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“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
– John Ruskin (1819-1900)
It may be that the famous English art critic Ruskin uttered these words well over a century ago, but they remain relevant today, perfectly describing the life of married couple Shawn Fisher (vocals/guitar) and Jordyn Jackson (vocals). As the Florida-based ‘Harmonic Alternative Folk’ duo Flagship Romance they live, work, and annually travel tens of thousands of miles together, deeply in love with each other and the process of bringing their emotionally powerful music to the people. It is an inspiring union of hearts, minds and souls that entrances all who encounter them and their art.
Fluent, intense acoustic guitar playing; lyrics of life’s peaks, troughs, mysteries and wonders; soaring, yearning vocals; tender, though oft-anthemic melodies, and harmonies one could barely separate with a single human hair: this is the Flagship Romance sound. Live, sharing a custom-built dual microphone stand, they deliver their beautiful material with passionate abandon, living each song as if it will be the last they will ever perform. Such commitment to their music and stagecraft has, in just a few short years, seen the aptly-monikered Flagship Romance become huge favourites of the North American house concert circuit. This suits them just fine, as Shawn and Jordyn’s preferred performance scenario is an intimate venue where the audience is tucked up close enough to them that they can hear them breathe (and, unfailingly, gasp at Shawn and Jordyn’s chemistry and dynamics). Yet they have also appeared at festivals, clubs and concert halls, sharing stages with international acts including Half Moon Run, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Flagship Romance are on the road for upwards of eight months a year, and have been pretty much since the release of their 2013 debut EP, The Fudge Sessions. If ever a testament to this extraordinary work ethic were needed, it would be the reaction to the crowdfunding campaign they launched to finance their 2014 full-length debut, an ambitious and ultimately stunning CD/DVD project entitled Fee Fie Foh Fum. Recorded live off the floor – difficult to comprehend considering its quality – the album captures the bristling energy of Flagship Romance live shows, and was created with the considerable backing of the duo’s rapidly burgeoning legion of fans, to the tune of over $25,000.
On the back of such a successful project, one that emphatically delivered on their promises, a sophomore full-length was hotly anticipated. Lo and behold, another overwhelmingly positive Kickstarter campaign ensured that Flagship Romance could craft 2017’s Tales from the Self-Help Section exactly as they wished to, employing a subtly richer sound and new vocal approaches by Jordyn. Produced by Lucio Rubino at The Fish Tank Recordings in St. Augustine, FL, Tales from the Self-Help Section is a personal, largely self-examining and emotional 12-song opus, documenting “the little victories, failures and lessons” Shawn and Jordyn have experienced during the last couple of years, “mostly dealing with the battles of ‘being present,’ and living with depression and anxiety.”
On the evidence of their gorgeous work to date it is clear that the love and skill of which John Ruskin spoke intertwine in perfect harmony in the cases of Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson, and that, indeed, little masterpieces are the results. Yes, Ruskin would have loved Flagship Romance.
Flagship Romance has aligned their musical career with the clean water cause via the organization charity:water. In August 2012, Fisher and Jackson founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Florida, to raise funding and awareness for the 800 million people on this planet without access to safe, clean drinking water. Since then, they have raised over $125,000; 100% of that money is currently being used for well building and tap-stand projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Sahel region of Africa.
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The Bluegrass Situation premieres new Flagship Romance song "Nemesis" off their upcoming album Tales From The Self-Help Section, due out August 4, 2017.
The upcoming release from Florida duo Flagship Romance consists of songs that were pointedly and subliminally inspired by their quest to overcome and face corrosive fears and make amends with a guarded past.
In an era when marketing and overdubs are often considered more important than making heartfelt music, Fee Fie Foh Fum comes as a flawed but welcomed variation. [3/16/2015]
Rob Ross, PopDose
"Tales From The Self-Help Section is a low-key but powerful gathering of twelve songs that explore love, life and trying to cope in an uncertain time and place. The production on this album is beyond stellar; the performances are moving and everything simply works to the maximum." [8/11/2017]
Their songs and vocals have a simmering intensity that calls to mind the finer moments of the Civil Wars. [3/1/2016]
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