Jeanette Lee

Jeanette Lee

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Toronto folk-pop singer-songwriter Jeanette Lee is in studio working on her third album, with Juno-nominated producer/musican Scott Dibble (Hemingway Corner). Think Gillian Welch meets Norah Jones meets Dave Matthews.

Biography

Toronto folk-pop singer-songwriter Jeanette Lee is in studio working on her third album, with Juno-nominated producer/musican Scott Dibble (Hemingway Corner). Think Gillian Welch meets Norah Jones meets Dave Matthews.

Jeanette has taken her time working on the third album: exploring and pushing boundaries: taking her writing in new directions, collarborating and co-writing with Scott, recording live off the floor, digging in the dirt for the emotion, and seeking to capture special performances. She expects to release the new album in 2011. Some bare, rough acoustic working demos are posted in this EPK.

“After a Dark Horse Year" was Jeanette's second record, a breezy, bare bones acoustic EP. The songs evoke starlit harbours, neon-lit bars and the still-wet ink of early morning papers. The EP title echoes the uneasiness of the time it was written: after 2002, the Black Horse Year of the Chinese lunar calendar. The track "Paper Dove" sums it up: hard news, broken promises and courage. “Paper Dove” was included on the sold out "Songs Under Starlight" charity CD compilation.

Jeanette's song "Belsize Park" (unreleased) won an honourable mention in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest in May/June 2007. Jeanette's self-titled solo debut album was a full-band pop/rock record, released in early 2005. Tracks from both of her discs have played on U.S. and Canadian conventional and internet radio, including CBC Radio One, radioioacoustic.com, mvyradio.com, the She Grooves Radio Show and the Women of Substance Radio (live365.com).

Camellia Records (formerly Moondog Music) is Jeanette's artist-owned record label. Her music is available on CDBaby.com, and also iTunes, eMusic, Napster, Rhapsody and other digital distribution services.

Catch Jeanette online at:

Official site: http://www.jeanettelee.ca

Twitter: @wiredcamellia

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jeanetteleemusic

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeanetteleemusic

Lyrics

Paper Dove

Written By: Jeanette Lee

PAPER DOVE
©2004-2005 Jeanette Lee

See the stack of morning papers
How the ink has barely dried
Hear the strains of conversation
Of the crowd of passers by

It's all a matter of perspective
Not all is fair in war and love
I keep my courage in my pocket
In this folded paper dove
In this folded paper dove

For every promise that's been broken
For every battle that's been lost
There's always one more morning headline
One more story written off

It's all a matter of perspective
Not all is fair in war and love
I keep my courage in my pocket
In this folded paper dove
In this folded paper dove

Come Undone

Written By: Jeanette Lee

Where are we going
Why do we run
Why do we feel like we’ve become so numb

Where are we going
What have we done
Is this where we’d be if we were overrun

And when you think you’ve got this won
All of the good things they just come undone
But not this time

Where is the harbour
Is there a way
We could just find somewhere to pass the day

So where do we run to
Why should we stay
Would be so much easier to fade into the grey

Why do we feel like we’re so numb
How do we change what we’ve become

And when you think you’ve got this won
All of the good things they just come undone
And when you think you’ve got this won
All of the good things they just come undone
But not this time
No not this time

Redemption

Written By: Jeanette Lee

Sitting here humbled by a Sunday in March
Leaning my head back and feeling as parched as the
ground cracked and barren outside my window

Taking a breath with what I have left
Time runs faster as the sun sets
and I ask myself is this the way life should go?

I’m trying to make my redemption
I’ve got no defense
I’m trying to make my redemption
holding on, holding on to innocence

Teeming with people the streets are alive
I’m at a standstill alone in the tide
Well I chose to be an island, solitary

Lovers hold hands with time out of mind
and dreams in their heads and stars in their eyes
I remember when that felt so ordinary

I’m trying to make my redemption
I’ve got no defense
I’m trying to make my redemption
holding on, holding on to innocence

Everyone says the more things change
The more they’re the same
but there’s no one to blame
In the unforgiving light of deception

Oh Redemption
I’m trying to make my redemption
holding on
holding on, holding on to innocence

Things Past

Written By: Â© 2008 Jeanette Lee

There wasn't much to hold him
He was looking for someone new
The lines on his face sold him out

The neon lights cut through the gray
Leading him through
To where the beautiful scoundrels played
To the sound of an old guitar

To say goodbye to things past
Say goodbye to all that
In the wink of a jaded eye
Say goodbye

He may have overstated
He was proud and she was reticent
With every drink she faded

To the barman he replayed
The words of his own sharp medicine
And the beautiful scoundrels played
All the songs for a broken heart

To say goodbye to things past
Say goodbye to all that
In the wink of a jaded eye
Say goodbye

And the band played through the night
While he stayed, borrowing time

To say goodbye to things past
Say goodbye to all that
In the wink of a jaded eye
Say goodbye

Radio Quiet

Written By: Â© 2008 Jeanette Lee

Radio Quiet

Where’s the possibility
Or explanation
Where’s the decency
Of conversation

When it all plays out

CHORUS
It’s only a matter of time here
It’s radio quiet
Radio silent
It’s only a shadow of life here
It’s radio quiet
On the far side of the moon

[1 progression)

What is progress
In the hands of pride
How are politics
Bottled up inside

When it all plays out

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Who says it’s about revival
I say it’s all about survival
Who says I don’t know how to take it
Well I say do you think we’ll make it

CHORUS

After The Fact

Written By: Â© 2008 Jeanette Lee

We can't see eye to eye
Days are so long, I'm spent by July
Chasing my Saturdays
To heal my scars
And aim for the stars

But it's after the fact
I never thought I would crack
Be kissed by the rain, and cry into the night
Yet very morning the sun still rises

Who do you think I trust
You're a demon in diamond dust
Throw me a lifeline
Watch it slip away
I've got to breakaway

It's so after the fact
I never thought I would crack
Be kissed by the rain, and cry into the night
Yet every morning the sun still rises

Lies are so old
They're like stains, like stains
On the plain white fold
Of the sheet of newborn day

It's so after the fact
I never thought I would crack
Be kissed by the rain, cry into the night
Yet every morning the sun still rises
Every morning the sun still rises

Ashes and Bone

Written By: Jeanette Lee & Scott Dibble

Ashes and Bone
© 2008 (Music by Jeanette Lee & Scott Dibble; Lyrics by Jeanette Lee)

I look in your eyes
You’re lost inside
The flames around us glow

As you turn away
The sky turns grey
And the hurried river flows

CHORUS
Ashes and bone
Orchids from stone
Revival in flashes
Ashes and bone

And I wonder why
A faint goodbye
Was something that I expected

And I wonder why
Our worlds collide
When reason goes disconnected

CHORUS
Ashes and bone
Orchids from stone
Revival in flashes
Ashes and bone

As I stand on the shore
All the shearwaters sing
And the fire inside me releases
So I run through the thorns
Left of half broken things
For I fall to ten million pieces

As I fly up the hill
Through the soft blades of grass
All the fire inside me releases
Till I can’t feel the chill
Or the crisp shards of glass
Or the pardon of ten million reasons

Worry

Written By: Jeanette Lee

Worry
© Jeanette Lee 2009

Make peace
Make love
Retreat
Make trouble

You worry too much, you
You worry too much

Do good
Do mischief
Give way, oh
Give me kisses

You worry too much, you
You worry too much

How the hours fly by
Watch the raindrops pass
Like railway lines
Down this pane of glass
Let your voice sing high
Feel your soul ignite
Close your eyes
It’s alright

Choose grace
Take comfort
Have faith, yeah
That's still something

You worry too much, you
You worry too much, you
You worry too much

Belsize Park

Written By: Jeanette Lee

Seems like yesterday
The mercury went bust
Air was thick as red clay brick
Sparrows shimmied in the dust
I closed my eyes awhile
The world stood still
Took one smooth exhale
We ambled up the hill
Leaving footprints in the sand

He took my hand, as the sky fell dark
Stopped, turned and leaned in to kiss
A wisp in the breeze, under the swish of the old, tall trees in Belsize Park
In Belsize Park

Seems like yesterday
Hazy days of summer
Lightning sears the atmosphere
To the drum of rolling thunder
Rain like tears upon the sand

He took my hand, as the sky fell dark
Stopped, turned, leaned in to kiss
A wisp in the breeze, under the swish of the old, tall trees in Belsize Park
In Belsize Park

How far could I have fallen
Somehow I should have forgotten
A kiss as light, as a swallow's flight on the wind

He took my hand, as the sky fell dark
Stopped, turned, leaned in to kiss
A wisp in the breeze, under the swish of the old, tall trees in Belsize Park
In Belsize Park

Discography

"Jeanette Lee" (debut LP, 2005)

"Songs Under Starlight" Compilation CD (2006, track: "Paper Dove") - SOLD OUT

"After a Dark Horse Year" (2007)

RADIO/INTERNET RADIO

Women of Substance Radio
http://www.live365.com/stations/breenoble
http://www.myspace.com/womenofsubstanceradio
Track: Paper Dove

Radioioacoustic.com streaming tracks:
Out of the Black
Drops of Yesterday
Fourteen Angels
Valentine

mvyradio.com:
This Time

She Grooves Radio Show
(WCVF 88.9 FM, Fredonia, NY;
102.7 CILU Thunder Bay, ON):
Come Undone

CBC Radio One:
Pale Fire

Finalist/Honourable Mention in American Songwriter Magazine Amateur Lyric Contest (May/June 2007):
Belsize Park

Set List

Sets are adaptable, and the list changes every performance. Jeanette typically plays one or two sets, of 45 minutes each, with a mix of original songs and covers depending upon the venue and audience.

Jeanette covers songs by artists such as Aimee Mann, City and Colour, Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, Steve Winwood, Radiohead, and others.