London, ON duo Jane Carmichael and Kevin Kennedy officially formed as The Marrieds in 2010 when they posted 3 snow day songs on YouTube during London’s major snowstorm, “Snowmageddon.” The songs received over 10 000 views in a couple of days and captured the attention of CBC Radio, making them "The Sound of the Day.”
The couple released their self-titled debut record in August 2011, a sweet and humble concept album that they recorded with producer/engineer, Bob Breen, in a cozy little studio no larger than one’s kitchen. Each song that makes up this musical tribute to marriage sets the mood and perfectly leads into the next. The resulting story is emotionally complex, has moments of doubt, and ends joyously with a postscript of looking fifty years ahead through the story of Carmichael’s parents in “The Big 5-0.”
To create the natural and organic sound to go along with their story, The Marrieds recorded to tape on a vintage OTARI MTR 90 with a SONY MXP3036 desk, performed as much as possible live off the floor, and refrained from auto-tuning and cutting and pasting.
In their short time performing together, The Marrieds have already shared the stage with Kathleen Edwards, Danny Michel, Colleen Brown, Cuff The Duke, Jim Bryson, Ian Thomas, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Peter Katz, Maz, Bahamas, and Meaghan Smith and have showcased in Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Indie Week Canada and the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Their nominations include a 2013 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category, a 2012 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Fan Favourite category, a 2012 London Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category and a Toronto Independent Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category. The Marrieds were also voted top 20 for their region in CBC's Searchlight Competition.
The couple will release their second record, Saving Hope, in June 2013.
“Enjoyable album with strong songs.”
— Bob Mersereau, CBC’s East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau
“The realness of The Marrieds’ track (Back to You) is apparent, which is why I selected them. Technology in the right hands is a good thing. Where it goes off the rails is when it's used to mask a lack of talent. ”
— Alan Cross
“Take Me To California is a sweet little upbeat tune and it was sunshine at 5:45 on a gloomy Saturday.”
— Amanda Putz, CBC Radio One's Bandwidth
“Myself and the London Music Club recently held the first annual Back To The Garden Roots Music Festival near London, Ontario. One of the crowd favourites was The Marrieds.”
— Brent Jones, Festival Organizer
“Jane & Kevin are endearing and charming, and are hitting the stage with a fresh sound that is bringing a hip new “folky-pop” to a younger generation.”
— Franki Figgs
“Husband-and-wife team (surprise!) with some quiet alt-pop with some country-ish vocals. Pleasant stuff. ”
— Alan Cross, A Journal of Musical Things
“Clapping and bells...That's gotta be the sound of happiness.”
— Meg Wilcox, CBC Radio One's Bandwidth
(Take Me To California): The perfect sunny song as winter looms."
— Meg Wilcox CBC Radio One's Bandwidth
"The Marrieds are the cutest!"
— Dave Navarro, Jane's Addiction