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Lighting of the Green (31 Days-Day #2)

We just got home from seeing Amy Grant host the Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb University. It's the 2nd time we've gone and she's hosted it for 10 years. IT IS THE BEST…mostly just because Amy is there and that's pretty much all it takes…but…it gets even better….she invites friends to come play songs…she talks in-between their sets…and then she plays songs. WE GET TO STAND IN TENNESSEE WHILE SHE PLAYS TENDER TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS! Do you know what a big deal this is? We both grew up listening to her music AND her Christmas music…so it's surreal listening to these songs sung in the same way, with her same awesome voice….standing in our now home city of Nashville.

IMG_4070Amy Grant…just doing her thing.

AND if that doesn't sound magical enough….tonight Vince Gill came out and sang too(!!!!) He's never done it any year before…so this was special. He sang "Oh Holy Night" and "Give Me Jesus"…not sure there was a dry eye after he finished singing his second song. What a voice.

IMG_4074Vince in his white jacket looking all dapper.

What hearts those two have. Cool to see a couple so dedicated to one another.

All the feels…we are just gonna go to bed smiling from ear to ear tonight because, well, Amy & Vince and us and about 3,000 other people were all standing in a room listening to these songs…celebrating music and Jesus and community.

What a gift this season is. Unto us a Savior is born.

xo

j&k

 

 

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

 

 

Music...It Gets Me

There have been a few moments in the last few weeks that have really hit me. They are moments that will stay with me for a long time--etched in my brain. They have displayed the power of music and re-affirmed in me a love for what I do. I wanted to share a few of them with you. The first was at a fair in Montana.

We were singing with Trace and there was a girl in a wheelchair in the center section right in front of the stage. It was evident that she had some sort of disability, but that did not keep her and her friends/family from pushing her to the front of the crowd to get her as close to the stage as possible. They raised up her wheelchair and she sang along to every song she knew. Her friends would help her raise her arms and wave along to the music. It was such a beautiful moment. I actually had to look away because I started to tear up so much. It was a powerful image of how people connect to music and how it moves the soul. She beamed with light. I will never forget her face.

The second was at our last show in Hyannis, MA. It was at a venue unlike any other I'd ever performed at before. It was in the round and the stage spun slowly as we performed. If you need a visual, here is the website (http://www.melodytent.org/)

The cool thing about the stage rotating is that you could get a really good look at all of the faces in the crowd. A few songs into the show,  Trace recognized an Army unit that had family at the show. The unit was serving overseas so Trace took time to acknowledge them...and the entire audience applauded. The next song in the set was "You're Gonna Miss This" and as the song started I saw two women holding a sign with their soldiers' unit numbers and tears were flowing down their cheeks. They sang along and cried and I wanted to walk right off the stage and hug both of them. Ugh. Plus, the lyrics to that song just seemed to articulate that moment perfectly. Right after that, I looked over and saw a man, probably in his late 60's, bent over and sobbing. You guys, if there is something that breaks my heart into a billion pieces, it's older men crying. I can't handle it. I wondered if he'd lost a child in that unit serving overseas. My heart just broke. I kept my eye on these precious people throughout the night and watched them cry and then smile and laugh as the show went on. Trace is such a wonderful entertainer--it was amazing to watch him take these people on a journey. Forgetting about their circumstances...lost in music. Ugh. It did my heart so good. I loved every second.

I have always believed that music brings people together. It speaks a universal language. It can transcend mood, obstacles and distractions. It can change you. These moments the past few weeks have shown me that over and over again.

Music just gets me.

Every time.

-k

Song on the 17th--March 2014

Hey! We just wrote a brand new song called "Better" for Song on the 17th! We hope you like it :) xo j&k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxkVFJmDoCs&list=PLu48usVedYIyXtZ-a1CTGIJv5BY0JjU52

"Better"

We've been broken from the minute That we left the door open And we let love in And you know that we tried Oh how we tried

Now we're living on our own Looking for whatever we can to fill our time All this time

The drinks go down a little bit easier after the first one And my legs learn how to catch up to my body And that's how I learned how to run I learned how to run

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Don't you think that would be better

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Don't you think that would be better Better than being alone Better than being alone

We gave up too soon, too fast, too much To understand what we were leaving behind Now we're looking all around for whatever we can to make it right Make it right

The drinks go down a little bit easier after the first one Now the words come out a little too easy And that's how I learned how to hide I learned how to hide

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Don't you think that would be better

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Don't you think that would be better Better than being alone Better than being alone

Better than being alone Better than being alone Alone

And the drinks go down a little bit easier after the first one

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Don't you think that would be better

Why do we do it alone When we could do it together Don't you think that would be better Better than being alone Better than being alone

(c) J.Pickering, K. Rapier, 2014.

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

Music Update (Day #22)

We've been rambling lately on this blog about random things like Nancy Kerrigan or about how sometimes we are A-holes, but what we haven't told you is that we have a TON of new music we are working on! This year was a year of writing, writing, writing for us and we are so pumped about how some of these new tunes are coming out.

We are getting back in the studio January 1st...YEAH, you heard it right! We are starting out 2014 with a bang and we are gonna be working our butts off to get you all kinds of new J&K music this year.

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So, thanks for continuing to listen to our music, for giving us your feedback on our Songs on the 17th, and for being overall awesome. You inspire us to keep making new music, so THANKS!

For now, there are Christmas cookies to be eaten and Christmas wine to be drunk. Drank? Drunk? Drink, drank, drunk. Whatever. NEW MUSIC! Coming atcha soon!

:)

-J&K-

#fansoversuits (Day #5)

We've always believed that any great stride or success we have in our career will be because of our fans and not because of suits in an office building. YOU have the voice.

YOU are our record label.

YOU are our marketing department.

YOU help us and guide us and make decisions with us.

When we say that we're all in this together...we mean it. We could not and would not be able to do this without you.

So, if you're a j&k fan...make sure we have your email address (if not, just enter it on our homepage) because in these next few months we are going to be calling on the people that know us best to help make future decisions.

Thank you for being a fan and friend.

Thank you for loving us and our music.

YOU rule...literally.

#fansoversuits

 

Throwing It Back

I was looking through pictures the other day and I found this shot of my mom and me playing some tunes at a nursing home when I was about 11. We used to go into local nursing homes and play music for the residents there. As you can tell, I was THRILLED to have my picture taken. (I was a little shy, okay? Not much has changed.) sc0070aa36

Check out my mom's SUPER cool watermelon earrings! And my SUPER cool Ramona Quimby haircut. Rockin' it.

I remember being sort of annoyed and a little too cool when we would go in and play at these nursing homes. I guess that's pretty standard when you're a wicked-cool-pre-teen. But now I am really grateful for that experience. It pushed me outside of my comfort zone and it was good practice for what I do now as a wicked-cool-post-teen. (jk about the wicked cool part)

I like looking back and seeing how certain experiences molded me into who I am now. It reminds me that every experience has value...whether you enjoy it at the time or not. That's just my thought for the day. Hope you are enjoying whatever experiences are molding you right now. -jill-

StageIt How-To: See Us Live From Anywhere In The World

Friends friends friends, We have a StageIt show tomorrow night and we really really really want you to come! Maybe you have seen us tweet about StageIt before and you don't know what we're talking about...well now's your chance to find out. Here it goes:

StageIt is an online venue that allows musicians to stream exclusive LIVE concerts to fans. We LOVE playing these shows and many of you have seen us play online several times. If you haven't seen us, we want you to join us for the first time tomorrow night! And guess what? It only costs 10 cents. For real!

It's super easy...here's how it works:

Go to http://www.stageit.com/jill_and_kate/live/23506 , click signup to set up an account and then click the BUY button.You will then have an opportunity to purchase credits (which Stageit calls "Notes" ; 10 Notes = $1.00). Notes allow you to pay for tickets to see shows and to tip performers during the show.

Our show tomorrow is "Pay What You Can," which means you can pay whatever you can afford (minimum 1 Note/10 cents). Once you have Notes, they can be used for any show! There are so many great shows to attend too...you will never be bored online again! ;)

So if you are free tomorrow night, Tuesday May 14 at 8pm CST...please come hang with us. We will play some songs, tell some stories, probably drink some wine...maybe even margaritas. Who knows. And you can drink whatever you want too. And wear whatever you want because you can watch from your couch. Seriously, does it get any better? Okay, so see ya there!!

-J&K-

Sunday Stuff...

It's Sunday afternoon and I am sitting here listening to The Weepies as I simultaneously listen to the rain and thunder outside my window. The Weepies have this way of making me happy and sad all at the same time and for some reason I always want to listen to them when I'm feeling a little melancholy. They help me balance out my emotions.

It's not that there's anything wrong, but do you ever have a day (or couple days) when you just feel like you suck at life? It's the simplest thing that can make you feel stupid. I made a stupid musical error yesterday and it really set me off. At the end of the day, it was so not a big deal that I should have just been like "oops" and moved past it, but I HATE being wrong...come on...who really likes being wrong?

A friend of mine said to me yesterday: "Humble pie tastes like crap!" (that was slightly censored, but you get the idea.) And it really does...ugh...I hate looking and feeling stupid!

I have the tendency to be a little hard on myself and fortunately I have some good people around to remind me to chill out a little. However, sometimes there's no one around to remind you to take it easy on yourself.

So, this is ME telling YOU to give yourself a break in case no one else is doing that for you right now. We all screw up---in big and small ways---and at some point you have to suck it up and get on with life.

So, admit you're wrong, tell yourself it's okay, and get on with your day. I'm going to. And while you're at it, turn on "Citywide Rodeo" by The Weepies. Put it on repeat like I do if you want to. Everything's okay.

-jill