Jayleen Stonehouse
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Jayleen Stonehouse

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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"Symphony season opens on funky note"

By Wanda Chow - Burnaby NewsLeader

Published: October 01, 2008 11:00 AM
Updated: October 01, 2008 11:33 AM

Vocalist Jayleen Stonehouse has her day job to thank for her latest gig, as guest artist with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra.

"I do their books," she said with a laugh.

When the 47-year-old owner of Bluejay Bookkeeping met the symphony's musical director Leonard Camplin, she mentioned she's been singing professionally for 35 years. After he heard one of her CDs, he invited her to perform.

On Oct. 7 she'll do just that, performing four songs at the BSO's season-opening pops concert.

While the Vancouver resident has been performing for years, she has no formal training.

It all started when her mother put her in the church choir at age four. By age six she was singing solos and at nine, she started training herself by listening to records and singing the melodies repeatedly until they were pitch-perfect. Then she'd move onto the harmonies on the records before making up her own.

Stonehouse joined her first band at 14 then, at 17, she jumped at a chance to pursue her dream of a singing career: she quit school and started touring with a band, Silver Lock, across Canada.

It was not a happy occasion for her "very religious" family, she said.

Nevertheless, it was an exciting time for the teenager.

"They had to escort me in and out of the bars and clubs because I was too young."

Amid criss-crossing the country as a professional singer—performing progressive rock in the '70s and then new wave in the early '80s—she fortunately did find time to get her high school equivalency at age 23.

That's because a few years later, she became a single mom with two kids.

"I had no choice but to make sure there was a lot more money coming in than was coming in."

So she went to college, earning a diploma in business administration, which allowed her to start her bookkeeping company.

By night, whenever possible, she'd pursue her singing career. She's a semi-regular at the Yale, Fairview, Comox and Rusty Gull and recently fit in gigs at the River Rock Casino and the Burnaby Firefighters Hall.

Stonehouse describes her music as a cross between funk, jazz, blues and rhythm and blues. Her influences include Etta James, James Brown and Tower of Power.

Along with performing covers, she now also writes her own material, despite her lack of musical training. She taught herself to play guitar at 14, she explained, and now she uses a digital piano to replicate different instruments when she records her own CDs.

This will be her first time playing with an orchestra with real instruments, just as she hears them in her head when she's composing.

She'll be singing two of her own songs, Ode to You, about her best friend who passed away when Stonehouse was 28, and St. Peter's at Your Door, a love song. She'll follow that with I Don't Know How To Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar and the Beatles' She's Leaving Home.

As for her parents, Stonehouse said they're supportive now that they see how much music has been a part of her life.

"It's no longer just a passing fad."

Meanwhile, the BSO's Leonard Camplin is happy the symphony will now call the James Cowan Theatre home. Along with rehearsal space, the venue will allow them to store equipment there instead of having to lug them from theatre to theatre.

With about 300 seats it's also about half the size of its former Burnaby venue, Michael J. Fox Theatre, meaning there's a better chance they'll see packed houses, making the concerts more exciting and appealing for both musicians and audience.

The opening concert of the season takes place Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information call 604.205.3000 or visit www.burnabysymphony.com.

For more on Jayleen Stonehouse, visit www.jayleen-stonehouse.4t.com.

Jayleen Stonehouse will sing several numbers with the Burnaby Symphony at its first concert of the season.
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- Burnaby NewsLeader


I just love Jayleen's spirit. She bellows directly from the gut, and as she gets into the later verses, absolutely freezes me in my tracks. The truth is : a lot of the current crop of women singer-songwriter fail to "growl," for lack of a better word, and without Janis Joplin, there would have been no Sheryl Crow or Alanis Morisette. That said (and Jayleen also being no Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell, but certaily not so pedestrian as Joan Jett or even Chrissie Hynde either), the vocals are a great powerful center to a stormy ride along this romp.

It starts with a mean, deep, buried baseline, and then are the driving, funky verses that are 1/2 Lynyrd Skynyrd and 1/2 old time R & B. The bridge carried me just a cusp along a swamp-ward, CCR type place, put it into park, and then backed me right up. Later verses introduced me to some wonderful harmonic guitar pieces along the edges. (The guitar piece after the first verse was also quite tasteful). There is an absolutely irresistable energetic fade to close.

In a nutshell, I give it a 7 1/2. I just love the artist, the vocal, and a good deal of the writing, but it only whetted my appetite for what I know, soon, is her one great power tune, for which I reserve an 8 or 9 rating. - www.godsofmusic.com

"From Great to......"

Opening band Stonehouse offered everyone more than a good reason to come down to the Pic, as they put on a good, solid entertaining show. Following a perhaps longer than necessary rendition of "Peter Gunn," lead vocalist Jayleen Stonehouse took the stage and immediately grabbed everyone's attention with her deep, soulful voice reminiscent of Sass Jordan, Alannah Myles, and Melissa Etheridge. A blend of rock, funk, soul, and snippets of jazz created a very interesting musical concoction to accompany Jayleen's voice. Surrounded by a bass player, guitarist, and drummer with what sounded like loads of experience, Jayleen brought it all together with her vocals, delivering an all around great show. - Drop D Magazine


CD - Brick By Brick

EP - Songs From Inside

CD - To Cast The First Stone

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Stonehouse is a five piece Power Blues/Funk band with lead vocalist, Jayleen Stonehouse, reminiscent of a Female James Brown. There are aspects of Blues, Funk, Jazz and heavy RB in her music to give the feel of old school Funk on a bus that runs smack into today. With one EP and three CD's to her credit, Jayleen is a well rounded performer and writer that has never let an audience want for anything but more. She has a stage presence that is nothing less than spectacular and has more balls than a monastery. With many years of live performances, Jayleen has played in almost every city in Canada and in many countries around the world. With this amazing line-up of some of Canada's top musicians, she looks forward to many more years of touring and entertaining people of all ages and backgrounds as her music touches all!