Getting their start in the state where everything’s bigger—Texas—Addison Road
frontwoman Jenny Chisolm met her eventual bandmate (and future husband) Ryan Simmons while attending Baylor University in Waco.
After writing songs together and booking a few gigs, the duo eventually recruited a full band and recorded a rough, four-song sample for the band they originally named the Jenny Chisolm Band. Then in 2001, the band decided to take their music career a step further and eventually teamed up with By the Tree’s frontman Chuck Dennie, who produced the group’s full-length independent debut, Not What You Think.
A year later, Jenny and Ryan were married and moved to Dallas to pursue music full-time. Eventually coming up with the name Addison Road, a phrase with no particular significance other than they liked how it sounded, the group released a second independent album and began leading worship at Richardson First Baptist Church. While leading worship in front of 8,000 young people at a summer event, the praise-oriented direction for Always Loved You, was born.
Eventually signing a record deal in 2007, the band’s self-titled debut was released later that year. Featuring radio favorites “All That Matters” and “Sticking With You,” some of the most-played tracks of 2008, the band played countless shows, including “Rock and Worship Road Show” in the spring of 2009 while Jenny was pregnant with her first daughter, Anniston Cate, who was born on April 15.
While on tour with Sanctus Real in 2010, Addison Road’s tour bus caught fire and burned to the ground. While no one was hurt, the band lost all their gear, instruments and merchandise, not to mention Anniston’s clothes and toys, in the blaze. Thankfully, due to the prayers and generosity of the band’s fan base, a slew of donations have come in to help the band get back on its feet.
Now motivated more than ever before by that outpouring of support, the band is continuing to write new songs and tour. In the midst of being new parents, Jenny, Ryan and their band were recently in the studio to record Addison Road’s much-anticipated second album, Stories, that was released in June 2010.
The band announced in August 2012, that Addison Road reached the end of the road, as the band has decided to part ways, "As a band, we have collectively decided to put a definite end to Addison Road," said Jenny Simmons. “I hate break-ups, but this was as beautiful as a split can be! The guys were tired of living out of buses and leaving their families behind. In our case it was taking a toll on our marriage to raise our daughter on the road, work together, and then try and be married at the end of the day. After our 2010 tour it became clear to each of us that God was releasing us from Addison Road and ushering each of us as individuals into new seasons.”
Jenny is now embarking on a solo career, with her first album The Becoming, set to be released in February of 2013. "I believe in every single word and note on the album," Simmons explains in regard to The Becoming. "I believe this project is exactly what I am supposed to say to the world, and I'm so excited to share it with everyone."