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New Albums in 2015 (#31DaysofBlogging)

As today we put out a brand NEW album...LULLABIES....today’s blogging train takes us to a different album we released this year, ELEVEN.

Flashback with us for a moment if you will:

It’s 2005. We are still just starting out as “Jill and Kate” and we are driving across the country for one reason or another. (Can’t remember exactly why, but it likely involved us playing really awkward open mics at venues with names like “Uncle Buck’s Rock & Roll Grill” or “The Fat Bean Coffeehouse.”) *True*

Anyways. We stop in NYC to see a friend of ours who worked at a big record label there. She gives us a huge stack of CD’s to listen to on our road trip. Some were older bands with new records and some were brand new bands. So we work our way through the stack...and about the 3rd CD we pop in, we hear this band that we begin to FLIP OUT OVER.

“Everyone knows I’m in over my head, over my head….with 8 seconds left in overtime, she’s on your mind, she’s on your mind….”

REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.

The band was called The Fray and they were about to explode. And little ol’ J&K over here were their new biggest fans. We wore that album OUT for the rest of that year.

Now Flash Forward with us...to 2012.

We are singing backup for Kelly Clarkson and we find out that the summer tour is going to be a co-headlining tour with...THE FRAY. We were so stoked. Their music had been the soundtrack to so many of our long drives from city to city in our silver minivan playing our little hearts out across this country over the last 7 years.

So we toured with The Fray all summer and got to know the guys in the band really well. They were as super as we’d hoped they would be.

When we got off the road, we continued to hang out with Dave Welsh (the ridiculously talented guitar player in The Fray) and his hilarious wife Emily in Nashville. He produced some re-mixes of some of our songs from Heart Of Stone and we started talking about making some new music together. Enter our album: ELEVEN.

So, back to current day….

On February 17 of this year, we released our album ELEVEN which was produced by Dave Welsh of The Fray. And Ben Wysocki, drummer in The Fray, played drums on it. We were so stoked for you guys to hear this album. It was different for us. More pop. More production. Songs that we wrote that reflected on our 11 years of working together. An album that was produced by someone who we were a fan of 10 years before. Crazy.

We put this album out in the midst of a strange time. We didn’t get to promote it as much as we would’ve liked. We were waiting to see what was going to happen with the reality show.

ELEVEN was recorded in our 11th year of working together. We have journeyed through a lot in those 11 years and we had no idea what was about to come in year 12….more on that as #31DaysOfBlogging continues….

{Side note}: DREAM BIG, guys. Don’t limit your dreams and goals. Who would’ve thought in 2005 when we were just hearing about this new band, The Fray, that several years later, one of them would be producing OUR album? It’s crazy.
Same with us singing with Kelly. Who would’ve thought that when we were rockin’ out to SUBG with the rest of the world in our cars, we’d be singing that WITH her every night on stage for 6 years? Don’t ever forget that you can dream big and expect GREAT things. Life is one huge opportunity. 
Much love.....j&k

 


 

 

 

11 Things You Didn't Know About Us

1. Kate's had Ecoli twice.

2. Jill's ambidextrous.

3. We both ran our first 5k on July 4th, 2011.

4. Kate's biggest driving pet-peeve is when people don't merge appropriately.

5.  Jill's pet-peeve is when kitchen sponges get really smelly and mildewy.

6. A {secret} dream is to have a morning talk show similar to Hoda & Kathy-Lee someday.

7. Kate hates roller-coasters.

8. We both graduated from high school early.

9. Kate has an obsession with the military, military airplanes and/or most planes in general.

10. The first guitar Jill was ever given was given to her by a nun named Rosemary.

11. The first day we met each other was JANUARY 11th, 2003.

 

 

 

 

WHY Eleven?

Some of you have asked…why did your single come out on a Sunday? Normally new music comes out on Tuesday and your single, Rocky Road, came out on a Sunday. What gives? Well, glad you asked. We wanted our single to come out on Sunday because of the date….the 11th. See, Rocky Road is our first song to release from our new album ELEVEN coming out this year.

There is no song called eleven on our album…and no, there aren't even 11 songs on the album. But, we made the album during the 11th year working together and we thought that was pretty cool.

IMG_4788{Us in the studio with Dave}

 

Last year while we were making the album we kept saying…isn't it crazy that we've been working together for 11 years? It came up all the time. 11 years of singing together. WOW. So, when we were trying to think of a title for the album we kind of liked Eleven. We liked the one word. We liked that it named this chapter in our story. These songs are a collection of thoughts and feelings and a lot of them represent the last 11 years of our journey. These songs tell stories.

So…confusion solved. Everyone is on the same page right? ELEVEN. Woohoo!

So, have you downloaded the single yet? It's kind of happy and sad and will hopeful make you hopeful. And maybe it will make you dance. Cause life is better when you dance.

Love you all.

xo j&k

PS. Click HERE to download your copy.

Rocky Road

 

Rocky Road Single Cover! (31 Days-Day #26)

Guys...our new single is ALMOST HERE! Even if you've heard our acoustic version of Rocky Road, this is totally different. We are so stoked about it! So we wanted to share with you the single cover...we are too excited to keep this stuff in, so little by little we'll be revealing things about this new album to you.  If you haven't Pre-Ordered, you still can! Your pre-orders are helping us make this album a reality, so THANK YOU! Honestly, your generosity and support are such an encouragement to us. We can't believe we get to do this and that you are on this ride with us!

Oh, if you've pre-ordered or if you do soon...you will get this song in your inbox VERY soon!

Much love...

-j&k-

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Flashback Friday. (31 Days - Day #12)

   

So…it's Friday and we thought we would be all trendy and participate in #flashbackfriday since we didn't post this on a #throwbackthursday or a #mancrushmonday or something :)

Since we have been working together for 11 years (hint, hint…that's why the new album is called "ELEVEN")…we thought we'd show you some landmark moments for us. Just a few...

Not sure if y'all are ready for this….

 

IMG_0831One of our first shows when we were jusssssst starting out. Circa 2004.

IMG_0061Mixing our first recorded songs…we literally poured over these songs and spent HOURSSSSS in the studio. It turned into our very first record ever :East Coast Bound(2005).

0200992-R1-074-35AOur very first "official" photoshoot. This is an okay pic of Jill…but Kate got her bangs cut the morning of the shoot and the gentleman cutting them maybe cut them a little bit too short. Day of the shoot..nothing to do but go forth. Also, a side note: Kate was not high or drunk during this shoot…this is in fact just a really bad picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had the opportunity to play in some junior high assemblies when we first started out and then we would do small group sessions with the girls. We talked self-esteem, empowerment and just general girlie stuff :) (2005)

Thanks for taking a little trip down memory lane with us.

11 years? Holy. wow.

j&k

 

Rocky Road Preview (31 Days- Day #11)

So excited to share with y'all that our first single from our upcoming album called "Eleven" is a song called "Rocky Road." Our first single will release January 11th, 2015 and we cannot wait for you to hear it! Want to hear a snippet of the song? Click below:

https://soundcloud.com/jill-and-kate/rocky-road-preview

We are in love with it and hope you dig it as much as we do! This song has been an influential song for us mostly because when we posted it on our blog in a Song on the 17th in 2011, it was YOUR response that made us really realize how special the song was. We have met so many fans who talk about this song…so it was so fun to bring it to Dave & have him bring this song to a whole new level.

If you pre-order our album, you will get the single in your email inbox THIS MONTH! So pre-order today…. www.jillandkate.bigcartel.com

Thanks for all the love & support guys. We are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

xo

j&k

A Few Pics From The Recording Of "ELEVEN" (31 Days-Day #6)

We want to share a few of our personal iPhone pictures from our time in the studio with Dave Welsh while recording our upcoming album "ELEVEN".... Gosh, we had so much fun making this music and we can't wait to share it with you. Forgive our french, but Dave is a badass....and it was a privilege to be in the studio with him. So talented.

Here are the pics...and if you haven't pre-ordered your very own copy..do it here!

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31 Days of Blogging Say What?

Oh you guys….hello…IT'S DECEMBER! Which means that our 4th annual 31 days of blogging begins TODAY!

{cheers.} {claps.} {hoorays.}

Besides it being the very first day of 31 days of blogging, it is a HUGE day for us because we just announced our brand new ALBUM "ELEVEN" & pre-order options!!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRE-ORDER OPTIONS & pretttttty please order your copy…and a copy for your mom, dad, brother, best friend, neighbor, aunt, uncle….haha…just kidding. Not really…but really….

We have been working on this music for over a year and we are honestly SO EXCITED for you to hear it. Our friend Dave Welsh produced it. He plays in a little band you might know called THE freaking FRAY!!!!!!!! We've been fans of theirs for years and pretty much own every single album of theirs that has ever come out…so you can tell that we are a little bit excited to have Dave producing this album for us.

pre-order eleven the fray

Join us here on the blog for these fun, festive 31 days ahead of us. OH, and, we just boosted our Etsy store like wow. Over 100 new items were posted this morning. j&k coming at you in every direction :)

Happy December…let's make it an awesome one.

Love you all,

j&k