"Jennie DeVoe's voice is smoked honey on a sultry summer evening...smooth, sweet and warm, steeped in the kettle of blues/R&B - but with a rare and wonderful flavor all her own. Only a handful of girls will ever get to sound this good."- Krista Detor, singer/songwriter.
Jennie DeVoe's critically-acclaimed 5th cd, Strange Sunshine, has just been released by Rubin the Cat Records (indie), with distribution by Sony Red. The new record comes to you straight from Bath, England, where it was produced by John Parish, who is best known for his work with PJ Harvey, The Eels and Tracy Chapman. This is John's second record with Jennie, and they are an awesome fit-delivering a work of art that's a fresh, edgy, raw throwback to the soul records that Otis & Aretha used to make. Says Howard Dukes of Soul Tracks magazine, "Strange Sunshine is a record for listeners who love good lyrics. DeVoe wrote or co-wrote every song except the fun "Foolproof," and her songwriting captures the wittiness, world weariness, hope and simple brilliance that is blues music at its best." The record doesn't sound like a soul you've ever heard, yet DeVoe sounds like a singer schooled by the best with a voice that let's you know she's no beginner and that she means exactly what she's saying. Agrees Dukes, "The star of this show is DeVoe's vocal instrument. It's 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." Says singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer, "Jennie DeVoe is an artist who sings with genuine depth: she's strong and powerful, yet willing to be audaciously vulnerable. Strange Sunshine is a collection of beautifully written songs, expertly produced, performed and presented, and a testament to all she's lived, loved and learned. Jennie DeVoe is unmistakably the real deal, and so is Strange Sunshine. This album definitely has achieved that kind of quality we songwriters/musicians can only hope for; it's authentic, powerful and darn fine writing."
Stuff you should know: While she remains one of the Midwest's most highly respected and well-known singer songwriters, Jennie Devoe is just beginning to receive Triple A and other radio adds around the country-26 states and counting, plus the Virgin Islands. 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). 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. Attracting fans of all ages, the Indianapolis-based DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, never failing to mesmerize and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you're in your living room with old friends-until 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. Says Klipsch Audio, "Jennie DeVoe never fails to deliver intense, deeply personal songs that draw you into her impassioned world. One part power with two parts raw emotion. Jennie is the perfect blend of spirit, style and originality."