2018 was such an amazing year for us! We accomplished so much in 2018, and we are all so proud of the work we all put in to strengthen our sisterhood and share our love of music with the JMU community as well as the world. While it would be impossible to cram everything we did into one blog post, here are a few of the highlights from this past year.
In January, the Note girls were hard at work finishing up recording our 2018 album, "XX"! We recorded the last 4 songs, "Burning House", "The Cure", "Don't Wake Me Up / Hurts", & "Liar" early in January. We then shifted our focus to planning some of the other huge projects we had on the horizon, such as putting together the 20th anniversary events as well as production of our upcoming music video!
February started off with the amazing revelation that we had been named one of College Magazine's Top Ten All-Female A Cappella groups out hundreds of collegiate groups! This truly was as honor, and lifted our spirits going into the grueling work of juggling all of our ongoing projects. We also filmed our music video for "R&B Medley" in February, which was so much fun! We had an amazing time working with our director Tyler & goofing around between shots.
March brought some crazy news, along with one of our favorite gigs of the year: Sing Out! We dedicated ourselves to learning our music and choreography for the show for almost the entirety of the month, but admittedly we took a break after we got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to potentially be featured by Kelly Clarkson! After receiving the email saying we were chosen to record a cover of Kelly's song "I Don't Think About You", we were a bit skeptical that we would be one of the groups she would share. Imagine our surprise seeing our cover on Kelly Clarkson's social media pages! This was a great exciting surprise leading into our busiest month of the year.
We may not have ever been busier than we were in April of 2018! Our 2017-2018 executive team had been toiling to put together our 20th anniversary celebration for almost an entire year, so seeing the culmination of those efforts was truly astounding. We had so much fun bonding with our incredible alumni and hearing stories from our organizations past at the reception. The following day, we hosted a 20th anniversary concert, attended by many of our alumni who took to the stage and blew us away! Watching the group evolve and transform before our eyes was awe-inspiring. All of those strong, beautiful women who came before us paved the way for us to do this thing we love, and we will always be indebted to them for that. That same weekend, we premiered the "R&B Medley" music video! We were shocked by the volume of positive feedback we got from our friends and fans! Just one week later, we had an CD release concert for our latest album, "XX"! There is no way we could've predicted the response we got to the album, which sold out that very day for the first time in JMU A Cappella history. Having that kind of immense support from our family and friends meant the world to us.
With May came the end of the school year and a collective sigh of relief from the Note girls. We had managed to survive our busiest semester yet, and all that we accomplished made it so worthwhile. Though we were done with the semester, our summer vacation started off with a bang when 90's icons TLC tweeted about our music video, which featured their song "No Scrubs"! Needless to say, our second celebrity interaction of the year had us fan-girling pretty hard. While this was insanely exciting, our brush with the stars wasn't the only exciting thing to happen in May. "XX" was released on Spotify and iTunes, and it quickly became our most popular album! While the most streamed song will always be (and should always be) 2015's incomparable "Pretty Hurts", "R&B Medley" is our most popular song across streaming platforms! The reaction we have gotten from this album warms our hearts, and we all definitely spent the month bopping along with our favorite Note songs.
Things finally started to slow down in June as the Note girls all retired to our respective hometowns, still continuing to share the product of our year-long effort with literally anyone who would listen. We were proud of ourselves for putting out an album we were proud of! JMU's school newspaper, "The Breeze", caught word of everything we had been up to and wrote an article about us! Read the article here: https://www.breezejmu.org/culture/jmu-s-note-oriety-celebrates-years-covers-kelly-clarkson/article_6312b582-6a8a-11e8-b162-bf0ddd95881e.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ii0edaCwqOFNWjv71ollrU77Gcw4d2KHcFWpljKmz7sgoqGzz3qUVjj4