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CPR

Angel Paint & Jeanie B

Songs of love and heartache straight from the heart with an ever present country feel. Country like Lucinda Williams is country; gritty and gutsy.

LOVE’S NOT THROUGH WITH JEANIE B! YET! LONG RENOWNED FOR HER CHILDREN’S RECORDINGS AND PERFORMANCES, THE CHICAGO BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER RETURNS TO MAKING GROWNUP MUSIC ON HER ECLECTIC NEW EP ‘CPR’

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?”

Music Emissions gives it 4.5/5 stars!! Jeanie B! has had a remarkable career and life dealing with a lot of adversity.

A factory job accident at 19 cost her three fingertips. Plastic caps enabled her to keep playing guitar. There have been lost loves including a divorce after 29 years of marriage.

She has made music for diverse audiences. Jeanie has made a number of childrens albums. Now she's back to playing for adults along with her band.

This six-song EP is a solid group of songs. The title track is the weakest of the songs, but it gets better after a few listens.

The best song is "Ride Away to Nowhere." This is hard rocking song about Jeanie's love of motorcycles. The theme may conjure up visions of Steppenwolf. But Jeanie cites Neil Young among her influences.

Like Young Jeanie feels comfortable using country in her music. "Starting To Forget" shows this aspect of her music. A good middle section shows she has a knack for song structure.

A couple of more knockout tracks on the level of the motorcycle song would be welcome, but she's not too far off. The change in tempo on "It's You I'm Missing" makes for a more successful song. This song is enhanced by Airan Wright's saxophone playing.

The band supports Jeanie well as she provides powerful voice work. And power is fully evident on "It's All Good." She expresses her desire for a strong man and the playing punctuates her portrait of a how man should act.

Wright provides good background on "Farewell." It's a sad song, which reminds us relationships don't always last. It's also the final track on the EP, making for a bittersweet flavor to the songs. There's no one better suited than Jeanie to sing about the ups and downs.

It leaves me looking for additional intriguing emotional journeys in her "grown up" catalog in the future.

Skope Magazine writes in June 2013: Chicago-based songwriter Jeanie B! is taking a respite from her acclaimed children’s music album making to reflect and revive, on her new album, CPR. Inspired by a series of personal obstacles over the past several years, the six-track EP confronts issues of separation, loss and love renewed. Jeanie wrote: “…having recently gone through a divorce, fallen in love, been abandoned and found love again, it was time to write about love and heartache.” The EP marks the group’s first album since their 2001 debut album, In The World, but sticks to their formula of Pop/Country/Folk fusion musicality over Jeanie’s emotive, autobiographical lyrical matter.

Title track “CPR” contains slight Pop Country leanings spiked with saxophone fills, Blues electric guitar work and lyrical message of love renewed. Vocally, Jeanie evokes a young Chrissie Hynde, while a vein of vintage Chicago groove runs just underneath with a prototypical contemporary radio Country vibe as foundation. Horn blasts and soaring electric work usher in “Ride Away To Nowhere.” This upbeat rocker of a track maintains a tinge of Honky Tonk with slide guitar work and picking tandem in what is essentially a love song about motorcycle riding (“Can’t just write love songs about people now can I?”). “Starting To Forget” continues the autobiographical ethos of the tracks in what shows Jeanie reminiscing about her former loves and the healing process that follows. The demure musicality coincides with the vocal vein with opening sax, slight backing percussion and an undercurrent of even slighter acoustic guitar strums and electric picks. The down tempo nature and autobiography continues with “It’s You I’m Missing” with piano and electric interplay just underneath the unanswered questions ethos of the track. The chorus breaks the tempo with full band soaring over Jeanie’s proclamation of loss lyrical matter. “It’s All Good” is another upbeat rocking Honky Stomp track with more Blues-laden guitar notes and urgent percussion work. This one illustrates the proper arrangement of the album with appropriate peaks and valleys. Backing vocals bolster Jeanie on “Farewell” which seems to finalize the thoughts and feelings of the album with the acceptance and finality that comes along with saying goodbye. Again, arrangement is proper as this track finishes the cyclical nature of the thoughts and emotions of the albums.

Simply, this is an album devoted to catharsis. The addressing of wounds; the unanswered questions and the eventual healing are all present themes through these short six tracks. Musically, it doesn’t sound like the group has missed a step since their initial outing 12-years ago. All in all, this is an album about hurt and recovery, loss and gain and the bevy of everything that comes in between.

http://www.jango.com/music/Jeanie+B+Angel+Paint?l=0 - See more at: http://www.skopemag.com/2013/06/19/angel-paint-cpr#sthash.FahWzFjM.dpuf

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The Other Side

Jeanne Bonansinga

Jeanne examines the glory of Romance the agony of Heartache and the sorrow of Losing someone you love in a rich collection of Acoustic Rock songs from this veteran songwriter.

Jeanne is a life long songwriter who examines life from the heart. Her songs are always about love. Falling in love, falling out of love, losing the one you love, and the healing power of love. Jeanne lives in the Chicago area and makes her living as a musician primarily writing and singing songs for children and families as Jeanie B!. Her songs for adults are a way to explore the more mature subjects that adults encounter while she spends her days filling kids' hearts with songs and joy! Her full time band of professional musicians, Jamie Martinez, Paul Bivans, Airan Wright and Andon Davis accompany her on all her musical endeavors. Jeanne feels very blessed to make her living as a musician playing original music. Thanks to all the wonderful fans that make it possible.

Lyrics for all songs: TRACK 1: AS BAD AS IT GETS Verse 1 I always thought that I could make it up to you I never thought you’d stop forgiving me Time and time again, I’d lie and make amends That time is gone and now you’re leavin’ me

CHORUS: I didn’t know how much I loved you ‘til I got the note you left
Never saw how much I needed you now my heart won’t let me rest
The way that I am missin’ you, it scares me half to death Oh baby, it’s as bad as it gets

Bridge: Lyin’s just for fools, who cannot face the truth I lost your love, lost your trust, Oh baby what’s the use?

CHORUS: I didn’t know how much I loved you ‘til I got the note you left
Never saw how much I needed you now my heart won’t let me rest
The way that I am missin’ you, it scares me half to death Oh baby, it’s as bad as it gets

Verse 2 Now that you’re gone, the truth it stares me in the face
All these years of running, just brought shame and disgrace
I know you won’t believe me, and I guess it’s too late
But I am truly sorry for all my mistakes

CHORUS: I didn’t know how much I loved you ‘til I got the note you left
Never saw how much I needed you now my heart won’t let me rest
The way that I am missin’ you, it scares me half to death Oh baby, it’s as bad as it gets
Oh baby, it’s as bad as it gets Oh baby, it’s as bad as it gets

I always thought that I could make it up to you…

TRACK 2: EVERYTHING IS GONE Verse 1 I Woke up with my world on fire Burned everything except desire Lost the keys to my whole world Lost my mind in the smokin’ swirls

Bridge: Everything, everything is gone

Verse 2 Down the hall the sirens came, Please wake up they called my name Feel the heat of wasted time Lose your past in the flames and grime

Bridge: Everything, everything is gone Everything, everything is gone...

Verse 3 From the ash angels rise Bringing all we need to survive
Strength & hope to see us through Trade your pain for something new

Bridge: Everything, everything is gone
Everything, everything is gone... except for love

Chorus: Love is gonna heal you
Yeah, love is gonna heal you from your past
Love is gonna heal you
Yeah love is gonna heal you, make it last
Love is gonna heal you
Yeah love is gonna heal you from your past
Free at last, from your past Free at last, from your past
Free at last

TRACK 3: FAREWELL Verse 1: We tried hard through stormy weather Each gray cloud gathered many tears Now the rain is falling hard The wind has swept you from my arms Can’t get back those troubled years

CHORUS: So Good bye, so long, it’s been good to know ya Has my heart been broke, it’s really hard to tell ‘Cause it’s been so long that this pain’s been buried deep inside So good bye, so long, farewell

BRIDGE: I stayed for the kids, I stayed for the memories I stayed for the hope that you could still love me

Verse 2: 25 years seems like forever
Now I’ve given half a life to you
Empty nest, empty house. What’s left to talk about? I got old, you found someone new

CHORUS: So Good bye, so long, it’s been good to know ya Has my heart been broke, it’s really hard to tell ‘Cause it’s been so long that this pain’s been buried deep inside So good bye, so long, farewell

TRACK 4: LIPSTICK & LINGERIE Verse 1: I always was a lone wolf, Don’t wanna sew and I can’t cook I’m just not the marrying kind, no interest in that family time I ain’t no Maybelleine No fancy pantsy beauty queen But you stepped right out of a dream

CHORUS: Now I’m wearing lipstick and lingerie, I never thought I’d feel this way Now I’m beggin’ on my knees, Baby, baby, baby please Lipstick and lingerie, Just rock me ‘til the break of day In my lipstick and lingerie

Bridge I know what you must be thinking That girl she must have been drinking ‘cause you ain’t no Prince Charming But your kiss is so disarming

CHORUS: Now I’m wearing lipstick and lingerie, I never thought I’d feel this way Now I’m beggin’ on my knees, Baby, baby, baby please Lipstick and lingerie, Just rock me ‘til the break of day In my lipstick and lingerie

Verse 2: Now I’ll never paint my fingernails but I believe in fairy tales You’re happy ever after man you love me just the way I am I could walk you down the aisle your hat your dimples make me smile I love you there ain’t no denial

CHORUS: Now I’m wearing lipstick and lingerie, I never thought I’d feel this way Now I’m beggin’ on my knees, Baby, baby, baby please Lipstick and lingerie, Just rock me ‘til the break of day In my lipstick and lingerie

TRACK 5: LIVIN' A LIE Verse 1 When I first saw your smile I knew that I’d love you forever We walked down the aisle dreaming of being together We talked about houses and kids two or three A dog and two cats, a real family When you said forever, I thought it’d be longer than this

Verse 2 Well how ‘bout the kids I guess I’m the one who should keep them When they say where’s Dad I’m not really sure what I’ll tell them You’ll have weekends and Christmas and days in between Oh my heart can’t handle this shattering dream As your packing your bags tell me it’s really not true

Chorus: You’ve been talking a dream but livin’ a lie There aren’t too many things on which you can rely except Taxes and heartache and saying goodbye in the end When it all boils down to what’s two and two It just don’t add up when I’m talkin’ to you If we’re gonna break up I hope we’ll do it as friends

Bridge Now we’re breaking our home up and our egos too Oh I’ll never love someone as deeply as you This pain in my heart will never ever subside

Chorus: You’ve been talking a dream but livin’ a lie There aren’t too many things on which you can rely except Taxes and heartache and saying goodbye in the end When it all boils down to what’s two and two It just don’t add up when I’m talkin’ to you If we’re gonna break up I hope we can do it Oh please let us do it, Lord how can we do it If we’re gonna break up We’ll never make it as friends

TRACK 6: MAIN SQUEEZE Verse Tick Tock, there goes my clock I look in the mirror and I think Am I gonna die like this? Just another woman who never felt a tender kiss Then you walked in the room And I said “who’s that dude?” We locked our eyes, now we’re hypnotized

Chorus: You’re as refreshing as a Sunday stroll Hold my hand and I lose control Just like Ice Cream when it’s 93 Oh baby, you’re my main squeeze

Bridge: Those Deep brown eyes that look straight to my heart You were the one right from the very start A couple of decades and a couple of kids You can still thrill me like you always did

Chorus: You’re as refreshing as a Sunday stroll Hold my hand and I lose control Just like Ice Cream when it’s 93 Oh baby, you’re my main squeeze

Chorus: You’re as refreshing as a Sunday stroll Hold my hand and I lose control Just like Ice Cream when it’s 93 Oh baby, you’re my main squeeze You’re my main squeeze, you’re my main squeeze
You’re my main squeeze, you’re my main squeeze
Come on and squeeze me baby!

TRACK 7: THE OTHER SIDE (For Celia) Verse: Did I tell you that I loved you before you turned that key? A few miles down the road, the thought it haunted me Just one more chance to hold you, to tell you you’re my life What am I gonna do now that I can’t be your wife?

The road was dark, the turn was sharp, The car it came so fast I called the man a liar when he told me you had crashed I know someday I’ll feel again something that’s not pain The tears they just keep falling like Bombay in the rain

CHORUS: Why’d you take that ride and leave us all behind If love was all I needed to turn the hands of time We could both grow old, and watch our family grow Oh why’d you take that ride, now you’re on the other side

Verse: From the days of Lascaux ‘til eternity my friend Our souls are walking hand in hand, Our love will never end Every word I write I’ll wonder did it come from me or you Your poetry, your beauty still comes shining through

CHORUS: Why’d you take that ride and leave us all behind If love was all I needed to turn the hands of time We could both grow old, and watch our family grow Oh why’d you take that ride, now you’re on the other side

Verse: I miss your touch, your lips, your hair The way you said good night You filled my life with laughter, love, hope and light

CHORUS: Why’d you take that ride and leave us all behind If love was all I needed I could turn the hands of time We could both grow old, and watch our family grow Oh why’d you take that ride, why’d you take that ride? Why’d you take that ride and leave us all behind? If love was all I needed I could turn the hands of time We could both grow old, and watch our family grow Oh why’d you take that ride, why’d you take that ride? The next time I see you, I’ll be on the other side

TRACK 8: TIME FLIES Verse 1 I was a child not long ago Grew up fast, how could I know
Got a job, found a mate Stepped on board the train of fate
A baby cries, then he’s 5, Look up again, now he’s ten
Off to school, off to play, Seems he was born, just yesterday

Chorus: But time flies, Yeah it slips right through our hands
Time flies It never trips, it never lands
Time flies

Bridge: I guess my dreams will have to wait, Cause I got home from working late
I’ll see my kids another day, But they’ll grow up while I’m away

Chorus: But time flies, Yeah it slips right through our hands
Time flies It never trips, it never lands

Verse 3 So take your time Use it well Laugh and play, and love like hell Life is gone before you see that this is not eternity

Chorus: But time flies Yeah it slips right through our hands
Time flies It never trips, it never lands
Time flies, It slips like grains of sand Time flies It never trips, it never lands
Time flies, time flies, time flies

TRACK 9: WE'RE THROUGH Verse 1: Out on the horizon, I’m searching for you Ain’t so surprising, you’re fading from view

Chorus: We’re riding the train now, that breaks us in two In so many ways now, we’re through

Verse 2: Drowning in silence, over our heads It’s time for a wake now, for our wedding bed

Chorus: We’re riding the train now that breaks us in two In so many ways now, we’re through We’re through

Verse 3: Got off the train now, at Lost Avenue So many years now, I’ll spend without you I’ll spend without you baby I’ll spend without you baby 'Cause we're through Repeat and fade

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In The World

Angel Paint

If Neil Young mated with The Indigo Girls it would sound something like Angel Paint (Country Standard Time review)

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Country Standard Time Magazine has described their sound as "If Neil Young mated with The Indigo Girls". Angel Paint's signature sound comes from the heart and soul of singer/songwriter Jeanne Bonansinga. A performer since age 13, Jeanne fell in love with the acoustic guitar and the styles of artists like Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and Emmy Lou Harris. Their folk-rock-Americana sound features searing harmonica support by Jeanne's husband Jay Bonansinga and layers of harmony vocals by singer supreme Caroline Milligan as well as Jay Bonansinga. This acoustic trio has been attracting fans since 1996 in clubs and festivals as well as more intimate surroundings. With the debut of their CD "In the World", Angel Paint has plugged in and added a full band. With the amazing talents of producer Andon T. Davis, this CD rocks while always honoring the acoustic roots that drive their sound. Bonansinga's songs take on a diverse register of topics from abused women and Catholic priests, to songs of love and loss. The power-pop cut "The Gardener" and the heartwarming ballad "The Lucky One" display the full range of goodies to uncover in this debut CD. The band hails from Chicago Illinois and can be reached through their website at www.angel-paint.com. Also check out Jeanne's latest venture into Children's music with Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans. Same style of music, with kid lyrics, lots of laughs too. www.jeaniebmusic.com .

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