It’s official! October 14th Righteous Babe Records will be releasing Jennifer Knapp’s new album, “Set Me Free”, which I produced! I couldn’t be more proud of the result of all our hard work and I hope it will lead to many more people getting to know Jennifer’s music. She has a voice that can knock you over and a delivery that makes you want to pay attention. What’s more, her personal story is engaging. Enough so, in fact, that Howard books is publishing her memoir, Facing the Music on October 7th. I haven’t read the book yet but, knowing Jennifer for many years and being familiar with the incredible twists and turns she’s experienced throughout her life and career, I suspect it will be a gripping, heartfelt and thoughtful read. Hopefully it’ll have a healthy dose of her dark humor as well ’cause she’s a master in that department.
What I do know is that her new record is wonderful. I’m not tooting my own horn here, but the horns of Jennifer (her singing and songwriting are tops) and all the artists who contributed inspired playing and engineering work to bring this album to life. In the coming weeks I’ll share more details about the album, the musicians, and maybe a bit about the recording process, but at the moment I’ll just say that it’s very intimate with only three of the eleven songs being “rockers”. As an album, it’s stripped down and exposed but the simplicity never feels stark or cold. Instead, it’s evocative and personal and, often, more than a little heartbreaking.