Directing!

For those of you who don’t already know this, I happen to be married to an extremely talented musician who, on occasion, allows me to collaborate with him and direct his music videos. A year and a half ago I had the extreme pleasure of directing my first video of his, It’s Your Move, and kind of had the time of my life. Since then, whenever he has a new song to promote or an upcoming album to release I pitch him my video ideas for the single and hope he goes for it! It is so incredibly fun for me to work as a story teller in this new and exciting way. To step behind the camera and literally call the shots for a change. I’ve been acting since I was 11 years old and have found directing these short, three minute movies to be a wonderfully refreshing change of pace. I love to give Josh a hard time and joke that I’m the only one who will do these videos for free, but really he’s the one doing me a great favor and I could not be more grateful.

Katherine Heigl and friend Jeremy shooting the video for Josh Kelley's I'm On Fire
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley on the set of I'm On Fire

This week we spent several days on his latest video which made it pretty impossible for me to create and write a new post which is why I thought that instead of something crafty, I’d share the behind the scenes footage of the shoot with you. I’m all about including you in my life and how I live it, so I figured sharing what I was up to this week, even though it wasn’t knitting, cooking or entertaining still counts as lifestyle. So hopefully you enjoy this little departure from my crafty side and get a kick out of my story telling one!

Josh is about to release an amazing, blow your socks off, can’t get enough new covers only album. I know you may be thinking that I’m biased, being his wife and all, but I swear to you I’m not. I know good shit when I hear it and this album is going to become your new all time favorite! The first single is his incredibly sultry version of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire. As soon as I heard it I had a vision of the video and the story I wanted it to tell. Josh went for my idea and we quickly put a plan in place to do the shoot at our ranch in Utah. Since he’s putting this album out independently and with out the interference or the financial benefit of a label he didn’t have a ton of money to spend on a professional film crew, so…we made do! We enlisted the help of our close friends, luring them in with promises of dinners on us and life long favors. Jeremy, my first time Director of Photography owned the camera equipment we needed and also happens to be pretty great at using it! Tony, our friend and neighbor was willing to play the role of my husband driving off to work at the start of the day in his beautiful red Thunderbird. Tasia, Jeremy’s wife and my close girlfriend acted as camera assistant, behind the scenes videographer, caterer and prop master with the help of my other close friend Jill who just happens to be Tony’s actual wife! It was an incredibly fun day filled with laughter, creativity, friendship and storytelling. All the things that make for a perfect day on set!

Katherine Heigl starring in the video for Josh Kelley's I'm On Fire

The album and video will be released on November 17th so stay tuned for all the links and info so you can be the first to enjoy the sweet, sweet sultry tones of Mr. Josh Kelley! Oh and check out his YouTube page for sneak previews of the rest of the album and super cool behind the scenes videos of his genius at work!

P.S. The name of the album is Under The Covers Volume 1 (I came up with that by the way!)

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24 Comments

  • Nicole

    You are amazing! It’s so inspiring to see you step into this role.

    Next up…features? We need more women directors 🙂

    October 21, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply
  • Gemma

    The ‘It’s Your Move’ video is one of the most beautiful music videos I’ve seen in a long time.

    I’m a big fan of your husband’s music so looking forward to the new album and this music video!

    October 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you so much! This comment means so much to me and I can’t wait for you to hear his new album too! You’re going to love it!

      October 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • Hasan Kart

    Looking forward to seeing you. You are so beautiful, always

    October 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Lomasluv

    I luv that you are so good at so many things!! I also luv how you get right into whatever it is you are doing at that moment.You are an inspiration!

    October 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Tiphaine

    What a lovely place to make this video. I like too the background music.

    Looking forward to earing and wathcing the video.

    October 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Miss Katherine! Wow, that autumn setting is gorgeous, you seem to know how to capture it all so perfectly! How amazing that you collaborate like this and share with all of us, I LOVE it!! <3 I Just wanted to say that it was incredible getting to meet you when you and your husband were here in Fort Collins! When you stop by next time, you will have to come visit me at a new pie shop and restaurant opening, “Ginger & Baker!” I will be making pastries there . Also just wanted to mention that the video of you with your son while Josh was playing Christmas music on the piano, warmed my ❤ and made my day. PS “27 Dresses” is my favorite movie of all time… “50, wow!” Haha
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=482586628779514&set=a.158484671189713.1073741829.100010845433779&type=3

    October 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Sam

    So cool you guys get to collaborate! Can’t wait to see the finished video and hear the album ♥

    October 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm Reply
  • Deborah Bruce

    Love the song and the new video! Y’all did an amazing job together! I am also an avid knitter and from The good ole red clay of Georgia! Thank y’all for sharing! ❤️

    October 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • Barb Reeves

    um, directing is a craft. 🙂

    Look forward to checking out the album and video.

    October 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      True!! I forget sometimes that my particular business also happens to be art and craft! Thanks for the reminder!!

      October 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    Perfect ♡
    Song, video and blog!

    Thank you once again for this fun break, great read!

    Tricia

    October 21, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply
  • Joanne

    Thank you for including us in your life. Love the “Under the covers” title!

    October 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Roxann

    Love that song! One of my favorites! I’m excited to see the end result & Josh’s take on the song sounds amazing already!

    October 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply
  • Kym

    Love this post, my favourite yet!

    October 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm Reply
  • Jem

    Wow, in tears after watching the video and I only came here for Knitting inspo LOL! Relationships are so freaking hard sometimes- after 15 years, I’ve had a few of those days.
    Had to send this one to my husband – thanks for sharing.

    October 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply
  • Erin Ortiz

    Gotta say, I enjoy Josh’s version more than Bruce’s! And I love Bruce’s! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek. Looking forward to picking it up.

    October 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I feel the same way! Been a huge Bruce fan my whole life but I’m really digging Josh’s version of one of my fav songs!

      October 27, 2017 at 7:07 pm Reply
  • may affre

    I have to say, your husband has talent and thank to you as a director for the video, it’s your move, I will be buying his music. I will agree though that he should consult you whenever he has a new song he would like to promote. I loved the music video, and I loved the ballet dancers who communicated the emotions of the song through movements. It was a beautiful video. I strongly recommend he collaborates more often with you as his artistic director. Thank you for sharing.
    PS: I stumbled across your blog last week, I love it and wish you well to you and your lovely family (including your pets, I have two dogs and now two cats, all rescues) Merci.

    October 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • Ruby Corman

    Hi Katherine , this is the first time I’ve heard Josh’s voice and I love it ! I was listening to his other songs and love how he writes from the heart . You make a great team ! I can’t wait to get his music 🙂 . All the best , Ruby .

    November 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • Angela Agosto

    WOW! Beautiful song & Your hubby has an amazing voice, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on his music! I can’t wait to see your music video & for Josh’s album to come out!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    November 2, 2017 at 1:45 am Reply
  • Teresa Smith

    I am SO excited for this new album!!!

    November 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Randy Hall

    Don’t know you very well, but I’m impressed with your authenticity. Loved the blog! Great teamwork! I’m so glad to see you being so gracious! It suits you so well. God bless your family my friend.

    November 3, 2017 at 11:38 pm Reply
  • jovana

    I am so proud on you! I`ve been following you on Instagram for a really long time, I watched a lot of your movies, I saw this blog first time this morning, and I am tottaly in love with it! Now I can read more about life of my biggest inspiration ever!

    November 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply
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