Thursday, November 29, 2012

JONATHAN JACKSON & ENATION: MUSIC BENEATH THE SURFACE

Hey, thanks for being here! We're thrilled. Below is even more stuff about us, who we are, where we come from, some of the neat experiences we've had over the years playing music. You'll also see right below there is a photo of us with a LINK for you to DOWNLOAD ANOTHER FREE SONG CALLED 'BURST WIDE OPEN' as a thank you for being part of our community and for wanting to learn more about us.

One more thing. If you wouldn't mind, leave us a comment at the end of this article, we'd love to hear more about you or hear your thoughts about us and/or our music. Enjoy!

Enation is an anthemic American rock band from Washington State with a Euro/Rock flare fronted by Jonathan Jackson (who is one of the stars of the ABC primetime drama 'Nashville', a drama centered around the inner workings of Music City). Since their first album release in 2004, their music has been featured on MTV.com, ‘One Tree Hill’, ‘General Hospital’, and more. Enation are becoming known as 'One of indie's premier rock bands...' (- CDBaby Notable Review)




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THE MUSIC & THE ARTISTS: WHAT REBELLION SOUNDS LIKE


'The first thing people ask us if they've never heard us before is who do you sound like? Well, we like to say that it's as if U2, Radiohead, and Bob Dylan all got together for breakfast, decided to adopt a baby boy, called it Enation, and then left it to fend for itself,' drummer Richard Lee Jackson says.

Jonathan Jackson, lead singer, songwriter, guitars and piano player for Enation, speaks up. 'Bands like Coldplay, U2, and Pearl Jam are great examples of artists who are dedicated to their craft but who also see their music as a vehicle for emotional and social change. In short, they are bands who have inspired us to go beneath the surface, to create songs that are not just for entertainment -- but for emotional and spiritual connection, enlightenment, and social change.'

'It's all about having integrity as an artist,' says bassist Daniel Sweatt. 'There are a lot of bands out there who are okay dwelling on the surface of things -- which is totally fine for them, and there's some good music out there doing that. But surface is not us. That's not Enation. We're looking to go deeper, to have music that's beneath the surface.' 


'Great art tends to ask more questions than give answers. We are constantly searching for answers, which lends itself to asking a lot of questions.' Richard Lee continues. 'Questions like, Why are we here? What's the purpose of life? Why do terrible things, unspeakable things, happen? How do you overcome fear, hurt, or resentment? Can you have a second chance after you've blown it? How do you rebuild a life that has fallen apart? How can we cultivate a life of hope and joy amidst so much suffering? How can we reject apathy and help others? What is the state of our culture, where is the good in it, and also where should we fight against it -- its tendencies towards jadedness and self glorification? Our music, at least to some degree, is a reflection of those questions and the challenges they raise. In the end our hearts are passionate about big ideas and even bigger mercies.'  


WHY JONATHAN & ENATION ARE 'ONE OF INDIE'S PREMIER ROCK BANDS' (REVIEW, CDBABY)



Having released their first album in 2004, Enation is now positioned as 'One of indie's premier rock bands' (- CDBABY). In addition to selling over 200,000 songs and having their music heard on a host of soundtracks (details below) 2012 has brought more good news for the band; frontman Jonathan Jackson has landed a starring role on the ABC primetime drama 'Nashville'. Jonathan plays Avery Barkley, an up and coming singer-songwriter trying to make it in Music City. The drama has already received critical and fan buzz around the country -- USA Today named 'Nashville' the #1 must watch new show of the Fall Season. Since it's premier seen by nearly 10 million viewers, 'Nashville' has become one of the most talked about new shows, and has been picked up by ABC for a full complete season. 
Jonathan has released three singles from 'Nashville' -- 'Twist of Barbwire', 'Kiss' and his original song 'The Morning of the Rain' -- each one produced by Grammy and Oscar winning producer T-Bone Burnett. After Jonathan performed 'Kiss' on 'Nashville' the song burst onto the charts, climbing all the way to #49 on the national iTunes country charts.

2012 has brought about Enation live performances on the East and West Coasts of America, three album releases (two live albums and a soundtrack release) as well as their growing online fan community (known as 'Enation Army').





WHAT ENATION HAS ACCOMPLISHED AS AN INDIE BAND 


Enation came onto the music scene late 2004, the year they released their first album, “Identity Theft”. The band immediately had their music featured on MTV.com and the film ‘Stephen King’s Riding The Bullet’. Since that time Enation have sold over 200,000 songs, and have been featured on 'One Tree Hill', ‘General Hospital’, A&E’s ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ and a host of other soundtracks. Enation’s song ‘Feel This (feat. Enation)’ went Top 10 on the iTunes Rock Charts (#8). Their EP, ‘The Madness Of Love’ held 5 of the Top 10 songs on the National CDBaby Rock Charts––and their recent single ‘Glorious’ was the #1 song for 4 + weeks across all genres on CDBaby, the largest distributor of independent music in the world. They were nominated to the prestigious New Music Seminar’s Top 100 ‘Artists on the Verge’ list which noted, “These are the artists in America most ready to break for 2011.” Enation also won the Grand Prize four times on the MTV sponsored international song competition, OurStage, a website that boasts over 4 million registered fans.
In October, 2011, Enation won a national competition sponsored by AOL.com from the new social media splash page web company About.Me. Over 50,000 entries were voted on by the national public to choose the Top 20 pages. Next, a panel from About.Me/AOL chose the top 10, and then finally awarded their top three pages as the grand prize winners.
Enation won the grand prize––including being featured on a NY Times Square billboard for a month in downtown Manhattan, an invitation to attend About.Me’s special event in New York City and free national exposure as one of the three ‘faces’ of the About.Me campaign throughout the year.










Their newest studio album, ‘My Ancient Rebellion’ was released just three days after their About.Me NY Times Billboard went up. The album debuted #113 on the national iTunes Alternative charts, next to bands such as Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Muse, Radiohead, and the Black Keys -- quite a feat for an indie rock band who up until now has done everything on their own.
Enation also partner with the anti-human trafficking organization NOT FOR SALE to help bring awareness to combat the growing global atrocity of modern-day slavery.
They have been compared in reviews to the likes of Coldplay, Radiohead, U2, and Snow Patrol. Enation describes their music as Indie-Euro-Alternative-Folk-Rock. 


CDBaby, the largest distributor of independent music online in the world, took notice that Enation is "Fast becoming known as one of the best epic rock bands around," and recently also declared that Enation is 'one indie's premier rock bands.'


A note from the band: 

Thanks for being part of our Jonathan Jackson and Enation community! Please leave us a comment below so we can get to know you more! 
Enjoy your free music!



Jonathan, Richard Lee, Daniel

PS: Enation formed through friendship and playing gigs together over the course of a couple years. Jonathan, as the songwriter, guitar player, piano player and lead vocalist, has been influenced by a number of artists; most prevalently, Bono and the Edge from U2, Bob Dylan, Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, and Leonard Cohen. An odd blend, some might say... (TO READ MORE ABOUT THE MEMBERS AND THEIR STORY CLICK HERE TO OUR WEBSITE BIO PAGE...)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Get Enation Fan Rewards Through Fandemonium (The Month of October 2012)!

* THIS OFFER IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE *

Hey Guys,

As many of you know by now, we are not a huge corporation. We are an indie band that is self financed and has built everything we've done from the ground up. We love it! And we also love you!

Why do we start this blog by saying that? Well, here's why...

Not too long ago Richard Lee got it in his head that it'd be fun to offer some way to reward those of you who really love to let people know about Enation. He heard of a program from an online marketing business and emailed about what it would take to create some kind of reward program for our fans. He was shocked to find out they were asking upwards of $15,000 just to get it started!

Well, since we're an indie band, we couldn't afford that -- and we'd rather spend our resources towards making more great music for you.

But the idea kept coming back to him. Time went by when all of a sudden a new twist on the idea came to him: let's try and do it ourselves.

Sure, we can't offer the slick design and automated gaming systems the big corps can. But what we CAN do is offer a rewards program for anyone who wants to let people know about us.

So, without a big budget, without any fancy databases, let's do this: let's have it based on the honor system. We have the best fans in the world; trustworthy, loyal, passionate fans. Let's reward you for helping us.

INTRODUCING THE ENATION E DOLLAR FANDEMONIUM REWARDS PROGRAM:




Every time you do something that let's someone else know about us, we'll give you an E Dollar -- good towards any purchase on our online store. You keep track of what you do, and at the end of this month, you send us one email with your details and we send you your E Dollars Coupon -- up to $20 in value.


Send a tweet on Twitter talking about how everyone should check out @Enation? There's a dollar. Post on Facebook about Enation? Another dollar. Write an Enation review on iTunes? Another dollar.

You keep score, we send you the bucks at the end of this month.


This is uncharted territory for us. This is us being an indie band finding new ways to grow our connection with you all, and find ways to connect with new fans, too. 



Below are a list of the things we'll include in this FANDEMONIUM REWARDS PROGRAM. If you like the way this sounds, or if you're already doing these things anyway, you might as well keep track and get some rewards! Click on the links below to get started.

- Send a tweet out on Twitter to check out @Enation = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Get a friend to Follow @Enation on Twitter = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Post about Enation on Facebook = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Get a friend to 'Like' Enation on Facebook = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Post about Enation on Pintrest = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
Post about Enation on Google + = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Write an album review on iTunes = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Write an album review on CDBaby = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Sign-up/Recruit a new Enation Army Member = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Vote Online at the Facebook Enation Question = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Subscribe to our YouTube Channel = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
Comment on our YouTube Channel = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Comment on our Enation Blog (even this post below!) = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Download a Song or Album on iTunes = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Download a Song or Album on CDBaby = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
Download Enation iPhone App on iTunes = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Purchase anything from EnationStore.com = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Send Someone our new Enation Digital Download Pack...
(includes two MP3 songs and five photos) = $1 // GIVE ME A DOLLAR!
- Email people about Enation = $1 (GIVE ME A DOLLAR!)

Thanks again for all the amazing support! You guys rock! Let's have some fun!

Oh, and did we mention that although $20 is the official cap on E Dollars, whoever has the most at the end of the month will get a special prize? :-)

Love is an Action.

God Bless,
Jonathan, Richard Lee, Daniel
/// Enation

PS: Remember, this is a bit of an experiment for us. It depends on the honor system. We trust you guys! Email us by October 1st and give us details on the E Dollar Rewards you've earned! Offer expires Oct. 1st, 2012. (This might be the only month we do this so take advantage of it!)

PSS: By October 1st please send us an email listing all of the ways you've earned your Enation E Dollar Rewards (you can get our email address at www.EnationMusic.com at the bottom of the website). You may even want to keep a rewards list somewhere so you don't have to write them down all at once. Rewards will be given (up to $20 worth) as a coupon to be used on any items currently for sale at EnationStore.com.



Friday, May 18, 2012

The Defiance in Love

We've been talking about the new Enation Store a lot lately because we're excited to have an amazing place for you guys to get all of the Enation goodies you want. You supporting us in that way helps us do what we do, and hopefully gives you some fun and inspiring merchandise (and of course music!).

But beneath the surface of our store are themes we hope connect with you. Our song 'Feel This' is being featured right now, and we wanted to give you some more things to contemplate as you're listening to the song or buying new T-shirt.

Jonathan said recently about the song, "'Feel This' is one of the most personal songs I've ever written. I think the reason people have responded to it is the depth of defiance in the lyrics, to not let your past define you." 

The new 'Feel This' Specialty shirts were designed with those deep themes in mind, one of them showcasing all of the lyrics, and the other with the simple but profound statement, 'Everything that was Taken will be Restored.' If you do decide to buy the new Specialty T-shirt, we hope that they will be worn as a reminder that Love ultimately wins, and that Hope and healing, although painful at times, is very real and very possible. The Defiance in Love will always win. Love has the staying power that wounds do not. It perseveres. It Hopes. Love Restores.

Love is an Action,

Jonathan, Richard Lee, Daniel
/// Enation

PS: If you're interested in checking out our store the address is: www.EnationStore.com 

What are your thoughts? Do you see Love as a Defiant force? Do you think that Hope is more powerful than despair? Leave your comments below, we love hearing from you.



Friday, May 4, 2012

Enation Planning West Coast Tour - June-July 2012

We are currently planning a West Coast Tour for June-July, 2012. We are getting all the details in place right now, planning which cities, how long the tour will be, and which venues.

We will keep you up to speed as soon as more details fall into place. We are really looking forward to seeing many of you at our concerts!

God bless,
Enation

/// Jonathan, Richard Lee, Daniel

Leave us a comment below if you're excited to see us play live!