PAART brings rising country/Americana music star, Jeanne Jolly, to the stage of Crossville's Palace Theatre on Friday, July 5. Jolly is a North Carolina singer/songwriter whose road to country music has been anything but the traditional route. She broke onto the music scene as the featured vocalist for Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. Touring all through North America she had the opportunity to sing with world renowned symphonies and perform at venues like Carnegie Hall and play marquee events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival.
A diverse, classically trained vocalist, Jolly’s voice is said to embody the “early belting power of Linda Ronstadt” (MetroMusicScene, VA) combined “the delicate lilt of Alison Krauss” (NC Metro Magazine). Jolly earned a Master's in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. Upon completing her schooling, Jolly moved to L.A. where her career quickly took off. In addition to working with Botti, she began to explore different styles of music, recording with acclaimed songwriters Lowen & Navarro and country artist Bob Woodruff.
After her tenure with Botti came to an end, Jolly found herself being pulled back to her Southern roots. In 2009, Jolly moved back to North Carolina where she began to focus on developing her guitar skills, sharpening her solo performance, and focusing on writing more of her own songs. It wasn’t long until she once again found herself in the company of Grammy nominated artists, opening up for Sam Bush, Maura O’Connell, Chuck Mead, and many more.
As of August 2012, Jeanne has made a name for herself as a nationally known singer songwriter after a successful run through the northwest, playing the main stage at Red Ants Pants Music Festival along with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Following this performance, she went on to play the main stage at Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, MT along with other venues through the Northwest United States.
“She is undeniably a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of an Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday.” — Common Folk Review
PAART’s First Friday performances are presented on the stage of the beautiful, historic Palace Theatre, 72 South Main Street, Crossville. Tickets for the Jeanne Jolly concert are $12 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased by calling the Palace Theatre at 931-484-6133 or online at www.palacetheatre-crossville.com. Information on the remaining 2013 First Fridays series can be found on PAART’s website www.performingartsalliance.org.
PAART is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to presenting talented performing artists in order to enrich, educate and entertain while keeping ticket prices affordable and performances accessible to all.