Kenz was asked to say a few words at the Sandy a Premier August 6th. She was prepared to speak but due to time (and a little confusion,) she wasn't able to talk. But here is her message.
First I want to say thank you to Maclain & Lisa for allowing me to be a part of this film. A musicians dream is to have their work recognized and more importantly, enjoyed. You both have made this dream a reality for me and it means so much.
Last year, I had a crazy year with music. I was released from a TV Show (booted) and because of strict contracts, I wasn't allowed to perform. So I decided to be productive and I ended up writing an album. I wrote a bunch of songs and realized something was missing.
I wanted a deeper song. Something that everyone could relate to. I got together with John Allred, who is an incredible songwriter and a dear friend, we struggled to come up with something together. He had a skeleton of a song called the great unknown. When I got in the studio with Joshua James, we made some changes and that is when the song came alive for me. It was exactly what I wanted.
The Great Unknown is one of those songs that I hope everyone can listen to and relate it to their own lives. It's about the up and downs of life. You can't control what life throws at you --- all you have to do keep going, one step at a time, into the great unknown.
Again thank you for allowing me to be apart of this. I am excited to see this film and have a feeling it will be exceptionally successful. And I hope you enjoy a little bit of my music.
Working with Joshua James was a dream come true for Kenz.
She KNEW he'd understand her music and respect her "sound".
When she was recording her album, she was really sick... yet couldn't wait to go into the studio to continue working on the project. That told me not only how much she LOVED how it was coming along but how much she was ENJOYING the process. She is so proud of her album.
A few months ago, Joshua James asked Kenz to be a part of THIS album.
She felt it was the biggest compliment she could receive.
I have listened to it over and over!
I LOVE it! (I also love that she is the only girl.)
Joshua James in incredible.
As Kenz says...
He is a genius.
Note from Joshua: Over the years I have been trusted with the music of amazingly talented artists. I felt it was time to put some of my favorite songs from these records I have been a part of into a proper gang.
This release is the first of compilations entitled: "Made Inside The MTN" There is a limited Edition Vinyl of which each of the artists is given 35 pieces. These records will be sold and distributed around the country by the individuals listed below. There is also the digital version that will be made available via itunes, amazon mp3 and the like.
All the proceeds that are brought in from the digital side of this compilation will be donated to the WFP (World Food Programme) www.wfp.org
released 07 July 2015
1. Ancient Days - Grayson Schick
Acoustic Guitar / Vocals - Grayson Schick Bass Guitar / Backup Vocals - Isaac Russell Drums - Aaron Anderson Harmonica, Keys, Percussion - Joshua James
2. Million Missing Pieces - Isaac Russell
Acoustic Guitar / Vocals - Isaac Russell Bass Guitar - Stewart Maxfield Drums - Andrew Tolman Electric Guitar / Slide Guitar - Evan Coulombe Piano / Percussion / Backup Vocals - Joshua James
3. Falling, Falling - Pablo Blaqk
Vocals - Pablo Blaqk Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Pat Campbell Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Backup Vocals - Samantha Calmes Acoustic Guitar / Piano / Percussion / Synth - Joshua James
4. Stardust - Westward The Tide
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar - Jackson Larsen Bass Guitar - Stewart Maxfield Drums - Cam Brannelly Backup Vocals - Kaitie Forbes, Jackson Larsen, Megan Larsen Accordion / Piano / Mellotron - Joshua James
5. Conscience - Joshua James
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar - Joshua James Bass Guitar / Drums / Piano - Richard Swift Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe
6. Dollar Train - Timmy The Teeth
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Drums - Timothy George Bass Guitar / Backup Vocals - Isaac Russell Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Harmonica / Backup Vocals - Joshua James
7. Flood - Aaron Joseph Puzey
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar - Aaron Joseph Puzey Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Timothy George Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Organ - Joshua James
8. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Kenz Hall
Vocals - Kenz Hall Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Aaron Anderson Wurlitzer / Electric Guitar - Joshua James
9. Seven Seas - John Allred
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar - John Allred Bass Guitar / Backup Vocals - Isaac Russell Drums - Timothy George Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Percussion / Synth / Backup Vocals - Joshua James
10. Lung - Kyle Henderson w. The Coyote Howlers
Vocals - Kyle Henderson Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Timothy George Percussion / Keys / Strings / Backup Vocals - Joshua James
11. I'm Not Home Yet - Armon Jay
Vocals / Acoustic Guitar - Armon Jay Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Pat Campbell Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Mellotron / Percussion - Joshua James
12. For You I Built A Mountain - Luke Mitchem
Vocals - Luke Mitchem Bass Guitar - Isaac Russell Drums - Jay Tibbits Electric Guitar - Evan Coulombe Piano / Harmonica / Percussion / Backup Vocals - Joshua James
Produced by Joshua James Recorded inside of Willamette MTN