Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Jeanne Jolly doesn’t fit squarely into one genre. Her recordings feature elements of country, folk, jazz, soul, and soft rock, and she counts Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, and Renée Fleming among her influences.
A North Carolina native, she attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a master’s degree in vocal performance. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Jolly connected with Chris Botti, toured with the trumpeter, and also collaborated with country artist Bob Woodruff. After releasing an EP in 2008, Jolly moved back to her home state, where she recorded another EP, 2010’s Falling in Carolina. She joined the R&B collective the Foreign Exchange on tour and was featured on their live DVD/CD set Dear Friends: An Evening with Foreign Exchange, which was issued in 2011. In 2012, she released Angels, her full-length debut LP, on Foreign Exchange Music.
“Opening for David Ford this night was Jeanne Jolly, a striking North
Carolinian singer/songwriter whose voice carried hints of Linda Ronstadt’s
early power with the delicate lilt of Alison Krauss”
” she sings, her voice full of beautiful sorrow touched by a slight, soulful
drawl” -Independent Weekly