Heartbreak Orchestra is a primarily acoustic country/folk band from Columbus, OH. The current line-up includes Jill Garratt (vocals/rhythm guitar), John Garratt (lead guitar), Jeannine Hetzler (vocals/percussion), Kristina Emick (drums/vocals) and Keith Manecke (bass). The band's first album, We Belong Apart, was released in 2007 and received favorable reviews from the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive and The Other Paper. Heartbreak Orchestra's second album, Sing It Like You Mean It, will be released in June 2015.
As part of a Mingo Town Music holiday project, Heartbreak Orchestra wrote and recorded E.L.F.C.I.O Toy Makers Union - a lighthearted look at the demanding (and poorly compensated) work that elves must endure throughout the toy making season. Jill and John Garratt's daughters, ages 6 and 4, play the part of the greedy children in the song's preamble.