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JJ Heller to Release Acoustic Project

Indie Favorite Welcomes New Album, New Baby and a New Tour with Matt Brouwer

JJ Heller, Deeper
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NEWS SOURCE: Biscuit Media
August 17, 2011

Phoenix, AZ Radio favorite JJ Heller is set to release her fourth CD in a most unique way.

Deeper, the seasoned songwriters acoustic project, was initially set to release on Thanksgiving of 2009, but when JJs song "Your Hands" found a life of its own on radio after showing up on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance?, the difficult decision was made to delay the release of the acoustic album.

Several of the songs from Deeper were re-tracked in a more polished style and became a part of JJs acclaimed CD When Im With You, which appeared on many Best of 2010 lists, including the song "What Love Really Means" topping Amazon.coms list of Best Christian Songs of 2010.

Now, on October 11, 2011, Deeper will finally be released, with five acoustic versions of songs from When Im With You, four unreleased tracks from the original 2009 recording sessions, and three brand new songs that were recorded in May of this year. With a focus on JJs vocals, Deeper continues JJs trademark ability to be transparent and honest with her soft voice and introspective lyrics. She has a knack for embracing the simple moments of every day life.

Deeper is a really special and intimate project, Heller says. As the title implies, its a record about the extremes of lifes emotions and experiences. I share deeply personal songs exploring the tragedies in my life and in the lives of friends, vulnerable and honest love songs, and a few songs of encouragement. Its really a picture of this season of my life.

The album begins with a beautiful picture of the love of an expectant mother for her unborn child called "I Get To Be The One." JJs second baby girl (named Nora), due in September 2011, was the inspiration for the touching composition. Since the title track of When Im With You was written to my daughter Lucy, JJ says, I wanted to make sure that Nora had a song too!

Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), a frequent collaborator with JJ, produced, mixed and engineered Deeper at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN. Additional instrumentation was added by a talented cast of studio musicians familiar with JJs music from several previous records: electric guitars by Andrew Osenga (Caedmons Call), keys by Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson), drums and percussion by Paul Ekberg, and acoustic guitars and background vocals by JJs husband David Heller.

JJ is known as a road-warrior, and this project is no different. Just over a month after the birth of her new child, JJ and her family will hit the road, kicking off a six-week tour with special guest Matt Brouwer.

Playing music live is such a vital part of our ministry, JJ says, "but we knew that with a growing family we needed to change up our touring model. In the past, Dave and I spent a lot of time flying out of town for a weekend, while leaving Lucy with family. It was really hard on me, but it was our best option at the time. This fall marks our first tour on our own bus, and Im looking forward to having the girls on the road with us. Its a huge step of faith to make an investment of this size, but we know that if the Lord wants our family to stay on the road that hell provide the means for us to do so.

JJ Heller - Deeper, releasing to retail stores and digital outlets October 11, 2011 through New Day Distribution.

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