This was one of our favorite photo shoots ever. EVER! Shooting behind the scenes of a music video? Yes, please! Shooting behind the scenes of a music video of three super-fun, super-star girls that already happen to be our friends? Yes, double please!!
Mercy River and Hiya Papaya go way back. Waaaaay back. Before Mercy River was Mercy River, Whitney, Brooke and Soni (the girls who comprise Mercy River – let’s see how many times we can fit the words Mercy River into this one blog post … so far I count five …) sang in the Jenny Phillips Choir together. Cristi (yes, yours truly) also sang with Jenny Phillips (and still does). The four girls got to know each other, tour with each other, sing with each other and become good friends. A few years ago, Jenny decided to put together an all-girl group and Brooke, Soni and Whitney were natural choices with their amazing voices and smooth harmonies. They have since gone on to be mega superstars for Deseret Book’s music label Shadow Mountain Records. I sure LOVE my AMAZING Mercy River friends! And so does Jessi, of course, who has always been a loyal Jenny Phillips and Mercy River “groupie.” (She’s a good supporter, that Jess!)
Mercy River has just released their third studio album, titled “Higher.” (It is PHENOMENAL, by the way. I’m not kidding. I’m not saying it just because they’re our friends. I’m a pretty “harsh critic” when it comes to music. And this, folks, is the REAL DEAL!!) The album was released on February 29th. And to mark the release, they recorded their FIRST EVER MUSIC VIDEO! Yes – a MUSIC VIDEO! Isn’t that SO EXCITING?!! (We can’t wait until the video is finished. We will post a link here on our site when it is!) How fun to get all dolled up with hair and makeup (courtesy of another fun gal we got to meet – Laurie of Natures Knockout) and just sing your hearts out all day long! (And if you’re Jessi and I – DANCE – cheesily – while the girls sing – all day long.)
What was even MORE exciting (for us) was when Mercy River (so far that’s a running total of nine times) asked Jessi and I to shoot behind-the-scenes photos on set. It was kind of funny and even “cryptic” how it worked out. We didn’t know the time or location until the day before. And even then, we were told not to give out the address to anyone. Doesn’t that make it all the more exciting?! It was shot at an old Del Monte plant. An OLD Del Monte plant. Did I mention the building was old? We hiked up three flights of r-i-c-k-e-t-y stairs (I seriously thought I was going to die – my fear of heights and rickety stairs combined), dodged bird poop all over the floor and awakened hibernating nests of wasps with our space heaters (you guys – WASPS just kept FALLING from the CEILING. Pretty much my biggest fear, coming to life! WASPS! FALLING! From the CEILING!). But it was fantastically hip and oh-so-worth-it!
Check out Mercy River’s Website: http://www.mercyrivermusic.com And check out the links above by clicking on what’s highlighted. Make sure and check out their new album! We promise (omise!) you won’t be disappointed!! It is as stunning as these three are beautiful.
And now, enjoy behind-the-scenes photos on set of Mercy River’s music video “Beautiful Life.”