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Our First Full-Length, Studio Album about Hope in the Darkness of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Our First Full-Length, Studio Album about Hope in the Darkness of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
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Note to New and Returning Backers: 

Our first Kickstarter, for the entirety of our project, did not meet its original goal, and therefore, was not funded.  BUT - Because of generous donations outside of Kickstarter, as well as the gracious offerings of local artists to contribute their work for free to get this project off the ground, we are re-launching to fund ONLY our studio time, mixing, and mastering.  If you were a contributor to our original project, please re-submit here, since your original pledges were NOT charged.  We are SO excited to invite you to take this next brave step in the dark with us - as we hold the light of Hope, and Jesus holds it for us!

Welcome, friends!  I'm Jen.  And this is the Jen Miller Music Collective.   A place where we come together to share our light and hope by making songs that pierce the darkness, especially as it relates to motherhood and postpartum depression and anxiety.  

Here, we cling to the love that comes to find us when we are lost and proclaim that there is a Door of Hope in every valley.  I can't do this without you - your support, your stories, your voice, and your light - and I'd be honored if you'd join us, as we bravely take one more step in the dark together."Brave is one more step in the dark.  Brave my cry for healing.  Hope is the Man who finds me there and leads me out with singing." Check out more about Jen and her music at jenmillermusic.band or continue reading below.   

The Dream, The Songs, & You

Motherhood is hard.  And brave.  And beautiful.  And not at all what I expected.

Determining who are each uniquely made to be as women, in the middle of what our culture tells us, and the voices of our own experiences, can be overwhelming.  Add to that the darkness of loss, depression, and anxiety, which threatens to drown us when we are supposed to be the happiest and most fulfilled, and a girl can lose sight of who she is and of the God who loves her there.  

I did.  But I am learning to find myself again, little by little.

I’m a mama to three beautiful kiddos, a singer-songwriter and worship musician, and a former high school English teacher. My husband Keith and I live in the cornfields of Illinois.  

And I struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety.  

Writing music has helped hold a light for me in darkness when I had to return to full-time work after each baby, when my son was taken to the NICU, when my body betrayed me with the crushing weight of darkness, and now, as I stay home with my children, and my husband works two jobs to make ends meet.  In fact, the words of my own songs, sung back to my heart when I feel like I'm drowning, keep me moving, one step at a time.  And although I've prayed for instant healing, I believe that like Joshua, trusting and fighting his way into the Promised Land to reclaim God's promise to him, perhaps it is God's loving design that I walk through this hard, beautiful season, carrying the light in the dark, and fighting for other women who are lost through these songs. 

I would love for you to join with me in creating a full-length album of music, called "Brave is One More Step in the Dark," to shine light into the darkest places of motherhood, womanhood, and our identities, so we can find each other... and the One who has been holding us all along.

It still feels like a dream that I had the honor and privilege of being mentored this fall by my musical hero, Sara Groves, and that we were accepted as applicants into Chip Gaines's #chipstarter 2.0.  Both of these recent chapters in our story helped to lead us here, to this new dream: that we would be able to use the funds from this Kickstarter community to record, mix, and master an album of thirteen original songs that tell my story of the valley of PPD and the hope that came to find me there.  It is our prayer that this music helps weave us together and shines light in YOUR story too.  

We will be partnering with local artists and musicians to bring the hope to life musically and visually, and we love the idea that the project will represent YOU and your story too because of your contribution and support.  You are holding a light for us, friends.  And we want to hold a light for you.  

"When the Favor of God rests on you, Heart, don't be afraid... He'll make a way."

If you'd like to learn more about our story of hope in the dark and our journey so far, we invite you to read more here.   

In Brave Expectation and Gratitude, 

Jen and Keith

 Home: www.jenmillermusic.band | Facebook: @jenmillermusic | Instagram: @jenmiller217

Risks and challenges

This project, along with this whole season, has been a series of brave steps in the dark, and we anticipate it will continue to be! We will update you as we go and let you know of any changing timelines as they come. Keith and I are both musicians and look forward to working with the experts we are choosing to help us move forward. We feel confident that God wants us to create this music, so we give it to Him and ask you to take these steps with us! Thank you SOOOO much, friend! - Love J & K

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    A limited-edition, Jen Miller Music Collective Journal for recording all your brave steps in the dark, which will include a personalized note of hope and encouragement to you in the cover.

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    House Concert (Locals) & VIP Tickets

    For contributors living within two hours of our home in Northern Illinois, we will come perform a personal house concert for you and your family (Fall 2019-Spring 2020). If you are not local, you can choose instead to receive up to 10 free tickets to our album release party and concert (Fall 2019), which will include a special guest artist you won't want to miss! We'd also love to have dinner with you before the show and to give you VIP seating.

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    A Song Written Just for You

    Jen will listen closely to your heart and your story and write an original, meaningful song to represent the beauty of your journey or of any subject on which you'd like her to focus. She will record a live, acoustic version of this song for you and deliver it as a video and as an audio file with a title image.

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