#tbt to writing for GRAVITY. Three days packed full of writing and pre-pro and coffee and tracking scratches. This time last year, GRAVITY was just something I was considering. Now, we’re wrapping up final mixes and working on album art. It sounds amazing, by the way. I couldn’t have done it without a long list of people challenging me and contributing their gift and helping me make this project come to life. It’s also brought part of me back to life. I love you. -
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Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I’ll never being able to hear the name Dwight without thinking of The Office, but isn’t this the truth? I’ve experienced a whole lot of “no not yet” and it seems that in a big way (or two or three) that season in my life is over. So I’m hopping on that train, y’all, and not letting (or trying, anyway) not to be ruled by fear. The greatest risks often yield the greatest returns. ROIs, guys, R. O. I.

Throwback to when @hannahhigginsphoto and @colourbychelsea spent an evening making me look non-mom-in-yoga-pants. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

It's been a while since I've given a Gravity update so here goes. IT'S SOOO CLOSE. It's being mixed as I type this and then we will send to the mastering engineer. Then I just have to make sure all the Kickstarter incentives and all the other fun necessary stuff is done for printing and distribution. I cannot wait to share it. You have no idea. •
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My face when you drop your jaw at first listen of the new record. -
I can't wait for you guys to hear GRAVITY. It's so dope, so unexpected, so raw, and ballsy. This whole process has been a risk but I knew I had to do it, and taking the chance has not returned void. I waited so long because I was afraid and listened too much to other people. I'm all in now, anxious to prove some naysayers wrong. Don't be a naysayer. And don't let naysayers challenge what you believe you are capable of. Be better. Do better. Prove them all wrong and smile when you do. 👊🏼💁🏻
📷: @hannahhigginsphoto | 💇🏻💄: @colourbychelseaf -
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We finished everything today. Once we wrap up recording the Kickstarter incentive stuff, Gravity will be a huge step closer to being in your hands. -
There are a million words to describe this project for me but none of them really suffice. I hope you feel the same.

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*Edit: I am good, my family's good, this post is not about my personal experience. 😬 -
The content of the songs on GRAVITY has taken on a whole new meaning in the last couple weeks. Admittedly, a lot (okay, all except one- and even that is stretched) of the stories are made up, but that doesn't mean it's not someone's reality. Loss and hurt and the choice of a new reality made for you can be crushing. But sometimes choosing to fight for restoration and for the sake of showing love is the brave and courageous thing to do. Stepping out of dark into light is ALWAYS the right thing to do. Grateful for this truth and that a future in the light always redeems a past in the dark. -
Heading out to finish this album tomorrow and am so anxious to hear everything with all its pieces. -
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Hi. I'm Jennifer. My friends call me Jen. I'm tired (see bags under eyes). I'm a wife to El Jefe @bassman31783, mom to #avaloren, part-time grant writer, singer songwriter releasing a new record and pursuing being a full-time artist, and trying to get my house ready to sell. This week has nearly broken me. -
I really want to make honest music that tells the stories of real life, and sometimes life isn't pretty (exhibit A). Yes, I hired a photographer and a hair & makeup artist to make me look awesome for album/promo/web stuff, but that's not real life. I'm a mess! Just wanted to be transparent. Life isn't perfect. That's what makes it beautiful. That's what makes you appreciate the many, many good things. When everything is falling apart and you're two seconds away from setting everything on fire and bolting, look for the little thing that may be quietly waiting for you to notice and recognize that it's NOT the end of the world. -
Perfect Instagram feeds aren't real life. Don't get lost in it- yours or anyone else's. -
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"Still I wonder if we did it all right, why do I imagine it any other way?"

I'm working out at 10pm now because of this. I got distracted, okay? 🤷🏻‍♀️sorry you have to look at my leg. •

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"People are mistaken when they think chasing your dream is a selfish thing to do. As if perhaps being average is an act of humility. As if perhaps wasting the talents you were given is proof that you're a considerate individual.

It's not." 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼@jonacuff everybody.
I've spent enough time under the thumb of this kind of belief- like being an artist isn't a "real career" instead of just trying. So here comes Gravity and it's gonna knock your socks off. Don't waste your gifts, guys. -
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Check out the preview of Going Under from my new project, Gravity, on @soundcloud. This is just a taste of what's to come, y'all!
Link also in profile.

Throwing it back to that glorious/exhausting/magical few days in Nashville a few weeks ago recording my new record. 🙌🏼

This man has been instrumental in getting me here. Every girl should be so lucky to have a man who would make sacrifices and bend over backwards to support her dream. One step at a time. And he's a freaking badass bass player. #winwin

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When you're singing at the top of your range you hang back from the mic. 🙈

Gravity is about 75% done! The progress I've heard since we were in Nashville a couple weeks ago is INSANE. You guys have no idea what's coming for ya'. (Sun+mountains thanks to @tristanbradshawtattooing)
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The last 24 hours have been such a sweet treat. My brother flew in to Dallas, we listened to some progress on a few GRAVITY tunes, celebrated my dad being honored as educator of the year (really a lifetime), an evening at a state park. Life is such a gift, even more so because of the people we share it with.

Behind the scenes: @bassman31783 laying down bass tracks & @kennydavismusic air-drumming like the best they are. Grateful for these two for grasping my vision and running with it to near perfect execution. What a gift it is to make music with people who are stoked for what you're doing.

Day 3. Vocals.

When you need a new cable for your in-ears and the temporary solution is taping yourself to the chair so you can hear. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I call this one "Somewhere in Arkansas (Neon Pink Socks)".

Precious cargo.
We're packing up and hitting the road for Nashville tomorrow. So pumped to record these songs and get them in your hands.

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