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Think rock is dead? Meet Jocelyn & Chris. Two analog souls hell-bent on inciting a new rock revival.
Jocelyn & Chris and their band have charted four consecutive commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40, taken two records to #1 on the Relix Jambands Top 30 Album Chart, and appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show. The siblings, both recent graduates of Harvard University, have balanced college with performances coast to coast and recording seven records featuring special guests including Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), G. Love, Byron Isaacs (Lumineers), and Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis. Their upcoming album “Favorite Ghosts” gained immediate attention with leadoff single “Sugar and Spice,” which American Songwriter hailed as “pure American rock goodness.” The retro-funk anthem was a most-added commercial radio track across the US, and earned Jocelyn & Chris their fourth consecutive Billboard AAA Top 40 radio single, remaining on the chart for 14 weeks.
Following “Sugar and Spice,” Jocelyn & Chris released “Run Away,” an anthemic pop-rock track that channels the all-too-relatable feeling of losing hope – and then finding it again through a fresh perspective and a musical escape. “Run Away” premiered with Relix and has quickly garnered press and adds from MTV, Celebrity Access, Guitar World, and more. The infectiously powerful track was the Billboard Most Added song in Triple A radio in the US in its first week and has active support from 40+ stations nationwide.
And because radio centers on real people and their communities, Jocelyn & Chris have opted for a unique release approach that defies industry convention. Their album “Favorite Ghosts” was given to radio exclusively prior to offering the record via streaming services this fall. Personal connection has long made radio and the people who program it a special focus for Jocelyn & Chris – and the listeners at radio’s heart will always be where they choose to tell their story first.
Look for Jocelyn & Chris and their band showcasing music from the new record on the road across the US this summer and fall on their Favorite Ghosts tour, including a first-time appearance at Bourbon & Beyond in Louisville, KY, and a return to Milwaukee’s Summerfest in addition to dates supporting New Pornographers, Filter, G. Love, and more. Media coverage for Jocelyn & Chris includes NBC Today Show, Baeble, Guitar World, American Songwriter, Huffington Post, NowThis, Paste, Daily Mail, Sirius XM, The Daily Beast, Cheddar TV, People, Jam in the Van, Hollywood Reporter, Boston Herald, and numerous others.
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Every cloud, no matter how dark, may just have a silver lining. Sibling rockers Jocelyn & Chris have been dancing in the rain for more than a decade, weathering every storm together. And as they prepare to release their eighth album Favorite Ghosts, they’ll emerge from the dark clouds of 2020 with a ferociously original work that might just be bottled modern-rock lightning.
“We’ve always written music together, and then we hit the road to support it. That’s just what we do,” Chris explains. “To have the world health circumstance take that away so suddenly… it really gave us appreciation for something we’d taken for granted. It also offered the opportunity to reflect.” Instead of falling idle, the siblings used this newfound time to reevaluate and reimagine their writing, embracing a chance to create the most authentic, meaningful songs of their career.
“When the dust settled, we really knew what felt right and what didn’t,” Jocelyn adds. “Because we’d had so much unexpected time to really live with each song, we were able to get uncomfortable and then find our way back to comfort.”
“My Favorite Ghost,” the album’s evocative title track, opened the door for what the ten songs on Favorite Ghosts would ultimately become. “We had this idea for this really stark song, and we weren’t sure if we would be able to pull it off,” Jocelyn recalls. But there was an immediacy to the song that just felt right. It met the moment, and in doing so, it foreshadowed the raw, genre-spanning emotion that would come to mark the rest of the record as well. “When we listened to it come together – that song is a perfect distillation of what I think our songwriting is. That let me know this was going to be a hell of a record.”
The album’s producers, long-time Jocelyn & Chris collaborator David Bourgeois and seven-time Grammy winner Joel Moss, were happy to facilitate the chaos. Instead of a heavy-handed approach, the two instead allowed each song to develop through the recording process uniquely. The result is a work that always chooses the power of telling a story over the temptation to conform to any one genre or style. “Someone Else’s Blood” hits with a hard rock vibe, while “Black and Blue” has a rollicking, bluesy slinkiness. “Popcorn” draws inspiration from the duo’s love of ‘90s indie, like Sixpence None the Richer and Gin Blossoms. “Lyrically, it’s tongue-in-cheek,” Jocelyn notes. “We wanted to make it sound as nostalgic as possible, but still make it us. That song surprised me. It’s like something from a rom-com that feels really warm and comfortable, but there’s also this undercurrent of cynicism and sadness.” She laughs. “Kind of like me.”
The album’s spicy, retro-rock leadoff single “Sugar and Spice” was released ahead of the album street date, making it the first song from Favorite Ghosts to see the daylight post-2020. And although Jocelyn & Chris were a bit trepidatious (“It’s nerve-wracking putting a song out there after so long!”) The track, driven by Chris’s infectious blues riff and Jocelyn’s singular vocals, saw commercial radio play coast to coast. “Run Away,” the album’s next single, delivers an anthemic pop-rock vibe with a very 2020-inspired message. “I think we’ve all wished we could run away at some point over the past couple of years,” says Chris. “This song is about taking that fear and turning it into strength. Our music has always been our source of power – I hope we can share that power with you.”
In conversation, Jocelyn & Chris are sincere, down-to-earth, kind, and well-spoken. Onstage, on the other hand, they’re confident, aggressive, and ferocious performers. It is this combination of raw energy and personal sincerity that permeates their recorded work. To truly understand, you simply have to listen. “We’ve always tried to write and perform what we feel, and in the past two years we’ve all felt a lot. We don’t create music to satisfy an algorithm,” Chris adds of the album’s impressive range. “Favorite Ghosts is a cohesive listening experience because it’s written to be lived in. It’s written for real people.” Song-to-song, the transformations they evoke may be unexpected and ferocious, but they are undeniably compelling, and undeniably Jocelyn & Chris.
Favorite Ghosts, recorded over the course of 2020 and 2021 at White Lake Music & Post and Clubhouse Studios, reflects on the things that haunt us: memories, past moments, parts of ourselves. While we can’t change what haunts us, we can welcome it as part of who we are. Each song reflects a slightly different facet of this idea. Listen closely and you might also pick up on classic lit references from The Bell Jar to The Turn of the Screw to help weave these lyrical stories.
“We all have these memories or parts of ourselves that, on the surface, are uncomfortable or make us feel lost,” Jocelyn says. “But when you put all those things together, you get the things that actually make you yourself. This album is about coming to terms with the ugly parts of ourselves and learning that they, too, are us. They’re our favorite ghosts. I’m always a proponent of letting the listener take their own meaning from our music. But overall, these songs are hopeful. The past few years have been a hard time to be hopeful. Writing this album gave me that hope again.”
Jocelyn & Chris have never written a song without each other. Their dream has always been shared, progressing from small-town garage-band beginnings to stages coast to coast while both also graduated from Harvard University (Yep, that Harvard). As indie artists, their approach is equal parts raw talent, irrefutable ambition, and genuine heart. Onstage, they’re dominating. Off, they’re delightful. Always, they’re family. With Favorite Ghosts, a powerful, undeniable set of songs, their joy for their art carries them forward once again, into a new chapter. Let it rain, let it pour. These two will continue to chase the thunder.
“This album feels like home,” Jocelyn says. “We’re here to tell stories and share emotions through music and just get lost in it all. It’s terrifying and electric and haunting and totally indescribable. And to be able to share that feeling – there’s nothing that could ever come close.”