CMA week is the busiest time of year for us. Josh's company, SonyATV, had much to celebrate this year. Not only did they claim BMI's publisher of the year award, they also won BMI's song of the year honor for "Beat of the Music" written by Ross Copperman, Brett Eldredge, and Heather Morgan. Josh has helped shape the careers of all three of these songwriters and we couldn't be more happy for them! But my goodness we are tired (just like the rest of music row i bet). BMI night 2015 But for me the closing of CMA awards week marks the beginning of my countdown to Christmas! I. CAN'T. WAIT. This year I will be joining my family for the Vince Gill/Amy Grant Christmas at the Ryman! It's been a while since I've been able to perform so this show can't come soon enough. I'm having some serious singing withdrawals!! Rehearsals are coming up next week and i'll keep you all updated with photos and other snippets. Until then....FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA.
Let’s get real. I’ve been saying for about 4 years now that I’m making a record. It’s true that I did make a collection of music but the damn thing just isn’t ready yet. Ahhhh! Don't hate me! I think I’ve put too much pressure on myself to be great but I just can’t help it. Any creative person knows this feeling. It’s rare to get it exactly right when you try something for the first time. I’m still writing and I plan to play around with some new tunes in the studio after Dad wraps up this tour. So I thought until it’s all finished up hopefully y’all will enjoy following me around for the next few months while I tour with Dad, do the mom thing, and everything in between! Today I woke up in Interlochen, MI. I have no idea how to pronounce that. I tried sleeping in a top bunk this time cause I figure climbing in and out of that thing counts for some kind of exercise right? I just got back from eating breakfast at a Cracker Barrel with Dad and the band. Now breakfast is my favorite meal and there’s no guarantee you’ll find a good one while on the road. Sometimes the only breakfast option you have is the complimentary buffet at a hotel with those rubber egg Frisbees. Those things scare me. Cracker Barrel is a gift from the road gods. We laughed and feasted on hash brown casserole. Dad got asked to pose for a picture with a fan and I’m pretty sure I got caught trying to photo bomb. The guy moved his phone to a different angle. I thought I was better than that but apparently I need to sharpen my skills! I’m missing my family so much already but I’m looking forward to singing tonight. It does my soul so much good. Until next time…
I might have the coolest job ever. I just enjoyed two weeks on the road with what might be the greatest band in the entire world. The members of Amy Grant's band are not only extremely talented, they are a great hang. And that can be the difference between having a killer time, and wanting to kill yourself. We traveled down up and down the West coast and I was honored to play with the San Diego Symphony. That was amazing. But my favorite part of this tour was getting to know the music of Brandon Heath. He is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter and we were thrilled he joined Amy on this tour.
Man does it feel good to play live again! Last Friday night my band and I played our little hearts out at the Rutledge in Nashville. It was my first time performing at this venue, and I cannot wait to play there again! Here's a video from the show! Click to watch it!
And now for the highlights...
Highlight #1: Miss Keeley Valentino. Keeley opened the night with a beautiful set. She is so sweet, genuine, and hilarious. She has an incredible range and great songs. I had the pleasure of getting to know her a bit before we shared the stage. We hiked at Radnor Lake Friday morning, and after our hang, I must admit, I wished she lived here because she would be my new best friend. She is a breath of fresh air. You must check her out…click to visit her website! Here she is performing one of her songs "The Mechanics of Leaving":
Highlight #2: The debut of my rock star vest from Two Old Hippies. My adorable husband (and drummer) purchased a beautiful vest I had my eye on. It has tons of beading and best of all…metal fringe. That’s right, I told you it was rock star. There was a super sweet gal in the crowd (also named Jenny) from Baltimore who was digging on and perhaps a tad jealous of this vest, and she was not afraid to shout her love for it during the show. I was so proud that my style choices sparked a 5-minute conversation with an outgoing audience member. She was hysterical, which in turn made me look like a comedic genius. Did we give her hell for being a Baltimore Ravens fan? Absolutely we did. Can you blame us? Any loyal Titan’s fan would have done the same. But she took it like a champ.
Highlight #3: My Band. This band is so good it’s just not fair. Josh Van Valkenburg (drums), Sean Weaver (guitar), David LaBruyere (bass), and Matt Berry (guitar) are a crazy solid group. With the recent addition of De Marco Johnson (keys), I think this show went to a whole new level. I was able to lean on them, let go, and get lost in the performance. It was the most fun I’ve ever had with my songs. It got me extremely excited for the future. In fact that reminds me…I need to book some shows…like right now.
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Rutledge. This really was a night to remember.Jenny
Thanks to Musician's Friend for the opportunity to be interviewed! To read the interview, click here.