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Angel Paint - CPR



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Country Standardtime Magazine said "If Neil Young mated with The Indigo Girls, (in the unlikely event of that occuring) it would sound like Angel Paint. Jeanie B! is country the way Lucinda Williams is country. Full of grit and guts."

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Long renowned and cherished as a recording artist and performer in the children’s music market, Jeanie B! makes a welcome return to writing and recording the kind of “music for grownups” that launched her career with CPR, an eclectic, emotionally compelling EP she is releasing under the collective band moniker Angel Paint with Jeanie B. The six track set is a tantalizing preview of a full length set she intends to release in the coming year.
Like her catalog of kid’s albums—which includes I’m A Kid (2005), Mommy Knows Best (2006) and Joy (2008)--CPR was produced by her and Andon Davis (working this time with co-producer and engineer Michael Krayniak) and performed by Jeanie and her band, bassist Jamie Martinez, drummer Paul Bivans and saxophonist Airan Wright. Davis also plays electric guitar and mandolin. Guests include keyboardist Alton Smith and harmony vocalist Stoli.
In the years before Jeanie B! became a renowned children’s music artist, Angel Paint made its debut with 2001’s critically acclaimed In The World; Country Standardtime Magazine wrote: “If Neil Young mated with The Indigo Girls, (in the unlikely event of that occuring) it would sound like Angel Paint. Jeanie B! is country the way Lucinda Williams is country. Full of grit and guts.”
Perhaps only an artist whose last recording in the children’s music realm had the fun-filled, cheery title Sugar Buzz! (2012) could survive the kind of emotional upheaval the Chicago based singer/songwriter has gone through these past few years—and then write and sing so emotionally and powerfully about the cycle of heartbreak and hope. Among other travails, shortly after divorcing her husband of 29 years, Jeanie fell in love with a man who then mysteriously disappeared. She’s now in a different relationship and couldn’t be happier. While her music covers the emotional (and stylistic!) gamut, it’s just her nature to be optimistic. To quote her favorite songwriter, renowned country music artist and composer Darrell Scott: “Love’s not through with me yet!”
No stranger to overcoming obstacles, Jeanie’s music career was nearly cut short (no pun intended) at the age of 19 when a summer factory job claimed 3 fingertips of this guitar players’ left hand. Told by surgeons she would never play guitar again, a friend fashioned plastic caps that she still wears to this day to press the strings down on the guitar and has made a career as a guitarist and songwriter despite the challenges. With no feeling in her fingers, all her feelings seem to come out in her heartfelt songs!
Over the past ten years, Jeanie has developed a unique dual life, teaching music to literally thousands of pre-school and special needs kids at up to five schools at a time while performing regularly (in ensembles of varying sizes from solo to up to 6 pieces) at iconic venues and events like Grant Park, Millennium Park, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Taste of Chicago, Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, Kohl’s Children’s Museum, Chicago March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon and Fitzgerald’s and hundreds of other venues. The former film editor—who began performing her own songs at 15—was performing her “adult” songs in 2001 when she was offered the opportunity to run parent-child music classes for pre-schoolers. Jeanie began teaching several classes a week, entertaining up to 14 kids at a time and their parents in a small, intimate classroom environment, and her children’s music career was born.   
One of Jeanie B!’s trademark in her children’s music is stylistic diversity—The tracks on CPR are similarly diverse, starting with the folk/pop/blues of the title track (about where she is now, with her heart being revived after those brutal losses), continuing on through the power rocker “Ride Away To Nowhere” (infused with a “Born To Be Wild”-like freewheeling spirit) and the thoughtful and soulful mid-tempo pop ballad “Starting To Forget,” about the ambivalence of fading memories.  Other tracks include the emotionally charged pop/rocker “It’s You I’m Missing,” the fiery country roadhouse rocker “It’s All Good” and the heartbreaking closing ballad “Farewell.”
“I have focused mainly on the kids genre and my own (now teenage) boys this past decade,” Jeanie says, “and having recently gone through a divorce, fallen in love, been abandoned and learned to love again, it was time to write about love and heartache. I know I’m not the only one to have gone through times like this so my goal is for these new songs to resonate with an adult audience. Most of the tunes are about the ups and downs and the processing of these recent experiences, but one of my favorites, ‘Ride Away To Nowhere,’ is a love song about riding motorcycles! Can’t just write love songs about people now can I?”

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