Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Rock Blues

Calendar

Nov
10
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Bank of New Hampshire Stage

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

Nov
30
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Irvington Town Hall Theater

Irvington, New York, United States

Irvington, New York, United States

Aug
30
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Bokeh Lounge

Evansville, Indiana, United States

Evansville, Indiana, United States

Aug
29
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Schubas Tavern

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Aug
28
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Shank Hall

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
27
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Old Rock House

St Louis, Missouri, United States

St Louis, Missouri, United States

Aug
24
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Flagstaff Brewing Co.

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

Aug
21
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Farmin Park

Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

Aug
20
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Indian Creek Plaza & Ice Skating Ribbon

Caldwell, Idaho, United States

Caldwell, Idaho, United States

Aug
17
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ The Sand Dollar Lounge

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Aug
16
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Harlow's

Sacramento, California, United States

Sacramento, California, United States

Aug
15
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Terrapin Crossroads

San Rafael, California, United States

San Rafael, California, United States

Aug
14
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ The Standard, Hollywood

West Hollywood, California, United States

West Hollywood, California, United States

Aug
10
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ The Edgewater Brewery

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

Aug
09
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ FMQB Triple A Conference

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Aug
07
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ The Otherside

Kearney, Nebraska, United States

Kearney, Nebraska, United States

Aug
06
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ C.S.P.S. Hall

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

Aug
03
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Blackbird

Urbana, Illinois, United States

Urbana, Illinois, United States

Aug
02
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Woodlands Tavern

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Aug
01
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Beachland Park

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Jul
27
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Wishfest 2019

Amsterdam, New York, United States

Amsterdam, New York, United States

Jul
25
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Albany Alive at Five

Albany, New York, United States

Albany, New York, United States

Jul
24
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Infinity Hall Norfolk

Norfolk, Connecticut, United States

Norfolk, Connecticut, United States

Jul
20
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Maggie's on the River

Watertown, New York, United States

Watertown, New York, United States

Jul
19
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar

Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

Jul
13
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Rio Tomatlan

Canandaigua, New York, United States

Canandaigua, New York, United States

Jul
12
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt @ Opus 40

Saugerties, New York, United States

Saugerties, New York, United States

Music

Press


Jocelyn & Chris Arndt will release their sophomore album this coming Friday, May 5. The siblings enlisted Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), Beau Sasser (Kung Fu) and Bryan Barbarin (The Routine) to lend their hands on the bluesy, dynamic GO (which is now available for pre-order). Today we share the premiere stream of this new record, which features Jocelyn’s galvanic vocals and Chris’ crackling work on guitar.

Jocelyn reflects, “Another year, another album! And I think you'll dig this one, guys. Go is a new chapter; a bit more mature, a bit more focused, but still US. A little retro, a little modern. It's cool... this was our first chance to make an album from scratch without a few already-written songs in our back pocket. We wrote and recorded all of these tunes in the past six months. It was pretty daunting, waking up one day and being like, "okay, time to write an album!" But in the end it was a great experience, and I think we're better musicians for it. And then when we were in the studio and starting to think about adding special guests, we managed to snag some serious players, including Danny Louis from Gov't Mule and Beau Sasser from Kung Fu. Their handiwork is seriously awesome on this thing! All in all, this album is a really current representation of who we are as artists. We're unbelievably excited to share it with the world, and we hope you dig listening to it as much as we loved creating it. We made it for you!”

Read more: https://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/album_premiere_jocelyn_chris_arndt_go#ixzz4j9DxBmLY - Relix Magazine


Listening to alternative rock and rock has been second nature having grown up in the Seattle area. We have a deep-seated love affair with music. So when a band reveals those nostalgic feelings of the first time hearing one of the classics like NIRVANA or Jimi Hendrix, you tend to pay attention. The sibling duo of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt stir up those emotions. The hard hitting, bluesy guitar riffs Chris hammers out combined with Jocelyn’s gravelly, honey-smoked vocals, which are similar to a young Fiona Apple and the talented Grace Potter, are wonderfully matched.

The intense chemistry between the Cambridge-based siblings, having played together for years travelling the country at festivals including SXSW, CMJ and Sundance, shows through in the balance of their first single, “Footprints on the Moon”. With the help of Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule on a Hammond organ, the bluesy, soul track is the rife with sultry, smoky vocals and jagged, stinging guitars. It is a racy, sexy song that drives the entirety of their sophomore album, GO, forward.

Even though there is an expectation of a continuation of hard-hitting rock anthem tracks, and there are quite a few, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt do know how to bring it down with a lovely piano-driven ballad in “Shine”. The detour from the anthemic rock songs shows their ability to diversify. Throughout the album, Jocelyn is pedal down without letting up, but “Shine” shows off her tender, sensual aspects of her classic, powerful rock vocals. It is a wonderful contrast.

The 12-track GO is a fun updated rock roller coaster that is everything that you could want. Fun, unadulterated guitar riffs and killer, powerhouse vocals. Do not pass up on Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. They are worth the price of admission.

You will be able to pick up GO by Jocelyn & Chris Arndt on May 5, 2017, but you can pre-order the album on iTunes now.

4.5/5 Stars - Lemonade Magazine


After the excitement from their surprise live album, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have been looking forward to releasing their latest album, Go. As their past music includes lyrics and mindsets that the duo had developed back from their middle and high school days, this album showcases their growth, both in music and in life, through new experiences and perspectives.

The opening track, “Footprints on the Moon,” sets an edgy tone for the album. Featuring Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis, the song combines blues with rock and could give anyone a confidence boost with one listen.

“Ready Steady Go” is my favorite off of Go, not because the album title is included in it, but because the song reminds me of 90s classic rock. The deep guitar riffs, drums, and Jocelyn’s vocals give off a “don’t test my patience” attitude.

Taking on a different vibe, “Shine” has a slower tempo and involves fewer instruments than the aforementioned rock-heavy songs. The choice to have “Shine” accompanied by just piano and guitar takes into account the simple, yet emotional lyrics of wanting to make someone you love happy.

Pushing the sad, breakup stories to the side, “History” brings to light the anger that people feel when a relationship ends. Focusing on the lyrics, “out of sight, out of mind, you should know when you’re out of time,” this song proves that sometimes moving on can be easy if the end was already in sight for both parties.

Bringing the album back full circle, “Devil May Care” has a blues vibe, similar to that of “Footprints on the Moon.” Involving more piano, brass instruments, and guitar, the tune will definitely be stuck in your head after the song is over.

There’s a lot of variety in Go in terms of the instruments used and how they’re played. Because the instrumentals are different throughout the album, there’s never a sonically dull moment, and, instead, there’s something new to catch when listening to the album beyond that first time. Combined with the vocals, every song stands on its own as a story that listeners can relate to. Overall, Go displays the energy and confidence Jocelyn and Chris have, and, with this release, I think they’re also sending a confident message – to go forward with what you want and believe in without looking back.

4.5/5 Stars // Review by Elizabeth Loo - Focus Magazine


Jocelyn and Chris Arndt are a sibling duo that create powerful blues rock. Their recent album, Edges, features Danny Louis from Gov't Mule and G. Love. This Friday, October 21, they will appear at The Hall at MP in Brooklyn, supporting Pat McGee. Here, they share a track from Edges, live at Relix. - Relix Magazine


You love them. You hate them. Sometimes those feelings can turn on a dime. I have no idea what that expression means by the way. I’ve used it a ton of times, but seriously who turns on a dime? Anyway, my point is having a sibling or siblings can be a weird thing. There’s such a wide spectrum of emotions experienced on such an ongoing basis. You can go ages without talking to them or can’t go seconds without texting one another. I know people who haven’t spoken to their brother or sister in years or don’t even acknowledge their existence. This weird opening ends (thankfully I know) with a story of siblings who are thisclose - almost literally.

Jocelyn and Chris Arndt share a childhood, a school, and a band together. That story in itself is cool but when you throw in the fact their band is successful, it just gets better and almost makes me want to reach out to my sister and start a band. OK, not really. We both have no musical ability. Anyway, JCA (I’m going to abbreviate here so I don’t get tired of typing) are attending college together at Harvard University while the music they’ve made plays on college radio and notably AAA and AMA radio. Their album, by the way, debuted in the Relix Jamband chart at #17 last month. Smart, talented, and successful. On paper, you want to be them or you’re incredibly jealous. Meet and listen to them, and the proverbial paperwork gets crumpled up into a ball and misfired into a nearby trashcan.

Take a listen to Edges - their new album - and you’ll reap the benefits of raw emotion, blues-and-soul inflected power and an energy level you wish some acts on radio today would have and I don’t say that in a “back in my day they didn’t have...” sort of way.

Late last month, JCA performed on A-SIdes, and discussed their music and the whole sibling thing. They also discussed touring while hitting the books (they’ve played over 100 performances this year including SXSW and CMJ), all while going to school. Their grades? Very good by the way but who cares. Music is going to trump education here. They’re destined to break out like a delinquent in detention. Have a look below (JCA filmed am A-Sides session at the Music Conservatory of Westchester), and call your sibling. - Huffington Post: A-Sides with Jon Chattman


If there's one blues song that's guaranteed to hit you right in the feels every time, it's Tracy Chapman's, "Give Me One Reason To Stay Here." Breathing new life into the well-known anthem, brother-sister duo Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have managed to crank up the soul and turn up the funk for their live rendition of the heartbreaking track.

Recorded at Rock n' Roots Festival in Lake George, NY, the song encapsulates everything you want in a live cover - enchanting guitar riffs paired with out-of-this world, powerhouse vocals.

"This song is insanely fun to sing," says Jocelyn. "It really takes on a whole life of its own when it gets going." Chris digs it, too, saying, "There's nothing better than a solid blues jam, which is exactly what Chapman created with this tune. It just rocks!" - Bandsintown


Sibling duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt are sharing their newest single, “Shame,” off of their upcoming album, Edges, a follow up to 2014’s Strangers In Fairyland EP.

”’Shame’ is all about sweet, sweet musical revenge,” said Jocelyn of the track. “We tried to make ‘Shame’ memorable and singable, while retaining Chris’ trademark retro guitar style. Lyrically, this is definitely me at my sassiest. While the guy I’m singing about may have gotten the last laugh, I definitely got the last chorus.”

Listen to the exclusive premiere of “Shame” above, and look out for Edges, set to release on February 26, 2016. - Paste Magazine


The sibling tandem of Jocelyn and Chris Arndt will release their debut full-length, Edges on February 26, the follow-up to their 2014 Strangers In Fairyland EP. They performed at the 2015 Mountain Jam and Gov't Mule's Danny Louis appears on the new record. Today we premiere "Too Much To Me" which showcases their big, brash, bluesy sound. The Arndts tell Relix, “This song is straight-up rock and we definitely want people to tap their feet when they hear it! Lyrically speaking, regardless of how much the dress costs, if the character of the person wearing it isn’t worth a penny, we are not going to get along very well.” - Relix Magazine


Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have a lot in common. They’re both musicians, they’re both Harvard undergrads—they even share some of the same DNA. Like Duane and Gregg Allman, Eddie and Alex Van Halen or Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson before them, their sibling bond extends beyond family game night and into their creative collaboration.

With a new record, Edges, slated for release in late February, Jocelyn and Chris are poised to accomplish big things in 2016. We caught up with the pair to talk about the good, the bad and the unexpected about writing songs with the person who’s known you longer than anyone else.

Scout Cambridge: Normally when I interview musicians I ask how they met, but I guess with you two that’s pretty self explanatory.

Jocelyn Arndt: Yeah, it was like, right around when Chris was born. [Laughs]

SC: Then I guess I’ll fast forward a bit: How did the two of you get into music, and when did you decide that you’d like to play together?

JA: The music thing started around fourth grade. For Chris, that would be third grade. When I was little, I took tap lessons, and I was terrible. I was like, “Mom, I want to play piano!” And she was like, “Um, cool, but not until you’re older so you’ll actually practice.” I started playing piano in fourth grade, and Chris wanted to play an instrument, too, so he started playing guitar.

Chris Arndt: Actually, I specifically wanted to play the piano, but our parents didn’t want us to be competing or anything. So my dad just bought me a guitar—he surprised me one day. And I’m very grateful that he did that.

JA: It really worked out! We started doing talent shows together, and in high school we formed a band. We played a lot of, like, family fun days, the local fair. That was how we cut our teeth on music.

SC: When did things start taking off beyond that?

CA: We were actually playing with our high school band at a fair, and the guy who’s our current manager, producer and drummer was there with another artist. He saw us, he called us up the next day and we just kind of started working with him. He said he’d like to sign us with his company for development, and we were like, “What? Can this actually be a career?” I thought I’d just end up playing bars when I was 40.

SC: So what is it like to be in a band with your sibling?

JA: I’d say around 99 percent of the time, it’s awesome. And then there’s that 1 percent, when Chris eats the last piece of pizza…

CA: Or Jocelyn doesn’t take out the trash…

JA: We have our sibling moments. Everybody’s like, “Wow, I can’t believe you’re in a band together. That must be where all the emotion comes from.” And it’s not, really. It’s great though, we’ve known each other literally since infancy, so we know each other better than anybody else. I think that really helps when we go to L start writing songs.

CA: It’s really nice to know each other so well because we’re comfortable airing our full opinion without sugarcoating it. That’s what you need to do to make a good song.

SC: You also hear about bands whose members get to an impasse, or have a power struggle, and end up breaking up thanks to “irreconcilable differences.” That probably doesn’t happen with you two.

JA: Right, we still have to go home for Thanksgiving and cut the turkey together. That still has to happen.

CA: Unresolved conflict isn’t really an option, which is a great thing.

SC: So where does the emotion come from, if not your relationship?

JA: The emotion comes from… anything. You can write a song about anything. I’m your typical, garden variety, emotional artist girl, so I can get drama out of anything. We look all around for inspiration, and sometimes writing a song helps us understand things better.

SC: Was it a conscious decision for you to both attend Harvard? Did you know that you wanted to do that?

JA: It sort of just happened, and in the end, I’m really glad we chose to go to the same school. We’re constantly there for each other—to hang out or to write music or to play games. It makes everything easier.

CA: Other than the fact that we are actually best friends, it’s ridiculously helpful to both be at the same place. Any time I want to work on a song or practice I just go up to her door with my guitar like, “Hey! Stop what you’re doing!”

SC: “Pay attention to me now!”

JA: He’s like a cat.

SC: Do you have any other thoughts for aspiring sibling musicians about what this kind of collaboration is like?

JA: I would say it is the best thing in the world. It’s also, sometimes, the hardest thing in the world. It’s like… picture this: You’re five, and you’re on the playground, and you just made up a secret language that only you know. But there’s one other person that also knows the language. We still speak in our own secret code.

CA: Having been around each other—Jocelyn for the majority of her life, me for the entirety of my life—we just understand each other on a level that I don’t think could happen with anyone else. It’s an integral part of how we write songs.

JA: He just gets it. - Scout Magazines


On Saturday, January 23, sibling duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt brought their brand of ‘70s inspired blues rock to The Viper Room in downtown LA. The show was to celebrate the upcoming release of their new LP, Edges, out February 26. The album will feature spots from Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule) and G Love. But in between crafting sweet rock n’ roll and playing with industry legends, Jocelyn (21) and Chris (19), still find time for their studies at Harvard. Their set showed these aren’t your average students, though: Chris’ guitar playing is well beyond his years — his riffs and composition show a true understanding of music. His sound evokes Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughn, using these legends as a stepping stone to play blues-rock his own way. Then you have Jocelyn. While bubbly when speaking in person, her stage presence is all business. She uses the stage as her pulpit and commands every inch of it. Their performance proved these siblings are a force to be reckoned with, and it will come as no surprise when you start hearing more from these two. We sat down with Jocelyn and Chris before their show:

Where are you guys from?
Jocelyn: We actually grew up in upstate New York. It’s about an hour west of Albany — it’s very far up, more cows than people.
Chris: Yeah.
J: In a little town called Fort Plain. We go back and forth from Boston because we go to school there. But I would probably say right now we’re based around Albany; that’s where we rehearse a lot.

You have a ‘70s, blues-rock vibe going on. Were those the type of bands that had the biggest influence on you? Did where you grow up have an impact on your sound?
C: I think so. I don’t know about the geography so much, but being in a small town, everyone knows everyone. From our very first performance at a talent show when I was 10 or 11, we met the local guys who were in the band in the area. There were a couple bands — they played all the shows, all the festivals, all the bars, and they kind of took us under their wing. That’s the kind of thing I feel like only happens in a small town like that. They were hugely instrumental in our development as musicians.
J: Yeah. And I think that small towns are 15 years behind in a lot of ways [laughs], which I think is super helpful because we’re all still in the ‘80s, maybe the early ‘90s, you know? I think that really helps our music.

You both go to Harvard. How is playing music and going to school at the same time? Is that tough to balance?
J: It’s definitely tough. I would not call it easy at all. But it’s worth it, we love them both. And we’re closet dorks.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that.
J: They both help us appreciate the other one. And we’re getting really good at picking our classes and setting goals and accomplishing them, because otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to get anything done. I would always rather be playing music than doing homework. So, I think one really makes me appreciate the other. Music is definitely the main focus.
What is your major?
J: I’m an English major, which definitely helps with the lyrical writing side.
C: I’m Music Engineering and Computer Science. Mostly music though.

How do your parents feel about that balance of school and music?
J: They’re really supportive, and I know we’re really lucky in that way. You’ve heard horror stories with bands being like, “Hey Mom, we’re gonna start a band," and mom being like, “No you’re not” [Laughs.] So they’ve been really great in that way. They called us earlier and were like, “Good luck! Kill it at the Viper Room tonight!” They’ve always told us, if you’re going to do something, do it. And be serious about it. Do it to the best of your ability. I think that applies to anything.

You guys are considered “younger” for a band — you’re still in school, etc. Are there any words of advice for musicians just starting out?
J: It still feels so weird giving advice. I feel like I’m still a baby in the industry…I mean, for me? I would probably say, “just play whatever you can” is a big one. Wherever you can find power outlets, set up and play something. Because you never know who you are going to see, who is going to hear you and give you his card, and say, “Call me,” which is what happened to us. We were playing at the fair in the Beer Tent.
C: There were literally five people there — two of them were our parents.
J: And the other three were working the hot dog stand. David, who is now our manger and producer on our new album, Edges, came up to us and said, "Hey, you know you can really do this, right?” And we were like, “Alright, we’ll do it!” Play all the time because you never know who's watching. - Culture Collide


As midnight approached, Tavern, Crown Street’s newest bar, hosted a standout performance by Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. The siblings have been playing together since they were four. Now they juggle school with music in Cambridge, Mass. Jocelyn performed like an unholy union of Amy Winehouse and Hannah Montana; Chris combined Hendrix with John Mayer. Their appearance belied the intensity with which they played; their show was like walking into a theatre expecting a Disney classic and finding a Quentin Tarantino flick instead. - ALESSANDRO POWELL , New Haven Independent


Few musicians can say that they have had a year quite like Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. While their blues-rock style brought them to over 100 performances across the country including the Sundance Music Festival and Mountain Jam Music Festival, the two managed to attend Harvard University.

With their debut full-length album Edges set to be released February 26, the duo have their sights set on bigger and better things.

Despite a hectic Ivy League schedule and flourishing music career, guitarist Chris was able to take some time to answer a few questions.

Everyone seems to mention the timeless quality of the guitar playing, but the thing that strikes me on your songs are the powerful vocals that seem reminiscent of the glory days of rock. What influences led to the timeless quality of both the guitar riffs and the commanding vocals?

We’ve been listening to music for our entire lives. When we were little, we had a library in our house, and we would take turns going in and picking random CDs to listen to throughout the day—silence was pretty rare, but we loved it.

As we started getting older and growing into our roles as musicians, we gravitated towards blues and rock because of the powerful drive behind the vocals and guitar. Some of our biggest musical influences are Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Grace Potter, Dire Straits, Jefferson Airplane, and Train.

I was in a band in college and we found it difficult to practice and play a handful of shows while studying. Then I found out that you guys performed over 100 times this last year while also attending Harvard. First, I just want to thank you for making me feel like a slacker. Secondly, how in the world do you balance all of that?

It definitely gets pretty busy, but we absolutely love both, so it’s really a lot of fun. Most of our weekends and breaks go to music, and there are times when we need to miss school to perform. Our primary focus is music, and we’re super psyched to push Edges this spring!

What’s the best moment in all of those performances that you can think of?

There are so many! It’s really hard to choose… Mountain Jam was incredible because we got to share the bill with people like Grace Potter, Government Mule, the Black Keys, and Robert Plant. That whole experience was pretty surreal.

Another really good one was a show we had in Pittsburgh where we opened for the Gin Blossoms. Their ‘Best Of’ album has been one of our favorite picks from the library for as long as we can remember, so sharing the stage with them was insane. This past year has been pretty amazing and going into 2016 I think it’s just going to get more so!

Do you ever to find it difficult to write and perform as siblings?

As my sister always says, “Working with Chris is great… 99% of the time.” I think that about sums it up.

She’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember. Throughout high school and now, we’ve always done everything together, so it seemed only natural that when we started writing songs we would do that together too. There are definitely moments when we have our sibling arguments, but I don’t think either one of us would be capable of doing music at this level without the other—we‘re a team, and that’s all there is to it.

You’ve said the theme of your newest song “Shame” is a sort of revenge after a less than pleasant ending to a relationship. Do you think the guy knows about this song and what would his response be?

Knowing him, he’s probably living in denial right now. If he does know about the song, he’d probably say something like “At least I was worth that!”, to which Jocelyn would reply, “I once wrote a song about dry cereal. Don’t let that ego inflate too much.”

Edges, your upcoming full-length, is scheduled for release February 26th. Is the material similar to “Shame” for the most part or did you explore different sounds throughout?

“Shame” is definitely the song on the album that would fit pop radio the best, but I think that you can expect a similar rock and blues-rock vibe on the rest of the tracks. There will be a ballad or two, but we mostly stuck with high-energy songs with a bit of an alternative edge (pun not intended), while always maintaining some serious retro influence.

Solely based off of “Shame”, it seems that we can expect to hear a lot of growth between your 2014 EP Strangers In Fairyland and Edges. Was this just a natural progression or was there something specific that led to that move forward?

It sounds cheesy, but I think Strangers in Fairyland was really us trying to find our musical identity. We didn’t know exactly what we wanted to do or be yet, and it really reflects that. We love it, but it’s definitely a collection of songs that aren’t really that connected to one another. Edges is going to be a cohesive album, and that’s something we’re really looking forward to. We’ve got some great players on the album with us, like Danny Louis from Government Mule and G. Love, so I think listeners can expect a pretty rootsy blues-rock sound!

What was the biggest inspiration for the album?

Again, it sounds pretty cheesy, but we’re really inspired by everything. Music is our outlet. Whenever we’ve had a stressful day, or are feeling happy about something, or just want to get emotions out in general, we always turn to music. So I guess you could say the inspiration for the album is just life in general.

How did the collaboration with G. Love on Edges come into play?

That came through our producer, David Bourgeois.

When we began discussing harmonica players for the album, G was our number one pick the whole time—he’s such a great blues player. Well, it turns out David’s wife Anna went to college with G’s tour manager. So they took us to one of G’s shows and he decided to record with us! A couple months later, just a few days before Christmas, we went to Boston for a day to track him. He was not only a super nice guy, but he really liked the song. He wanted to go for even more time than we had booked. We’re stoked for everyone to hear what he did. It sounds badass. I don’t think there’s another word for it.

What’s next after the release of Edges? Are there plans for a supporting tour?

Definitely! This spring is the push to radio, so my sister and I will be flying all over the country to support that. That will take up most of our time. Then, this summer, we’re going to be back out with the band doing shows across the country. And on top of it all, people can expect another album within a year. We’ve got no plans to slow down any time soon.

You can hear Chris’ guitar on their debut EP Strangers in Fairyland and on the duo’s upcoming full-length, Edges, available February 26. - Talk Nerdy With Us


Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Busy, but really stoked! We’re crunching to make our upcoming full-length release “Edges” as awesome as possible, and we’re also gearing up to hit the road for shows across the country in week or two. It’s been crazy, but Chris and I couldn’t be more lit-up about how everything is going.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shame”?

Ah, “Shame”. Talk about sass… I let my girl-wrath have free reign on this one. Lyrically, I was really going for this idea of musical revenge; he might have screwed me over, but he forgot that I’m one of those artistic types, and I’m going to make sure everybody who hears this song knows what an absolute jerk he was. And then Chris really took that tone and ran with it. His guitar work here is just the right balance of retro groove and modern edge. The end result is a cheeky, unapologetic rock song we’re both really proud of.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well, what happens in high school stays in high school… Although honestly, Chris and I aren’t the type to hold grudges in our everyday lives. We save that for our music. Mess with a couple of blues-rockers and you can expect to hear a song down the road that sounds just a little too familiar. Just ask Taylor Swift about that.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

Sure! We’ve actually got a bunch of videos in the works right now… It’s going to be a busy winter. For “Shame”, I’ll tell you that it’s sort of a lyric video with a twist. All the words are there, but it also incorporates live performance with a story line that follows the song. We think it’ll turn out pretty sweet.

The single comes off your new album Edges – what’s the story behind the title?

It took us a long time to name this album. Chris and I went back and forth brainstorming ideas, and nothing seemed quite right. Finally, we were driving to the studio one morning going through lyrics when we stopped on a line from our song Jagged: “My edges are jagged / I’ve got you wrapped around my finger but you’re gonna have to move along.” The word “Edges” kind of stood out to us…I think both of us would say that our music is multi-sided, and with all those facets come lots of different edges, too. Rock, blues, a little pop, a bit of jazz. A pinch of retro styling here, a bit of modern bite there. It just seemed to fit with the whole feel of the album; we’re showing you pieces of us song by song, edge by edge.

How was the recording and writing process?

Edges is a blend of material we wrote years ago with material we developed over the past year while we were traveling and playing a bunch of shows. The difference for us with this album is a greater sense of musical identity. We’re much more confident about who we are as musicians now, and that certainty offered us a much clearer roadmap when it came to a recording approach for these songs. Our producer, David Bourgeois, is a big fan of giving a song time to breathe instead of forcing it through predetermined process, which was perfect for Edges. For example, we actually recorded most of the vocals for the album in a cabin on White Lake in New York’s central Adirondack Mountains. We could take our time, chill by the fire, and find just the right space for each song. No studio pressure, no hard daily timelines, no traffic… Just music. We also recorded a track at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals while we were on tour, which was insane! You can feel the character of that place as soon as you walk through the door. And seeing signed records by people like Etta James and Duane Allman hanging on the walls is chicken soup for the rock n’ roll soul. All and all, Chris and I both feel that taking our time allowed us to create recordings that are organic and true to each song. Edges is clearly a rock album, and we’re really proud of it. We’ve only got one listening rule… Don’t forget to turn it up.

What was it like to work with Danny Louis and how did that relationship develop?

First of all, besides his insane talent, Danny is also one of the kindest musicians we’ve ever met. Plus, he’s a member of Gov’t Mule, a band with some of the most loyal followers in history. We saw that firsthand when we played with them at the Mountain Jam Music Festival earlier this year. The recording connection came through our producer, David. Danny not only ended up playing on six tracks of Edges, but was also super engaged in the process and said some really nice things about all of us and our music. The experience was amazing, and we feel we’ve found a true friend. You can expect further collaboration for sure. (And also, never miss a chance to see Gov’t Mule live. They’ll melt your face off with pure blues-rock goodness, and you’ll love every minute of it.)

How much did he get to influence the album?

Like all of the musicians on the Edges, he was there to lend to songs that were already pretty fully-formed. Chris and I don’t bring a song to the studio until we think it’s ready to be developed at that level. That’s not to say that the musicians we play with don’t have any input, though. The reason we play with people like Danny Louis and G Love (he’s also on the album) is because we know they’ll put their own creative stamp on our music; tones we didn’t know existed, riffs we didn’t know were possible. Our producer’s style is to listen first and ask questions later. That’s the approach that gets us those “Ooh! I love what you did there!” moments, and the music gets better as a result.

What is the main theme and topic of the album?

It’s more of a main feel than a main topic. With Edges, Chris and I want to show the world exactly who we are as musicians and songwriters. This is a blues-rock album, and we’re blues rockers. We’re focused, we’re wide open, and we’re ready to share ourselves with you. Every edge.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah! Next up for us is a run of shows out West, anchored by a January 23rd performance for Edge TV at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood. We’ll be through Colorado, Utah, and Nevada along the way. In March, we’ll also be doing another run of shows through Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas. We’re racking up the miles these days!

What else is happening next in Jocelyn and Chris Arndt’s world?

Between Edges and our tour schedule, we’ve got no plans to slow down. In the next few months, we’ll be recording, editing, videotaping, and playing nonstop. Expect lots of new material very soon! You can check us out on Facebook, Instagram @jocelynandchrismusic, Twitter @jocelynandchris, and our website, jocelynandchrismusic.com, to follow our music madness. Thank you for having us, VENTS! - Vents Magazine


In today’s edition of CMJ portraits, I want to tell you about an up and coming brother/sister duo, Jocelyn &
Chris Arndt. Originally from Fort Plain, New York, the siblings have done more than 100 performances this
year including stops at The Sundance Film Festival, Mountain Jam Music Festival, and numerous TV
appearances in New York, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The duo has played in many NY outlets including the recent Big Picture Media showcase this past Saturday.
Jocelyn’s soul style of singing mixed with Chris’ guitar playing goes hand in hand with each other. The small,
acoustic style setting of places like Pianos and Arlene’s Grocery in New York fit their style of music like a
glove. It’s not just because they are family, but also because of their musical acumen that started when they
were very young being inspired from music by acts like Led Zeppelin.
For both Jocelyn (20) and Chris (19) to be so young, but so in tune with their retro/indie, blues-like feel is
pretty impressive. Coming off their first EP, Strangers in Fairyland, which was released in October of last
year, you figure that they have nowhere to go but up looking forward to their full album release. - Mind Equals Blown


Soulful singer-songwriter duo, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, just recently played the CMJ Music Marathon
for the second time as official CMJ artists! We sat down with the sibling duo to chat about their
experience at this year’s CMJ, festival preparation, and their upcoming full length! Check out our
interview below!
You can also check out our recent session with them, where the duo performed their
track “Shame” here!
Since CMJ is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in
particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?
The whole experience was amazing. We got into town on Thursday and we had a pretty full day of
meetings and prep work for our showcases, plus we did a couple of acoustic performances for different
media outlets, so we didn’t get out to see any artists that night. But Friday we met and got to hear
some incredible bands at our showcase at The Delancey. First off the club is amazing, three floors
including an exceptionally sweet rooftop lounge. Ruby Red Fox out of Boston were killer as were all the
other bands that night. Saturday we played at our publicist Big Picture Media’s showcase at Arlene’s
Grocery. Arlene’s seriously has one of the best sounding rooms in the city. Malia Grace from Texas
was tremendous, just Malia and her piano, that was all it took to get the whole rooms attention. The
Gills out of Nashville Tennessee were straight up high power rock. They’re exactly the type of band
we’d do shows with for sure. Too many great artists to mention… it was AMAZING!
You’re no stranger to playing festivals, having previously performed at the Sundance Film
Festival and Mountain Jam Music Festival. Do you guys prepare differently for festivals versus
any other show you would normally play?
Well for large stage festivals like Mountain Jam, we have a crew that helps out getting gear situated
and ready. But for multi-band showcase type events like CMJ it is all about performing as much music
as possible in our allotted time slot, making it easy for the house sound person, and promoting
promoting, promoting!! We actually rehearse the specific show we are going to do right down to the
talking points. When we are doing those rehearsals we don’t stop even if there is a mistake or technical
problem. That gives us the best shot at presenting a powerful showcase regardless of anything going
wrong. We’ve also spent a lot of time on the road so we are used to just about anything!
Everyone has a different way of defining how and when they make it, whether it’s a radio single
or playing sold-out shows. How do you measure your success?
To begin with, success is being proud of our work. Not compromising, no “B” sides, always making
every song everything it can be. Now that we have a recording and development deal, we are able to
take our time a bit and really find the best path for each song, plus we get to work with some pretty
amazing people!! For us, regardless of income, there is no true success without having pride in what we
do.
As far as “traditional success”, the big music industry has taken a very big hit over the past decade.
Decision making is much more conservative, there is less money, and there is not much wiggle room
or time for an artist to develop under a traditional label. Fortunately at the same time, there has never
been a time in history where an artist can more directly affect their own success. We both feel this is a
great time to be in the music business and we are committed to and excited by the road ahead of us.
Love and believe in what you do, inspire and be inspired, and success will follow.
Being that you guys are under 21 and there are tons of venues that do have age restrictions,
have you ever had any issues with getting into one of your own shows?
shhhhh:) Ok it’s true… but not for long! We have absolutely run into venues with super strong age
restrictions even for performers. We are fortunate to have a great Management Team and they have
successfully negotiated us onto performances at most of these venues, though it often means a giant
letter X written on our hands in permanent marker.
Seriously though, these clubs are someone’s business and the success of that business depends on
the club being very careful to protect their beer and liquor license. We have enormous respect for that
and would never jeopardize it. We are there to play music!!
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an album from you. Is there any new music in the works,
possibly a new album? If so, what information can you share with us about it?
Yes!! Our full length Edges is well into production. It will feature 14 original tracks and we are thrilled
with it. We’ve recorded extensively at White Lake Music, but this time around we did vocals for one
song at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The rest of the vocals were recorded at our
producers home in The Adirondacks.
The vibe of being in the middle of nowhere, sleeping in, drinking tea, and not having to watch the clock
made for some really inspired takes. We both love the studio, but getting out of the studio for the vocals
was an incredible experience. We are headed back there in a couple weeks to finish some guitar.. and
just maybe a campfire and some marshmallows:)
At the same time we are doing acoustic versions of almost every song on the album as well as
alternative versions and a series of club remixes. There is a LOT coming!! Word is we will
release Edges officially in mid February followed by extensive touring to support it. Fingers crossed!!
We are also shooting several videos for release in conjunction with the album. It’s going to be great!! - Lucy Out Loud


12. Jocelyn Arndt- Effortlessly blending indie-rock with soul and blues through skillful songwriting that evokes emotion, Jocelyn seems to have cracked the code to connect with listeners. Co-writing with her brother Chris, the pair are a brilliant team that bring about amazing sounds that are sure to dominate in 2015. - Planet Stereo


Jocelyn Arndt and her brother Chris have been playing and creating music together since they were kids. It didn’t take long for their passion and talents to exceed their living room, and they began performing live anywhere they could (as long as they had permission and a power outlet).
The siblings have honed their sound over the years into a powerful blend of all things jazz and blues, with a little country, rock and soul thrown in for good measure.

Today (Feb. 13), Diffuser is very excited to premiere Joceyln’s brand new track, ‘Here to Stay,’ just in time for Valentine’s Day. Check it out in the audio player below.

Over the course of four minutes, ‘Here to Stay’ never lets up with its swing-infused rock and roll — and the underlying theme of the tune is perfect for the lover’s holiday. As you listen to the lyrics, you’ll quickly hear a message about what true love is and the significance of rising above any quarrels or disagreement: “You and me / We are here to stay.”

As for the music itself, Chris took the lead. “‘Here to Stay’ actually started as a chord pattern that I recorded on guitar to practice lead over,” Chris Arndt tells us. “The moment Jocelyn heard it, she wanted to turn it into a song. She said it was just way too bluesy to pass up.”

“So we took some lyrics she was working on at the time and we sat down and cranked it out,” he continues. “It just fell together. We then brought it to David Bourgeois, our producer, and he really took off at a sprint. He brought in some incredible players, horns and upright bass, along with Danny Louis from Gov’t Mule on B3 and Jazz Vibe player Tony Miceli. But even with all of that, he somehow still managed to let the vocal and guitar carry the song.”

He emphatically tells us, “We seriously love it — everything just came together to make this into the totally awesome song it is now!”
Jocyln and Chris have announced the first run of dates for 2015, including a stop at the Bullhouse in Chestertown, N.Y. on Feb. 20 and a performance at the Sidewalk Cafe in New York City on March 16. You can check out her entire concert schedule at her official website here.


Read More: Jocelyn Arndt, 'Here to Stay' - Exclusive Premiere | http://diffuser.fm/jocelyn-arndt-here-to-stay-exclusive-premiere/?trackback=tsmclip - DIFFUSER.FM


Attending Harvard University isn’t the only thing unique about indie rock artist Jocelyn Arndt. The 19-year-old also co-writes and performs with her brother, Chris, who is also a Harvard student. The two have played music together since they were children living in rural upstate New York.

The duo inked a development and recording contract in 2013 and will release their debut EP “Strangers In Fairyland” on Oct. 27. In addition to some notable players, the album was mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Brad Blackwood who’s other work included Maroon 5, Saving Abel and Eve 6.

Jocelyn, Chris, and their band have been invited to appear at the Black Bear Festival in Chatsworth on Oct. 18. They will also make a stop for a short set at Mocha Lounge later that evening.

“We are both so excited to play in Georgia and Tennessee, following great shows this week in Boston, Saratoga N.Y., and New York City,” commented Jocelyn. “We look forward to meeting a lot of people and making some new friends.” - Chattanoogan.com


Brains, beauty, AND a bangin' voice? Ugh, some people really DO have it all! Meet Jocelyn Arndt and her brother/co-writer Christian - BOTH students at Harvard. The Boston-based duo is currently preparing for the release of Jocelyn's new EP, Strangers In Fairyland, on October 27th, and we here at Joonbug.com are exclusively premiering its first single, "Cinderella!" A gorgeous mixture of classic rock and contemporary indie energy, "Cinderella" is tied together by Jocelyn's soulful vocals that are mature beyond their years. Her chops bare a certain raspiness and 'know-how,' that when combined, create a superbly developed and mature tune. Check out "Cinderella" below, and remember to get your copy of "Strangers In Fairyland" below! - MOLLY BOEKENHEIDE , Joonbug.com


Let's close out the school and work week with a fun EP premiere! How about listening to this exclusive stream of Jocelyn Arndt's new EP, Strangers in Fairyland, out Monday, October 27, with us?

Jocelyn and her brother/co-writer Christian, both students at Harvard, which is majorly impressive, began to reach past their living room practice space when they were barely teens, playing anywhere they could find permission and a power outlet. While Jocelyn's distinctive vocal style took shape, Chris' guitar skills flourished, both drawing inspiration from local classic rock stations and their parents' bottomless record collection.

The duo soon became known for their stylized songs and powerful performances borrowing equally from classic rock and contemporary indie energy.


 "My brother Chris and I write music," Arndt told us. "It's something we've done since we were kids. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes we struggle, but we keep each other at our best and we love it. We're both so extremely proud of the music we've chosen for Strangers in Fairyland. It's an honor to have this opportunity to share our music! To put it simply... we're absolutely stoked! We're also grateful to all the people who believed in us and helped make this EP a reality. We can't thank YOU enough for listening!"

With that in mind, enjoy Strangers in Fairyland.

Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/exclusive-ep-stream-jocelyn-arndt-strangers-in-fairyland/11274100#mXp1WFFXV6EaQ3ee.99 - AMY SCIARRETTO , Artist Direct


Hi Jocelyn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! Busy, but that’s the way I like it. Thanks for having me.

Let’s talk about your new material Strangers in Fairyland. What’s the story behind the title?
My brother Chris and I write all of our songs together, so deciding on a name for the EP was also a team effort. Many a title died in the making of this work. In the end, we decided on “Strangers in Fairyland” because we think it sums up a feeling that tends to come up a lot in our writing – the idea that nothing ever goes quite as intended, and reality sometimes has different plans than expectations. Sometimes signals get lost and story lines get twisted. I’ve always been a firm believer that fairy-tale ideals don’t work for everyone, including me; sometimes I’m just a stranger stumbling around, trying to figure out which foot the stupid glass slipper is supposed to fit.

Can you talk to us more about the recording and writing process?
Writing is a pretty open-ended process. Chris will come up with a riff or I’ll hear a melody in my head, and then we’re rolling. The process can vary from song to song, but usually Chris constructs the music while I write the lyrics and melody. After we’ve got a song we’re proud of, we head to the studio to flesh it out. I can’t tell you enough how awesome everyone at Bridge Road Entertainment is. It’s an absolute pleasure to see our songs come to life at the hands of such great people. We’re currently working on around 20 songs with some amazing musicians, but we really wanted to get the material on this CD out there.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everywhere! Chris and I are always in music mode. I think some of our best writing has come out of spontaneous ideas triggered by everyday events. Cereal, anesthesia, Dillenger, anything. I have to be careful cleaning out my wallet because chances are there are lyrics scribbled on the backs of receipts and old movie tickets. We also draw inspiration from our music heroes. For Chris, that’s anything that ever happened in the 70’s guitar world, and for me, that’s any singing diva that ever wailed her heart out.

Will you be hitting the road this year?
Yeah! We just wrapped up shows in Boston, New York, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Georgia. We LOVE playing and our band is incredible. I know we’re in the Northeast through the holidays with a stop at The Bitter End in NYC on January 3rd. Then we go south through Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida in early January. We’re going to try to swing a trip to the West Coast that month as well. Summer is also looking pretty busy… we’re stoked!

What’s happening next in Jocelyn Arndt’s world?
Well, believe it or not, we’re finishing a holiday song this month that we’re really proud of. Chris and I originally wrote it for our parents as a Christmas present. I can’t wait for the release. We’re also completing videos for three of our tracks. One is being shot by DP extraordinaire Jendra Jarnagin. She’s the bomb. Other than that, we’re in the studio working on more music, including two new songs featuring Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule on keys. He’s great! And of course, writing, writing, writing. That never stops. It’s way more fun than doing homework, anyway.

I try to post about things we’re doing on Facebook whenever I can. Stay in touch! I can promise you lots of new music and silly faces. - RJ FROMETA , Vents Magazine


...6. If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Queen, hands down. Their songwriting was undeniably genius. And Freddie Mercury was probably the greatest rock singer ever. Period. End of story.

7. With the holidays just wrapping up, which celebrity were you disappointed not to find under your Christmas tree?
Grumpy Cat! He counts as a celebrity, right? He’s adorable. Every time I see his little scrunched-up face I want to hug him.

8. Where do you guys see yourselves in a year?
I can’t say for sure, but it’s definitely going to be somewhere bigger and brighter. We’re going to work as hard as we can to make this music thing happen for us. We’ve got lots planned for this year; a new full-length album release in the summer, new music videos, and loads of new tour dates. I can’t wait to see where we end up. One thing’s for sure, though; it’s going to rock. - Musicholics4u - Staff


Life is busy for Jocelyn and Chris Arndt! The Fuze Magazine spent some time with the touring Arndt’s on the big comfy couch in the greenroom at Lukin’s where we rapped about music, Harvard, and the fact that they’re pretty much prodigies. And, they told us a secret that we’ve been holding in for days now! Since they’ve made the official announcement, The Fuze can finally tell you all that Jocelyn and Chris will be playing the Sundance Film Festival this year! The pair also nabbed some recent studio time at the legendary Fame Studios in Alabama. Some pretty prestigious cred sitting around on Varick Street, don’t ya know?

Since their idea of busy isn’t even the same as the rest of us, the duo also released a new music video for their song, Lullaby recently cause, ya know, down time. There was nothing else going on for those 3 minutes.

We’d also like to take a moment to wish Jocelyn a very happy birthday and an amazing year to come... - Fuze Magazine - Team Fuze


We’re conditioned to be impressed when we hear schools like Harvard. That’s just the norm, which isn’t a bad thing because it’s hard as heck to get accepted there. Well being a student there is a reality for singer Jocelyn Arndt.

She was accepted to the prestigious school and was all set to play her last show with her brother when a man handed her dad a card. One thing led to another and they were signed to Bridge Road Entertainment the day before she could legally cast a vote. School didn’t take a break though, but neither does her music. Finding balance between the two puts life in perspective for the young singer-songwriter.

This New York native has more up her sleeve than higher education. Jocelyn is set on taking on the world and making her fairy tale a reality.


Kendra: Would school take a break if you got offered a huge chance at a big tour?

Jocelyn: In a word, YES! But it’s not necessarily about a single big chance or big tour, it’s about the timing b - Golden Mix Tape - Kendra


What they’ve both figured out is their desire to write, play and perform music; their own music. “Strangers In Fairyland” is a well constructed, well produced and gutsy performance from Jocelyn with Chris playing some blistering guitar licks behind her powerful vocals. Arndt performs at a level both live and on this debut effort that is far above her years of experience; totally complimenting her all star cast of Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis on the B3 organ, Tony Miceli on vibes, David Bourgeois on drums, and a host of session players. “Working with such talented musicians was just an unbelievable experience.”
Working with Talented studio players is one thing; so how is it working together as siblings? “You know what? Ninety nine percent of the time it’s great,” said a laughing Jocelyn. “We always have easy access during a stroke of creative genius,” added Chris... - Concert Blogger.com - Danny Coleman


The Fort Plain, New York singer-songwriter may have released her debut EP, 'Strangers In Fairlyland,' two months ago, but now this musical fairy returns to spread some holiday cheer with an exclusive new track dedicated to the holiday season.

Along with her brother/co-writer Chris, Jocelyn follows up on the strength of her debut EP,Strangers In Fairyland, a seven-track track collection of soul pop goodness with an alternative and jazzy edge, which dropped October 7th, with "Still."
The warm composition was initially penned by the duo last winter as a Christmas present to their parents, as both were still -- no pun intended -- in high school and short on cash from their part time ski and snowboarding jobs."Our goal for 'Still' was to try and fit as much wonderful, sparkling Christmas-ness into a song as we could," Jocelyn recalls.

"We sat there, closed our eyes, and wrote about what came to mind... - Arena.com - Bear Frazer


Boston singer-songwriter Jocelyn Arndt might not be on your radar at the moment, but she will soon enough. Following the October release of her stunningly rock-soaked Strangers in Fairyland EP, Popdust is honored to exclusively premiere her brand new lyric video for folk-textured “Lullaby.” Her voice here is angelic, dripping slowly across each melodic line like a bird in flight. Along with her brother Chris (on guitar), both musicians are Harvard students, but they’ve managed to shatter the classroom walls for a truly career-defining moment. “Lullaby” is only scratching the surface of their soaring talents.

The lyric video (below) was created through a collaborative effort with producer David Bourgeois and developed by Jeff Knight. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the searing rock ambiance. - Pop Dust - Jason Scott


Siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt team up on Strangers In Fairyland to write and produce one of the most promising EPs I’ve heard in a long time.

The indie-rock duo’s debut EP shows enough of the pairing to get a taste for their sound, yet not too much leaving the listener longing for a full album.

Opening track “Cinderella” charges right out of the gate with attitude packed vocals that command attention. The production is reminiscent of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” but at no point does it sound like a cheap knock-off. It sets out the sound the duo are after, an in-your-face, vocally charged, indie-rock anthem.

“Hitman” and “Icebreaker” carry on the genre of anthem-esque rock with a more progressive, electronic twist. “Hitman” in particular shows the bands experimental approach to song structures. Much like recent work from Beyoncé, the track doesn’t flow smoothly, it swaps and changes into different sounds. This approach makes the song exciting and in turn a highlight.

Another highlight is ballad “Lullaby,” but for totally different reasons. This track is a classic rock ballad, like previous song “Nevermind,” just with a more positive vibe. Jocelyn’s vocals are beautiful and totally steal the show from the gaining production. She shows different tones and pitches to her voice, also showing a softer side compared to the power vocals from other tracks. This wouldn’t be missing from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack.

Arndt Jocelyn has the potential to cross over from under the radars rock singer to the next big thing, and judging by this EP, she will be very soon!

Musicholics! Have you heard the fantastic EP yet? Let us know what you think below! - Musicholics4U


Our spirits were high for the next show at the Bayou Cafe. Sitting at the bar and watching a crowd start to pour in really peaked my interest into who was about to perform... The answer was Jocelyn Arndt and her brother and co-writer Christian.

Jocelyn and Christian Arndt were a highlight of the Move Festival. Jamming out some entertaining alternative rock music, Jocelyn's voice was pronounced and powerful. Playing tracks like "Two Left Feet" kept the crowd moving and the energy high. - In Your Speakers


Your songs, band, and performance created pin drop moments! Jocelyn’s voice reverberating through
the room literally stopped people in their tracks. Come back soon!
-Brent Kirby, Brothers Lounge, Cleveland OH - Brent Kirby


FORT PLAIN - Two teenage village siblings are flirting with musical stardom.

Capital Region music industry insiders say 18-year-old vocalist and piano player Jocelyn Arndt's vocals, and the guitar work by her 16- year-old brother, Christian, have put them on the fast track to what may turn into something big. The pair earlier this year signed a two-year agreement with Latham's White Lake Music & Post/Bridge Road Entertainment to support both recording and touring.

"Jocelyn is an unimaginably gifted singer, just incredible" commented David Bourgeois of Bridge Road Entertainment. Bourgeois said the two have a "development agreement," which is a little different from a record deal, offering the artist time to develop image and musical “brand.” High school senior Jocelyn has been accepted to Harvard University and plans to attend in the fall as a pre-med student while continuing to write, record, and perform. Warren Garling, director of marketing for White Lake/Bridge Road, said the Fort Plain Central School District has been understanding of the potential stars in their midst.

"The kids are so well known they are given time off to do publicity," he said.

Garling said Jocelyn's voice has gained the attention of music professionals across the country with inquiries from as far away as California and Canada. The Arndts will be recording with musicians from New York City to Los Angeles to complete their first album with Bridge Road. - MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald


FORT PLAIN — 18 year old Jocelyn Arndt, singer and pianist formerly of The Dependents, and her brother/guitarist, Christian, have signed a development and recording agreement with the Albany-based White Lake Music and Post.
The contract, signed on Jocelyn’s birthday, January 14, has been in negotiations since White Lake Music and Post President and Creative Director David Bourgeois saw the duo perform at a regional music festival. As part of the deal, Jocelyn and Christian will record two albums of original material backed by an impressive list of musicians for eventual presentation to major music industry. “I think it’s safe to say we’re both pretty dang stoked by it,” said Jocelyn of the deal, with Christian commenting, “It’s really awesome, but I don’t know if it’s quite sunken in yet.”
The deal will afford many new recording luxuries for the teenaged duo. Jocelyn explained that they’ve collaborated with Bourgeois to expand and layer their sound, possibly adding instruments such as cello, or even a gospel choir, to new tracks. “We’re super excited to work with him,” Jocelyn stated of Bourgeois, noting that their ultimate goal, as stated by him, is “to kick the ball down the field.” “We’re just going to ride this wave,” she concluded. - JOSHUA THOMAS , C-S-E Editor


Jocelyn Arndt Performs Live On Fox Good Day New York! Sometimes a song is better...

Upstate New York indie singer/songwriter Jocelyn Arndt has had quite a year. She signed a development deal putting her and her co-writer and younger brother Christian in the studio with top musicians, she was accepted at Harvard University, and she finished high school as Salutatorian. Now, most Salutatorians present a nice speech about what they’ve gained from school or where they hope to end up one day, but not Jocelyn.

Instead of the typical speech, Jocelyn wrote and performed a song that brought nearly everyone attending, including her classmates, to tears.


Video shot by an attendee quickly racked up several thousand views online and less than a week later the phone rang. But this was no ordinary phone call. This was Fox New York asking Jocelyn to appear live on the show and perform the song.

So, on July 1st, 2013, Jocelyn -- joined by her Dad and brother as well as representatives from the company she is signed with -- showed up in the green room at Fox for a 6:15am call time. After makeup and hair, Jocelyn got to hang out in the green room and meet celebrities like former Mets great Mookie Wilson, R&B legend Joe, and several others. Then, around 8:15 Jocelyn was on the air being interviewed and performing the song that brought her classmates to tears just a few days earlier. Estimated viewers at the time of her performance were over 200,000. Not a bad experience less than a week after graduation! - WLM&P Blog


We may never have learned what a force of nature Jocelyn Arndt‘s voice is if, one fateful day, her band’s usual singer couldn’t show up and she decided to give it a try. Her vocal qualities have been compared to any number of pairings of Joss Stone, Anne Wilson, Grace Slick, Adele, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch, and others. It’s a question that’s always asked of Jocelyn, to describe her sound. The answer given demurely, through a smile, is that it is hers.

The story begins with Jocelyn, on keys and vocals, and younger brother Christian on guitar, forming The Dependents with classmates from Fort Plain Central High. The band quickly became very popular, playing songs written by Jocelyn and select covers at a wide variety of shows. Last year, the duo signed an artist development deal with Bridge Road Entertainment, immersing them in all aspects of the music industry. Tonight they brought along Chad Mendrysa on stand-up bass and Tucker Callander on violin to play acoustic versions of songs being recorded for an upcoming album.

Jocelyn mentioned that no matter the performance type or size audience, it’s always 100%. We’re100% sure there are some great (musical) things in store for Jocelyn and Christian Arndt. - ANDREW GREGORY


Discography

"Go" (LP, 2017)
1. Footprints on the Moon
2. Ready Steady Go
3. Home
4. Bad Business
5. I'm Fine
6. Red Stops Traffic
7. Make a Move
8. Hollow
9. History
10. My Heart Beat Yours
11. Shine
12. Devil May Care

"30,000 Miles" (Live LP, 2017)
1. Cinderella (live)
2. Too Much to Me (live)
3. Give Me One Reason (live)
4. Hot (live)
5. Jagged (live)
6. Where's the Rain (live)
7. Because of You (live)
8. Two Left Feet (live)
9. One Kiss (live)
10. Gaslight (live)
11. Shame (live)
12. Icebreaker (live)
13. Give Me On Reason (radio edit, live)
14. Hot (radio edit, live)

"Still: A Holiday Collection" (EP, 2016)
1. Christmas Man Blues
2. Still (original holiday song)
3. Mary, Mary
4. What Child Is This
5. Christmas Time Is Here
6. The Christmas Song

"Edges" (LP, 2016)
1. Shame
2. Too Much to Me
3. Where's the Rain
4. More Than I Say I Do
5. Jagged
6. Hot
7. Mystery
8. Cinderella
9. Cut the Cord
10. Because of You
11. Dry Cereal
12. Here to Stay

"Strangers in Fairyland" (EP, 2014)
1. Cinderella
2. One Kiss
3. Nevermind
4. Lullaby
5. Hitman
6. Icebreaker
7. Gaslight

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Bio

“Putting a millennial spin on classic rock.” 
- Today Show NBC

"These outrageously talented siblings boast a time-honored sound that is well beyond their years." 
- Baeble Music

“The Arndts sound like they were raised on 60ʼs rock records and would enjoy having a drink with the ghost of Janis Joplin.” 
- The New York Scene Report


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With vocal comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick and guitar work likened to Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt took their new record to #1 on the Jambands Top 30, cracked the Billboard Triple A Top 40, and earned a national TV debut on NBC's Today Show. The siblings, both recent graduates of Harvard University, have balanced college with performances coast to coast and recordings featuring special guests G. Love, Gov't Mule's Danny Louis, and Cory Wong of Vulfpeck. They've been featured at Sundance, Summerfest, SXSW, and Mountain Jam Music Festival, to name just a few, and garnered coverage from Baeble, Huffington Post, NowThis, Paste Magazine, People, Jam in the Van, Hollywood Reporter, and numerous others.

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Complete Press Pack Available Upon Request: news@jocelynandchrismusic.com

Recent press includes: Relix Magazine, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Baeble, Glide Magazine, The 405, and more than 100 other publications.

Recent performances include: The Viper Room in Hollywood, Jergel's in Pittsburgh, Sundance Film Festival in Park City UT, The Howard Theater in Washington DC, Larimer Lounge in Denver, Port City Music Hall in Portland ME, Dickson Street Pub in Fayetteville AR, Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, Sand Dollar in Las Vegas, Summerfest in Milwaukee, The Bitter End NYC, The Middle East in Boston, The Blind Pig in Austin TX, Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, Preservation Pub in Knoxville TN, CMJ Music Festival NYC, Mondo Music Festival NYC, Harborfest Oswego NY, Mountain Jam in Woodstock NY, Morley Hall in Ocean City MD, Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, Garcias in Port Chester NY, Dogfishhead in Rehoboth Beach DE, Aztec Brewing in Vista CA, Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock, Higher Ground in Burlington VT, Knuckleheads in Kansas City, 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Black Bear festival in Chatsworth GA, Clyde's in Chattanooga TN, The Slipper Room NYC, The Hollow in Albany NY, Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville TN, The Hard Rock in Myrtle Beach, Martin's in Roanoke VA, The Hall at MP in Brooklyn, Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA, The Delancey NYC, Pianos NYC, Arlene’s NYC, Dr. Oz Health Corps Gala NYC, Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin TX,

Direct Support includes: Delta Rae, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, Rick Derringer, Orleans, Denis DeYoung, Monophonics, Pat McGee, Sunny Sweeney, Marc Cohn, multiple pending for 2017.

Live press performances include: Relix Magazine, Baeble Magazine, Huffington Post, Cheddar Life, The Daily Mail, iHeart Radio Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge, The Booth, The Gunz Show, numerous others.

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