As I looked in the mirror this morning, I couldn't help but smile. "Whatever you're doing, KEEP IT UP," read my hot pink sticker, courtesy of the all-female pop rock band The Mrs. If you haven't heard of The Mrs. you need to. Their mission, put simply, is to make everyone feel good about themselves through their music.
The beginnings of the band began six years ago, when Mrs. founder, Andra Liemandt, started to learn the drums—since her daughter was learning piano. But Liemandt wanted to start playing music with other moms, so she, her friend Jenny Mason, and some other moms started gathering to play covers and rock out. Think band club in lieu of book club. The club took a more serious dive into the music business when Liemandt realized the songs she and her daughters were listening to didn't apply to her life as a woman, a mom, and a wife. "I was in the car with my kids singing "Call Me Maybe" for two hours and I was like I would love to have a song that's super fun that my kids could rock out to in the back seat, but that related to something more about my life today," said Liemandt. "We want to write about motherhood, relationships, friendships, growin' up, and trials and errors of life," Mason explained. "The real stuff but that has a fun beat."
When I first heard the premise, I was skeptical. Could a song about female empowerment or motherhood actually sound cool? Once I listened to their EP "Enough" and met The Mrs. I knew the answer. Yes. The power pop chart about how I (and you and all women) am enough without any alteration has basically been stuck in my head for ten days—in a good way. "It's become an epidemic for women," said Liemandt of the constant feeling of not living up to impossibly high standards. With "Enough," the goal is to start a cycle of positivity and support to end the cycle of negativity.
But it's not just through music that The Mrs. is spreading their mantra. You may have heard of the band's Magic Mirror Project without knowing who was behind it. They created an interactive mirror that tells lookers to rate how they feel (on a scale of WOOF to I'm Enough) and when the negativity inevitably comes out, the mirror builds you up. While the very first mirror-gazers received customized experiences (with video thank-yous from family and friends) the mirror is now on tour for anyone to look into and receive messages of love.
Mason explained that even kids, especially insecure teenagers, need the support the mirror offers. "We need to feed them [with these messages] so they can feel strong and know that they're gonna wake up tomorrow and know that The Mirror told them 'I'm an awesome person, I'm an awesome friend.'"
But don't worry if you can't make it to the mirror's current home. Download the app! Not only will your mirror recite messages of support, you can cultivate your own personal network. On a day you feel like a "Hot Mess," the mirror notifies your network so they can Pile On and send Enoughies—real messages from those you love lending the helping hand you need.
While the message of "I'm Enough" has exploded, The Mrs. has not abandoned their musical roots. They're set to release their first album this coming fall and they continue to write new songs and perform around their home state of Texas. "We are today's woman," said Liembandt. "We are married, realized women who live complex lives. So we want to write music that relates to our lives."
For all you mamas, there may finally be a soundtrack to your life.
Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.
Photograph: Jenny Mason, Ruthie Fierberg, Jennifer Zavaleta, Andra Liemandt (@themrsband)