And there we have it.
Album 3 now... officially... has a name.
"Wander With Me" is the name of one of the songs on the album, and it was written for you. Yep! For you! You who are reading this right now!
One of my favorite things in all of my musical travels... is seeing an old friend walk into the farmers market because she could hear me singing as she drove by, being surprised by Michael and Sue when they show up to so many of my gigs, seeing all the kids at the Bakery in Pateros running around and dancing while I sing (or sitting on the edge of the platform much to their parents' chagrin), meeting fellow Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver fans, getting to travel further from home to sing for people who have been supporting me since day one, receiving notes that lift my heart from someone I've never met on the other side of the globe...
I said "one of my favorite things", but then I started listing them and... there are so many more things that I love... I could easily keep going.
You are my favorite thing about what I do.
You make me feel like I have a place.
And I can't thank you enough for that.
As I wrote this song for you, my fellow wanderers, I felt like this would be the perfect name for the album. For the entire album is for you.
And I can hardly wait for it to be yours.
And there we have it.
Today in the studio, I’m recording these words…
But I wanted to share them with you in case they're words you need right now too.
Dear heart, I know your soul is weary
Dear heart, I know you feel alone
I know you feel you don’t belong
Like you don’t have a home…
Dear heart, you have a home with me
I love you more than everything you see
I know these shadows drag you down
But I’m with you here and now
So don’t lose heart
You are stronger than you know
Don’t lose heart
You are dearer to me than you’ll ever know
Artist Name: Brittany Jean
Home Base: Brewster, WA, but originally from West Chicago, IL
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Americana
Category Entered: Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song
Title of Work Submitted: “Like No Tomorrow”
Producer: Brittany Jean and Stormcave
Instruments Featured: Voice, guitar, piano, and cello
What’s the story behind your artist name?: Brittany is my first name, and Jean is my middle name
Describe your sound: Hopefully, it’s refreshing and a sweet change of pace…
Who’s sitting in your audience?: Friends I’ve met along the way and friends I’ve yet to meet
What’s your favorite press quote about your music?: “Brittany Jean’s vocals combined with Nashville’s finest studio musicians makes for an enchanting and delightful listen, and as the song “Turn Right” proclaims, “We should do it all again...” The audience will hit repeat over and over again.”
Every artist wants to hear that…
The song or songs that changed your life and why: I would say… The theme song from “Chariots of Fire”. When I was about six, my family watched that movie, and afterwards, I was sitting at the piano playing the theme song by ear. Because of that, my parents found me a (the best) piano teacher, and that was the beginning in many ways. Another would be “I Saw What I Saw” by Sara Groves. I heard it for the first time in high school, and it inspired me to start writing more songs of my own… I wanted to be able to write like her—to be able to say something and move hearts like that…
Describe the first time you walked onstage: Well, I don’t remember it. I must’ve been pretty little. However, one of my most memorable first times on stage by myself was when I was auditioning for a play when I was 13 (I think). I was auditioning for a children’s theater rendition of Sleeping Beauty, and I’d never been in a play before. I went up to sing my audition piece (“A Whole New World”) in front of all the other kids and all the other kids’ families, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember any of the words (to a song I’ve heard all my life). Being shy and quiet, I was mortified when I ended up needing to sing “Happy Birthday” instead. I have no idea how I got cast….
Why did you submit to this year’s Independent Music Awards?: Because it would be a tremendous honor to receive an IMA. Because like every other artist in the world, I’m hopeful that someone will take a listen to my song and like what they hear. Because like everyone else, I hope my work is worth a shot.
If you win and/or get nominated, how will you use your IMA honor to further your career?: First of all, that would be super exciting. Being nominated or winning would be a great credential. My song “Adventure” was nominated for an IMA in the Bluegrass Category last year, and when people learn that, they seem to listen a little more closely when they hear it for the first time. IMA’s illustrate direction—up.
Who is your musical hero & what would you like to learn from them?: Alison Krauss. And everything.
Where can fans follow you/purchase your music?:
My website: bjeanmusic.com
iTunes: Whispered Stories & Leavin’ Home
Pandora: “Wildfire” by Brittany Jean
I have a new album coming out this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
"I don't know much about life, boy, but I do know that there are big days and there are small days..."
Well, today is a big day that starts a couple of big weeks!
Today, we're off to North Carolina!
I'll be singing at the Ol' Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, NC, on Saturday!
This festival takes place with artists performing on front porches throughout the town of Oriental--how cool is that? This sounds like my kind of festival.
If you know anyone in the area (it's about 2.5 hours outside of Raleigh), send 'em on over! I'll be at 204 King Street (The McDaniel Home) on Saturday (October 7) from 12:00 - 1:30 PM! And you can check out the rest of the schedule here!
It's onward to Nashville!
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, I'll be in the studio! This is the final recording session for Album 3, and eeeeeep! We're so close! I know I say this a lot... but that makes it no less true... I cannot wait to share these songs with you! Soon!
Then next Wednesday night (October 11), I'll be singing downtown Nashville at The Commodore in the songwriter rounds sometime around 9 PM.
And then on Saturday (October 14), I'm greatly looking forward to putting on a house concert in Franklin. I'm excited to hang out with lovely, wonderful people. If you're interested and would like more details about this show, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I would love to see you there!
Here we go!
Hello, my friends!
I have a new date!
October 14 in Franklin, TN!
I'm headed to Nashville in October to finish the recording work for my third album (eep!), and as it comes closer to completion, I couldn’t be happier--I can't wait to share these new songs with you soon!
I'm also very excited to announce this concert in Franklin!
It's an honor to have been invited back...
This will be an in-home concert (my hosts are lovely and their home is beautiful) and seating will be limited, so email me at email@example.com if you are interested and would like details!
More on that third album (album title, songs, release date...) soon...
Here we go!
"So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
On August 25th, I was supposed to perform at Gamble Sands.
We got there, got everything set up, and then during the soundcheck my guitar pickup decided it had had enough and died.
Without any warning. Without a word. Without explanation.
"But that's life, I suppose! You go along and suddenly... poof!"
I'm getting my movies all mixed up.
So I had a microphone coming through the speakers, but there was no guitar.
After trying many, many things (and then trying them all a second or third time), I eventually had to cancel. Even though I was there. Even though a lovely audience was there.
All this to say...
We were able to reschedule for September 15th at 6:30 PM--thank you, Natasha and Gamble Sands! I'm looking forward to performing at the Danny Boy Bar & Grill in a couple weeks, and I'm praying it will be problem-free this time.
However, if something like that happens again... I now know what to do.
If it happens again, I will turn into Kiernan Kane and become a wandering minstrel, going from table to table and singing anyway.
September 15th looks like it will be the last date before I head to Nashville in October to finish up the recording work for Album Three!
Real album title coming soon...
The trip to Illinois last week… was so. much. fun.
Spending my first 21 years calling West Chicago home, I loved all the familiar
places—Winfield, Wheaton, Warrenville, Geneva, St. Charles…
It was strange and wonderful and bittersweet how many things were exactly as I remembered them. It was like the only thing that grew up a little bit was me. Oh, there were changes, but… for the most part, everything was the same.
To everyone who came out to the DuPage County Fair and to EvenFlow Music on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday—THANK YOU!
Sally and Erv, Alison, Kristin, the Schmidt Family, Mrs. Rooks, Mrs. Butcher, Brad, Dave, Kathryn, Anna, the McCarthy Family, Uncle Mark, Jean, Mrs. Younglove, Emily, Lon, Dr. Frost, Mark and Nanette, Jim and Betsy, Mark and Joyce, Henry, Jeff and Emma, Becca, Sheri, Uncle Rob, Melody, Charlie, Uncle Todd and Aunt Cath, the Walker Families, Barbie, Aunt Dorothy Jean, Aunt Annie, Bob and Diane, Keith and Linda, the McGehees, Tom, Sue, Heather… And all the kiddos.
Thank you for coming to support me and my music on this mini-tour back home. I loved seeing you all, and it refreshed my spirit to talk to so many of you!
It was good to be home.
P.S. If you're ever in the Chicagoland Area and want some food place suggestions... Portillo's, Pal Joey's, Giordano's, Gino's East...
Yes, three of those four are pizza places.