Jen­nifer Daniels cel­e­brates 20 years

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - SPOTLIGHT - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER

A week af­ter cel­e­brat­ing their 20th wed­ding an­niver­sary, Jeff Neal and Jen­nifer Daniels will cel­e­brate two decades of mak­ing mu­sic to­gether.

The two have al­ways worked un­der the name Jen­nifer Daniels, “though I have tried to con­vince him to do co-billing for years,” she says. The Jen­nifer Daniels 20th An­niver­sary Show is Fri­day night at Song­birds North.

The two have been tour­ing and per­form­ing reg­u­larly over the last two decades, though things took a turn a lit­tle more than nine years ago when Daniels be­came preg­nant. Things be­came even more com­pli­cated when she gave birth to twin girls.

“We had to learn to tour with ba­bies,” says Neal.

Neal laughs at the idea of stock­ing up the beer cool­ers in the Green Rooms of places they played with breast milk. “It was pretty crazy.” As the girls have grown, the two found them­selves writ­ing songs for chil­dren, and to­day do al­most as many shows in class­rooms and kids camps as they do adult shows. They do a pretty heavy metal ver­sion of “Si­mon Says,” for ex­am­ple.

“It’s not some­thing we ever planned or imag­ined, but it has been fun,” Daniels says.

The show Fri­day night is de­signed as a “date night show for adults,” and they will do a col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial from their 20-year cat­a­log, but Daniels says they will do a kid’s song if peo­ple ask.

To get an idea of their work, you can watch their re­cent ap­pear­ance on Mu­sic Wed­nes­days at timesfreepress.com/mu­sic. Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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Jen­nifer Daniels, left, and Jeff Neal

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