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PRESENTED BY JOSEPH KELLEY
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Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeannine Hebb began her lifelong pursuit of music at only four years old. After developing a fascination with her grandmother's music box atop the living room piano, Jeannine would sit at the keys humming and plunking away until she figured out -- by ear -- how to play its only song, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."
As a shy kid from the suburbs of Boston, that moment sparked the start of her formal music training and marked a turning point in her life. An only child, she spent a lot of time alone in her room writing colorful songs and perfecting her piano skills. By 13, she was touring with a professional musical theater troupe and after several performances, it became clear that she was more comfortable on stage than she was off. Music had given her the guts -- and the gift-- to communicate. "If I didn't discover music, I would still be the same shy little girl," she said. "Music helped bring me out of my shell. All of a sudden I started singing and I became a different person."
Hebb packed her bags and headed to Berklee College of Music as a teenager. A short three years later, Jeannine graduated cum laude at the age of 20. She won a litany of awards, including both the Berklee Singer/Songwriter and Songwriting Showcase competitions two years in a row. She was chosen as the recipient of the Frank E. Remick and E. Ione Lockwood awards for excellence in music and vocal performance, and was honored with the Susan Glover Hitchcock scholarship for outstanding musicianship. Upon graduation, Jeannine received the Scott Benson scholarship for songwriters - the highest honor in the Berklee songwriting department.
After graduation, Jeannine moved to New York City to pursue her career. In 2007, she released her debut EP Too Late to Change Me. With clever chord structures and purposeful melodies, Jeannine's well-crafted sound reflects her life-long study of music.
Jeannine has performed at notable venues in the Northeast including: Scullers, The Ragatta Bar, The Middle East, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and Galapagos Art Space.
She's appeared with jazz legends Ben Monder, Clarence Penn, and Tim Ries, and has served as an opening act for two-time Grammy nominee Tracy Bonham. She recently sang on a track for internationally recognized DJ Breakfast, and has recorded a duet for country musician Greg Garing's upcoming release on L.E.S records.
With the release of her upcoming album, Jeannine shows her prowess as a technically trained singer/songwriter ready to step out of her former shell and step boldly into the spotlight.
The slow ballad "These Days" is an ambient, melancholy song about feeling trapped in the routine of everyday life. "It's an introspective song about being paralyzed and unable to do anything other than sit and think about what you should be doing. Unfortunately, I do a lot of that. But it makes me feel better to write songs about it."
"These days I do a lot of screaming / always cause all I am is dreaming / of someday one day that might never come my way where I could sit and wait / or scream and cry and everything would be just fine but I won't ever find them / those days"
Be sure to check out Jeannine on January 28th at Cafe Vivaldi in New York City.
Tune in again next week!