New Release – Rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

Finding yourself weak and weary? Disheartened, fearful, or forgotten? Condemned, falsely accused, or persecuted?

I want to encourage you with a new song  released today called Rest, based on Matthew 11:28-30.

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Rest is a worshipful, contemporary hymn straight out of the Scripture with a creative twist reminiscent of the 70’s. It is a collaboration between myself, and veteran Nashville songwriters, Joe Beck & Chaz Bosarge, inviting you to come and find the rest you need.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

We are sons and daughters of the King, holy vessels that are set apart. And even though the darkness deepens and casts it shadows…trust in Him. Come. Take His yoke upon you and learn from Him. He is gentle and lowly in heart. His yoke is easy and His burden light.

Find comfort and rest.

Blessings, Jen

Rest is available on iTunes and CD Baby, and will soon be out on all other digital distribution sites.

Back in the Studio

Hello Everyone!

Just want to drop a note and let you know that I am back in the studio right now working on a new worship song, a Contemporary Hymn based on Matthew 11:28-30:

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Seems like so many of us are tired and discouraged these days (for many reasons) and working so hard. The answer we need is in the rest that Christ is able to give us, when we lay our burdens upon Him. He longs for us to not be bound by such heavy things in our lives and to live a life of freedom, trusting Him.

The song I am currently working on in studio with Jim Frazier, is co-written with Songwriters Joe Beck and Chaz Bosarge. Joe is a very creative and talented veteran writer here in Nashville, with over 2000 songs in his catalog, over 650 cuts and  over 65 #1 hits in many different music genres (Adult Contemporary, Inspirational, Rock, Country, Gospel, Black Gospel). You have definitely heard his music through the years if you like Avalon, Philips, Craig & Dean, Michael English, Jody McBrayer, Diamond Rio, etc. I feel really honored that Joe has been willing to give me continued opportunity to grow as a writer, while I am finishing my year of “sabbatical” here in Nashville. Definitely, a great start to a new friendship that I hope will continue on. I have yet to meet Chaz. He, too, is a prolific writer in the industry and in country music. He contributed via email, and he just wowed me with his writing.

The goal for this song is to get it fully produced, to market and send out for the church, as well as for pitching to the industry.  I still need to raise about another $800 to complete the production and am asking for support from my followers if you can help out financially in any way. I have already put in half of the funds already from my own personal savings.

If you can give any contribution, I would like to bless you back for your support by sending you a digital copy of the song when it is finished. Go to my Patreon site here and pledge a “monthly amount”, although I am currently looking for a one-time donation. If you want to give only one time, you can do that by pledging this first month and then removing yourself as a donor before the next month begins (so you only get charged once). This is related to Goal #3 of my music ministry on my Patreon site. Thank you for your consideration!

Also, thank you so much for your support as a subscriber to my blog and music ministry. If you are connected to your church worship ministry, I would love to be able to share the new song with them when it is completed, so that we can get it out there and encourage the body of believers. So, let me know!

As always, I appreciate your prayers covering me, while I am so far away from home this year!

Blessings,

Jen

Behind The Songs – A Still and Quiet Night

Christmas Single – A Still and Quiet Night

One of the biggest (and I think), most difficult places to show the love of Christ is to our spouse: in which we have many opportunities to practice grace, allowing iron to sharpen iron to mature and prepare us for future glory.

In marriage, many couples face an unintentional drift as they prepare for the Empty Nest. For many years the focus of the union has been on the children and as they prepare to leave, and once the children are out the door husbands and wives have to rediscover each other once more. There may have been preconceived ideas of what the latter years were going to look like and once we are there, we find it is nothing like we had dreamed out. We may question, who is this person I live with? And sadly, over 50% become divorced. They even have a term for this kind of divorce in these latter years: Gray Divorce.

But there are ways to be intentional to try and close the gap as you transition into the next phase of your marriage relationship and to inoculate it against the “D word”. It is an intentional turning into one another, finding things in common, appreciating new direction for one another, etc.  A Still and Quiet Night is not only a song of memories of the way things were when the children were little and growing up at home, but also an acknowledgement of the loss of our grown babies. Christmas seems to be the time, as it comes at the end of a calendar year, where we take more account of our lives. Where are we in life? What happened? Where did the years go? We miss our kids! Now it’s just us and we aren’t sure we like each other right now!

Questions like these, can take us on a journey at Christmas to learn how to create new memories of what love is about. Times change, children leave, traditions change, we are older, it’s quieter in the house, we are more gray, balding or wrinkled, finding ourselves more lonely…but love always remains if we invite it in.

What greater time than at Christmas to reflect on the love that God has for us by sending Himself to us in the form of a baby, Jesus the Christ, Emmanuel, reconciling us to Himself. Christ reminds us of what love is and He brings His peace into our hearts through His Holy Spirit, giving us the ministry of reconciliation. It is the interpretation of this love, lived out in real life that finds us rediscovering each other in a new light; and therefore, making new memories for our future.
 
Production Notes:

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My producer Eric Copeland (Creative Soul Records) and I worked on this song as a co-write this last Summer of July 2014, as I was touring across the country with my new album project, Where I Am. We met up at Word Entertainment in one of the writing rooms and I shared my ideas of the first verse with him. He started to town on a melody idea for the arrangement and came up with a beautiful interlude of Silent Night, Holy Night in the middle of the song.

Eric didn’t know it, but Silent Night was one of the very first songs that my brother and I learned to sing in German for our German grandparents. We recorded it on a little tape recorder for our Oma and Opa when we were very young (possibly around 6 and 4) and when they received the cassette tape, they were overjoyed to hear their American grandchildren singing in their native tongue. So that is a very special part in the song for me, that holds wonderful memories of my own childhood and heritage.

We started the lyrics on the 2nd verse trying to be mindful of what it might look like to revive a marriage by bringing a little romance back into it at Christmastime. We finished up the second verse long distance and then sent it off for production. I love the creativity that all the players brought to this project and one of my most favorite parts in the song, is a bass part in “not a creature stirs or makes another sound”.

A Still and Quiet Night

Jen Haugland & Eric Copeland ©2014 Jen Haugland Music (ASCAP) & From the Moment Music (BMI)

V1

All the moments that we sit around the tree

Hold our memories of everything that used to be

To see our little ones their eyes so opened wide

As they stared at all the pretty bulbs so bright

 

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Oh where did the years go, now that they’ve all moved on

And it’s just the two of us in this big house all alone

 

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Turn down the lights

Pull me closer to your side

We can make new memories

In a still and quiet night

Don’t be surprised

As I stare into your eyes

We can find ourselves in love

In a still and quiet night

 

V2

As we find ourselves here sitting by the fire

And an ember sparks a warmth of new desire

While the snow falls silent outside on the ground

Not a creature stirs or makes another sound

 

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So this is our moment, now that they’ve all moved on

And it’s just the two of us in this big house all alone

 

Ch

Turn down the lights

Pull me closer to your side

We can make new memories

In a still and quiet night

Don’t be surprised

As I stare into your eyes

We can find ourselves in love

In a still and quiet night

 

Instrumental Interlude – Silent Night, Holy Night

 

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So this is our moment, now that they’ve all moved on

And it’s just the two of us in this big house all alone

 

Ch

Turn down the lights

Pull me closer to your side

We can make new memories

In a still and quiet night

Don’t be surprised

As I stare into your eyes

We can find ourselves in love

In a still and quiet night

We can find ourselves in love

In a still and quiet night

 

*Honorable Mention, Cindy Wilt Colville Excellence in Songwriting Award – CMS NW 2014

 

Session Players (and, by the way, the guys behind Player A):

John Hammond (drums/percussion)

Gary Lunn (bass)

Mark Baldwin (guitar)

Eric Copeland (keys)

Ronnie Brookshire (Engineering & Mixing)

 

Frequency.FM Interview – A Still and Quiet Night

Last week I had an enjoyable Skype interview with Joe Brookhouse of Frequency.FM to talk about my new Christmas single, A Still and Quiet Night. I like to think of the meaning of Christmas as being an outpouring of God’s heart and love to us by sending us His Son, Jesus, God incarnate: to reconcile us to Himself and to one another by showing us what it means to love one another well, while we are here on this earth.

Here is the link to the podcast, article and additional links. Please share it with as many people as you can! You just never know when someone really needs to hear something that will really touch them. We also thought we were just a little funny in the interview…you might chuckle once or twice. Maybe. 😉

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Where I Am – Album Release Concert

Save the Date:

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Jen Haugland – Where I Am – Album Release Concert

Friday, May 9, 2014,  at 7 p.m.

Sequim Community Church

950 N. 5th Ave, Sequim, WA

 

Plans have been underway for a great release concert here in our little community of Sequim! I am so excited and proud to introduce this new release to you straight from the heart of music city and the Christian music industry! It’s been a labor of love, sacrifice and placing a lot of trust in my Savior to see this project come to completion. So all of you who live close or happen to be attending the Sequim Irrigation Festival the weekend of May 9, you are hereby personally invited to my release concert!! It’s also Mother’s Day weekend, so come on and bring your momma in (or wife) for a fun free evening (I promise, you will score points with her on this!).

Jeremy Cays of Jeremy Cays Productions, is overseeing the production of the concert and is doing an incredible job lining things up for me. I will be backed by talented, local musicians: Dillan Witherow, Jonathan Simonson, Jason Taylor, Kirk Thomas, Steven Mangiameli, and Mike Madison. Also being featured will be local singer-songwriter Tom Taylor who will also share 3 of his songs he has written.

Where I Am is proudly produced and co-written with my producer, Eric Copeland, President of Creative Soul Records, Nashville, TN. I have worked very hard with Eric over the past 16 months with this project and it has really paid off as you listen to the final product. We are both very proud of how it turned out and we had a lot of fun creating it! We left a lot of room for the songs to grow: between my scratch demos, to Eric’s creative imagination with the composing, arranging and production, to the stellar skill and talent of the Nashville session players doing what they do best.

“After working through Creative Soul’s Artist Development program, Copeland saw promise in several of Jen’s new songs. They began tracking on the new songs, and then co-writing on several new songs. It was soon very obvious, a special collection of songs were forming.

Working with some of the top musicians in the Christian music business (Dave Cleveland, Mark Hill, Jason Webb, Mark Baldwin and more) and mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Ronnie Brookshire, the new album is a unique blend of contemporary pop and rock, mixed with some out of the box arrangements.

This album is like an onion,” says producer Eric Copeland. “It starts with current sounding pop, but then you just start peeling away the layers. With each song, the album takes on new dimensions. It’s been a pleasure to create and now to listen to!”

Additionally, Loretta Sassaman of Spin That 45 had this to say in her recent review: “…this 11-track album is an impressive project of music that should not be ignored.  Well crafted and thought out, it has the ingredients to be considered timeless.” (read the rest of her review on Spin That 45).

Looking forward to seeing you there! It’s going to be a lot of fun! We will have fresh baked cookies, coffee, tea, and water waiting for you and a couple of other surprises! See the attached poster for all the details!

God bless you and see you soon!

Love,

Jen

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Nashville – Franklin Trip October 2013

I’m a little behind in this update! I wanted to share with you how my last trip to Nashville and Franklin went the beginning of this month.

I actually left the very last weekend of September. This trip was primarily focused on recording vocals for the album with my producer and doing a small add-on photo shoot on location at Dark Horse Recording. I tied it into the Christian Musician Summit (CMS Nashville) at the end of my stay, so I could help volunteer with the Summit and with a couple of classes for Creative Soul Records.

VocalTrackingDarkHorse_Mike_EricProducer Eric & Jen at DarkhorseVocals were recorded by my Producer Eric Copeland and Dark Horse Intern Mike Moore. I was a bit nervous and to lighten things up, a resident pine cone became my comic relief to chillax (you had to be there)! Of course, just being at Dark Horse was exciting and I also was able to meet Robin Crow the builder and owner of the beautiful tucked away recording refuge. It was so peaceful sitting out there on the porch swing during breaks. Eric and Mike were so patient with me as I worked on vocals and it really went well. The guys were awesome! I can’t wait to hear the final project.

Some really big news is that we have an album title! We realized as I sang through all the songs that there was one key phrase that I repeated. One was the title of a song, Where I Am, and the second was the same phrase planted within a different song, The In-Between. It was kind-of a no brainer by that point! Oh yeah… Where I Am!

Erick Anderson of EAFoto came out on Wednesday with his lovely assistant, Ezio (his beautiful white husky pup), to do the photo shoot on location and we have some really nice additional shots to add to the mix. Erick is now getting started on the art design for the album. I am really looking forward to seeing what creative ideas he comes up with!

Jason_Jen_smeditAt CMS Nashville I was blessed to get to meet Jason Webb in person. When I was in Nashville in May, I was able to meet a lot of the guys on the project, but Jason was one I didn’t get to meet. So that was really special for me. He is so amazingly talented on keys! And I really enjoyed my time helping out the guys, Bruce Adolph and Matt Kees, at CMS. I am always so blessed to see their hearts as they support the mission of improving skill and inspiring talent to musicians and worship teams!

I am looking forward to CMS Northwest this year, as it will be my first opportunity to work with Worship Team Training, as an employee and coordinator of the Ministry Mentoring Program (MMP) with Branon Dempsey, CEO & Founder.

So much more has happened since I returned and I can’t wait to update you more on this in my next newsletter!

Blessings to you all!

Love,

Jen