Jennifer Knapp

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Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp’s beautifully intimate new album Set Me Free puts her uncommon honesty front and center, solidifying her return to a music career set on her own terms. Set Me Free, coming October 14 on Righteous Babe Records, is Knapp’s second mainstream folk rock release after she left her Grammy-nominated Contemporary Christian Music career behind, returning seven years later with the refreshingly straightforward Letting Go in 2010. While her transition away from Christian music and public coming out as a lesbian have made her a lightning rod for controversy, Set Me Free is an album full not of anger but of love, with intimate arrangements providing the backdrop for stories of romance, friendship, and faith. Coinciding with the release of her candid memoir Facing the Music: My Story on Howard Books/Simon and Schuster, this refreshing new album once again demonstrates Jennifer’s uncompromising willingness to be open in the spotlight.

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Set Me Free focuses on how we interact with one another, how we affect others and how other people, places or life events affect us, shaping us into who we are and how we hope to be heard and understood. “Much of this record centers around intimate conversations between two people,” explains Knapp. “Some songs are between lovers, others friends and some who are going separate ways. Each song is a moment of some pivotal point of declaration or need for understanding from one person or one idea to another.”

Since coming out as a lesbian — a noteworthy story that made her the featured interview subject of an episode of Larry King Live — Jennifer’s poised willingness to speak on behalf of LGBT people of faith has created a new role for her as one of their foremost advocates. In 2011, she launched the Inside Out Faith series to engage this social justice dialogue. At these presentations, conducted mainly in churches and universities, Jennifer weaves her narrative with her music while sharing candid revelations of her experiences as a gay person of faith. Her memoir Facing the Music furthers the conversation about the importance believing in one’s own story, whatever that may be.


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Catch Jennifer Knapp's April tour

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Catch Jennifer Knapp on tour in the Midwest and East Coast this month! We’ll be catching her April 24 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
04.17.15 – Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH with Kelly Vaughn
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatRC417
04.18.15 – Broadway UMC, Indianapolis, IN
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatBUMC418
04.22.15 – Burlap and Bean Coffee, Newtown Square, PA
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatBB422
04.23.15 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA with Laura Tsaggaris
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatJJ423
04.24.15 – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, New York, NY
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatRMH424
04.25.15 – The Stoltz Listening Room, Easton, MD
Tickets: http://bit.ly/JKatSLR425
More dates to be added! See http://jenniferknapp.com/shows

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Watch Jennifer Knapp’s TEDx talk

Jennifer Knapp’s performance and talk from TEDxUniversityofNevada is up! In this video, she plays three songs and speaks about how LGBT people and allies can help create better communities.

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Love Comes Back Around

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Jennifer Knapp has experienced enough chaos and turmoil in her life that she could write about it on every album. Instead, she made Love Comes Back Around, a collection of songs that focus on what really matters. Produced by Viktor Krauss, Knapp’s latest features 10 compelling new tunes exploring love — but not the easy kind. These are love songs for grown-ups who have come a few miles. “It’s not just sex, it’s not just physical relationships,” Knapp says. “It’s hard work. It’s loss, it’s forgiveness, it’s a lot of things wrapped up in one.” Love Comes Back Around pairs her fearless songwriting and strong, expressive voice with rootsy arrangements.

“The album’s title track is a gentle folk tune that takes a look at love’s long winding path.” – American Songwriter

“continuing to make poignant, heartfelt songs documenting her journey through the human experience.” – Knoxville Daily Times

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Shows

Date City Venue Country
08/05/17 Livonia, MI Trinity House Theatre United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $17 members, $20 general. Address: 38840 West Six Mile. Buy Tickets
08/09/17 Cleveland, OH, OH Beachland Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 15711 Waterloo Road. Buy Tickets
08/10/17 Spring Lake, MI Seven Steps Up United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $25 seats, $35 table seats. Address: 116 S. Jackson Street. Buy Tickets
08/11/17 Three Oaks, MI Acorn Theater United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20.00 student/member, $25.00 premium. Address: 107 Generations Drive. Buy Tickets
08/12/17 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Address: 56-58 South 12th Street. Buy Tickets

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