Friday, January 18, 2013


After six successful albums Jeni says Come To Life is the most accurate representation of myself as a musician and as a person. It's as if the first 6 [albums] were just practice." Come To Life was met by much acclaim, its biggest coup being that it defies easy classification, while somehow avoiding to seem haphazard, no small feat. From originals, to re-arranged jazz standards, to The Beatles, Dobie Gray, Jobim, Willie Nelson, this album could easily feel disjoined if it weren't delivered by the same honest and powerful voice. It's as if  Jeni has become simply another instrument in the band; able to to adjust tone, volume, emotion, and sincerity with the touch of a button, solely to serve each song.

Her signature ballads drip with so much emotion that an audience member suggested adding Kleenex boxes on each chair in her Tech Rider. This is no more apparent than in her rendition of Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground." And yet to categorize her simply as a balladeer or troubadour is missing the mark. Make no mistake, this girl can make you giggle, ponder, and cry all in one song. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" was arranged to help better marry the lyric content to the music, and the result is simply tragic in a confessional way. Rearranging an anthem like "Drift Away" is a bold move at the very least, and yet Jeni offers another way to think and feel about this song. And lest we suggest that Jeni takes herself too seriously, "Chega de Saudade" is simply, fun. Jeni is currently touring in promotion of Come To Life. With every performance the songs and stories of Jeni Fleming are winning the hearts of audiences from coast to coast. Catch her soon, and often. "JENI's appeal transcends generations and genres! Fleming offers a range and depth capable of raising goose bumps on an August night." ~ The Tributary Magazine 

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