Prepping for a morning speaking event and spending the rest of the day packing for the Relevant Blog Conference kinda got the best of me Tuesday and I never got a chance to post my entry. Then, yesterday, I had a Murphy’s Law flying day (left at 5:30am and didn’t arrive until midnight!!!) so I didn’t get a chance to post then either!
How classy is it that I said I was going to give stuff away all week and then I went AWOL?! My sincerest apologies!
Sheesh. So here’s the crazy JJ Heller story I promised on Monday. Be sure to read to the end to find out what today’s giveaway is!
The Bloggable Music Network
Before I had this blog, I started a blog called the Bloggable Music Network. The idea was to join bloggers and musicians together to help promote great music. There is SO much incredible Christian music that isn’t on the radio and I’m pretty passionate about getting the word out.
The first artist I contacted was a girl named JJ Heller. I’d watched her studio journals on YouTube and was fascinated by the process of creating an album and amazed at her voice. I emailed her and promptly heard back from her husband Dave who said they’d love to participate and they made this little video for the site:
I got some music from JJ and Dave and passed it on to my absolutely wonderful sister-in-law Diana. We love to tell each other about great new music. She’s actually the one who first introduced me to Christy Nockels song Invade!)
So You Think You Can Dance
Fast forward a few months and Diana, who is also an incredible dancer and all around loveable girl, tried out for So You Think You Can Dance. Here’s what happened:
(Just a sidenote. Don’t you just want to hug Diana? I could really just write a whole blog post about her. She’s the little sister I never had. )
When this aired, a DJ from KSBJ (where I worked for many years) saw Diana’s dance and loved JJ’s song. He played it on air as a one time deal, but got such a HUGE response that they added it to their rotation. (FYI – that does not happen for indie (non label) artists on major stations like KSBJ.) Well, once KSBJ added it, so did KLOVE and most other stations.
JJ’s song Your Hands was at the top of iTunes charts as was her album Painted Red.
As a thank you for the itty bitty part I played, she and Dave came and did a concert at my house.
Imagine the coolest, most incredible thing ever happening to you. That’s how I excited I was. I told my husband it was like the Texans calling and saying they’d like to play a pick up game of football – in our backyard.
To have such excellent music in my own house. Wow. It was a life highlight for sure. Here she is singing Your Hands…in my living room!
So that’s our crazy JJ Heller story. And for the record, JJ and Dave are absolutely wonderful people. They are precious parents and have the sweetest relationship with one another.
JJ and Dave are currently on tour with 33 Miles and today I’m giving away two autographed copies of 33 Miles new cd Today. AND it also comes with their Christmas CD so you can get a jump start on your holiday cheer!!Leave a Comment