Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp

Sunday, December 15

Jennifer Knapp in the 9th Ward

Tickets: $15 advance / $18 day of show at, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Rust Belt Books, and Terrapin Station, or charge by phone 888-223-6000

6pm Doors 6:30pm Start

Jennifer Knapp was at the height of her career when she did what most would consider unthinkable: she took a seven-year hiatus, looking to reclaim a part of herself that felt lost in her success. But that period of soul-searching made her songwriting more honest than ever. After her highly anticipated return Letting Go, she has solidified a loyal fan base through remarkably accessible songwriting that bridges across genres. Her transition from Contemporary Christian Music to mainstream folk-rock has made her a lightning rod for controversy, but her unique ability to speak gracefully to music lovers from all walks of life fills a void in the unlikely intersection between the faith and LGBT communities. Today we find Jennifer experiencing a personal renaissance with a much broader platform than ever before: recording a new album and becoming one of the foremost advocates for LGBT people of faith.

Widely recognized for her human approach to the divine, Jennifer had been honored with four Dove Awards and two Grammy nominations, and her albums Kansas (1998), Lay It Down (2000), and The Way I Am (2001) had sold over one million copies combined. But in 2002, Jennifer left all that behind to wander the most remote corners of the Australian outback. “I didn’t play, I didn’t write, my guitars collected dust for 5 years. I completely had to divorce myself from the whole thing because I never really took ownership of what music meant for me as an individual. I needed to figure that out, so I really left the music business with the idea that I may not ever do it again.”

After seven years spent traveling and being a “normal” person, Jennifer started to revisit what made her happiest.  Jennifer finally returned to music in 2010 with her refreshingly straightforward earthy rock record Letting Go, which eager fans rewarded with a debut at no. 73 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Although Jennifer made her initial mark in the Christian market, her time away made her realize that while she would never turn her back on that belief, she didn’t want to exclude anyone else, either. “I wanted my core audience to find something familiar, but refreshed, on Letting Go. At the same time, I am so happy to throw off any cloak that has been put upon me that would make any music lover hesitate to listen to my music. I am so excited to bring all different types of people to my party.”

“an uncommonly literate songwriter” — People Magazine


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Date(s) - 12/15/2013
6:30 pm

341 Delaware Avenue
New York
United States