“There are years where nothing changes,” says Jodi King, “and years where nothing is the same. This is just one of those years where everything changed.”
King and her husband Chris Rademaker know well the joys and struggles, the triumphs and turmoil of a busy year. It’s been a hectic season that’s lived up to the duo’s name, Love & The Outcome, as the married couple’s own love has led to a most welcome outcome in the form of their first child, Milo. Within six weeks, the duo was back on the road. All of this also came after moving into a new house and writing and recording a brand new album, These Are The Days (buy). If it sounds like a bit much, King would agree with you.
“The title of our new album came as an awesome moment that fell into our lap,” says King. “We were seventy songs into writing the record, so we thought we were pretty much done. We were walking up and down the street in front of our house, which we’d just bought, and I think I was nine months pregnant. It was a season of massive change we’d been through as we were making the record.
“During our walk, we were doing a lot of thanking the Lord out loud. We don’t always do it, and maybe it’s the Canadian part of us, but we can be very quiet at times. Yet in the midst of thanking the Lord, Chris said the phrase ‘these are the days.’ He said that these are the days we’ll never forget. We’ll never get to do them over. These are the days. Are we really living? Do we realize how special this time is? It just made me cry. It was such a simple thing to say, but it sunk deep. I said, ‘That’s it. I think that’s the name of the album.’ It sums it up so well.”
These are busy days, indeed, for Love & The Outcome, but King says she wouldn’t have it any other way. They live to make music, even in the midst of growing family demands, as their talent and passions both come together in the studio and the stage. If it takes more work, then they’re willing to roll up their sleeves all the more, rather than being forced to choose one side or the other.
“Milo has already been to every state except Alaska. The timing just worked out that way to have a baby and release an album in a couple months,” says King. “I won’t lie and say that it’s easy, but we like it this way. We never wanted to do music and then settle down into real life once we have kids. This is our real life. We want to make music so we can buy diapers. We want to make music with our family on the road. There are elements that are sweeter than we thought would be and others that are harder, but we’re figuring things out as we go.”
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