THE MAILBOXES & AAC
The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce
The Mailboxes Inside OutSide
Who & What:
Jillian and Logan Ivey are creative partners from Cleveland, Tennessee in a musical duo called The Mailboxes. Jillian is a classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter who began playing shows under the moniker of The Mailboxes in 2009 and then released a full-length record called Red Flags in 2013 and an EP called Post Script in 2015. After her second release she started touring and playing shows across the country for weeks at a time which is when Logan, her husband, decided to join the project full-time as her drummer and creative partner. The two began touring and reimagining the project as a collaboration, and now the project has become more than just a musical group, but a creative endeavor that blurs the line between and performance art and music performance.
In 2019, they will be releasing a new album of original songs called Inside Outside. They plan to promote their new music release through a series of connected art pieces involving a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, handmade lavender clothing and gear, and a national tour. Their mission is to connect to people and the world around them in order to cultivate care that leads themselves and others to create artwork and solutions that educate and solve problems in our world. Their goal is be full-time artists creating music and art pieces to engage and share with others.
The album colors for Inside Outside, lavender and dark green, are meant to represent our inner and outer worlds. Lavender represents our inner world: humanity’s creativity but also our desire to be comfortable and safe. Dark green represents our outer world: the beauty and inspiration but also the danger coming from the external forces around us. The album Inside Outside is about exploring and reconciling those two worlds in our own lives in hopes of finding meaning and connection. We hope to inspire others to go on their own journey of exploration and find how their passions and talents can benefit others and the world around them and bring meaning to their lives. We want our project to connect to people – both literally in that we want to physically meet people on the trail and tour but also hoping that the art we make moves and connects others near or far to think and grow. We are going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail and going on tour wearing completely lavender clothing and gear to represent bringing our inner selves to the outside world. The outer world will be represented by dark green found in the nature around us on the trail and by green backdrops on stage during the tour.
When & Where:
Starting in January The Mailboxes will be releasing singles from the album leading up to the online release this summer. They are launching a Patreon page where fans can pre-order their album and follow along their journey. On March 2nd there will be a trail kick-off and album release concert at Songbirds North in Chattanooga where local fans can purchase the album before its full release. From March through June The Mailboxes will be hiking the AT in completely lavender gear while playing ukulele versions of their songs to fellow hikers. They’ll be posting pictures and uploading vlogs of their travels so people from back home and across the globe can follow along their travels and experiences during the project. After they reach the end of AT in Maine their tour crew will meet them and they will start a 2-month national tour playing shows in venues across the country while continuing to wear lavender and using lavender instruments. After the national tour there will be a free community concert at Lee University and an art gallery at Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga displaying all their lavender gear where they will present on the finished project and allow people to experience their art and music in a gallery setting.
January 2019 - Announce Album Release & Show, Launch Patreon, Release 1st Single
February 2019 - Promote Show, Release 2nd Single
March 2nd - Trail Kick-off & Album Release Show at Songbirds North
March 2019 - Start hiking the AT, Release 3rd Single, Begin Releasing Vlogs
April 2019 - Release 4th Single, Continue Hiking & Posting Vlogs
May 2019 - Release Full Album Online, Continue Hiking & Posting Vlogs
June 2019 - Announce National Tour Dates, Continue Hiking & Posting Vlogs
July-August 2019 - National Tour, Continue posting Vlogs
September 2019 - Free Community Concert at Lee University
October 5th - Art Gallery Event at AVA in Chattanooga, TN
Logan and Jillian have been pouring all their time, energy, and money into making this project happen in hopes that it will launch their career as full-time artists. They want to tour full-time playing shows and continue to record music and make art that impacts others. They are looking for the support of like-minded groups and individuals that want to see artists in our city and area thrive and want to see art here in Cleveland & Chattanooga improve our community. They need more financial support to make their project a reality and pay for the expenses of recording, printing CDs, and purchasing materials for their lavender gear that they’ve been dyeing and sewing themselves. In return they could promote sponsors online and during their local events at Songbirds, Lee University, and AVA. We’d love to promote AAC through our project! Our lives have been affected for the better by The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Your funding to art programs in local schools where we grew up changed our lives and gave us a foundation to become the artists we are today. Now we need your support to make our art into a reality!
In return for your support we would love to promote The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce through our online posts and videos and at the local events we are putting on in Cleveland and Chattanooga! I’m open to discussing ways you would be excited about us promoting you. Any funds you give will go toward paying for recordings and fabric and materials to make our lavender gear!
OUr Other Sponsors & Endorsements:
Fender - Electric Guitar & Amp
Kala - Ukuleles for the Trail & Tour
TreeHouse Drums - Drumset
Crocs - Camp Shoes for the Trail
Outdoor Herbivore - Trail Food
Astral - Hiking Shoes
RitDye - Lavender Dye
Nuun - Hydration Tabs
Inman Street Coffeehouse - 1 Week of Trail Food Resupply