Finding Their Own Way - Jill & Kate Michigan House Show

More than 11 years ago, I met a group of girls in Ann Arbor (so, it was a Justin Guarini concert in a food court, and they were rocking homemade t-shirts with "Justin" written in glitter. Don't judge me them, they were barely teenagers at the time. I, on the other hand, was in my early 20s, and was clearly much more dignified). Today, we're all full-fledged adults with real jobs (and, in some cases, real husbands) whose musical tastes have grown and expanded over the years.

Tonight, thanks to fully grown Lizzy Finn, we got to see a Jill & Kate house concert in her friend Kelly's backyard. You may remember this singing/songwriting duo from their somewhat regular appearances on my blog (here, herehere and here). I first met them when they were touring as Kelly Clarkson's background singers for six years, and they have (during and since) released a handful of solo albums, mostly containing originals, but also including a recent covers album featuring their own versions of seven songs by some famous independent women (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Jann Arden, Jordin Sparks and Kelly Clarkson).

After recently touring with country star Trace Adkins as his background singers, Jill & Kate are currently on a house tour across the Midwest and stopped in Farmington Hills, Michigan for a relaxing evening of good music and good friends. They played a setlist including songs from each of their albums (and one brand new one, "Better," not yet released), stopping between each one to chat, tell stories about the songs' meanings, and answer questions.

Afterwards, they hung out, taking pictures, signing autographs and discussing a range of things, including how excited they are for their upcoming tour with Canadian singer, Jann Arden (most famous for her hit song, "Insensitive") as her opening act.

Thanks so much to Liz, Kelly and Jill & Kate for a wonderful evening, can't wait to see you all down the road.

All of my photos from tonight are here.