Although Jolly was born and raised in Raleigh, the songstress has a deep love for 828 territory.
A lot has changed in the last three years for musician Jeanne Jolly. She finished a national tour of the album “Angels,” got married, got a dog, and completed the new album, “A Place To Run.”
The new collection has a grittier country rock feel and looks at what it means to have ‘places to run.’ Jolly explores where people turn for refuge or why people run away to escape grief.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Jolly about her latest album and her band performs live in studio. Joining Jolly is Chris Boerner on guitar, Roger Gupton on bass and James Wallace on drums.
Jeanne Jolly is a jack of all trades, and also a study in contrasts.
A classically trained vocalist, Jolly’s new record, A Place to Run, takes her deep into country music territory. And while the Raleigh native may look like a composed Southern Grace Kelly, on stage, she gets down, with powerhouse vocals evocative of Linda Ronstadt and the ethereal harmonies of Alison Krauss.
Jolly’s hometown release show for A Place to Run will take place downtown at Lincoln Theatre later this month, and she’ll bookend that concert with three performances as a featured solo vocalist for the North Carolina Symphony’s trio of Thanksgiving holiday shows. Two are performances of traditional holiday songs, and the third, for children, features the music of Frozen.
From soulful country originals to Princess Anna from Frozen’s song For the First Time in Forever–for Jeanne Jolly, it’s all in a day’s work.
Tracy Davis, Walter Magazine – READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Soulful country, delivered with an appealing touch of vocal savvy, is the calling card of Ms. Jolly. The Raleigh-based singer-songwriter shifts emotional gears as seamlessly as her smartly crafted lyric sets require, at times conjuring a young Ronstadt. Standouts include “Gypsy Skin”, “Boundless Love” and “Without You”. Roots Music Report
Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly continues her national CD release tour with a concert at 9 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. She has just released her new album, titled A Place to Run, on her own label. Tickets are $15.
…..Hers is the earthiness of American roots music, balladry colored with a tinge of sophisticated jazz, presented with smoldering emotion and deep feeling.
The Laurel of Asheville – READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
“Once seen and heard, singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly from Raleigh, N.C., is hard to forget, her songs easy to remember — especially if you have her debut, “Angels,” and have the habit of playing over and over the 10-track collection released last October. One of contemporary music’s best-kept secrets, she is a revelation when you sit in on one of her concerts.”
“Damn, that Jeanne Jolly can sing. All those metaphors comparing her voice to a songbird, an angel, a summer’s breeze, they just don’t cut it. Jolly’s voice is the first day of spring, after the grey dirty snow has melted and the sun beams down on the crocuses that begin to bloom. The birds sing while you sit on a porch swing with your new lover, a glass of wine in hand, gazing at the rainbow out west. No, that doesn’t cut it either. Imagine Joni Mitchell with Billie Holiday’s stylings. You’re getting warmer.”
“She is undeniabley a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday.”
“Raleigh, North Carolina country singer Jeanne Jolly’s latest album Angels has a lot of great tunes and great stories… This is an ambitious album: Jolly covers an awful lot of ground here, keeps her bearings and when she pulls out all the stops, it can be breathtaking.”
“This Jeanne Jolly deserves a place among the great names of the 21st century female singer songwriters and they should, in our opinion, have a very worth successor to this handsome debut album, ‘Angels’.”
“Angels is a solid, warm, and varied album that will satisfy virtually all who are fortunate enough to listen.”
” An effortlessly masterful songwriter…”
“She and her band performed several songs from her newest CD Angels . Every song was filled with powerful lyrics, emotion and rhythm which moved the soul. It was an amazing concert performed by three talented artists…The crowd was mesmerized and engulfed with home grown music dipped in a Soulful style performance. It was a great show.”
“In a time when a one-hit wonder creates instantaneous fame. It is refreshing when you find an artist that has been secretly developing a treasure trove of very beautiful, honest, and satisfying music…It takes a special talent to weave a traditional country sound with so many other genres and Jolly pulls it off without skipping a beat.”
“One track sounds like Sade shuffling beats and pedal steel twang; another, like she’s out to embarrass all of the pop-country poseurs on CMT. She can even cover that beautiful voice in grit and go all Lone Justice/Maria McKee for a guitar fueled tearjerker and there’s even a waltz where that opera training kicks in and knocks our socks off. This is a promising start for a very talented singer and songwriter.”
“she’s got an eye for detail, likes to work the suspense for all it’s worth, and her band is sensational”
“If there has ever been a person who truly deserves her last name, it’s Jeanne Jolly. The Raleigh native shows up, beaming enough sunshine to make curmudgeons crack a begrudging smile”
“Her music now echoes her classical training but blurs the lines between folk, country, jazz and soul, and turns into something that’s her own sound”.
“Jeanne Jolly has a heavenly voice…Jolly embodies the traits of an established performer who has been playing juke joints and concert halls for 20 years. At her last performance in Durham at the Carolina theatre, Jolly blew away her hometown audience”
“The very talented, Jeanne Jolly took the stage to perform Good Morning Heartache and What’ll I Do? Ms. Jolly is a very adept singer and is capable of communicating the emotional nature of these songs to an audience which translates in inciting an emotional response from listeners.”
–Jazz Review.com Article Chris Botti: An Evening at Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony
“Her performances as a guest singer with highly regarded trumpeter Chris Botti a few years ago proved that in a virtual sea of singers, she is more than a catch. But that was just jazz….The raw purity of what some would call “true” country is evident in each song, backed by sturdy country instrumentation — an imperative piece to the country music puzzle.”