If you ask JJ Heller to describe 2010 in a few words, her reply would be, “A year of blessing and change.” JJ’s career has grown steadily since she began playing music full-time with her husband, Dave, in 2003. But in 2010 the impact of JJ’s music blossomed like never before.
The year began with JJ’s song “Your Hands” spinning on nearly 60 reporting Christian adult contemporary FM stations, including K-LOVE, the largest Christian radio network in the US. In the span of a few short months, JJ’s music was no longer reaching several thousand, but several million listeners.
"Your Hands" made itself at home on Billboard Magazine’s Christian Songs’ chart for 24 weeks, and peaked at #13. In the following months, JJ saw her music placed on the ABC family show “Make It Or Break It,” and CW’s “One Tree Hill.”
In August of 2010, JJ’s second radio single, “What Love Really Means,” began to find its way into the hearts of a new audience. Radio stations started receiving calls and e-mail messages from listeners who were brought to tears as they heard the song. The warm reception helped “What Love Really Means” surpass the success of “Your Hands” on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. Eventually, over 60 reporting stations added the single to their rotation.
JJ’s first music video was posted to youtube.com in September. With the help of social networking sites like facebook.com, the video was viewed over 100,000 times within the first 48 hours (the video now has over 1.6 million views).
“When I’m With You,” Heller’s fourth full-length record, was quickly embraced by fans after its October 19, 2010 release. “It’s my favorite album I’ve recorded so far,” Heller says. “When I’m With You” charted for 15 or more weeks on Billboard Magazine’s Christian Albums, Heatseekers Albums, and Folk Albums charts.
“2010 was an amazing year,” Heller says. “It’s been nice to be home during the beginning of 2011 to spend some time with family and friends, and to work on craft projects, but it always feels good to start playing concerts again and sharing my heart with more listeners.” JJ is actively songwriting, blogging, sewing, decorating and being a wife and mother.
JJ is expecting her second daughter in September. Until then, she continues to tour and speak as often as she can about her enthusiasm for the work World Vision does around the world to transform the communities they serve by tackling the causes of poverty.
"JJ Heller is one of the most talented artists I've ever worked with. Her voice and songs are extremely uplifting, not to mention the blessing she has been to me and my family. The room lights up when she enters! She and David have become great friends over the past few years and It's a privilege to be associated with such amazing talent and dear people!"
MITCH DANE - Grammy-winning engineer/producer
"Listening to JJ Heller’s “What Love Really Means” brings me to tears! What a beautiful reminder that no matter where you find yourself in life, God loves you… Really loves you, no matter what you have done or failed to do, He is always there. What an amazing message to share with everyone who listens."
SCOTT SMITH - K-LOVE Asst. Program Director/Music Director