STRUMMAGAZINE.COM – Coldwater Jane Feature
Coldwater Jane - Driven by Music and Family
By Rick Amburgey
Coldwater Jane has been getting a lot of attention and airplay lately with their debut single, “Bring On The Love.” The duo is made up of two sisters – Brandon Jane and Leah Crutchfield.
The sisters said the events of the last several months have been a whirlwind, with so many things happening so fast. It seems like their success happened overnight, but Crutchfield explained they have been working toward this goal for over 11 years.
The sisters said that they grew up in a very musical family and it has always been a part of their lives. Their dad introduced them to classic rock artists, while their mother introduced them to gospel music. Living in a small Mississippi town, country music was always a huge part of their lives. They cited artists such as Vince Gill as those who were influential in their music.
Jane and Crutchfield said they have played music nearly all of their lives, and their family has been involved every step of the way. Their father played bass for them and their mother did all of their show bookings. According to Crutchfield, at one point they were playing about 250 days a year.
Their parents made a decision that helped shake their future – they decided to move the family to Nashville so they could more actively pursue their dreams of being country singers. It was difficult to get any attention while living in Mississippi, but they noted that in Nashville it’s possible to meet people that can help.
For the sisters, music was a true passion. “We will do this whether we have a record deal or not,” Crutchfield said. Crutchfield and Jane started recording their CD about two years ago. They had five songs completed and they were signed to Mercury Records.
Crutchfield and Jane are both songwriters and they feel the CD will provide listeners with a good insight as to who they are. “I feel like it’s a good introduction to us and what we’re about,” Crutchfield said. They wrote the first single, “Bring On The Love.” Crutchfield said it’s a fun summer song. “I think by the second or third time you hear it, you know it’s about loving your neighbour, loving people.”
Jane and Crutchfield enjoy doing work to benefit charity. They said they have done work for St. Jude’s Hospital and that’s an experience they consider to be very special. They have also done work for orphans in Ethiopia.