When She's Near

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"When She's Near"
Single by Fiction Family
from the album Fiction Family
Released January 12–13, 2009 (to radio) [1]
Format Compact disc
Recorded 2006/2007
Genre Folk Pop/Rock
Length 2:56
Label ATO Records
Songwriter(s) Jon Foreman
Sean Watkins
Producer(s) Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins
Fiction Family singles chronology
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"When She's Near" is the first single from the Jon Foreman/Sean Watkins collaboration Fiction Family's debut eponymous album. The song was first heard in early performances by Fiction Family, who still went by The Real SeanJon at the time. The earliest recorded performance was in December 2007.[2] The finalized studio version was posted on the duo's Myspace on October 7, 2008,[3] and was later made available for free download on the band's website.[4]

Writing and recording[edit]

Watkins originally wrote the melodies for the intro, verses, and bridge as the beginnings to one song, and Foreman had written the chorus for a song of his own. "It’s actually the melody to a song I wrote a long time ago called ‘Teaberry.’ I wrote it in ’03 or ’04, and I didn’t like the words, but I liked the melody,” Watkins said. “I brought the melody in and Jon did most of the lyrics."[5] The songs eventually meshed together into the one song it is now. "I feel like it's a good blend of both of our voices," says Foreman.[6]

Music video[edit]

Fiction Family shot a music video for the song on October 15, 2008. It was directed by Brandon Dickerson, who had directed many videos for Foreman's band, Switchfoot. Watkins said on their Myspace blog,"I won't say too much about it 'cause I don't want to spoil the plot and ruin it for you but I will say it involved me taped to and pushed around in a dolly and Jon being carried around like some Biblical king in transit for hours on end." [7]

The video was first released Monday, December 15, 2008, on Vimeo.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Triple-A Format #39


  1. ^ Fiction Family's "When She's Near" goes to Triple-A Radio in mid-January 2009 - Published December 31, 2008 (retrieved December 31, 2008)
  2. ^ The Real SeanJon - When She's Near - published December 29, 2007 (retrieved October 25, 2008)
  3. ^ Fiction Family Releases Studio Version of "When She's Near" - published October 8, 2008 (retrieved October 25, 2008)
  4. ^ Download Fiction Family's "When Shes Near"; join the Fiction Family street team - Published December 3, 2008 (retrieved December 3, 2008)
  5. ^ Fiction Family to kick off tour in Ann Arbor - Published January 8, 2009 (Retrieved January 8, 2009)
  6. ^ What can we expect from the Fiction Family debut? - Published January 2009 (Retrieved January 7, 2009)
  7. ^ News from the Fiction Family MUSIC VIDEO front?; "This Is Home" to feature on a new Disney Compilation - Published October 24, 2008 (retrieved October 25, 2008)
  8. ^ "When She's Near" Music video - Published December 15, 2008 (Retrieved December 15, 2008)

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