The Story Behind Making "Mayflies" & Exciting Album Update
Wow... sooo we are long overdue on an update for you and hope this finds you extra well embracing the New Year.
On our end, the last three months have been an absolute whirl-wind. (do ya feel me?) We successfully wrapped up the Kickstarter, finished making our new record Mayflies, toured from Arizona to Brooklyn and around again, worked day and night on our new documentary State of the Unity and have spent tireless weeks connecting with companies to create the rewards while reaching out to you all to make sure we have your survey responses so we can get started on creating and getting you your Kickstarter rewards. (phew)
Oh did I mention we also won an EMMY with Grotto Network for a piece they did on us called Trailblazers - The Bergamot... sooo yeah holy smokes that happened too. Needless to say, we really appreciate your patience with us and can not thank you enough, we promise we are working REALLY hard to get you your rewards soon and if you keep reading more there is something great coming tomorrow!
Now that you are all caught up Nathaniel and I wanted to share some behind the scenes photos and the story behind the making of Mayflies because (drum roll please) tomorrow January 16th, 2019 at (11:00am EST) we will send you a digital download of the finished album!!!!!!!!! Wooooohoooooooooo - we are SO PUMPED to give it to you all as you will be the first in the world to hear it.
(If you could do us a small favor and when you listen to the album for the first time please make sure you play it on a great speaker system or listen to it on a great pair headphones so you can hear all the sounds)
In the mean time, we wanted to share with you special photos, stories and the symbolic meaning behind this album. We are profoundly grateful and excited to finally share our latest album, Mayflies, with you. To us, Mayflies is a deeply meaningful and symbolic representation of our experiences and revelations during our 50 state tour, The Unity Collective (2016).
Our year long journey in 2016 gave us new experiences with many vulnerable emotions, raw moments, and powerful new truths. Ultimately, these experiences became the inspiration behind each song and this collective art piece called Mayflies.
You see The Unity Collective allowed us time and space to deeply explore our hopes and dreams, the world we live in and the darkness and goodness of humanity. As a result, Mayflies was written and composed during a time of extreme enlightenment.
The lyrics, melodies, and harmonies of this album reflect the overarching emotional journey we experienced during The Unity Collective not only with each other, but with the hundreds of people we interacted with along the way. We listened, we conversed, we learned, and we wrote. After it was all said and done we realized many of our favorite songs had been written by Nathaniel as beautiful love songs for me to help push me through during some of the most challenging times I had face and that we were facing together.
As the horizon was getting near in a hail merry pass Nathaniels song P.D.R got picked up by one of the best London Producers/Engineers Matt Wiggins. Now as many of you know we had the great privilege and honor of having Mayflies produced and mixed by producer, Matt Wiggins, whose amazing talent has led to incredible recordings with Adele, London Grammar, The Glass Animals, Coldplay etc.
The gift of working in the studio with Matt Wiggins pushed us to become better musicians, while transforming the way we hear and create music. Matt Wiggins is one of the most brilliant/kindhearted people we have ever worked with on a project. (he is no joke incredible at what he does) And though our sound as transformed on this record we hope the vocal harmonies and messages of love, unity, and fighting for what you believe in bring you joy where ever you are at on your own journey.
The truth is nothing stays the same. We are evolving, we are human, we are irresistibly in love with life and each other. We painfully admit the hardest part of moving forward is letting go but there is great beauty in the breakdown and just like a seed must let go of the dark soil below in order to burst forth onto the surface and bloom we too must let go of these songs so they can emerge and bring new life and love into the world.
To conclude, when we initially set out on this journey to use our voices and music to uplift, unify, and give hope to the world we faced an unexpected reality that the more we gave the more we received. The more we struggled, the more we were uplifted and the darker the days the brighter the people. During our darkest days, people we met along the way gave us hope, and we were blessed with the best unexpected gift, love and from that love Mayflies was born.
Together Nathaniel and I have been overwhelmed by your kind words, generosity, love and support. We could not have created this new record without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping make our dream a reality. You will never fully understand how much you mean to us but do know that when you listen to Mayflies for the first time we are singing those lyrics for you.
Remember tomorrow at 11am EST you will receive the first ever digital download of Mayflies so keep your eyes peeled at your inbox. Of course if you have any issues downloading it do not hesitate to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help get you squared away.
One last thing, while listening to Mayflies we hope you are able to experience a little of our journey, but more importantly that it helps you experience your own journey wherever it takes you. Loads of love to you!
Shine ON + Ever Upward
Jillian + Nathaniel