grown up lullabies

Lullabies & Annie - Day 21 #31DaysOfBlogging

So, here’s the deal: our friend Jenny was pregnant for the 3rd time.

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She had two little boys — one of which we are the proud Godmothers of (yes, still looking for Godfathers) but she was pregnant for maybe the last time and we wanted to do something special for her. See, since her boys were little, she’d been asking us to write a song for her kids to fall asleep to. So, we had this crazy idea to write her a whole album for this new baby she was carrying. We found out it was a girl and all was right in the world.

So, we did what we do, and started writing songs.

By the end, we had written an entire Lullabies album for this new little babe. Her name was Annie, but we were sworn to secrecy to not tell anyone. This album was for her (and her brothers) and we poured so much into it. Being at the end of this tremendously hard year of getting fired and facing all of these fears, it felt like a bright spot. We wrote songs that spoke life and hope and love over these little listening ears. We wanted these songs to communicate safety, hope and most importantly, love.

Since the album would be coming out before she was born, we could only put the instrumental version of the song on the album…because the actual song would’ve given away her name: Annie. But it’s weird. We wrote this song for this little love we’d never met, and yet, the song we wrote for her is TRUE.

Annie, Annie, the sun, it shines for you

Annie, Annie, our hearts beat for you too

You light up every room…You light up every room…

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She really does, you guys.

Here is a pic of us going to meet her in the hospital. Jenny had requested that we bring a guitar and play her HER SONG.

If that’s not the most #Nashville thing we’ve ever done…

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Look at what a little NUGGET she is. Just a couple hours old in the above pic. Annnnnd below is a pic of us with Annie & Jenny today. She is the light of every room and teaches us so much about joy. We cannot believe she turns 3 TODAY!

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You can hear her FULL (officially unreleased) song here: ANNIE

Tomorrow we are going to tell you more about songwriting and how our latest single, Nashville, came — literally — pouring out of us.

Much love,

Jill and Kate

Kicking off #31DaysofBlogging With A Free Gift!

Hey party people, it’s December 1st. Which means today is day number 1 for 31 days of blogging. Yeahhhh. We are excited and are so glad that you’re here and reading this right now. 

We are going to be blogging about all sorts of random, fun stuff this month, but we wanted to start out this blogging spree with A FREE GIFT! Holidays can be stressful and exhausting, so our gift to you is to help you rest and sleep. 

We have a whole album of lullabies that will help you sleep and hopefully bring peace to your home this holiday season (and well, every season after that too.)

It's been tried and tested AND we offer a money back guarantee. Just kidding, it's free so there is no money involved. 

Ok, that's all. This blogging season is going to be funnnnnnn.

Here's the link to grab the whole album for FREE!

DOWNLOAD HERE.

If you already have the album, pass it along to a friend!

Love and sugar-buzzes,

J&K

 

Why We Made A LULLABIES Album

SURPRISE! We made a LULLABIES ALBUM!

You can now pre-order our brand new LULLABIES album right here, right now, with a world-wide digital release coming December 4th, 2015! When you pre-order, you receive an autographed copy of the physical album that will ship before the release, one of the tracks, “Angels Watching Over You” immediately, AND $5 of every pre-order is being donated to the amazing kids at Houses of Hope Africa.

Here is the story on why we made an album full of lullabies.

One of our best friends, Jenny, is a mom of two boys (Jackson & Micah) and she’s been asking for well over four years for us to make her an album of songs that her kids can fall asleep to. Well, she is pregnant again and so we decided now was the time. We decided to surprise her with the gift of the album at her baby shower, which happened last night (!!!) The pic was taken a minute after we surprised her!

You guys...keeping this secret was pretty much pure torture since she is one of our best friends. But, the surprise was so awesome! She didn’t know that we’ve spent the last few months writing and recording these songs and to finally be able to talk about it and share it with her and with YOU GUYS makes us SO happy.

When we started we thought, “Ok, let’s write some kids’ songs.” But as we got into the project we realized we had the opportunity to speak important words over these little ones. These are words that will play while they drift off into unconsciousness and all of a sudden we took writing this album very seriously. What do we want these little friends to know? What do we want to be reconfirmed in their hearts and minds? We have the chance to speak life, joy, dreams, and love over them. Then as the songs began to come out we realized that adults could relate to most of these messages just as much as kids. So yes, while lullabies are generally for kids, we think these songs are for the kid and the kid in the adult in all of us.

Night time can be a scary time. Just the darkness of night can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be a time of loneliness and restlessness. Not sure if it’s this way for you, but for us, that can be the time that fear, anxiety and worry starts to creep into our minds. That’s when doubt starts to rise within us from our core. The silence and darkness can fill those voids with negative voices. Having experienced those very things firsthand, we decided to start writing from that perspective. What could be the antidote to those thoughts? What would we want spoken over our own children if we had them? What would we have wanted spoken over us when we were young? What do we want to speak over ourselves now?

Words that speak peace, unconditional love, and hope. Child-like prayers. The ability to dream big dreams and believe that anything is possible. Asking God to be near us. Words that remind us that we are safe. That we can be brave. What if we replaced the negative voices with ones of love and positivity? That’s what we wanted these songs to communicate.

We wanted this album to be different...and it is. We’ve never done anything like this before. We set out with a goal in mind that really came out of a desire to give a gift to a friend. But, like life, the outcome was different than we could’ve ever imagined.

We’ve also never released anything that no one has ever heard before. So it’s extra exciting and who doesn’t love a good surprise? Woohoo! Thank you to our amazing fans that have waited patiently for new music. Thank you for being the ones we thought of as we made this album...we kept thinking...man, we hope (fill in your name here) will like it.

We hope that this album resonates with your soul. That it lulls you to sleep. That it brings hope. That it brings peaceful sleep.

Let us all help each other walk in positivity towards the light.

Much love,

Jill and Kate