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by The McMakens

The McMakens is husband and wife duo with a unique style of timeless American songwriting, lush instrumentation, and evocative vocals.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Deeper
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2. Rend Your Hearts
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3. Feathers
2:54 $0.99
4. Restless
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5. Last Night
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6. Whispers
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7. Better Days
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8. Baby, You Are Mine (Live)
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9. Homegrown
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10. For the Beauty
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Album Notes
This album grew from domestic roots and was created in the mundane spaces of life, the cracks in which we see the hope of better days. Here, we hunker down, aching and waiting and praying for redemption. And in the waiting, we try--and oh, how we wrestle--to grow beautiful fruit that nourishes others and feeds our own souls.

These songs were written late at night while children slept, or at the park while they played. They were recorded in basements, churches, and at our clunky baby grand piano. They are full of simple, little seeds of truth about a world that's so much deeper than we realize; we only need to become young and wide-eyed enough to see its depth.

Friends surrounded us on this journey, and for that we are extremely grateful. We've tested the waters of these songs in the safety of a series of house shows. During the recording process, we've also walked alongside Dan Fager, who is releasing his first EP. Dan, thank you for your friendship, ideas, and amazing tunes.

In addition to our wonderful musicians (who are listed below), we'd like to thank the following people for their particular, and often peculiar, contributions:

Caleb Lindgren (Engineering and some of everything else)
Johannah Swank (Engineering)
Brian Porick (Coaching on the final mixes)
Blade Barringer (Equipment and troubleshooting)
Steve Smith (Equipment)
Ryn Manby (Photography)
David Vosburg (Videography)

Robb and Meghan Robins (For hosting and Italian sodas)
Toyland Studios (For helping us more than you know)
Dan and Lori Carlson (For hosting our hymn sing)
Everyone who has hosted a house show (Todd Kelsey, Joel and Kate Miller, Dan and Lori Carlson, Matt and Lindsey Learn)

Matt and Wesley Woodley (Babysitting)
Rachel Willoughby (Babysitting)
Karisa and Johnmark Smith (Even more babysitting)

And of course, to Church of the Resurrection, for being a community of support. Thank you for letting us create art within your walls of love; they are thick and safe, yet offer a surprising amount of freedom. We are grateful.

Released December 14, 2012

Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Trevor McMaken
Assistant Engineer: Caleb Lindgren
“Baby, You Are Mine” mixed live by Aaron Davis
Album art by Trevor McMaken
Copyright 2012 by The McMakens

Bonnie McMaken (Vocals, Piano)
Trevor McMaken (Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals)
Kevin Emmert (Drums and Percussion)
Adam Babarik (Bass)
Dan Fager (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar)
Robb Robins (Cello, Accordion)
Sarah Scherf (Vocals)
April Burbank (Oboe)
Gang Vocals: Ryn Manby, Sarah Scherf, Caleb Lindgren, Dan Fager, Trevor McMaken, Bonnie McMaken
Hymn-sing: Dan Fager (Guitar), Steve Smith (Guitar), Sara Smith, Steve Slagg (Piano), Rachel Willoughby, Margaret Philbrick, Charlie Philbrick, Jessie Philbrick, Charis Buell, Gary Buell, Ty Warner, Alyssa Barringer, Jon Svensson, Diane Svensson, Ryn Manby



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