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As you can see, I’ve been hard at work, with both the making of a new record and the penning of my very first book! But after all the toiling away, I am more than ready to get out there and have some fun!
Much will be afoot this fall — concerts, book readings and much more, but of course, this would be rather boring if my friends didn’t come along. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled and voices warmed up. Let’s get together, make some noise and sing a few songs together. I can’t wait to pack my bags, tune up my guitars and hang out! See ya there!
Much love, Jennifer
Pre-order Facing the Music: My Story
Coming October 7
I've always loved questions. (Perhaps you've noticed — my lyrics are riddled with them.) I love musing about life's winding road, always curious about what adventure lies around the next corner. Through the years, I've learned to appreciate the many questions that I have faced, both in my own private life as well as those I've faced in public.
Why is music so important to you?
What experiences have you had in your life that lead you to write the way you do?
What led you to Christian music and why did you leave it?
How is it that you realized you were gay?
When are you going to write a book about all this stuff?
After many requests, I've finally bitten the bullet and branched out into writing it all down for Facing the Music, coming October 7 and available for pre-order now.
In the book, I explore what have become the major forces that have influenced my path in life and the joy I've had in both the blessings and the challenges presented. From what life was like growing up, falling in love with music, the impact of finding faith, as well as navigating the impact of my coming out, taking the opportunity to write this book has been an adventure all its own.
I've always believed that each of us have an incredible gift to share with the world. We each have an adventure waiting for us in discovering what we have to offer and accepting the risk to share it with others. As my listeners and supporters, you have reminded me of that as you have shared your own with me. So now, as so many of you have asked, I'm humbly honored to be able to share a little of my own.
And don't forget, we’re coming to the end of the PledgeMusic campaign for my new album Set Me Free. We're currently wrapping up the studio work and putting the tracks through the finishing touches of mastering. There's still time to help support through the PledgeMusic Campaign. There you can be among the first to buy a copy, see all the behind the scenes stuff, and even book a private home performance!
Thanks so much for your help getting this far! The fruits of all our labor are on the horizon!
We just started tracking for the new album on Monday!
I am so excited!! The new songs sound incredible. I cannot wait for you to hear them.
Here is a pic of the guys who have been recording in the The Toy Box Studio this week.
From LtoR: Doug Lancio (guitar), Lindsay Jamieson (drums), Justin Cary (bass), Jacob Lawson (producer), Lij Shaw (engineer)
If you’re after a more inside look, make sure and pre-buy through the PledgeMusic Campaign. That’s where I’ll be posting exclusive videos, pics and who knows what else?!
After this I’m headed to Tampa and the Philadelphia area for a couple shows and an Inside Out Faith event that you can find out more about on the shows page.
Stay tuned, jump in…Let’s do this!
I would like to invite you to come along for the ride of making my new album! I have partnered with PledgeMusic in order to bring this project to life. You can support my new album through my PledgeMusic project, where I’ll be posting exclusive and behind-the-scenes content.
Greetings, my friends!
I trust you’ve all had a wonderful, energized summer. I know I have!
You might have noticed that I haven’t been out on the road much this year, but it’s not what you think. I haven’t escaped to any romantic beach. And to allay your fears that I might have again decided to run away Down Under, let me reassure you that it’s winter abroad, so I decided to summer in the good ole USA. No…while you’ve been sipping your sweet, cool cocktails beside the pool, I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes.
I’ve been quietly slaving away at some very exciting projects. I’m about ready to bust a gasket over the joy of it all. While it’s not quite time to spill the beans of what we’re planning over here at jenniferknapp.com, we’re getting really close to revealing all the news that’s fit to print!
The most obvious is that I’ve been obsessing, writing and polishing songs for the new record. I’ve had the chance to play a few special shows throughout the summer that I like to call “Smash-or-Trash.” It’s always my preference to get new songs out into the open, playing them for you lovely folks, and letting them find their footing. Not only do I get to see your faces when you hear them for the first time (which is a true pleasure), the songs also get a chance to grow. You might have seen a few live performances posted on YouTube, but don’t get too comfy…at times, the lyrics have evolved, merged and sometimes even taken radically different shifts of direction. I can honestly say at no time in my life has the music that’s come to me led me down such an adventurous path. They are challenging and inspiring my own journey in ways I never imagined possible and I can’t wait for the day when we get to harness them together and enjoy the ride!
So buckle up, stay tuned, and keep an eye out! I’ll need all the help I can get to make it through this Fall. There’s so much to do! There will be tons of Inside Out Faith events, some more Christmas shows with Margaret Becker and of course…recording a new record! Who knows what else we’ll dream up together?….
I can’t say it enough. I couldn’t dream of doing this without your love and support. It’s been a long journey back, but I’m finding my stride. Thanks for all the hugs and good cheer. Now let’s go have some fun!
Visit the shows page for the full list of fall tour dates.
In the mean time, check out a few of the projects I’ve worked on over the last year. All of these artists are going it indie these days. So make sure, if you like what you hear, to drop by their neighborhood and lend them your support.
We made it! Margaret and I have officially started The Hymns of Christmas Tour. So far we’ve stopped through Denver, Portland and Seattle and are now headed back east for a few days. You may have noticed in our schedule that we are playing at a variety of venues. We’ll find ourselves in clubs, theaters and churches so diverse that we are certain to be kept on our toes. So far I am lovin’ it!
The hard work of the past few months is finally paying off and we are starting to have some real fun! I gotta say, after a couple of years of playing solo, it’s a blast to get the “stage telepathy” going with Maggie B. There’s nothing like pouring it all into a song, looking up and sharing a knowing grin of joy. It’s a kind of joy that let’s you put your whole heart and guts into a song you’ve sung your whole life and still sing it like you just discovered it. Even better is looking up amazed at what’s going on and sharing that moment with the audience. I was beside myself last night – Maggie was floating some outrageous melody through the room and I locked eyes with a gal in the front row…We both just nodded and grinned with an unsaid “wow!”
I am already rueing the fact that we only have 11 more shows left. How can this be?! After we finished last night, I could have done it all again. This tour is one of the most unique and meaningful experiences I’ve had in a very, very long time. We’re making some serious music, pulling a few surprises, and making memories. Come join in the fun! See you there!
There’s nothing quite like invoking images of burning Yule logs and eggnog while melting in the Tennessee summer heat and swatting fat mosquitos. It’s was difficult to not feel a little silly while wearing shorts and a tank top, listening to Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas”. Couple that with the fact that Christmas music, as a general rule makes me think of muzak, which makes me think of shopping malls, which makes me think of crowds of shopping zombies, which reminds me “what am I gonna do for everyone’s presents this year?!,” which stresses me out, and then someone insists on offering me a free sample of a stale piece of fruitcake, I’m hungry, I eat the sliver, I get thirsty & need a coffee, “how ’bout gingerbread latte?” I walk into Starbucks and wait…more Christmas muzak!…Wait! How come they’re not playing me?!
I’ve always been a bit nervous about contributing to the pantheon of holiday music. Who wants to risk dethroning one of the Top 50 Worst Christmas records of all time? I mean – I love music. I love Christmas, but pitfall of Christmas music is that everybody knows the songs. As an artist, the immediate temptation is to do something so different and unique that you end up mutilating something that was simple and beautiful. Thanks to albums like “Yuletide Disco” & “Christmas with Kazoo” (as in, a whole record with kazoo as the primary instrument (of torture!)), I’ve been hesitant to be accused of making yet another clanger.
All that being said, it’s no wonder that it took a good friend and inspiring artist like Margaret Becker to entice me into some holiday cheer. Maybe it was the Pinot, but before I knew it, the simple exercise of two musicians sitting around and plunking out some old Christmas hymns turned into something really special. With teeny budget, a little gear, and a lot of moxie, our little adventure turned into an actual record!
Margaret and I have sought to love these old hymns as if we’d heard them for the first time. Applying strict guidelines of simplicity, we vowed to honor the original tunes yet not stifle our style. Somewhat ironic to our lives as solo artists, each of us found ourselves fighting to see who could be part of the landscape and not the focal point. But perhaps the most surprising to me, was a sense of wonder about the actual story of Christ’s birth. Crazy what all that singing of new life, joy and renewed hope can do for a soul.
I can be downright cynical when it comes to the commercial trappings of the holidays. Sometimes I fight so hard – judging the chintzy little snow globe before giving it a shake and imagining the world inside. I could have had yet another Christmas where I ran through the mall as fast as possible, crossing off items on a list in a materialistic grab for happiness and praise…but then this record happened and I remembered something I often act too cool to remember: Hope. The thrill of it helps this weary girl rejoice!
Merry Early Christmas!