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BIOGRAPHY

Jeremy Facknitz has been entertaining audiences with his lovingly crafted music and high-energy performances for nearly a quarter century. Since the 2002 break-up of his Detroit-based band "The Ottomans" (2001 Detroit Music Award Winner, Best New Alternative Band), Jeremy has performed primarily as a solo act, marrying folk-rock and jazz stylings to showcase his intimate stories of life, love, and self-discovery. 

But from 2003 to 2017 those stories, for the most part, fell on deaf ears. Facknitz carved out a living performing at bars, coffeeshops, and corporate events while teaching lessons on the side. "I was happy to be making a living performing music, but my original music wasn't being heard, and as the years passed I found myself more and more frustrated playing to little more than the din of drunken conversation." Things came to a head on July 17th, 2017 when Jeremy was diagnosed with viral meningitis. "I came face to face with my mortality, and I realized it was time for a change. I quit playing the bars and spent the next year making the leap to house concerts, touring, and performing solely for listening audiences." 

The leap has paid off. Jeremy was named a top 24 finalist from over 700 entries in the 2020 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition at Kerrville Folk Festival. His song "Ballet of an Unhatched Chick" was awarded semi-finalist distinction at songoftheyear.com for 2020. He continues to book shows in the United States, Canada and Europe, performing primarily at house concerts and listening rooms in promotion of his 5th album of original material, "From Those Sweet Ashes", recorded at Northpark Studios in Colorado and produced by Jarrod Headley.

From Those Sweet Ashes (2020)

Jeremy Facknitz

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JEREMY FACKNITZ, "FROM THOSE SWEET ASHES"

All songs copyright 2020 Jeremy Facknitz, ASCAP.

Produced by Jarrod Headley. 

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Jarrod Headley at Northpark Studios in Colorado Springs, Colorado from February 2019 through January 2020. 

Studio assistant, Levi Jones. 

Mastered by Clint Wagoner at Clint Wagoner Mastering, Dallas, Texas. 

Album artwork and design by David Probst. 

All music by Jeremy Facknitz. 

All lyrics by Jeremy Facknitz except THE BEST THAT WE CAN, lyrics by Jeremy Facknitz and Edward Keneski.  

All string arrangements by Jeremy Facknitz except MOTHERLAND, arranged by Jeremy Facknitz and Roma Ransom (Grace Easley and Gordon Lewis), HEAD ON, arranged by Jeremy Facknitz and Jarrod Headley, and THE BEST THAT WE CAN, arranged by Mary Lindsay, David Siegel, Jarrod Headley and Jeremy Facknitz. 

THE JEREMY FACKNITZ BAND is Jeremy Facknitz (lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, trumpets, glockenspiel, toy piano), Mike Kimlicko (bass, backing vocals), David Siegel (violin), John Standish (piano, backing vocals) and Brad Plesz (drums). 

Guest musicians include Ricky Sweum; sax on BALLET OF AN UNHATCHED CHICK, Jeremy Van Hoy; trombone on BALLET OF AN UNHATCHED CHICK, Mary Lindsay; cello on HEAD ON, WATCH THIS BIRD FLY, LONGEST SHORTEST, MOTHERLAND, LOVE SO BIG and THE BEST THAT WE CAN, Marc Niehof; concert bass on HEAD ON, LONGEST SHORTEST and MOTHERLAND, Eric Blackmore; lead guitar on SON OF A and LITTLE DEVILS, Matt Podschweit, Hammond B3 on LITTLE DEVILS, and Gary Coleman; native American-style flute on MOTHERLAND.  

Jarrod Headley plays electric guitars and drums on HEAD ON, and rhythm electric guitars on MOTHERLAND and BALLET OF AN UNHATCHED CHICK. John Standish and Lindsay Facknitz sing harmonies on LOVE SO BIG. Lindsay Facknitz (Jeremy’s wife) also sings harmonies on THE BEST THAT WE CAN. Deborah Facknitz (Jeremy’s mom) and 5 year-old Elaine Facknitz (Jeremy’s daughter) sing on LONGEST SHORTEST. Erick Facknitz (Jeremy’s dad) whistles on HEAD ON. Jeremy Facknitz Band and Lindsay Facknitz make noises and sing back-ups on BALLET OF AN UNHATCHED CHICK and LITTLE DEVILS.  

THANK YOU 

To the band (Mike, David, Brad and John), words cannot express. This record is as much yours as it is mine. Producer Jarrod Headley, you’re a champ. You mixed extreme professionalism with extreme fun and my gut still hurts from the laughs we had in the studio. Guest musicians Ricky, Mary, Eric, Marc, Gary, Matt and Jeremy, you gave your all to the cause and I’ll forever love you for it. The monthly songwriters group of Edie Carey, Lindsay Facknitz and Edward Keneski, thank you for the great suggestions, but mostly for the encouragement you showered on me at a time when I really needed it. 

Special thank-you to my wife Lindsay, you made this album as well as this dream possible. My children, Elaine and Evan, oh the joy you bring me! My life would be so dull without you.  

Also thanks to my parents Rick and Deb, sister Kara, brother and life-long musical co-hort Jarod, and my extended family and in-laws. The team behind the scenes; Lila Mori, Kayla Coleman, Zak Sloan and Sloan Song Studios, David Probst, Gabe Jacobson, Rupert Wates, Ben Pratt, Ken Janzen and CSLCS, Teddy Nazario, Christian Lawrence, Chris Combs, John and Cindy Hooten and Stargazers Theatre, Nick and Lisa Davey, and the Pike’s Peak arts community. All the house concert hosts who first opened their doors to me, with special nods to Gary and Kim DeVilbiss in Colorado Springs, CO, Kathy and Wes at Montgomery Court House Concerts in Mt. Vernon, WA; the Miskey’s in Edmonton, AB and the Hackett’s in Squamish, BC who rekindled my musical relationship with Canada. Also thanks to Roma Ransom, Tim Board, Tri-Lakes Radio, Mark White, KCOS Digital Media, all the radio DJ’s, all the old fans and all the new fans and anyone who has ever come to a show or streamed a song. If I forgot you, type your name here. Thank you, _______________________. See, I was just saving the best for last. 

This album is dedicated to some special souls I love dearly who’ve passed on since my last album; my dear grandmothers Pauline Zeigler and Wilma Facknitz, my friend and mentor Ashley Peacock and my former manager Cicily Janus.  

This album is also dedicated to anyone who is still out here writing, touring, recording and busting tail with little motivation to do so aside from that annoying little fire inside your belly. 

Thanks for reading, listening and being a witness.  

  • Jeremy 

For lyrics, past albums, tour info, pics, videos and much, much more, visit www.jeremyfacknitz.com and the fan site, www.fackheads.com

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THEY SAY

"The emphasis on song-craft is immediately apparent, and the album (From Those Sweet Ashes) is an artistic triumph." - Collin Estes, CSindy

"In previous albums, Facknitz tried to preserve a power-pop aesthetic that kept his music from being pegged in acoustic lyricist categories. This impressive new album adds layers of instrumentation and polished arrangements, giving tracks the feel of Nick Lowe, Andrew Bird, or even John Darnielle. When an album confronts grief of all sorts and opens with two songs about suicide, it takes careful footwork to prevent a dirge-like ambience. Facknitz proves his transcendence in songs like “Ballet of an Unhatched Chick,” and adds his crowd-pleaser “Love So Big” to make sure everyone goes home happy." - Loring Wirbel, CSindy

"Jeremy's latest record (From Those Sweet Ashes) gets right to the point... great lyrics, great melody, and fascinating production that demands your attention. A lot of heart, mind, and skill went into this." - Fran Snyder, Listening Room Network

"... a native of Detroit, Facknitz enjoys the claim to fame of having beaten out the White Stripes for “Best Alternative Band” at the Detroit music awards in 2001. It’s no surprise either—his music has loads of catchy melodies and rhythmic drive - but what really sets Facknitz apart is his incredibly original lyricism and sense of humor, blended with his own folky, feel-good style."  - Ron Logan, 40 oz robot   

FROM THOSE SWEET ASHES OFFICIAL T-SHIRT
  • FROM THOSE SWEET ASHES OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

FROM THOSE SWEET ASHES OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

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Order the official "From Those Sweet Ashes" J. Facknitz F.T.S.A. t-shirt! Small, medium, large, XL and 2XL available. Jeremy, at 6" 1', 185 pounds, is modeling the "large" size in the photo. These super-soft, high quality shirts are made by Canvas and were printed at Big Frog T-Shirt Printing in Aurora, Colorado. Shipping included if within the United States and Canada. NOTE: This order includes a download of Jeremy's 2020 album "From Those Sweet Ashes".

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"BALLET OF AN UNHATCHED CHICK" QUARANTINE MUSIC VIDEO

"HEAD ON (SUICIDE, PART 1)" LYRIC VIDEO

"SON OF A (SUICIDE, PART 2)" MUSIC VIDEO