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You Really Never Know...

Sometimes you really just don't know what's around the corner for you. Recently for us, it was a pretty exciting offer... Trace Adkins asked us to sing with him on his summer tour (!!!).

We're pumped to be joining Trace & his band across the country and even a couple shows in Canada..which obviously makes us excited because in September we will be hitting the road with Jann Arden opening for her in Canada on her Everything Almost Tour. 

So...if you're coming to a Trace show this summer, look for our CD's at his merchandise table and make sure you tweet us if you're there...we'd love to come out & say hi :)

Oh and did we mention that we are working on recording new music? Well...and that we already have been recording new music? YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! We cannnnnot wait for you to join us in making a new album. It's gonna be super fun.

Alright...it's 4th of July here in the USA! Independence Day! Celebrate safely and remember to thank our military members all year round.

Love y'all...

j&k

Light Outside

Well, it's light outside and I'm in bed already. I guess that's what jet lag will do to you. Currently my body thinks it's 2:58am when really it's only 8:58pm. I did wake up nice and early this morning with the sun...just after 5am (which I actually didn't mind.) See, I'm home. I got to go downstairs and use my own coffeemaker, with my favorite mug and use just the right amount of hazelnut creamer. I didn't mind that the sun was just coming up. Besides that when you are up that early I feel like you are clearly justified to have 2 breakfasts. I had a bowl of cereal around 5:45am and by 9:00am I was ready for breakfast #2 (eggs, toast, beans & bacon....missing the UK obviously.) Haha...breakfast maybe is the best meal of the day so any reason to have it twice works for me.

We had such a great time in Africa & the UK. We promise to post lots of pics & tell lots of stories. Not right this second cause I'm fading fast...but overall...wow...just wow. We got to hang/play with the kids at 2 different Houses of Hope Africa homes and see a lit bit more what their lives are like there. These kids are amazing. They continue to teach us about joy & unconditional love.

On top of that we got to leave Africa & fly to the UK to play shows & have our hearts & minds absolutely overflow with love from the fans over there. We had awesome fan meet ups, made new friends...plus we took in every bit of the English countryside as we traveled from city to city. It was fantastic.

We landed late Friday night and played a #CMAFest show Saturday...we were exhausted but super pumped to be playing our hometown during such an iconic, music driven week. It was a great ending to the crazy travels.

So. Now it's 9:21pm and my body is telling me to sleep. I'll leave you with two pictures. One from Africa & one from the UK (picking just 1 picture from each might as well be torture for me....will definitely be posting way more pics soon!)

xo

-kate

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My dad & I in South Africa :)

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This was right before we had fantastic burgers & fish n' chips...yummy :)

Just a whole bunch of excitement...

So, we've had an unbelievably pretty awesome exciting past week.

pandora

We got word that our "Heart Of Stone" album has made it to Pandora....woohooo!!!! We have our very own "Jill and Kate" channel...your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to go find our station & listen to it and celebrate with us! YAY!

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Our last Song On The 17th was inspired by "Nick + Jess" from the TV show New Girl. An hour after we posted it, someone tweeted it to Zooey & she retweeted it and told us she loved it. Stop it right now. The absolute best part was seeing all of our hardcore j&k family out there freaking out with us...cause that's what we were doing...

giggles

Then it just got better...Zooey has a blog with two other ladies called HelloGiggles.com & Blair (who's an awesome blogger/contributor) blogged about our song. Double freak out. We were actually in Kohls when we saw this tweet and immediately had a mini-dance party in the women's section. Hahaha....amazingly awesome.UKTOUR

Then we got to announce that we are going back to England to do our very own #jkUKtour... WE COULD JUST DIE. This is a dream for us and we cannot wait to sing and play and laugh together.

belcourt

We played a writer's round on Friday night with Matt Giraud, Alan Bennett and Chris Rodgers...it was SO MUCH FUN (thanks Carolyn for the pic!) Maybe one of our most favorite Nashville experiences to date. We were all crowded up on a tiny stage and Jill's mic kept falling over, but nothing could stop us from having a freaking great time. Plus, Shay Mooney, half of Dan + Shay, got up and played a song at the end and that was great because we have been following them for a bit and always laugh that they are the boy version of us...nice to meet in real life ;)

HOHA-shirts

As most of you know, we are super involved with Houses of Hope Africa and helped coordinate their #amonthforhope campaign. The shirts that people ordered were delivered and they are amazing. Super cute and SUPER soft. Plus, EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR that people paid for these t-shirts is going straight to helping these amazing kids in Southern Africa. If you ordered a shirt, be expecting it soon!

Ya'll...can you see why we are a little bit on iCloud 900 because of all the fun things going on? Ahhhh... YES.

And it's Monday and we have an exciting announcement TODAY...

What could it be?

LOVE YOU. MEAN IT. REALLY, we do.

j&k

Release Week Wrap Up and Other Ramblings

Oh my goodness...We have had the best couple of weeks EVER....where to even begin? We finished the US tour with Kelly Clarkson/The Fray/Carolina Liar on Saturday (the 15th) in Nashville, TN. This was especially fun for us since we live in Nashville--nothing like ending a tour on your home turf :) And for realsies...we have never had more fun on a tour. We have been fans of The Fray since their first record came out, so every night you would see at least one or both of us side stage soaking up their show. Not only is their music heart-felt and catchy as anything--they are such nice, genuine people. Long talks over catering or scheming the next fun outing will be memories that will last. We are pumped to start the Australian leg of the tour with them tonight! Then there is Carolina Liar....these boys are just the sweetest, most fun people you'll ever meet! They brought such a level of energy & enthusiasm to ANYTHING we did. Whether it was watching them play a show & getting the crowd super pumped or playing basketball in the back of a venue parking lot in the middle of the night...you wanted to be around them cause you'd always be smiling. Seriously...those guys are THE BEST. Love them.

These boys are the greatest.

Okay...so that was the end of tour. The next day we had our album release show, but before the show we showed up at some of our "Thanks To You" contest winners' new digs & played them some songs...it pretty much was a blast...and they had yummy cookies & birthday cake fudge. Life changing. Later that evening was the show at Rocketown. This was such a HUGE day for us. We have been working on Heart of Stone for over a year and we could not believe that the day had come where we were in our home town, playing our release show! The evening was SO MUCH FUN. So many people came out. It was so nice getting to say hi to each of you who came out...you seriously have no idea how much it means to us that people would spend their time/money to support what we do. It was a magical night.

Release Show. Rocketown. 9.15.12 (photo courtesy of someone on twitter--thank you!)

The next day was the Heart of Stone listening party...this was especially a fun night because so many of our international friends were able to be a part of the evening too...(even if that meant waking up in the middle of the night!!!!)...via Ustream online. Even our parents tuned in :) The party was complete with GiGi's cupcakes with our faces on them...cute little popcorn bags and other fun treats. Our friend John hosted the evening and we got to talk about how the record was made, why we wrote certain songs...we even ended the night playing Skinny Jeans live. Woop woop.

Listening party cupcake fun.

Gift bags!

Decorations!

Blurry but excited j&k!

Our host for the evening...our good friend John. Sorry ladies...he's married to our bestie Jenny.

Then it happened. TUESDAY ARRIVED. SEPTEMBER 18th, 2012. Heart of Stone was officially released to iTunes & other distributors. A really fun surprise for us was that our album reached number 39 on the iTunes Pop charts. That was insane...just absolutely insane. And that is all thanks to YOU for buying the album, tweeting it, telling your friends...we seriously could not have made this record without your support. We played a StageIt show at noon so that we could play/say hi/give lots of love to our international besties. BUT, the very best part of the day was that we got to spend a lot of it Skype chatting with more contest winners (we even got to play a Skype show in a high school class room (#FSHS wooohoooo) & playing another house show that evening with the final "Thanks to you" contest winner...they also had yummy brownie/cookie cake treats for us. So delicious. It was amazing to see some of you & thank you for being awesome & for your support.

Our amazing friend acting manager/does everything and anything we need Will showed up release day morning with these!!!

#39 on the POP charts....WOOHOOO!

So then we had Wednesday at home to pull ourselves together and pack for LA, Australia & the UK. Literally...it looked like a bomb had exploded in our house. Clothes everywhere. Hadn't even unpacked from the last 6 week tour...hahaha...it was a disaster. But we managed to pull ourselves together...pack & wake up the next morning at 4:30am to fly to LA to meet up with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to play a little show at one of their locations in Hollywood. This might have been one of our favorite shows...we were outside, the weather was amazing, a bunch of you showed up (even though the timing couldn't have been worse in Los Angeles 5:30pm :( )and we got to drink endless Coffee Bean drinks. YES. It was amazing. We haven't played a j&k show in LA for a long time so it was so super great to meet you guys and discuss how amazing Coffee Bean truly is. Plus, we got to see some of our SoCal friends & eat sushi...which is ALWAYS a plus.

Leaving Nashville.

Coffee Bean show. Sunset & Argyle. (photo courtesy of someone on twitter--thank you!)

Cannot be in LA without a stop at In-n-Out :)

Our dear friends & LA loves...Robert & Nico.

Then the next day we flew to the land down under...skipped an ENTIRE day to get here...but we made it & couldn't be having a better time. The weather has been amazing. Their coffee is killer--they have a precious little drink called a flat white...not sure what's in it but it rules. Yesterday a few of us went and cuddled with koalas & kangaroos...yes...that statement is true. It was so fun. We play our first show tonight with Kelly & The Fray & soon to be new pal Sarah De Bono. Let the good times roll!!!! (Jill didn't go on the koala/kangaroo adventure so Kate is not being picture hog...haha)

Kate & a koala--her name was Trace.

Kangaroo was just chilling.

Kangaroo waving!

Feeding a kangaroo!

Stop it will all of the koala cuteness. Baby & mama.

Hope everyone is feeling good today...we are in the future right now...and it's looking good.

Lots of love...

-j&k-

JillandKate ON TOUR!

NEW YORK Monday, August 20, 2012

The Bitter End 147 Bleecker St New York, New York 10012

8:30pm w/ Reva Williams

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BOSTON Friday, August 24th, 2012

Atwood's Tavern 877 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02141

9pm w/ Reva Williams $7 at door 21+

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CHICAGO Friday, August 31, 2012

The Underground Lounge 952 West Newport Avenue Chicago, IL 60657

8:30 pm $7

Come hang with us…and see our awesome friend Reva Williams play too!

Love,

j&k

HBD to the J to the H.

It's June 3rd folks...which means that it is non-other than Jason Halbert's BIRTHDAY! We did a blog last year with pics & we decided to do it again this year. We have the pleasure of working alongside him & this last year has proved yet again why we are so thankful for him! He is our fearless musical leader on the road, a great friend, kick-A running buddy & an example of a fabulous husband and father. Also, he is always inspiring us to take pictures to document our many travels so we decided to put together a collection of those from the last 12 months. We are so happy to know him, laugh with him and j&k are looking forward to seeing what awesome things are in store for JH this year.

Jason...first off.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY...

This is how we see you a lot...

Sometimes you wear a shirt to remind us who you are and what you're doing there...

Australia soundcheck...

VH1 Unplugged rehearsal.

"STRONGER" video shoot rockin' the key-tar.

No clue when this was...some rehearsal in the last 365 days :)

When things really get going you'll move on to this instrument...

Power faces.

Food is an important staple...Cracker Barrel pit stop...hmm...

Chowing down on Koi NYC. Yum.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville, TN.

BK & long car rides....good combo.

Just normal breakfast table conversations happening here...

We like to run...Sydney, Australia.

Run club...West Hollywood, CA.

We hauled our butts over that bridge & back...hoo-yeah run club 2012! San Francisco, CA.

We admire all of Jason's modes of transportation....swing....

Mini-car...

Surf board...

Bike...

We also support a creative wardrobe...when you feel like wearing all grey animated uniforms....

And wizard costumes...

And star shaped glasses....

And yuppy yacht apparel...

And bibs...

And neon green suits...

And mostly when you wear your party rockin' LMFAO lovin' gear.

Group shots extravaganza....

These next few pics didn't have a category but thought they were honorable mentions of good times!

Weirdest city ever for a wine bar...Reno.

Dance party on the bus.

Best day ever...Universal.

Jill's birthday....Denver, CO.

Made up game...entertainment for at least 30 minutes.

Free drinks on January 1st flying to New Orleans!

Culture Committee party Jacksonville, FL.

Jay Leno!

Dressing room at SNL. Aben looks thoroughly entertained.

Recording in Australia.

Some coffee shop somewhere in the world...

Best German driver ever. #preoseccoforever

New iPhone photo app DIPTIC...all of us demonstrating the "jet lag"

UK X-Factor.

Stretching it out before our pre-flight to Australia.

NO idea where this was but I bet we were having loads of fun!

Australia.

Until next year....

-j&k-

Here and There....

Hi friends... So, since getting off of the STRONGER tour in mid-April, we've been here & there & everywhere it seems. So let's get caught up on the fun things that have been going on...since bullet points are so fun we thought we'd bust some out:

  • In Florida (where Kate wore her happy shirt...you can read about that here) we did a few songs with David Foster & Kelly. Also performing were Seal, Keith Urban, Ruben Studdard...so needless to say we were pretty excited cause j&k love us some Keith. Anywho...we did the show and for the last song all the celeb performers were singing a song together...and David invited us girls to come out and join them in singing "All You Need Is Love"...so we did...and for a brief moment our little fantasy of a j&k & Keith duet flashed before our eyes.

I like to think that Keith & I (kate) shared a moment in this pic :) Hahaaaa....

  • After Florida Jill headed back to Nash & I headed to LA with Kelly to do some personal assisting stuff...while in LA I got to see Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl...we all know my insane mad love for Coldplay & the show was incredible. The Hollywood Bowl is such a magical venue & the energy that Coldplay puts into a show is ridiculous. Seriously. Loved every second of that show. Everyone upon entering got these wrist bands with LED lights and during certain songs they would synchronize with their lighting & light up....it was SO cool. Fun times.

Before heading to Florida we enjoyed a little downtime in the studio in Nashville finishing up our album....which we will be releasing info about in the very, very near future...and we are so excited about it...we cannot wait to share it with you guys. Listening to first mixes of songs we constantly think about you guys and hope that you'll like it. Seriously...some of you we mention even by name...knowing that it's a favorite...hoping that you'll like what we've done with it. So thank you for inspiring us to make music & being involved & supportive. We love you guys.

Driving around Nashville listening to mixes...

Lots of love....

-j&k-

End of Tour Blog.

We didn't write this...go read this... http://owlcityblog.com/2011/11/21/tourism-and-nostalgia/

It perfectly sums up how we feel at the end of tour...so why write it ourselves when someone else has done it so beautifully?

We loved seeing each and every one of you out on the road over the past few months. Thanks for the hugs, waves, cheers, cards, gifts, pictures....and for all of your support in everything we do.

Much love.

-j&k-

Follow Up to Blogging From The Sky

So after our neat-o blogging while flying experience, we landed in Seattle. Here are a couple shots I took from the plane as we were landing...

Upon landing, Miles had some problems....

We spent the night in Seattle & the next morning drove to Wenatchee, WA. Driving during the day was GORGEOUS!!! These were some pics that were snapped through the side of the bus window...except for the first one...I opened my maps app to see where in the world we were...I do that from time to time cause sometimes I lose track.

Boredom, Running and Scenic Drives

Boredom at its finest backstage.

Okay...maybe THIS is boredom at its finest backstage.

Boredom also leads to sticking tiny silver hearts on our cheeks. Pretty sure you can only see Lesley's. #picturefail

Y'all have been asking for pics of the birthday girl on her birthday...here ya go!

A little karaoke action in Denver for Jill's bday.

Birthday hats = serious party time.

Gorgeous drive to Seattle!

Seriously unreal.

Still driving to Seattle...

An afternoon in San Francisco!!!

OO-AH run club run across the Golden Gate bridge...AND back. (pic taken by kate while running...notice finger in bottom left hand corner!)

That's kate running...

After a fun day of running and wandering around downtown SF, we had fabulous food at the Crab House...and a delicious MOJITO! Yummy.

Jason was all bibb-ed and ready to go.

We saw the sea lions just chillin' on the pier.

Finished off the night with ice cream....

We just got to celebrate our dear friend & bandmate Einar's birthday...HOORAY!

Driving to Bakersfield we saw these crazy orange flowers...

After the Bakersfield show we met a new friend TeriAnn & she gave us these adorable purses that she MADE HERSELF. Along with a super sweet handwritten note inside. (Jill's purse isn't pictured but it is equally adorable!) We love them & cannot wait to use them.

So there you have it...those are some pics from the last week or so...

Can't believe it is almost April....wowza.

-j&k-

Checking In...

It's been a little while since we've blogged...sorry! Here's what's been going on in j&k world...in no particular order:

SPRING!!!! The trees were blossoming in Springfield, MO and the weather was amazing. Love it.

Our AWESOME friends sent us a giant cookie cake and a huge basket of cookies, cake pops and goodies to our dressing room. It was one of the best days ever. Seriously, a giant cookie cake can really make any day great...Not to mention having the greatest friends around.

Jill and Miles were cracking themselves up by putting chip clips on their fingers. Lots of time to kill on the bus. Obviously Miles was extremely amused by this. Or in severe pain. Not sure.

Rockband in our dressing room! We never had time to actually play, but we did pretend to play...haha.

We went on a 3.5 hour walk with Cory in Sioux Falls, SD to find the falls. It was exhausting, but so fun! Also, it was our first time to South Dakota. Beautiful...and a great crowd!

Thanks for the Canada mittens! They are awesome!!

We decorated the bus with pictures from all of our travels over the years. Here is a picture of Kate in front of the pictures. She is wearing a scarf around her head...not sure why. Again, we have a lot of time to kill on the bus.

So that's a little peak into our last few weeks. Hope you've been enjoying yours. St. Patty's Day tomorrow...Wear green and catch some leprechauns!

LATER!

-j&k-