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Apr 17, 2019

Freeland & Pine- Creating a Dream, One Chord at a Time

By Deirdre Flanagan Ward

Freeland and Pine NJ Music

A 2017 anniversary tour by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers struck a chord with Monmouth County residents Jaye Freeland and Gregory Pine, leading them to realize a long-anticipated dream and combine musical forces.

“We’ve always been musicians,” Pine said. “Jaye started writing songs when she was 4 years old, and making and playing music was something we both loved to do. It was something we always wanted to pursue, but it wasn’t until we saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that we looked at each other and were like, ‘This is something we need to do.’ There’s something sacred about watching your favorite artist perform, it’s a real spiritual experience, and it gave us the confidence to finally put ourselves out there.”

At that point, both had already graduated from Montclair State University – Freeland earning a triple Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in English, Latin and Classics, and Pine earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Like many artists, they believe, “if you’re creative in one field, it translates well to other fields. It’s always been important to us to utilize our education for our growth as musicians.”

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The duo, which has been playing music since the two met in high school in 2009, officially launched their musical group Freeland & Pine in August 2017. To further seal the deal, they also got engaged!

“There are so many incredible things that come from making music, especially when you’re in a band with your best friend and fiancé,” Freeland said. “From writing, to recording, to releasing our music, we put our hearts into it, and seeing the result is overwhelming in a positive way. We’re excited to have a long journey, filled with great experiences.”

Jaye Freeland and pines

Jaye Freeland

One of their greatest achievements, to date, is recording their EP and releasing the original debut single, “Good Morning.” They admit that “after years of creating music, to finally take the leap to record and then put it out there, no matter how vulnerable it makes you feel, was something extraordinary and empowering. There’s nothing like being able to make art and have it materialize into something that represents you.”

Both confess they are old souls at heart. As much as they focus on making positive changes for the present and future, they endlessly look toward the past for inspiration.

“Every artist wonders where his or her place is in the grand scheme of things, and we hope we’ll translate as a contemporary band, rooted in true blue rock ‘n’ roll, who is trying to keep that old school legacy alive,” Pine said.

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Freeland and Pine believe music and the arts are an integral part of society and hope their music resonates with people. They want to use their platform for “doing good, raising awareness about certain issues, and contributing to charity. We love giving back. That’s why 50 percent of all profits from our debut single is being donated to Marcie and Mike Campbell’s, Rock the Dogs – a nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates [specifically senior and medically diverse] animals.”

When not creating or rehearsing, the duo can be found exploring the outdoors, perusing thrift shops and learning to cook vegan recipes.

“Our perfect day in Monmouth County would start with a huge breakfast at Seed to Sprout; hitting the trails at Holmdel or Thompson Park; squeezing in shopping at Rebel Supply Co.; dining at Talula’s; grabbing a vegan ice cream cone from Cookman Creamery; playing a head-lining, sold-out show at The Stone Pony; and going for a drive, windows down, blasting 70s rock ‘n’ roll,” they said.

Currently some big decisions they’re contemplating are: how to reach as many listeners as possible; what dates should they release their second single, EP and full-length album; at what venues to perform; and what is the best American-made T-shirt they should use to create band tees?

Three things to know about Freeland & Pine:

1. Authenticity and integrity as musicians and people is the most important thing to us.

2. We’re proud of our relationship with one another, our music and our capacity to want to do good.

3. We admire the people who follow their dreams and their hearts, and the people who try to make a positive change in the world.

For more information, visit their website at FreelandAndPine.com.