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Keepin’ It Country Presents: JillandKate – Concert for a Cure

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We are incredibly excited to announce the return of Nashville duo, JillandKate, to our Keepin’ It Country Presents Stage! Keepin’ It Country Presents is teaming up with JillandKate to combat cancer with our first ever “Concert for a Cure.”

This show, the first in our Concert for a Cure series, will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a foundation which increases awareness for blood cancers and raises funds for research of those cancers. “One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every four minutes. An estimated combined total of 149,990 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2013. New cases of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will account for 9 percent of the 1,660,290 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year.”

KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… JillandKate

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We’re excited to announce our next performers for our Keepin’ It Country Presents series…JillandKate. Their acoustic-country-pop-folk sound has struck a chord with our readers and we are THRILLED to welcome them to our stage.

Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier met at the Contemporary Music Center on Martha’s Vineyard, an invitation-only artists’ colony that offers master classes in songwriting, recording, and performing. It was there on the Vineyard, they formed the acoustic pop duo, “JillandKate”.
For six years, “JillandKate” spent much of their time touring the globe and singing alongside Kelly Clarkson in her live performance band. Currently they are promoting the release of their latest studio album, Heart of Stone.

Tickets are available right now at http://bit.ly/YCdeOQ. Come see why JillandKate are one of the hottest new duos in Nashville! Tickets are “Pay what you can” so come one, come all!

JillandKate hit the stage on March 7th at 9 pm EST. Let us know when you get your tickets, and stay tuned for news on JillandKate and Keepin’ it Country. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/YCdeOQ.

For more information on JillandKate, visit their website at http://jillandkate.com or read our interview here!

Join Us For Our Twitter Chat with JillandKate Tomorrow November 6th

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Just a friendly reminder to all of our readers that we will be hosting a Twitter Chat with JillandKate tomorrow night, November 6th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT!

To participate in this exclusive event:

- Make sure you follow both @keepinitblog and @jillandkate on Twitter;

- When you tweet questions, or send a message to JillandKate, tweet both @keepinitblog and @JillandKate and include the hashtag #heartofstone;

- We will streamline the questions and send them to JillandKate and they will answer them for all of Twitter to see!

Even if you don’t have any specific questions for JillandKate, we would still love for you to join and chat. We are looking forward to another fun Keepin’ It Country Twitter event and cannot wait to hear what JillandKate will share with our readers! Thank you again to JillandKate for their support and participation!

Join Us For Our Twitter Chat with JillandKate on Tuesday November 6th

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We’re proud to announce that we’ll be hosting a Twitter Chat with JillandKate on Tuesday, November 6th! Join us at 8 pm CST / 9 pm EST by following both us @keepinitblog and Jill and Kate: @jillandkate and using the hashtag #heartofstone. Jill and Kate will be answering fan questions and we’ll be handing out prizes to a few lucky participants – autographed copies of their new CD, “Heart of Stone”!

It’s easy to join us and follow along:- Follow both Keepin’ it Country and JillandKate on Twitter

- Use the hashtag #heartofstone when sending in your questions for the girls

- We’ll pick questions and send them to JillandKate

- To ask your question, or talk with JillandKate, tweet both @keepinitblog and @jillandkate and use hashtag #heartofstone somewhere in your tweet. That way we can see it and pass it on.

Even if you don’t want to ask a question, feel free to join us and chat! Don’t forget to let us know who you’d love to see next.

We recently interviewed JillandKate, which you can read here! For more info on J&K, you can check out their website at www.jillandkate.com, follow them on Twitter @JillandKate, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jillandkate, and YouTube at JillandKateMusic.

JillandKate Plan to Take Center Stage!

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Just two days after our exclusive interview with pop/acoustic/a-little-bit-country/folk duo, JillandKate, hit the web, Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier took to their blog to make a surprising announcement to their fans. The duo, best known for lending their vocals as background for singing sensation, Kelly Clarkson, have decided to part professional ways with Kelly to pursue their own career in music.

In pertinent part, JillandKate wrote: “We have decided that it is time for us to work full-time on JillandKate music, though we will miss not touring with our KC family terribly. There is so much good stuff happening in j&k world, and we want to commit 100% of our time to developing our music and getting to know more fans like you!” To read their entire announcement, visit JillandKate’s blog by clicking here.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with JillandKate

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If you’ve ever attended a Kelly Clarkson concert, there’s a good chance you’ve already been introduced to Nashville-based pop/acoustic/a-little-bit-country/folk duo, JillandKate. Since 2007, the pair of Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier have lent their voices to Clarkson’s live shows as background vocalists. However, these two extend way beyond the background and have already released one EP and 3 full length albums, including September’s Heart of Stone.

JillandKate took some time out of their busy schedule to chat with Keepin’ It Country about the Wreckers, embarrassing on-stage moments, boys in skinny jeans and some of their favorite things. Read on for more!

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Two Story Road

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If you attended Sunday night’s incredible StageIt show with JillandKate, you were already introduced to new country duo, Two Story Road. This husband and wife team won over a ton of fans with their incredible harmonies and infectious enthusiasm, but will continue scoring new fans with each performance and song release. We had the chance to chat with Brandon and Jamie (Jamelle) Fraley before the show about everything from their musical history and solo successes to their favorite date spot and biggest musical inspirations.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
 
TSR: We both have been singing and performing our whole lives. Most of our singing growing up was done in church. We were both very active in our high school choirs, singing at various competitions. We moved to Nashville (Brandon from OH and Jamelle from VA) to attend Belmont University and both graduated as vocal majors with a degree in Music.  
 
KIC: How did you each end up with your solo gigs? Was it straight from Belmont to big stage?
 
Brandon: I was lucky enough to get a co-publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing right out of college and started collaborating as a programmer with Tommy Sims, a Grammy award winning writer & producer in town, on various records that he was working on. Eventually my name circulated around Nashville and I found myself getting a call to audition for Gretchen Wilson. The same thing happened a few years later in regards to touring with Danny Gokey. Nashville is definitely a town where the more you can grow your “network”, the better off you’ll be. 
 
Jamie: Since Brandon graduated a few years before I did, he had a bit of a head start, but I was able to meet everyone he was working with. Right before I graduated from Belmont, Brandon was working with Jaci Velasquez on her “Unspoken” album. Over the course of that album, Jaci and I became friends and 2 months after I graduated, I found myself singing background vocals on her tour. I stayed with her for a little over 4 years. While on tour with Jaci, I also sang with two other notable Christian groups, Avalon, and Point Of Grace. Through all of that, I met and became friends with bass player Mark Childers who later became the band leader for Carrie Underwood. Mark was nice enough to give me the chance to audition to be Carrie’s background singer when the position became available and the rest is history! 

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

VIDEO: Jill and Kate Release Debut Music Video for “What Do You Say?”

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Earlier this year, acoustic country-folk-pop duo Jill and Kate joined us on our Stageit for one incredible show. Since then, they’ve toured around the country in support of their album Heart of Stone. The talented pair have now added another accomplishment to their belt, a music video for “What Do You Say?”.

Watch the video here:

 

For more info on J&K including tour dates, you can check out their website at www.jillandkate.com, follow them on Twitter @JillandKate, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jillandkate, and YouTube at JillandKateMusic.