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DeVoe is a fiercely independent singer/songwriter with a unique personal style of Americana-Soul-Roots and Blues music that has earned her loyal fans of all ages and from all musical genres. Purist fans loyal to folk, blues, jazz and soul music all find something to love in Jennie's music which is not an easy feat. She's shared stages with John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Joe Cocker, Edwin McCain, Gregg Allman, and played mega-side stages for the biggest stars including Sting, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Fiona Apple, and more. Whether you are a fan of Dylan or Prine, Aretha or Macy, Sting, Allison Krauss, Zeppelin, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson, Nina Simone, Etta James, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Joss Stone, The Rolling Stones or Katy Perry - Jennie can cast a spell strong enough to win you over. After a recent show opening for John Hiatt, Jennie was stopped by John's wife, Nancy who declared herself a new fan saying, "you are mesmerizing!" Jennie offered to give Nancy her cds and Nancy said, "I just bought all your cds. Never give your music away, you are too good!" Jennie has something special that people gravitate towards. The thrill for her always comes from reaching an audience and feeling that symbiotic energy that only happens when both the artist and audience connect. On stage, Jennie has the unique ability to make you laugh and cry. She lets her guard down and engages her audience with one of the best senses of humor and storytelling that you could find in any artist around today.
Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, by C. McDonald:
"Beyond DeVoe's compelling sound - her soulful hippie-funk vocals - is her hypnotic, manic energy. She is capable of engaging totally, locking eyes, her conversation instantly confessional and intimate, wacky and profound as she rockets from topic to topic. With her pierced nose, bohemian affectations, there's a rowdiness and youth about her, and to make her laugh is to bask in her particular brand of strange sunshine -- fans, photographers, street vendors, babies and animals seem to lean into what she radiates, and work all the harder to keep the attention coming. Her fears are dying of boredom, wearing pantyhose and being tortured by the squeaky sound of balloons or Styrofoam. Her voice isn't the kind that's manufactured in the pop-princess factory. It's bigness is all about resonance and solidity. It's deliberate, not coy; controlled yet unpredictable. DeVoe's vocals have a wise, raw quality that reveal her to be more than just a pretty-good-for-a-local-girl kind of talent. Her lyrics are smart, kooky and often pleasingly simple..."
There's all kinds of places we could go
ends of the earth or the other side of the road
I just want someone to wag their tail
when I walk through the door
I was a girl on a dashboard in a grass skirt
you were a long day in a living room
honest day's work and I'd dance for you
then you'd ask me to move….so you could see
Hawaii 5-0 on the TV ……..and you'll need
Redeeming, Redeeming Redeeming after all
-Jennie DeVoe, "Redeeming,"
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“After 20+ years of experience operating a 175 seat ‘listening house’ venue, we feel we have a very keen sense of what artists are most successful in our environment. Jennie DeVoe would be our shinning exemplar. Beyond her awesome talent as a blues singer-songwriter, she has the stage presence and personality that captures and captivates the intimacy of our venue. Her ability to quickly read her audience and make a personal connection is a talent possessed by few. Her willingness to share her deepest insights with an audience endears her to them, and them to her, immediately. Jennie’s talent deserves to be seen in an environment where people can fully appreciate her talents. I’m sure she is fabulous at festival and in bar settings, but to really appreciate her, see her in a listening house where you can fully realize the magnitude of her talents.”
--Bill and Maxine Aten, Proprietors of Aten Place, Concerts in the Barn, Boyne Falls, MI
David Lindquist, music critic for
The Indianapolis Star calls Jennie:
"an endearing soul-blues singer who radiates the vibe of a 21st century flower child. Her potent gospel-blues voice tames any crowd she encounters. She now inhabits the dangerous, iconic space of Janis Joplin. It is always a thrill to see a new audience discover her talents."
(giving a shout-out from the stage at one of her shows)
"You guys have a great talent here in Indianapolis, you know! Jennie DeVoe is a great songwriter & performer & one of the hardest working musicians I know!"
Barbara Dacey, PD for WMVY on Martha's Vineyard begins an interview with Jennie at Radio & Record's annual Triple-A Radio conference saying, "Your performance last night was incredible. I'm impressed with your voice. I listened to your CD all night. I liked it a lot!" This is the general consensus among the radio program and music directors where Jennie is the only non-major label independent artist performing in Boulder, CO alongside John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne and other major-label artists. In an industry increasingly dictated by the tastes of 12 year olds, there are listeners who hunger for music with emotional complexity and depth and Jennie DeVoe has it. John Wittmann, DeVoe's drummer sums it up by saying, "To be able to work with someone who writes music this good is truly rare. Jennie is an incredible artist, and her voice is an incredible instrument."
Angela Nelson, of Playground Magazine, Atlanta, GA writes:
"Tonight the room overflowed with talent as Jennie DeVoe and her band performed in front of a packed house at Eddie's Attic. It was standing room only. Jennie displays experience well beyond her years with powerful vocals and soulful sounds. She has an awesome stage presence, great sense of humor, and honesty in her music that speaks to you. Her soulful lyrics are full of emotion that knocks on your heart's door, walks right in, and makes you feel. As I looked around the room, I could see that each and every person was intently watching, listening and enjoying this moment in time. Everyone in the room felt a connection. One couldn't help but be drawn in. This larger than life, dynamite in a small package performer will win you over quickly as she has with so many."
Jennie has licensed her own songs to Corona Beer, Major Television Shows, won a Billboard Magazine Songwriting Award for her song "How I Feel," been added to Triple-A and College Radio Stations and shared stages with greats, winning over hearts and audiences belonging to major label artists and those artists themselves. She also signed a deal with SonyRed Distribution for her 4th studio album, Strange Sunshine. Despite being courted by some of the biggest labels out there, including Universal and Atlantic, to name a few Jennie has remained fiercely independent. She has recorded her last three studio albums in Bath and Bristol England with famed Producer and Musician John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, The Eels). Her most recent release, Radiator: The Bristol Sessions, was powered by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, attracting the likes of NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart and his Foundation. He and Jennie have found a huge common ground in a love for all kinds of animal and kid causes. Soon the President of Klipsch Audio, Paul Jacobs, became one of the producers of the new record as well.
never fails to
songs that draw
you into her
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power with two
parts raw emotion,
Jennie is the
perfect blend of
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-Paul Jacobs,President of
“DeVoe has a big, expansive voice that can go from a Joplin-esque, throaty raspiness in one note to explosive heights with the next. That range and power brings to mind a bluesy, funky rocker who could be considered a DeVoe contemporary - Alice Smith. Like Smith, DeVoe is a singer who is not content to be bound by the limits of genre. Strange Sunshine is a record for listeners who love good lyrics. DeVoe's songwriting captures the wittiness, world weariness, hope and simple brilliance that is blues music at its best. Simply stated, the musicianship on this record is excellent. That should go without saying...except it doesn't. The star of this show is DeVoe's vocal instrument. its not just her range and power that impresses. DeVoe sings with an honesty that makes the listener believe she is baring her soul on every track. Highly Recommended.
-Howard Dukes, Soul Tracks Magazine
"She knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely. Jennie DeVoe is the kind of singer who makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. To watch her work is to fall in love with someone who is in love with what they do."
-Rob Nichols, NUVO Newsweekly
Thank you for giving me and my music any of your time. Every stage we get to perform on is another blessing and an awesome chance to entertain and reach new fans. I hope you enjoy what you hear and thank you for any opportunities you may pass our way! We are a professional, fun and very grateful bunch of people and I hope to play for you soon!
Peace n love, Jennie XO
Jennie DeVoe Bio
Jennie DeVoe is an independent singer/songwriter with a soulful-blues-americana vibe whom Bonnie Raitt calls, "A great songwriter," while Indie-music.com’s Heidi Drockelman says, “Jennie is a truly unique vocal talent…Her powerhouse voice can stop you in your tracks but it also possesses a sweetness that surges and sears the soul.” DeVoe is a performer who connects with her audience like no other. Says Melissa Mayer of the Boone County Sun, "DeVoe's voice is a delicious mix of scratchy blues and sweet low notes. Her music is born of a unique marriage of folk and funk. She sprinkles in rhythm and blues sounds and a few well-chosen covers to create a great live show. She also manages to draw the audience in with her anecdotes and personal stories between each song. It's hard to attend one of DeVoe's shows and not feel like she's your personal friend by the end of the night."
DeVoe is a prolific writer, with songs stuffed in drawers and often filling up her own voicemail with ideas. Notes Soultracks’ Howard Dukes, “…her songwriting captures the wittiness, world weariness, hope and simple brilliance that is blues music at its best." A fiercely independent artist, DeVoe has declined numerous major label offers, and built a rock-solid career on her own terms. She has produced four studio albums, four live CDs, a Christmas album and a DVD on her own label, Rubin the Cat Records. SonyRED was so impressed with the critically-acclaimed "Strange Sunshine," that they offered her a distribution deal, bringing her to many new ears, while still allowing her to retain her artistic freedom. Most recently, she was voted Best Local Musical Artist/Group in Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine readers, on the heels of being named one of Indy's top 50 "Entertainers of the Decade" by The Indianapolis Star.
Attracting fans of all ages, Jennie DeVoe deftly wows audiences of all shapes and sizes. She thrills festival and concert-series goers, one minute having them on their feet and dancing, in the next scooping up their laughter with her “accidental comedy, and in the next hypnotizing them into awed attention with her powerful voice. While DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, she never fails to entertain and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. Notes Melissa Mayer, “DeVoe always provides her audience with an irresistibly good time.” Her live shows are, to quote Ann Arbor, MI dj, John Bommarito simply “Magic.” No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you’re in your living room with old friends – “Until,” says NUVO’s Rob Nichols, “she knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely.” Adds Blues Revue Magazine’s Hal Horowitz, “DeVoe's melodic, gutsy songwriting--pushed by a vibrant, multi-hued voice that can shift from a catlike purr to a gospel wail and a snarling rasp within seconds--this under-the-radar singer has the talent to be a major force on either side of the Atlantic.” Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer confirms, “Jennie DeVoe is an artist that sings with genuine depth, she's strong and powerful and yet willing to be audaciously vulnerable. Jennie DeVoe is unmistakably the real deal.”
Stuff you should know:
• Jennie's song, "How I Feel," was the 1st place winner of Billboard Magazine's World Song Contest (Best Pop Song, 2004), just one of her many "Best Of" honors.
• Her songs have been added to rotation on Triple-A and college radio stations across the country, and been licensed to several well-known television shows (Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia) and to a national ad-campaign for jewelers.
• Jennie was among a handful of artists, including Jonny Lang, Henry Rollins, Bo Diddley and Billy Bob Thornton, to be featured in national print ads for Klipsch Audio.
• Corona Beer licensed her song, “Red Hot Sun” for a year-long radio campaign.
• She has been a Top 10 Finalist in the Wildflower Festival songwriting competition, and placed in the John Lennon Songwriting competition.
• In 2011 DeVoe was asked to adapt her original songs for a sold-out show with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and again the following year with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
• In 2012, she and her band played for 20,000 people at Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis, opening for songstress Patti LaBelle.
• She's performed all over the country, including at the last Lillith Fair, and opened for greats like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Lucinda Williams, Jack Johnson, Ray Charles, and many more.
• A dedicated animal-lover, DeVoe has leant her voice, time and music to numerous animal causes, including working with famed race car driver Tony Stewart and his foundation, as well as giving her song "Give A Little Love" to the nationally-syndicated program PetPals TV as their theme song. She has even served as a special correspondent on several PetPalsTV episodes.
• DeVoe is a sought after Voice-Over Talent. Some of her notable clients have included Reis Nichols, Bill Estes, Red Gold, Meijer Stores, and Simon Malls. Learn more about Jennie’s voice-over work here.
• She is currently the voice of the new multi-state tourism campaign for the Indiana Board of Tourism VisitIndiana.com.
• She has recently performed shows with John Hiatt and Robert Cray, and has had a full calendar performing at music festivals and packed shows from Michigan to the Indiana State Fair and more.
• Jennie is among artists such as Buddy Guy, Aaron Neville, Roseanne Cash, Joe Satriani and many more featured in the book, “Their Love of Music,” by photographer Steve Azzato. She is also one of the few musicians featured in the book, “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State.”
• DeVoe's latest studio release, "Radiator: The Bristol Sessions," was her first effort produced in part through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, with The Tony Stewart Foundation being one of the projects biggest supporters. DeVoe raised over 260% of her goal through the popular fan-funded website, which allows fans to pledge anywhere from $1 to $10,000 to a creative project, in return for rewards ranging from copies of the finished project, to private concerts in their living rooms.
• "Radiator" is DeVoe's 3rd collaboration with famed producer John Parish, best known for his work with PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, The Eels and most recently, KT Tunstall. It also features Robert Plant's bass player, Billy Fuller, on all tracks.
• DeVoe is frequently sought after to sing the National Anthem for major events, most recently for Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs and for Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration, for which she also served as an emcee.
• She is currently working on music for a new studio recording, collaborating with a New York ad agency, as well as her 2018-19 touring calendar.
• To tide fans over until her next studio recording, Jennie has just released a live CD called, “Ok, Here’s what happened…” recorded at live at The Rathskeller in Indianapolis.
• DeVoe lives in Indianapolis with her filmmaker husband, Rob, and their three dogs.