Love & the Outcome
Appearing on Unity Main Stage Presented by Country Dairy – 2017 – Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Singer/songwriter Jodi King and her husband, bassist Chris Rademaker, know the feeling of watching the sun set in California. Windows down, U2’s The Joshua Tree blaring on the radio, they’ve felt the rush of warm, dry wind as they cross the desert in the direction of the neon lights of the city. The duo, known as Love & The Outcome, set out to recreate the feeling of that unforgettable setting on These Are The Days, their long-awaited sophomore effort. “There’s something about California,” Jodi says. “These songs just felt like a sunset there. It felt like dust, like a desert, so we knew this where we needed to start making the record.” It was in 2013 that Love & The Outcome debuted their self-titled album with Word Records, and they soon became a mainstay at Christian radio. They toured all over the U.S. and Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Newsboys, Switchfoot, Lecrae, TobyMac, Jeremy Camp and Francesca Battistelli. But to get there, Jodi and Chris had to walk through a spiritual desert. For years leading up to their first album, they maintained a grueling touring schedule, sold their house and possessions, said goodbye to Chris’ mother after a battle with cancer, and hit pause on their promising careers. Yet after many painful stops in their journey, they felt the pull to keep going. They relocated to Nashville from Canada, bought a house, had their first child, and got back on the road.
“The Lord had so clearly led us to this land, literally to Nashville,” Jodi says. “I’m sure it’s how Abraham and the Israelites felt. We’ve literally gone through the desert to get to this season of celebration.” Jodi and Chris have come a long way since selling their condo in Canada in 2010. Jodi was a solo artist, riding on the acclaim of her just-released debut LP, Little Smile, when Chris began to fill in on guitar at select shows between gigs with his band, The Attics. After the Attics folded, Jodi and Chris saw an ideal opportunity to start fresh as Love & The Outcome. Now, the two are truly coming into their own as a band and as a couple. Produced once again by Colin Munroe and GRAMMY® Award winner Seth Mosley, the songs on These Are The Days are meant to be experienced as a whole project, which shows their maturity as musicians. “We wanted it to play like a record,” Jodi said. “We really wanted it to play from top to bottom.”
Blending 80’s pop with a relevant and fresh sound, the new album plays on a variety of influences that inspire both Chris and Jodi, including U2, The Police, Coldplay, Bleachers and Tame Impala. Lyrically, the songs mix worship, praise, celebration and declaration. In “Ends of the Earth,” Jodi sings, “I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth / Lead me through the wasteland / No, I’ll never look back.”
It picks up where their first album left off and leads listeners into a place of plenty. “That first record was really our road trip record,” she continues. “That had been our life, and faith really looked like living on the edge. Going into this record, faith looks like resting and waiting while the Lord goes ahead of us.”After experiencing such difficult loss and uncertainty, they had a hard time letting their guard down to celebrate the new good things God was providing. “The first record was created out of a lot of hardship and a lot of pain,” she says. “You didn’t feel the joy as much, you felt the struggle – and that’s okay. The promises were true. We lived them.
This record is a celebration season, and we have to really let the music sound like that. These are moments to celebrate and let the smile show a little more.”And there is plenty to smile about.
“These are such wonderful new days for us,” Jodi says. “The amount of gifts He’s literally put in our laps since album one — there have been moments we didn’t feel like we had to work for anything. He’s provided big time for us.”