Jane Godfrey Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 10/11

Singer-Songwriter Jane Godfrey

Singer-Songwriter Jane Godfrey

Growing up in a large and highly musical family, St. Louis singer-songwriter Jane Godfrey spent a lifetime of listening to and making music with her brothers and sisters before a serious of sleepless nights led to her picking up a pen to write herself.  Quickly validated to continue by winning a song-writing contest, when Jane was ready to record, she had a built-in backup band of siblings ready to add their harmonies and instrumental talents to her delightful story songs.

When I met Jane around the campfire at Storyhill Fest Midwest in 2010, a few things really struck me about her music.  There was the clever wordplay, the poignant insights into the human condition, and the way her songs really served and honored the people she wrote them for, yet they were universal in that anyone could relate to them.

Check out Jane performing her song Donuts & Daydreams at a songwriting contest last August:

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If you’d like to hear more of Jane’s music, stay up to date on new releases or purchase her album Choose Beauty, check out her website.

Of course you can also tune in to KRUU at 100.1 FM in Fairfield or kruufm.com online anywhere from 9-10am Central on Tuesday, October 11th. Get to know Jane at 9:30.

Kristin Cifelli Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 10/4

Singer-Songwriter Kristin Cifelli

Singer-Songwriter Kristin Cifelli

Boston based singer-songwriter Kristin Cifelli has been playing piano since 2nd grade and writing songs since the 5th.  Two and a half years in the making and well worth the wait, her newest album, Middle of Nowhere, is grown-up pop with songwriter smarts and a voice you could listen to all day long.

The polish shines on each carefully crafted song of Middle of Nowhere, backed with lush instrumentation that never distracts, allowing the vocals and stories to take center stage.  Not that the Berklee grad needs a full band to make her songs soar, just check out this version of her doing her song Not Supposed To solo on The Steve Katsos Show:


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Then you can go check out and download the album version on Kristin’s Bandcamp to hold you until the full album is released.  Check out Kristin’s website and sign up to her mailing list so you’ll know as soon as Middle of Nowhere is available!

Of course you can also tune in to KRUU at 100.1 FM in Fairfield or kruufm.com online anywhere from 9-10am Central on Tuesday, October 4th. Get to know Kristin at 9:30.

ellen cherry Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 9/27

Singer-songwriter ellen cherry

Singer-songwriter ellen cherry

Baltimore, MD singer-songwriter ellen cherry puts her history major to good use with her latest recording, (New) Years.  Each song in the collection of 12 is designated with a year, and while half are personal reflection within ellen’s lifetime, the first six story songs speak from the point of view of women from as far back as 1864.

Whether it’s the intimacy of her voice, the stripped down aesthetic of the recording or the poignancy of the story-telling, it doesn’t seem to matter what year ellen is singing about, each song is like a familiar, favorite jacket that settles around her shoulders perfectly the moment she puts it on.

Just check out this video of her singing 1933 – To California, based on Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph Migrant Mother:

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Find out more about ellen cherry, buy her CDs and connect with her social networks by starting out at her website: http://www.ellencherry.com/

Of course you can also tune in to KRUU at 100.1 FM in Fairfield or kruufm.com online anywhere from 9-10am Central on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 for your weekly concentrated dose of music by women. Get to know ellen cherry at 9:30.

Jenn Cleary Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 9/20

Singer-songwriter Jenn Cleary

Singer-songwriter Jenn Cleary

It’s tempting at first to put Colorado artist Jenn Cleary squarely in the blues category.  It wouldn’t be completely wrong, she does have a powerful, smokey voice and the hot guitar chops and plenty of tunes that fit the genre.

But listening to her latest album Back to the Wheel, one quickly discovers that Jenn is first a true songwriter, with a penchant for blues, the ability to slide between rock, folk and more with ease, and the commitment to serve the songs in whatever style is best suited to the story at their heart, because heart they have indeed.  As a mother and an activist for poor children around the world, her inspiration sources seem to be limitless, and the tales that come through her music are truly touching.

No doubt she knows how to have a great time though!  Check out this video of Jenn performing her song Last Day of Vacation Blues with her band:

You can see more videos, pictures, order Jenn’s albums and otherwise get to know her better  over at her site: http://jenncleary.com/

Of course you can also tune in to KRUU at 100.1 FM in Fairfield or kruufm.com online anywhere from 9-10am Central on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 for your weekly concentrated dose of music by women.  Interview with Jenn Cleary starts at 9:30.

Sister Jane Interview on Lyrical Venus! Tues 9/13!

Sister Jane Band

Sister Jane

Austin, Texas band Sister Jane blends sweet harmonies, aware lyrics, thumping bass lines and a dash of violin to create their own special brand of pop-reggae that is sure to bring a smile to your face and set your body swaying.

Lead songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Lynette Perkins can bring the groove with multiple combinations of musicians, from an acoustic duo with Catherine Parke on vocals and violin, to the core four women of Sister Jane including Vicka Behl (5 string bass and vocals) and Franci Jarrard (keyboards and vocals) to a full six piece adding in Mark Wilson on saxophone and flute and Scott White on drums.

Check them out playing their song No Compromise live at Austin venue Jovita’s:

You can hear more tunes and get to know the gals a little better over at their ReverbNation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/sisterjane

Of course you can also tune in to KRUU at 100.1 FM in Fairfield or kruufm.com online anywhere from 9-10am Central on Tuesday, August 13th, 2011 for your weekly concentrated dose of music by women.  Get to know Lynette & Catherine from Sister Jane at 9:30.