News, Updates & Notes
Stretch Goals + Help us with the Live Record’s track list!
Two Virtual High-Fives! WE DID IT! We reached our goal!
As of 3 days ago, our Kickstarter Campaign (Album Release Tour + Live Record) is FULLY FUNDED! We are SO grateful to those of you who checked out the campaign & espescially those who’ve become backers. We write to you now because we want to talk about our STRETCH GOALS & ask for your help deciding what songs to put on the live record. The project is currently 117% funded, with 18 days left before the campaign ends. We still haven’t chosen the musicians, sound engineer(s), mixing and mastering engineers, and visual artists to be a part of this project. The more money we raise, the higher the quality of people we can choose from, which means a better-sounding tour and live record, & eventually, we hope, more people enjoying the record.
Our FIRST STRETCH GOAL is a biggy ($30,000), but the result will be so sweet if we get there! We just added a new reward, a Limited-edition Lyric Tote Bag, for every backer at TIER 6 ($50) + greater. That means that if we hit this stretch goal, we’ll be offering ALL of the following rewards:
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$30,000 Stretch Goal Rewards
- PDF of the story behind each song on the new record for every backer at TIER 2 & greater
- Signed exclusive physical poster for every backer at TIER 4 & greater
- Limited-edition Lyric Tote Bag for every backer at TIER 6 & greater
- VINYL BABY! We’ll print the LIVE RECORD in 12″ VINYL and sign it for every backer at TIER 6 + greater.
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Visit our Kickstarter page & consider becoming a backer at kickstartjt.com
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Help us with the Live Record’s TRACK LIST!
We’re in the process of putting together a list of potential songs for the album release tour & live record and need your help! We’d love to know what your top 3 original Jenny & Tyler songs are by typing them in the 3 boxes below & clicking submit:
What are your top 3 Jenny & Tyler songs?
Be A Part Of Our Album Release Tour + Live Record!
We hope this blog update finds you well! Nashville has been beautiful over the past few weeks, with lots of sun, and lovely late Spring temperatures. Jane’s been running around the backyard getting soaked by our newly attached hose. Tyler’s been working with friends on the Sprinter Van, our new mini-tour-bus of sorts. Baby Sara (3 weeks old today!) has generally just been sleeping a lot. Jane is starting to take the older sister role seriously. It’s been so sweet seeing her help (or at least try to help) take care of Sara through the day. Below is a photo of the two of them a few days ago. Jane actually held the bottle like that for a few minutes! It’s pretty incredible being a family of four. We’re learning a lot. So much is changing so quickly. Here’s where we fill you in on some of those changes…this is a long email, so feel free to scroll to the bottom for a quick summary.
Our Kickstarter campaign launches TODAY!
We have BIG NEWS! We’re excited to announce that, as of a few hours ago, we just launched a Kickstarter campaign! What is Kickstarter? It’s a crowd-funding platform that allows you to be a part of making our ALBUM RELEASE TOUR and LIVE RECORD possible.
As many of you know, we’ve spent the past 6 years making music. When we started, things were pretty simple. We traveled alone in a Ford Taurus, cooked our dinners in a portable crock pot, and slept on air mattresses in the homes of strangers. Now we have two kids, travel in a big sprinter van, and bring opening acts on the road with us when we can. Things have changed a lot, but we still play our songs as just the two of us with our suitcase kick, glockenspiel, and acoustic instruments.
A few years ago we created a Kickstarter campaign to fund our record, Faint Not . We were blown away by the support the campaign received. Faint Not was much more successful than our previous record and ushered us into a new phase as a band. We were able to reach a bigger audience and impact more people with a message of perseverance, hope and truth.
The New Studio Record
We believe that music allows us to share a part of our story that we couldn’t otherwise. We process life through songwriting. For the past few years, we’ve thought about releasing a record comprised entirely of love songs, and not just the romantic kind: songs of Divine love; family love; friendship; even baby love. Relationships are one of the many joys of life. We hope that this will be an honest love story, one that looks at love in the broken and hard places as well as the happy ones. We want it to convey the message of grace and redemption in love. Love and relationships can be messy, but we trust that God can and will make all things new and beautiful.
We just recently finished being in the studio writing and recording our new record (just across from where Elvis recorded at RCA Studio B) with a truly wonderful person and excellent producer named Gabe Scott. Gabe is gifted, both as a producer and musician. He’s played on thousands of songs; in fact, you may have heard him playing on a record you own or at a show you’ve been to! We are so happy with the way the songs turned out and we want to share them with you!
THE NEW STUDIO RECORD releases THIS FALL!!!
The Album Release Tour + Live Record
Here’s the thing: this new record has a deep, full, layered sound. We feel that we cannot do the songs justice on our own, as just the two of us. Because of that, we’d like to bring a musician or two on the road to give our set more of a full band feel. And since we’ll have such talented people playing with us, we’d like to take the opportunity to make a LIVE RECORD! The record will include songs from the new album as well as old favorites like Faint Not, As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating, & One-Eyed Cat.
Be A Part Of This!
We’ve already paid for the new studio record, but we need YOUR help to fund the live record and the tour. Our goal is $15,000. We know that sounds like a lot, but it will barely cover the costs of the tour and the live record; expenses include: production costs (sound engineer at shows, the musicians, the mix and mastering engineers, equipment); artwork; CD replication; and more.
We’d love for you to consider making the tour and live record possible by backing our campaign. In addition to a limited edition copy of the live record, we’re offering all kinds of great rewards, like unreleased songs, the audio & video from a tiny desk style short set, a box of our favorite things, VIP tickets to the tour, your very own suitcase kick drum, handmade instruments, recording opportunities with Tyler, and more!
IF we happen to EXCEED $15,000, we also have a bunch of stretch goals with bonus rewards! Printing the LIVE RECORD in VINYL would be awesome. Making a “best of” album from the first 3 records, one of which we don’t even sell anymore, might even be better. You could make that possible. Also, the more money we raise, the more people we can potentially reach. We want to send the studio record out into the world and help it flourish.
We hope you’ll join us in telling this love story. Let’s do this together!
With love & gratitude,
Jenny & Tyler
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- We’re releasing a new record in the fall!
– We’re planning a big tour in the fall, hope to make a live record, and need YOUR help!
– We’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of the tour & the live record.
– As a way of thanking you for your support, you’ll get all kinds of rewards, such as unreleased songs, the live-record itself, VIP tickets, a box of our favorite things, a suitcase kick of your own made by Tyler, handmade instruments, and recording your songs with us producing. There’s a lot more…so click below
– Click here for our Kickstarter Page or visit KICKSTARTJT.COM
- We appreciate you!
Thank you in advance & we hope to see you on the road!
Jenny & Tyler
For Freedom raised over $15,000 (which became $30,000) to fight modern slavery!
This is incredible! When we released our covers project, For Freedom: A Covers EP, in November 2013, we had no idea how much you’d get behind it. Many of you not only bought the album, you told people it (we saw so many shares/retweets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), you gifted it to others, and you blogged about it. Some of you even sang in our virtual choir on “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For!”
We’re super grateful.
When money from the album started coming in after its released, we made a few small contributions to an organization that fights human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery called International Justice Mission (IJM for short), but when we heard that they sometimes have donor matches, we decided to wait and donate on a day when we could get it matched. On December 12th, 2014, at the IJM benefit in Washington, DC, we wrote a check for $15,000. Because of the generous donor match, that figure doubled to become $30,000.
We feel like we can’t take credit for this. For one, we felt divinely inspired to partner with IJM. For two, it was a dream of ours to record this project. For three, it was you guys who spread the word about this project. We didn’t hire any PR, marketing, radio, or anything. Basically, we recorded the record in our old apartment in Nashville, got a few musicians to play on it, had Shane D. Wilson mix it and Bob Boyd master it, and put it out for the world to hear. There are no words.
To think that maybe a rescue like this one was made possible because of this is humbling.
With love & gratitude,
Jenny & Tyler
We’re honored to be part of an Americana compilation that just released on iTunes! Our BRAND NEW song, “In Everything You Do,” co-written with Jillian Edwards and produced by Gabe Scott, is featured (track 9) on the “Native: Americana Spotlight” album. We wrote this song for our daughter Jane and hope you love it!
The compilation includes songs by some stellar artists: The Vespers, Matthew Perryman Jones, Mindy Smith, Holly Williams, and more! Download the song exclusively on iTunes. We also just added the chords and lyrics to our website if you want to learn how to play it. As always, if you like it, please help us share it on facebook/twitter! http://bit.ly/jtameri
IN EVERYTHING YOU DO
(Lyrics & chords at our songs site. Stream song on our player.)
For Freedom – A Covers EP
After five original albums, we thought it time to try something different. Long have we had desires and interests to put our own spin on some of our favorite songs from our childhood, songs that have influenced the way we think about music today. This project, For Freedom – A Covers EP, is the consummation of those interests and desires. It released on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, and all the proceeds go to organizations that fight human trafficking.
We’d like to take a little time to tell you why we chose the songs that we did.
01 Tonight, Tonight (feat. Levi Weaver) – why we chose this song
02 The Scientist – why we chose this song
03 Dreams (feat. JJ Heller) – why we chose this song
04 We Will Become Silhouettes (Remastered) – why we chose this song
05 The Sound of Silence (Remastered) – why we chose this song
06 What A Wonderful World – why we chose this song
07 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (feat. Sara Groves) – why we chose this song
Deluxe Editions & Instrumentals
We recently released the Deluxe Editions of Open Your Doors & Faint Not. These include lyrics, chords, cover art, notes & credits, & a digital booklet. We hope they make listening and digesting the records easier and more enjoyable.
If you’re the karaoke-type or simply fancy listening to what’s going on with the production underneath the vocals, check out the instrumental versions of Open Your Doors & Faint Not, exclusively through our Store as well as Bandcamp.