k stamp on them. Some covers are fun to make very similar to the original...but, with most of these new covers we wanted to make them totally different and totally our own.

We have always loved this song...with its carefree attitude and synth glory...and when we started singing the song & messing around on the acoustic guitar...this slow, sort of epically heartbreaking song came out. The song is harmony-driven and since we slowed it down it makes you think of the words in a different way than before. This song sort of unlocked something in both of us. We went to record this happy song and somehow this sad song came out. Weird how music teaches us something about ourselves that we might not even know yet.

For us, we realized that we aren’t having as much fun as we want to be having. That may be that balance has gotten a little bit out of whack--the pressures of being an adult human have maybe encroached on the ability to let loose and have fun. You obviously need balance in life and it can't all be fun-tea-la-la, but we think that we’ve gotten a bit out of balance. Funny how this song opened our eyes to that. It was sort of several layers underneath in both of us but singing this song (over and over again) brought that to the light.

Not sure if you are like this, but sometimes it’s the music and lyrics of someone else’s song that just causes something inside of you to break open and come alive. Who knew that Cyndi Lauper would have that effect on us? Haha! It was a good wake up call and we have made some changes because of it. We’ll be sharing more about what we mean by that in the days and weeks to come...but...for now...we are just excited for you to hear the song! Oh, what’s that you say? You want to see that single artwork for GJWTHF? (Yes we’ve resorted to typing GJWTHF because typing out Girls Just Want To Have Fun over and over again is taxing, people!)

So here it is:

The photo was shot by the incredibly talented Pockets Of Film photography. 

We can’t wait for you to hear it. YAY. YAY. YAY.

Thanks for the excitement and for being the best fans/friends two girls could ask for. Keep your eyes on our socials...we'll let you know when it hits iTunes & Spotify, etc.

Lets.Do.This.

j&k

 

 

5k Weekend Wrap-Up

Hard to believe the 2nd Annual #jandk5k weekend was already a week ago! It was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had such a blast. Yes, we were all a little sore the next day, but that's to be expected :) Friday night the weekend kicked off with a team dinner...now the weekend didn't lack just a bit of drama...Friday night's dinner was supposed to be outside in a gorgeous backyard, but at around 11:30am our 0% chance of precipitation turned into 30% and it looked like it was going to be a mix of rain & thunderstorms all afternoon and evening *small, yet controlled panic ensues* SO...we kicked into high gear and moved the party indoors. Everyone made it and we were nice & dry the whole time! We kicked off the party with champagne, ate some yummy Maggiano's for dinner, mingled a bit & then we played an all request show! It was so fun getting to talk with everyone that had flown or driven in for the event!

We didn't party too late into the night because we all had to be up bright and early for the 5k the next morning. We met up about 45 minutes before the race...looking super "team-like" all in our matching j&k5k tee's ;) We had an awesome cheering section and everyone made it across the finish line! Woohooooo! Team j&k is AWESOME!

We then tailgated post-race with donuts, coffee and other treats. It was a beautiful day in Nashville so we all loved chatting in the sunshine and we obviously took about a million pictures.

Then we sent everyone off to discover our lovely town...or take naps...because everyone needed to be rested up for the Acoustic Covers Release Show. Guys, this show probably  made it into our Top 5 shows...ever!!! The room was packed and the energy was amazing. People were singing along to both the covers and our own songs...ahh....it was AMAZING!!!! It was the perfect way to end our 5k weekend :)

We will definitely be doing the 5k weekend again next year...so mark your iCal's ;) We want YOU to be a part of it. If you aren't a runner...that's okay...you have plenty of time to train or we have people that walk the 5k...challenge yourself...you can do it...and besides...we are ALL in this together!

Thanks to everyone we made our 5k weekend so awesome. We love you all.

xo

j&k

PS. A big thank you to Ryan, Carly & Emily for being our OUTSTANDING team for this event...they took care of every detail and took such good care of all of our people who traveled in for the weekend....thanks guys...we couldn't have done it without you!

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Such An Awesome Day!

You guys... What an awesome day today was. Definitely one for the books! We released our first single & video from our upcoming acoustic covers album! Because of your awesome support, we saw it climb the charts to #40...this is all because of YOU!

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Wooohooo!

If some of you don't know the original by Jann Arden...stop what you are doing and go download it...right now...it's SO good. This song means so much to both of us. Long before we were friends or started working together it was a favorite--we think we were in about 8th grade when it was on repeat ALL THE TIME.

Our heads pretty much exploded when we got to meet Jann about a year ago because she is the most amazing, kind, funny, lovely soul you have ever encountered. She is such a talent. Such a generous heart. Such an encourager. So, this song took on a new level of awesome...because we already loved the song and now we loved Jann even more. We got to hear straight from Jann about the writer, Anne Loree, which was also amazing.

Anyway...we could go on and on about how excited we are about having this song be the first single from our Covers Album...but we need to mention that we could not have made this single come out today without the help of Ryan Camp (designed the cover, shot the video and just generally wrangles us crazy kids every single day), JD Tiner (engineered/mixed the song), Jason Halbert (mixed & mastered the song) and Todd Pinckney (took those nifty pics on the cover.)

Thank you for all the love and support today. We are exhausted from a big day...but going to sleep with über grateful hearts.

If you haven't seen the video watch it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvy-P087mic

Or download your very own copy HERE!

Thanks for being with us guys. We are truly all in this together.

thanks

Love,

j&k

 

The First Single...

Ahhhhhh....we are so so so excited that you can now download a copy of our first single from our Acoustic Covers record.

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This song means SO MUCH to us and we will blog about that later today...cause we are dizzy with excitement that the song is out and available for download and we can't type anymore!!!!

Grab your copy HERE!

ALSO...

WATCH THE BRAND NEW VIDEO HERE!

Love you all so much!!!

j&k

Acoustic Covers Album

Well...we finally did it...we went into the studio and recorded some of our very favorite covers!!!  You guys have been asking us to do it for a while & guess what??? We DID!!! Wooohoooo!!! We started covering songs on our blog/YouTube channel years ago and have gotten such kind responses...we decided to pick a few of our favorites and put them on an album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-UPEX2p5Zc

Now, we know what your first question is going to be...WHAT SONGS DID YOU PICK TO COVER?

Well, we aren't spilling that just yet. What you do need to know is that we will be releasing our first SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO on February 11th. Ahhhhhh.....we are so excited!

So stay tuned and keep being our awesome family of supporters!! You guys are our promotion team. You guys are our publicity. So thank you for sharing our music with your friends, thank you for RTing our tweets...thank you, thank you.

We are so proud of these covers and so proud to call you a part of our team. We couldn't do it without you. Seriously.

We are all in this together.

xoxo

j&k

Acoustic Covers Album

Well...we finally did it...we went into the studio and recorded some of our very favorite covers!!!  You guys have been asking us to do it for a while & guess what??? We DID!!! Wooohoooo!!! We started covering songs on our blog/YouTube channel years ago and have gotten such kind responses...we decided to pick a few of our favorites and put them on an album. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-UPEX2p5Zc

Now, we know what your first question is going to be...WHAT SONGS DID YOU PICK TO COVER?

Well, we aren't spilling that just yet. What you do need to know is that we will be releasing our first SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO on February 11th. Ahhhhhh.....we are so excited!

So stay tuned and keep being our awesome family of supporters!! You guys are our promotion team. You guys are our publicity. So thank you for sharing our music with your friends, thank you for RTing our tweets...thank you, thank you.

We are so proud of these covers and so proud to call you a part of our team. We couldn't do it without you. Seriously.

We are all in this together.

xoxo

j&k